SPECIAL REPORT: Encounter Specialist Vanzara continues with Muslim hate in jail, pens anti-Muslim poem

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 30 March 2012 | Posted in , , , , ,

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: Gujarat's encounter specialist and suspended super cop D.G, Vanzara who is in Ahmedabad jail alleged involved in many fake encounters of Muslims including Mumbai based ishrat Jahan, once again opened pandora box by writing some anti-Muslim poems in his books recently.

Former Director General of Police S S Khandwawala launched poetry books written by suspended cop D G Vanzara in a function organised by Sabarmati Central Jail authorities last week. Shabir Khandwawala is also known as the stooge of Narendra Modi. Vanzara, an undertrial prisoner in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, is lodged in the jail since 2007.

During his speech, an emotional Vanzara reminisced his days in the police force and showered praises on Khandwawala with whom he has worked, calling the former DGP a “wonderful human being” and a “good officer”.

He went on to say: “On behalf of all the prisoners I thank the officers present here.”

Vanzara’s books contain 270 poems written on a range of subjects — Sachin Tendulkar, Anna Hazare, Osama bin Laden, July 26 blasts and Kasab to name a few — over the last five years. He has also penned a few lines on his sons Parth and Arjun.

Vanzara’s take on jihadis in his book is likely to create controversy, sources said. It reads:

Wahabeeo ni aulado ne,
Nirday thai ne maro;
Chagdi nakho jehadioney,
Sindhu par bhagavo.
Jinnah chhe ek maha jehadi,
Tena geet na gao;
Masali nakho mavalio ne,
Sindhu par bhagavo.

(Kill the children of the Wahabis mercilessly and crush the jihadis; Jinnah is a jihadi, don’t sing his songs; crush these anti-social elements and send them across the Sindhu).

Reacting sharply, social activist and riot affected Dr. J.S. Bandukwala said in a statement that this is shameful for the Muslims of Gujarat. Khadwawala forgot that at least 15 innocent Muslims lost their lives in fake encounters carried out by Vanzara to please Modi. Moreover, it is believed that Shorabuddin's wife Kausar was even raped before being killed. Now, to our shame a prominent Muslim has honoured such a man in public.

Muslims in India, particularly in Gujarat, are very sensitive to prominent Muslims bowing down to those who have caused great harm to the community. The manner in which the Dawoodi Bohra head priest, the Syedna, has gone out of his way to please Narendra Modi is shocking. In spite of the huge loss suffered by Bohras during the 2002 tragedy, the Syedna made immediate peace with Modi, and publicly felicitated him in the Surat, within months f the 2002 killings, he added.

That relationship continues to this day, with Bohras being the main Muslim participants in Modi's Sadbhavna fasts. Oddly, one of the Bohra priest even fell on Modi's feet in public. Modi has used this Bohra acceptance to claim that Muslims in Gujarat have now forgotten the 2002 events. Further, he has succeeded in dividing the Muslim community, Dr. Bandukwala claimed.
Similar developements occured a week ago when Najma Heptullah went out of her way to be win the BJP nomination to the Rajya Sabha. She has already been in the Rajya Sabha for at least 30 years, benefittng from her claim as the niece of Maulana Azad.What was the need for her to go so far to win L.K.Advani's favour, when he was the very man who destroyed Babri Masjid.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

OPINION: Muslim leaders should learn strategy from Sikh leaders

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By Kaleem Kawaja

Rajoana is a Sikh terrorist in Punjab who has been convicted by several high courts and supreme court for assasinating Beant Singh, the then chief minister of Punjab in 1995. After his mercy petition was rejected by the President his hanging was scheduled for March 31. But in the last one week several major Sikh organizations including SGPC (Shromini Grudwara Protection Committee) have launched a major public campaign against the orders of the supreme court and government being carried out on the convicted terrorist Rajoana. The result is that the UPA govt that talks so tough on terrorism has buckled and has suspended the execution of Rajoana and is proposing that the death sentence confirmed by the supreme court be reconsidered.

In contrast when it comes to Muslims, whenever a terrorist action occurs anywhere some innocent Muslims are arrested and the entire Muslim community in the country is made to feel guilty. And they have no recourse. From Batla House youth three years ago to the harassment of Muslims in Azamgarh to journalist Kazmi who was recently arrested in the Israeli diplomat attack conspiracy, there is a long string of such unjust government targeting of vulnerable Muslims in the name of fighting terrorism.

In the last three years many Muslim organizations have made appeals to the UPA government at the center and Congress government in Delhi state to conduct an enquiry into the Batla House incident and release the innocent Muslim youth who are languishing in jails on false charges. But no one in the government cares a hoot for that. In the last one month many Muslim groups have protested the arrest of journalist Kazmi who has been falsely implicated and arrested in the case of the attack on an Israeli diplomat's wife. The government has arrested Kazmi just to please the Israeli government. Again the government does not give a damn to the Muslims' demands and appeals.

At the same time the same secular UPA government and Congress party are endlessly telling Muslims that they are the friends of Muslims and will fulfill all of their genuine demands. Muslim leaders need to think seriously why Muslims being 15% of the country's population and voters for the UPA/Congress government over the years, the government does not listen to even their most elementary and just demands. But it very quickly reverses its most serious and top level decisions when it comes to Sikhs who are less than 3% of the population. And Sikhs do not even vote for UPA/Congress. What is the flaw in the strategy of the Muslim leaders and organizations? Maybe the government understands only a certain language and Muslim leaders do not speak in that language. Why should Muslims not learn from the srategy of Sikhs - a much smaller but much more successful religious minority?

Why are Muslims afraid of adopting strategies similar to those adopted by Sikhs?

Similarly while the government implemented an amendent in the Indian constitution to allow OBC Sikhs reservation under the Mandal Commission, it refuses to listen to the vociferous demands of a much larger OBC Muslim subcommunity to allow them the same facility. Why is that so? For how long and how much inequality and injustice Muslims can withstand in the country where they have lived and for which they have died for a thousand years?

Why do the leaders of 150 million Muslims not assert their very basic rights? Why are the lessons from the elections in the last 18 months in the states of Assam, Bengal, Bihar, UP that if Muslims adopt smart strategy they can have a voice in decisionmaking, not trickle down into the strategies of Muslim leaders at least on life and death issues of the Indian Muslim qaum?

[Kaleem Kawaja is a community activist based at Washington DC. He can be reached on: kaleemkawaja@gmail.com]

Cancer cases tied to religion, region in India

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Mumbai: A youngster living in India's northeast is four times more likely to develop and succumb to cancer in his lifetime as compared to a youngster living in Bihar. A Muslim woman is less likely than her Hindu counterpart to die of cervical cancer, which kills one Indian woman every seven minutes. Clearly, India's diversity is reflected in how cancer behaves and kills here.

The first-ever study on India's cancer deaths shows that the area one lives in, his or her economic and educational status and religion contribute to the malady's outcome.

An Indian living in rural areas, it reveals, has a lower risk of developing cancer but a higher chance of succumbing to it once afflicted. Called the Million Death Study, its first findings were published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday. Its main collaborators - Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital and the Centre for Global Health Research - held a press conference to explain the study's nuances.

The study maps how the 'Emperor of Maladies' prevails and results in almost 6 lakh deaths annually.

Seven out of every 10 deaths, it says, occurs among people who are in the 30-69 age group. Cancer is a disease of the aged in the West, which has a high prevalence of cancer and cancer-related deaths. "In comparison to the West, deaths among Indian men is lower by 40% and among Indian women by 30%," said the study's co-author from the University of Toronto, Prabhat Jha. "But cancer deaths in the West mainly occur in the 70-plus group. More than half of the deaths are among this group."

India's uneven literacy patterns too is reflected in MDS. MDS shows that uneducated adults are two times more likely to die from cancer than the most educated ones. Doctors say that lack of education and awareness often led to poor or late detection.

Among uneducated men, the death rate was 106 per 1 lakh; and among uneducated women it was 107 per 1 lakh. In contrast, those with secondary and higher education had lower death rates-46 per 1 lakh in men and 43 per 1 lakh in women.

MDS proved once again that tobacco is the single biggest common cause for cancer deaths. Cancers caused by tobacco use contributed to almost 1.2 lakh deaths in 2010 and was responsible for over 40% of male and nearly 20% of female cancers.

MDS is one of the first population-based health studies in India. Previous cancer estimates relied on data maintained by cancer centres that are mainly located in urban areas. "As 70% of Indians live in rural areas, we thought it was time we got a better estimate," said Dr Jha.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

Muslim Spelling Bee competition conducts California regional competition at Orange Crescent School, California

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By Dipak Patel

California, USA: The nationwide World’s first Muslim Spelling Bee competition hosted its second regional competition at Orange Crescent School, New Jersey which was held on March 17, 2012 and students from Islamic, Public, Private and Home School from West Coast and adjoining states participated.

The event started at 8.30 am with registration and followed by recitation of the Holy Quran by the Mohammad Abdullah Arif and translation by Musaab Bin Tariq both from Orange Crescent School. The participants were divided according to their ages into 3 groups A, B & C and they were guided by the volunteers to their respective sitting arrangements.

The Boad of Director of Orange Crescent School Sr. Farhat Khan introduced the founders of the Muslim Spelling Bee -Tausif Malik & Dr.Asma Rizvi and the Imam Suhail Mulla, Islamic Society of Orange County.

The Board, Principal of Orange Crescent School, Islamic Society of Orange County and founders of Muslim Spelling Bee welcomed and thanked everyone present at the event and this was followed by the competition of Group A which consisted of students up to 8 years old and which had the highest numbers of participants. After Group A, Group B was called on stage for the competition and followed by Group C.All the finalists regaled the audience with their tough competition.The pronouncers for the competition were Hira Hasnain, Ann Ghanem and Muhaiminul Islam and Judges Maksuda Parveen, Nida Aslam and Myra Mughal and they were supported by volunteers Qamar Mughal, Nasreen Patel and Anam Aslam.

The winners of Group A First Position Aaminah Fatimah Mohammed (Natoma Station Elementary) & Second Position Seif Hesham El Askary(Orange Crescent School).
The winners of Group B First Position joint winners Maya Ghanem (Earths Magnet School in Newbury Park) & Safiyah Amin Lakhany (Orange Crescent School) & Second Position Neha Farhan (Lincoln Alternative School Corona).

The winners of Group C First Position Maryam Arshi Bharucha (Daar Ul Ilm - Institute of Knowledge) & Second Position Sana Zehra (Harker School).

The event concluded with award ceremony and awards were presented to the winners by Committee of Muslim Spelling Bee at Orange Crescent School, which included Huma Hasnain, Salma Dadabhoy and Naseem Shariff.

Orange Crescent principal Dr.Parisa Popalzai said that “It is an honor to host the World’s First Muslim Spelling Bee California regional competition and it truly unites the Muslim Community through education, thank you for coming and we are looking forward for seeing you all next year, InshaAllah”.She further added that “Thank you Br.Tausif and Dr.Asma Rizvi for starting this program”.

Human Hasnain the Chairperson of the Committee of Muslim Spelling Bee at Orange Crescent School said that “Spelling bee is our school forte and we were excited to host the Muslim Spelling Bee and it is an exciting experience for all of us and we are looking forward for the next year competion”.

According to Muslim Spelling Bee founders all the participants are winners as they worked hard and learned value of education and competition and hence they were awarded with participation certificates.

According to message sent by Sara Taher Khan, CEO of TV ONE Global, which is the official television and radio partner of Muslim Spelling Bee competition, said that we would be recording and broadcasting the event shortly. She further said that “TVONE global is available for subscribers on DishNetwork Channel 904 as part of the Pak Mega Pak and On Rogers channel 857 in Canada. We will be having a Free to air session in Canada shortly, so they will be able to see the promos etc.

Dr. Asma Rizvi co-founder Muslim Spelling Bee thanked everyone and informed about the forthcoming regional competition to be held in New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas (Dallas & Houston), Florida and Georgia.

Sheikh-ul-Alam chair of Kashmir University organized extension lectures at Banihal

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By Raja Muneeb

Banihal: Markaz-i-Noor, Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair, University of Kashmir organized an impressive programme at Government Degree College Banihal the other day. The programme wherein an extension lectures on the topic “Alamdar and his message with special reference to his influence of the society of Jammuites” was delivered by eminent Urdu and Kashmiri writer Manshoor Banhali.

The programme attended by galaxy of scholars writers and devotees of Sheikh-ul-Alam (RA), was presided over by Mr. Ghulam Nabi Gowhar while as Prof. Margoob Banhali and Rukhsana Jabeen, Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar were also in the presidium.

Chairman of Markaz-i-Noor, Sheikh-ul-Alam Chair, Prof. Basher Bashir while welcoming the guests said that the Alamdar is the standard bearer not only for the Kashmiris living in the valley but for the whole human race. He thanked the people of Banihal and other parts of the state who heartedly invited functionaries of the chair to conduct more and more programmes on great saint poet of Kashmir Sheikh Noor-u-Din Noorani (RA). He said that since Sheikh-ul-Alam (RA) has a lineage with the Jammu division so it is obligatory for us to conduct more and more progammes in the division also. He further said that we find a good number of words in the poetry of Shiekh-ul-Alam (RA) which have still currency in areas of Jammu division but are not used in preset day modern spoken Kashmir in the valley of Kashmir. As such the study of these areas and the dialects of language spoken therein is an important area of Sheikh-ul-Alam (RA) studies.

The lecture delivered by Manshoor Banhali generated a warm debate and discussion among the participants and it was unanimously said that the best tribute to Sheikh-ul-Alam (RA) is to preserve Kashmiri language ethos at large. Prof. Margoob Banhali in his thought provoking address said that Sheikh-ul-Alam chair is making history by organizing such programmes in Jammu division. He hailed efforts of Prof. Basher Bashir and his colleagues. 

While delivering presidential address, Ghulam Nabi Gowhar pointed the peculiarities of language spoken in Kishtwar and Banihal and laid stress on launching of research projects through which the similarities of this dialect with poetry of Shiekh-ul-Alam (RA) could be highlighted. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Aziz Hajini of Sheikh-ul-Alam chair. He conducted the proceedings of the event as well. The exhibition of the publication of the chair was an attractive part of the event.

[Raja Muneeb is a Journalist based in J&K. He can be contacted at rajamuneeb27@gmail.com]

Interfaith Bohemian in India

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 29 March 2012 | Posted in , , , , ,

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

There is a sea change in Hindu Muslim relationship from days of the 1990's to the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium in India.

Those who have been witness to the era 1990s can recall the trail of blood and mayhem that was let loose on the country for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

At that point of time Muslims in India ran helter and skelter hiding their identity, as Hindu zealots destroyed their place of worship - the Babari mosque.

In contrast, current era of communal atmosphere can be characterized as one of bliss and harmony. There are two shining example that stands tall in the current situation and needs to be chronicled in bold letters.

The first one is from Kamepally village of Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh where Hindus have donated land for the construction of the mosque and the second is from Gaya, a district town in Bihar, where Muslims have come forward to help construct the Hindu's place of religious worship.

In a rare gesture of communal harmony, the grandsons of Basawyya and Achamma of Kamepally village of Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh, donated a piece of land measuring 300 square yards for the construction of a mosque in their village.

Kamepally village has 40 Muslim houses in a locality of 400 households. The need for a mosque was felt for long time in this village. But as the Muslims in this village are poor, they could not afford a place of their own for community worship.

The residents of this village when saw that there was a church and a temple in the village, but no mosque, they unanimously decided to have a mosque as well.

The Hindu philanthropist then generously decided to gift a piece of land to the Muslim community for constructing a mosque.

Following that, the Sahitya Trust (IMRP) came forward to construct the mosque. The mosque that was built with a sum of six lakh rupees, also houses a school/ madarsa in its premises.
The mosque had 1000 attendees present at its inauguration ceremony. A non-Muslim at that time announced that he would contribute Rs. 500 per month for the expenses of up keeping this mosque.

This is something unique when we compare to the days of 1990's when all round the country there was Hindu- Muslim discord and a vocal call from the Hindu group for constructing the temple on the very site where Babari Masjid stood, “Mandir Whain Banegye.”

The other example of communal harmony comes from Gaya, Bihar. Here Muslims have come forward to build a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Durga. They did so not just by making donations but also supervising the construction of the temple.

The temple is located at the Loco Colony near the railway station in Gaya town. There was active help from the Muslims residing in the colony, all of whom are railway employees.
The foundation of the temple was laid in 2010 and since then Hindus and Muslims worked together to construct the Hindu place of worship.

Muslim community donated and collected funds worth nearly five lakh rupees for this temple and no wonder it stands out as a true symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity in Gaya.

Gaya is considered a communally-sensitive with over a dozen of Muslim dominated localities in this town. Ahead of every Assembly poll, there is sharp communal polarization of votes.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cashing on the insecurity of the Hindus has been winning the assembly seat for over two decades. After the construction of the temple will the BJP is winning the next election too, is something that remains to be seen.

Well these are not isolated tales of communal harmony there are few more from our country. In a rare gesture some times ago, a Muslim from Begusarai district in Bihar donated his land for constructing a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Mohammad Fakhrool Islam of Bachwara village in Begusarai had given land for the construction of the temple. The most conspicuous part is Bachwara is a Muslim-dominated village.

In the same village some Hindus, some three decades ago, Hindus had donated a piece of land for the construction of a mazar.

These developments are something remarkable and a huge contrast from the days on the 1990's when there was a sharp polarization between Hindu's and Muslim communities.

The political mobilization centered on the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya created a wedge among communities whose wounds still remains unhealed.

Centuries of cohabitation and religious tolerance were torn into shreds when Hindu zealots spewed venom against Muslims in many nook and corners of north India.

“Babar Key Auladun ko, Juta Maro Salon ko”, (beat the sons of Babur with shoes) was the slogan that ranted the air.

It was on the insecurity of the Muslims, that some Hindu organization thought building their political ambitions in this country. Now after two decades, its time to introspect the veracity of that jingoist nationalism.

If we compare from those days to the present then we realize what a contrast situation now exits in India. A modicum of sanity has been developed and Hindu and Muslim community are trying to lead a life of peaceful coexistence.

The examples that Hindus having come forward to donate a piece of land for the construction of mosque in Andhra Pradesh and Muslims having collected money for the construction of temple in Gaya is the story how Indian civilization has progressed through millenniums.

The history living in peace and harmony between communities is longer than those of conflict and antagonism. The patches of grey are much smaller then the vibrant colors of peaceful coexistence.

The scars of the demolition of Babari Masjid, which many Muslims nurse even this day, is the shade of grey in the history of interfaith adjustment in India.

One may find solaces in the positive stories of interfaith reconciliation that are now are coming out at regular intervals from different parts of the country.

As the interfaith relationship improves in our country, these examples of communal harmony give way to hope for peaceful coexistence. The new narrative that are being written on the debris of the demolished mosque, clearly tells that India is a land of unity in diversity with some aberrations.

[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba@yahoo.com]

Bihar to appoint 34,000 Urdu teachers

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Patna: The state government would appoint 34,000 Urdu teachers for which written test had already been conducted, education minister P K Sahi said in the state assembly on Tuesday. The Urdu teachers would be posted in the secondary schools with coeducation. He was replying to the starred question of RJD member Dinesh Kumar Singh, who had sought opening of an Urdu secondary school for girls in Jagdishpur block under Bhojpur district.

Sahi said there was no such provision for opening a separate Urdu secondary school. He added that there was a provision for Urdu language teaching in secondary schools with coeducation. Joining the issue, leader of opposition in the assembly, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, said the government had opened Urdu primary and middle schools in the past as there was special provision for education of minority students.

His statement led to a verbal duel between Siddiqui and transport and information and public relations minister Brishen Patel. Supporting Sahi, Patel said opening Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi or any other language school at secondary level would divide the people. RJD members protested over Patel’s statement and raised slogans against the government.

Replying to a starred question of another member, Manorama Prasad, regarding alleged irregularities in supply of midday meal to three primary schools in Baria block in West Champaran district that were affected due to land erosion caused by Gandak river, Sahi said some irregularities were found in those schools during an inquiry. But Prasad said some people with vested interest had brought schoolchildren from nearby villages and teachers also reached there when the officials of education department visited the three schools for inspection.
To a call attention motion of Pradip Kumar, regarding illegal mining of mica in Rajauli Ghati in Nawada district and their illegal sale in Jharkhand by a syndicate, minister for mines and geology, Satyadeo Narain Arya, agreed that illegal mining was going on. He said that necessary steps were being taken to check it. On this, CM Nitish Kumar said if the member lodges a written complaint, he would get this inquired by the economic offences wing of the police.

(Courtesy: Bihar Foundation)

Kashmiri delegation calls on Sec General OIC

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By Raja Muneeb

Srinagar: Kashmiri delegation visiting OIC headquarters in Jeddah called on Sec General OIC Prof. Ekmeldin Ehsanoglu . The delegation was led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and included barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo,Nazir ahmed shawl . The sec general gave a very patient hearing to a briefing on current situation in Jammu and kashmir by Mirwaiz. Follwing the briefing the secvgenerals immediate reaction was that the OIC needs to be more proactive on Jammu and Kashmir issue. He agreed to the suggestion that in order to apprise the international opinion the contact group on kashmir needs to be expanded. He remarked that political, diplomatic, developmental and human rights aspect of the conflict on kashmir should be seriously addressed. He further said as the region is expecting new developments in the times to come in which Kashmir resolution becomes more and more crucial, therefore it is vital for the OIC to strengthen the bonds of goodwill between India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir and put its weight behind a result oriented peace process. Any ultimate result has to be in accordance with the genuine and legitimated aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Secretary General visualised that a closer coordination between OIC and the European Union on the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir will help create an effective mechanism for bringing and lead to the much needed reconciliation among the three parties to the Kashmir issue.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his initial briefing updated the secretary general with the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In this context he referred to political realities and human rights situation on the ground emphasing the fact that the APHC is committed to a peaceful resolution of the kashmir conflict and in this regard is willing to engage with india and pakistan but at the same time he expressed his reservation that this process may not be entirely successful unless provided a congenial atmosphere is not created in the state of Jammu and kashmir particularly widthdrawing all draconian laws including the Armed forces special power act.

Mirwaiz appreciated the efforts of the Secretary general in transforming the organisation into a more vibrant and forceful voice of the ummah around the globe. Th and conveyed on behalf of the people ofbjammu and kashmir. The secretary general very kindly accepted the invitation of Mirwaiz on behalf of the people of Jammu and kashmir to visit he state of Jammu and kashmir . The secretary general assured the delegation that OIC will strengthen its relations with the true representatives of Kashmir.

[Raja Muneeb is a Journalist based in J&K. He can be contacted at rajamuneeb27@gmail.com]

Celebrities hail vibrant Bihar

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Patna: Winds of change blowing across Bihar has made the celebrities performing at the three-day Bihar centenary celebrations feel proud of being associated with the event.

“It is beginning of a new era for Bihar and the whole country should help in progress of the state,” said Ustad Amjad Khan, the noted sarod player. Saying that “Bihar has contributed in making me what I am today”, he offered his services to visit music institutions in the state to guide both the students and teachers there. He said he would like to perform with his sons here the next time. Completing a hundred years is a momentous occasion."

Bihar has gone through ups and downs and now emerged as a fast developing state,” said Kailash Kher, the Bollywood’s Sufi singer. After suffering much pain, the state can now give a new direction to the country, he said. Kher advised the younger generation of Bihar to stop migrating and start contributing to welfare of the state.

Vocalist Ustad Mustafa Khan expressed happiness that Bihar is again reviving its past cultural glory by organizing major programmes, like it used to do in ’70s and ’80s. “Ghar ghar me bhara ullas, Jagmaga utha Bihar,” he said about the state. Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan, a classical vocalist, said, “I have performed in Bihar on many occasions and love the audience who enthusiastically respond to classical music. After a long gap, Bihar is organizing such musical events. I feel proud of being a part of this celebration.” Khan Legacy, comprising Murtaza Khan, Rabbani Khan, Qadir Khan and Hassan Khan,who are known for their classical music with a modern touch, specially Sufi songs, performed for the first time in Bihar as a band at Gandhi Maidan on Friday. “We feel fortunate for being a part of Bihar’s centenary celebrations,” they told TOI.

Wishing Biharis the best on the occasion, Rabbani said, “Bihar has a rich cultural heritage. These programmes will help the state in carrying the legacy of classical music to younger generation.” “Bihar has changed a lot.

I was not able to recognize any place here today, it looks so beautiful now,” said Indian mandolin player Padma Shri U Shrinivas,who came to Patna to perform at Durga Puja around two decades back when he was just 14 years old. “This (centenary celebrations) is a momentous occasion not only for the people of Bihar but also for the whole country,” he added.

(Courtesy: Bihar Foundation)

AMU Alumni Forum UAE host reception in honour of Bihar MLA Izhar Ahmed in Dubai

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IMO News Service

Dubai: AMU Alumni Forum UAE hosted a reception in the honor of Dr. Izhar Ahmad, MLA of Bihar ruling party JD (U) and Chairman of the Bihar Estimate Committee in Dubai. Dr. Izhar was on a private visit to Dubai on the special invitation from Mr. Omer Hejazeen, president, Bihar Foundation, an NGO operating in the UAE. The reception was organized on 10th March 2012 at Ibrahimi Restaurant in Dubai.

Dr. Izhar entered into politics at a very young age and has won Bihar Legislative Assembly Election twice from the same constituency. He is also a practicing Urdu journalist. He won Gaura Boram seat in Darbhanga in 2005 on the ticket of Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan but joined JD(U) of Nitish Kumar just before the 2010 assembly poll and he retained his seat.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Izhar highlighted the work of Mr. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar for the minorities. He counted permanent fencing of 4000 graveyards, fencing under progress of 4500 graveyards, allotment of 300 acre land for AMU Distance Campus in Kishanganj, 10 Crores rupees and 52 acre land for Maulana Mazharul Haque University in Patna, Granting fund and status to 3000 Madarsa and compulsory recruitment of Urdu teacher in each school in Bihar as some of the great achievement of Mr. Nitish’s governance in Bihar for the minorities.

Kutbur Rehman, President, AMU Alumni Forum UAE deliberated upon the conditions of the Muslim minority prevailing in different states across India. As per the surveys done, Muslims now belong to the backward category educationally and economically. The Minority has been underrepresented in the legislative process and they have no bargaining power in the power structure at the center and state level which increases their plight. The political parties have traditionally used Muslims for the vote bank politics and did nothing after winning elections after elections with their vote. Muslims need to be given their right at every level in the democratic set-up in India. He requested the youths to come forward and unite themselves to work towards uplifting of the community. He also requested the political parties to give the Muslims their due share in representation and implement policies for their upliftment without any biases. He also said that the AMU Alumni Forum UAE will work towards the political empowerment of Muslims in India and prepare an action plan for this.

Salman Ahmad Siddiqui, Vice President, Dubai Indian Islamic Centre (DIIC) stressed on the need of healthy and active participation in the democratic process and work cohesively with the UAE government to do the upliftment works in accordance with the law.
Hassan Aziz Amir handed over a letter written to Prime Minister to Dr. Izhar and requested the letter to be delivered to Nitish Kumar.

Building Bridges with Resurgent Islam

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S M Krishna's recent meet with Muslim Brotherhood chief speaks volumes

By Dr.Sheikh Showkat Hussain

During his trip to Egypt, Indian Foreign minister, S M Krishna made it a point to meet the chief of Muslim brotherhood in Egypt. This is a symbolic gesture in pursuit of coming to terms with emerging realities of the Muslim world. But facts which confront the globe in general and India in particular demand that these endeavors should go beyond symbolism. Ever since Muslim world was overtaken by the West in the era of colonization it triggered divergent trends among Muslims. Those who perceived Western imperialism to be a new manifestation of old Alexandrian dream of the globe under Western superiority opted an approach of absolute rejection towards everything Western. There were others who understood ascendance of the West as a logical consequence of the renaissance and wanted a similar process within Muslim community. They wanted the Muslim world to imbibe positives of the West in order to match it. The former approach was symbolized by Jamal din Afghani internationally and Deoband locally. Present day Taliban remain a vestige of this thought. The latter approach remained the guiding principle of Aligarh movement led by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Both these approaches suffered from a deficit of deeper understanding of the West and can be described as knee jerk reactions to an unanticipated domination of the colonial powers. Turkey the seat of Ottoman Khilafat under Kamal Ataturk became laboratory for experimentation of the second approach.

Both the rejectionist and the positive approaches however metamorphosed into a new response which had better understanding of the West as well as Islam in the thought process of Sir Muhammad Iqbal. He evaluated the Western thought process and identified the areas that could be opted and the areas which didn't suit the basic tenants of Islamic Civilization. Iqbal represented a matured synthesis of previous two approaches. Essence of his thought was for renaissance of ummah within the framework of original sources of Islam and reinterpreting the same in context of space and time of modern era. Thoughts of Iqbal however remained poetic abstractions. Rashid Ridah advocated similar ideas through his Almanar in the Arab World. Essence of this thought process was developed in the form of systematic doctrine by Abul Ala Maudoodi in the sub continent and Hassan al Bana in Egypt.

They laid down the foundation of two simultaneous Islamic movements based on revival of the spirit of ijtihad (reinterpretation) and jihad (efforts for implementation). The thought of Ikhwan and Jamaa’t catalyzed similar movements in other parts of the Muslim world. Ideology of these remained same. The thrust of these movements however, to a great extent was oriented by the local situations which they confronted. For quite some time they were not taken seriously by the global powers. At times however, they were perceived as tools of fighting the rival ideology during cold war era. Soviets and Chinese were positive towards Iranian revolutionaries perceiving them to be their own instruments in letting down a pro -Western regime of Raza Shah Phalvi. The West too was supportive of Islamists while they were fighting the regimes owing allegiance to socialist Ideology. During cold war most of the dictators in Middle East were in proximity of Soviets. It was logical for the West to be positive towards any opposition against them. This proximity reached to its climax during Afghan war.

Arab Spring has made it clear that Islam as an ideology and the way of life has become a dominant discourse and a force within the Muslim world. Turkey is abandoning Kamalism and is in process of rediscovering its Ottoman & Islamic roots.

India can' t remain indifferent to this emerging reality. Meeting of Krishna with Muslim Brotherhood chief must be seen in this backdrop. The question however remains whether this symbolic effort will suffice to understand and deal with this phenomenon. Whatever be estimation of the Indian foreign office skepticism is likely to dominate the relations between India and Islamic Middle East despite these gestures. There are historic, domestic & strategic reasons for it. Indian proximity with Israel & Indo-Pak friction always remains factor in Indo-Arab relations. With ascendance of resurgent Islam this arena is likely to assume extra importance. Kashmir & Communal riots in Inia have remained focus of Islamic Movements across the globe. One can't overlook shadow of these over relations between India & Arab world ruled by Islamists. Relation between the state and Islamic Movements within India too is a potential factor in this domain. No one should expect India to be perceived as friend by Islamists overseas while it remains vindictive to groups professing the same ideology domestically. Recession of minority development index (MDI) & honeymoon of India with Jamal Abdul Nasser while he was executing Muslim Brotherhood leadership remain two other potential impediments in the way of a trust worthy relationship between resurgent Islam & India.

After demise of communism as a political power and end of the cold war, world has plunged in to new confrontation between resurgent Islam & the West. Krishna is trying to sail through these troubled waters. Why can’t India adopt positive approach towards resurgent Islam and sail through this war fare as well? Prior to taking any policy initiative Indian state needs to address the potential irritants enumerated above.

(Courtesy: Greater Kashmir)

FBI Muslim Scandal: Documents show San Francisco FBI Office illegally collected information on local Muslims

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By Matt Apuzzo and Eileen Sullivan

Washington: The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday released records it obtained from the FBI that it said showed the bureau's San Francisco division used its Muslim outreach efforts to collect intelligence on religious activities protected by the Constitution.

Under the U.S. Privacy Act, the FBI is generally prohibited from maintaining records on how people practice their religion unless there is a clear law enforcement purpose. ACLU lawyers said the documents, which the organization obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed violations of that law.

After reviewing the ACLU documents, the FBI said the reports that contained notes about religious activity were appropriate because the agents were meeting with members of the Muslim community for law enforcement purposes.

The documents are from 2004 through 2008, before the FBI established a formal community outreach program and before it put in place sweeping new rules governing the collection of intelligence.

"Everyone understands that the FBI has a job to do, but it is wrong and counterproductive for the bureau to target American Muslim religious groups for secret intelligence gathering and place innocents at risk of investigation as national security threats," ACLU attorney Hina Shamsi said in a news release.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the FBI has stepped up its outreach to Muslim neighborhoods and efforts to recruit sources and gather intelligence in those areas. Though the federal government says those two efforts are completely separate, civil rights lawyers and some Muslims have complained that the FBI uses one to accomplish the other. The ACLU released a similar batch of documents last year.

The gathering of intelligence inside mosques has been the subject of public debate recently, following an Associated Press investigation into the New York Police Department's use of undercover officers and informants to report on the contents of sermons and the conversations inside mosques. Police secretly jotted down license plate numbers and snapped pictures as worshippers arriving at services, documents show.

In the case of the FBI, the meetings described in the ACLU documents were all overt – meaning FBI agents identified themselves. Typically they handed out business cards and asked how the FBI could help with problems in the community. Though it is not specified in the documents, it is common practice for the FBI to take notes during such visits, meaning participants in such conversations would know the FBI was documenting its visit.

"These 2004-2008 documents reflect that information was collected within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity, whether investigation or liaison, including activities designed to strengthen relationships in various communities," FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said. "Since that time, the FBI has formalized its community relations program to emphasize a greater distinction between outreach and operational activities."

Many of those whose businesses were catalogued in NYPD files said they had no problem with police collecting information, but wished the police had engaged them openly.

The ACLU, however, maintains that even during the FBI visits, people had no way to know that details about their religious practices were being stored.

"The FBI attended the afternoon prayer as well as a sermon," the FBI wrote in a 2005 document from a mosque in the northern California town of Seaside, Calif. The sermon "warned of the evils associated with the practice of earning interest on money."

FBI agents are required to document their contacts and their activities. In the documents released by the ACLU, religious information was included as an aside and was not the focus of the reports. But because the information was entered into FBI files at all, it was available to be searched by investigators nationwide.

(Courtesy: Huffington Post)

Bhopal’s Atif Aziz book published by Germany's Lambert Academic Publishing company

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: A German publishing house has published a book of Bhopal's young engineer Atif Aziz on Mechanical Engineering authored by him.

Atif Aziz book has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, in January this year which is entitle as “Investigating the modelling capabilities for freeform geometries”.
Atif is a young Mechanical Engineer who obtained his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He did his MBA from Bhopal’s Barkatullah University. He is the editor of a reputed International Journal of Ultra Scientist of Physical Sciences. He has worked in CSIR Laboratory, India. He has to his credit several articles which have been published in reputed journals.

He is the son of Dr. Aziz-ul-Hasan Ansari, Professor of Chemistry, who retired from local Saifia Post-Graduate College of Science.

Atif’s book investigates the capabilities of two softwares viz. Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) software and Mechanical Computer Aided Design, (MCAD), software on the modelling of artefacts which have got freeform geometry. In this modern world of competition products are not only designed considering the functionality but special considerations are given to its form/aesthetic which can bring a desire in the mind of consumer to own that product. It is used in Automobile Industry, Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and Aircraft Industry.

Feature modelling is nowadays the predominant way of product modelling. The modelling facilities of feature modelling systems are quite diverse, but a major shortcoming in nearly all of them is that their shape domain is limited to use of primitive shapes. Because of strength, flow, aesthetic or other requirements, products often contain freeform surfaces, the book states.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

KARNATAKA: ‘Rs 2-lakh cr’ land scam rocks Wakf Board

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Minorities’ panel ‘implicates’ politicians, IAS and KAS officers; chief fears for life

Bangalore: Misuse and encroachment of Wakf properties in the State have caused a whopping Rs two-lakh crore loss to the exchequer, dwarfing the 2G spectrum scam, the Karnataka State Minorities Commission claimed on Monday (March 26, 2012).

The Commission has ‘implicated’ almost all senior Muslim political leaders — most of them belonging to the Congress party — besides ‘indicting’ senior IAS, IPS and KAS officers.
The Commission has blamed politicians, including Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, MPs Dharam Singh and K Rehman Khan; MLA R Roshan Baig, former Union minister C K Jaffer Sharief, Iqbal Ansari, M S Ansari (late), Azeez Sait (late), Hindasgeri; MLAs Tanveer Sait, N A Haris, Qamrul Islam; former MPs Suryavamshi, Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi, among others, for the loss. It recommended that the Centre amend the Wakf Act 1995 so that “persons who have misused, encroached upon and illegally occupied Wakf properties are banned from contesting elections/ nominations, including to Wakf institutions and Board”.

It has also recommended criminal proceedings against those involved in the scam, and superseding of the Wakf Board by the government.

The Commission, which took up its study on the subject in Bidar district in November last year, submitted the 7,000-odd page report to Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Monday. The report is titled ‘Study on the misuse and encroachment of Wakf properties in Bidar district’.
Gowda said the government would ensure that the properties are recovered and the guilty punished.

Karnataka Minorities Commission chairperson Anwar Manipaddy demanded that the report be placed before the Legislature.

The total encroached land in Bidar is 1,803 acres (of 2,586 acres). Of the total estate value of Wakf properties worth Rs 410 lakh crore, properties worth Rs 2 lakh crore have been either encroached on or sold illegally. There are a total 33,741 registered properties in the State in 54,000 acres.

The Commission, which conducted its study in other districts, also including Gulbarga, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagaram and Koppal, has alleged misuse of properties, encroachments, illegal disposal, mismanagement and fraudulent acts committed by erstwhile heads of the Wakf Board, elected representatives, politicians and others.

Manipaddy said his life was under threat. “I received threats from various quarters. The present Wakf Board chairperson Syed Riyaz Ahmed, who is absconding, too threatened me. In January, he offered me a bribe of Rs 4 crore.”

Roshan Baig, Haris and Qamrul Islam, reacting to the report, said they were clueless how anyone could come to a conclusion that they were responsible for the misappropriate of Wakf properties. He said the government must order a CBI probe into the scam.


Keep the Wakf Board under suspension for 12 months to enable probe by the Lokayukta; constitute Wakf Properties Task Force to retrieve properties; constitute a high-powered committee to work out modalities to run the Board in a transparent manner; suspend present committee for one year; Committee should have two senior IAS officers, one retired judge, two NGOs and three persons from the Minorities Commission; appoint IAS officer Rajaneesh Goel as head of the Task Force; take up land audit of Wakf properties; resume second survey by creating a Special Purpose Vehicle; remove encroachments; jail term of five to 10 years, plus fine of double the value of property encroached, sold or purchased illegally; institute criminal proceedings against those involved in the Hopcoms scam; suspend present chairman Abdul Riyaz Khan responsible for sale of Hopcoms land belonging to Dargah Hazrath Khaderi.

Politicians, officials in dock

Politicians: Suryavamshi, former MP; Naseem Patel, land developer, local politician in Bidar; Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi, former MP; Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister; Dharam Singh, MP; Qamrul Islam, former minister, sitting MLA, member of Wakf Board; C M Ibrahim, former Union minister; Alhaj Syed Yaseen, MLA; Ashfaq Ahmed Chulbul, deputy mayor, Gulbarga; R Rahman Khan, MP; Syed Riyaz Ahmed – present chairman; Roshan Baig, former minister; N A Haris, MLA (his wife, mother); C K Jaffer Sharief – former Union minister; Azeez Sait, former minister; Tanveer Sait, president, Wakf institution; Iqbal Ansari, former minister; M S Ansari (late), former minister; Khalid Ahmed, former Board chairman; former minister Hindusgiri.

Officials: Salahuddin, IAS; M F Pasha, Retd IPS; M A Khalid, Retd KAS; Mohammed Sanaulla, IAS; Maaz Ahmed Sheriff, KAS; Anees Siraj, KAS; Sadiya Sultana, KAS; M A Khalid, Retd KAS, Maaz Ahmed Sheriff, KAS.

(Courtesy: Deccan Herald)

ANALYSIS: The road ahead is not smooth for Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh

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By Mohammad Shahid Parvez

Lucknow: As the euphoria over the young SP youth icon Akhilesh Yadav taking over the reins of power in the state dies expectations of the people with the new government rise. It is now time for the new Chief Minister to act to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people who overwhelmingly supported the party in the elections. Well aware of the people’s aspirations the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, while addressing party workers on the birth anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia, said that the party government would implement all the promises made in the election manifesto within a year. 

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while thanking the people on the occasion for reposing faith in his party reiterated his resolve to do whatever it takes to live up to their expectations. Earlier Akhilesh in his customery press conference after taking oath of office had vowed to weed out corruption from the state and fulfill all the promises made in the party manifesto. And true to his word the cabinet in its first meeting the same evening cleared unemployment allowance of Rs1000 per month to all those unemployed who have crossed the age of 35, tablets and laptops to those who have passed classes 10 and 12 respectively and a special incentive of Rs.30000 to all Muslim girls who pass class 10, besides fencing of all Muslim graveyards in the state. The cabinet also decided to restore students unions in higher educational institutions.

These announcements, in accordance with the party’s election manifesto, are a welcome step but the real challenge before the new government is the law and order and corruption for which, as Mulayam said ‘discipline among party workers’ was a must. The SP supremo warned the workers ‘People have voted SP to power only because they feel that our party workers will not repeat the mistakes they had committed earlier. If the party workers do not realize this and misbehave, then we will be voted out in the next elections,’ he said. The elder Yadav while advising Akhilesh to hold traditional janata Darbar said that he planned to introduce a single window system to address the grievances of the party workers. With a view to reining in the party workers and leaders and inculcating a sense of discipline among them the party leadership has formulated guidelines to be followed by all partymen.

The ‘Goonda Raj’ image of the party’s last government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav still haunts the party and it is trying hard to get rid of it. It is this desire that prompted Akhilesh as party’s state unit chief to take action against dozen of party activists for creating ruckus at swearing in ceremony of the new Chief Minister and involvement in other incidents of violence after the declaration of poll results. And it is the same desire that has compelled Mulayam to devise these measures to inculcate discipline among his workers. From the day the election results were declared SP leadership is making all efforts to refurbish the image of the party and prove worthy of the faith the electorate has reposed in it.

But it is easier said than done. Some times political compulsions and personal equations come in the way and promises and principles are forgotten as is demonstrated in the formation of the Akhilesh Yadav ministry. The people of the state expected the new Chief Minister, a youth icon, to induct new blood and uncorrupted leaders into his team. But to their dismay they saw the same familiar faces that were the part of the last SP government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav in Akhilesh’s ministry. Raja Bhaiyya, who did not even contest on the SP ticket and several other tainted leaders found place in the cabinet despite Akhilesh’s promise that no such leaders would be given place in the government. There are at least twenty-eight ministers in the Akhilesh cabinet against whom cases ranging from minor to heinous crimes like exhortion, kidnapping and murder are pending in courts. Akhilesh’s career, no doubt is spotless and unblamish but to expect from him a clean politics with this rotten ministry will be expecting too much.

Then some of the sops cleared by the cabinet in its first meeting are not very convincing. The restoration of students unions in higher educational institutions will only vitiate the academic atmosphere if it is done without implementing the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee. Again the tablets and laptops announced for students show the misplaced priority of the new government. When half of the children in the state are suffering from malnutrition and drop out of school after Class 8 due to poverty it is cruel joke to give them computers. As UP is infamous for mass copying and fake certificates, the real beneficiaries of the scheme will be the companies that will supply these devices.

The real test of the government will be at the implementation stage. If all the sops promised in the manifesto are implemented it will incur an expenditure of Rs.66000 crores. The state exchequer already in deficit of Rs, 19000 crore, from where the money comes? The Samajwadi Party or the government has not announced any scheme to generate this amount. If the government goes for borrowing it would mean an extra burden of Rs. 66,000 crore on the exchequer. However, if insiders in the party are to be believed the party is thinking of taking help of some industrialists. To prove their point the insiders cite the presence of Ambani and Subrat Roy Sahara at Akhilesh’s swearing in ceremony function. If this happens it would not be good either for the state or the Samajwadi Party itself. Thus the road ahead is not so smooth for Akhilesh Yadav.

[Mohammad Shahid Parvez is former News Editor, National Herald, Lucknow. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Uttar Pradesh). He can be contacted at mshahidparvez@gmail.com]

Uttar Pradesh Verdict: Third Front a Reality in India

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By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Acute poverty, hunger, malnutrition, suicides, illiteracy, and other issues concerning nation's shame create history in India for years now even as the regime after regime pursues capitalistic, corporatist and anti-people polices to make the rich richer and poor still poorer, the incumbent Sonia-Manmohan regime claims inflated economic and industrial growth in order only to fool the people.

India’s PM Manmohan protects the transnational-corporate-billionaire interests, keeps claiming, like fake cricketism records, false economic records when his regime continues to ignore the genuine aspirations of ordinary masses even if they have not voted for him. By skillfully employing the Hindutva forces led by the fanatic RSS-BJP, the ruling Congress have succeeded in silencing the Muslims even to protest against suppressing their grievances.

Indian leaders, cutting across the party lines promotes corporatist regime to advance the corrupt capitalist systems and shield the crimes of ruling classes and rich classes. As a result, rich has all support form the regime while the concerns of poor remained neglected and Muslims totally targeted and terrorized. Today there is no single party the people entirely trust, while the leading national parties like Congress and right extremist BJP have fully lost their credibility and right to rule the nation, both at national and regional levels.

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Common people long for a genuinely popular government to care for their concerns
The poll outcome of the Uttar Pradesh that has extended cold hand to both the leading national parties Congress and BJP, the secret Hindutva andante-Muslim allies, clearly signals a departure form policy thus far dominated by Congress and BJP playing follow games against people.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who’s Samajwadi Party (SP) has been mandated by the people to rule for next five years with sincerity termed the probable rise of a Third Front in Parliament to be a healthy development. SP routed all its rivals in the recently concluded state assembly elections clinching 224 of 403 seats in the state assembly.

It is quite likely, that the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare has had its share of influence on the voters and the poll outcomes. Hindus discarded the Hindutva BJP while Muslims fearlessly shed their pro-Congress attitude in the polls perhaps for the first time now. There was an undercurrent created by the agitation in the minds of the people. A subterranean sentiment created by the agitation launched by Anna has hurt the Congress more than BJP or BSP. the non-Congress/BJP parties need to take cognizance of the peoples’ sentiments and ensure not just that the Lokpal Bill is passed but more than that a strong third front is formed.

The Congress-BJP may have skillfully thwarted the Anna Hazare's effort get the bill passed and but his candidature of Bharatratna post in cold storage. Had the parliament passed the Lokpal bIll, that would have strengthened the hands of Hazare and possibly the committee would have been under tremendous pressure to confer the award on him. The people’s sentiments are not always expressed in public. Anna’s agitation influenced people’s psyche. Issues like the 2G (spectrum) scam happened at the same time. The agitation, however, did impact the UP polls is in some measure. The defeat of the Congress-NCP alliance in the BMC polls in Mumbai signals bad time for the alliance and could prove disastrous for the Congress in the state.

All the state officials belong to the earlier government. But the youngest CM of UP Yadav, son of Samajwadi Party chief and former CM Mulayam Singh Yadav, said he believed that in Uttar Pradesh the good officials will be given a chance. All these things would be in control. Anybody who breaks the law would be punished. "Since the people would put their faith in us and have given us such a huge majority, then it is our duty to issue manifesto and take Uttar Pradesh on the path of happiness. This will be our priority," he added. When asked to comment on the possibility of a mid-term poll being held in the country, Yadav said that his Samajwadi Party (SP) is ready if such a situation arises. "When there will be elections, we shall fight it on the strength of our workers. The results are in the hands of the people," he said.

When UP electorate clearly opted for a young leader of SP and rejected all false claims of pretentious Congress-BJP duo, the message should not create any ambiguity in the minds of opposition leaders. Indians want corruption free, genuine governance and both h these incredibly corrupt parties cannot take the people in to confidence.

People want a basic change in their lives and they are eager to get rid of both Congress and BJP, the secret allies of anti-Muslim Hindutva, and leaders of regional and national parties must recognize the popular urge of today.

There should be objective analysis of a frustrated Indian mindset at this point of time.
For years now, Congress and BJP have made enormous inroads reads into the regional settings to garner more and more votes by aligning with regional parties that hate one another. Even other national parties are forced to support one of them or their lines.

Many parties and leaders are now under the spell of both Congress and BJP and they only promote the Hindutva interests of this combine. They will have to come out of the coercive clutches of these bosses.

Both Congress and BJP are harmful to future of a healthy nation. The Congress-led UPA government is being rocked by internal problems and anti-poor polices of the regime.

Any quick fix effort by the non-BJP opposition to form a front at the last minute on the eve of the parliamentary polls wouldn't yield the required effect. But when such third front is floated right now, it gives ample time for all partners to closely understand each other productively and form a viable third front that would stay n power by taking care of each party's genuine concerns that do not contradict the concerns of common people.

The Janata Party regime in post-Emergency era was possible because those leaders were persecuted by the Congress regime and jailed for too long. Even then, the foolishly arrogant and selfish Janatha leaders destroyed themselves by misbehaving with people for trusting them with a popular mandate to rule. The fall of Janata regime helped the Hindutva BJP party, offering enough scope for the Bharatia Janata party BJP to emerge strong with many workers of Janata party joining them.

The Janata Party experiment should now be revisited with more dedication. The Left parties say they support a third front to come to power and the CPM after the recent meeting has already said it would work for that.

A new government of SP has taken over in UP and it has to prove its pro-poor intent by policies and practices and by helping the Muslims whose vote made the return of SP to power with clear majority by rejecting false pro-Muslim promises of Congress Party.

The move for the creation of credible Third front by all non-Congress-BJP must begin now! All those parties that are now inside the Congress-BJP alliances must come out of the shackles to pursue pro-people polices by making the third front strong.

Time shall not wait endlessly.

[Dr. Abdul Ruff is Specialist on State Terrorism. He is Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA). He is former university Teacher, Analyst in International Affairs and an Expert on Middle East. He can be contacted at abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com]

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