Pasmanda Intellectuals' Forum demands backward caste Muslim be made Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 25 June 2009 | Posted in

Pasmanda Intellectuals' Forum (PIF) has expressed deep concern over the exclusion of an OBC Muslim IAS officer while empanelling candidates for appointment as next Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Prominent members of PIF recently gathered in the lawns of the Sir Syed House at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and discussed the issue. Jamia Millia Islamia is a Central University situated in Okhla in East Delhi parliamentary constituency. Professor Mushirul Hasan, a noted historian and a Muslim belonging to Shia sect, is the current Vice Chancellor of JMI.

“By excluding the OBC Muslim IAS officer from VC empanelment body the Search Committee has done grave wrong. This is yet another instance of structural marginalisation of lower caste Muslims from community controlled institutions,” the PIF press release said, and added, “This is to be noted that thus far no lower caste Muslim has ever been made the Vice Chancellor of the universities like AMU and JMI. This is strange as the lower caste Muslims form not less than 75% of the Indian Muslim population.”

The PIF, however, conceded that the Search Committee did have a discretion of considering or not considering a particular candidate. Though, the PIF has expressed grave concern and questioned the motive of the Search Committee in not showing their sensitivity for social justice. It may be noted that the Search Committee comprises of Justice Saghir Ahmad, Saiyid Hamid and Prof. Yashpal. “The Search Committee should give a categorical explanation for ignoring the candidate, Mr Anis Ansari, IAS. Particularly when other officers of IAS empanelled, happen to be junior to Mr Ansari and none of them could reach as high an administrative position as him. Mr. Ansari had secured All India 2nd Rank in the IAS Exams of 1973. He has the degree of LLM and is about to get his Ph.D. in Economics. Besides, he is an award winning Urdu poet, with several collections published. While serving as the Agricultural Production Controller of Uttar Pradesh, he also had sufficient experience in dealing with the affairs of universities of great repute like the G.B. Pant Agricultural University, Pantnagar. Other officers of IAS empanelled there don't have such experiences. It, therefore, becomes intriguing why his name was not preferred over the other three bureaucrats for empanelment,” the PIF demanded.

“The PIF strongly feels that except his caste identity there could have been no other reason for this structural exclusion whatsoever. It strongly condemns this blatant discrimination and urges the Honourable President of the Indian Republic, Ms Pratibha Patil and the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal to act immediately and ensure social justice,” the press release said.

The Pasmanda Intellectual's Forum (PIF) is a small informal group of activists, journalists and intellectuals who deliberate on the issues concerning pasmanda and other subaltern sections like bahujans, gender, working classes, tribals and so on. They aspire for a plural and democratic India and strive to intervene in issues that take forward this agenda. Their overriding concern is to provide visibility to marginalized issues by articulating it and bringing it to the public sphere so that an informed debate can take place on the same. It does not have a formal hierarchical structure and is facilitated by a Coordinating Committee. Though it operates out of Delhi it has no spatial limitations and is open to all democratic citizens from any caste, creed, gender, class or religious location.

The PIF Coordinating Committee members, who can also be contacted on their emails and phones, are as follows: Ashok Yadav (Patna) ashokyadav2007@gmail.com, Ph # 09431498699; Dr. Noor Hasan Azad (Patna), Ph # 09931917846; Mohd. Hishamuddin (Patna), Ph # 09431075955; Raza Abbas (Aligarh) razaabbas123@rediffmail.com, Ph # 09412385456; Dr. Mohd. Sajjad (Aligarh), sajjad.history@yahoo.com, Ph # 09412653515; Khalid A. Ansari (New Delhi) khalidanisansari@gmail.com, Ph # 09661820277; and, Qasim Ansari (New Delhi), Ph # 09312352470.

Indian Muslim News - BOOK REVIEW

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Sacred Kerala – A Spiritual Journey

A fascinating book exploring harmonious inter-community relations in Kerala

Name of the Book: Sacred Kerala – A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Author: Dominique-Sila Khan

Publisher: Penguin, New Delhi

Year: 2009

Pages: 233

Price: Rs.275

ISBN: 978-0-14-310415-5

Reviewed by Yoginder Sikand

The southern Indian state of Kerala has a unique population mix. A little less than half of Keralas inhabitants are Hindus, who belong to various castes. The rest are Muslims and Christians, in roughly equal number, and a miniscule number of Jews, who form Indias oldest Jewish community. In contrast to much of north India, inter-community relations in Kerala have always been fairly harmonious, although the situation is beginning to change today. At the popular level, economic and social ties and inter-dependence between Keralas different religious communities have given birth to a strong sense of Malayali identity that transcends religious boundaries. This has been facilitated by the use of the Malayalam language by all of the states communities as well as a long-standing tradition of religious overlapping or shared religious identities, which is what this fascinating book is all about.The author, a Jewish woman of Romanian origin, born and brought up in France, married to a Rajasthani Muslim and deeply interested in Indias folk religious traditions, herself exemplifies the notion of shared religious traditions that defy neat categorisation. Her own personal location, she says, led her to undertake a series of journeys to Kerala to explore the states rich and living legacy of popular religiosity that brings together people of different religious communities, as officially defined, in common worship and devotion.

The central argument of the book is that in large parts of Kerala, and, indeed over much of India, the notion of religious or communal identities as neatly-bounded, homogenous and clearly set apart from, or even in contradistinction to, other religious communities is misleading. Textbook definitions of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, that see them as wholly independent religions whose followers are neatly separated from each other, Khan argues, conceal a vibrant historical and still living tradition of overlapping religious traditions and identities, or what, for want of a better term, can be called syncretism or liminality. These shared religious traditions and religious spaces, the author contends, can be seen as containing the seeds of a truly universal spirituality that transcends narrow creedal boundaries.

As an ethnographic account of numerous shared religious traditions and spaces in Kerala, this book excels. Khan describes, making no effort to conceal her passion for such traditions and spaces, unique ceremonies that bring together village Hindus, Muslims and Christians throughout Kerala. She talks of generous land grants made by various Malayali Hindu rulers to Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities to build their shrines. The cults that have emerged around these shrines continue to survive, hundreds of years after they emerged, brining together people of different faith communities in common worship and celebration. At the annual Chandankulam festival in a remote Kerala village, for instance, devotees of all faiths gather at a Catholic church, proceed to a Bhagvati temple and then finally congregate at a mosque. Pilgrims undertaking the strenuous journey to the shrine of Ayyapa at Sabarimala must first visit a mosque, and, after completion of the pilgrimage, often visit the shrine of a Christian saint. Ayappa, one of the major Malayali Hindu folk deities, is believed to have been a close friend of a Muslim named Vavar, and also of a Christian priest.A fascinating example of religious bonhomie associated with traditional Kerala is a unique royal structure. Outside Cochin lie the ruins of a palace built by the states Prime Minister, surrounded, in each of the cardinal directions, by a church, a mosque, a temple and a synagogue. Negating the oft-held notion of religions as wholly separate from each other, numerous local Hindu goddesses in Kerala are considered to be sisters of deceased Christian and Muslim saints, and the festivities associated with the former also involve offerings at the shrines of the latter. All over Kerala, especially in the Malabar region, Christians and Hindus flock to the shrines of Muslim missionaries and saints in the hope of assistance to have their wishes met. A Jewish grave in Cochin attracts scores of Hindu and Christian devotees every Friday. And so on.

Khan travels across the length and breath of Kerala to uncover dozens of such shrine-based religious traditions that, take together, present a vastly different picture of community identities and inter-communal relations from the conventional image of them having no significant overlaps in terms of belief and practice.

Another focus of this book is on the rich internal diversities and divisions within what are ordinarily seen as homogenous religious communities. In the Hindu case, the variety of cults and the diversity of castes is, of course, well known. But, even among communities in Kerala that subscribe to one or the other monotheistic faiths, sectarian, caste and other divisions remain stark, thus forcefully negating the notion of Christians, Muslims and Jews as being monolithic communities. Khan talks of the numerous Christian sects and caste-based communities in Kerala, some, such as the Syrian Christians, that follow a range of local practices in common with the Malayali Hindus. Among the miniscule Jewish population in Kerala, till recently a rigid barrier divided the so-called white Jews, of European or Arab origin, from the black Jews, who considered themselves to be descendants of the original Jewish settlers in the state. Among Keralas Muslims, Khan says, sectarian differences remain acute--the Sunnis, followers of local Sufi traditions and associated with the Shafi school of jurisprudence; the Jamaat-e Islami, a puritanical Islamist formation; and the Nadwat ul-Mujahidin, a vociferous critic of a host of popular customs associated with the Sunnis and many Hindu followers of the Sufis, which it brands as un-Islamic.

Khan admits that, in recent years, Kerala has witnessed the emergence of a number of right-wing communal and religious fundamentalist movements, among Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Typically, she writes, these movements see the states rich legacy of shared religious traditions and spaces that bring together people belonging to different religious communities, as superstitious, aberrant and deviant. These movements have had a major impact on Kerala society, and have succeeded in making communal divisions much stronger and clearly-demarcated. These constitute a fundamental departure from Malayali tradition, which Khan characterises as inclusive and open, at the same time as she is cognizant of the deep-rootedness of caste discrimination in Kerala historically.

This book tells a fascinating story of alternate, more accepting and accommodating ways of imagining religion, spirituality and community identities. It is a story of vast numbers of ordinary people, whose voices are little-heard, but who carry on in the footsteps of their forefathers in celebrating forms of spirituality that, in effect, bitterly critique the politics of religious exclusivism.

[Yoginer Sikand is a well-known scholar. He runs his blogs: http://www.madrasareforms.blogspot.com and http://www.islampeaceandjustice.blogspot.com. He can be contacted on ysikand@gmail.com]

Indian Muslim News - OPINION

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 23 June 2009 | Posted in

Dard ek Quam ka… (Plight of a community…) By Kanakrekha Chauhan Everyone in India, irrespective of his birth must feel that he has a wager in the country that he can create a decent life for himself, that he can attain the highest of the offices regardless of which religious, ethnic or linguistic background he comes from. So one can be a Parsi a Madrasi and a good Indian all at once. All this is written in our constitution, though I have put it in layman’s language. Then why is it that today some of our fellow citizens feel that their status has been reduced to that of a second class citizen? Why at times a part of Indian ness is denied to some people? Why some of us have to prove our patriotism time and again? Why for some fellow citizens there is an ostracisation at all levels in the society / bureaucracy / armed forces etc etc? It is the Indian Muslim I wish to speak about. Beginning, in my city, Lucknow, the Muslim community is effectively divided in to the three strata the HIG, MIG and the LIG. There as been negligent history of Hindu Muslim riots. There exists this exclusive class of the Muslim intelligentsia, scholars, doctors, bureaucrats, and artists from all walks of life who have contributed through out the centuries to the rich culture of the city and Awadh in general. But today when I visit my Muslim neighbours’ home especially post 26/11, I can sense an unknown fear and uneasiness in the very air of their home. It is a big joint family and deep down all of them are overtly cautious about their well-being. While I was at their home, the youngest son of the family, a handsome fair boy of 27 years was about to leave for some work, his mother said, “ Atif shave karke jao, aur ye shalwar nahi jeans pehen lo”! Everyone looked at me, and the tension in the air was tangible. I said, “Yes, you be careful, Tum to waise hi kashmiri terrorist lag rahe ho,” everyone laughed and the tension subsided in a second and we got back to our usual chatter. But it didn’t quite feel good at heart! It felt rotten! These people who have always been such loving affectionate, considerate, caring,thoughtful neighbours, actually they treat me as the daughter of the house as there are no daughters in their family (complete with Rakhi tying!). The same people are now scared deep down, what with intense security measures being taken by the police and other forces, everyone is a suspect! Another visit to their home, Aunty called up her grand children, the 5 year old twins, who had started their school barely six months ago; they recited the Gayatri mantra and Saraswati Vandana for me, which they had learnt at school. It felt good that the family had no misgivings about their kids learning these Hindu prayers, I expected them to behave in such a progressive manner But then, they are an educated family and can be slotted in the higher income group. Two factors that primarily decide your thought process and thence your actions and reactions to situations. However I find myself floundering and questioning, would I be comfortable if my kids were asked to learn the Koran at their school? If I were living in an Islamic country, I guess they would have to do that. But the thought kept bothering me. For, I always believed myself to be an evolved spirit when it came to religion. Have had a simple theory, be compassionate to a fellow human being and keep your religion to yourself. It has worked well so far. But what about the insecurity of being a non-Hindu? For example being a Muslim you walk into a nationalized bank and you are faced with the picture of Goddess Laxmi! For that matter why are there so few Muslim and Christian symbols in our public places? Can Id and Moharram aspire to be celebrated with same fervour as Diwali? The iftar parties hosted by Hindu politicians reflect only tokenism and opportunism. On my several visits to European countries, France, Austria, Holland, I realized that in places like shops, restaurants etc, as Indians we were never entertained with as much warmth as the whites, made to wait longer than the whites, it hurt! I was a second class citizen because of my colour! And I never wanted to leave India for this very reason. All other reasons take a back seat, Id rather not have a better quality of life, better system, better remuneration, if I am not the MOST IMPORTANT COMMON PERSON IN THE COUNTRY WHERE I LIVE! I never wanted to be a second class citizen in any place! But what happens to the 13% population of India (and other communities) who has been living here? They have had a hard time least to say. I remember as a kid the old family members hardly ever had a good thing to impart to us about the Muslims…they are dirty, (they don’t have a bath daily, being the most common complaint) How could they? There is no water supply in the ghettos, where most impoverished class of the Muslims lived in those times. They are ruthless…..NOT TRUE AGAIN. Years and generations of venom for a race! There was so much prejudice, so much bitterness! Isn’t it high time we discarded it? And having accepted India as their country, what do they do? Do they keep on living under the scanner with so many prejudices? I have no answers! Also, I wonder, what has the Muslim intelligentsia has done for the Muslims in general, are they really interested in the welfare and progress of Indian Muslims? The Muslim leaders have used their community ONLY AS VOTE BANKS for individualistic political gains. What about issues like Education, Women’s rights and Health n Medicine? I am no scholar and I can not reason out -all that is wrong with Hindus or Muslims or the politicians, but I can empathise with the Common Indian Muslim for having been pushed this far. I can understand what it must feel to be a minority, to be on the wrong side of this dirty number game. I don’t know what exactly the Sachchar Commission report is and whether it has done any good for the Muslims? For that matter I don’t know what the Lieberhan Report is all about, or its authenticity, all I know is that in my heart I am not comfortable and my head does not rest easy when I think of all that I would have had to go through had I been born a Muslim. [The writer Ms. Kanakrekha Chauhan is my Facebook friend and has sent this commentary. I thought it my duty to share her concern about Muslims in India and publish this on my blog for the benefit of my readers.]

Indian Muslim News - JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 20 June 2009 | Posted in

Job Opportunities – June 2009

Vacancy in Uttarakhand for Lecturer in Inter Colleges

Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UKPSC) invites applications on prescribed format OMR Forms from Indian Citizens for following posts of Lecturer in Government Inter Colleges/ Government Girls Inter Colleges in various subjects:

1. Lecturer (Government Inter College - Girls): 190 posts (SC-48, ST-17, OBC-38, UR-87), Pay Scale : Rs.6500-10500, Age : 21-35 years

2. Lecturer (Government Inter College): 1214 posts (SC-344, ST-118, OBC-260, UR-492), Pay Scale : Rs.6500-10500, Age : 21-35 years

Relaxation as per rules. Application Fee : 100/- (Rs.60/- for SC/ST of Uttarakhand, PH and Ex-SM candidates) in the form of Bank DD in favour of Secretary, Public Service Commission, Uttarakhand payable at Haridwar.

How to Apply : Application to be filled and sent on the OMR Application Forms which will be available in designated Post Offices of Uttarakhand on payment of Rs.110/- (Rs.70/- for SC/ST of Uttarakhand only) along with guidebook. Please keep a photocopy of filled in OMR application form with you and send completed application form to Secretary, Public Service Commission, Uttarakhand, Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar-249404 on or before 30/06/2009. Kindly view http://gov.ua.nic.in/tenders/Tenders/Dept22-200952913245959.PDF for detailed information.

PNB Officer Management-Trainee and Clerk vacancy

Punjab National Bank (PNB), a leading public sector bank, invites application from Indian citizens for the 738 posts of Officer cadre and Clerical cadre.

Important Dates:

* Opening Date for Online Registration : 01/06/2009

* Closing Date for Online Registration : 30/06/2009

* Date of Written Examination for The Post Codes 02,03 & 05 16-08-2009

* Date of Written Examination (Preliminary) for post of Management Trainee: 30/08/2009

* Date of Written Examination for The Post of Clerk: 20/09/2009

Posts & Vacancies:

1. Management Trainee: 351 posts (JMG Scale-I Rs.10000-19920), Age: 20-28 years as on 01/01/2009.

2. Security Officer: 22 posts (JMG Scale-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 32 years as on 01/01/2009.

3. Dy. Manager Financial Analyst: 8 posts (JMG Scale-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 28 years as on 01/01/2009.

4. Dy. Manager Law: 5 posts (JMG Scale-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 28 years as on 01/01/2009.

5. Dy. Manager (Economics): 2 posts (JMG Scale-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 28 years as on 01/01/2009.

6. Clerks: 350 posts (Clerical Grade Rs.4410-12310) in various states, Age: 20-25 years as on 01/01/2009.

Relaxation in Age : SC/ST – 5 years, OBC – 3 years, Kashmir migrant – 5 years, PH – 10 years, and officers from rural bank – 5 years.

Application Fee: General & OBC – Rs.400/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for Officers and Rs.300/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for the posts of Clerk. The application fee must be paid in cash, separately for each post at any branch of Punjab National Bank in the prescribed Cash voucher form.

Selection Procedure: The selection will be on the basis of written test and interview. All eligible candidates will be called for a written examination which will be both Objective and Descriptive in nature, selection only for the post of Dy. Manager (Law) will be through Interview only.

How To Apply: For all the posts, apply Online at PNB Website (http://www.pnbindia.com) -

1. For all posts except Dy. Manager (Law): Apply Online at PNB wesbite from 01/06/2009 to 30/06/2009

2. For the post of Dy manager (Law) : Apply online as mentioned above and take a printout of the application and send it to the Dy. General Manager, Punjab National Bank, HRD Division, Head Office, 7 Bhikhaji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110066 on or before 08/07/09. The advertisement, fee voucher form and link to apply online is also available on the website of the bank at http://www.pnbindia.com/english_web/advt_290509.html

Job Vacancy in Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa (Haryana)

Applications for appointment to the following posts at Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, are invited on the prescribed applications form obtainable along with prescribed qualifications and instruction from the Assistant Registrar (Estt.), Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, on payment of Rs. 60/- (Rs. 15/- for SC/ST/BC of Haryana) in cash at the counter or by post by sending Demand Draft of Rs. 100/- (Rs. 55/- for SC/ST/BC of Haryana) drawn in favour of the Registrar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa:

  1. Professors: 6 posts (Pay Scale : Rs.16400-22400)

  2. Reader: 13 posts (Pay Scale : Rs.12000-18300)

  3. Lecturer: 4 posts (Pay Scale : Rs.8000-13500)

  4. Controller of Examinations: 1 post (Pay Scale : Rs.16400-22400)

  5. Librarian: 4 posts, (Pay Scale: Rs. 16400-22400)

  6. Dy. Librarian: 1 post (Pay Scale: Rs. 12000-18300)

  7. Dy. Registrar: 1 post (Pay Scale: Rs. 12000-16500+400 SP)

  8. Assistant Director Youth Welfare: 1 post (Pay Scale : PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.5400)

  9. Assistant Registrar: 1 post (Pay Scale : PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade pay Rs.5400 + Spl. Pay Rs.400)

  10. Sub Divisional Engineer: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800 Grade pay Rs.5400)

  11. Junior Engineer: 4 posts (Two-Civil, One-Public Health & One Electrical) (Pay Scale: Rs. PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3600)

  12. Private Secretary: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200 + $00 Spl. Pay)

  13. Superintendent: 3 posts (Gen-2 & BCA-1) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200 +200 SP)

  14. Deputy Superintendent: 6 posts (Gen-4 & BCA-1, ESM-1) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3600 +150 SP)

  15. Junior Programmer: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200)

  16. Technical Assistant: 1 post (SC-1) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3600)

  17. Coach: 2 posts (male-1, female-1) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3300)

  18. Assistant: 8 posts (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3300+60 SP)

  19. Personal Assistant: 2 posts (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3600)

  20. Sr. Scale Stenographer: 5 posts (Gen.-4 & SC-1) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200+60 SP)

  21. Lab Technician: 1 post (Gen.) (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200)

  22. Jr. Scale Stenographer: 2 posts (Gen.-1 & SC-1) (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.2400+40 SP)

  23. Computer Assistant/DEO: 4 posts (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200)

  24. Driver: 4 posts (Pay Scale : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade pay Rs.2400 + 300 SP)

  25. Staff Nurse: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200)

  26. Pharmacist: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200)

  27. Draftsman: 1 post (Pay Scale : PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.3200)

  28. Steno-Typist: 9 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900 + 100 SP)

  29. Accounts Clerk: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900 + 40 SP)

  30. Clerk-cum-DEO: 13 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900 +40 SP)

  31. Tracer: 1 post (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900)

  32. Restorer: 3 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900 +30 SP)

  33. Daftri: 3 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900 + 30 SP)

  34. Cook: 2 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1800)

  35. Watchman: 12 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.4440-7440 Grade Pay Rs.1300 +30 SP)

  36. Laboratory Attendant: 5 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900)

  37. Library Attendant: 2 posts (Pay Scale: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.1900)

  38. Peon: 12 posts (Pay Scale: Rs.4440-7440 Grade Pay Rs.1300 + 30 SP)

  39. Supporitng Staff (Groundman-cum-Gardener): 5 posts (Pay Scale: Rs.4440-7440 Grade Pay Rs.1300)

How to Apply : Applications form should reach the Office of Deputy Registrar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa-125055 (Haryana) latest by 22/06/2009. For more information and application form, please visit http://www.cdlu.edu.in/

Recruitment of Director/Dean/Principal in Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)

Applications in the prescribed format are invited for filling up vacancies of in ESI Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science & Research (PGIMSR) and Medical Colleges in various states :

* Director/ Dean/ Principal: 11 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.18400-22400, Age : 64 years as on 29/06/09

How to Apply: Application complete in all respect in the prescribed form may be sent to The Regional Director of the concerned state on or before 29/06/2009.

Vacancy of Pilot in UP

Applications are invited are invited for appointment on contract basis for the following posts of Pilot for Aircraft & Helicopter in Civil Aviation Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

* Pilot (Fixed Wing): 5 posts (SC-2, OBC-2, UR-1), Remuneration : Rs.150000 to 250000, Qualification Candidate should possess current Senior Commercial Pilot Licence (Fixed Wing) or current commercial Pilot Licence with flight instructor rating and endorsement of twin engine (ii) Insturment rating of twin engine (iii) Flying experience : Total flying 3000 hrs., Flying as Pilot-in-command 2000 hrs, Night flying 500 hrs, Flying as Pilot-in-Command on twin engine aeroplane 500 hrs

* Pilot (Rotar Wing): 1 post, Remuneration : Rs.150000 to 250000, Qualification Candidate should possess current Senior Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence, Flight Radio Telephone Operator and Radio Telephone (Restricted Aeromobile) (FRTO and RTR) (ii) Flying experience: Total flying 2000 hrs., Flying as Pilot-in-command 1000 hrs, Night flying 50 hrs

Age: 21-50 years as on 01/07/08.

How to Apply: Application on plain paper giving complete biodata accompanied by attested copies of certificates and testimonials in support should be be sent to Special Secretary by 25/06/2009. Please visit www.upgov.nic.in for more information.

Indian Army 110th Technical Graduates Course (TGC) (January 2010)

Applications are invited from Engineering Graduates male Indian citizens for 110th Technical Graduates Course (TGC), Post Graduate (Non-Engineering) entry into Army Eduction Corps (AEC) in the Indian Army.

* Engineers: 59 posts (Civil-7, Electrical-4, Mechanical-7, Computer Science-5, Telecom-9, Electronics-6, IT-4, Architecture-2, Public Health Eng-3, Construction Engg-3, Industrial Engg & Management-5, Mining-4)

* AEC: 1 post. Post Graduates (Non-Engg) - English/ Economics/ Music (preferably Western Music)


* TGC: A degree in Engineering or equivalent degree from a recognised university.

* AEC - MA degree from a recognised university in 1st or 2nd division in the concerned subjects


* TGC: 20 to 27 years. Born between 02 January 1983 and and 01 January 1990

* AEC - 23-27 years born between 02 January 1983 and not later than 01 Jan 1987.

* Physical Standard: min. height 157.5 cm , better eye 6/6 and worst eye 6/18

* Pay Scale : PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay Rs.54oo plus Military Service Pay and other allowances (During the training, the candidates will get Rs.21000/- as Stipend)

Method of Selection: Initial Screening and short listing of applicants will be done at Recruiting Directorate Army Headquarters. Selected (shortlisted) candidates will be called for Service Selection Board (SSB) interview at Allahabad, Bhopal and Bangalore for fives selection process. In which candidates will be put through Psychological test, Group Test and Interview.

How to Apply: Applicaiton Forms in accordance with the prescribed format, colour paper and xomplete in all respects with superscription on the envelope in red ink "110th TGC: ............. ENGINEERING " OR "110th TGC: AEC .......... (name of subject)" is to be sent to the following address to reach by 08/06/2009 [Last date is now extended upto 22/06/2009] by registered post/ speed post to Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), Adjutant General's Branch, Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, TGC ENTRY, AG's Branch, Army Hqrs, West Block-III, RK Puram, New Delhi - 110066.

Further detail regarding this entry scheme can be seen at http://www.joinindianarmy.nic.in and http://indianarmy.nic.in/ . , Also Indian Army has prepared a common application form which is available at http://indianarmy.nic.in/form.pdf

Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Special Vacancy

Special recruitment drive for Assistant Commandant Commercial Pilot License (CPL) for Short Service Appointment and Assistant Commandant (Technical) Engineering/Electrical

The Indian Coast Guard, an armed force of the Union, offers a challenging and inspiring career as Group 'A' Gazetted Offices in the pay scale of 15600-39100 with Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- . Applications are invited from Indian Citizens for the following posts:

1. Assistant Commandant General Duty (Commercial Pilot License Entry) (Male/ Unmarried Female): Commercial Pilot License (CPL) holders for Short Service Appointment for period of 8 years which may be extended to 10 years and may be further extended up to 14 years by the competent authority, Qualification : 12th pass or equivalent and possess current Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Age : born between 01 July 1983 to 30 June 1991

2. Assistant Commandant Technical Branch (Male only (Engineering): Qualification: Degree in Naval Architecture/ Marine Mechanical/ Electrical/ Tele-communication & Electronic/ Design/ Production/ Aeronautical/ Control (Electrical) Engineering or equivalent (ii) Possession of Certificate of Competency by Govt. of India, Ministry of Surface Transport as 1st class Engineer of Motorship or other similiar certificate OR (iii) Possession of final exam certificate of the College of Marine Engineering under Department of Surface Transport, Government of India OR (iv) Have passed Section A & B of Institute of Engineers (India) examination in any of the disciplines listed above, Age: Born between 01 July 1980 to 30 June 1989. The upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST candidates and 3 years of OBC candidates.

How to Apply: Application on plain paper in the prescribed form is to be sent so as to reach on or before 20/06/2009 (23/06/09 for candidates from far-flung areas). Attested copies of certificate of age, caste of the candidate, educational qualification including statement of marks, NCC, sports and self addressed unstamped envelope of size 25 x 10 cm are to be attached with the application. Please visit http://indiancoastguard.nic.in/ for details and application form.

Faculty requirements in Bastar Vishwavidyalaya

Bastar Vishwavidyalaya, Jagdalpur, Dharampur, Bastar, Chhattisgarh – 494005 invites applications in prescribed forat from eligible candidates are invited for the following posts:

1. Rural Technology & Management: 04 posts (Professor-1, Reader-1, Lecturer-2 (UR-1, ST-1)

2. Anthroplogy & Tribal Studies: 04 posts (Professor-1, Reader-1, Lecturer-2 (UR-1, ST-1)

3. Forestry & Wild Life: 04 posts (Professor-1, Reader-1, Lecturer-2 (UR-1, ST-1)

4. Assistant Librarian: 01 post

Details of qualification will be available along with the application form obtainable on payment of Rs.500 (Rs.250/- for SC/ST) by a Bank DD in favour of Registrar, Bastar Vishwavidyalya (University) Jagdalpur CG with self addressed envelope (11x5 inches) affixing postal stamp of Rs.10/- with a request letter for supply of blank application form and other details (write on the cover of envelope the name of post for which application form is wanted/ submitted)

Pay Scale: Professor- Rs.16400-22400, Reader - Rs.12000-18300, Lecturer - Rs.8000-13500, Assistant Librarian – Rs.8000-13500. Last date of receipt of applications is 01/07/2009.

Shipping Corporation Trianee Marine Engineer 2010 Entry

The Shipping Corporation Of India Ltd. invites applicaitons from Unmarried Male and Female Grdaute Engineer for Recruitment as TRAINEE MARINE ENGINEER

Last date of receipt of application is 29/06/2009

Qualification: Graduate in Mechanical Engineering / Naval architecture from any Engineering college recognized by AICTE . Must have secured minimum 50% marks in Final year Engineering and at least 50% marks in English Language at 10th standard or 10+2 level.

Age not exceeding 25 years as on 01/01/2010. Age relaxation of five years for SC /ST candidates will be given as per Govt. Two years age relaxation will be given to women candidates. (Age limit is now increased to 28 years)

Application Fee: A Demands draft of Rs. 1000/- for General / OBC Category and Rs. 500/- for SC / ST Category drawn on a Mumbai branch of any Nationalized Bank, crossed ‘A/c payee only’ and payable to “The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd”. Applicant must write his name in CAPITALS on the reverse of the Demand Draft

All India written examination: 2nd August 2009

How to Apply: Duly completed Application Form along with Demand Draft should be sent in sealed envelope super scribed as “Application for Trainee Marine Engineer for ____________ center” to The Sr. Vice President (fleet personal), The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd, “Shipping House”, 245, Madam Cama Road, Mumbai-400021 to reach not later than 29/06/2009. For further details and application format, please view http://www.shipindia.com/newsite/downloads/tme2010advt.doc

Jr. Engineer vacancy in Jaipur Discom

Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the following vacancies of Junior Engineer.

* Junior Engineer- I: 123 posts (Electrical-116, Civil-5, IT-2), Qualification: Graduation with 60% or AMIE with 55% marks in aggregate in Electrical Engineering/ Civil Engineering or in IT. Relaxation in % as per rules., Age: 21 - 35 years as on 25/06/2009. Relaxation in age as per Govt. orders. Pay: Will be on probation for 2 years and get Rs.10000/- PM and after successful completion, will be posted in regular pay scale Rs.9300-34800/- Grade Pay Rs.3200/-

Application Fee: DD/ Pay Order/ Bankers Check of Rs.1000/- (Rs.750/- for OBC and Rs.500/- for SC/ST/PH) in favour of Accounts Officer (Cash), JVVNL, Jaipur payable at Jaipur.

How to Apply: Application in the prescribed format should reach Secretary (Administration), JVVNL, Vidyut Bhawan, Janpath, Jyoti Nagar, Jaipur-302005 (Rajasthan) on or before 30/06/2009. Please view http://www.jaipurdiscom.in/orders/personnel/jen_vac.pdf for detailed information and application format.

Recruitment of Research Personnel in BHEL for R&D

BHEL is looking for bright candidates with Doctoral qualifications in Engineering and Science with Aptitude for Research for the 16 positions of Sr. Engineer/ Dy. Manager / Scientific Officer/ Sr. Scientific Officer/ Engineer/ Sr. Engineer in Corporate Research & Development division situated at Hyderabad, Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Plant (ASSCP) situated at Gwalapahari, Gurgaon, Heavy Electrical Plant situated at Bhopal in the areas of:

* Areas:

o Modelling & Simulation of Gas-Solid Flow Systems for Clean Coal Technology

o Nano Materials & Nano Technology

o Fuel Cell (PEM/SOFC)

o Micro Electronics/Thin Film Technology

o Cryogenic System Design for Superconducting Machines

o Advanced Materials for Super-critical Boilers & Turbines and Nuclear Power Plant Equipment

o Aero-Acoustics of Power Plant Applications

o Transient/Nucleating Flow Analysis/ Cavitations Flow Simulation

o Thermal Turbo machine

o Insulation Chemistry

o High Voltage Engineering

o Partial Discharge (High Voltage)

o Hydraulic Designing of Turbines & Pumps

* Qualification: Candidates should possess Ph D in relevant area of specialization, as a full time student of a recognized Institute/University, from India or abroad. 2. Area of Specialisation / working experience should be supported by Published works. Candidates with no Ph.D can also apply for Sr. Engineer.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send the filled-in application in the prescribed format along with attested copies of qualifications and experience, indicating "the Name of the post applied for & the Post code" on top of the cover/ envelope to the Manager (HR/Recruitment), BHEL Corporate R&D, Vikasnagar, Hyderabad - 500093, Andhra Pradesh latest by 30/06/2009.

* Last Date of application submitting is 30/06/2009

* Detailed Advt. available at http://www.bhel.com/pdf/Advt_PhD%20holders.pdf

* Application form available at http://www.bhel.com/pdf/PHD_APPLICATION%20FORM.pdf

Faculty Jobs in Delhi University

A number of faculty positions, at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor are available in the postgraduate departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Social Work, East Asian Studies, African Studies, and Adult Continuing Education & Extension in University of Delhi (DU).

1. Professor: 28 posts

2. Associate Professor: 43 posts

3. Assistant Professor: 47 posts

Pay Scales:

1. Professor: Rs. 37400-67000 (PB-4) AGP Rs. 10000

2. Associate Professor: Rs. 37400-67000 (PB-4) AGP Rs. 9000

3. Assistant Professor: Rs. 15600-39100 (PB-3) AGP Rs. 6000

How to Apply: Candidates must possess the qualifications as prescribed by the UGC for the respective posts. All the above posts carry UGC pay scales plus admissible allowances. For further information in this regard, please contact Estab.IV Section, Room No. 205, New Administrative Block, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (Phone No.011-27662021, e-mail: estabiv@admin.du.ac.in) on any working day. Completed applications in the prescribed format . The last date for submission of application to the Registrar, University of Delhi is 29/06/2009.

Please view detailed advertisement at http://www.du.ac.in/forms/advt-211-socsc.pdf and qualification details at http://www.du.ac.in/forms/advt-211-socsc-annx1.pdf and at http://www.du.ac.in/forms/advt-211-science-annxd.pdf and application format is available at http://www.du.ac.in/forms/form-teaching-eng.pdf

Job vacancy in IREDA

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) invites applications from result oriented and competent professionals for filling up the vacant posts in the following disciplines, on regular basis:

1. Assistant General Manager (Tech.): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.17500-22300

2. Senior Manager (MIS): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.15000-19500

3. Assistant Manager (TS): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.10750-16750

4. Technical Officer: 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs. 8600-250-14600

5. Assistant General Manager (F&A): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.17500-22300

6. Assistant Accounts Officer: 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs. 6550-11350

7. Manager (CA & CS): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.14500-18700

8. Assistant Executive Secretary: 02 posts, Pay Scale: Rs.6550-11350

9. Receptionist cum Telephone Operator Gr.-I: 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.5100-7800

10. Office Secretary (Hindi Steno): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs.4900-7400

11. Assistant General Manager (Tech.) (Special Recruitment): 01 post (SC), Pay Scale: Rs.17500-22300

12. Senior Officer Secretary: 01 post (ST), Pay Scale: Rs.5100-7800

13. General Manager (HR): 01 post (SC), Pay Scale: Rs.20500-26500

How to Apply: Apply online. After registering, the applicants shall take a print-out of the application and send the same along with recent passport size photograph affixed on the right hand corner of the application and attested copies certificate and with a Demand Draft for Rs.300/- as applications fee {SC/ST/PH are exempted} in favour of INDIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LIMITED payable at New Delhi. The envelop superscribing the name of post and level code on the top of envelope should reach to IREDA within 30 days at the following address:

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited

(A Govt. Of India Enterprise)

Corporate Office: August Kranti Bhawan, 3rd Floor, Bhikaiji Cama Palace, NEW DELHI-110066

Please visit http://www.ireda.in/Job%20Opportunities%20in%20IREDA.mht for more information and link to apply online.

House Surgeon vacancy in BDSPGIMS Rohtak

Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Instittue of Medical Sciences, Rohtak invites application from eligible medical gradautes to fill up 87 vacant posts of Senior/Junior House Surgeon carrying the emoluments of Rs.8700/- + DP + DA per month as admissible under Haryana Govt. instructions for a period of six months only i.e. for the session from 1/7/09 to 31/12/2009 in various departments. The prospective candidates should apply on the prescribed proforma obtainable fom the counter of the office of the Medical Superintedent or by sending a self-addressed envelope (size 23 cms x 10 cms) with stamps affixed thereon worth Rs.28/-.

Application duly completed in all respects, must reach the office of the Medical Superintendent by 22/06/2009. All the candidates are required to appear for interview in the office of Medical Superintendent on 29/06/09 at 10.00 am sharp. At the time of interview the original documents shall have to be produced.

Qualification: Must have passed MBBS (ii) Permanent registration certification from the MCI or State Medical Council with in one month of the date of joining. Internship must have been completed by 30/06/09.

Faculty jobs in SGPGI Lucknow

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Raebareli Road, Lucknow - 226014 (UP), India invites applications on prescribed format for following faculty vacancy:

* Assistant Professor: 09 posts (Gastroenterology (Medical)-1, Nephrology-1, Anaesthesiology-1, Urology-1, Radio-diagnosis-1, Immunology-1, Transfusion Medicine-1, Medical Genetics-1, Neurosurgery (Neuro otology)-1)

How to Apply: Candidate should send the application and a Bank DD of Rs.1000/- and $100 in case of outside candidates in favour of Director, SGPGIMS Lucknow Academic Account payable at the SBI SGPGIMS Branch Lucknow (code no. 7789). Application should be addressed to the Director, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate institute of Medical Scinces, Lucknow (UP) and should be sent by registered/speed post only. Last date is 30/06/2009 for within India and 10/07/09 for candidates from outside India. Detailed advertisement can be viewed at http://www.sgpgi.ac.in/

Vidhi Rachnakar Recruitment Competitive Examination-2009

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) invites application on OMR Application Forms for Vidhi Rachnakar in Law Department of Rajasthan.

* Vidhi Rachnakar: 05 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800, Qualification : Bachelar of Law (2 years course under the old scheme and three years course under the new scheme or a Bachelar of Law (Professional) of a University established by Law in India. (2.) Must have had English and Hindi as the subjects (atleast one of them being optional) in the B.A. examination. (3.) Working knowledge of Hindi written in Devnagri script and knowledge of Rajasthani Culture, Age : Min 21 year and Max. 35 years as on 01/01/2010. Relaxation as per rules.

How to Apply: OMR Application forms can be collected from the office of all the District Employment Officer in all district headquarters of Divisional Headquarters. Last date is 03/07/2009. For complete information please view http://rpsc.gov.in/ADVT.1.09-10-Vidhi_Rachnakar-1505.pdf

Junior Intelligence Officer vacancy in Intelligence Bureau (IB)

Applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens for the post of Junior Intelligence Officer Grade-II/ Motor Transport, Group 'C' non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial in the Intelligene Bureau (IB) (MHA), Government of India. The selected candidates will be required to drive any kind of motor vehicle and will also be responsible for its upkeep.

* Junior Intelligence Officer: 140 posts (UR-71,OBC-38,SC-13,ST-18), Pay Band: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs.2400, Qualification: Candidates must be Matriculation passed ot equivalent (ii) Possession of valid driving license for motor cars. (iii) Knowledge of motor mechanism (iv) Experience for driving a motor car for at least 3 years., Age: Not more than 32 years. Age relaxation to 5 years to SC/ST, 3 years to OBC candidates.

Closing Date: The last date of submitting application is 22/06/09.

Selection Process: Candidate will be called for a test of motor mechanism and driving test followed by an interview at selected places to be decided by the Bureau.

How to Apply: Application forms filled up either in English or Hindi only on a plain white paper of size 21 1/2 x 33 cms in the prescribed format should be sent through ordinary posts only at the designated addresses upto last date. The envelope containing the application must be superscribed in bold letters as "Application to the post of JIO-II/MT in IB". Please view Employment News dated 23-29 May 2009 for details and application format.

Foreign Vacancies

Engineers Syndicate Dubai Wireline Supervisors required for Oman

Urgent requirements for a company providing wireline units for oil and gas exploration purposes. These units are fully equipped to provide services like memory production logging tools, data acquisition and zone changing. Wireline comes as a 0.108" standard size and can be changed to any other standard size to meet the requirements of downhole conditions.

Position: Wire line Supervisor

Work Location: Oman

Rotational Cycle: 35/35

Job Duration: Long Time (Direct Hire)

Qualification & Experience:

  • Assist in the drafting and implementation of the company HSE program, and ensure that the program is being carried out.

  • Plan Wireline work with regard to resources, operational requirements and HSE matters.

  • Generate Wireline programs.

  • Ensure Wireline job reports are true and accurate and maintain up to date records.

  • Continuously monitor, review and improve work practices, Company/Client procedures and HSE awareness.

  • Liaise with client representatives on a daily basis and keep the relevant parties informed of current and upcoming work status.

  • Continuously develop and implement on the job training and highlight perceived training requirements.

  • Ensure new equipment and work methods are understood and executed in the correct manner.

  • Attend company formal skills training on location or at the capital area.

  • Maintain good working relations and discipline amongst all staff for which responsibility is defined.

  • Carry out and maintain inventory reports/ HSE audits/ inspections.

  • Chair and set agenda for monthly or more frequently based HSE meetings.

  • Assist with coastal operations as requested.

  • Initiate and participate in Emergency drills.

  • Ensure compliance with the operational/ HSE requirements of secondary contractors when engaged on locations where custodianship is temporarily in the hands of the secondary contractor.

  • Liaise with Catering management to oversee and maintain all applicable HSE items involving the accommodation and messing facilities.

  • Enrolment & full participation into the Wireline Training & progression Program

Suitable Candidates can send their resume to:

Attn : Mr. Mohammed Nahid Ansari

Email : n.ansari@uroojcaree r.com

Tel : 0091-9869786529

Engineers Syndicate Dubai Vacancy for the position of Sr. Manager- HR in Sharjah

Position: Senior Manager- HR

Location: Sharjah

Qualification: MBA with specialization in Human Resources

Experience: Total of 10 years of qualitative overall HR management experience with qualifications such as degree or diploma in HR. Experience of working in a multicultural environment with an ability to adapt and learn from diverse cultures. Performance Management Process all modules such as target setting, monitoring, evaluation, round tables, feedback and implementation. Basic knowledge in UAE Labor Law. Excellent recruiting knowledge. Perfectly English in written and spoken. Leadership skills and ability to lead a small HR team and also coordinate with employees at senior management levels

Presentation skills. Personnel administration.

Salary up to Dhs 20,000/- Gross

Job requirements:

  • Make sure that HR processes are in alignment with the overall HR policies and processes

  • Communication of relevant HR policies and procedures to managers and employees in order to ensure conformity to guidelines and policies

  • Implement and conduct the Performance Management Process (PMP)

  • Advise managers in the application of performance feedback

  • Consultant on Round Table process as well as moderator for the Round Table process

  • Facilitate and consultation to management on succession planning

  • Counsel managers and employees in their personal and interpersonal situations in order to retain top talent

  • Provide an objective way to assess performance as a basis for rewards and also provide an environment which is conductive to growth and development for key players

  • Support management in translating and aligning results of the PMP into compensation and benefits ensuring fair system of appraisal and rewards based on their performance and company guidelines

  • Formulate job descriptions for new positions in partnership with line managers, initial screening and interviewing, reference checking of candidates to fill up vacancies

  • Work with the HR team in inculcating a culture wherein employees believe in knowledge enhancement transfer of knowledge and their own self development with HR as a facilitator in the process

Please send only relevant resumes to mak@dmcdubai.com

Teaching Vacancies at King Abdulaziz University Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Position: Assistant Prof/Associate Prof/Professor

Salary: $20,000 to less than $40,000

Institution: King Abdul Aziz University

Location: Saudi Arabia

Application deadline: 25/6/2009

King Abdulaziz University Jeddah Saudi Arabia invites applications in the following field:

  1. Radiation Protection

  2. Radio Chemistry

  3. Computer Science (Programmer not for teaching purpose)

Candidates Holding Master's and PHD degrees with relevant experience can apply. Competitive tax free salaries (depending on qualifications and experience) are offered, plus housing and furniture allowances, and annual airline tickets for the Employee and three of his dependents, plus 60 days annual summer leave.

Candidates can send application on wahmed@kau.edu.sa

Please mention in the subject of the email for the field you are applying. Fax: +966-2-6952471.

Engineers Syndicate Dubai Vacancy of Network Engineer & Sales Engineer for IT security products

This requirement is for a company based in Internet city.


  1. Package Tech Engineer; Salary: 11-12K

  2. Sales Engineer; Salary: 7-8K

Interested candidates can fush their relavent CVs to:

Mohammad Ashraf Azaz

Senior Executive Sales

Business Automation & Security Systems (BASS)

Dubai, UAE




Engineers Syndicate Dubai Urgent Vacancy for Engineers

We have immediate openings for the following positions:

  • Mechanical Engineer - Two positions - 1 with Sales & 1 with MEP projects experience

  • Electrical Engineer - Two positions - 1 with Sales & 1 with Projects experience

  • Plumbers - Two positions - with Gulf experience

Please forward the relevant CVs to noorahmedms@rediffmail.com

Engineers Syndicate Dubai Job Opportunities in Gulf and Africa

Requirement for MEP Contracting Companies in Qatar:

  1. Project Director (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QPD-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with over 25 yrs experience, out of which minimum 10 yrs in Gulf as Senior Project Manager or Project Director and handling several large MEP projects independently of over 150 million AED/QR each. Salary offered is 25K to 30K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Senior Project Manager (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QSRPM-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with 20 to 25 yrs experience, out of which minimum 8 yrs in Gulf as Project Manager and handling large MEP project independently of over 150 million AED/QR. Salary offered is 20K to 25K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Project Manager (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QPM-DIIC-MEP)

Mech or Elect Engineer with 15 to 20 yrs experience, out of which minimum 5 yrs in Gulf as Project Manager and handling the MEP project independently. Salary offered is 15K to 18K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Project Engineers (HVAC/Plumbing/Electricals)

(Position Code-QPE-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with 8 to 10 yrs experience, out of which minimum 3 yrs in Gulf as Project/Site Engineer and handling the MEP project in any one or more field of HVAC/Plumbing/Electricals. Salary offered is 8K to 12K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Planning Engineer (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QPln-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with minimum 5 years experience as planning Engineer using Primavera for MEP projects in Gulf. Salary offered is 8K to 10K QR+Annual Benefits.

  1. Quantity Surveyor (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QQS-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with minimum 5 years experience as Quantity Surveyor in MEP Companies. Salary offered is 10K to 13K QR+Annual Benefits.

  1. QA/QC Manager (MEP Background)

(Position Code-QQCM-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with 15 yrs QA/QC experience, out of which minimum 5 yrs in Gulf. Salary offered is 15K to 18K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. QA/QC Engineers (HVAC/Plumbing/Electricals)

(Position Code-QQCE-DIIC-MEP)

Mech or Elect Engineer with min. 8 yrs QA/QC experience, out of which minimum 3 yrs in Gulf. Salary offered is 8K to 10K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. MEP Draughtsmen (HVAC/Plumbing/Electricals)

(Position Code-QDM-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Draughtsmen with minimum 8 years experience as autocad draughtsman on any MEP projects in Gulf. Salary offered is 4K to 8K QR+Annual Benefits.

  1. Procurement Manager (MEP Contracting co. Background)

(Position Code-QProc-M-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with 15 yrs Procurement experience, out of which minimum 5 yrs in Gulf as purchase/procurement manager for Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing and fire fighting items. Salary offered is 14K to 16K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Procurement Engineer (MEP Contracting co. Background)

(Position Code-QProc-En-DIIC-MEP)

Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with 6 to 8 yrs Procurement experience, out of which minimum 2 to 3 yrs in Gulf as purchase/procurement Engineer/Officer for Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing and fire fighting items. Salary offered is 7K to 8K QR + Annual Benefits.

  1. Store Officer and Store Keeper (MEP Contracting co. Background)

(Position Code-QSK/QSO-DIIC-MEP)

Any graduate and computer literate with 6 to 8 yrs stores/materials experience, out of which minimum 2 to 3 yrs in Gulf as Store Officer /Store Keeper MEP Contracting Companies. Salary offered is 3k to 5K for store keeper and 7K to 8K QR for store officer+ Annual Benefits.

  1. Document Controller (MEP Contracting co. Background)

(Position Code-QDC-DIIC-MEP)

Any graduate and computer literate with 6 to 8 yrs experience as document controller in any MEP contracting companies, out of which minimum 2 to 3 yrs in Gulf. Salary offered is 4k to 5K+ Annual Benefits.

We have following requirements for our client, who are Group of Companies involved in constructions of Buildings, Roads and Infrastructure in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Microtunnelling Operator (Indian Preferred)

(Position Code-Pur M-DIIC-KSA)

Graduate in any discipline with minimum 5 years experience as operator for microtunnelling machine in the Gulf. Salary range-6500 to 7500 SAR+3 months salary as accommodation allowance+ Transport+ Annual benefits.

We have following requirements for our Client, who are Trading Company for Engineering Products based in UAE:

  1. Procurement and Logistic Manager

(Position Code-Proc+Logistic Mgr-Trading-DIIC-UAE)

Any Engineering Graduate with 15 to 18 yrs experience as Sales or Purchase experience for engineering products. Preference will be given to the person having oil and gas field experience in procurement with negotiation skills and administrative skills. Any Contracting or Trading Company, experience will have edge over others. Salary offered is 15K to 18K AED+Annual Benefits.

  1. Accountant

(Position Code-Acct-DIIC-UAE)

Commerce Graduate with 6 to 8 yrs experience as Accountant in any contracting or Trading Company, out of which minimum 2 yrs in Gulf. Salary offered is 5K to 7K AED+Annual Benefits.

We have following requirements for our Client, Executing EPC Contract of Oil and Gas in Nigeria:

  1. Maintenance Technicians for Pipe Coating plant

(Position Code-Pipe-coating- Manint Tech-DIIC-Nigeria)

Positions required are-Automobile Technicians(Mechanical), Auto Electricians, Static and Rotary machine technicians, Generator –Technicians, Earthoving equipment technicians(Shovel, Dozer, Excavators,JCB etc of Caterpillar make

  1. Design Engineers

(Position Code-DSE-O-n-G-DIIC-Nigeria)

Positions are Piping Design Engineers, Pipe Line Design Engineers, Process Design Engineers,Mechanical Design Engineers, Electrical Design Engineers, Electronics Design Engineers, Structural Design Engineers.Must have experience in Oil and Gas Projects.

  1. Fabrication General Manager/ Fabrication Managers/Fabrications Engineers

(Position Code-GM/Manager/Engineer-Fabn-O-n-G-DIIC-Nigeria)

Positions: General Manager(Fabrication), Manager-Fabrication, Engineers-Fabrication.

Must have experience in fabrication of sub-sea Pipeline, Structures for Jackets, Topsides and platforms for offshore Oil and Gas Projects.

  1. Project Planning Engineers

(Position Code-Plng-Engineer-O-n-G-DIIC-Nigeria)

Graduate Engineer in any field with good skills of planning of the projects using Primavera project Planner. Must have experience in planning of EPC Contracts involving sub-sea Pipeline, offshore Structures for Jackets, Topsides and different kind of Platforms for Oil and Gas Projects. He should be able to do resource loading, making s-curve, weekly,monthly progress reports,fortnightly look ahead programme etc.

For above openings in Nigeria, Good salary in USD offered +Free food +Free bachelor accommodation+ 1 month paid leave at every 5 months for on shore and every 3 months for personnel working on off shore with return ticket to home country.

All applicants must have good English communication skills. Interview to be conducted in Dubai.

How To Apply:

Candidates can email thier CVs to zaman@altaiyaba.com


Managing Director,

Al Taiyaba Management Consultancy, UAE

Postion code must be mentioned in the subject of the email.Application without Position Code will not be considered.

Indian Muslim News - BOOK REVIEW

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 19 June 2009 | Posted in ,

Thoughts for the Young Minds
An inspirational book for young and growing up Muslim youth
Book: Thoughts for the Young Minds Author: Asif Jalal ISBN: 8188869295 Publisher:Global Media Publications Book Format: Paperback Edition: 1st No. of Volumes: 1 Language: English Physical Description: 6+206 pages Year of Publication: 2009 “Thoughts for the Young Minds” is an inspirational book for young and growing up Muslim youth who at times are faced with several puzzling questions. Muslim youths get demoralized while thinking about their future while studying in colleges and universities in India. They think and there are people who make them believe that they don’t have any future and that their hard work during college days will not bear fruits. But they are mistaken. Hard work pays in India as much as anywhere else. Asif Jalal in his preface says, “I do not claim originality of ideas and the arguments presented here. I just thought to gather the material which is inspiring for the teenagers like you and which may help you anchor your life in pursuit of meaning and career. Like any teen I suffered from many problems and complexes during my student days; the issues ranging from religion to career choice bothered me but really I had no answers to them. I did not know how to deal with them. Nor was anybody around me to guide”. He goes on to say, “I tell you the nature of the issues which afflicted me. People told me that Muslims did not get government jobs. I thought why I should study when I will not get advantage of my hard work. Sometimes I read statement of a political leader in the leading national newspaper that Muslims were anti-national. Then the whole day, with a humiliated spirit I wondered where was India of high ideals and noble endeavours. In the hostel, sometimes, the situation worsened and one group of students shouted at one another, ‘Agents of Pakistan, get lost.’ When I was taking interview for the civil services exam, the World Trade Centre was attacked and the feeling all around was really hostile to the Muslims”. “ The religion as presented by the Muslim religious scholars and practitioners prescribed so many dos and don’t that I wondered where I did stand. They created a guilt feeling in my unconscious mind that I was not an ideal Muslim; and most of the time I discussed and debated the religious issues to find answers instead of concentrating on my studies. The concept of destiny as believed by people imprisoned my spirit and energy. Still I believe it is a poison to the mind of the youths, it shackles and suppresses our genius and creative freedom. When the youths of the country were taking professional qualifications, I was taking simple arts and liberal education and I always remained worried whether I will ever get a job in the market” adds he. He says, “The things I am going to share with you changed me and my course of life. I tell you where I did find them. I came across them in the great books of the world, in the face of frightful circumstance, in the classroom discussions, national dailies, passionate debates on the walls of the red-bricked hostel, and in the empty spaces of my mind”. “These ideas made me burn every moment; they made me negotiate with sufferings, rejection, criticism and hopelessness; they kept me all the time in the state of, what Mohammad Iqbal call, talatum, a state of perpetual restlessness. They made me realize that my spirit is more powerful and more important than the circumstances of my life; if they do not favour me I should fight them; if they are mammoth I should not fear them; even if they are adverse still I can deal with them. They made me see that ‘Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain- and most of the fools do.’ Therefore I should not bother for what the critics say, I should strive, seek, find and not yield. I realized this world is mine, I can change it, I can transform it” adds Asif Jalal. This book is an attempt at sharing those powerful thoughts with you. I believe if I open the following pages of ideas with you, if you too know them, they will carve out of you the finest piece of human being. The goods of this world will be at your feet, you will be a hero. Content: MIND AND FAITH 1. We Can Shape Our Destiny, 2. Prayer Works, Try It 3. Touching The Essence Five Times 07 4. Prophet’s Last Sermon 5. Power of Silence 6. There Is A Way 7. Islamic Philosophy: The Quran 8. Islamic Philosophy: The Mutazilites 9. Islamic Philosophy: Falsafa School 10. Islamic Philosophy: The Asharites 11. Islamic Philosophy: Imam Ghazali STUDY AND GROWTH 1. Write Your Way To Success 2. Method of productive Learning 3. Inside The Examination Hall SEX AND LIFE 1. Is Romantic Love Worth It 2. Don’t Ask Me for That Love Again 3. Indulgence or Restraint SOCIETY AND CULTURE 1. The Jewish Tradition 2. The Culture of Poverty 3. Ten Core Muslim Values 4. Why Rationality Ceased To Count 5. For Our Respected Sisters STRATEGY AND TECHNIQUES 1. Ten Islamic Principles Of Success 2. Be Creative, Be Extraordinary 3. Lincoln's Letter To His Son's Teacher 4. Catch Those Fleeting Moments 5. The Desire To Excel 6. Sharpen Your Brain Power 7. Fuel Your Muscle with Energy 8. Why You Are Not A Leader? 9. The Joy of Work 10. Escape from Poverty 11. Never Give Up 12. The Secret of Expert Mind 13. The Power of Will 14. Thinking Exercise EXPERIENCE AND ENCOUNTER 1. Growing as a Muslim 2. Living As A Minority 3. Are We Discriminated? PERSONALITIES 4. APJ Abdul Kalam 5. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan [The author Asif Jalal hails from Gaya district in the state of Bihar. He is an IPS officer posted as Superintendent of Police (SP) in Himachal Pradesh. In his previous postings he served as ASP Shimla and SP Lauhal & Spiti. He has received special training in cyber crime. He is a prolific writer and regularly contributes for several newspapers and portals. He recently contributed a chapter in Whispering Deodara: Writings from Shimla Hills (Rupa, 2009)]

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Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 08 June 2009 | Posted in ,

Maids, vegetable sellers set up polythene plant By Quaid Najmi A motley group of homemakers, maids, babysitters and vegetable vendors, some barely educated, has got together to set up a Rs.10-million (Rs.1 crore) polythene manufacturing plant here. The project - the first in Maharashtra in the women's cooperative sector - was inaugurated Thursday and has already bagged an export order from Dubai to supply six million plastic bags annually, said an excited Sulabha Ubale, patron of the Swamini Self-Help Groups Federation (SSHGF). "Shivajirao Patil (MP from Shirur) has also promised to get us orders for half a million bags per month from the sugar cooperatives," Ubale told IANS. The project to manufacture polythene bags, used mainly by the sugar and cement industries, had a humble beginning with each member of the self-help groups associated with SSHGF contributing Rs.100 a month. "We decided to do something that would provide gainful employment to our members. So we set up a sustainable business entity with long-term growth potential. Polythene bags are in great demand in this region," said Ubale, a Shiv Sena corporator in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on the outskirts of Pune. Maharashtra has 10 polythene bag manufacturers in the private sector, but the Swamini self-help group's project is the first that will be exclusively managed by women. The going was not easy in the initial stages. When the project proposal was presented for approval, the PCMC said the women would have to raise 20 percent of the total cost. The 156 women members of SSHGF managed to use all their resources and successfully raised Rs.2 million. The Swamini federation comprises 11 self-help groups - Yamunanagar, Sakhi, Kala, Nirmalmoti, Mauli, Trimurti, Khushi, Kumjai, Saraswati, Udan and Sankalp. SSHGF is affiliated to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Mahila Mandal Mahasangh (PCMMM) with over 4,000 self-help groups having nearly 60,000 women members. Impressed, the PCMC sanctioned Rs.300 million for the project and the Bank of Baroda stepped in with Rs.5 million. The plant has been set up in a 3,500-square-metre plot, costing Rs.7.7 million. The remaining was spent on the building and other necessary infrastructure, Ubale said. "We were lucky to get a firm seven-year buy-back order from Sumedh Polymers. They will supply the necessary raw materials and buy back the finished product, pay the bank loan and also the salaries of the over 100 women workers," said SSHGF chairperson Swati Mujumdar. After this, the federation is expected to make a profit of over Rs.300,000 per annum from the deal, she added. From July, the plant will roll out bags at the rate of 800 kg per day, with a projected net profit of Rs.25 per kg. "But we shall not stick only to this. We shall strive to get more orders from sugar and cement factories in the state and elsewhere. Our plan is to clear off all our oustandings as soon as possible, make it an export-oriented unit and acquire various international quality certifications," Ubale said. They also plan to convert the federation into a private limited company by 2011. According to Mujumdar, monetary aspects are not the sole criteria behind the project. The bigger goal is to provide employment to underprivileged women. Present employees will earn Rs.30,000-40,000 per annum, with perks like a subsidised canteen and conveyance facilities, and share in profits. The project has already taken the region by storm and now at least three similar ventures have been floated. They are expected to complete the relevant formalities and launch in the next few months, Mujumdar said. [Quaid Najmi can be contacted at q.najmi@ians.in] (Courtesy: IANS)


Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 05 June 2009 | Posted in

Full text of President Obama’s speech at Cairo University, Egypt, seeking a new beginning between US and Muslim world based on mutual respect dated 4th June 2009 PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement. And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I'm grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. And I'm also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaamu alaykum. (Applause.) We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam. Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. All this has bred more fear and more mistrust. So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. And this cycle of suspicion and discord must end. I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there's been a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." (Applause.) That is what I will try to do today – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I'm a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith. As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities – (applause) – it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. (Applause.) I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims." And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they've excelled in our sports arenas, they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson – kept in his personal library. (Applause.) So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. (Applause.) But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. (Applause.) Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words – within our borders, and around the world. We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum – "Out of many, one." Now, much has been made of the fact that an African American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. (Applause.) But my personal story is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores – and that includes nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country today who, by the way, enjoy incomes and educational levels that are higher than the American average. (Applause.) Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one's religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That's why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it. (Applause.) So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity. Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all. For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. When innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. (Applause.) That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings. And this is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes – and, yes, religions – subjugating one another in pursuit of their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; our progress must be shared. (Applause.) Now, that does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: We must face these tensions squarely. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and as plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together. The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms. In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. (Applause.) We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security – because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people. The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America's goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. We did not go by choice; we went because of necessity. I'm aware that there's still some who would question or even justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with. Now, make no mistake: We do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We see no military – we seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case. And that's why we're partnering with a coalition of 46 countries. And despite the costs involved, America's commitment will not weaken. Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists. They have killed in many countries. They have killed people of different faiths – but more than any other, they have killed Muslims. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam. The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as – it is as if he has killed all mankind. (Applause.) And the Holy Koran also says whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind. (Applause.) The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace. Now, we also know that military power alone is not going to solve the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That's why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who've been displaced. That's why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend on. Let me also address the issue of Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. (Applause.) Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be." Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis. And I have made it clear to the Iraqi people – (applause) – I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq's sovereignty is its own. And that's why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August. That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq's democratically elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all of our troops from Iraq by 2012. (Applause.) We will help Iraq train its security forces and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron. And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles. Nine-eleven was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year. (Applause.) So America will defend itself, respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer. The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world. America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve. On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they've endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own. (Applause.) For decades then, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It's easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought about by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security. (Applause.) That is in Israel's interest, Palestine's interest, America's interest, and the world's interest. And that is why I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience and dedication that the task requires. (Applause.) The obligations – the obligations that the parties have agreed to under the road map are clear. For peace to come, it is time for them – and all of us – to live up to our responsibilities. Palestinians must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and it does not succeed. For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It's a story with a simple truth: that violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That's not how moral authority is claimed; that's how it is surrendered. Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build. The Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern, with institutions that serve the needs of its people. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have to recognize they have responsibilities. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel's right to exist. At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Applause.) This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop. (Applause.) And Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live and work and develop their society. Just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be a critical part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress. And finally, the Arab states must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities. The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state, to recognize Israel's legitimacy, and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past. America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and we will say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs. (Applause.) We cannot impose peace. But privately, many Muslims recognize that Israel will not go away. Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true. Too many tears have been shed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra – (applause) – as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.) The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons. This issue has been a source of tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is in fact a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government. Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians. This history is well known. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I've made it clear to Iran's leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward. The question now is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build. I recognize it will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude, and resolve. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect. But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America's interests. It's about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons. And that's why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons. (Applause.) And any nation – including Iran – should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I'm hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal. The fourth issue that I will address is democracy. (Applause.) I know – I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other. That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere. (Applause.) Now, there is no straight line to realize this promise. But this much is clear: Governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people. This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they're out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. (Applause.) So no matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would hold power: You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy. AUDIENCE MEMBER: Barack Obama, we love you! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom. Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition. I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. That is the spirit we need today. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind and the heart and the soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it's being challenged in many different ways. Among some Muslims, there's a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of somebody else's faith. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld – whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. (Applause.) And if we are being honest, fault lines must be closed among Muslims, as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq. Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat. Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We can't disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism. In fact, faith should bring us together. And that's why we're forging service projects in America to bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews. That's why we welcome efforts like Saudi Arabian King Abdullah's interfaith dialogue and Turkey's leadership in the Alliance of Civilizations. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action – whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster. The sixth issue – the sixth issue that I want to address is women's rights. (Applause.) I know –- I know – and you can tell from this audience, that there is a healthy debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality. (Applause.) And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well educated are far more likely to be prosperous. Now, let me be clear: Issues of women's equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we've seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world. I am convinced that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons. (Applause.) Our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice. And that is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls, and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams. (Applause.) Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity. I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence into the home. Trade can bring new wealth and opportunities, but also huge disruptions and change in communities. In all nations – including America – this change can bring fear. Fear that because of modernity we lose control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities – those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith. But I also know that human progress cannot be denied. There need not be contradictions between development and tradition. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies enormously while maintaining distinct cultures. The same is true for the astonishing progress within Muslim-majority countries from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education. And this is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work. Many Gulf states have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development. But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century – (applause) – and in too many Muslim communities, there remains underinvestment in these areas. I'm emphasizing such investment within my own country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas when it comes to this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement. On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America. (Applause.) At the same time, we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in online learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo. On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create more jobs. We'll open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new science envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, grow new crops. Today I'm announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health. All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life. The issues that I have described will not be easy to address. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world that we seek – a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God's children are respected. Those are mutual interests. That is the world we seek. But we can only achieve it together. I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim – who question whether we can forge this new beginning. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. Some suggest that it isn't worth the effort – that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There's so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to reimagine the world, to remake this world. All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings. It's easier to start wars than to end them. It's easier to blame others than to look inward. It's easier to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path. There's one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. (Applause.) This truth transcends nations and peoples – a belief that isn't new; that isn't black or white or brown; that isn't Christian or Muslim or Jew. It's a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the hearts of billions around the world. It's a faith in other people, and it's what brought me here today. We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written. The Holy Koran tells us: "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another." The Talmud tells us: "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace." The Holy Bible tells us: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Applause.) The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) (Courtesy: America.gov) [Presented here are two divergent reactions that President Obama's speech at Cairo University seeking US' good relations with the Muslim world based on mutual respect evoked. On one hand Indonesian Muslim clerics have praised Obama's speech while on the other a writer has denounced Obama's choice of venue for his speech to the Muslim world.] Indonesian Muslim clerics praise Obama's speech U.S. President Barack Obama's recent speech in Cairo indicated the American leader's good intentions toward Islam universally, Indonesian Muslim clerics said here on Friday. "I think President Obama's speech had a positive meaning. However, we hope it will not become a mere slogan but be followed up in concrete terms," the Antara News Agency quoted KH Salahuddin Wahid, an Indonesian influential cleric, here as saying. President Obama's speech at Cairo University was broadcasted live across the country by an Indonesian TV station on Thursday afternoon. Salahuddin who is the leader of an Islamic boarding school in Jombang, East Java, said Obama, through his speech addressed to more than one billion Muslims in the world, intended to build a coalition with Muslim governments to revive talks particularly toward peace in the Middle East. "His intention was good and therefore as the world's biggest Muslim population we must have hope that the prospects for peace in the Islamic world particularly in the Middle East will improve," Salahuddin said. Meanwhile, responding to the U.S. president's speech, Amidhan, a senior official at Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) appreciated it, saying that it shows President Obama's determination to find a solution to the world's problems, particularly in the Middle East. Amidhan said Obama was more progressive and creative than his predecessor in responding and seeking a good solution to the problem. He believed that President Obama's speech was not rhetorical. It had been Obama's agenda he already voiced when was campaigning for U.S. president, he added. "I think President Obama has a good and honest will to change the image of his country," Amidhan said. He also believed that Obama prefers to take negotiations in settling U.S-Middle East relationship problems and would try to revive peace talks between Palestine and Israel. (Courtesy: Xinhua) Wrong venue for Obama's Muslim speech By Spengler Why should the president of the United States address the "Muslim world", as Barack Obama will do in Egypt this Thursday? What would happen if the leader of a big country addressed the "Christian world"? Half the world would giggle and the other half would sulk. There is no such thing as a Christian world, of course; there hasn't been since the Great Schism of 1054, even less so since the Reformation. Europe's nations agreed at the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 to subordinate the confessional to political sovereignty. America, the new model of a nation, kept church separate from state. To utter the words "Christian world" would persuade the Muslim world that a foul conspiracy was afoot, perhaps a new Crusade. There is no "Christian world" to address because Christianity has become a private religion of personal conscience. Few Christian denominations aspire to the status of state religion; the Catholic Church abandoned earthly power at the Second Vatican Council in 1965. No Christian denomination aspires to world power. A "Christian world", in short, is not even a fantasy, let alone a fact, and to pronounce the words would be an absurdity. What does it mean, though, to address the "Muslim world"? As a matter of practice, the Muslim world is just as fractured as the Christian world, even more so in the absence of any religious authority like the Catholic Church, which claims doctrinal authority over a billion people. Muslim religious authority is exercised ad hoc. The quasi-animist Islam of Sumatra and the Wahhabi Islam of Saudi Arabia have about as much in common as Midwest Methodists and Nigerian Pentecostals. But there is a great gulf fixed between the terms, "Christian world", and "Muslim world". No denomination of Islam will abandon its pretensions at official status, and all aspire to world power. To speak to the "Muslim world", is to speak not to a fact, but rather to an aspiration, and that is the aspiration that Islam shall be a global state religion as its founders intended. To address this aspiration is to breathe life into it. For an American president to validate such an aspiration is madness. America is not at war with Islam, unless, that is, Islam were to take a political form that threatens America's global interests. These interests include friendly relationships with nation-states that have a Muslim majority, such as Egypt, Turkey and Jordan. To address "the Muslim world" is to conjure up a prospective enemy, for global political Islam only can exist as the enemy of the nation-states with which America has allied. Obama, the White House press office told reporters last week, will address among other issues the Arab-Israeli issue. What does it imply to raise this issue in a speech to the "Muslim world"? Nearly 700 million of the world's 1.4 billion Muslims live in Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, countries which share no linguistic or cultural affinities with the Arabs, and have only religion in common. They have no strategic interest whatever in the outcome of war or peace in the Levant. Their only possible interest is religious. Does the United States really believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is religious in origin? If that is not so, why should South Asian or East Asian Muslims care about the conflict to begin with? Why should the United States address concerns that it does not consider valid to begin with? And if it is religious in origin, what specifically makes the conflict religious? If it really were the case that the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs are fighting over religious matters, then the theological Muslim position is the one represented by Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon, namely that a Jewish state on territory once held by the ummah (Muslim community) is an outrage to Islam and never can be accepted. For the US president to address the "Muslim world" on the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and by implication frame the matter in religious terms, is to define the matter as a jihad, and to rule out a peaceful solution - unless, of course, the president were to tell Muslims to abandon their religious scruples in order to accept the existence of the state of Israel. Excluding the unlikely possibility that Obama will declare himself to be a Muslim and claim religious authority in matters affecting Muslims everywhere, that is not going to happen in Cairo this Thursday. It is quite possible for the state of Israel to live in peace with nation-states whose population is mainly Muslim, to be sure. Israel has done so since 1975 with Egypt and Jordan, and has until recently maintained excellent relations with Turkey. Until the Ruhollah Khomeini revolution of 1979, Israel was an ally and arms supplier of Iran. As a matter of national interest, many Muslim-majority countries may seek peaceful and even friendly relations with the Jewish state, irrespective of what the dictates of Islamic theology might be. Rather than addressing nations with national interest, though, Obama is addressing Muslims, over the heads as it were of majority-Muslim nation states. Even though the Koran mentions Jerusalem not once (against 832 times in the Hebrew Bible and 161 times in the New Testament), later Muslim tradition makes Jerusalem a Muslim holy place. No Muslim religious authority in Asia or Africa can or will rule that Islam can tolerate a Jewish state in Palestine with its capital in Jerusalem. There are a few Muslim voices in Europe and the US favorably disposed to co-existence with the Jewish state, but they are whispers against the roar of an ocean. Obama and his advisors seem to have taken to heart the view of Iraq's former defense minister Ali Allawi, whose book The Crisis In Islamic Civilization I reviewed some weeks ago (Predicting the death of Islam Asia Times Online, May 5.) Allawi, who had been the Central Intelligence Agency's preferred candidate for president of Iraq under the George W Bush administration, writes off the nation-state as a political vehicle in the Islamic world. As I noted, he cites Pew Institute polls showing that people in Islamic countries view themselves as Muslims first, and citizens second: "Large majorities of Muslims in countries as diverse as Pakistan (79%), Morocco (70%) and Jordan (63%) viewed themselves as Muslims rather than citizens of their nation-states. Even in countries such as Turkey with its long secular history as a nation-state, 43% viewed themselves as Muslims in the first place, although 29% saw themselves as citizens of the nation-state." The dream of a new caliphate is unattainable, Allawi argued, but the Western-style nation-state can only be a coffin for the culture of Islam. Muslims either will "live an outer life which is an expression of their innermost faith" and "reclaim those parts of their public spaces which have been conceded to other world views over the past centuries", he wrote, or "the dominant civilizational order" will "fatally undermine whatever is left of Muslims' basic identity and autonomy". Allawi is a Shi'ite with close ties to Iran, whose vision for the region centers on the transnational bloc of 200 million Shi'ite Muslims and their aspirations from Lebanon through Pakistan. A gauge of the absurdity of an American president addressing "the Muslim world" was the difficulty in finding a venue for Thursday's speech. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak remains one of America's closest allies in the Muslim world, and the head of the most populous, important Arab state, and one that has a peace treaty with Israel. Egypt was the natural choice, but it called down criticism on Obama for validating a regime that suppresses political opposition. The opposition it suppresses most brutally comes from the Muslim Brotherhood (the Egyptian parent organization of which Hamas is the Palestinian branch), the first and still the most important Islamist organization. By addressing the "Islamic world" from Cairo, Obama lends credibility to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and other advocates of political Islam who demand that Muslims be addressed globally and on religious terms - in contradistinction to nationalists such as Mubarak. Rather than buttress a loyal ally, Obama's speech undermines him on his home ground. That is a lose-lose proposition. There is a way to rescue the situation, which I now propose to Obama in good faith: change the venue to New Delhi. After all, India's Muslim population is the world's third-largest at 158 million, just under Pakistan's 175 million and Indonesia's 200 million. Speaking from an Indian podium, Obama could say something like this: “I have come hear to address the Muslims of the world on Indian soil to emphasize that there is life after the end of Islam's status as a state religion. As a minority, Indian Muslims have had to maintain their communal life without a link between mosque and state, and by and large they have succeeded. It has not been easy. On occasion Indian Muslims have been provoked to violence against their more numerous Hindu neighbors, as in the state of Gujarat in 2002, and the Hindu response was horrendous. India's Muslims have learned that extremists in their ranks will call vengeance down upon their communities. They demonstrated sagacity in their refusal to bury in consecrated ground the Muslim terrorists killed last year in Mumbai. Muslims around the world should look to India as an example of moderation and co-existence. Whether they like it or not, Muslims will remain a minority in the world, a minority that cannot defend itself against the superior technology and military culture of other countries. Its legitimate aspirations must lead it to moderation and compromise. The alternative could be quite nasty.” That sort of speech would get the undivided attention of the Muslim world. Anything else will lend credibility to the Islamists and foster triumphalism. Thus far, Obama's efforts to propitiate the "Muslim world" have made the administration's future work all the harder. Iran is convinced that the administration needs it to help out in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has all the less incentive to abandon its central goal of developing nuclear weapons. Pakistan is in the midst of a bloody civil war forced upon it by the United States. After Obama leaned on the Israelis to halt settlement construction, the Palestinian Authority's President Mahmoud Abbas left Washington convinced that Obama will force out the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the next two years. For his trouble, Obama will get more bloodshed in Pakistan, more megalomania from Iran, more triumphalism from the Palestinians, and less control over Iraq and Afghanistan. Of all the available bad choices, Obama has taken the worst. It is hard to imagine any consequence except a steep diminution of American influence. (Courtesy: Asia Times Online)

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