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Key Observations on Central Madarsa Board

1. The sincerity of HRD ministry and UPA government must not be doubted on the proposal of a Central Madrasa Board (CMB). The proposal is wise and sounds beneficial for Muslims children but it has genuine oppositions form people directly or indirectly volunteering madrasa education system for last 150 years in India.

2. It is notable that all leading non-governmental madrasas like – Darul Uloom Deoband and Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow, religious organizations like – Jamait Ulama-I Hind and All India Ulama Council and a majority of Muslim religious leaders have already rejected the proposed CMB before this fresh move. And without positive consideration of their views a CMB or any government aided programme for madrasas cannot reach to the real beneficiaries.

3. It is up to us – the law and policy makers of this nation to choose our priority wisely. Should we go first for a quality-check of 1.5% children of madrassas who are by all means under a system of education and will fulfill the criteria of being lettered or to rush to manage even minimum standard of schooling for 7.67 % Muslim children who are still out of school and will remain unlettered without proper government aided planning and its implementation? I think to attend the later is wiser and more urgent.

4. The HRD ministry should pay urgent attention towards the out of school Muslim children before everything else.

5. HRD ministry should first resolve to make the proposed CMB for government aided madrasas for a targeted time period, bring them under one umbrella as in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and facilitate equally standard education for madrasas in all states to set an example against government aided madrasas’ negative reputation. It will surely encourage students and their parents to enroll in government aided madrasas if not non-aided madrasa management, to say the least.

6. Government should effectively plan for 98.5% Muslim children and rest will be automatically updated to match with the community demands.

7. The government should avoid direct involvement in the functioning of independence madrasas by all means until a successful and transparent experiment has been done with aided madrasa board. On the other hand an NGO – Government partnership project aiming at the targets set by the proposed CMB can be initiated without further delay.

8. There are thousands of primary and pre-primary schools run by Muslims NGOs or local bodies of masjids across the country and most of them are following syllabus proscribed by the state governments in addition to maktab (elementary Islamic) education. These schools be adopted first by the state government under the SSA or by the central government under the UEE and then manage standard primary education through government aid.

From: Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi (MP) Issued By: Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi

Vande Mataram and national songs of other Hindu-dominated countries
When a Muslim has to follow Monotheism that is Allah, singing a song such as Vande Mataram, which is seemingly an idol worship and un-Islamic, will amount to associate one with the Oneness of Allah. None can compel a Muslim to sing the song which is against even secular norms. No Indian has the right to ask the co-Indian to leave the country for sheer indifference of ideologies which can be easily sorted out if one has the political will to establish the religious harmony. Although we don't live in so small country as Nepal or Bhutan, we have to learn a great deal of good things from them too. The densely Hindu populated countries like Nepal and Bhutan have their National Anthem purely aesthetic in nature and they do not have any religious affiliation. ................................ National Anthem of Nepal Hundreds of flowers - Us, one garland - Nepali Sovereign, spread out from Mechi to Mahakali. A playground for millions of Nature's gifts By the blood of heroes, independent and immovable. Land of knowledge, land of peace, Terai, hills, mountains Indivisible - our beloved, motherland Nepal. Multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and with a large culture Progressive nation ours, oh hail Nepal! ............................... National Anthem of Bhutan....... In the Kingdom of Druk, where cypresses grow Refuge of the glorious monastic and civil traditions, The King of Druk, precious sovereign, His being is eternal, his reign prosperous The enlightenment teachings thrive and flourish May the people shine like the sun of peace and happiness! ............................... Vande Mataram................. One has to see the entire translation of Vande Mataram to understand its full meaning. As translated by Sri Aurobindo, it reads: I bow to thee, Mother, richly-watered, richly-fruited, cool with the winds of the south, dark with the crops of the harvests, the Mother ! Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight, Her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom, Sweet of laughter, sweet of speech, The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss! Terrible with the clamorous shout of seventy million throats, And the sharpness of swords raised in twice seventy million hands, Who sayeth to thee, Mother, that thou art weak? Holder of multitudinous strength, I bow to her who saves, To her who drives from her the armies of her foemen, the Mother! Thou art knowledge, thou art conduct, thou art heart, thou art soul, for thou art the life in our body. In the arm thou art might, O Mother, In the heart, O Mother, thou art love and faith, It is thy image we raise in every temple. For thou art Durga holding her ten weapons of war, Kamala at play in the lotuses And speech, the goddess, giver of all lore, to thee I bow! I bow to thee, goddess of wealth, pure and peerless, Richly-watered, richly-fruited, the Mother! I bow to thee, other, dark-hued, candid, Sweetly smiling, jeweled and adorned, .............................. The controversy over the song is not new. In 1937 the Indian National Congress discussed at length the status of the song. It was pointed out then that though the first two stanzas began with an unexceptionable evocation of the beauty of the motherland, in later stanzas there are references where the motherland is likened to the Hindu goddess Durga. Therefore, the Congress decided to adopt only the first two stanzas as the national song. To this day the national song of India consists of only these first two stanzas of Vande Mataram, along with the national anthem Jana Gana Mana and Saare Jahan Se Accha. ................................. There must be a strong political will to negate a particular thing that largely disturbs the religious harmony and tranquility of the country. The answer only lies in give and take of policy of political will. (TwoCircles.net)
Hazrat Maulana Wali Rahmani exhorts Muslim community to emulate Rahmani-30
Patna: Overwhelmed with the accolades flowing in from across the country for the remarkable success of the Rahmani-30 coaching centre in IIT-JEE, its patron and Sajjada Nashin, Khanqah Rahmani of Munger, Maulana Syed Mohammad Wali Rahmani has urged the community leadership to emulate and expand the experience of Rahmani-30. Addressing a program held at Anjuman Islamia Hall in Patna yesterday to felicitate Rahmani-30’s successful IIT-JEE students, teachers and administration, Maulana Rahmani, patron of Rahmani Foundation that runs the coaching centre opened last year for poor but talented Muslim students aspiring for IIT-JEE, emphasized on opening similar institutions to train Muslim youths for medical and journalism. Urging the audience, particularly pointing to S M Ashraf Farid, chief editor of Bihar’s leading Urdu daily Qaumi Tanzeem, and Ahmad Ashfaque Kareem, the founder of Katihar Medical College, who were sitting in the hall, Maulana Rahmani said people should come forward to serve the community using their abilities and means that they own. “Mr. Farid should open a centre to train community’s youths in journalism and Mr, Ashfaque should manage coaching for Muslim youths for medical,” he said. The first batch of Rahmani-30 comprising 10 students had appeared for the all India IIT-JEE, and all of them cleared the test. Since the results were declared on May 25, the telephone of Maulana Rahmani has not stopped ringing. He has received appreciation from as far as Kerala and Maharashtra. “Within these two days I have received proposal from Maharashtra, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and Kerala etc. to establish centers there and got congratulation not only from the state but also from all over the country” said Maulana Rahmani. While appreciating the contribution of administration of Rahmani-30, Maulana said: “The community salutes Mr. Abhiyanad and his team for their selfless services, this is a big reward for them because there are many people who are more experts than these teachers and they are earning money but not honors as these teachers got” he stated. Abhiyanad, ADGP (Bihar Military Police), is the founder of Super-30. Last year at the request of Maulana Rahmani he agreed to render his services for Rahmani-30. Addressing the successful candidates Mr. Ashfaque Kareem said: “It is the beginning, you will have to continue your efforts and go far ahead then surly some of you will be A.P.J Abdul Kalam.” Though I am founder of Katihar Medical College but I feel envy of this great service and I wish I could do that” he added. Shafeeqe Mashadi of Millat Education Society which provided the building to Rahmani-30, said: “When you complete your course you must remember your past and try to do for others as your teachers did for you.” He also announced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 for each student on behalf of the Millat Education Society. Some teachers of Rahmani-30 also shared their experience with the audience “In previous years when results of IIT-JEE came I found some Muslim students from Bihar in the list after much search. But this time when results came out my happiness knew no bounds when I saw the names of all 10 students of Rahmani-30 on front page of national newspaper Indian Express” said Mr. Shakir, one of the teachers of Rahmani-30. Mathematics teacher of Rahmani-30 Mr. Javed Ahmad while expressing his feeling said: “Instead of blaming for partiality our youths should concentrate on study then surely they will get success.” “The work started by Maulana Rahmani under the guidance of Abhiyanad ji is going in right direction. That’s why the coaching centre got 100% results. Here I did not only teach the students but also learnt how to motivate students.” The program was attended by prominent personalities, dignitaries, intellectuals as well as common citizens.
Victimization of Madaris Students
I have just three wishes for the Madaris in India. The first is for their authorities to realize once and for all that the present syllabus cannot equip their students with the modern trend of the world,and the second is for the students to realize that the authorities are no more interested to change their mentality and rude attitude towards teachers as well as students,and the third is for the intelligentsia of the world and the government to acknowledge that,simply seminars and symposiums cannot bring about any changes in Madaris curriculum in India, and unlike any other non-governmental Muslim Organizations, government’s lucrative proposals cannot attract the clergies of Muslim society to convince these Madaris authorities to come under any government’s sponsored program. This is a conflict of ideas between two groups that,both are deeply convinced of their stand to follow, this is why neither government,s lucrative program nor the Muslim intellectuals diplomacy can resolve this sensitive issue. The development of the last few years in world politics towards Muslim religious institutions are extremely worrisome to me for reasons of being Muslim and a graduate of Darul-uloom at Deoband, (One of the most famous Islamic Seminaries of Indian subcontinent) while it is self evident that Muslims in India have the right to establish and run religious institutions of their own choice, and Muslims cannot and should not tolerate attacks on their identity, but the self proclaimed clergies of Muslims in India playing politics with the sentiments of Muslims and emotional black mailing of mainly small Madaris students by their heads, have raised a few important questions in my mind. The first question is,if the Muslim intelligentsia has the right to hold these Madaris responsible for the backwardness of the Muslim Society in India in general, is the Madaris syllabus to be held responsible for the sins of terrorist groups active in India or elsewhere in the world? I personally, as a human and Madrasa graduate know and fell even more acutely than others, that the murder of innocent civilians is inhuman and unacceptable. The think-tank of the Muslim society today very weekly argue, that number of Madaris is so high, if they modernize their syllabus, they can play a dynamic role to elevate Muslim Society in the field of education. The feebleness of this argument leads to my next question. According to “Flash Statistics: Elementary Education in India and Progress towards Universal Elementary Education 2006-07, released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), about 30% of Muslim children do not join schools at all. While the number rises to 56% at the upper primary level. So while talking of Madaris and issues connected with educating the child, Muslim community deal with two problems, (1) how to get the out of school 30% into the school (2) how to modernize Madaris syllabus that caters to only 3% of the school going children. The question that needs to be addressed, therefore, is not the modernization of Madaris syllabus but setting up of more primary, secondary and higher secondary government schools in areas of Muslim concentration. However, if it is modernized, will these Madaris have any perceptible impact on the overwhelming majority of Muslim Children of school going age? Since, they do not go to any Madarasa. To my mind the basic issue to ensure that education reaches those Muslim Children who have been denied this right. Ironically. The issue of lack of access to education for the children of Muslims is tied up today with the issue of the Muslim children going to Madaris. Travel the length and breadth of this country , you will find the fact that wherever a government school has come up in the vicinity of Madrasa, more Muslim parents opting to send their children to government run schools. If the aim is to bring these Madaris in line with the modern institutions by Modernizing their syllabus, ignoring the identity and features of imparting religious education to safeguard Muslims identity, is this attainable? If not, then the whole attempt is not only thoroughly reprehensible, it is useless, if on the other hand it really is possible to bring them into main stream through inducing modern subjects in Madaris syllabus. How does it possible to keep the students interests alive and intact with the subjects like Faque (Islamic jurisprudence) Tafseer, (Comentary of Quran), Hadith (sayings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) once it has been completely modernized. As per the government’s estimate, more than thirty thousand Madaris in length and breadth of this country will not suddenly go down on their knees in reverence for any government sponsored program on the name of Madrasa reform. We must not forget that before independence the same syllabus was encouraged by many people and produced such luminaries that left indelible impression on the hearts and minds of then British rulers, but now the same syllabus is at the receiving end of criticism. The recent history of Muslim clergies leads me to believe that if Ulama-E-Deoband did not pay their heed to the demands of the rapidly changing world, another group that would be more inadequate for the task it has to perform and meet the religious needs of the people,most certainly take their place. Being a part of the mainstream aside, the entire Muslim community to day is hungry enough to receive such Ulema equipped with the modern trend of the world in order to address modern day concerns and questions not simply parrot whatever past writers have written as is the case with many Madaris and Islamic institutions in India. The emotional blackmailing of Madaris students is becoming increasingly recognized as a major factor behind students inadequacy and an important issue to be addressed, especially in the context of a strong connection of Mohtamim (Rectors), with the politicians and bad experience of students, who love their career and refrain themselves from being used for self recognition. The increasing anti terrorism seminars and conferences have further completed the life of innocent students. As a Madrasa graduate, I had several chances to interact with groups of several Madaris students. However I was stunned when, came to know the students, unanimous views on the issue of victimization. No one so far either religious clergies or any Muslim none governmental organization has raised the issue, while many accusations of modern society don’t lie with the Madaris students in fact. I have numerous instances to prove what I stand for. Nonetheless here I would like to divert the reader’s attention to the power struggle in Jamuiatul Ulema-E-Hind a 90 year old Sunni Muslim Organization, between nephew and his uncle, ‘I just want to make the readers, understand as to how Madaris students are annoyed and used for self recognition, though it has a long history in India, nevertheless, the example of Jamiatul ulema-E-Hind would
Victimization of Muslims in West Bengal
Article 15 of the Constitution of India prohibits ‘discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.’ Article 16 of the Constitution guarantees ‘equality of opportunity in matters of employment.’ Article 30 of our Constitution confers ‘Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. Though our Constitution has laid down a general rule that there shall be an equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointments to any office under the State, these fundamental principles have literally remained mere pious declarations and are being flagrantly violated. Muslim job seekers, who have registered their names in the employment exchanges in West Bengal, have for more than two decades, suffered from continuous discrimination and unfavorable bias in the matter of submission of names to the employers by the employment exchanges. They are denied even the opportunity of being properly considered by the employers for placement against existing vacancies. During the tenure of the last Congress Government in West Bengal (1972-77), led by the then Chief Minister, Shri Siddhartha Shankar Ray, some positive steps were initiated to solve the unemployment problem of the state and to ensure equality of opportunity to all citizens including members of the Muslim community in matters of recruitment in government jobs. Apart from taking steps for adequate representation of all communities in state services Shri Siddhartha Shankar Ray had ensured that at least one Muslim police officer was posted in each and every Police Station in West Bengal. Prior to this the members of Muslim Community were very poorly represented in services under Calcutta and West Bengal Police Forces. The steps taken by Ray, had created confidence among the minorities and inspired them to take a bright and hopeful view of things to come and to expect that things would improve and they would no longer be kept isolated from the national mainstream. Immediately after coming to power, by an executive order, the CPI(M) dominated Left Front government decided to process all recruitment through the employment exchanges. The annual reports of the Government of West Bengal - 'Labour in West Bengal' - published annually by the Labour Department of the state government present a dismal picture of the poor performances of the employment exchanges and the State Directorate of Employment, West Bengal. During the last ten years (1990 to 1999) the number of registered unemployed on the live registers in West Bengal increased from 48,20,331 at the end of 1990 to 55,55,952 by the end of 1999. During these ten years 47,66,176 new job seekers had registered their names with the Employment Exchanges in the State. Names of 21,09,560 (40 % of the average number of job seekers on the live register) were submitted during this period to the employers for consideration against vacancies. During the same period (1990 to 1999) 291,768 Muslims had come forward to register themselves but the names of only 70,945 Muslims (10.58 % of the average number of Muslims on the live register) were submitted to the employers for consideration in connection with appointments. The average number of job seekers on the live register of employment exchanges in West Bengal, during the last ten years, was 52,72,997. The average number of Muslims on the live registers during this period was 6,70,443 (12.71 % of the total on the live register). Out of this total average of 52,72,997, the average number of submission during this period was 2,10,956 (4 % of the total job seekers of all categories on the live registers) per annum. In the case of Muslims out of the average number of 6,70,443 (12.71 %) Muslim Job Seekers on the live registers the average submission was only 7,095 (1 % of the total names of Muslim Job Seekers on the live registers) per annum. Despite the fact that about 12.71 % of the registered job seekers, available on the live register of employment exchanges were Muslims the total 21,09,560 names submitted during these ten years (1990-99) to the employers for consideration against vacancies included the names of only 70,945 Muslims (3.36 % of the total submissions). During these ten years (1990-99) out of the 93,156 registered unemployed persons placed in employment through the employment exchanges only 4,232 (4.54 %) were Muslims. Out of the total 21,09,560 submissions made by the employment exchanges during the ten year period 93,156 persons (4%) had succeeded in getting placements in Jobs. In the case of Muslims out of the 70,945 names of registered Muslim job seekers, whose names were submitted to the employers during these ten years, 4,232 (6 %) were successful in getting jobs through the employment exchanges. Success rate in the case of Muslims (4,232 out of 70,945) i.e. 6 % of the total Muslim names submitted for consideration by the employers) was, therefore, higher than the average success rates in all categories (93156 out of 21,09,560 i.e. 4 % of the total submissions ). This shows that the Muslim job seekers are not in any way inferior to others. Muslims of West Bengal do not lag behind others in meeting the criteria for being selected for jobs but still they are denied equality in employment opportunity. They are placed in a disadvantageous position simply because of bias and prejudice in matters of submission of names. The concerned authorities of the state government are not doing proper justice with the registered Muslim job seekers in the matter of submission and are submitting very few names of Muslim job seekers for consideration by the employers. This discrimination has been going on for a long time. For the Muslims in West Bengal the Constitutional guarantees of equality in employment opportunity have, therefore, proved to be false promises. This has given rise to serious resentment and frustration among the unemployed Muslims of West Bengal. Their confidence in the Employment Exchanges and the Employment Policy of the State Government has been badly shaken. This is evident from the fact that over the years the number of unemployed Muslims coming forward to register their names in the Employment Exchanges has fallen from 47,908 in 1990 to an average of 27,096 per year during 1991-99. During this period more than 1,60,000 frustrated Muslim job seekers did not renew their registrations or had got their names cancelled from the live register of employment exchanges. According to the Census reports, population of Muslims in West Bengal, at the time of 1991 census, was 1,60,75,836 (17 % of the total 9,52,22,853 Muslim population of India). So far as concentration of Muslim population is concerned West Bengal is second only to Uttar Pradesh, which has a Muslim population of 2,41,09,684 (25% of the total Muslim population of India). 1,60,75,836 Muslims
Indian National Congress and Communalism
On the occasion of completion of 125 years of the Indian National Congress its President Sonia Gandhi criticized the Communal forces. She pointed out that there is a pernicious impact of individuals, institutions and ideologies that distort our history, that thrive on spreading religious prejudice and that incite people to violence using the religion as a cover. (December 19, 2010). She went on to say that Congress has always fought against communalism of all forms irrespective of their source and that there was no distinction between majority and minority communalism as both are equally dangerous to the country. While one can understand the spirit of the statement there are lot of problems with this formulation. To begin with the Congress President needs to be reminded as to what her grand father-in-law, the architect of modern India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, had to say on the issue. He had said that while both majority and minority communalisms are bad, the majority communalism is more dangerous as it presents itself under the garb of the nationalism. The minority communalism at the worst comes through as the separatist tendency, it also keeps giving provocations to the majority communalism; it keeps providing them pretexts to undertake what they want to do anyway. For Congress to equate majority and minority communalism is a big climb down from the secular foundations on which Nehru wanted this party to be based. And practically if we see in the arena of communal politics and communal violence both, it is the majority communalism which creates situations for the same. And then this majoritarian communalism has a vast network which affects the thinking of the society, it shifts the focus of social concerns from the basic needs of society to the identity issues like the Ram Temple agitation launched by it. While Shah Bano issue was taken up by the minority communalists, it surely did a great damage to the nation, still its damage is no where close to what the Ram Temple did by dividing the society along religious lines and later on going to demolish the Masjid and launching the ‘celebratory violence’ all over the country. Surely both communalisms are a modern presentation of feudal interests and feudal values added up by the interests of sections of middle class who want to preserve their privileges and desire status quo for continuation of their privileged position in the society. Sonia Gandhi’s claim that Congress has always fought communalism does not reflect the whole truth. There have been times when Congress has been looking the other way around when the communal marauders are on the rampage. Be it the anti-Sikh pogrom, the Babri demolition and in many such situations Congress has either been looking the other way around or taking an afternoon siesta, when the fire of communal violence is raging. It is for this reason that many a critics blame Congress being communal and some go to the extent of blaming Congress more than BJP, as lot of communal violence has taken place when Congress has been in power. This criticism, though incorrect, is a sign of extreme frustration on the part of the victims of the violence and they can see that some action on the part of Congress could have saved the situation. But that, intervention of Congress to stop the violence, generally does not take place. There are two deeper reasons of this Congress inaction. One, the communal forces have infiltrated various wings of our state apparatus, police, bureaucracy, even army and judiciary as pointed out by Digvijay Singh. And second, as Nehru had correctly warned that many a power seekers who are communal have entered Congress without any conviction for secular values. One must say on this score that the party has been very lax, and has kept short term electoral compulsions above the ones of principled politics. Its stand on the highly biased Ayodhya judgment has again reminded us that this party is not bold enough to call the spade a spade. The Congress kept quiet on Ayodhya verdict while as a matter of fact this judgment has been far away from the values of Indian Constitution, from the secular and democratic ethos of our freedom movement of which Congress under Gandhi and Nehru was the moving force. Still one will welcome the statement of Congress President if Congress really adopts a principled secular stand. In that case will it ensure that Ayodhya judgment is evaluated as per the secular ethos, as per the justice to the minority community? If Congress is principled in its secularism it must take up the affirmative action for minorities in full gear. The implementation of Sachar Committee report, that of Rangnath Mishra Committee recommendation can’t be kept in the cold freeze and at the same time claim the secular tag? Will Congress take up the battle against the distortion of history, the word of mouth propaganda against minorities, spreading of religious prejudices against minorities? Is it equipped to take on the multiple tasks which are needed to preserve and promote secular values? Does it train its cadres in the values of secularism and democracy? While the recruitment drive for membership of Congress is in full swing, what are the efforts to ensure that the new recruits are not carrying the baggage of communal biases prevalent in the society? There is an in-depth need to train the existing and new members of political parties owning allegiance to secular democratic nationalism to take up the awareness and training programs which are able to oppose the religious hatred prevalent in the society. Short of these the claims of Congress President will just be declaration of the intent lacking in any substance. And what about the statement of Digaviyay Singh in which he warned about the infiltration of communal elements in the state apparatus? Will a strategy be devised to ensure that all the state officials are really committed to secular democratic values and are not acting on the ground of communal bias. True, communalists have sowed their seeds all over, so what is the strategy of a secular party to counter this? Mr. Singh also said that communal forces are targeting minorities a la Nazis in Germany. A correct observation, but what is being done to counter that is the real question and a challenge which needs to be taken up. ( Ram Puniyani )
Another Twist to Deoband-Jamiat Spat
Maulana Syed Arshad Madni, president of a fraction of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind and a contender for the post of Muhtamim-ship (VC) of Darul Uloom Deoband against Maul. Ghulam Muhammad Wastanwi has recently given another serious twist to the whole Deoband-Jamiat controversy. Maul. Madni has dissolved his state Jamiat body in Assam where Maul. Badruddin Ajmal has been president for years and appointed diehard Congress men as members of an ad-hoc committee headed by tow time Congress MLA Maul. Abdul Jalil Raghibi. Interestingly Maul. Raghibi used to be an MLA in Jamunamokh constituency from where Maul. Ajmal won his first election with record margin and later his brother Sirajuddin Ajmal retained the seat for All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). Maul. Abdul Jalil Raghibi is among those who formed United Minority Front (UMF) in 1985 and won assembly election in 1986 but later he along with other 11 UMF MLAs merged to Congress before 1991 assembly election. In 1986 assembly election UMF won 17 seats in its maiden attempt and forced Indian National Congress a heavy blow. The national party was reduced to the opposition chairs in the state assembly for the first time in the post-independence India and Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) came to power. But in the 1991 assembly election Raghibi and Ghulam Usmani fraction of UMF merged to Congress, following a Congress-Jamiat ‘understanding’ in Delhi which left a weak portion headed by Hafiz Rashid Ahmad Chaudhury (present AIUDF working president) alone in the UMF. As a result the Congress came in to power once again with absolute majority and UMF got Zero. The recent abrupt decision of Maul. Arshad Madni against Assam state Jamiat Ulama president Maul. Badruddin Ajmal, who is also All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) president and Lok Sabha MP, is seen as reactionary measure following two major incidences. Maul. Arshad Madni remained in complete proximity with Indian National Congress both in the State as well as in the Centre ever since AIUDF has given a tough fight against Congress in the last Lok Sabha election in 2009. AIUDF won one and caused defeat in at least four Lok Sabha seats to Congress. AIUDF’s prospects in the up coming assembly election in Assam, scheduled to be in March-April this year, is even much brighter if the present trends remain intact with the nascent party till polling day. Very recently – in the past 20 days – Maul. Arshad Madni, Maul. Raghibi and a few others had several meetings with Congress top brass including Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Delhi and Guwahati. The Congress wants either merger of AIUDF as it did with United Minority Front (UMF) in nineties or at least a pre-poll alliance with AIUDF. Jamiat Ulama-e Hind has been in the forefront in formation of both UMF and AIUDF, thus bargaining with Jamiat can be considered as common politicking of the Congress. But what is uncommon is that Maul. Arshad Jamiat openly came inline with the Congress once again and decided to favour ‘forefather’s party’ in Assam and asked AIUDF president to follow the suit which was unanimously rejected by the AIUDF members. This rejection of the Congress dictate, to me, has invited ‘punishment’ for Maul. Badruddin Ajmal. The second reason for Maul. Ajmal to get him self in troubled water is the recent appointment of Maul. Ghulam Muhammad Wastanwi as Mohtamim (VC) of Darul Uloom Deoband. It was a Shoora (Executive body) decision in 2008 following the ugly spat in Jamiat Ulama-e Hind between Maul. Arshad and Maul. Mahmood Madni groups that any faculty member having a post in either Jamiat would be ineligible for an official post in Darul Uloom. During Shoora meeting in 9 February 2011, Maul. Badruddin Ajmal along with 8 other members decided to stay with the previous resolution and voted Maul. Ghulam Muhammad Wastanwi as new VC of Darul Uloom against Maul. Arshad Madni’s candidature. The vote of those 8 members, some of them talked to me, was merely to keep Darul Uloom’s campus free from Jamiat’s internal differences. Since both the fractions were desirous to see their favourite candidates as the Mohtamim of Darul Uloom. Choosing any of the disputed candidates meant inviting in campus differences. Maulana Ajmal’s decision to vote Maul. Wastanwi has annoyed Maul. Arshad Madni as much as that he reportedly started speaking against Maul. Badruddin Ajmal in public. Later Maul. Wastanwi’s alleged ‘Modi-loved’ statement in media provided enough space for the Arshad Madni camp to go for an open confrontation. The game is still on and the Heaven alone knows what next. SMS and signatures campaigns in and around Deoband is aggressively continued to affect scheduled 23rd February Shoora meeting. A major chunk of students in Darul Uloom Deoband are already affected by the Wastanwi — Arshad Madni tussles. Last month some of them have gone for a strike demanding Maul. Wastanwi’s immediate resignation as VC of Darul Uloom. If the situation is not wisely controlled by the community leaders— which appears to be slipping from Shoora members grip, I am afraid, it may harm Darul Uloom’s educational tempo where the half yearly exam is due next month. ...................... By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi
Order Passed by Rohini Court Delhi on Social Networking websits
This is the order passed on December 20, 2011 by Addl. Civil Judge Mukesh Kumar of the Rohini Courts, New Delhi. All errors of spelling, syntax, logic, and law are present in the original. Suit No 505/11 Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi vs. Facebook etc. 20.12.11 Fresh suit received by assignment. It be checked and registered. Present: Plaintiff in person with Ld. Counsel. Ld. Counsel for plaintiff prayed for ex-parte ad-interim injunction. He has filed the present suit for permanent and mandatory injunction against 22 defendants who are running their social networking websites under the name of Facebook, Google India (P) Ltd., Yahoo India (P) Ltd., Microsoft India (P) Ltd., Orkut, Youtube etc as shown in the memo of parties in the plaint. It is submitted that plaintiff is an active citizen of India and residing at the given address and he believes in Secular, Socialist and Democratic India professing Muslim religion. It is further submitted that the contents which are uploaded by some of the miscreants through these social networking websites mentioned above are highly objectionable and unacceptable by any set of the society as the contents being published through the aforesaid websites are derogatory, per-se inflammatory and defamatory which cannot be acceptable by any of the society professing any religion. Even if the same is allowed to be published through these social networking websites and if anybody will take out the print and circulated amongst any of the community whether it is Muslim or Hindu or Sikh, then definitely there would be rioting at mass level which may result into serious law and order problem in the country. Where the miscreants have not even spare any of the religion, even they have created defamatory articles and pictures against the Prophet Mohammad, the Hindu goddess Durga, Laxmi, Lord Ganesha and many other Hindu gods which are being worshiped by the people of Hindu community. It is prayed by the counsel for plaintiff that the defendants may be directed to remove these defamatory and derogatory articles and pictures from their social websites and they should be restrained from publishing the same anywhere through Internet or in any manner. It is further submitted that the social websites are being utilised by the every person of whatever age of he is whether he is 7 years old or 80 years old. These defamatory articles will certainly corrupt not only young minds below the 18 years of age but also corrupt the minds of all age group persons. It is further submitted that even the miscreants have not spared the leaders of any political party whether it is BJP, Congress, Shiv Sena or any other political party doing their political activities in India, which may further vitiate the minds of every individual and may result into political rivalry by raising allegations against each other. I have gone through the record carefully wherein the plaintiff has also filed a CD containing all the defamatory articles and photographs, plaintiff also wants to file certain defamatory and obscene photographs of the Prophet Mohammad and Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Photographs are returned to the plaintiff, although, the defamatory written articles are taken on record. Same be kept in sealed cover. In my considered opinion, the photographs shown by the plaintiff having content of defamation and derogation against the sentiments of every community. In such circumstances, I am of the view that the plaintiff has a prima facie case in his favour. Moreover, balance of convenience also lies against the defendants and in favour of the plaintiff. Moreover, if the defendants will not be directed to remove the defamatory articles and contents from their social networking websites, then not only the plaintiff but every individual who is having religious sentiments would suffer irreparable loss and injury which cannot be compensated in terms of money. Accordingly, in view of the above discussion, taking in consideration the facts and circumstances and nature of the suit filed by the plaintiff where every time these social networking websites are being used by the public at large and there is every apprehension of mischief in the public, the defendants are hereby restrained from publishing the defamatory articles shown by the plaintiff and contained in the CD filed by the plaintiff immediately on service of this order and notice. Defendants are further directed to remove the same from their social networking websites. Application under Order 39 Rule 1 & 2 CPC stands allowed and disposed of accordingly. Summons be issued to the defendants on filing of PF/RO/Speed Post. The defendants having their addresses in different places may be served as per the provisions of Order 5 CPC. Reader of this court is directed to keep the documents and CD in a sealed cover. Plaintiff is directed to get served the defendants along with all the documents. Plaintiff is further directed to ensure the compliance of the provisions under Order 39 Rule 3 CPC and file an affidavit in this regard. Copy of this order be given dasti. Put up for further proceedings on 24.12.11. Sd/- (Mukesh Kumar) ACJ-cum-ARC, N-W Rohini Courts, Delhi
Like never before, I the Muslim am seen as the root cause of nation’s problems

‘Like never before, I the Muslim am seen as the root cause of nation’s problems’


With six MPs, the Lok Janshakti Party may not count for much in the 330-plus ruling NDA. But ABDUL KHALIQ, secretary general of LJP, is the first ally to speak out against ‘the unfettered hate being spewed’ against Muslims by ‘a long list of hate mongers’


The by-election results in Bihar and UP are being viewed as a vindication of the deep-rooted and strong secular credentials of the nation. As heartening to the secular devotees is the Prime Minister’s statement that Indian Muslims would live and die for the country. However, the fact that the PM has thought it necessary to underline the patriotism of Muslims is in itself deeply disturbing. Implicit in the statement is the frightening reality of how the Muslim is viewed in today’s India.


I am an Indian but the fact that I am a Muslim has endangered my claim to equal citizenship. I say this not because of our laws which are unexceptionable but because of the mind-numbing environment of hostility and prejudice, the inexorable growth of sheer  distrust and hatred for the Muslim and all that he represents.


Although the Muslims are near the bottom of the socio-economic ladder and at par with the Dalits in almost every human development index, the public discourse today is not about the economic and educational backwardness of this beleaguered community but about the huge affliction they are in the nation’s social fabric.

The plight of the ordinary Muslim is getting progressively worse. Living on the margins of society, he has always been up against it in the field of education, in the job market, even when looking for accommodation. He is also burdened with the stigma of being in tacit collusion with terrorists. But hitherto, the discrimination and the distrust of the Muslim were covert. Now the gloves are off and the hatred is in-your-face. Like never before, the Muslim is viewed not just as “the other” but as the root cause of the nation’s problems. The most pernicious myths are being given the widest publicity — about forced conversion of Hindu girls as a “love jihad” conspiracy to distort the population ratio, about every conversion to Islam creating one more enemy for Hindus, about 90 per cent of all rapes being committed by Muslims, about Muslims provoking riots, about there being no place for non-Muslims in areas where there are more than 35 per cent Muslims. The miasma of distrust, of hate, of prejudice hangs like a black cloud over the community. Today Praveen Togadia is passé. What was the narrative of the shakhas and the fulminations of right wing fundamentalists are now mainstream discourse. The most inflammatory and divisive rhetoric has become commonplace. Leading a long list of hate mongers, Member of Parliament, Sakshi Maharaj, uses the public platform to allege that the madrasas across the country are imparting the ‘education of terror’ and ‘love jihad’. Maneka Gandhi, Minister and inveterate animal lover, has no qualms in making the outrageously mendacious statement that profits from trade of slaughtered animals go into financing terrorism. Senior police officers express the most poisonous views against Muslims and Islam in their internet discussion forum on Yahoo. At a time when there are legitimate fears of Hindu majoritarianism, a Supreme Court judge has publicly announced that if he had been the dictator of India, he would have introduced Gita and Mahabharata in schools. Tragically, these deviant thoughts, which violate the basic canons of secular humanism, are not an aberration but an everyday, recurring theme in our fractured society. In this iniquitous environment where even allegedly secular parties tango to the politics of community and caste, rational but lonesome voices like Fali Nariman, Rajmohan Gandhi and Meghnad Desai have warned against the anti-minority bigotry and rabid hate being freely aired in the public space and the studied silence of the governing class. Significantly, Nariman in his keynote address at a National Minorities Commission forum had exhorted the commission to fulfill its constitutional mandate of protecting the interests of minorities by filing criminal complaints and taking other strong measures to counter the hate tirades against minorities. In limp response, the commission has appealed to the Home Minister to take suitable action, thereby reinforcing the view of minorities that they cannot depend on state institutions for redress of their problems. It is unfortunate that the observations of such enlightened individuals do not constitute “breaking news” and are hence consigned to peripheral by lines whereas the hate-soaked ranting of a Yogi Adityanath captures banner headlines and ‘eyeballs’. With the media’s lopsided focus on the sensational, everybody knows what the Yogi has said. But the rational voice is muted. It is high time that the media seriously introspected on how it projects such nation-threatening issues. Significantly, those who are working to create a permanent rift between communities and isolate the Muslims are actually executing the pernicious plot of the separatists and other enemies of the state who thrive on social discord. It is foolhardy to believe that the nation can progress by banishing 150 million Indians into ghettoes and isolation. Our Prime Minister has, in that most compelling slogan “Sabke saath sabka vikas”, nailed the panacea for the nation’s problems. This slogan needs to become a reality or else we face the deluge.

 (The writer, a former civil servant, is secretary general of the Lok Janshakti Party. The views are personal) 

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