Tamil Nadu polls: Muslim DMK allies in Catch 22 situation as Owaisi invited for Jan 6 conference

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 03 January 2021 | Posted in , , , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

It seems that AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s political fortunes are on the rise ever since his party won 5 seats in the 2020 Bihar assembly elections. The AIMIM superemo who was considered to be a rabid rabble rouser and political pariah till recently, is now finding many takers and his communal brand of politics finding greater acceptability among the secular parties than before.

After all, what would one say when a formidable regional party like DMK is getting jittery even as vulnerable Muslims continue to fall for Owaisi’s Machiavellian politics which has only so far benefited the Hindu ruling right wing BJP at the Centre under Narendra Modi’s leadership. A report published recently in the widely read magazine ‘The Week’ said that political parties are bracing up for the state assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and an unnerved DMK has even invited Asaduddin Owaisi to attend the party’s conference being held at the YMCA ground in Chennai on January 6. The party’s decision to lay the red carpet for Owaisi has clearly upset its Muslim allies, and they are finding themselves in a Catch 22 situation.

D. Masthan, DMK minorities welfare wing secretary, has however said that Owaisi hasn’t been invited for the conference despite the raging controversy on social media with a video of Masthan, along with a few other Muslim representatives of the DMK minority wing, and AIMIM’s state president Vakkil Ahamed going viral. The Week reported that Masthan and Ahamed had recently visited Hyderabad for inviting Owaisi for the conference in Chennai. Even the viral video showed Owaisi talking over phone about DMK’s invitation in the presence of Masthan and others.

Masthan however issued a statement strongly refuting any such invitation to Owaisi. The statement said: “We have not invited Owaisi for the meeting. We have not extended invitation to any Muslim parties, which are not part of our alliance.”

The Muslim parties in Tamil Nadu have not taken kindly to Owaisi party’s rise in the Bihar elections and strongly criticized him for splitting the opposition votes. They have even accused Owaisi of being a BJP agent and call him the “B Team” of the BJP.

Owaisi’s entry into the Tamil Nadu politics is being seen as yet another orchestrated move by the Hindutva agents to divide and spread chaos amongst the Muslims in the state. Tamil-speaking Muslims are strongly opposing Owaisi, while Urdu-speaking Muslims have hinted that they are going to stand by Owaisi’s AIMIM. This has pitted Muslim alliance partners of DMK against the Dravidian party itself. The move is being seen as an attempt to bring down the morale of the Muslim cadres in the DMK as well as of other Muslim parties in the alliance.

DMK had earlier allied with a state Muslim political outfit IUML during past elections. The IUML is generally not considered to be a fundamentalist party by majority Hindus of the state as it has happily embraced the Dravidian ideologies. Owaisi’s party AIMIM on the other hand doesn’t have a base in Tamil Nadu and is largely considered to a party of Urdu heartland Hyderabad with a patently fundamentalist streak.

So far, Muslims in Tamil Nadu are religiously polarized. However, with the entry of Owaisi in the state polls fray, a political polarization of Muslims is looming large. It is feared that a division of Muslim votes in favour of Owaisi is going to be detrimental to their own interests. It’s true that Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM has been successfully winning elections in Hyderabad, but hasn’t been able to extend its reach in other parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and win seats in several Muslim-dominated constituencies in these Telugu speaking states or do something worthwhile for the welfare of Muslims in his own state. The time has now come for Tamil Nadu Muslims to stay united and not fall prey to the likes of communal politician like Owaisi.

[Danish Ahmad Khan is Founder-Editor of India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com]

SPECIAL REPORT: Indian religious leaders strongly protest against South Korean government hounding of Shincheonji Church despite cooperation to contain COVID-19 spread

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 09 August 2020 | Posted in , , , , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

The government of South Korea is pursuing a discriminatory policy towards Shincheonji Church while accusing it of COVID-19 spread. The church authorities have alleged that this is nothing but a witch-hunt against the church despite its voluntary cooperation, including the largest blood plasma donation in the world. The government alleged that Shincheonji Church is responsible for the spread of COVID-19.

On March 26, former Seoul Metropolitan Mayor Park Won-soon revoked his permission to establish "the New Heaven and New Earth, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony", which was registered in Seoul. Furthermore, on June 22, the city of Daegu, where the largest number COVID-19 cases were confirmed, filed a civil suit worth 100 billion won against Shincheonji Church. All the steps were taken by the government holding Shincheonji Church responsible for the spread of COVID-19 in South Korea.

On February 17, after the 31st patient was found infected in Shincheonji Church in Daegu, more than 5,000 church members tested positive for COVID-19. At the request of the government, the church provided a list of Korean and overseas church members. During a press conference the church also promised to cooperate with any request from the government. As soon as the first confirmed case in the church was found, Shincheonji Church shut down all of its buildings and facilities across the country for quarantine. It also switched all of its meetings to online.

In July, most of the church members recovered from COVID-19. Despite several voluntary cooperation including the largest blood plasma donation in the world, the government's discriminatory policy towards Shincheonji Church and the social conflict of fake news in the Korean media have resulted in more than 6,000 cases of religious discrimination and human rights violations against the church in just a few months, including forced resignation, domestic violence, compulsory conversion education, and breach and leak of personal information. With the prolonged COVID-19 crisis, members of Shincheonji Church are at war against another virus called "discrimination."

A recent statement issued by the families of the deceased and victims of COVID-19 stated: "The damage and deaths of Koreans reflect the failure of initial response by the government to contain the virus." It also states that the Minister of Justice, Choo Mi-ae “allowed COVID-19 patients from China to enter Korea, leading to a widespread outbreak of the virus across the country, which resulted in the deaths of the Korean people.” It also stated that the minister is trying to cover up her responsibility for the damage by “giving direct orders to prosecutors for raid and arrests against Shincheonji Church”.

Indian religious leaders condemn South Korean govt

Religious leaders in India have also come out strongly in support of Shincheonji Church and urged that the South Korean government should not handle the current pandemic situation with prejudice just because Shincheonji Church is a minority religious group.

Dr. Homi B. Dhalla, Founder President of World Zarathushti Cultural Foundation, said, “In February 2020, the South Korean government had permitted religious organizations to conduct gatherings as well as to hold religious services. At the same time, a number of tourists from China had also entered South Korea. It is now a known fact, globally, that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in China in October 2019. Therefore, it is crystal clear that the infection was brought into South Korea by these tourists. The citizens of South Korea have rightly blamed the government for permitting these tourists to enter the country. Under these circumstances, I would sincerely urge South Korean government to stop harassing Chairman Man Hee Lee and members of the Shincheonji Church.”

Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq, President of World Organisation of Religions and Knowledge, cited a similar case that happened in India in his condemnation letter to Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea. He said, “Politicians around the world are searching for scapegoats to hide their faults. Often, they need to create an enemy to mobilize the support. More often they portray enemy is minority religion or ethnic of the country to win the support of the majority community.” 

“In India, the earliest infected people by covid-19 belonged to a Muslim religious sect called Tablighi Jamaat numbering about 80, and the social media started an organized campaign spreading rumors through morphed images and edited video clips that Muslims were intentionally spreading the disease.” he added. Surprised at knowing that discrimination to the Shincheonji Church has been imposed by the South Korea government, he urged, “Let the Democratic Party of Korea be truly democratic by taking steps to stop the persecution of religious groups and let all people enjoy religious freedom.”

Dr. Chand Kanwar Bhardwaj, General Secretary of Sawan Adhyatmic Satsang Society of India, said, “Regardless of the church's unintentional role in spreading the virus, we cannot put the blame of an entire country on a single organisation. The entire world is reeling through COVID-19 and Shincheonji Church, including its members, is also a victim of it. Treating them with contempt and charging legal proceedings against their organization and their faith, just because they are a minority religious group is a clear violation of constitutional rights.”

“Aren't the governments elected by the citizens to protect their rights? Discrimination in any form shouldn't be acceptable. This is high time for the world governments to come together and protect each individual and provide facilities on humanitarian grounds rather than blaming and targeting an individual or an organization. A Democratic Government should stand by its principal and act accordingly. If the Lawmakers don't follow the laws they made, then what shall we expect from the public?” asks Md. Irshad Ahmad, President of Minorities Forum for Deepening Democracy.

Gautam Patil, the state vice president of The Buddhist Society of India, said, “South Korea's strategy to control the coronavirus outbreak has heralded an exemplary response which the whole world has witnessed today. However, it is saddening to know that the country is exploiting human rights in regards to religious discriminations. An organization or a religious group cannot be blamed as the spreader of the virus. The use of religion in politics always leads to violation, exploitation, and discriminations among the minority which solely affects the human rights of the citizens.”

Ramchandra Das, Secretary of International Goudiya Vedanta Trust, pointed out in his letter sent on July 15th that the treatment by the government towards Shincheonji Church is clearly religious discrimination. “In terms of the peace of religion, we all believe in the same God and need to be in harmony and balance. We shouldn't be biased by looking at one side. In fact, to be honest, the church members are victims of COVID-19 and not perpetrators,” he said in his letter.

Center for Studies on New Religions and HRWF jointly hold webinar

There is also a view that a close relationship between the conservative and fundamentalist churches and the South Korean government had influence on the unusual repression of the government against Shincheonji Church. On July 20, a webinar titled “COVID-19 and Religious Freedom: Scapegoating Shincheonji in South Korea” was hosted by the Center for Studies on New Religions and HRWF – Human Rights Without Frontiers.  The new Christian movement by Shincheonji has become a target of “persecution from fundamentalist protestants” because of its successful religious expansion “from the conservative and fundamentalist protestants who see Shincheonji as competitors and want to destroy it," said Massimo Introvigne as an Italian sociologist of religion who studied Shincheonji before and after the COVID-19 pandemic and published the first account of the religious group in English.

Prior to the COVID-19 incident, two members of Shincheonji Church lost their lives by coercive conversion program operated by Christian Council of Korea. According to the Coalition for Victims of coercive conversion, the number of victims of this deprogramming is 1,507, and they have been exposed to assault, kidnapping, confinement, and forced leave from their work and schools. A voice of criticism for the coercive conversion program was also raised. Speaking about the discrimination towards Shincheonji Church by the Christian Council of Korea, Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq, President of World Organisation of Religions and Knowledge, also mentioned, “I fail to understand why the Christian Council of Korea opposes it tooth and nail when there are more than 25,000 registered denominations among the Protestants and every one of them at some point of time was a new entrant.”

“Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right of all people. In contrast, the act of the forced conversion of religion is the greatest violation of this right. The act of the forced conversion of religion has nothing to do with religion at all,” said Dr. Kamini Gogri, Head of Research on Ancient Scriptures, Eikam Resonance Foundation said. “We request to stop the violations of right and the atrocities committed by mainstream Christian churches to violate the same,” she added.

Recovered COVID-19 patients from Shincheonji Church donate $83 billion worth of Plasma for Vaccine development

The world should appreciate the $83 billion worth of Plasma donation for vaccine development by the 4,000 recovered COVID-19 patients from Shincheonji Church. Despite continuous discrimination, more than 4,000 members of Shincheonji Church showed their willingness for plasma donation for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. The recovered patients voluntarily decided to donate their plasma and even refused to receive any monetary expenses including transportation charges. Starting from 17 July, 500 church members completed their donation. More members are waiting for their turn.

Dr. Avtar Singh Sethi, Advisor of The Kalgidhar Trust/Society, said, “The 4,000 infected members of Shincheonji Church voluntarily donated plasma after recovering from the virus. Their contribution to fighting the pandemic should be appreciated. At these times of crisis, let us all come together and fight the pandemic of COVID-19. I condemn the scapegoating of Shincheonji Church, and I urge the government to stop blaming any section of the society for spreading the virus, and to respect religious freedom,”

Rev Dr, C S Gabriel, the president of Christhava Nallenna Iyakkam says, “Although there is hatred towards them, I appreciate the sincere efforts made through the blood plasma donation by Shincheonji Church members, who were cured of the virus. This is alarming as it threatens other minorities in the country and globally too amid the pandemic. The infected ones are those who need to be protected, not blamed, and discriminated against.”

Religious persecution and stigmatizing must stop in the name COVID-19

The world is in a grave crisis now as it continues to battle Coronavirus pandemic. Fatalities continue to mount with several thousands having already lost their lives and many being affected by the disease. Millions of jobs have already been lost and the world economy is in dire straits. Whether it’s the United States, India or South Korea, the governments have miserably failed to effectively contain COVID-19 spread and lessen fatalities. According to reports, racism of the worst kind was on display in the USA. Black people were specifically targeted and allowed to die mercilessly due to the pandemic. In India, the largest Muslim minority group has been constantly under attack. The Coronavirus pandemic brought even more miseries for Indian Muslims as a religious sect Tablighi Jamaat was systemically targeted and its followers hounded while being accused of spreading the disease. And, the community’s stigmatization continues even today. What happened lately in South Korea by targeting Shincheonji Church is even more depressing and deplorable. Such anti-people behavior can only be expected from the governments who continue to fail to deliver. It’s high time that the world governments should stop religious persecution and stigmatization in the name of fighting COVID-19 pandemic.

[Danish Ahmad Khan is Founder-Editor of India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached on his Mobile # 9990179721 or at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com]

Special Report: OIC reiterates peaceful settlement of Jammu & Kashmir issue

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 24 June 2020 | Posted in , , , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan 

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has for the second time in two months raised the issue of Jammu & Kashmir seeking a peaceful settlement of the imbroglio.

A virtual meeting was recently held by the Contact Group of the OIC on Jammu and Kashmir issue on June 22, 2020, against the backdrop of the current situation in the embattled Muslim-dominated border state. The foreign ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Niger, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Turkey participated in the meeting.

The virtual meeting was inaugurated by OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef A.  Al-Othaimeen. He stressed the OIC's resolve and commitment to finding a peaceful settlement for the Jammu and Kashmir issue as per the relevant resolutions of the Islamic Summit, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and the international legitimacy. 

Al-Othaimeen in his inaugural address said, "At the same time, I call on the international community to strengthen its efforts to assist the people of Kashmir to decisively practice their legitimate rights denied for decades."

The Contact Group has reaffirmed its continued support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and called on the United Nations Secretary-General to use his good offices to make India abide by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and engage in dialogue to calm the situation in the region.

The Contact Group has asked India to halt security operations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir immediately, respect basic human rights, refrain from changing the demographic structure of the disputed territory, and settle the conflict under the relevant UNSC resolutions.
Meanwhile, the Contact Group also highly appreciated the efforts made by the OIC General Secretariat through its Special Envoy to Jammu and Kashmir who visited the region in March 2020.

The meeting concluded with the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir issuing a statement on the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir region in which it welcomed the efforts made by some Member States to calm the situation between India and Pakistan.

OIC Resolution passed over J&K

Earlier, the premier Muslim World body Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had expressed deep concern over Hindu right-wing Narendra Modi government's unilateral actions to change the demographic composition of Jammu & Kashmir and undermining the rights of the people. 

The OIC had on 20th May 2020 passed a resolution over the Central government's unilateral action, which has largely gone unreported in the Indian media. Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi the OIC in its resolution stressed the importance of complying with UN Security Council Resolutions and allowing no changes to the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The OIC Resolution dated 20/05/2020 says:

"The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been following with deep concern the unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and subsequent measures to alter the demographics of and undermine the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a disputed territory as recognized by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The General Secretariat reaffirmed the importance of complying with international law and UN Security Council resolutions, considering the recent notification of ‘Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules 2020’ as baseless, running counter to international law and UN Security Council resolution 122.

Recalling the Islamic Summits’ and the Council of Foreign Ministers’ resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, the General Secretariat reaffirms its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It also calls on the international community to gear up its efforts to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people."

India, China face off over Ladakh

The Kashmir situation has further worsened with direct face off between India and China. A clash took place between the armies of the two nations at Ladakh's Galwan Valley on June 15. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and over 80 injured. China claims that the Galwan Valley, which is part of the disputed Ladakh region, is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) - the de facto border between the two Asian rivals.

Earlier, a report authored by a senior figure at an influential Chinese think-tank was published on June 4 in a recent Chinese publication Global Times, which has linked the current tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to India’s move last year to abrogate Article 370 and change the status of Jammu and Kashmir, a decision that China had voiced opposition to.

The article, for the first time, described the move as a joint challenge to China and Pakistan, saying the move had “posed a challenge to the sovereignty of Pakistan and China”.

A press officer at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad was the first to share the report on social media.

Modi Government Indicted

The fact that the Jammu & Kashmir issue has been raised by the OIC for the second time in two months is a serious indictment of the current Hindutva government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With its unilateral action of abrogating Article 370 through a parliamentary act, Modi government has sought to internationalize the Jammu & Kashmir issue, which was so far bilateral, but has now become tripartite issue with the direct interference of China. It may be noted that Article 370, which granted Special Status to Jammu & Kashmir, was primarily considered to be a bridge between India and State of Jammu & Kashmir.

The status quo until the abrogation of Article 370 had kept the wheel going and thwarted any direct international interference. With the military face off between India and China the Jammu & Kashmir issue has become more complicated than ever threatening a war between the two countries, and probably with Pakistan too, in the near future. The OIC's and other world bodies' interference shows that India has failed on its foreign policy front as far as Jammu & Kashmir is concerned.

It would have been better that Modi government should have maintained status quo and shouldn't have moved ahead with the unilateral abrogation of Article 370. India should have instead focused on building a robust South Asian regional market and steered its economy well, which is currently tottering and in abysmally bad shape. The warning bells have started sounding for the Modi government as it is on course losing its formidable friends both in the Muslim World and its immediate neighborhood. The time has come to give a serious thought for the peaceful resolution of Jammu & Kashmir issue.    

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Senior Journalist, is based at New Delhi. He is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com - India's First Online Muslim Newspaper. He can be reached at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com]

OPINION: Delhi Muslims refuse to be provoked by multiple shooting incidents by right-wing Hindus ahead of elections, determined to defeat BJP gameplan

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 04 February 2020 | Posted in , , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

New Delhi: With only four days to go for Delhi assembly elections, right-wing Hindutva party BJP is leaving no stone unturned to polarize and provoke Muslims in the national capital through multiple shooting incidents in Okhla suburb by its footsoldiers.

Multiple shooting incidents recently took place in Delhi’s Okhla constituency, where the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university and Shaheen Bagh, face of common Indians’ outrage against the recently passed CAA and proposed NPR-NRC, are located. 
Apparently buoyed up by the hate speeches of Central minister Anurag Thakur and a BJP parliamentarian Parvesh Sharma directed at Shaheen Bagh protestors in the Jamia Nagar area, the Hindutva agent provocateurs indulged in a series of shooting incidents. In as much as 4 days at least 3 shooting incidents took place in quick succession. The shooters said that they will teach Shaheen Bagh protestors a lesson and prevent Kashmir-like situation in Delhi. 

Middle-class and marginalized section of the vast Indian populace are in open rebellion protesting against the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the Parliament on December 17 last year seeking to offer naturalized citizenship rights to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, while excluding Muslims on religious grounds.

Delhi Muslims refuse to be provoked

Delhi Muslims at the Shaheen Bagh protest site say that this is nothing but a devious gameplan by the ruling BJP at the Center to win Delhi elections by polarizing the society by dividing Hindus and Muslims. Despite multiple shooting incidents, Delhi Muslims have said that they are not going to be provoked by such mischief and fall into BJP trap. In fact, one of the protestors told Indian Muslim Observer that BJP’s gameplan will be foiled and Aam Admi Party (AAP) will once again be voted to power.
A political analyst said that BJP wants Muslim votes to be divided between Congress Party and AAP. But, Congress Party is currently weak and nowhere in the race. Even the voters of Congress Party are highly likely to switch sides at the last minute and vote in favour of Kejriwal’s AAP, which has done remarkably well for the welfare of the people of Delhi during the 5-year stint in power, particularly on electricity, education and healthcare fronts.

‘Civil War in the offing’

Meanwhile, senior Congress Party leader Digvijay Singh said that India is being allegedly pushed towards a Civil War after the rancour and hate speeches against Muslims by top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

He said that while the Hindutva goons are allowed to roam and shoot freely at the people in Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh protest sites, Delhi Police remains a mute spectator to the utter lawlessness. He also slammed Delhi police for 'inaction' on the multiple shooting incidents, and asked government to take remedial steps before it is too late. 

[Danish Ahmad Khan, based at New Delhi, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com or on his Mobile at +91-9990179721]

Israel wants it citizens to travel to Saudi kingdom, Saudi foreign minister says NO

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 29 January 2020 | Posted in , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

Israel has sought to make its 'secret' ties with Saudi Arabia public now. But, Saudi Arabia has rebuffed Israel government's overtures saying that Israeli citizens are not welcome in the kingdom for now.  

Aryeh Deri, Interior Minister of Israel, signed an order on Sunday, January 26, allowing Israeli citizens to visit Saudi Arabia for business meetings and explore investment possibilities in the kingdom. This is though conditional, and depends on a formal invitation and necessary clearance from Saudi authorities, said media reports.

The order will also be applicable to Israeli Muslim citizens for traveling to Makkah to perform Umrah or Hajj. Earlier, they had to travel for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia on temporary Jordanian papers.

A statement issued by Israeli interior ministry said that Israeli citizens will be permitted to travel to Saudi Arabia for up to nine (9) days. The ministry official however clarified that the permit for travel will be for 90 days.

Israeli law had until now barred the citizens from traveling to several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, without express permission from the interior minister. Visits by Israeli businessmen had increased over past few years, but were generally held secretly.

In recent years, bonhomie between Israel and Saudi Arabia had increased clandestinely, particularly focusing mainly on security issues, especially due to mutual enmity to Iran.

Saudi Arabia had opened its airspace for a commercial flight to Israel in 2018 with the start of a new Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv. However, Israel’s national carrier El Al Israel Airlines has so far not been allowed to use Saudi airspace for eastward flights.    

It may be noted that only two Arab countries – Egypt and Jordan – have peace treaties with Israel. The growing influence of Iran in the Middle East region has perturbed Israel for quite some time now thus leading to thawing ties with some major Gulf countries as well.  

Saudi Arabia has decided to open up and reduce its dependency on oil. Saudi Arabia had last year launched a new tourism visa for visitors from 49 countries, excluding Israel, aimed at giving significant boost to its economy and diversifying it further.

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are embroiled in a tug of war over the leadership of the Muslim World. So far, Saudi Arabia has been firmly in the saddle, but Iran’s expansionist designs in the Gulf region has unnerved it thus forcing to forge stronger ties with Israel and make the ‘secret’ relations public now.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has responded to the Israeli overture in the negative categorically saying it will not ease restrictions on Israeli nationals, who are generally barred from entering into the country.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Monday, January 27, that Israelis are not welcome at the moment in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, reported CNN's Arabic website. 

"Our policy is constant. We don't have relations with Israel and holders of Israeli passports cannot visit the kingdom for now," Saudi foreign minister said. 

Currently, Saudi Arabia doesn't have diplomatic relations with Israel like most Arab countries, except Egypt and Jordan.

[Danish Ahmad Khan, based at New Delhi, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com or on his Mobile at +91-9990179721]

IMO EXCLUSIVE: Hamdard University Vice Chancellor Dr. G. N. Qazi faces allegations of irregularities in appointments

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 04 November 2013 | Posted in , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

Dr. G.N. Qazi, the Vice Chancellor of Hamdard University (Jamia Hamdard), seems to have developed the bad habit of breaking rules. He has gathered cronies around him who advise and assure him that he has absolute powers and can even overrule the rules. They have filled his mind with the idea that the Vice Chancellor is authorized to do whatever he wants. Little he realizes that such advices normally come from incompetent persons whose sole purpose is to fool authorities with their flattery and curry favour from them. But it would be wrong to blame the cronies for the irregularities Dr. Qazi has committed. And the irregularities in appointments abound indeed. We cite a few examples below.

Jamia Hamdard published its advertisement No. 4/2010 in Indian Express dated May 18, 2010 seeking applications for the post of Director, Distance Education. In response the University received some applications. One candidate was Dr. A.A. Firdousi, who probably did not apply on the prescribed form, and instead sent his bio-data with a covering letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor. In response to a request made under RTI Act 2005, the University has given a form apparently filled up by Dr. Firdousi. The form requires candidates to mention the relevant advertisement number, the post applied for and give the details of draft attached with the application. But Dr. Firdousi has not given these details. Also from the details given in the form, it appears that he has been a poor student and researcher. He has only five research papers and four articles to his credit. There is no details of journals in which his articles and research papers were published.

The selection committee to interview the candidates was held on 16-08-2010. Six candidates were interviewed and one i.e. Dr. Firdousi was considered in absentia.

The members of the selection committee were Prof. S.A.A. Zaidi (Chancellor’s nominee), Prof. Siddiq Wahid, Prof. Muhammad Mian and Dr. Latha Pillai – all experts. The selection committee was presided over by Dr. G.N. Qazi and it made two recommendations: a certain Dr. Sanjay Mishra was appointed on the post of Director, Distance Learning for which the interview was held. Strangely the committee considered Dr. A.A. Firdousi in absentia for the post of Professor in Coaching Academy and recommended his selection for the same.

Obviously Dr. Firdousi had not applied for the post on which he was being appointed. Next, the experts were not called to interview candidates for the position of Professor in Coaching Academy. It is also not clear if any advertisement was published in newspapers seeking applications for the post of Professor in Coaching Academy. If the appointment has been made without advertisement, it amounts to denying the people of India the right to equal opportunity, a fundamental right in our constitution.

Dr. Firdousi’s appointment in contravention of rules is not an exception. In fact, the G.N. Qazi administration seems to have developed the bad habit of violating rules while making appointments. Another example is that of Dr. Ravichandran.

The Times of India (Ascent) carried out an advertisement (No. 10/2009) by Jamia Hamdard on June 10,2009. Applications were sought for a post of Professor in Health Management along with other positions. Dr. Ravichandran applied for the post, though he did not have any degree in Health Management. He holds Masters in Math and Population Science and M.Phil and PhD in Social Sciences.

Information provided by Jamia Hamdard in response to RTI applications shows Dr. Ravichandran possessing PhD and M Phil in Health Science while copies of his degrees available with Indian Muslim Observer prove beyond doubt that he obtained these degrees in social sciences.

From the record available with the Indian Muslim Observer it appears that Dr. Ravichandran made contradictory claims about his work experience. For instance he claims to have worked at Indian Institute of Management and Research, Jaipur from June 2006 to December 2009. Then he also claims to have worked at international institute of Health Management from April 2007 to May 2008. How he managed to be working in Delhi and Jaipur on the same date and time is a matter that we fail to understand. Even more surprising is his claim of having worked in Philippines from October 2008 to June 2009.

A selection committee was held on June 29, 2009 for the post of Professor in Health Management. The members of the selection committee were Prof. Abdul Nafey, Chancellor’s nominee, Prof. Mirza Saiyadain, expert, Prof. Furqan Qamar, expert and Dr. Talat Haleem, expert. It appears from the record that probably Dr. Haleem was not present in the Selection Committee, though he was probably the only expert of Health Management. Dr. Ravichandran was the only candidate called for interview and, therefore, he alone was interviewed and selected as Associate Professor with three advance increments. The above details suggest that all has not been right with Dr. Ravichandran’s appointment.

Equally surprising is the case of Dr. Reshma Nasreen. She was appointed as Associate Prfessor while still on probation as a lecturer. She applied for the post of Professor in Management Studies. The advertisement for two positions of Professor had appeared on Jamia Hamdard’s website. The candidates applying for the position were required to have PhD in Management with at least 10 papers in peer reviewed /referred research journals. At the time of application the candidates were also required to possess 10- year teaching experience at PG level including last five years as Associate Professor with experience of research guidance.

Being still on probation as Assistant Professor with only two publications to her credit, Dr. Reshma Nasreen should not have applied for the post. But she applied, appeared at interview and was appointed on the position of Associate Professor which was never advertised.A post is advertised to fulfill the constitutional requirement of giving equal opportunity to all citizens. But here it is clear that Jamia Hamdard has violated this fundamental right enshrined in the constitution.
Dr. S. Raisuddin is the blue boy of the administration. Jamia Hamdard created a post of Advisor ( Research) in Professor grade. The post was advertised in Hindustan Times on May 5, 2009. We do not have yet information about the number of candidates who had applied for this position. However, Dr. Raisuddin, Associate Professor in Toxicology Department, was selected for this position.

From the advertisement referred to above it is clear that the post he had applied for was one of Advisor (Research) in Professor grade. But his appointment letter dated 30-04-2010 contained the expression Professor/Advisor (Research) which was an unethical change, to say the least.

For about two years Dr. Raisuddin called himself Professor and official University communications also treated him as such. Then suddenly in 2013 he became head of his Department and started drawing the salary of Associate Professor. It is also said that he has also applied for Professorship under promotion scheme.

Dr. Raisuddin has been holding several positions and for each position he has been receiving honourarium, the total amount of which exceeds the limit permissible under rules. His is indeed a case that deserves to be investigated by CBI.

Another example of wrong appointment is that of MS Vasudha Sharma. In response to a University advertisement, she applied for the post of Assistant Professor in Department of Food Technology. There were other applicants who had the degrees of M.Tech in food technology which was an essential qualification as per the advertisement. One applicant had even PhD in Food Technology but the University appointed MS Vasudha Sharma on the post although she did not have the essential qualification as she holds MSc in Food Technology. It must be remembered that there is a sea difference between M.Sc. and M.Tech. degrees. Dr. Sharma has not only wrongly been appointed on the post of Assistant Professor, she is also being favoured by the University in many ways which is discouraging for other faculty members.

The most inappropriate appointment was that of Dr. K.B. Sood. He was appointed as Director, Hamdard Institute of Medical Science and Research when the University set out to establish its medical college. Dr. Sood had no experience in the field and yet Dr. Qazi entrusted him with setting up the Medical College.

Besides his regular salary he was to receive 2% commission on equipments purchased or services rendered. From the few documents we have with us Dr. Sood submitted bills to Dr. Qazi and evidence suggests that he received huge amounts in addition to his regular salary. In fact, Dr. Sood is said to have employed the time-tested method of delaying the purchase of equipments, and other related things necessary for setting up a medical college so that he can buy them at high prices in the 11th hour was a strange appointment, and when he failed to deliver, and people started murmuring against him, Dr. Qazi, instead of prosecuting him, gave him window to slip out.

The medical college project has witnessed several other irregularities such as appointments without advertisement, changing designations of selected candidates or making alteration in their salaries. For example Dr. M. Haroon was appointed as Deputy Medical Superintendant in the pay scale of Associate Professor. After he joined, the University administration sought to coerce him to accept a lower position of Assistant Professor. He had to file a case in the High Court of Delhi (WPCC)6076/2011). Similarly Dr. Qazi appointed several Junior Lab Technicians on the basic pay + pay band of Rs. 2800/-. These people received their salaries several months but, then, suddenly Dr. Qazi lowered their pay band from Rs. 2800/- to Rs. 1800/- . The technicians, too have filed a case in the High Court (WPCC)5789/2011).

It is a common knowledge that the selection committees make recommendations to the Executive Council which it can reject or accept but cannot make amendment in them. But Dr. Qazi has a knack for doing illegal things. Instead of taking the matters listed above, to the Executive Council or some other appropriate bodies, he decides them in an arbitrary fashion. He indulges in illegalities even in matters which can be done legally.

Dr. Qazi is known for taking decisions in arbitrary manner. It is said that he has manipulated the UGC Guidelines 2010 (for Deemed Universities) and made hour and make good money as commission. His changes in them which allow him to work like a dictator. Even under the old statutes, he broke rules with impunity. For instance under the old statutes, Heads and Deans were appointed from among the professors for a specific period on the basis of their seniority. Dr. Qazi has broken this rule time and again. He appointed Prof. Rasheeduzzafar as Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy ignoring the statutes then in practice. He was allowed to work as Dean even when his two-year term had expired. After unceremonious exit of Prof. Zafar, Dr. Qazi has asked Prof. Asghar Ali to work as Dean and no University Order has been issued in this regard.

Similarly, Prof. Zainul Abideen is still working as Dean, though his tenure expired about a year ago. Prof. Javed Ahmad completed his three-year term as Head, Department of Botany about a year ago but he continues to work as Head even today with the blessing of Dr. G.N. Qazi.

Dr. G.N. Qazi’s dictatorial functioning is taking place under the very nose of HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission. It is the later, the UGC which has helped Dr. Qazi in his illegal activities. Dr. Shimla, the wife of the incumbent UGC Chairman has recently obtained PhD from Jamia Hamdard, though she was not eligible to get admission in the first instance. Some NGO dragged her in the court, which curiously has given a strange verdict in her favour on the ground that she has now completed her studies and secured her degree.

Jamia Hamdard is among the few Universities which has large number of cases against it. The President of the Teachers’ Association filed a case even against Dr. G.N. Qazi , because he felt that he was continuing in office illegally after August 2011. As the matter is still in the court, the Indian Muslim Observer cannot comment on it. But a careful perusal of this case clearly suggests that how highly-paid lawyers can manipulate courts to delay a case to the extent of making it irrelevant. The Indian judiciary needs immediate reform if it really wants to serve the cause of justice and end corruption from India. Otherwise people like G.N. Qazi will continue to break rules with impunity.

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at danishkhan@indianmuslimobserver.com]

Open Letter to RSS PM-nominee Narendra Modi from a Bihari, Indian and Muslim

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Dear Shri Narendra Modi ji,

HAPPY DIWALI to YOU and ALL MY COUNTRYMEN!! I decided to write this letter to you on this Special Day of Diwali. There's a specific purpose of writing this letter as I believe and hope that just like this festival spreads light and dispels the darkness of ignorance and acrimony, my appeal through this letter would enlighten millions of countrymen and bring sanity to your mother organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), sister organization Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and wisdom to You and all your actions.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, I am writing to you as a concerned and aggrieved Bihari, Indian and a Muslim. Modi ji, first of all accept my congratulations over being anointed as Prime Ministerial nominee of RSS. I don't consider you a nominee of BJP as the party didn't play active role in selecting you, but it is the RSS which played the important role in anointing you the Prime Ministerial candidate. To my knowledge this has happened for the first time in BJP's history that party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani and other senior leaders were completely sidelined and humiliated at the insistence of RSS with its direct and active participation in the electoral politics. To me and scores of Indians as well, BJP as a political party has ceased to exist as it has been completely usurped by RSS. This goes contrary to the very foundations and principles of RSS because it came into being as a cultural organization, and not a political one. The RSS has shunned direct participation in politics so far, but to utter dismay it has now decided to take in the plunge itself in 2014 parliamentary elections considering it a Do or Die battle knowing fully well that if it is not Now then it will be Never. The RSS fully acknowledges the fact that its political affiliate BJP has been out of power continuously for 10 years and can't afford to any further.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, I am not against you personally nor I am against the RSS or BJP for that matter. But I am completely against the communal politics that you, RSS and BJP have been continuously practicing creating strife and disharmony between the country's largest majority Hindus and the largest minority Muslims. I adore you for your administrative capabilities and the way in which you continue to bind Gujarati Hindus remarkably.

Modi ji, for You it's GUJARAT First and INDIA last!!

Shri Narendra Modi ji, I am addressing you as a BIHARI first. I have been closely observing You and your actions for the past several days now. After being dumped by your former ally Janata Dal (U) from the Bihar government after being together in power for 17 years, it's simply great that you finally succeeded in entering the state with a bang with your Hunkaar Rally. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was completely wrong in not letting you enter Bihar even though your BJP was a partner in the state government. But, entering Bihar at what cost?? Your presence in Bihar on October 27 was ominous and a bad omen for the state. The way in which BJP leaders continued to assure people from Hunkaar Rally podium that fire crackers and tyre bursts were taking place in the rally venue at Patna's Gandhi Maidan, while the fact being that low-intensity crude bomb blasts were actually taking place, spoke much about the (ill) intentions of your party's leaders. The bomb blasts at the Hunkaar Rally venue was highly condemnable, and the culprits whosoever they are be apprehended, tormented, brutalised and killed without any trial. Such attempts to disturb peace must be dealt with sternly. Having said this, I must also in the same breath say that the organizers of the rally chose to put the lives of lakhs of people at stake by not calling off the rally even though people were becoming victims of the blasts before their own eyes. One would simply say that the action of rally organizers was equally condemnable and questionable. It seemed that the organizers were of the firm belief and knew beforehand that the bombs had been planted only for the people and they were not going to be targeted or harmed in any way whatsoever. The onus of the security of the people also lies on the organizers of the Hunkaar Rally. What were the organizers and private security guards doing when bombs were planted across the rally venue? Did they turn blind eye towards all this or were they also complicit in the dastardly crime? Modi ji, You also need to investigate the matter at your end, while the NIA and state intelligence agencies should also probe the matter and question the organizers of the rally.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, it is rather sad and painful to see you acting as a typical, stone-hearted politician, who believes in dividing people and shedding crocodile tears. Modi ji, You seemed to have encouraged your partymen to hold Asthi Kalash Yatra of the seven people killed in bomb blasts at your Hunkaar Rally and chose to visit Bihar only after a few days to meet the kins of the deceased at their respective homes. I don't know whether You also visited the injured battling for their lives in the hospitals as this has not been reported by the media. Modi ji, being a leader who has now developed concerns for 1.27 billion Indians after being anointed RSS PM-nominee, you should have condemned the blasts from the Hunkaar Rally podium itself. Your visit to Bihar was simply classic and bore ominous portends. This is for the first time in the history of India that rightwing Hindu leaders continued to address a political-cum-election rally while bomb blasts were taking place at the rally venue and people were falling victims and rushed to the hospitals before the eyes of these very leaders. This has never happened in India so far.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, you have little or no love for the people of Bihar, or of Uttar Pradesh for that matter. Modi ji, you chose to announce Rs. 5 lakh compensation for the kins of the deceased. But is this enough? You should have offered jobs to the dependants of the deceased in your state Gujarat. But, we Biharis know you won't ever dare to do so. It seems you consider Biharis fool and better left to die or fend for themselves. Modi ji, it seems you also have enmity with the people of Bihar just like your allies Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray of MNS in Maharashtra have. We, Biharis, were waiting to hear words of condemnation against Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray for brutalizing and harassing Biharis and people of Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra from the podium of Hunkaar Rally. But, you have let us down, and we are deeply saddened at this. Modi ji, this shows your enmity with the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and your true love for Gujarat and Maharastra (for your history knowledge Gujarat was carved out of Maharshtra) as interests of both states are interlinked.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, you came to Bihar with an intention of dividing Biharis and seeking votes. You chose to briefly speak in Bhojpuri as if all Biharis speak in Bhojpuri. There are several dialects spoken in Bihar, and Bhojpuri is only one of them. Here's another classic case of how you attempted to divide Biharis. Modi ji, finding Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail you pounced on the opportunity to cajole Lalu Prasad's castemen Yadavs and assuring to take care of Yaduvanshis, the followers of Lord Krishna, if they voted you to power. However, even I believe that you just might succeed in this attempt with a large section of Yadav votes coming to your party in the forthcoming 2014 parliamentary elections. And, I have reasons to believe so. Lalu Prasad Yadav is miffed with the fact that Congress Party and Muslims have betrayed him. The Muslims are strongly backing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a majority of votes are likely to go in favor of Janata Dal (U). To settle scores with both Congress Party and Nitish Kumar, there are strong possibilities that a large number of Yadavs might choose to vote BJP during the general elections. Also, Lalu Prasad Yadav's party RJD's tacit understanding with BJP has been exposed. The RJD was seen aligning with the BJP during the bandh called by BJP to protest the Bodh-Gaya serial blasts in the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. Lalu Prasad Yadav during his chief ministership is known to have ditched Buddhists in their struggle to free Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee from Hindu domination and bringing it under complete control of Buddhists only. 

Shri Narendra Modi ji, it was quite ridiculous to see you asking poor Hindus and poor Muslims not to fight against each other from the podium of Hunkaar Rally. Modi ji, it's a great journey indeed for you -- from "Kutte ka Pilla" in Gujarat (dog's puppy, acronym given to 2002 Gujarat riot victims) to "Poor Muslims" in Bihar. Modi ji, it seems that you have accepted the fact that rich Hindus are behind all the communal conflict between poor Hindus and poor Muslims, and might even be spending money to broaden and intensify the conflict. A true statesman should have addressed all Hindus and Muslims, and not only poor Hindus and poor Muslims. But, habits die hard. For you the interests of six (6) crore Gujaratis is dear to your heart, and you merely remain a regional satrap, nothing more.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, you rightly remember your days of poverty and how you rose to dizzy heights from being a poor tea vendor at a railway station in your native place in Gujarat. But, it seems that even after rising to such great heights and adorning the chief ministerial chair of Gujarat for the third consecutive term (15 years) you are still lagging behind in your education and knowledge of history. Modi ji, you have got the history of Bihar all wrong. See, how poorly informed you are about the history of Bihar. Lauding Bihar's gem Chandragupta Maurya, you said that he belonged to Gupta Dynasty, while he belonged to Maurya Dynasty. Regarding Bihar's achievement in the field of education in yesteryears, you also cited the examples of Nalanda and Takshila. Everybody knows that Nalanda is in Bihar (it's native place of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar). But, Modi ji Takshila is in Pakistan. Does RSS still harbor the dreams of Akhand Bharat? Do you want to capture Pakistan again and assimilate it into India? You also said that Alexander (Sikandar) was defeated by brave Biharis on the banks of the Ganges, but the fact is that he was turned back from the banks of River Sutlej in Punjab. Modi ji, you need to learn history and get your lessons right. India cannot afford to have a Prime Minister like you, who doesn't know India's history properly. And, just see how the biased Indian media also chose to side with you and preferred not to debate your lack of knowledge of history on TV channels. In fact, the knowledge and education of leaders is a big issue which should be debated by the media. But, I know an important section of the biased, communal mainstream media won't do as paid journalism is currently at work. 

Modi ji, what is RSS and BJP up to??

Shri Narendra Modi ji, now I am addressing you as an Indian. Modi ji, see what You are up to in the run up to the 2014 parliamentary elections. You used to constantly harp on the development of Gujarat under your tenure. But, ever since you have been anointed as RSS PM-nominee, you have stopped talking about Gujarat's development and continuously focusing on implementing your pet communal agenda to polarise votes. It seems You, RSS and BJP are completely bereft of any development ideas for the people or country. For your mother organization RSS and your party BJP, the only issues are dress code, Vande Mataram, Surya Namaskar, Muslim population control, Hindu population growth, Uniform Civil Code, Abolition of Article 370 etc. These issues might have earlier won you elections, but I seriously doubt that with these core issues now at play You or your party is going to gain power at the Centre.

Modi ji, in your state a decision has recently been taken to regulate dress codes for teachers in Gujarat. The decision has evoked strong reactions from Muslims and is being seen as yet another RSS conspiracy to marginalize Muslims in the state. By the way, this decision is being exclusively forced on women teachers as if all the rules are meant to have been made for women alone. The teachers have been asked to wear Saris. I don't know whether the dress code is also applicable for male teachers and whether all the male teachers have been asked to wear 'Dhotis' or not. 

Modi ji, my colleague and Indian Muslim Observer Gujarat Bureau Chief Abdul Hafiz Lakhani recently sent a report saying that a communal profiling of Muslims is taking place in Gujarat. In one incident a Muslim teacher wearing a Salwar Kameez was stopped from attending the school and sent back home asking her to wear a Sari according to the recently promulgated dress code. The teacher however said that her parents wanted her to wear Salwar Kameez. This is only one instance of targeting and marginalising Muslims. Our colleague Abdul Hafiz Lakhani reported that one Ms. Zahira Momin went to R.H. Kapadia New High School in the satellite township of Ahmedabad to get her child admitted in pre-primary. The school however refused to give her admission saying that she was a Muslim. In fact, Ms. Zahira Momin had gone to the school only after seeing the advertisement placed in a local daily. In yet another instance of Muslim discrimination, the Himalaya Mall, one of the five biggest malls in Ahmedabad, charged a fee of Rs. 20 from Muslim visitors on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr saying that the amount would be returned to them only if they bought anything from the mall, and retained if they didn't. This shameful incident was also reported in the local newspapers. Modi ji, these are only few instances of Muslim discrimination. Many similar incidents can be cited as these abound in your state under your watch and ward.

Modi ji, why rules are only made for women. Why are males exempted from such rules and allowed to do as they wish? If female teachers are asked to wear Saris, then male teachers should also be asked to wear Dhotis. This is necessary to protect the Hindu identity as You and RSS have always wanted. After all, why do You always wear Kurta and churidaar Pyjama. This is essentially a Muslim dress mostly worn by Muslims. Your actions are hollow and you are only befooling Hindus in the name of protecting them from imaginary Muslim onslaught, which never exists after all. You should stop wearing the Muslim dress of Kurta and Pyjama and wear Dhoti to set an example amongst Hindus.

Modi ji, even RSS in its dress code seems to be Westernised. The Khaki shorts worn by RSS leaders and followers is Western and looks vulgar. Several RSS and BJP leaders have been more often giving sermons to young girls to stop exposing their bodies or wearing western dresses as this invites rape. But, what about RSS leaders and its followers wearing Khaki shorts and exposing their legs. Why most RSS leaders and followers shy away from asserting their Hindu identity by not wearing Dhotis? Does Bhartiyata (Indianness) means Ardh-Naganta (semi-nakedness)? Modi ji, please don't preach before practicing yourself, or else your actions would seem absurd, idiotic and fascist.

Modi ji, Your claims of being Hindu Nationalist questionable

Shri Narendra Modi ji, your claims of being a Hindu Nationalist is hollow and questionable. You have been abusing the UPA government of being weak and ineffective in tackling Pakistani LoC ceasefire violations and repeated Chinese incursions. Modi ji, I and most Muslims of India are ready to vote for you and bring the RSS-headed government to power at the Centre, but it is only on the condition that you dare to announce that within six (6) months in power your government is going to declare wars simultaneously on both Pakistan and China to reclaim the captured Indian territory. We, Indian Muslims, are ready to sacrifice our lives for the sake of our great and beloved motherland India. If you are a true Nationalist you should not shirk from this responsibility and fight full-fledged wars with both Pakistan and China and restore India's prestige and sovereignty. But, we know you are only a Paper Tiger whose roars are feeble, fake and manufactured.

Modi ji, Your attitude against Muslims have all along been hostile and full of enmity. Modi ji, when you come to power at the Centre (the chances though are quite slim and like 'Mungeri Lal ke haseen sapney'), we Muslims hope that you will stop importing oil from Muslim nations. After all, why should you import oil from Muslim nations whom you consider to be your adversary. We are ready to bear the brunt of even more inflation. A self-respecting, arrogant man like you should not bow or cower down before Muslim nations to get oil. If you do so, you will be considered as a leader who has no self-respect at all. Modi ji, you and your ally Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray have more to answer for befooling the Indians. When India is in the midst of Onion crisis and onions are being imported from enemy nation of Pakistan and another Muslim nation Afghanistan, why didn't Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray protest against this move and allowed onions to be imported to India. Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray are both seen opposing Pakistan even at the slightest opportunity. Modi ji, after all whom are You and Your allies befooling??

Modi ji, The New York Times Editorial on your prospects is right

Shri Narendra Modi ji, the recent Editorial in The New York Times has rightly analysed your personality and what is expected of you when RSS comes to power. The New York Times rightly said: " His (Narendra Modi) rise to power is deeply troubling to many Indians, especially the country’s 138 million Muslims and its many other minorities. They worry he would exacerbate sectarian tensions that have subsided somewhat in the last decade." The editorial says that your strident Hindu nationalism has fueled public outrage. The New York Times editorial quoting Reuters said: "When Reuters asked him earlier this year if he regretted the killings in 2002, he said, if “someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is.” That incendiary response created a political uproar and demands for an apology."

Modi ji, The New York Times said many other things about you. Modi ji, see how a foreign publication is casting aspersions and doubts over your ability to lead the Indian nation. And, just look at the timidity and biased attitude of Indian mainstream media who wanted to shield you and never debated the issue.

Modi ji, I and many others like me consider the United States of America a champion of human rights and flag bearer of human values worldwide. The U.S. government has been instrumental in ridding a number of Middle East nations from brutal dictators like Saddam Hussain and Muammar Gaddafi. The U.S. government is equally right in depriving you a visa for the past several years for the human rights violations that took place during 2002 Gujarat riots under your stewardship. The U.S. rightly acknowledges your leadership as a blot on human values and affirms your communal and divisive role. 

Modi ji, in the United States, UK and other European countries there are several instances of Muslims offering prayers in churches. There is a strong interfaith bond between Muslims and Christians in these countries. Modi ji, but see how You and Your party believe in demolishing Muslim and Christian places of worship in India. In fact, you deputed your colleague Amit Shah (himself an accused in Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter case) to Uttar Pradesh to build up campaign for 2014 parliamentary elections, which he did so by announcing to build a grand Ram Temple at the Babri Masjid demolition site, even though the matter is sub judice. Doesn't this expose your communal, extra-constitutional and divisive attitude?

Modi ji, You are not inclusive and unfit to lead India

Shri Narendra Modi ji, I greatly admire your partyman and colleague Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, whose state will be shortly going for assembly polls. It would not be surprising to see Shivraj Singh Chauhan ji returning to power for the consecutive third time with a landslide victory. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who is known for his links with RSS, is loved by Hindus and Muslims alike. He has administered Madhya Pradesh well and Muslims are satisfied with his leadership, and prepared to return him to power once again with even bigger majority. Modi ji, but in your Gujarat Muslims voted for you only out of fear, and not love. There is a stark difference in the inclusive leadership of Shivraj Singh Chauhan and chauvinist, exclusivist, arrogant, dispassionate leadership of Narrendra Modi. In fact, Shivraj Singh Chauhan ji should have been chosen as the Prime Ministerial nominee. He is surely the best candidate to lead India at the moment on behalf of BJP.

Shri Narendra Modi ji, a person like you dreaming day in and day out of becoming Prime Minister of India should first of all know the country's history, which you are ignorant of as in the case of Bihar. Modi ji, you should first give more time to yourself, understand the people, make friends with India's minorities, change your entire persona and make it acceptable before the world, and then think of leading the country. Modi ji, let me assure you We Muslims are not your enemy. Our forefathers have chosen to live in India of their own accord and serve our great motherland devotedly. The enemy within you needs to die down. The moment we see a remarkable change in you, we will wholeheartedly accept you as our leader. Modi ji, you will have to take the initiative first and give the right message.

Respected Modi ji, I hope you won't mind, but seriously introspect on what all I felt and had to say. Let this Festival of Lights - Diwali - illuminate our hearts and minds and enlighten all Indians. Let this Festival of Light dispel the darkness of ignorance and vicious feelings amongst all of us. The Idea of India must be given a chance. Let us together build a prosperous, progressive and peaceful India, which becomes Superpower soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Danish Ahmad Khan

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Journalist, is native of Gaya, Bihar and currently based in New Delhi. He is a keen political observer. As a social activist, he is passionately associated with The Gaya Muslim Orphanage, Cherki, a 96-year-old institution founded by his paternal grandfather Enayeth Khan in October 1917. He is presently Founder-Editor of India's First Online Muslim Newspaper IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at danishkhan@indianmuslimobserver.com]

IMO IMPACT: Indian Muslim Observer story on 'House Arrest' of Jamia Hamdard Chancellor Saiyid Hamid stands true, two Urdu newspapers take up issue after nearly one year

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 09 September 2013 | Posted in , , , , , , ,

By Danish Ahmad Khan

All is surely not well with eminent Muslim personality Saiyid Hamid and the institutions he is presently associated with - Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University) and Hamdard Education Society. The Indian Muslim Observer story titled "IMO EXCLUSIVE: Son puts Hamdard University Chancellor Saiyid Hamid under ‘House Arrest’?" published on October 28, 2012 has been affirmed once again. After nearly one year two Urdu newspapers published from New Delhi have taken up this issue and prominently highlighted it. Both the newspapers, however, flouting established journalistic norms have failed to give credit to the Indian Muslim Observer as the primary source, which they should have done in any case.

A former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, 93-year-old Saiyid Hamid is presently Chancellor of Hamdard University (Jamia Hamdard) and Secretary of Hamdard Education Society. In 2005, Saiyid Hamid was also appointed Member of Sachar Committee by Prime Minisrer Manmohan Singh. The Sachar Committee prepared a report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India and presented it to the Government of India.

The Urdu daily 'Qaumi Salamati' recently published a report titled "Saiyid Hamid apney hi ghar me mein mahsoor o majbur" (Saiyid Hamid under arrest and helpless in his own home). The report was published on August 7, 2013. The Qaumi Salamati report though was based on an investigative report by Dr. M. Q. Tabrez, Special Correspondent, Chauthi Duniya weekly, published in August 12-18, 2013 edition. However, by all accounts the Qaumi Salamati report was clearly picked from Indian Muslim Observer and translated verbatim in Urdu.

The Indian Muslim Observer story had highlighted crass nepotism indulged in to by Saiyid Hamid when he provided employment to his 'jobless' eldest son Syed Samar Hamid at Hamdard Public School. The Hamdard Public School was established by Hakeem Abdul Hameed, Founder of Hamdard Dawakhana (which produces famous brand Rooh Afza and other Unani products). Hakeem Abdul Hameed recognized the administrative and organizational capabilities of Saiyid Hamid and made him Secretary of Hamdard Education Society to manage Hamdard Public School and Hamdard Study Circle (which prepares Muslims for Civil Services Exams). Saiyid Hamid, whose contributions to Muslims is negligible as a bureaucrat or educationist, emulated the epic character Dhritrashtra and out of blind love appointed his son Syed Samar Hamid as a Manager to manage the affairs of Hamdard Public School.

The basis of the Indian Muslim Observer report was our first hand experience when I, Mohammad Aleem and Shahabuddin Yaqub had personally gone to present the first-ever Biography on Saiyid Hamid personally to him. The biography of Saiyid Hamid was written by Mohammad Aleem and published by Gloriords Publications owned by Shahabuddin Yaqub. We had a bitter and humiliating experience and saw it for ourselves how Saiyid Hamid was being mistreated by his Personal Assistant Paras Bhatia and allegedly being kept under 'House Arrest' by his own son Syed Samar Hamid for obvious reasons.

There is more to Saiyid Hamid's 'House Arrest' than what meets the eyes. One Nafees Ahmad, so-called sympathiser of Saiyid Hamid, while writing recently on AMU Network forum said: "The story, which appeared in a newspaper that Saiyid Hamid is under house arrest is baseless, fabricated and manufactured by an abnormal person who was refused to see Mr. Saiyid Hamid as he wanted to see him without appointment (I don't remember the date; may be around two-three months before). During those days, Hamid Saheb was advised bed rest by the doctors and to avoid visitors . Despite advising him not see Mr. Hamid by the Secretary and Mr. Samar Hamid, he reached his residence without appointment and gate crashed. Mr. Hamid, a person of extreme 'Murrwwat' met him and his companion at his residence against medical advice."

The truth being that whatever I wrote is completely based on our first-hand experience as stated in the report. Had Nafees Ahmad accompanied me and my colleagues he would have come to know who was abnormal and whether the story I wrote was 'baseless, fabricated and manufactured'. I have met Saiyid Hamid on several occasions along with my father relating to the work of the Gaya Muslim Orphanage (which was established by my grandfather Enayeth Khan in October 1917 in Gaya district of Bihar state), and Saiyid Hamid was then quite accessible.

Moreover, I and my colleagues had to meet Saiyid Hamid personally to present his own Biography, which was written by Mohammad Aleem and published by Shahabuddin Yaqub's company Gloriords Publications. Both the persons were accompanying me as well. Another startling fact which Nafees Ahmad and others would come to know now that Saiyid Hamid from Day One had wanted to dictate his Biography (which would have been more of an Autobiography that he never wanted to write). In a conversation Mohammed Aleem told me that whenever he wrote some pages, Saiyid Hamid would phone him asking to send whatever he has written so that corrections (in his own way) could be made. But, Mr. Aleem resisted on several occasions and refused to send these. He also told me that Saiyid Hamid's family members, including his wife and sons, were totally non-cooperative and never uttered a single word about the personality of Saiyid Hamid narrating their experiences as family members. On the contrary, Samar Hamid wanted his name to be published in the Biography, which was not done by the author despite hard efforts.

Recently, I received a letter by Saiyid Hamid on his official letter head and under his signature dated 24th May 2013. Saiyid Hamid wrote: "... I was deeply dismayed that you have chosen to defame me and my family in this manner. I fail to understand what could have compelled you to write such an untruthful and a libelous article. You have caused me immense distress and pain. I would request you to kindly take off the offending piece from your website."

I still stand by whatever I have written as it was based on our personal experience, which was indeed offensive and humiliating. The entire episode tells the whole story and about the way in which Muslim institutions are being run and community's so-called messiah operate.

As of now, I have come to know through reliable sources that several corrupt practices are currently going on in Hamdard University on a big scale. This needs to be fully exposed by the mainstream media as well and valuable institutions like Hamdard University and Hamdard Public School be saved from deteriorating further.

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at danishkhan@indianmuslimobserver.com]

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