Category Archives: National Integration

Muslim freedom fighters from Meerut in 1857

List of Meerut soldiers in 1857

Names of the 85 soldiers who refused to accept cartridges and were subsequently court-martialed in 1857. (Pic Courtesy: Siddhartha Ghai)

Babri case: a golden chance for muslims

Babri Masjid prior to its destructionThe Supreme Court’s advice to settle Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi case outside the court is a golden opportunity for Muslims to demand their rights.

The SC’s advice is a clear indication that the highest court of the land is unlikely to decide on this case. That is why, it has suggested consultations between Hindus and Muslims and offered to arbitrate a settlement.

Two, the timing of the SC advice is also a clear indication that Modi Govt is not keen to build a Ram Temple by amending the Constitution despite the legislative muscle it has acquired after winning Uttar Pradesh.

Modi Government’s first choice would be to somehow bring Muslim community — by coercion or persuasion — to the table and negotiate a settlement.

Why the government would wants to consult Muslims?  Read the rest of this entry

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. Read the rest of this entry

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।’ Read the rest of this entry

Gurudwara comes up on Waqf land, Amroha leads by example

gurudwara amroha

Gurudwara, Thandi Sadak, Amroha – View from the road


THE picture shows the biggest Gurudwara under construction on Thandi Sadak in Amroha, UP. But it has a background that needs to be shared. The land on which the Gurudwara is coming up was a Waqf Noorul Hasan, Danishmandan, property once. After a prolonged case that dragged on for 10 years (1980-90), the dispute was amicably resolved between the Sikh and Muslim communities in 1990. The Shia community donated the space reserved for an Imambara to their Sikh brethren. The Sikh community returned the favour by donating 12 bigha of land nearby for the Imambada.

This is a shining example of how sensitive issues could still be handled in India. Read the rest of this entry

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! Read the rest of this entry

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.”  Read the rest of this entry

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.” Read the rest of this entry

A root problem needs a root answer

Girls outside a school in IndiaEducation comes in many forms when experience is your teacher. I recall the day when I was part of a delegation to some muscular regional satrap. There was only one point on our agenda: the extent, quality and depth of education among minorities, with a stress on how to do far more for the Muslim girl child. A worthy cause brought together a worthy lot: an assortment of editors, educationists, NGO heads, marginal do-gooders. We sat in the room adjacent to the satrap’s office with beatific smiles on our faces. After the compulsory wait, we entered his sanctum in a solemn file.
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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.
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