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Send foreign Tablighi Jamaat members home, appeals Islamic Federation in Tamil Nadu

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

Chennai: The Federation of Tamil Nadu Muslim organizations and political parties have vehemently appealed to the state government for release 129 foreign Tabligi Jamat (TJ) members lodged in Puzhal Central Prison complex here.

The Tamil Nadu government has designated the Juvenile prison within Puzhal jail for the detention of 129 foreign TJ members who have violated Visa regulations.

These are 53 citizens from Indonesia, 17 from Malaysia, 14 from Bangladesh, 14 from Thailand, 13 from Myanmar, 8 from Ethiopia, 5 from France, 3 from Cameroon, 1 from Congo, 1 from Belgium.

Addressing an online press conference, the Islamic Federation has asked the Tamil Nadu government to drop all cases against the foreign TJ members and set them free from the illegal dentation and send them to their respective countries. 

The online press conference was addressed by the Islamic Federation's President and Jamathul Ulama Council President, Moulana P.A Haja Moinudeen Hazrath, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi President M.H.Jawahirullah, SDPI President Nellai Mubarak, Coordinators M Manzoor Khasifi, Alhaj M Basheer Ahmed and others.

There were 129 foreign TJ members including 12 women belonging to 9 different countries who were arrested by Tamil Nadu police from the various places of the state following the discovery of coronavirus linkage with TJ members and Nizamuddin Markaz world conference in New Delhi.

The Madras High Court and its subsidiary courts granted bail to 98 TJ members arrested in 12 cases. Similarly, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court granted bail to other 31 foreign TJ members.

All these foreign TJ members who were earlier put up at Saidapet sub jail but after being given bail, were shifted to Juvenile prison within the Puzhal Central jail complex.

This included 31 foreign TJ members who were arrested from the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and their bail plea was heard by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.

While granting bail to 31 TJ members on June 12, 2020, the Madurai Bench of Madras High court stated that it is not fair to detain them in the Special Camp within Puzhal Prison complex and the government should consider keeping them in any other good place.
The court further stated that “these people have served maximum sentences for violation of Visa rules and there is no proof that these people have spread Coronavirus. In such a situation, if the petitioners execute appropriate affidavits expressing their regret for having violated the visa conditions, proceedings against them shall be concluded by filing final reports recording the same,” the court said.

The Islamic Federation Based on the judgment of the Madurai Bench of Madras High court held a online press conference where it said; “It is contempt of the Judgment given by the Madurai Bench of Madras High court to illegally keep 31 foreign TJ members in Puzhal prison, whose case have been closed and have been acquitted and absolved of all cases against them.”

“Further, those 98 people including 8 women who have got bail from court but their cases are still not disposed of and are still kept in detention even more than 60 days of their arrests are illegal.”

The Islamic federation appealed to the state government to drop all pending cases against the remaining 98 foreign nationals and stop their illegal detention in Puzhal prison complex and house them in some better place.

A member of Islamic Federation and President Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, M H Jawahirullah pointed out that the central government has given clear guidelines about these special camps as to how they should function.

Frist, such a detention center should not be located within the prison complex which is not in this case. Second, the food for such detainees should be prepared in a separate Kitchen but in this case, foreign TJ members are served food meant for the prisoners of Puzhal Jail. Third, the guidelines say the detention place should have proper ventilation for air and sunlight but that’s not there in this detention center, M H Jawahirullah said.

He added; “the Juvenile prison within Puzhal jail can accommodate only 30 to 40 persons but there are 129 TJ members cramped in an inhuman condition in such detention center that too at the times Covid crisis is huge violation of social distancing norms begs human attention.”

The MMK leader demanded that Tamil Nadu government should house these foreign TJ members in a ‘near human’ conditions and suggested keeping them at Jamia Qasmiya Arabic College in Washermanpet locality, till they are sent to their respective countries.

[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com] 

विदेशी तब्लीगी जमाअत के लोगों की रिहाई के लिए इम्पार का गृह सचिव को पत्र

मद्रास हाई कोर्ट के आदेश के बाद आने वाली बाधा को गृह मंत्रालय से दूर करने की अपील 

नयी दिल्ली: इंसानी बुनियादों पर विदेशी तबलीगी जमात के लोगों को छोड़ने के लिए भारत सरकार के होम सेक्रेट्री अजय कुमार भल्ला को इंडियन मुस्लिम फॉर प्रोग्रेस एंड रिफॉर्म्स (IMPAR) की ओर से एक पत्र लिखा गया है, जिसमें करोना को लेकर भारत सरकार की कोशिशों की प्रशंसा करते हुए कहा गया है कि भारत सरकार ने अर्थव्यवस्था को बूस्ट करने के लिए जो कदम उठाए हैं वह सराहनीय हैं। साथ ही साथ इस पूरी महामारी में सरकार की ओर से जो कदम आम जनता के हितों की रक्षा में लिए उठाये जा रहे हैं इम्पार उसकी प्रशंसा करता है।  

पत्र में भारत सरकार के गृह सचिव का ध्यान आकर्षित करते हुए कहा गया है कि चेन्नई तमिलनाडु में फंसी 12 महिलाओं सहित 125 विदेशी तबलीगी जमात के लोगों की रिहाई को लेकर आप से अपील करते हैं। पत्र में कहा गया है कि माननीय न्यायालय द्वारा उनकी रिहाई का आदेश दिया गया है लेकिन राज्य के वरिष्ठ पुलिस और जेल अधिकारियों ने कहा है कि MHA ने इस दिशा में आदेश जारी कर रखा है। जब तक गृह मंत्रालय आदेश वापस नहीं लेता है तब तक यह संभव नहीं है। अहम बात यह है कि उन्होंने किसी भी वीजा की शर्तों का उल्लंघन नहीं किया है या किसी भी ऐसी गतिविधियों में लिप्त नहीं थे जो FIR में उल्लिखित हैं क्यों कि इन्हीं बिंदुओं पर एचसी ने संज्ञान लिया है। 
पत्र में कहा गया है कि अच्छी बात यह है कि देश के किसी भी राज्य में इस तरह का कोई सवाल उत्पन्न नहीं हुआ और तबलीगी जमात के लोगों को न्यायालय से न्याय मिलने के बाद उन्हें उनके देश भेज दिया गया लेकिन चेन्नई तमिलनाडु में जो परेशानी आ रही है उसको लेकर के इम्पार चिंतित है और सरकार से अपील करती है कि सरकार तत्काल प्रभाव से कार्यवाही कर के उनको न्याय दिलाये। इम्पार इस मामले को मानवीय आधार पर उठाते हुये राज्य के अधिकारियों को आवश्यक निर्देश जारी करने के लिए गृह मंत्रालय की ओर देख रहा है, क्योंकि कोविड-19 के अचानक प्रकोप में इनकी थोड़ी सी गलतियों की इनको बड़ी सजा मिल चुकी है। 

इम्पार ने कहा है कि यह बताना उचित होगा कि तब्लीगी जमात के लोग अपनी यात्रा के दौरान या मस्जिदों में रहने के दौरान, किसी भी उपदेशात्मक गतिविधियों में लिप्त नहीं थे, क्योंकि मामले की सुनवाई के दौरान ऐसी कोई रिपोर्ट प्रस्तुत नहीं की गई थी। किसी की धार्मिक, सांस्कृतिक प्रथाओं के अवलोकन की इस प्रक्रिया को उपदेश के रूप में नहीं माना जा सकता है और न ही उन्हें जारी किए गए वीजा की शर्तों के उल्लंघन का आरोपी बनाया जा सकता है। अहम बात यह है कि मद्रास के माननीय हाई कोर्ट ने व्यक्तिगत सुरक्षा बांड पर ही उनको राहत दी है।  

Tamil Nadu Muslim body TMMK involved in funeral service of Corona victims

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

Chennai: A Muslim group in Tamil Nadu is actively involved in conducting proper funeral rites of dead bodies mostly of Corona victims belonging to different faiths.

The volunteers of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), a Muslim non-governmental organization have performed the last rights of about 139 dead bodies belonging to different religions commencing from March 25, 2020 till this date.

The funeral rites have been conducted based on the religious beliefs of the dead and many among them are non-Muslims, said M.H. Jawahirullah  TMMK President.

Even when the loved ones of the dead are unwilling to perform their last rites, the volunteers of the TMMK are doing the funeral service based on human concerns, he added.
So far TMMK have done funeral service for 139 people from March to June 2020. Among them 58 who died due to Covid- 19, include 48 from Chennai, 2 from Villupuram, 1 from Pernambut area in Tirupattur district, 3 from Trichy, 1 from Kayalpattinam in Tuticurin District, 1 from Aaarani in Tiruvannamalai district and 2 from Erode.    

Apart from them, there were 81 orphaned people who died during the Corona curfew or lockdown.  These include 63 from Chennai, 2 from Coimbatore, 2 from Udumalaipet and one each from Trichy and Madurai. Besides, there are 12 other orphan deaths from different places of Tamil Nadu whose last rites were performed by the TMMK.

M.H. Jawahirullah said since the first curfew began on March 25, 2020 the TMMK have been actively taking part in rescue and relief operations of those who died of Coronavirus in Tami Nadu. As a part of it, its volunteers actively involve themselves in burying the bodies. They have been doing this with utmost dedication with proper precautionary measures, he added.

In many occasions, the police department has directly approached TMMK to help them in burying the dead bodies. We have readily extended the service to dispose of the dead bodies in a proper way, the TMMK President quipped.  

As of today there have been 67,468 Covid positive cases reported in Tamil Nadu, of them 37,763 have recovered. So far 866 fatalities are reported from the entire state. 

Chennai continues to be the worst-hit district with 1,380 fresh cases in the state capital taking the number of cases in the city to 44,205. Of these, 39,897 patients are males, 24,686 are females and 20 are transgender patients.

[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist is based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com]

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

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]

In election season, Muslim factions unite, meet Sonia Gandhi

By Seema Chishti

New Delhi: With elections season in full swing and positioning for 'representation' of minority groups gaining focus, an important development took place on Sunday. The two warring factions of the Majlis-e-Mushawarat, India's oldest Muslim body set up in 1964 to address problems faced by Muslims and articulate their views to governments, reunited after 13 years.

According to president Zafar ul Islam, the coming together of the Syed Shahabuddin and the rival Maulana Salim Qasmi factions has "breathed new life into the idea and expectation with which the Mushawarat was set up fifty years ago".

After they buried their differences, members of the Mushawarat met UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhion Monday evening to push for more central assistance for the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. They also made a case for the anti-communal violence Bill which, according to Islam, "fixes accountability" on erring administrators and political representatives when they are unable to control group violence.

A delegation of 16 Mushawarat representatives who met Gandhi for about 45 minutes said: "She heard us out patiently and seriously on the detailed status of riot victims in western UP, and assured us of best efforts to mobilise help for victims as the onset of winter is creating difficulty in the camps. She also assured us of trying to bring the anti-communal violence Bill in this session of Parliament."

The Majlis-e-Mushawarat has its origins in communal riots that took place in Jabalpur, Sagar, Rourkela and Ranchi in the early 1960s and shook the Muslim community. Following this, leading freedom fighter and Congressman from Bihar, Dr Syed Mahmood, initiated a drive to establish a Muslim convention to instill confidence in the community. Since then, even though the Mushawarat steered clear of an overtly political role, it remained a vital barometer and influencer of the crucial Muslim vote.

Over the years, its influence declined as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board became the point of touchdown for all those who wanted to get a sense of Muslim legal issues, especially as the Ayodhya issue took centre stage.

Despite prominent Muslim figure, MP and former IFS officer Syed Shahabuddin, associating himself with the Mushawarat, it has been involved in controversy since an internal election in 2000.

"It was ironic that the Mushawarat was calling for a common platform and preaching unity when we ourselves were split, minimising our own strength. Hence, unity among ourselves was a priority," Maulana Ataur Rehman Qasmi, one of the key figures who brought the two factions together, said.

While the UK-educated Islam, who also edits The Milli Gazette and is the son of respected cleric Maulana Wahiduddin, has been named president, the older member of the former breakaway faction, Maulana Salim Qasmi, has been named chairman of the Supreme Guidance Council of the organisation.

Sources said leaders within this once influential platform are concerned about the "situations facing the community now". Efforts to target groups "within the community" are being seen as deliberate and a way to distract attention from the key issue of backwardness and discrimination facing the entire community.

The Mushawarat, it is believed, gave a tacit call to oppose the Congress after the riots in the '60s, which created a divide between the two groups — one sympathetic to the Congress and the other hostile. This, say analysts, contributed majorly to the 1967 debacle for the Congress. But before 1971, the Mushawarat decided to tacitly support the Indira Gandhi-led Congress.

Despite the timing of the merging of the two factions, Shahabuddin said the Mushawarat is politically neutral. "Mushawarat is not a political party and does not support a political party. We want a secular government in the country and advise Muslim voters to vote for secular candidates," he said.

(Courtesy: The Indian Express)

‘Reduce Muslim wedding costs, do away with dowry’

Part of the movement is also Dukhtari Haq (Rights of the Daughters). "Don't give dowry to your daughters, give her rights in the ancestral property" is the movement's catchphrase. "A daughter is entitled to half of the son's share in her father's property. She inherits less because after marriage it is her husband's duty to take care of her

By Mohammed Wajihuddin

These are the people who took pride in their big, fat weddings. Baraatis would comprise hundreds and feasts at the bride's place would continue for three days. And dowry, both in cash and kind, had hit the roof. Now the same tribe is curtailing the number of baraatis, the amount of food served at weddings and has done away with dowry. Called Islah-e-Muashra (Reforms of Society), the movement of Muslims from Ghazipur (UP), is getting a good reception in Mumbai. Islah-e-Muashra's city wing called the Mumbai Forum is convening a meeting of over 2000 participants at Mackichan Hall in Girgaum today to discuss how to make the initiative more effective.

Muslim migrants from Ghazipur have joined hands with relatives back home to root out the system of dowry. Though the first Islah-e-Muashra of Ghazipur was started in 1910, the latest move began in 2011. Five friends—Asif Khan, Ghulam Mohammed Siddiqui, Akbar Khan, Javed Khan and Inam Khan—took upon themselves the task ofending dowry. "In 2010 alone people in Ghazipur sold land worth Rs 10 crore to fund their daughters' weddings. Till a few years ago, baraatis would come in more than 20 cars and dowry items would be carted away in trucks. This has now substantially reduced," says Asif Khan, nephew of famous Urdu journalist Haroon Rashid Alig, who was part of a similar movement in the 1980s.

According to the 15-point charter, baraatis will number not more than seven, including the groom. No lavish food will be served at the bride's place and the nikah will be preferably performed at the local mosque. Unlike in the past when brides were expected to be bejeweled and carry a variety of things to the groom's house, dowry has been curtailed to a few essentials. Now the bride will carry silver jewelry, one palang (cot), bed-sheets and pillows, a quilt, a prayer mat and a copy of the Quran. "There is no concept of either demanding or giving dowry lavishly in Islam. It has to be modest. We are trying to follow what the Sharia prescribes," says Ishtiaque Khan. "The rich have to set the example. The poor pawn their little landed property and borrow money at exorbitant rates to arrange for dowry. This has to stop."

Part of the movement is also Dukhtari Haq (Rights of the Daughters). "Don't give dowry to your daughters, give her rights in the ancestral property" is the movement's catchphrase. "A daughter is entitled to half of the son's share in her father's property. She inherits less because after marriage it is her husband's duty to take care of her," explains senior cleric Maulana Shoeb Koti.

Significantly, the movement is being backed by different sects of the community. "Despite our ideological differences, all the sects like Deobandis, Sunnis, Ahle Hadees, Barelvis agree that the evil of dowry needs to be eradicated," says Ashraf Ali Khan. The Pathans of Ghazipur areleading a silent revolution, both in Mumbai and elsewhere.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

Saudi Arabia endorses Pakistani Ambassador for position of OIC Assistant Secretary General

By Rohail Khan

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has formally supported the candidature of H.E Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan for the post of “Assistant Secretary General - Asian region” at the prestigious Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Ambassador Khan is currently serving as Pakistan’s envoy in Riyadh and Permanent Representative to OIC in Jeddah.

Earlier, the Royal Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad met Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs at the Foreign Office, Radio Pakistan (RP) reported. The Royal Saudi Ambassador delivered a special letter signed by the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal committing the Kingdom’s support to Pakistan’s candidature for the important post, the Radio Pakistan website reported today.

According to the Foreign Office Spokesman quoted by Radio Pakistan‚ several other countries from

OIC have also indicated full and formal support to H.E Ambassador Naeem Khan. Government of Pakistan has warmly appreciated the support of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan’s candidate.

Elections for the post of Assistant Secretary General for the period 2014-2019 shall be held at the 40th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Conakry‚ Guinea, scheduled in December 2013.

Pakistan, Coordinator of COMSTECH (OIC’s Standing Committee on Science and Technology), shall be hosting the OIC’s Science and Technology Summit in February 2014.

It is worth while to note that OIC’s longest-serving Secretary General H.E Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu,

Turkish National, serving OIC since 2004 shall be retiring in 2014. Upon his departure, H.E Iyad Bin Amin Madani, Saudi National, will assume as the new Secretary General of OIC.

OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 Muslim member states. The organisation states that it is "the collective voice of the Muslim world" and works to "safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony".

OIC has a permanent delegation to the United Nations, and is the largest international organisation outside the United Nations.

[Rohail Khan, a Canadian-Pakistani with strong parental roots in India as well, is a Senior Banker and CFO based at Jeddah. He is also Chairman, Urdu Academy International (UAI), Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at rohailkhan00@gmail.com]

IMO Exclusive: Jamia Hamdard mired in big time corruption, Unani System of Medicine getting step-motherly treatment

By Danish Ahmad Khan

Jamia Hamdard, the dream institution of late Hakeem Abdul Hameed, which was established to espouse the cause of Unani system of Medicine, is currently passing through a bad phase of its otherwise enviable history.

Over the years Jamia Hamdard has performed very well in the field of higher education. The hallmark of the institution is that it provides several job-oriented courses, including both modern and alternative medicine. Unfortunately, of late, the Unani System of Medicine has received stepmotherly treatment by the authorities here.

The story that the Indian Muslim Observer published titled "IMO EXCLUSIVE: Son puts Hamdard University Chancellor Saiyid Hamid under ‘House Arrest’?" published on October 28, 2012, on the 'House Arrest' of Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard Saiyid Hamid by his eldest son Syed Samar Hamid, who is looking after the affairs of Hamdard Public School and is also associated with Jamia Hamdard, a year ago is being hotly debated today.

The Indian Muslim Observer has received many reactions from the family members and others who claim to be near and dear to Saiyid Hamid. Even Saiyid Hamid also personally wrote to Indian Muslim Observer on his official letter head and under his signature dated 24th May 2013 asking to take off "such an untruthful and libelous article" from our News Portal. Saiyid Hamid wrote thus: "... 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."

Anyone who has gone through our write-up will bear testimony to the fact that it was an eye-witness account of what had happened to Saiyid Hamid on that fateful day. The story was not based on hearsay nor did it contain the impressions of other people. Instead it was a vivid description of what three visitors of Saiyid Hamid had experienced and seen with their own eyes. Moreover, our intention was not to malign the image of Saiyid Hamid, whom we respect as much as others do. The purpose has been to awaken people, his well-wishers particularly, to the conditions he is living in.

In view of strong reaction/response to our story we decided to consult other people associated with Jamia Hamdard and Hamdard Public School. We found that the employees of Jamia Hamdard are living in perpetual fear. In fact, a reign of terror has been unleashed by Dr. G.N Qazi, the Vice Chancellor and Dr. Firdous A. Wani, the Registrar. But some people agreed to speak out in privacy and on condition of anonymity. The information provided to us is revealing as well as damaging.

Many in Jamia Hamdard believe that the office of Chancellor, due to the illness of Saiyid Hamid, has been overtaken by unscrupulous people because of which untoward things are happening in Jamia Hamdard. They say that Saiyid Hamid is known for his honesty and integrity of character.


But they also wonder how illegal activities are going on unchecked under his nose. They specially find it difficult to stomach the silence of the Chancellor even when an FIR has been registered against the registrar for sexually harassing a woman employee. It is also being said in the campus that Dr. G.N Qazi had manhandled his former Personal Secretary, Ms. Maryamma who agreed to withdraw her complaint under police pressure. Some people spoke about the illegal continuation in office of Dr. G.N Qazi as Vice Chancellor. But we would refrain from commenting on this as the matter is subjudice.

The most disturbing fact is that the present Jamia Hamdard administration, especially the Vice Chancellor, has no regard for rules and regulations, and has indulged in several illegal acts. Sadly neither the UGC nor the HRD Ministry has shown any interest in preventing corruption in the University. But what disturbs us the most is the fact that Saiyid Hamid is probably being kept in the dark because it is against his nature and character to allow illegal activities under his own nose. And the illegal actions of Dr. G.N Qazi are aplenty, not just one or two isolated incidents which further reinforce our suspicion that perhaps Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, is not in full command of affairs in Jamia Hamdard due to his prolonged illness.

At Jamia Hamdard campus both academics and non-teaching staff narrated to us many instances of corruption and also provided us proofs in their support. A careful perusal of the papers compels us to believe that rules and regulations have really been violated.

The authorities of Jamia Hamdard appear to be intoxicated with power and arrogance as they display no regard for rules and statutes. The university has set up a medical college recently for which efforts were started during the tenure of Shamim Ahmad, a former Vice Chancellor. Dr. Qazi also worked hard to get the medical college for the university, though some teachers alleged that he delayed its coming into existence by one year, for the first application he had submitted to the Medical Council of India for approval had sought to establish a private medical college. The MCI objected and rejected the application that the land on which Jamia Hamdard is located has been obtained from the government on lease and, therefore, cannot be treated as private land. However, people could not provide proof in support of above allegation.

But Dr. Qazi surely did a few things which appear to be abnormal and violate established rules and statutes. For example, he appointed Dr. K.B Sood as Managing Director for the sole purpose of obtaining approval for the Medical College, though he had no previous experience in the field.

As the Medical College was to be set up by Jamia Hamdard, a Deemed University, the prescribed norms of recruitment should have been followed. But the university had not advertised the vacancy of Managing Director in newspapers seeking application from qualified persons. Dr. Soods’s appointment, therefore, was arbitrary and in violation of right to equal opportunity.

Dr. Sood had no experience of setting up a medical college, but he proved to be quite clever in advancing self interest. He would cause delay or create emergency situation saying that MCI was coming soon for inspection and such and such facilities were not ready. In view of this artificially created emergency the university would renovate a building or procure equipments at high costs.

But the most strange and disturbing aspect of his appointment was that besides his salary he would get a 2% commission on all purchases or perhaps on all the money spent on setting up the medical college. Jamia Hamdard is a Deemed University and has to follow the rules and regulations of the UGC. There is no provision of commission in UGC-prescribed rules for appointments. When people started murmuring about the illegal appointment and unfair method of money-making, Dr. Sood was conveniently allowed to resign. Some allege that the commission he earned was more than the salary he drew during his brief tenure.

As stated above, Jamia Hamdard is bound to follow the UGC/Government rules in all matters because it is not a private university. But sadly the university under the present authorities seems to be averse to doing things in a legal way.

In 2011, a construction company M/S Ahluwalia Construction Group was duly awarded a contract to build a Women/Girls hostel at Rs 1500/- per square feet. The rate was revised and enhanced to Rs 1850/- per sq. ft.

As per rules a new project cannot be given to M/S Ahluwalia Construction Group as extension of the work they have undertaken to build the Girls Hostel. For a new project the whole process has to start afresh, which necessitates hat an advertisement should appear in newspapers seeking tenders from interested persons. This is not just a routine practiced by institutions all over India, but also vital to ensure that all people get equal opportunity to win a building contract through competitive bidding. Aware of the rules the Construction Committee of Jamia Hamdard had resolved that M/S Ahluwalia Construction will not automatically get the contract to build the new project, namely, the Unani Hospital worth more than Rs 25 crores. But G.N Qazi administration threw the decision of the Jamia Hamdard Construction Committee to the wind, published no advertisement in newspapers seeking tenders from interested parties, and awarded the contract to M/S Ahluwalia Construction Group, which is in gross violation of Government rules.

The university’s medical college, however, received approval after a great deal of efforts. In fact, the G.N Qazi administration would often fail in meeting the requirements of the MCI. But when the medical college became a reality the G.N Qazi administration again started indulging in rule violation. The Indian Muslim Observer has obtained the Delhi High Court’s order which says that the university admitted 101 students against the approved 100 seats. Among the admitted students were two Saudis who had not appeared in the entrance test, though it is compulsory as per MCI rules. The MCI rules also stipulate that only the candidates securing 50% marks in the entrance test will be eligible to take admission in the medical course. But the list of admitted students included two persons who had secured around 45% marks in the entrance test. Strangely the High Court did not punish Jamia Hamdard, though it referred to some Supreme Court’s judgments with regard to punishing some erring colleges. The Delhi High Court, however, left the matter of Jamia Hamdard to MCI hoping the later would take appropriate action. But it proved to be a case of asking the corrupt to punish the guilty.

The Jamia Hamdard campus is abuzz with news about what they call MGRM-gate scandal.

Immediately after joining Jamia Hamdard as Vice Chancellor, Dr. G.N Qazi embarked upon a project of E-governance in administration. An advertisement appeared in Indian Express (dated 1st April 2009) seeking tenders from interested parties. In response five applications were received. A firm, MGRM Net Limited was awarded the contract on the basis of technical bid only. The commercial bids of five tenders were neither opened nor a competitive assessment of these bids was ever made. It is rumoured in the campus that MGRM was favoured over others because the son of a high university official was employed with it. The Indian Muslim Observer is still investigating if the rumour is true and this is the reason that we are refraining from naming the official. But the documents available with us clearly suggest that MGRM was a sinking ship at the time it was awarded the contract. It appears as the high official really wanted to bail out MGRM. The company was not only financially bankrupt but perhaps it did not have the required skill and expertise as well because it failed miserably in delivering the desired results. Despite its utter failure the university paid MGRM several lakh rupees. (To be continued….)

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

Muslim organizations hold joint press conference at Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind headquarter, seek dismissal of UP government over Muzaffarnagar riots

IMO News Service

New Delhi: Leaders of all leading Muslim organizations including Maulana Mahmood Madani, general Secretary Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind , Dr QRS Ilyas, Member of All Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Nusrat Ali general secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan president All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Dr Taslim Rahmani president Milli Political Council of India, Maulana Mohsin Taqwi, executive secretary Masjlis Ulama-e Hind, Maulana Shees Taimi Member Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind in their combined press conference here at JUH central office ITO New Delhi unanimously demanded forthwith dismissal of Akhilesh government and establishment of president’s rule in the state claiming that the incumbent government has failed to control the deteriorating situation in trouble region and is responsible for inciting violence and abetment.

The Muslim organizations rejected the excuse of Akhilesh Kumar that riots are fall-out of conspiracies by the oppositions and asserted that opposition political parties in any political dispensation tries to destabilize the incumbent government by vitiating communal situation, creating law and order problem etc, but it is incumbent upon the ruling party to maintain law and order situation. But Akhilesh government have reasonably failed to do so, therefore this government has lost moral high ground to remain in power. The Muslim leaders maintained that more than 105 communal flares up have taken place within 2 years of this samajwadi government which are enough proves to establish the failure of any government.

Replying the queries posed by media, Maulana Mahmood Madani JUH general secretary explained away that question is not about involvement of communal forces in the violence but the real issue is abetment of the Akhilesh government and laxity on its part that 3 days passed since the conflagrations began but instead of letting down it is spreading from one area to other. He pointed out that yesterday there was no communal tension in Hapur, but today reports are coming that two persons were killed in Hapur. Appreciating the demands of Muslim leaders Madani said Muslims were not expecting that this government would remain inactive and riots will spread to interior villages and hamlets by every passing day. “It seems that Akhilesh Government wants the riots continue.” Maulana Madani figured out that thousands of villagers are fleeing their home and taking shelter in camps. “We have sent today our team to assess the situation and myself will leave by tonight to provide food and shelter for the needy. He appealed to the people to maintain peace and exercise patience. He assured them that Jamiat Ulama e hind will not leave them alone. It is the organization for the destitute people and we are right now working in Assam and Kashmir and will do our best for the people of this area without considering their religion, said Maulana Madani.

Muslim leaders also demanded immediate suspension and stern punitive action against the offials found to be negligent of their duty and their failure to discaharge their administrative responsibility. They underscored that mere transfer holding transfer is not punishment but prize.

They demanded that besides urban areas, military personnel should be deployed in the interior villages which are more prone to violence. The organizations demanded from the central government to discharge its constitutional responsibility of maintaining peace and tranquility in the troubled region and intervene for the sake of humanity.

They also asserted on the need for establishment of peace committee and appealed to the religious leaders of the majority community to come forward and stop violence.

Pitfalls and Perils of Politicized Food Insecurity

With food and hunger being basic human issues, there is an urgent need to extensively work at grass-root levels like neighborhood and community-based support projects that would help in achieving a hunger free and sustainable world in a short period of time, says QUREISH RAGHIB

Disturbingly provocative as it may sound, it is amazing how national and international institutes and governments make use of human hunger for its own survival.

Approximately 870 million people, or one in eight of the people in the world are challenged by hunger, of which 852 million people are from the under-developed countries. This sums up to16 % of its population according to UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) recently released statistic reports. It deliberately declares 15 million people to be under nourished in developed counties which factually, considering the global financial recession, seem far too minimal.

Nevertheless, policy makers, captains of industry and professionals from diverse fields from world over have on numerous occasions gathered and pledged to eradicate the rising food insecurity and hunger menace prevailing in human societies.

On the backdrop of the recently concluded 38th FAO Conference held in Rome, the first of the eight UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG 1) - to halve the proportion of hungry population and the more audacious goal of the World Food Summit’s (WFS) to reduce under nourished people by half before 2015 has since long been predicted by experts to be too challenging.

At the well attended FAO Conference, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), an NGO diligently working for the social uplift of extremely poor women in India shared the award presented at the Conference with none other than the European Commission (EC) for its contribution of 1 billion Euros in response to the food price crisis in 2008-11. Ironically, it is a known fact that this EU initiative was but a mere desperate attempt to minimize the EU’s increasing unpopularity in Europe as some of its members were facing serious challenges from its own people for introducing disastrous economic policies.

The impact of such misadventures has greatly diminished the birth-right of provision of food of any human-being living in a developed or under-developed nation.

Sufficient natural resources have always been there for human consumption. Not giving access to the available resources or services required by people to produce, purchase or otherwise procure enough nutritious food has thus given way to global food insecurity. Globally, one-third of food production is lost annually due to negligent authorities. India alone loses some 21 million tonnes of wheat per year even while it has 200 million food-insecure people in the nation. Evidently, it is the serious apathy in governance that tends to be the spoil-spot between food and consumers that has given rise to the prevailing crisis.

An interesting observation is, unlike its counterparts in the West and in Africa, leaders and governments in South Asia sans the high population have been fortunate to have the advantage of a strong food culture in the region. The comparatively high level of religious and social conscience to share and distribute food amongst fellow-beings is pivotal in reducing the dilemma of insufficient food availability in most Asian countries thus, minimizing the disastrous effects of food polity and policy blunders to great extent.

In India, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UAP) government desperately endeavors to pass the five-year delayed Food Security Bill/Ordinance in Parliament that was factually to be introduced within its first 100 days in power.

Not surprising, the UPA government has kept this important Bill in reserve to deliberately use it as a stick and carrot poly to arrest the slither of its popularity as the next General Elections approaches nearer.

Nonetheless, with food and hunger being basic human issues, there is an urgent need to extensively work at grass-root levels like neighborhood and communitybased support projects that would help in achieving a hunger free and sustainable world in a short period of time.

An excellent case study is the community-centered hunger elimination and food security initiative of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims largely based in South Asia.

Taking into consideration the community members’ physical wellbeing, its spiritual leader, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin directed to organize a worldwide campaign to collectively provide healthy meals prepared in community kitchens.

The community’s Faizul Mawaid il-Burhaniyah (FMB) initiative ensures holistic community health as it daily distributes highly nutritious, hygienic food to over 100,000 Dawoodi Bohra families. Under the supervision of the spiritual leader’s heir apparent Maulaya Mufaddal Saifuddin, this collective beneficence reaches out to over 80% of the families across 700 villages, towns and cities in some forty nations resulting in a high percentage fall in malnourishment within the community.

Apparently, the need of the hour is to recognize and utilize one’s own available reserves and resources rather than wait for handouts from governments and institutes – including legal entitlement of food in form of cobwebbed Acts and enforcement of related laws endorsed only after many more human lives are lost by hunger death.

However, it also needs to be understood that on the one hand, not all sections of society have the capacity or capability to be self-sustained in procuring long term balanced food diet. On the other hand, a good number of community groups depending on others are aware or unaware to have the necessary technical and tactical equilibrium in place for collective self-help. The tribal communities in the mountainous Har’az region in Yemen have seen plentiful agriculture outputs through sustainable practices after decades of misuse of natural resources. The community mobilized initiative to up-root hundreds of thousands of noxious Catha edulis (qa’t) trees and replace it with productive vegetation has given way to a phenomenal growth in food security in this highly fertile western highlands of Yemen. Visited by international institutes for research, Ralegan Siddhi a tiny village once affected by drought and poverty in the interiors of western India today has a grain bank, milk bank and year-round uninterrupted water supply subsequent to the local community’s efforts in utilizing its mere resources collectively and constructively. Working affectively on such lines would considerably arrest the gross food insecurity at both micro and macro levels.

[Qureish Raghib is a Mumbai based commentator on current socio-political affairs in South Asia. He can be contacted at qhraghib@gmail.com or on his Mobile # 09819094023]