The Media Game on Kanpur Blast

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 03 November 2010 | Posted in ,

By Abdul Rashid Agwan

The coverage of mainstream media on the Kanpur bomb blast of 28 October seems selective and cautious. The national and local media informed the next morning that it was a nasty outcome of some illegal cracker factory; however, investigation is now indicating that it was a bomb blast. The incident has once again brought to the fore how media acts and reacts differently when some Hindu miscreants are involved in such heinous crimes.

The headings and contents of reporting in this regard present an interesting slant of media. For instance, the title chosen by Times of India reads “Four killed in Kanpur health centre explosion”; the Indian Express says “Police blame firecrackers” and Telegraph called it “Cracker blast near Kanpur health centre”. Almost the same story flashed in both the English and Hindi newspapers. Interestingly, India Today’s website mentions the same morning about a ‘crude bomb’ behind the incident. The caption of www.worldnews.net was more obvious with “Kanpur Bomb Blast at Community Center Today”. The later headlines show that in spite of the fact that police initially called it a cracker blast there were some specific hint of it being a ‘bomb blast’, which the national and local media missed in the first place, and now it is underplaying and ignoring the incident as a frivolous thing. It is really strange that no administrator or responsible staff of the PHC has been taken to task for their apparent long ignorance or connivance of ‘illegal bomb manufacturing unit’ running in a government quarter. The administration is silent on this exigency.

Kanpur is occasionally hitting media headlines for last few years for incidental bomb explosions here and there. On 25 August 2008 two Bajrang Dal activists were killed. For almost two years now, the police had been groping in the dark to solve the case in which Rajiv Mishra and Bhupinder Singh were killed when an explosion happened in a room of the house owned by Mishra’s father. Bhupinder Singh was the Bajrang Dal's city chief 10 years ago and according to the Hindi daily Hindustan, Mishra was present at the RSS shakha in the morning on the day of explosion. The police have recovered some bombs, lead oxide, Potassium Nitrate, red lead and other important elements of bomb making from the place of explosion. Swami Asimanand, an accused in the Malegaon and Ajmer Dargah blasts, has come under the scanner of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad in the Kanpur blast case also but there is no breakthrough yet.
On 22 August 2003, seven persons, including five members of a family and their tenants were injured in a powerful bomb blast in Colonelganj police circle of this Manchester of India. The police said that some hand-made country bombs kept in the house of Sayeed, an alleged criminal in Bakarganj locality, had exploded.

In another incident in the city nine persons of Kanpur’s Bajaria locality were injured on October 14, 2008. It was reported, “The explosion lacked intensity and appeared to be aimed more at creating panic in the Purani Sharab Gaddi area that has a long history of communal flare-ups. The bombs were kept in a carry bag — made of thick, dark green canvass — dangling from a bicycle, which had been rented”. Some Kamal Sahu was arrested by the police but no further developments in this regards are known.
In case of the latest episode in which 4 dead and 8 injured, including four children and eight women, even after a couple of days most papers are ignoring the developments on the issue. However, some are pushing the line by pointing that “the incident is a grim reminder of several such incidents in the past which have not only damaged property, but also claimed lives. Though the illegal activities continue throughout the year, the police, district administration and the department of industries have turned a blind eye.”

Ironically, the latest explosion exploded a government quarter of a local primary health centre from were the said ‘illegal cracker factory’ was being operated, as briefed by the deputy inspector-general of police Prem Prakash. He informed, “Small-size crackers were being produced at the unit in the quarters. We have collected samples of them from the spot of the blast. Further investigations are on. It does not appear to be a terror act.” Inspector-general G.L. Meena corroborated him by saying that raw materials used to manufacture crackers had been found in the debris. However, the ward boy Rajesh, who was allotted the quarter of the primary health centre of Kalyanpur, narrated a different story to the police when arrested as a main accused along with 85 live crude bombs. He said that his brothers in law Sudhir and Mangal Singh were using the quarter for manufacturing bombs which were supplied to organized groups of criminals.

It is evident here that media uncritically swallows police version, tends to dilute gravity of things or simply ignore facts when individuals of Hindu community are found involved in bomb manufacturing, their supply and explosion, especially when the culprits are found linked to the RSS or its many offshoots. On the contrary, when some Muslim names are rightly or wrongly suggested in similar episodes, the same media takes the steering wheel; lead the police in digging the story and even some time pressurize it to take a particular line of investigation. Media is exhibiting such a pernicious tendency at the cost of its own credibility.

How it is that the police and media toss on tips of some Muslim names in similar incidents and within a few hours trace out the ‘mastermind’, his scornful past and terror links, whereas the trail of bomb blasts in the Manchester of India for several years now has failed to reassure the same ingenuity and professional acumen of both police and media!

Tabish Khair, Daisy Hasan, Anjum Hasan among 11 nominees for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 02 November 2010 | Posted in

By Danish Ahmad Khan

Tabish Khair
Three Muslims – Tabish Khair, Daisy Hasan  and Anjum Hasan – were among the three writers whose works were shortlisted from 75 entries of the Indian fiction writing in English. A total of 11 nominees were able to make it to the shortlist.

However, Manu Joseph emerged triumphant and bagged The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010 for his debut novel ‘Serious Men’. Joseph is the Deputy Editor of the Open magazine. The award was presented by noted writer and historian Nayantara Sahgal at hotel Taj Connemara at Chennai on November 1. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and a plaque.

Tabish Khair was shortlisted for his work ‘Way to Go’. Tabish is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Aarhus in Denmark. He was born in 1966 in Ranchi (then part of Bihar, now the capital of Jharkhand) and grew up in his hometown, Gaya, which is a small but historically-significant town in Bihar. Tabish finished secondary school from the local Nazareth Academy and, after dropping out of medical studies, went on to do a BA in History, Sociology and English from Gaya College and a Masters in English from the local Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya. While a college student, he also worked as the district reporter for the Patna Edition of the Times of India. Tabish Khair is personally known to this writer and shares family bonds spanning over three generations. His grandfather, Dr. Abul Khair was a renowned Medical practitioner and philanthropist, who played a key role and was one of the builders of The Gaya Muslim Orphanage, Cherki, and wholeheartedly supported this writer’s grandfather and GMO founder Enayeth Khan by all means.

Tabish Khair had his first collection of poems, 'My World', accepted for publication by a major national house (Rupa & Co., Delhi) before he left his hometown. It was favorably reviewed by senior poets and critics like Keki N. Daruwalla, Adil Jussawalla, Vilas Sarang and Shiv K. Kumar. While in Delhi, Khair brought out two other collections and started working on his first novel, 'An Angel in Pyjamas', which was later published by Harper Collins and described by India Today as "the calling card of a writer with the power to fascinate." His book The Thing About Thugs is vying for the title. Mr. Khair's best known works include Babu Fictions (2001), The Bus Stopped (2004), which was shortlisted for the Encore Award (U.K.) and the poetry collection Where Parallel Lines Meet.

Daisy Hasan
Daisy Hasan was shortlisted for her debut novel, The To-Let House. Daisy Hasan’s story is set in the 1980s and captures the author's childhood experiences in Shillong. She is from Meghalaya, teaches at the University of Cardiff, Wales. She is a writer and filmmaker, interested in theatre and video films. She writes regularly for national newspapers, acts in street theatre and is currently teaching a course on Bollywood films. She is currently pursuing a post-doctoral research at the University of Leeds and this is her first novel published by Tara Books.

Born in the seventies, Daisy Hasan grew up in a restive Shillong divided between the Khasis and the dkhars (outsiders in Khasi). “The novel is primarily based on things that I have gone through in my growing up years. But I also tried to relieve the tension of the times, that has stayed on with me, by talking about the emotions that led to it,” says the 36-year-old debutante author in an interview to Indian Express.

Anjum Hasan
Poet, novelist and literary critic Anjum Hasan was shortlisted for Neti, Neti Not This, Not This. Her other books are Lunatic in my Head (2007), a book of poems Street on the Hill (2006). Ms. Hasan is the Books Editor, The Caravan. The novel “follows the life of Sophie Das, one of the main characters from her debut novel Lunatic in my Head, explores the awkwardness of being an outsider that comes with Sophie's move from a village in Shillong to Bengaluru, a world that is so new and strange that the move is almost akin to moving from one country to another”.

Presently, Anjum Hasan is the Communications Editor at the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore – a unique NGO in India that is entirely devoted to supporting the arts. She edits the biannual IFA arts journal ArtsConnect. She has published poetry in several anthologies, and her first collection of poems, Street on the Hill was published by Central Sahitya Akademi in 2006. She is a regular contributor to the Hindu Literary Supplement, Outlook, the Deccan Herald, and many other journals and newspapers. Her first novel, tentatively titled Lunatic in my Head, will be published by Zubaan-Penguin in late 2007.

The other shortlisted books and their authors are: Eunuch Park, Palash Krishna Mehrotra; The Pleasure Seekers, Tishani Doshi; Venus Crossing, Kalpana Swaminathan; Come, Before Evening Falls, Manjul Bajaj; Saraswati Park, Anjali Joseph; If I Could Tell You, Soumya Bhattacharya; and The Thing About Thugs, Upamanyu Chatterjee.

The jury comprised novelist Shashi Deshpande, Mukul Kesavan, author and essayist, Brinda Bose, academic and critic, and Jai Arjun Singh, literary critic.

IMO - Job Opportunities

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Quantity Surveyor Opening in Madinah

We have an immediate need for a Quantity Surveyor with 20 years of experience for a project in Madinah sacred area, Saudi Arabia. He needs to be Muslim. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks

Ed Kouzi, PE

AK Consulting Engineers, Inc.
470 Wald
Irvine, California 92618, USA

T: 949.387.2221, Ext. 236
F: 480.379.4560
M: 949.331.9771
KSA: +966541320381

(Sent to IndianMuslimObserver.com on October 31, 2010)

Document Controller - UAE

Posted: October 29, 2010

Interested candidates may send their CVs & please mention the position you are applying for as the subject.
Our Manpower (Recruitment) License No. 1023322
Email: takreerjobs@almansoorgroup.com

Architect / Interior Designer - Bahrain

Posted: October 29, 2010

Required for a well established and a fast growing hospitality business house in Bahrain.

Architect / Interior Designer

* BS Architecture Graduate
* 3 — 5 years experience in Interior Designing
* Extremely creative and can supervise projects
* Proficient in AutoCAD, 3D studio max / Vray, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
* Preferably those with restaurant and retail design experience

Send CV and sample of work to: Cv_falkhor@yahoo.com

Assistant Manager and Senior Accountant - Qatar

Posted: October 29, 2010



* Qualification: Electrical or Electronics Engineer with knowledge of Intelligent Lighting Controls (preferably EIB), Home Automation, and otherlow current systems in the GCC.
* Experience: 5-7 years of sales experience to MEP consultants and contractors. Should be a self-starter with good time management and sales skills.
* Job Profile: Marketing & selling to MEP consultants & contractors.
* Age: 26-29 years old.


* Qualification: Bachelor/Master in Commerce.
* Experience: Minimum 6-8 years work experience.
* Knowledge of Tally package & Letter of Credit is essential.
* Key Competencies: Smart, self motivated and capable of taking care of the department solely.
* Additionally, you need to have excellent leadership skills and take the initiative as and when required, problem analysis and problem-solving skills.
* Age: 27-35 years old
* Very attractive package for the right candidates with gcc experience.
* Please mention your minimum and ideal gross package expected.
* Negotiable for the candidate based on experience & potential.
* Knowledge of Hindi would be an advantage.

Kindly send your updated CV with photograph to: recruit26910@yahoo.com

Secretary Required - UAE

Posted: October 29, 2010

SECRETARY Minimum Requirement:

* Higher Secondary education with good secretarial practise at least with 3 years experience in relevant field.
* Good Typing speed with MS Office knowledge.

Email: cv@carefor.com

Multiple Job Positions for a National Company - Saudi Arabia

Posted: October 29, 2010

A leading National Company required the followings:


* Project Manager Fiber Optic OSP- O & M Network
* Minimum 5 Years Experience for O & M of FOC Networking.


* Project Engineer Fiber Optic OSP— O & M Network
* Minimum 5 Years Experience for O & M of FOC Networking.

Minimum 5 Years Experience in FOC - O & M Network for Splicing and Fault Locating.

Fiber Optic Cable Technician / Splicer
Minimum 3 Years Experience in FOE- O & M Network for Splicing and Fault Locating.

Minimum 3 Years Experience in FOC — O & M Network for Splicing and Fault Locating.

Fax: - 01 — 4827800 Riyadh / E-Mail: info@asoc.com.sa
P.O. Box 11454 Riyadh 15841 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Manager and Broker for an Educational Consultancy - Qatar

Posted: October 29, 2010

Urgently required for educational consultancy

* Executive secretary
* Marketing Executive
* Office Assistant

Good communication skills in English with It Skills.

Email CV with photo to : hrgschool@gmail.com

Sr. Quantity Surveyor - Bahrain

Posted: October 29, 2010

Grade A Construction Company requires:

Sr. Quantity SurveyorMinimum 3 years Gulf experience.
Send your detailed CV to: Fax: 17879709 or 17784547 /
Email: t.noltsis@hotmail.com

Gynecologist Doctor - Saudi Arabia

Posted: October 29, 2010

A reputed Clinic in Jeddah looking for a

Gynecologist Doctor
for immediate hiring.

* excellent remuneration will be given as per experience.
* note: the faculty is for full time basis only serious person may apply.

Email: gulfgroups@gmail.com

Senior Accountant/ Accounts Manager - Saudi Arabia

Posted: October 29, 2010

Senior Accountant/ Accounts Manager

* MBA (Finance),
* 4-5 years experience in contracting/ construction/ landscaping, accounting,age:40-45,
* arabic language is an advantage.

Email: stocspec@yahoo.com

Mechanical Engineer - Qatar

Posted: October 29, 2010

Oasis Engineering Co. W.L.L urgently looking for

Mechanical Engineer

* Candidate should be at least 1 year of experience of HVAC / MEP projects.
* Design experience will be an added advantage
* Good communication and interpersonal skills, and driving license preferred.

Fax: 44763388, Mob: 55808549, Email: Kutty@oasisqatar.com

Praxis Technologies, Mumbai needs Content Writers

Posted: October 26, 2010

Praxis Technologies, a reputed e-learning company in Mumbai is looking for writers.
Job description: To write lessons in American History in an interesting and engrossing manner for 17-year olds in the US.

Compensation: The pay packet would comparable to the best in the industry.

To apply: Interested applicants can send their resumes to anand.govindrajan@praxistechnologies.net

PR/Marketing Opening with The Park Hotel

Posted: October 26, 2010

There is an urgent requirement with The Park Hotel, New Delhi for an Assistant Manager — PR & Marketing.

Candidate profile: Ideally 2-3 years of work experience in a similar role would be ideal. A background in Hospitality isn’t a necessity.

Job profile: The person would be needed to handle PR and Marketing activities (Broadly Media co-ordination, work out tie ups with brands and organize events etc.)

To apply: If interested, kindly mail your CVs directly to: Anushree (PR Manager at The Park) at anushree.banerjee@gmail.com

PR Openings with Aurum Media in Mumbai

Posted: October 26, 2010

Aurum Media, a boutique Public Relations Agency is recruiting PR professionals from Account Executive to Account Manager levels.

Location: Navi Mumbai

Requirement: We are looking at people with good communication skills and media relations. Interested candidates may please send their resume to puja@aurumpr.com

Mindworks Global Media Services needs Sub Editor

Posted: October 25, 2010

Mindworks Global Media Services, a pioneer in media outsourcing, works with some of the biggest newspaper and magazine brands in USA, Europe and Asia. Trusted by editors worldwide, our copyeditors and designers work closely with editors in foreign publications. Anyone joining Mindworks can be certain of quickly learning new skills and the ability to deliver to global quality standards.

Requirement: Sub Editor

Location: Noida

Candidate profile:

* Only candidates with ability to write sentences with zero punctuation and grammar errors should apply.
* Eye for detail, rather than creative writing, is the key skill required. The candidate should have quick subbing and proofing skills.
* We are looking for candidates who have high awareness of news, and follow international news comprehensively.
* Candidate should be willing to work in evening-night shifts (4:30pm to 1:30am)

Job profile:

* The work includes cutting copy, rephrasing sentences for better clarity, editing the copy on the page, writing headlines, intro and captions; and proofing the page.
* The job will call for proficiency in page makeup or layout using Adobe InDesign or QuarkExpress. The sub editor will frequently need to work closely with the design team to ensure pages meet top quality standards.
* A working knowledge of the steps that take place through the editorial production cycle would help.

Contact person: Maureen Gomes
Email: hr@mindworksglobal.com
Phone: +91-9953953176

भारतीय मुसलमानों को करनी होगी अपनी जिम्मदारियों की पहचान, अपनी मदद आप से ही बच पायेगी की छबि

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सलमान अहमद

मुख्तलिफ लोगों ने अपने हिसाब से भारतीय मुसलमानों की मुख्तलिफ छबियां बनाई हैं।

इनमें से ज्यादातर छवियां मीडिया द्वारा प्रचारित-प्रसारित हैं। उदाहरण के तौर पर भारत के जाने-माने अंग्रेजी लेखक खुशवंत सिंह के मत में एक सामान्य मुसलमान वह है जिसके 8-10 बच्चे होते हैं, वह बनियान-लुंगी पहन कर गली-मुहल्ले के नुक्कड़ पर पान की पीक थूकता नजर आएगा। एक अन्य लेखिका तवलीन सिंह के विचार में एक सामान्य मुसलमान रूढ़िवादी होता है।

अमेरिका और कुछ बड़े मीडिया घरानों की मुसलमानों के बारे में यह धारणा है कि वे सभी बिन लादेन, बाबर, मुल्ला उमर, मौलाना मसूद अजहर और इनके द्वारा प्रचारित आतंकवाद की हिमायत करने वाले हैं। संघ परिवार के लोग तो मुसलमानों की तुलना गद्दारों से करते हैं और उन्हें देशभक्त नहीं मानते।

मीडिया का ही एक हिस्सा एक आम मुसलमान के बारे में ऐसा मानता है कि वह भोजन में नमक अधिक होने पर, पत्नी के साड़ी पहन लेने पर, किसी बात पर जरा सा गुस्सा आने पर उसे तुरंत प्रताड़ित कर तलाक दे देता है। वह परिवार नियोजन में विश्वास नहीं रखता, घेटो (एक अलग-थलग बस्ती) में रहने वाले लोगों जैसी मानसिकता रखता है, आधुनिक शिक्षा से दूर रहता है, वंदे मातरम् का विरोध करता है, बाबरी मस्जिद के पुनर्निर्माण, सलमान रश्दी, तस्लीमा नसरीन के चक्रव्यूह में फंसा रहता है। मुसलमानों की एक और छवि यह बनाई गई है कि वे अपनी अंधेरी, बदबूदार, जर्जर बस्तियों में रहना पसंद करते हैं। उनके बच्चे गलियों की कीचड़-मिट्टी में लोटते रहते हैं और गुल्ली-डंडा या प्लास्टिक की गेंद से क्रिकेट खेलते रहते हैं। मुसलमानों के बारे में मीडिया की बनाई गई छवियों में से एक छवि यह है कि वे अपनी औरतों और बच्चियों को आधुनिक तो क्या, प्राचीन शिक्षा भी देना पसंद नहीं करते है। वे औरतों को अपने समाज में कोई हक नहीं देते, जिससे मुस्लिम महिलाएं लाचारी का जीवन बिताती हैं। मुस्लिम पुरुष जब चाहते हैं, तब शादी कर लेते हैं और जब चाहते हैं तलाक भी दे देते हैं और यह नहीं सोचते कि तलाक देने से उस औरत का क्या होगा।

इसके अलावा मुसलमानों की एक और छवि यह है कि वे तालिबान, अरब देशों जैसे फलस्तीन, सऊदी अरब, संयुक्त अरब अमीरात आदि के गुणगान में लगे रहते हैं, जबकि इन देशों को भारतीय मुसलमानों से कोई लेना-देना नहीं। आम मुसलमानों के बारे में एक छवि भारत के विभिन्न राजनीतिक दलों द्वारा बनाई गई है। इनके अनुसार सभी मुसलमान अल्पसंख्यकवादी हैं और वे चुनाव में मुस्लिम प्रत्याशी को ही वोट देते हैं। यह भी माना जाता है कि मुसलमान धर्म के आधार पर मतदान करते हैं ।

सचाई यह है कि इन सभी छवियों में से मुसलमान की एक भी छवि नहीं है। मुसलमान की बस एक ही छवि है कि वह टूट कर इस्लाम को चाहने वाला होता है, अपने रसूल से बेपनाह मुहब्बत करता है और अपने धर्म, रसूल पर किसी भी समय मर-मिटने के लिए तैयार रहता है। पर एक सही बात यह भी है कि इन बनी-बनाई छवियों के आधार पर भारत में बसे मुसलमानों का आकलन नहीं हो सकता।

जब देश का विभाजन हो रहा था तो उस समय भारत के बहुलतावादी समाज के समर्थक स्वतंत्रता सेनानी मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद ने जामा मस्जिद की सीढ़ियों से एक ऐसा भाषण दिया था कि पाकिस्तान जाने वाले अनेक लोगों ने अपने बिस्तरबंद खोल दिए थे और मौलाना के इस शेर पर लब्बैक कहा था 'जो चला गया उसे भूल जा, हिंद को अपनी जन्नत बना।'

पर यहां रुक जाने और इस वतन को अपना मानने के बावजूद भारतीय मुसलमान को शक की नजर से क्यों देखा जाता रहा है? इसका जवाब किसी के पास नहीं है

मुसलिम नेताओं और मुल्क की खतरनाक राजनीती के कारण भी आज मुसलमान इतने पिछड़े हुए हैं। अगर मुस्लिम नेता ईमानदारी से अपने समुदाय के नेतृत्व की बागडोर संभालते तो आज मुसलमानों की तुलना समाज के सबसे पिछड़े वर्गों से नहीं होती। एक तो अपने नेताओं की उपेक्षा और दोसरी तरफ मुस्लिम मुखालिफ वातावरण, इन दोनों वजहों से भारतीय मुसलमानों में खीझ बढ़ती गई और वे मुख्य धारा से दूर खिंचते चले गए। इन सारी वजहों के नतीजे में आज भारत का मुसलमान बिखरा-बिखरा सा नजर आता है।

भारतीय मुसलमानों को एक सामान्य मनुष्य व देश के अन्य नागरिकों के समान अधिकारों की मांग और जिम्मेदारियों की पहचान करनी होगी। साथ ही दूसरे धर्मों-समुदायों के लोगों के साथ समानता पर आधारित तालमेल बिठाने की गुंजाइश पैदा करनी होगी, वरना बहुत देर हो जाएगी ।

भारत जिस तेज़ी से आगे बढ़ रहा है और तरक्की कर रहा है उस तरक्की का भाग्यादर बन्ने की लिए भारतीय मुसलमानों को अब जागना होगा, किसी दोसरे पर भरोसा करने के बजाये अपने आप पर भरोसा करना होगा, दोसरे से मदद की उम्मीद छोड़ कर अपनी मदद आप करनी होगी, इस लिये के दुनिया की तारिख में वही कौमें कामियाब होती हैं जो अपनी मदद आप करना जानती हैं। 

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आईआईटी रुड़की में लड़कियों की इज्ज़तें नीलाम, परदे के खेलाफ़ चिल्लाने वाला मीडिया कियों है खामोश?

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सलमान अहमद

कहते हैं सिक्षा जानवरों को भी अक़लमंद और समझदार बनादेती है लेकिन आज हालत ये होगई है के हमारे मुल्क की कुछ जनि मणि सिक्षा की संथाएं इंसानों को बेशर्म जानवर बनाने का काम कर रही हैं । और सबसे जियादा अफ़सोस की बात ये हैं के बुर्के और परदे के खेलाफ़ आसमान को सर पे उठा लेने वाला मीडिया बिलकुल खामूश है।

आईआईटी रुड़की में एक लिपिस्टिक लगाने के आयोजन ने हमारी संस्कृति को शर्मसार कर दिया है। आईआईटी रुड़की जैसे प्रतिष्ठित संस्थान में सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम थॉम्सो-10 के दौरान की गई हरकत शर्मनाक ही कही जाएगी। इससे संस्थान की प्रतिष्ठा को तो ठेस पहुंची ही, छात्र-छात्राओं के बीच गरिमापूर्ण संबंधों की अपेक्षा को भी धक्का पहंुचा है। लिपिस्टिक लगाने के नाम पर की गई हरकतें अश्लीलता की हदें पार कर गई। ऐसे कार्यक्रमों पर लोगों की तीखी प्रतिक्रिया होनी स्वाभाविक ही है। रुड़की संस्थान प्रशासन अब आयोजकों को जिस तरह बचाने की कोशिशों में जुटा है, इससे उनके स्तर पर बरती गई लापरवाही साफ तौर पर नजर आ रही है। इसे इनफार्मल प्रोग्राम की श्रेणी में रखकर आईआईटी प्रशासन अपनी जवाबदेही से नहीं बच सकता। ऐसे मामले में सख्ती बरतने की जरूरत है ताकि भविष्य में इस सबकी पुनरावृत्ति नहीं हो सके। इतना ही नहीं इससे दूसरे शिक्षण संस्थानों को भी सबक लेने की जरूरत है। उच्चकोटि की शिक्षण संस्थाओं पर सिर्फ विद्यार्थियों के कैरियर संवारने की जिम्मेदारी ही नहीं है, बल्कि उन्हें सभ्य और एक जिम्मेदार नागरिक बनाने की सीख देना भी उन्हीं की जिम्मेदारी है। इस तरह की शिक्षा उच्च स्तर पर भी दी जानी चाहिए। इसमें लापरवाही सांस्कृतिक संकट को तो जन्म देगी ही, अभिभावकों के बीच अविश्र्वास को भी गहरा करेगी। इस सबको कतई उचित नहीं ठहराया जा सकता, इसलिए संस्थान को इस बारे में आगे से सचेत रहने की जरूरत है। अभी यह कार्य सांस्कृतिक गतिविधि के हिस्से के रूप में हुआ। आगे चलकर यह रैगिंग अथवा फ्रेशर्स पार्टी का हिस्सा नहीं बने इस पर संस्थान को गंभीरता से मंथन करने की जरूरत है। लिहाजा इस मसले पर सिर्फ लीपापोती नहीं, बल्कि सख्ती से अंकुश लगाने की जरूरत है, वरना वोह दिन दूर नहीं जब सिक्षा के नाम पर लड़कियों की इज्ज़तों की नीलामी एक आम बात बन जाएगी और बड़ी संथाओं में पढने वाली शायेद ही कोई लड़की अपनी आब्रो बचा पायेगी।

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Three Important Questions Indian Muslims should ponder

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By Dr. Wasim Ahmad

A gentleman has asked three important questions. My humble submissions are as follows:

1. Does our responsibility end at imparting education till XII? I was of the opinion that we must have a plan for creating quality technical institutions so that a student who does not want to join IIT/IIM doesn’t feel choiceless.

Our responsibility does not end at imparting education till grade XII. There are some basic misconceptions among Muslims which have been created over many generations. For instance, the division of knowledge as ‘secular’ and ‘religious’. According to Qur’an there are three sources of knowledge; i) man himself, ii) the universe and iii) the history. If we look at these three sources of knowledge we will find out that no branch of knowledge is left out. Similarly, the strict (and unjustified) division that exists between dunyaa and deen needs to be dispelled. Obviously, it will take a very long time.

Yes, we should establish more educational institutions with very clear objectives in view. However, Muslims should join the existing mainstream institutions by all means. We have to shun our exclusivist and isolationist mindset which sometimes seems to be nothing but escapism as joining the mainstream institutions requires harder work. Muslim students should aim at joining the mainstream institutions. We should learn to live with the followers of other faiths. I have noticed that if the children go to exclusive environments they are not quite comfortable when they are faced with the larger society. We should not allow this situation.

2. I feel that IIT/IIM/Harvard are not the standards for education because our religious values do not allow us to become obsessive with anything. I have seen my friends and relatives who pursued education from the top rated institutions. They look obsessed. Am I right in my analysis or is it a wrong generalisation?

We have to aim at making this world a better place to live in – as a means of earning the good pleasure of Allah and hence Paradise. As Muslims we believe that it is possible only with the ideals of Islam. Because Islam combines the body and soul or spirit and matter seamlessly – the middlemost path. Because we are supposed to carry out the commands of Allah on this earth – in all the aspects of the worldly life. The qualification for that is knowledge – the indivisible knowledge. All those institutions which could give us that knowledge are most desirable. But because we and those institutions don’t have the complete picture we fall short of the ideal. On the top of that there are many misconceptions. It only means that ours is a long struggle – mainly of the mind-set and the approach. There is no problem outside. The problem is only in our way of looking at things. It is only in our thought patterns.

3. Can you guide me on how can I help the students make a better career preserving their deen after XIIth or Graduation?

Correctly understood, deen should motivate the Believers to master all the sciences of the world without separating dunyaa from deen. Deen can preserve us in a far better way than we think we can preserve it. We have to change our discourse and the way of looking at things. I have always wondered why we were told in the madrasah that we have to teach the world while actually we should first learn a lot from it. For each one of us the field of action – first and foremost – is the individual himself i.e. we ourselves. The field of action is not farther away. It is within us. We need to rethink all the information that we have gathered so far and revisit all the notions that we have grown up with. This is the only way to remove the misconceptions of others. We cannot remove the misconceptions of others without first removing our own.

We want to preserve our deen because we think that it is somehow threatened. Why is it threatened? It is threatened because its ideals have not been explained to us in a scientific and rational manner. Being born as Muslims, however, we want to preserve it despite thinking in the dark corners of our minds that it is weak. It is not weak. Our institutions are weak. We are weak. Islam is the name of beautiful universal principles. Principles are never weak. Ideals are never threatened. Objective truth is never weak or threatened. Muslims may be weak. Islam isn’t.

However, for the twin purposes of ‘preserving’ their deen and having a better career please inculcate among the students a rational and scientific approach. Ask them to critically think about all that you say to them and question it, too. Let them not accept anything without first evaluating and assessing it to the maximum extent that they can. Please ask them to ask you the connection between your two lectures – no matter how remote in time those two lectures may be.

Please ask them to start looking for the connection and a link between things and ideas. They need to develop the whole picture. Please tell them that you are not their teacher. You are merely a facilitator. Please tell them that you are their friend. Because you have accepted them as they are and you don’t want them to become like you. Please ask them never to “graduate”. Please tell them to teach you (by asking questions) because you are teaching, too. Please tell them that the classroom is not a classroom. It is a kitchen. And you all need to cook the choicest dishes together.

[Dr. Wasim Ahmad is Department Head of Islamic Studies, Preston University, Ajman, UAE. He can be contacted at malikwasimahmad@gmail.com or +971505363235]

कश्मीर पर सियासत करने वाले पाकिस्तान के नाम, हिन्दुस्तानी मुसलमान का पैग़ाम

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सलमान अहमद

वतने पाक के बाज़र्फ़ सियासतदानों
कौम ओ मिल्लत के तरफ दार हसीं चारा गरो

ज़ुल्म कश्मीर के मजलूमों पे जब होता है
इन का ग़म देख कर तुम लोगों का दिल रोता है?

तुम ने इन लोगों की बेलोस हिमायत की है?
इन की उजड़ी हुई नस्लों से मुहब्बत की है?

ये इनायत ये करम क्यों है ज़रा ये भी कहो?
तुम को इन लोगों का ग़म क्यों है ज़रा ये भी कहो?

क्या इन्हें देख के तुम वाकई रंजीदा हो?
इन की खुशियों के लिए वाकई संजीदा हो?

तुम जो हो कौम के हमदर्द तो आगे आओ ?
एक मुद्दत की जो उलझन है उसे सुलझाओ?

आँख इस पार उठाना ही जवान मरदी है?
तुम को सरहद के इधर वालों से हमदर्दी है?

किया उधर साहिबे ईमान नहीं रहते हैं?
क्या कराची में मुस्लमान नहीं रहते हैं ?

तुम ने कश्मीर के जलते हुए घर देखे हैं
और बच्चों के भी कटते हुए सर देखे हैं

ज़ुल्म कश्मीर या गुजरात में जो होता है
ये तो अपने नहीं ग़ैरों का सितम होता है

लेकिन जब भाई ही भाई का लहो पिता है
दर्द ग़ैरों के मुकाबिल में बहुत होता है

अपने घर का तुम्हें माहोल दिखाई न दिया?
अपने कूचे का तुम्हें शोर सुनाइ न दिया?

अपनी बस्ती की तबाही नहीं देखि तुम ने ?
उन फिजाओं की सियाही नहीं देखि तुमने ?

मस्जिदों में भी जहाँ कतल किया जाता है
भाइयों का भी जहाँ खून किया जाता है

लूट लेता है जहा भाई बहन की इस्मत
और पामाल जहाँ होती है मां की अज़मत

एक मुद्दत से मुसाफिर का लहू बहता है
अब भी सड़कों पे मुहाजिर का लहू बहता है

मारे जाते हैं वहां जो मेरे अजदाद हैं वो
मादरे हिंद की बिछड़ी हुई औलाद हैं वो

मारते हो जिसे तुम वोह तो मुस्लमान ही हैं
वोह तुम्हारी ही तरह साहिबे ईमान ही हैं

कौन कहता है मुसलमानों के ग़म ख्वार हो तुम?
दुश्मने अमन हो इस्लाम के ग़द्दार हो तुम

तुम को कश्मीर के मजलूमों से हमदर्दी नहीं
किसी बेवा किसी मासूम से हमदर्दी नहीं

तुम में हमदर्दी का जज्बा जो ज़रा सा होता
तेरे हाथों से मुसलमानों का खों ना बहता

और कराची में कोई जिस्म न ज़ख्मीं होता
खौफ के साये में हर शख्स ना ऐसे सोता

लाश की ढेर पे बुनियादे हुकूमत न रखो
अब भी है वक़त के ना पाक इरादों से बचो

मशवरा यह है के पहले वहीँ इमदाद करो
और कराची की गली कूचों को आबाद करो

जब वहां प्यार के सूरज का उजाला हो जाए
और हर शख्स तुम्हें चाहने वाला हो जाए

फिर किसी की भी तरफ चश्मे इनायत करना
फिर तुम्हें हक है किसी की भी हिमायत करना

और गर अपने यहाँ तुम ने सितम कम ना किया
अपनी धरती पे जो खुर्शीद को शबनम ना किया

तो कभी चैन से तुम भी नहीं रह पाओगे
अपनी भड़काई हुई आग में जल जाओगे

मस-अला कश्मीर का तो आज ना कल हल होगा
लेकिन तेरा ना कहीं उसमें कुछ दखल होगा

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Indian Media’s selective amnesia: Underreported Facts of ‘Azaadi’ Meeting at New Delhi

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The way in which the mainstream Indian media has been reporting facts and events, particularly regarding Indian Muslims, Dalits and other disadvantage groups, clearly shows that it is constantly suffering from selective amnesia. Or else, what would one say? A case in point is the recent seminar on Kasmir Issue. The way in which brouhaha has been raised against Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy for their statements made during a seminar on Kashmir issue ‘Aazadi: The Only Way’ on October 21, 2010 at New Delhi, and charges of sedition slapped against Arundhati Roy, has nevertheless brought into question the ugly role played by the mainstream media.

In the course of several of his remarks, Syed Ali Shah Geelani also said that “He wants to see a strong and resurgent India”. This important statement coming straight from the horse’s mouth was simply brushed under the carpet. It is a well known fact that Syed Ali Shah Geelani is a hardline separatist leader who has always been clamouring that Indian-administered Kashmir should either go with Pakistan or it be made free. All along the Kashmir freedom struggle Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been shown as an ugly face of the movement. However, when the same Syed Ali Shah Geelani has a change of heart and speaks in favour of “a strong and resurgent India” in the twilight of his life, the mainstream media chooses to completely ignore this and not report it at all.

After all, what does this show? To me it simply means that it is the mainstream media who actually wants the separation of Kashmir from India, instead of the hapless Kashmiris themselves. Not only this, there is a prominent TV news channel who prefers to call Maoists as Terrorists. And, it is the same channel when it doesn’t get its share in the CWG 2010 pie chooses to portray itself as holier than thou and exposes the massive corruption by Kalmadi & Co in the Commonwealth Games. Almost all the major media houses are being run by business houses, and media ethics these days are being solely governed by business interests as dictated by these business houses. For the mainstream media, national interest is seldom dear to them. All that matters are the TRPs and revenue earnings.

The time has come now that the mainstream media should shirk its bad habit of having a selective amnesia, particularly when Indian Muslims, Dalits and other disadvantaged sections are concerned. The media cries hoarse only when Shiv Saininks beat them black and blue because of their misdemeanours. It is only after a sound thrashing that they see an assault on “Freedom of the Press and Free Speech”. If the mainstream media continues with such bad practices, doesn’t show accountability, then the day will not be too far when mediapersons are bound to face the wrath of other sections of the Indian society as well.

I am presenting the ‘Unreported and Underreported Facts’ by the mainstream media of ‘Azaadi’ Meeting at New Delhi, written by a Chennai-based journalist, Syed Ali Mujtaba Syed.

Danish Ahmad Khan
Executive Editor


Underreported Facts of ‘Azaadi’ Meeting at New Delhi

By Syed Ali Mujtaba Syed

Even as the chorus to book the Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy on sedition charges, for their statements made at the meeting held in New Delhi on October, 21, 2010, is gaining currency, there are some underreported facts about the meeting that needs to be put into circulation so that the popularly held views of it do not become a gospel of truth.

One of the speakers, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, who was present at the meeting, titled ‘Azadi: The Only Way,’ on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, gives a blow by blow account of the meeting that has not been reported in the so the called mainstream Indian media.

Sengupta writes that Syed Ali Shah Geelani said, “He wants to see a strong and resurgent India. I heard him say this. And was this reported by anyone? NO. Was it reported that he was cheered when he said this? NO”

Was it reported, when Geelani said, “He personally stands guarantee for the safety and security of all minorities, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Christians and others in a future free Kashmir. He implored the Pandits to return to Kashmir, and said that they are an integral part of Kashmiri society.” NO.

Was it reported, “when he spoke of the need for ensuring that a free Kashmir was a just Kashmir, and that justice meant that the freedom, safety and security of all minorities, of their property, their places of worship, and their freedom of conscience be given the utmost importance.” NO.

Was it reported, “when Geelani reminded the assembled people that throughout these turbulent months, the people of Kashmir have continued to be hospitable to Hindu pilgrims, have set up ‘Langars’ (Kitchens) for them, and have cared for them when they have fallen sick, despite being at the receiving end of the violence of the Indian state. NO.

Was it reported that Geelani said, “the people of India and Kashmir are tied together by the bonds of insaaniyat (humanity), when he quoted Gandhi, or spoke of the necessity of conducting a non-violent struggle that was devoid of hatred, or even when he said that he wished to see India rise as a great power in the world, but as a power that felt no need to oppress others.” NO.

Was it reported that Geelani said; “he is not against dialogue, provided that the five point formula put forward by him is being considered. 1. Acceptance of the disputed nature of the territory of Jammu and Kashmir; 2. Repeal of AFSPA and other black laws; 3. Release of political detenues and prisoners; 4. Withdrawal of the disproportionate presence of the armed forces; and 5. Punishment to those guilty of taking life in the past few months. He requested the government of India to think ‘outside’ the framework of the Indian Constitution and accept them as the basis of the dialogue? NO.

“Geelani said, all that they are asking for is the right to self determination, promised by India, before the United Nations, to be freely enacted through a plebiscite, in conditions of peace and liberty, without the presence of armed force, for the inhabitants of every part of the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir – regardless of whether the results of that plebiscite are in favour of India, Pakistan or an independent, united, Jammu and Kashmir that can live in peace with all its neighbors in South Asia,” writes Sengupta.

Reporting about writer Arundhati Roy, Sengupta says, ‘I recall that the author, while endorsing the demand of ‘Azaadi’ for Kashmir, reminded the audience of the need for the people of Kashmir not to be selective about justice and injustice, that they must find methods to forge webs of solidarity with all the suffering and oppressed peoples of India. She unambiguously spoke about the fact that she considered the situation of Kashmiri Pandits to be a tragedy, writes Sengupta.
These statements were wholeheartedly and sincerely applauded, by the majority of people present in the auditorium, regardless of whether or not they were Kashmiri, writes Sengupta.

He adds, these statements should have been the big news considering the fact for its gentleness, for its consideration, for its moderation, even for its liberality and open heartedness. However, this has not happened and what is reported is in public domain.

Writing about the reportedly charged atmosphere of the meeting, Sengupta says, “The atmosphere, for the several hours that I was present, was absolutely electric. The vast majority of the audience was warm and appreciative of all the speakers. They were patient and respectful and despite grave provocation from a section that repeatedly tried to interrupt the meeting and heckle speakers, and on one occasion even tried to throw an object at the dais, did not stoop to be provoked by these pathetic attempts at disruption of a peaceful gathering.”

“No provocative, sectarian or hateful slogans were raised by the majority of the people present. The only provocative posturing that I witnessed was undertaken by a section of the crowd, who was not stopped from having their say, but was requested simply not to disrupt the proceedings.”

“When their behavior crossed the limits of public decency, they were escorted out of the premises by representatives of the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police, to their credit, did not act against the majority of the audience, simply because the majority of the audience conducted themselves in a completely civil and democratic manner.”

Sengupta writes, “The meeting was a historic opportunity for the Indian mainstream media to report and take cognizance of the fact that there is a section of Indian public opinion that is actually in favor of ‘Azaadi’ in Kashmir.”

He qualifies his statement saying, “I am not suggesting that this section constitutes an overwhelming majority at present (that might change) but, that it does exist, and that it presents, cogent, precise arguments, that cannot be dismissed.”

Shuddhabrata Sengupta is a media practitioner, filmmaker and writer with the Raqs Media Collective. He can be reached at shuddha@sarai.net. His "Azadi: The Only Way – Report from a Turbulent Few Hours in Delhi" can be accessed Here.

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

FATWA for Muslims from Saudi Arabia

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We are posting a FATWA pronounced by Saudi Council of Muftis given unanimously advising Muslims worldwide not to subscribe mobile ring tones containing QURAN AAYAT. The FATWA says: "Ring tones on QURAN AAYAT are HARAAM (forbidden) because the AAYAT are NOT COMPLETE when we pick the phone and meanings of AAYAT changes when they are not complete. QURAN is for HIDAYAT (Guidance) and not for ring tones. Please inform others". This FATWA has been sent by one Afroz Alam [Email: alama01@marafiq.com.sa] on October 30, 2010. My attempt to post this FATWA is to provide a glimpse of what is happening in the Muslim world.

Danish Ahmad Khan
Executive Editor

IUML becomes third biggest party in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: With an excellent performance in the Kerala local body polls, Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Saturday (October 30, 2010) edged out the Communist Party of India (CPI) to become the third biggest party in the state. "We have proved that we are a truly secular party by winning seats across the state.
The CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) has time and again been levelling baseless allegations and even questioning our secular nature," said senior IUML leader PK Kunhalikutty.

"On one hand, they blame us for being communal but in the recent polls it became quite clear that it was the CPI-M who joined hands with parties like PDP, SDPI (formerly Popular Front of India) and Jamaat-i-Islami," he said.

IUML won 1,443 seats in the village panchayats, 190 at the block level, 32 at the district level, 234 in the municipalities and five in the four corporations and their tally is all set to increase as counting in one of their strongholds - Kozhikode district - is to be taken up on Sunday.

The CPI, which was earlier at the third position, has got only 979 seats in the village panchayats.

"Our presence now spans across the state and we are a dominant force all over. We have hugely improved our position in districts like Wayanad, Palakkad, Trissur and Ernakulam. The only place we did not do as expected was here (Thiruvananthapuram)," said Kunhalikutty.

"This election also proved that the minority community does not see the CPI-M as their saviour as always claimed by them," said Kunhalikutty.

(Courtesy: IANS, October 30, 2010)

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