India-Pakistan and the futility of wars

Gurmehar KaurWhen Gurmehar Kaur said her father was killed not by Pakistanis but by war, she was implicating a bigger organised industry as responsible for the mayhem. To have such a perspective, demands quite a bit of understanding of world politics and arms manufacturing industry.

A friend of mine, who has knowledge on arms and ammunition, had once told me that each kalashnikov bullet costs four dollars. This he told me a decade before. The prices might have gone up now. Even if we ignore the cost of the guns, the cost of the bullets that are being used from training and drills to war and combing up operations alone cost thousands of dollars a day. Remember, bullets are the most cheapest ammunition available! Missiles, fighter jets, radars and other military hardware costs a lot more. There are several credible books available on how wars benefit companies. Continue reading “India-Pakistan and the futility of wars”

इत्तेहाद का नया दूत: प्रो. (डॉ.) तलत अहमद

Talat Ahmad (left), Tanweer Alam (right)
Talat Ahmad (left), Tanweer Alam (right)

नई दिल्ली. हाल ही में मुम्बई में सर सय्यद डे मनाया गया और इसके साथ ही अलिग बिरदारी का 5 साल पुराना बिखराव एकजुटता में बदल गया। ऐसा नहीं था की इन पांच सालों के दौरान मुम्बई के सभी ग्रुप को एकसाथ लाने की कोशिश नहीं हुई या हो रही थी लेकिन कामयाबी हर बार हाथ से फिसल जाया करती थी। मुम्बई में इसबार भी 2 सर सय्यद डे का आयोजन तय था लेकिन ऐन वक़्त पर ‘इत्तेहाद का सफ़ीर’ बन कर खड़े हो गए सीनियर अलिग, भारत के विख्यात भूगर्भ वैज्ञानिक, कश्मीर विश्वविदयालय के पूर्व और जामिया मिल्लिया इस्लामिया दिल्ली के वर्तमान कुलपति प्रो.(डॉ.) तलत अहमद साहेब। मुम्बई में मुख्य अतिथि के तौर पर तलत अहमद साहेब का प्रोग्राम तय होने के बाद मुझसे बातचीत के दौरान उन्होंने अपना मुम्बई का प्रोग्रम बताया। मेरे लिए ये बहुत दुविधा की बात थी क्योंकि दूसरी जगह प्रोग्राम का आयोजन करने वाले मेरे ही साथी थे। जब तलत साहेब ने मुझसे कहा की तुम आओगे न तो मैंने कहा मैं कैसे आ सकूँगा? मैंने कहा एक ही दिन, एक ही समय पर एक ही शहर में 2 स्थानों पर प्रोग्राम है, मैं दूसरे प्रोग्राम के आयोजको में से हूँ। मैंने अपनी विवशता बताई। तलत साहेब ने उस समय कहा ‘विश्व, देश, समाज और अलिग बिरादरी को इत्तेहाद की ज़रुरत है। क्या तुम इसके दूत नहीं बनोगे ? और अगर तुम नहीं बनोगे तो कौन बनेगा ? क्या हम किसी और के आने का इंतज़ार करते रहेंगे और नस्ल-दर-नस्ल बंटकर अपनी क्षमता को नकारात्मक कार्यों में छिन-भिन्न करते रहेंगे। मेरा एक बड़े भाई, सीनियर होने के नाते तुम पर अधिकार है की ये ज़िम्मेदारी दूँ, तुमको कहूँ की मुम्बई का इत्तेहाद करना, कराना तुम्हारा और तुम्हारे साथियों की ज़िम्मेदारी है। सर सय्यद डे मुम्बई में एक ही होना चाहिए तनवीर, कैसे, तुम जानो।’ Continue reading “इत्तेहाद का नया दूत: प्रो. (डॉ.) तलत अहमद”

AMU condoles demise of Farzand Ahmad

Farzand AhmadALIGARH. The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief on the sad demise of noted journalist Farzan Ahmad. Ahmad breathed his last in Lucknow on the second of October after prolonged illness.

Lt. Gen. Shah said that Ahmad, who also served as State Information Commissioner, Bihar and Adviser to Department of Vocational Education, Uttar Pradesh Government, created a niche for himself in the field of journalism through his hard work and determination. He said that Mr. Ahmad’s death had left a huge void in the media world, which would be difficult to fill. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and solace to the bereaved family. Continue reading “AMU condoles demise of Farzand Ahmad”

Indian Media has a Responsibility

This is a recent debate on Zakir Naik on NDTV, a supposedly balanced news channel. While it’s ok to question his ideology but to let Tarek Fatah join the discussion will only mislead the common public. Tarek puts India in the same league as Pakistan with his emotional outbursts.

Indian media needs to be careful when it invites people like him. He may comes across as a liberal but is a confrontationist.

मीम-भीम गठबंधन: भारतीय राजनीति नए तजुर्बे की तैयारी में।

bsp-aimimअसदउद्दीन ओवैसी की पार्टी AIMIM का उत्तर प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव 2017 मायावती की पार्टी बसपा के साथ गठबंधन कर लड़ने के नाम भर से समाजवादी पार्टी के मुस्लिम नेताओं के पसीने छुटने लगे हैं। सपा वरिष्ट नेता आज़म खान साहेब का प्रधानमन्त्री नरेंद्र मोदी पर कल का बयान इसी बौखलाहट का ‘सपा-बीजेपी’ ‘आंतरिक गठबंधन’ का हिस्सा हो सकता है।

भले बिहार में ‘मजलिस’ कुछ खास नहीं कर पायी हो और बिहार चुनाव लड़ने से मुस्लिम बुद्धिजीवी वर्ग का कुछ हिस्सा ‘मजलिस’ पर थोड़ी देर के लिए ‘बीजेपी’ के साथ ‘सांठगाठ’ का आरोप मढें हों पर सचाई ये भी है अगर मजलिस ने 24 सीटों पर लड़ने का एलान नहीं किया होता तो महागठबंधन मुसलमानो को ’33’ सीट किसी हाल में नहीं देती।उदहारण बिहार विधानसभा के तुरंत पहले हुए एमएलसी का चुनाव था जब लालू यादव की पार्टी राजद ने 12 सीटों के अपने हिस्से में से एक सीट भी मुसलमान को नहीं दिया था और 8 सीटें यादवों को दे दीं थीं। जदयू ने भी बड़े भाई के पदचिन्हों पर चलते हुए अपने 12 सीटों में से सिर्फ एक सीटिंग सीट मुस्लिम उम्मीदवार को दिया था।महागठबंधन, सपा, बसपा जैसी पार्टियां ही नहीं बल्कि ‘नौटंकी बादशाह’ अरविन्द केजरीवाल की नयी नवेली पार्टी भी बहुत अच्छी तरह से जानती है की बीजेपी को हराना है तो मुसलमानो को झक मारकर इन तथाकथित ‘धरनिर्पेक्ष’ पार्टियों को वोट देना होगा। Continue reading “मीम-भीम गठबंधन: भारतीय राजनीति नए तजुर्बे की तैयारी में।”

I am an Indian and I am a Muslim

From being addressed as a traitor, to a Pakistani, and of course the usual ‘terrorist’ tag, thanks to the hatred some of my countrymen have against Muslims; I bear it all each day. Twitter, day in and day out is filled with hate messages from the hardliners who demand a certification of patriotism from me, just because I am a Muslim. Feels sad. But then, that is what it is! Just a mere ‘feeling’. I pull up my socks again and get out there on the virtual battlefield to fight my Indianess. I really do not need to do so but I still choose to do it.

It amuses me that individuals with no claim to fame of contributing anything for India indulge in dirty name callings when I raise my voice against intolerance. The usual is, people like these need to be sent to Pakistan. Hell, no! Why should anyone have the right to decide on my choice of country? Why should anyone have the right to question my belongingness to India? And most importantly, why should anyone have the right to dictate terms to me! Continue reading “I am an Indian and I am a Muslim”

Minority Status for AMU – Why it is necessary?

Victoria Gate, AMU

The recent affidavit filed by the Centre to Supreme Court regarding Minority status to AMU will be quite damaging in the final outcome of the case pertaining to it. Representing Government of India, the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench of Justices (J S Khehar, M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan), “It is the stand of the Union of India that AMU is not a minority university. As the executive government at the Centre, we can’t be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state.”

It’s important first of all to understand the meaning of Minority status. Article 30 of the Indian Constitution states that:

(1) All minorities whether based on religion or language shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

(2)The state shall not, in granting aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language.”  Continue reading “Minority Status for AMU – Why it is necessary?”

Indian Muslims’ Growth Rate Drops Sharply

Muslims at Jama Masjid, New DelhiAmidst the usual interest and misrepresentation of facts related to Indian Muslims’ population, the following figures tell a different story altogether.

As per the latest Census of India (2011) the Growth Rate of Indian Muslims have gone down sharply from 29.52% (2001 Census) to 24.60%. The areas with the highest literacy in India are the state Kerala (93.91%) and the Union Territory (UT) Lakshadweep (91.85%). It’s interesting to note that Kerala’s Muslims account for 26.56% of the total population, in Lakshadweep they are in absolute majority at 96.58%. Incidentally Kerala also has the Best Sex Ratio (1084 females per 1000 males). Continue reading “Indian Muslims’ Growth Rate Drops Sharply”

Kalam – The Legacy Lives On

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher”- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

WE all know Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as a great scientist and visionary, but today I am going to touch upon his role as a teacher. It is in this role that he transformed many lives and became a role model of millions.

Years back when he visited Jamia Millia Islamia, he took questions from the students. The first question was, “Which role do you prefer – the president or the scientist?” He promptly replied, “A teacher.” Continue reading “Kalam – The Legacy Lives On”

How AIMIM is Challenging the Traditional Turf

An AIMIM meetThe outcome of the recent assembly elections in Maharashtra is surely a sign of changing times. Against odds, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen won three seats. The result meant that Owaisi brothers have finally succeeded in expanding the party’s base outside its stronghold in Andhra Pradesh.

Fighting elections in the name of religion is nothing new in India, neither is the exploitation of a persecution complex in minorities. What’s new is the emergence of a Muslim led and governed party. It reflects the level of dissatisfaction of the Muslim minority with mainstream political parties.
Continue reading “How AIMIM is Challenging the Traditional Turf”