BANGALORE: Mir Maqsood Ali Khan, editor in chief of Urdu Daily Salar, died here on August 30 after a brief illness. He was 75. He was laid to rest the same evening by thousands of mourners. He is survived by his wife, seven sons and a daughter.
Advocate, writer and orator, Mir Maqsood Ali Khan was essentially a bridge between the past and the present and the traditional and the modern. Possessing all the modern qualifications necessary for success in life, Mr Khan jealously clung to the traditions he had imbibed from his upbringing in the milieu of the state of Hyderabad. Always clad in sherwani and trousers, he symbolised a bygone but composite culture. Extremely humane, Mr Khan personified erudition, scholarship and farsightedness. Secretly helping the needy, he always remained accessible to all and generously counselled everyone who approached.
Mr. Khan was twice elected to the Karnataka (former Mysore) Legislative Assembly in 1957 and 62 and was twice elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1972 and 1978. In his second term as MLA, he was deputy minister for mines and geology under the chief ministership of S. Nijalingappa. During these tenures as a legislator, Khan was nominated member in various parliamentary and consultative committees.
A voracious reader, he combined the scriptural wisdom with the modern knowledge of law and politics and offered pragmatic views and solutions. These skills stood the community in good stead when he took over as editor of Salar, by far the most known Urdu newspaper of Karnataka. He stewarded the daily with extreme caution and moderation and scrupulously avoided sensationalism. In his death, the community has lost a leader and intellectual of great stature.
COCHIN : Former chief justice of India A.M. Ahamadi called upon the intellectuals in the Muslim community to prepare a blueprint for the educational development of community members for their overall development and empowerment. Inaugurating a one-day Kerala Muslim convention here convened to survey the entire gamut of problems faced by the community in a national perspective and formulate a comprehensive declaration outlining areas for Muslim representation in the Indian polity, Justice Ahamdi said the issue of empowermnet was multi-dimentional and could be achieved only through educational development.
As the community continued to be educationally and economically backward, it was necessary to chalk out a plan of action for educational upliftment of the community, keeping in mind the specific situations available in different parts of the country. Referring to representation for the community in elected bodies, Justice Ahamadi said it was necessary to set up a body to go into the credentials of candidates and choose the right person who could sincerely do good for the upliftment of the community.
He said the political scenario in the country was complex and it was in the interests of the community and the downtrodden to see that there was consolidation of their vote power to ensure that minority community candidates are not defeated by their brethren.
Justice Ahamadi said cultural values had weakened over the past few years, giving a jolt to secular values and pluralism. There appeared to be a steady shift from a tolerant and liberal approach to an illiberal and intolerant one. This could give rise to an atmosphere of panic and insecurity among minorities, he added.
Former Kerala education minister, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, who delivered the key-note address, agreed with the suggestions made by Justice Ahamadi and said that state education rules and university laws often stood in the way of getting recognition for educational institutions started by minority communities as guaranteed by the constitution.
Former West Bengal governor A.R. Kidwai presided over the convention which was attended by over 200 delegates from all over the state representing social, cultural, educational and political organisations of the community.
The state committee of the Muslim Employees Cultural Association, in a note circulated at the convention, demanded that Muslims all over India be declared as a socially and educationally backward community and a separate quota of 12 per cent be reserved for Muslims in the recruitment to central and state government services and public sector undertakings.
Convention chairman V.K. Beeran welcomed the gatherings and general convenor V.M. Liakat Ali proposed a vote of thanks.
Muqeeth Mujtaba Ali
CHENNAI: Two books for Arabic learners, entitled Nusus Islamiyya and English Key to Durusool Lughatul Arabiyya authored by Prof. V. Abdur Raheem, were released here by the Islamic Foundation Trust on August 13. The former interprets the basic framework of the Islamic culture and civilisation together with the Arabic terminology while the latter is the guide to the author’s third volume of Arabic learner’s guide Durusool Lughatul Arabiyya. Prof. V Abdur Raheem currently heads the Translation Centre of the King Fahd Quran Printing Complex at Madinah as director.
Kaka Sayeed Ahmed of Jamia Darussalam, Oomerabad, Dr. P. Nisar Ahmed of Madras University, Maulana Hafeezur Rahman Azmi from Oomerabad, Prof. N. Ahmed Basha, Dr. Syed Karamatullah Bahamani and Dr N. M. Ahmed Ibrahim, all from The New College, Chennai, spoke ON the occasion. Mr H. Abdur Raqueeb of the IFT introduced the new publications.
Dr. Zakir Naik
CHENNAI: Islamic dawah activist, Dr. Zakir Naik, asserted here that the concept of oneness of God existed in all religions and is extensively quoted from the Qur’an, Old and New Testament, Guru Granth Sahib, Vedas and Puranas. He asked the followers of various faiths not to suppress the fact of oneness of God which would unify all religions. In another lecture on Qur’an and the Modern Science, Dr. Naik said Islam was a natural religion and was fully compatible with the scientific facts. The lectures were sponsored by Islamic Counselling Centre and Indian Islamic Centre, Chennai.
Mangalore: The Press Council of India has reprimanded Vikrama, the Kannada weekly published from here for inflaming communal passions through scurrilous writings and misleading the readers by providing a wrong translation of an Urdu poster.
The poster had appealed to the Muslim youth to stay away from terrorism and agents provocateurs who were recruiting personnel for the infamous ISI and were training them. The poster had described these activities as anti-Islam and anti-national. But Vikrama in its March 23, 1998 issue published a news item based on the poster wherein it was said that “the ISI was exercising control over Indian Muslims and imparting training in implanting bombs against a scholarship of Rs 6000 along with a purse of Rs. One lakh.”
The Muslim Lekhakara Sangha (Muslim Writers Forum ) of Mangalore immediately wrote a rejoinder to the weekly which was not published. Following this the Sangha general secretary. A Sayeed Ismail, took up the case with the Press Council of India which issued a show cause notice. Following this, the weekly published the Sangha’s letter in its issue dated September 20, 1998 but without expressing regret. The Sangha asserted that the publication of the letter after six months of the inflammatory article served no purpose as the reader would not be able to link the original article with the clarification.
The Press Council of India observed that sweeping allegations against a particular community were made in the article and it was an irresponsible piece of journalism which inflamed passions. The clarification did not serve any purpose due to delay of six months and carried no regrets. It warned the weekly for violation of the norms of journalistic ethics.
Indian Banks Holding Gulf War money
TRIVANDRUM : Indians who fled Kuwait following the Iraqi occupation of the Gulf state are yet to receive the promised compensation from the United Nations because it has been held up by the Indian banks, said V C Mohammed Kutty, secretary general of the Organisation of Indian Claimants for Gulf War Compensation.
Mr Kutty said although the United Nations had released the compensation money to Indian banks, its distribution was being delayed. There are 32,000 war compensation claimants in the state of Kerala alone involving an amount of Rs 80 billion. On an all-India basis, there are 1,45,000 claimants involving a whopping compensation amount of Rs. 150 billion. Mr Kutty alleged that the banks were refusing to divulge any information about the payment they had received from the UN. “I feel that the banks are indulging in some sort of foul play in the distribution of the money,” alleged Mr Kutty.
TRIVANDRUM : The number of applicants for the Haj pilgrimage from Kerala this year has touched a record 6600 , according to state Haj Committee sources. In all 4400 applications were received last year and all of them were cleared. The state sent the highest number of pilgrims - 5500 - for the Haj in 1998. For the past few years all those applying are being cleared and the practice of drawing lots has not been found necessary. This is because the Central Haj Committee quota allotted to but not used by other states is passed on to Kerala.
THRISHUR : Kerala Arabic Teachers Federation (KATF) protested against delay in giving training for Arabic teachers, though the syllabus of Std. I to V have been developed. They also protested against incompletion of distributing hand books for teachers even after two years. They decided to send letters to Thrishur principal demanding that the neglect against Arabic teachers should be stopped.
They demanded recruitment soon to Arabic departments in Higher Secondary Schools and to Asst. Professor's vacancy in SERT. Mr. Moidutty Master chaired the meet.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Captain Hanifuddin was awarded vir chakra for his great sacrifice in the Kargil war. He is one of the four keralaties who got these awards.
KOZHIKODE: SIM central council will be organising All India conference in Malappuram, on 12, 13, and 14th of November 99 Delegates from Kerala and TN will participate in the conference.
HYDERABAD (IINA) : Fifth International Islamic Medical Conference will be held in Hyderabad on January 13. The event is being organised by the International Institute for Islamic Medicine.
Due to general election in Delhi falling on 5th of September, the dates of IAFIE’s national seminar on “Islamic Economics-Issues and Challenges” to be held at New Delhi have been rescheduled. Now, Insha Allah, it will be held on 2nd-3rd October 1999. Please replan your journey programme accordingly. You are also requested to send your papers at your earliest if you have’nt sent it yet. Inconvenience is regretted.
IAFIE , Seminar Convener, 4/1212 S.S.Nagar, Aligarh 202002.