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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on a bail application of Wasim Akram Malik, the accused in the September 2011 high court blast that left 15 dead, and two other terror accused.

    A bench of Justices P.K. Bhasin and V.P. Vaish asked the agency to file the response by Jan 22, 2014 on the plea of Malik who also sought setting aside of the trial court order dismissing his bail application in September.

    The court also issued notice to the agency on two Indian Mujahideen suspects Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan's bail pleas and sought response by same date.

    On Sep 26, the trial court had dismissed Malik's bail plea.

    Advocate Mahmood Pracha, appearing for Malik, told the bench that his client has been falsely implicated in the case.

    The charge sheet in the case was filed on Oct 6, 2011 and thereafter the special NIA court framed charges against Malik for various offences including that of waging war against India.

    Maqbool and Khan are accused in Hyderabad twin blasts in 2012. Khan was also accused in Pune blasts in October of the same year.

    The two had claimed to have conducted recce of Begum Bazaar and Abids in Hyderabad on a motorcycle in July 2012 on the instructions of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal.


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    By IANS,

    Srinagar : Contending that Article 370 of the Constitution cannot be abrogated "without the Jammu and Kashmir constituent assembly's consent", People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Monday said it was "no Babri Masjid to be demolished by communal forces".

    Reacting to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement at a rally in Jammu Sunday that there should a debate on Article 370 to decide whether it was helping the people in the state or not, she said: "Article 370 connects Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India and if it is abrogated, the accession of the state with India will automatically become redundant".

    Talking to reporters here, Mehbooba Mufti said Modi is ill-informed about Article 370.

    "Article 370 connects Jammu and Kashmir with India and it can be abrogated only with the consent of the constituent assembly of Jammu and Kashmir."

    "Article 370 is not Babri Masjid which could be demolished by the communal forces," she said.


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    By TCN News,

    New Delhi:Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia has won the IEEE MGA Larry K Wilson Transnational Award for 2013. The selection was made by the MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the IEEE MGA Board during its 23 November 2013 meeting.

    She has been awarded for her “outstanding innovation and leadership in IEEE Member and student member development and engagement, global dissemination of the IEEE message, and collaboration across organizational units”.



    Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas

    The award also consists of a cash prize of US $ 1000 and a plaque.

    Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas is very active in Professional societies and she is currently the Board Member of the IEEE EAB (Educational Activities Board), was a member of the IEEE PSPB (Publications Services and Products Board) and the Vice Chair of MGA Board of IEEE. Dr. Mini has earlier won the Outstanding PES chapter chair award in 2012, MGA innovation award in 2008, Outstanding PES chapter engineer award in 2008, Outstanding Volunteer award in 2005 and outstanding Branch counselor award in 2002, to name a few of the recognitions from IEEE.

    Mini Shaji Thomas graduated from University of Kerala, completed her M. Tech from IIT Madras (both with gold medals) & PhD from IIT Delhi, India, all in Electrical Engineering. Presently Mini is the Central Public Information officer (CPIO) of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, JMI New Delhi. Mini was a faculty member at Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi (now DTU) and at the REC (now NIT, Calicut, Kerala) before joining Jamia.


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    By Saiyed Danish, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: Chandni Chowk, the medieval era mega market today is identified with the fragrance of spirituality, compositeness of cultures and mouth-watering delicacies. But in the hectic season of poll campaign the fragrances are replaced by the smell of burning crackers, marigold petals and, quite exclusively, biryanis.

    Mausam Ali, BSP candidate from Chandni chowk fighting against the sitting MLA Prahlad Singh Sawhney of Congress, Suman Kumar Gupta of BJP, Vikram Badhwar of AAP and Khurram Iqbal from JDU who is also a councillor from Jama Masjid.



    Among them, Mausam Ali is placing his own bet to grab his piece of cake from the walled city. He is depending on the magic of Behenji (BSP Supremo Mayawati) and also people’s love for biryani.

    While addressing a rally in Tilak Bazaar locality near Fatehpuri Mosque he humbly got up from his chair to give what could be called as one of the shortest speech given by a candidate and said, “You will have to bring BSP to number one position by voting on the option no. 2 in the ballot box,” he appealed to the crowd of about 150 local people a quarter of which were little kids having no knowledge of politics. They were there not for him but for the “good food” which was promised to them.

    “Please do not leave before having dinner,” as the candidate’s aid shouted from the podium, a young man mischievously asked him back, “first tell us what have you prepared for us.” The very next minute big oval serving plates of biryanis started coming from behind and the crowd ramped up pro-BSP slogans even louder. Among the attendees, poor and homeless people were also present who showed their happiness and sung praises of Mausam Ali.

    Later, while speaking to TCN in his office he said, “In the last election BSP had secured 16% of total votes polled in Delhi. In Mayawati’s tenure as UP Chief Minister there were no riots and 18 ministries were given to Nasimuddin Siddiqui alone. When the country became independent Muslims share was 38-40% but now our contribution is about 1% so we have to think which party thinks good for us,” he said.

    He also said that BSP is not siding with any Imam of any mosque for votes and BSP does not have any alliance with any cleric like Congress, AAP or BJP. “You see Mayawati does not believe in buying off people of faith for party’s gains. I have not taken to cheap politics,” he clarified.

    Mausam Ali is also against using Modi’s name and creating “fear among Muslims” to get their votes. “Modi showed that Gujarat was shining but reality is something else which we all know. Modi may be a big figure in Gujarat but in the country he is a no show. I am contesting on the issue of development and education and on behalf of Sarva Samaj as BSP believes,” he told.

    “In a recent rally in Ashok Vihar BSP supremo had said that poor will get free flats to live if BSP is voted to power,” he added.



    Putting aside all the speculation on whether AAP can make a dent in BSP’s SC votes he said that it is just AAP’s propaganda and nothing else as BSP’s vote shares are bound to increase.

    At a distance, a rally was being held by Imran Hussain who is contesting from Ballimaran on BSP ticket. “You vote me to power and I will work for you tirelessly as I have done as a councillor. The 500-800 strength of the locals in the rally was enough to make it hard not to think of Imran as an underdog. He asked for votes in the name of Mayawati and BSP’s secular record in UP.

    “You have seen the five year tenure of BSP and compare it with Congress’s treatment of Old Delhi or SP’s lip service to Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Even a child can find out the difference I’m indicating towards,” he shouted from the six foot high stage full of BSP supporters.


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    By Saiyed Danish, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: According to the political pundits, Aam Addmi party (AAP) is the most popular party among the youth in Delhi and may claim 50% votes of Muslims, Dalits and poor from the Congress party and about the same percentage of middle and upper class votes traditionally aligned with the BJP.

    Unperturbed by such speculations is Rashid Ilmi, brother of Shazia Ilmi, the AAP candidate from the R.K Puram legislative assembly seat. Rashid is hellbent on his claims of “unmasking the true face” of her sister and rival candidate.



    Rashid Ilmi

    Welcome to R.K.Puram which has become of the most interesting poll battleground due to the family feud of this brother-sister duo coming out in the open in the form of an electoral tussle. At one side we have the officially richest candidate of AAP and former star anchor of the erstwhile Star News and on the other hand is his own twitter savvy brother, who is contesting elections on AAP’s breakaway party Bhartiya Aam Aadmi Party (BAAP) who is no mood to relinquish his resolve to “reveal the true face” of her sister.

    As for Shazia Ilmi, there are several factors responsible for her meteoric rise in city’s politics after AAP finalised her as its candidate. For one she is a female elite Muslim face with the potential to have a middle-class voters’ appeal. Secondly, her forays into the slum clusters and JJ colonies of Delhi seem to be working in her favour of elevating her image to a pro poor one. But of all the people in the world, her brother vehemently warns that she is not the one she claims to be.

    “The objective behind my candidacy is to unmask her in the election. I want the voters to think that is their AAP really clean, who has been involved in domestic violence, property grabbing, asset concealing in nomination papers?” he comments.

    A mention of AAP and he calls its goals unrealistic. “You must have read the AAP manifesto. Most of the big promises they made are impossible to be fulfilled. They are saying that they will bring Jan Lokpal on December 29 but that is the subject of centre and not state,” he says.

    “You have seen the sting operation on AAP which exposed the reality behind their funding. Even Arvind Kejriwal has taken money upto Rs. 2 cr and if you talk of Shazia Ilmi, she emerges as the expert of making black money white. I do not know with what face AAP claims to be fighting against corruption,” he taunts.



    When he is asked on his plans to counter Shazia’s move in visiting the slums and meeting the poor as he is a new face and filed his nomination on November 16, he said, “Just waving flag from Anna’s stage and doing road show is not social activism. She talks of Jan Lokpal and human rights but there is no lokpal at her home. She inflicts atrocities on her mother and talks of human rights. She concealed her father’s assets while filing her nomination against which I have also knocked the court. She is so rich that she had to hide her real assets. What kind of social activism is this?” he asks.

    Talking about BAAP, Rashid Ilmi says, “It is a group which has been formed to address the real issue of Anna ji as AAP has betrayed his visions,” he points out. He also puts aside the allegations that BAAP is a party of those people who could not get a ticket from AAP. “Certainly not, they are here to expose the corruption within AAP and public support is with us.”


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    “So called secular politics reduces the concerns of Muslims to problems which are exclusively Muslims. So the entire thinking revolves around the question of security and identity, as if Muslims do not need water, as if they do not need electricity, as if they do not need education and health.”

    By M Reyaz, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: Almost all the opinion polls, have accepted that there is “AAP wave” and most are even speculating that they will emerge as king maker at least, even if they don’t get to form the government. Aam Aadmi Party's latest internal survey, however, says that they will win 38-50 seats, and thus will form the government with comfortable majority in the 70 members Delhi Assembly.

    But what does AAP has to offer to Muslim community besides symbolism. Besides stress on primary education, arbitrary of arrest of Muslim youths, funeral ground and Wakf boards – which you find in the manifestos of most political parties – there was hardly anything substantial in the AAP manifesto. What is their stand on the question of reservations for Muslims, anti-communal violence bill, etc?



    TCN spoke with Yogendra Yadav on his way back to home after a series of Jan sabhas on Sunday night.

    In his appearance, his habits and his speech Yogendra Yadav, leader and core strategist of the Aam Aadmi party, comes across more as a Jhola carrying social activist, rather than the general politician prototypes, we are used to. In Jan-sabhas you often hear him saying “verify and cross check, what I am saying, and if you find that I am lying then don’t vote for us. But if you find us right, not only vote for us, but also convince others to vote for AAP,” that leaves you wondering can politician be so honest as well?

    Professor Yogendra Yadav refuted the question that the manifesto does not adequately deals with the Muslim community. He says, “I am surprised you say so as the allegations on us has been that we have given too much stress on minorities.”

    He, however, clarified that AAP is “trying to move beyond two kinds of politics that dominate any discussion on the Muslim question towards a third kind of politics which moves beyond pseudo-nationalism and this completely bankrupt form of secularism which being practiced.”



    Minutes into conversation, and you start realizing that you are not talking a politician with little understanding, but with a political scientist, with years of experiences behind him.

    Yadav, who is a senior fellow at CSDS, equally targets the Hindutva “nationalistic” jingoism of BJP as much as the “the so called politics of secularism” of parties like the Congress, Samjwadi Party, RJD and others who reduce them to mere “vote banks”.

    He says, “On the one hand we have politics of so called nationalism which refuses to see any distinction, which refuses to acknowledge and recognise that different communities have specific concerns, problems, deprivations and disadvantages.”

    “That politics of nationalism wants to homogenise the country and see any acknowledgment of specific problems of a community as a deviation from and betrayal of nationalism,” says Yadav, a well-known Psephologist.



    Targeting parties that practice the “so called politics of secularism,” he says that their “politics largely keeps Muslim communities off stage and try to reduce the Muslim question to questions which are Muslim specific.”

    The political scientist in Yadav says, “So called secular politics reduces the concerns of Muslims to problems which are exclusively Muslims. So the entire thinking revolves around the question of security and identity, as if Muslims do not need water, as if they do not need electricity, as if they do not need education and health.”

    Yadvav clarifies that the Aam Aadmi party is trying to chart out an alternative form of politics, vis a vis Muslims. He says, “We want to practice the politics which lives up to the Constitutional ideals of secularism in true spirits and letter and that would mean addressing specific concerns of the Muslim community without appealing to the communal feeling.”



    Acknowledging the fact that Muslims are the largest and the most disadvantaged minority of our country, he adds, “They face a series of problems most of which are problems which they share with Indian citizens, but some of which are very specific to Muslim communities.”

    “They face problems of any disadvantaged Indian communities like Dalits, like others. These are problems of employment, problems of lack of development, problems of lack education, problems of lack of skill and lack of access to basic infrastructure, which is not something uniquely. This is something they share with most other disadvantaged communities of this country,” he elaborates.

    But also agrees on the "community specific problems". “There are some problems which are very specific to Muslims. One there is a question of identity. As a Muslim do you need to be consistently accountable and answerable for your nationalism, which is related to the question of suspicion that Muslim always feel surrounded by,” he underlines, adding, “There is a real issue of security and the discrimination they face from government agencies, from security forces,” which he admits, leads to alienation.

    Asked specifically on the question of reservation for Muslims, he said that the matter pertains to central government and his party has not seriously yet pondered on the subject. But in his personal capacity as a political scientist, he believes that “blanket reservation” for the whole community would be “counterproductive,” but acknowledging the fact that most Muslims come from OBC categories, he believes that those should be included as a sub-category.



    The AAP manifesto also talks about speedy trial of those youth arrested in the name of arbitrary terror. AAP promises to take actions against those police officers involved in fabrication of cases.

    When confronted that AAP is only contesting the Assembly elections at the moment and the manifesto can only be a tempting promise at best, since Delhi Police does not fall under its jurisdiction, Yogendra Yadav said that he is aware of the fact that the police does not come under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Government, but that cannot absolve them from their responsibilities. He said that the “government definitely has some say,” and they will make sure that innocents are not unjustly harassed.

    Asked to comment of the proposed anti-communal violence bill he said that while "the idea is noble", the bill incorporates whole lot of paraphernalia that he thinks was uncalled for.

    He, however, reiterated the fact that the government and different agencies need to take all steps required to see that the perpetrators of heinous crimes like communal riots are brought to justice and that the officers are held accountable for the acts of collusion or omissions in their discharge of duties.


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    By IANS,

    Aligarh : Irfan Habib, an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor, has created a stir by questioning the demand for the varsity's minority character.

    Speaking at an old boys' association meet called "Dialogues Initiative", held at the Kennedy Hall, Habib said that under the AMU Act. the university could not be given the status of a minority institution.

    His statement has now been challenged by several Muslim intellectuals, with some of them demanding that action should be taken against him.

    "Professor Habib's recent remarks about the minority character of the university is a conspiracy against the interest of the community and the institution he serves," said Professor Razaullah Khan, while chairing a meeting of the Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) Aligarh.

    Habib's remark has come at a time when the AMU community is fighting for the restoration of the university's minority status.

    Razaullah Khan said the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College (MAO) college, which later became the Aligarh Muslim University, was founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan for educating Indian Muslims though its doors were open for all communities.

    Jasim Mohammad, secretary general of the FMSA, said Habib has created an unnecessary controversy just to please a section of Indian society which is hell bent to ensure backwardness of Indian Muslims.

    AMU EC Member Mohammad Shahid said Habib has in the past on several occasions tried to create controversy in order to get cheap publicity.

    Mohammad Shahid said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had herself assured the university students of minority status during her convocation address and now the Congress is keeping a deadly silence.

    Professor Shahabuddin Iraqi, former chairman, Department Of History, said Habib may be a popular man but he lacks any sense for community.

    FMSA passed a resolution which strongly condemned the statement of Irfan Habib and demanded him to leave the university. In another resolution, FMSA has demanded the university administration to take suitable action against him.


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday accused the central government of polarising the country on communal lines ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by circulating to states the revised draft of a bill on preventing communal violence.

    "It appears that ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in order to polarize the country on communal lines, the ministry of home affairs has again written a letter to the state governments enclosing therewith revised draft of the bill," Jaitley wrote on his blog.

    He said there hasn't so far been adequate consultation with the stakeholders on Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, which was first submitted in 2011 by the National Advisory Council headed by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

    The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voicing her strong opposition to the draft.

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last week accused the central government of "unnecessary interfering in the activities of the state governments" after the government's decision to revive the bill.

    Jaitley said in a meeting of the National Integration Council held in 2011 that chief ministers across party lines opposed the bill on the ground that it would be destructive to the federal structure of the constitution.

    "This draft bill was put on the net for consultation. I had written a strong critique of this bill, amongst others, on the ground that law and order and public order are state subjects and that the parliament by enacting such a law would be encroaching on the domain of the states," he said.

    He said the earlier bill was highly discriminatory and gave unguided power to authorities proposed to be created and loaded the redressal and accountability mechanism in favour of one community against the other on the basis of religion.


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    By TCN News,

    Bhopal: In a jointly released statement to the media on the 29th Anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India, five organizations of survivors of have demanded apologies from the governments of USA, India and the State of Madhya Pradesh for the ongoing medical and environmental crisis affecting half a million people. They called upon these governments to end the disaster in Bhopal before it enters its fourth decade next year.

    The organizations led a rally of survivors of the disaster and those exposed to contaminated groundwater to the Union Carbide factory at the end of which they set an effigy of Dow Chemical on fire. The marchers carried picture of US hacker activist Jeremy Hammond, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, who exposed Dow Chemical’s snooping on Bhopal activists. The effigy, that of a corporate executive with horns and a forked tail, bore marks of damage caused to Dow Chemicals in India including the criminal case on bribery, the blacklisting of Dursban, the cancellation of the joint venture in Gujarat and the gutting down of its proposed R&D Centre at Chakan near Pune.

    Rashida Bee, who has lost 6 members of her family to the disaster and is the president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said “The Presdient of United States must summon the courage to express remorse for the US Government’s financing of the world’s worst industrial disaster through the EXIM bank as revealed through Wikileaks documents. He must apologize for the blatant double standards of his government’s responses to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the continuing disaster in Bhopal that involves two of USA’s largest corporations.” she said.

    She said that a closure of the Bhopal disaster was not possible without the US government agreeing to send Warren Anderson, former Chairman of Union Carbide and chief accused in the criminal case to face trial in India.

    Mr. Balkrishna Namdeo of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha sought apologies from the Prime Minister on behalf of the Indian Government for taking away victims’ legal rights to adequate compensation through the Bhopal Act and then continuing to downplay the health and environmental damages caused by Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals.

    He said that the Prime Minister should personally apologize for appointing two known Dow Chemical supporters, Kamalnath and Chidambaran to the Group of Ministers on Bhopal that has failed to bring about any improvement in the situation in Bhopal.

    “The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh must express regret for failing to keep the three promises he made to the delegation of survivors on December 3, 2011 exactly two years back” said Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha’s President, Nawab Khan.

    He said that the Chief Minister has not set up any independent inquiry in to the violence during the rail roko agitation and innocent people are facing trumped up criminal charges. The CM has also failed to keep his promise regarding revision of figures and extent of injuries caused by the disaster and that of joining a delegation of survivors to meet the Prime Minister on the lingering ussues of Bhopal, he charged.

    “The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister should also say sorry for their failure to provide proper medical care, employment, social support and environmental remediation even after 29 years of the disaster” said Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide.


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    By Saiyed Danish, TwoCircles.net,

    The assembly seat of Ballimaran is something to watch out for. Three potential Muslim candidates will be locking horns for the crown of the constituency- Haroon Yusuf from Congress, Imran Hussain from BSP and Farhana Anjum from AAP. Among the main generals of the battle forces is also BJP’s wounded warrior Motital Sodhi who had earlier contested the 2008 assembly election from Ramnagar constituency which got dissolved in delimitation this time.

    Congress only Muslim Minister is seeking fifth term from Ballimaran, but the battle this time is not going to be easy as the delimitation has considerably changed the demographics of the constituency. Ballimaran earlier comprised of 63% Muslim voters, with the addition of 37% of Ramnagar, however, now, the combined the voting strength of Muslims is 38%, while the scheduled castes comprise of 22%.

    This has made the fight interesting for candidates in opposition but quite precarious for the incumbent MLA and local stalwart Haroon Yusuf who has been ruling the constituency since 1993.

    While Ramnagar and Qasabpura are Sodhi’s fiefdoms, old Ballimaran is Councillor Imran Hussain’s turf. Farhana Anjum who contested the 2012 MCD election on RLD ticket from Idgah Road but lost by only a narrow margin of 500 votes is also running an intense door-to-door campaign for quite a few weeks. Idgah road area supports Congress party.

    Haroon Yusuf’s poll strategy is every Muslim candidate’s poll strategy this assembly elections – Vote for Congress to save the country from Modi. Whereever he goes theatrics follow him with people showers flower petals from their balconies on him. He seldom counts development in his speech he leaves no stone unturned in attacking right-wing politics in the country.

    “You have seen how Narendra Modi facilitated the two murderers Rana and Som as the heroes of Muzaffarnagar riots. Even in his own state he has sold land to Adanis illegally and displaced thousands of poor from their lands in the process,” he said at a gathering near Madarsa Mir Jumla area.



    Congress’ Haroon Yusuf campaigning at his constituency in Ballimaran.

    Questioning BJP’s ability to defeat him he said, “Ballimaran was the only constituency which forced the BJP to lose even its security deposits in the election of 2003. Their candidate had only received 4100 votes where as I got 42,000.”

    He took targeted BJP’s claim of inflation in Delhi. “When BJP ruled in Delhi from 1993 to 1998, inflation was 8%. Why are they not telling you now that Delhi government has brought down the price of onion to Rs.45/kg.?” he asked the people. “Everybody knows that prices rise because of change in seasons and the time taken for the new harvest to reach all over,” he highlighted.

    He also attacked Modi’s nationwide campaign calling his Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka campaigns a total failure as BJP lost in all those states. “Modi’s magic is plain hype as he could not ensure victories to his party through his charisma,” he said as he addressed a crowd of youths there.

    Quite smartly he steers away from talking on development issues which the people in his constituency want more than his histrionics. However, anti-incumbency seems to have taken hold against him. “I will not vote for Haroon Yusuf this time as he has scored very low when it comes to lending an ear to our grievances,” says Wamiq, a local shopkeeper.



    BSP’s Imran Hussain is emerging as a clear challenge to Yusuf’s reputation. A mention of Imran and the supporters of Yusuf admit reluctantly that the former is in the race. “Imran Hussain is only a councillor so he might be popular in Ballimaran area but he has not reached out to the rest of the constituency. But yes, we feel that the fight is triangular this time,” says Shahid Ali a Congress sympathizer. Even Yusuf mentions Imran’s name more than even Modi and his public appeals like “do not let your vote get divided” indicates towards his newfound fears for Imran.

    The BSP office in Ballimaran claims that Imran has raised voice for better schools, hospitals in his rallies where close to 1500 people attend on regular basis. “People of all classes are with him. Not only in Ballimaran he got some work done in Old Delhi also by using his influence,” says his poll manager Mohd. Riyaaz.



    AAP candidate from Ballimaran Farhana Anjum.

    On the other hand Farhana Anjum was all confident at her Farash Khana residence about her victory. “The main issue is education. There is perennial vacancy of teachers in Zeenat Mahal, liquor is sold in front of Anglo-Arabic school. Other schools like Qaumi School, Shafi Memorial School, Mazharul islam are destroyed or encroached. We will rebuild all these schools,” she said.

    “Water is so scarce here that in many mosques it is not available for abulation. A few weeks ago somebody died in Sarai Khaleel area and there was no water available for even the last rites,” she told TCN.

    When asked why she switched from RJD to AAP, she said that her idea of social service synced with the agenda of the party so she joined it. Farhana Anjum runs an NGO named Pehchan and she also protested against government’s restrictions on people wanting to go to Hajj fro second time in the past.

    Related:

    Bahenji & Biryani are new social engineering formula for BSP in Old Delhi


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    By TCN News,

    Mumbai: Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) is going to organise a “Career Fest – The Next Step”. It is a week long career fest aimed at providing guidance and exposure to students. This will help them elevate, enrich themselves with education and better career prospects thereby bringing prosperity to the country. We hope to ameliorate their prospects in social, political and economic fields.

    The fest, currently in its sixth year, is an initiative by AMP in collaboration with many other Social and Welfare Organizations. The fest is organised on the lines of an Educational Fair. Parents, Students, Teachers, Researchers and others who wish to gain information in the field of knowledge and education can do so by attending the fest and its numerous programs.

    This year the fest will be an extended event spread across entire week. The workshops and lectures will be organized for the students in the prominent colleges of the city divided in different zones. Similarly special workshops for Teachers and Principals are also planned.

    Schedule of the Event:

    Workshop for Principals and Teachers: 4th December
    Topic: “Effective Use of Technology and Networking”

    Inaugural Ceremony: 7th December 2013

    Zonal Programs for Students: 9th to 13th December 2013

    Main Days: 14th and 15th December, 2013

    The main events include workshops, seminars, discussions, speeches, talk show, exhibition, stalls of educational institutes and professional counselling etc. on various subjects such as governance, media, science, engineering, technology, retail, travel & tourism, arts and commerce and other vocations. Participants will also get enriched and get motivated to excel by hearing experiences shared by successful personalities in Government, Corporates, Health Sector, Academics and Business.

    The event has gone from strength to strength because of the strong and unfettered support of Mr. Amin Patel (Hon MLA Maharashtra State and Chairman of Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation Ltd) and Mr. Yusuf Abrahani (Ex-MLA and President, SEWA)

    AMP President, Mr. Aamir Idrisi, while elaborating on the need for such events said, “We want the Career Fest to be a one-stop shop for all education needs with Seminar on Latest Topics, Participation of Professional Counsellors and guidance from Experienced Professionals providing directions on various career options, information on various government schemes through workshops and interactive discussions.”

    Many schools which had participated in the fest in previous years have expressed their wish to send more students this year as it has helped them greatly in choosing a vocation and getting proper guidance towards it.

    “We hope that students come to the fest in maximum numbers and avail of the golden opportunity in getting educational guidance,” Mr. Soheb Selia, one of the Project Coordinator for the fest, said. Students and professionals from Mumbai, Thane District, Raigad District and other parts of Maharashtra have in the past attended the fest and many more will be attending this year too.

    The other coordinator of Career Fes, Javed Syed said that, “We have decided to give free Information Booklet to SSC students which contain very important information about Career Options and different career articles. Mr. Baba Siddque (MLA) has come forward to sponsor this Education Kit”

    The unique event brings together students and professionals from different fields in an environment where they can help and assist each other.

    Highlights of Career Fest 2013

    · More than 20000 Visitors
    · More than 125 High Profile Speakers
    · More than 250 Professionals to Guide Students
    · Participation from more than 150 Schools of the City
    · High Profile and Influential Guests of National Stature
    · Free Aptitude Test
    · Lectures by Industry Experts
    · Professional Counsellors for Guidance
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    By TCN News,

    New Delhi: Popular Front of India Today released its poster for the upcoming nationwide protest against the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was destroyed by Hindutva mob led by BJP leader LK Advani in 1992.

    Popular front every year organizes multiple socio-cultural programs in this regard all over the nation, and conducts protests all over the nation at hundreds of places. Main protest is going to be held on Jantar Mantar along with like-minded organizations and activists. This campaign against Fascism is also carried out in every part of the country. This year the Jantar mantar protest will be held after the Jumma prayer. Babri Masjid demolition anniversary falls on Dec. 6.



    The Poster Campaign is integral part of this Anti-Fascism Drive, headlined “Lest we forget” these posters speaks about democracy and eradication of fascism.

    The inauguration of the poster was done by National chairman of Popular Front Mr.KM Shariff Along with National Gen.Secy Mr.OM Abdus Salam. Delhi State President Mr. Ansarul Haq, NEC member Mr.Y Moideen, and Imams council Representative Maulana Shadab Aziz Qasmi were also present.


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  • 12/03/13--09:09: Battle for Okhla
  • By M Reyaz and Saiyed Danish, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: In the Okhla constituency, which consists of 60% of Muslim vote share and is home to Muslims in the capital, more than any other minority hub in the city, a gruelling electoral battle over issues ranging from nationally controversial to locally multifaceted is the promise of the hour.

    With 11 Muslim candidates out of 18, the battle for the Okhla constituency is wide open.

    Sitting MLA Asif Mohammad Khan of the Congress, who last time won on RJD ticket, is facing huge anti-incumbency. He won last time on anti-Congress rhetoric, and is hence finding it hard to explain to his voters why he joined the Congress.

    “I cannot betray my people I have so long stood for. I have joined Congress party for better reach within the government and I will use the clout of Sandeep and Sheila Dikshit to ensure that the innocent boys get justice,” he is heard saying at most gatherings.



    Sitting MLA and Congress candidate Asif Mohammad Khan.

    He is facing the biggest threat from Shoaib Danish, who is contesting on JDU ticket. Danish is a councillor from Zakir Nagar on Congress ticket and was considered close to MP Sandeep Dikshit and a favourite for the ticket. But he joined JDU as Asif Mohammad Khan, who had joined party just months ago was given the party ticket.

    Danish, however, maintains that he did not want to contest elections but he was “approached by the people and the party (JDU)” as they considered him to be the only hope for change.

    “I will work hard to change the bad image of Muslims in the country as all other parties have only used the minority for their vested interests,” he told TCN.

    Host of Bihar JUD leaders, including CM Nitish Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali, Mohammad Salam, Bihar State President of the Minority Cell, among others campaigned for Shoaib Danish on Saturday evening.

    Danish told TCN that whenever he tried to bring development in his area through Flood Department and MCD fund but the incumbent MLA stopped his work after he had won. He also lashed out at the Okhla MLA for provoking Muslims and making their case. He said that he never raised any question in Vidhan Sabha for them and did theatrics like praying on the grave of Atif Ameen, who was killed in the infamous Batla House police shootout, but nothing was done after that.



    JDU candidate from Okhla Shoaib Danish with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and JDU Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali.

    Amanatullah Khan, the candidate from Lok Janshakti Party is another potent candidate, who was seen at the fore-front every time there was some issue in the locality. For over a year now, he had set up camps helping residents to get register for the voters’ list, to get AADHAR card, ration cards, etc.

    He tells TCN, “All other Muslim candidates are already flop as they have failed to represent the community properly.”

    “They don’t talk about issues. They are only crowd pullers and care for wining by whatever means possible. They never talk about the menace created by Delhi government’s neighbourhood criteria in education because of which kids do not get admission. Our party wants to abolish this discriminatory arrangement first thing after I win,” he adds.



    LJP candidate from Okhla, Amanatullah Khan with his supporters.

    Khan goes on to say, “There is hardly any good school in the area barring a few like Jamia and Cambridge. There are 196 good schools which take 30,000 thousand new students every year in which Muslims could be counted on fingertips. Education has to be imparted to all.”

    Besides issues of water and sewer, Amanatullah Khan had famously staged hunger strike against the arrests of Muslim youths in the name of terror and extensively protested against the unavailability of lands for graveyards for Muslims.

    “In the case of terror issue, D.K. Basu guidelines should be followed which says that police should be in uniform, have arrest warrants and register an FIR first before the arrest,” he points out.

    He is not worried by the fact that LJP does not remain a strong party in Bihar anymore while JDU on whose symbol Shoaib Danish, is contesting the election is quite influential because of being in power.

    The young leaders believes that only he has the moral right to get voters’ mandate since he has always stood with them.

    “I think I have some competition with BSP and BJP candidates only,” he says confidently.

    BSP’s candidate Brahma Singh and BJP’s candidate Dhir Singh Bhiduri are also contesting from the seat which has about 40% Hindu votes including considerable Gujjar and Chaudhary vote bank from areas like Madanpur Khadar.

    In an elections that has garnered maximum news for the “wave” of the Aaam Aadmi Party, AAP’s candidate Irfanullah Khan, too is believed to be drawing fair number of votes of total 1.10 lakh votes.

    Irfanullah lives in Jamia Nagar and traces his political career back to his days of being President of Aligarh students’ union, serving Lok Dal and Janata Dal in 1990s as General Secretary.



    “I am active in Okhla for many years now. In 2007, I was a member of Jamia Nagar Coordination Committee. I addressed people grievances by making political reassure when a quarrel had led to the burning of the Okhla police station. This organization was named as Delhi State Coordination Committee in 2013,” he chronicles when asked about his relative ‘inactive’ participation.

    “This time around, we have raised the issue of regularizing of Muslim colonies, illegal detention of Muslim youths and admission for Muslim kids in nursery schools,” he counts.

    While rubbishing the lofty claims of his rivals aiming for a big pie, he says that BJP has thoroughly failed as an opposition and the anti-incumbency against Congress in the area is but evident. “Congress party’s campaign to malign us and call us a tentacle of BJP has now back fired on it. They only have the symbol of hand while it is we who are lending hands towards the poor,” he claims.

    On the problem of water shortage, he said that his party’s agenda is to ensure that economically weaker section should get 700 litres of water as water is in abundance and free but there are water mafias operating in the area which earn fat by selling same water for lakhs of rupees.

    He reasserts that people have already chosen him as he did not seek popularity overnight by just putting up hoardings on roadside or igniting religious sentiments for votes.

    Besides these, Samajwadi party candidate Amiruddin, AIUML and some other candidates from smaller parties or independents are trying their luck in the coming elections. Since Muslims votes are bound to get sliced between half a dozen Muslim candidates, both the BSP and BJP are hoping to clinch victory, although due to considerable ‘Bihari votes’ and the visit of Nitish Kumar, Danish appears to be a dark horse.


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    By IANS,

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked her parliamentarians of her Trinamool Congress to ensure utilisation of their entire constituency development funds before next year's general elections.

    "She asked all the party Lok Sabha members to go to their constituencies and strengthen mass contact. She asked all of us to see to it that the entire Member of Parliament Local Area Development fund was utilised before the notification for the Lok Sabha polls," party's Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandopadhyay told media persons after a meeting between Banerjee, the party supremo, and the MPs at the state secretariat in Howrah.

    Banerjee also asked the MPs to oversee the functioning of the panchayats so as to draw the support of the rural masses.

    Party sources said Trinamool would oppose crucial bills like creation of Telangana and Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) that are likely to come up in the winter session of parliament.

    All but three Trinamool MPs attended the parleys. While dissident Lok Sabha members Somen Mitra and Kabir Suman were not present, Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh is now under arrest for his alleged links to the multi-Crore Saradha Group chit fund scam.


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    By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,

    Bhopal: Bhopal, the state capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which was the scene of world’s worst industrial disaster in December 1984, remembered its victims and sympathized with the survivors on its 29th anniversary.

    The day was marked by prayer meetings, protest rallies and burning of effigies of Dow Chemical, Union Carbide and its erstwhile chairman Warren Anderson in the town wherein toxic gas leak killed thousands and left nearly half a million maimed for life who still continue to suffer.



    Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivors put up banner featuring former Indian Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narsimha Rao amongst others holding them responsible for their woes and sufferings.

    According to reports reaching here Harvard students and community organizations in the United States launched a 365-day relay fast today in support of survivors of the Bhopal Gas Disaster. A candlelight vigil and protest attended by several dozen people was organized at Harvard Square, Cambridge on Sunday to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the disaster. The goal of the fast is to draw attention to key survivor demands: clean-up of the contaminated site, medical relief and economic rehabilitation of all survivors, and prosecution of Dow Chemical, whose subsidiary Union Carbide's pesticide factory was the site of the 1984 disaster.

    Sunday’s candlelight vigil and the relay fast was organized by students from the Harvard Kennedy School in coordination with the Association for India’s Development (AID) and the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB).

    It may be recalled here that on the midnight of December 3rd, 1984 in Bhopal 27 tons of Methyl Iso-cyanate, a lethal gas, leaked from a pesticide plant owned by the Union Carbide Corporation, killing 8,000 people instantly, poisoning and blinding thousands. Now, 29 years after the disaster, the death toll is above 25,000 and counting, while 150,000 people suffer from chronic, debilitating, exposure-related illnesses. In 1989, UC negotiated a secret deal with the Indian government paying about $400 for each victim. The deal was struck with no consultation with survivor groups and also vastly undercounted the people affected. In 2001 UC was acquired by Dow Chemical which has since refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the actions of its subsidiary.

    Abdul Jabbar, convener of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan, (BGPMUS), lamented the neglect of the gas victims by the successive governments, both state and federal, over the years. He bemoaned that neither the Congress nor the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), mentioned a single word about the gas victims, who are leading a pathetic existence, in their election manifestoes.



    Effigy of Dow Chemical which the survivors hold responsible for their plight as it refuses to own responsibility to clean up toxic chemicals which has seeped into the soil contaminating the underground water used for drinking by residents living around the abandoned Union Carbide factory.

    Meanwhile, in a jointly released statement to the media on the 29th Anniversary five organizations of survivors of have demanded apologies from the governments of USA, India and the State of Madhya Pradesh for the ongoing medical and environmental crisis affecting half a million people. They called upon these governments to end the disaster in Bhopal before it enters its fourth decade next year.

    The organizations led a rally of survivors of the disaster and those exposed to contaminated groundwater to the Union Carbide factory at the end of which they set an effigy of Dow Chemical on fire. The marchers carried picture of US hacker activist Jeremy Hammond, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, who exposed Dow Chemical’s snooping on Bhopal activists. The effigy, that of a corporate executive with horns and a forked tail, bore marks of damage caused to Dow Chemicals in India including the criminal case on bribery, the blacklisting of Dursban, the cancellation of the joint venture in Gujarat and the gutting down of its proposed R & D Centre at Chakan near Pune.

    Ms Rashida Bi, who has lost 6 members of her family in the disaster and is the president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, said “The President of United States must summon the courage to express remorse for the US Government’s financing of the world’s worst industrial disaster through the EXIM bank as revealed through Wikileaks documents. He must apologize for the blatant double standards of his government’s responses to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the continuing disaster in Bhopal that involves two of USA’s largest corporations.” she said.

    She said that a closure of the Bhopal disaster was not possible without the US government agreeing to send Warren Anderson, former Chairman of Union Carbide and chief accused in the criminal case to face trial in India.

    Balkrishna Namdeo of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha sought apologies from the Prime Minister on behalf of the Indian Government for taking away victims’ legal rights to adequate compensation through the Bhopal Act and then continuing to downplay the health and environmental damages caused by Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals.

    He said that the Prime Minister should personally apologize for appointing two known Dow Chemical supporters, Kamalnath and Chidambaran to the Group of Ministers on Bhopal that has failed to bring about any improvement in the situation in Bhopal.



    Effigy of Dow Chemical going up inflames.

    “The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh must express regret for failing to keep the three promises he made to the delegation of survivors on December 3, 2011 exactly two years back” said Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha’s president Nawab Khan.

    He said that the Chief Minister has not set up any independent inquiry in to the violence during the rail roko agitation and innocent people are facing trumped up criminal charges. The CM has also failed to keep his promise regarding revision of figures and extent of injuries caused by the disaster and that of joining a delegation of survivors to meet the Prime Minister on the lingering issues of Bhopal, he charged.

    “The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister should also say sorry for their failure to provide proper medical care, employment, social support and environmental remediation even after 29 years of the disaster”, said Ms Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide.

    Meanwhile, a condolence meeting marking 29th anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy was held at Barkatullah Bhavan, Central Library here. Representatives of Sanatan Dharm, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism and Bohra sect recited their Holy scriptures at the meeting in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Government Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa. A 2-minute silence was also observed to pay tributes to deceased of the gas tragedy.


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    By TCN News,

    New Delhi: Prof. Abdul Bismillah of the Department of Hindi has been bestowed with the award of Rahi Masoom Raza Sahitya Sammaan for the year 2013 instituted by Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza Sahitya Academy, Lucknow, U.P.

    Prof. Abdul Bismillah Khan teaches at the Department of Hindi, Jamia Millia Islamia and he is a renowned Litterateur with several books, novels, literary works to his credit.

    Earlier too he has won several awards. Some being Soviet land Nehru Award; Award from Hindi Academy, Delhi; Two Awards from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan; Dev Award from Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Parishad.


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    By Saiyed Danish, TwoCircles.net,

    New Delhi: While Mushairas and Ghazals has become part of syncretic Indian culture and even the government seems to be promoting it, Urdu teaching suffers from government’s apathy. Through various RTI applications filed by many noted activists in Delhi the picture of the sorry state of Urdu affairs is shockingly becoming clear now. A total of 64 vacancies are reserved for Urdu teachers in 59 government schools. But only 11 posts are being held now.

    If we leave the schools of Navyug School Educational Society, there are 8 senior secondary schools, 6 secondary schools, 6 middle schools and 21 primary schools of NDMC and 18 nursery schools. Even in other parts of Delhi for eg. North Delhi Municipal corporation and in South West Delhi the situation of Urdu is pathetic as there is not even such reservation for Urdu teachers.



    [Photo Courtesy: amu.ac.in]

    TCN tries to find out the ground reality on the eve of the Delhi Assembly elections campaign for which every political party from Congress to BJP, AAP, SP, BSP et al have tried every trick of the town in proving oneself as the true representatives of the syncretic tradition of Urdu.

    “In Urdu schools there are 10-20 vacancies in each school mostly or both PGT and TGT Mathematics, English, Science, Social Science teachers. Anglo Arabic School alone has 12 vacancies for the last 8 years. SVB Pataudi House has no principal since July 2005 and the vice principal has to manage. In Hakeem Ajmal Memorial School, Darya Ganj, Delhi, last year only 2 of the 24 who appeared, cleared. Rest all failed in Mathematics. That’s why the result is merely 8 per cent. Without Mathematics, the result is 78 per cent as there is no mathematics teacher,” says Firoz Bakht Ahmad who is better known as a heritage activist and has recently started his innings in politics by joining the firebrand Aam Aadmi Party.

    According to the reports of RTIs filed by Dr. Qasim Rasool of Welfare Party of India, there is a total of 5096 vacancies for English medium teachers out of which only 3438 seats are filled. This way there is a whopping 32% vacancy. Similarly only 3376 seats out of 4606 are filled in Hindi medium, 2463 out of 4179 vacancies are filled in Sanskrit medium which maintains vacancies at 41%. However when it comes to Urdu even the designated seats are no match against the above mentioned languages.

    There are only 262 seats allotted for Urdu studies out of which only 70 seats are filled. Thus the highest percentage even in the lowest number of allotted seats in any subject is of Urdu which stands at 73%.

    Speaking to TCN earlier, Dr SQR Ilyas had expressed his surprise that while the government passes the right to education bill to made it compulsory, so many seats are vacant in Delhi alone. He also demanded that all vacant posts, including those for the Urdu language should be filled immediately.

    Non-availability of Urdu medium text books is also a big hindrance in the growth of Urdu. Strikingly this year, 74 books out of a total of 80 books are not in the market.

    For instance if we look at this year’s XIIth standard results of Hakim Ajmal Khan Girls School, the picture turns grimmer. According to this year’s class 12 Urdu School girl topper from Hakim ajmal Khan Girls’ School, Delhi, Ashiya Begum {77%} and last year (2006) Urdu medium girl toppers, Fauzia Parveen with 80 per cent marks and with 78.6 marks, they prepared for the boards without the Urdu medium Economics, Political Science and History texts.

    Similarly Jameel-ur-Rehman, vice principal, SBV Pataudi House, states, “While English and Hindi medium text books reach market, the Urdu books are given for translation. This process itself takes months and years and by the time translation is complete, book is published, the news is that the book is changed.”

    Firoz Bakht father points out at how government’s insincerity in coughing out funds and making resources available contributes to the logjam.

    “In fact the government aided Urdu medium schools lag behind in comparison to the government Urdu medium schools when it comes to filling of the vacancies by a provision known as “guest teachers” where vacancies are filled in by the retired school teachers in the government schools.

    The government pays them in terms of 80 rupees per period with the condition that for the TGTs, the monthly amount should not cross 8000 rupees and for PGTs it should not go beyond 10,000 rupees. But the aided schools are not accorded this facility. The Education Department should make this amendment for the aided Urdu medium schools. Another amendment should be that not only retired teachers should be recruited but even unemployed and enthusiastic young teachers too can be kept,” he suggests.

    He also lashes out at the namesake management committees which are at the helm of running affairs related to Urdu language.

    “Most of the Urdu school managing committees are defunct or hardly devoted to uplift the level of education. A seething example of this attitude is Delhi’s Qaumi School that has been pitched into the city’s Eidgah since June 30, 1976, the day it was razed to the ground during the Emergency on the pretext that it was in the slum area under the Master Plan and that very soon, a building would be given to it. The management hasn’t tried at all despite some big names of industrialists like Siraj Qureshi adorning the school’s rolls some time ago,” he adds.

    Related:

    73% of Urdu teachers' posts vacant in Delhi

    In NDMC run schools Urdu & Punjabi languages suffer from Govt apathy


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    By M. Atiq, TwoCircles.net,

    Indeed Tarun Tejpal is well known Indian journalist, publisher and novelist who have many feathers in his crown. Even he is the son of a patriotic army person. Through his innovative sting operations he has changed the face of Indian journalism. But today he finds himself in a situation which is making his supporters as haters.

    The journalist of such a caliber who has exposed government executioners must not forget that a single mistake will land him in a situation hard to bail out because the exposed or the legally suffered people due to his sting will not leave him if he is caught in the web of a law. That is what is happening with him today. Also, due to the strong allegations against him which goes totally against the moral & ethics even his supporters cannot come forward to defend him.

    Similar thing happened with Julian Assange, a well known editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks. In the year 2010 he published U.S. military and diplomatic documents with assistance from its partners in the news media and damaged the U.S. dignity and credibility before the world. Because of this he came on the target of U.S. who wanted to prosecute him in their court. Then the conspiracies started and he was finally caught in the web of Sweden law when two ladies filed complaint in the police station wanting Julian Assange to perform STD test as he had unprotected sex with them. The investigation started and Julian Assange was made an accused as per Swedish law which does not allow a man to perform unprotected sex if the partner insists on protected sex. Julian Assange cried that it was a consensual act but the case was not dropped. He is currently staying in the Ecuador’s embassy in London since last more than 2 years.

    Despite of this he is holding the position in his organization Wikileaks and is thoroughly supported by his staff and the other world as he has exposed the U.S. dubious character. He still finds his supporters rallying in the street and holding the placards in his support. But no one is there in the street to support Tarun Tejpal today because his act was not consensual. He could have at least got some support if he would have not accepted any of victim’s version from the first day of allegations but as he himself have accepted some version of it, it is a bit difficult for him to find any supporter.

    Even though he is saying that the matter is being politicized and his well wishers too understand it to be the case but when his own staff has gone against him and he himself has accepted that he had crossed the line and had offered his resignation from work for 6 months there arise no question of any supporter
    standing in the street with a placard urging to release him no matter what great work he has done in the past.


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    By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

    New Delhi: A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a petition to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India requesting urgent action and intervention for the violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by political parties for putting advertisements in newspapers on the day of election.

    SC advocate Naushad Ahmed Khan has written to the CEC seeking cognizance into advertisement by BJP in today’s English daily Times of India and Hindi daily Navbharat Times, that carried advertisements on first two pages “wooing and seeking votes for the sake of publicity and to influence the public at large on the day of election which directly and unequivocally contravenes section 126 of the representation of people act and election code of conduct.”



    Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act (1951) clearly prohibits campaigning or “display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus.”

    The petitioner alleges that “cores of electors of Delhi have been directly influenced which would affect the result of the election.”

    The advertisements carry 10 photos of all leaders of the BJP, the slogan with election agenda reading in Hindi urging voters to bring change in Delhi and country, to make BJP victorious, and promises of other such freebies.



    The petitioner has demanded actions against the newspapers as well as the party.

    Meanwhile, Indian Express has also published smaller ads both of Congress and BJP on its third page.


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    By M Reyaz, TwoCircles.net,

    22 year old Saransh Jain is originally from Mumbai and has only few months back come back from USA after completing his course to become commercial pilot. Vansmita is originally from Guwahati, Assam, but is doing PhD in Political Science from the University of Delhi. There seems nothing common between the two, except that they both have taken break from their usual routine to ‘volunteer’ for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

    The sight of any rally of Aam Aadmi Party was a welcome change from mundane political rallies of our politician prototypes, where former history sheeters, bahu-balis, heavy weights of the locality, clerics and Sadhus, or the down trodden comprise the majority of the people. The few educated people that you would find are either on the dais, politicians themselves or their sons and daughter, or very hard core comrades and party workers.



    The Gandhi cap (with AAP slogans) wearing AAP volunteers as well as activists cum leaders look different from the word go. Most of them do not spot the traditional white Kurta Payjama with black bandi, and they all are young, educated youth, often from middle class families. Voluntarily and ‘selflessly’ they have all come forward and joined hands to “change the fate of the country.” And for them Delhi is the beginning and not an end!

    While almost all the opinion polls, have accepted that there is “AAP wave” and most are even speculating that they will emerge as king maker at least, even if they don’t get to form the government. AAP’s latest internal survey, however, says that they will win 38-50 seats, and thus will form the government with comfortable majority in the 70 members Delhi Assembly.



    As people are voting today, only on December 8 we will tell the fate of AAP, or as Arvind Kejriwal and their other leaders want to put it, “the fate of the country.”

    I may have my reservations to the political future of AAP, largely because the way I see it, most their supporters and volunteers are centre right, although leaders like Prashant Bhushan and Yongendra Yadav have socialist leanings. That is, most of the supporters of AAP could also be the catchment voters for Narendra Modi.

    Professor Yogendra Yadav, AAP leader and a core strategist, tried to shun fear from Muslim minds in an interview to TCN. He said that the AAP is “trying to move beyond two kinds of politics that dominate any discussion on the Muslim question towards a third kind of politics which moves beyond pseudo-nationalism and this completely bankrupt form of secularism which being practiced.”

    “We want to practice the politics which lives up to the Constitutional ideals of secularism in true spirits and letter and that would mean addressing specific concerns of the Muslim community without appealing to the communal feeling,” Yadav, who is a Senior Fellow at CSDS, had told this Correspondent.



    From Babarpur in North East Delhi to Batla House, people are now demanding netas, with cleaner images, corruption once again has become the fulcrum of political discussions, and that clearly is a positive sign.

    As Manoj Kumar, a resident of Babrpur told me during one of the elections’ Jan-Sampark meeting, “I will try AAP this time. Leaders in the past have fooled us anyways, so even if AAP fools us, it’s fine. I won’t let those old chaps fool us at least this time.”

    AAP does not just appear idealist, but also radical in their approach. In Babarpur, for example where lower class Muslims comprise almost half of population, they did not shy away from fielding Gopal Rai, one of their strongest candidate. And judging by crowd he has been able to gather I won’t be surprised if he wins. Similarly, Shazia Ilmi, former TV News Anchor and another star candidate of AAP is contesting from RK Puram, with negligible Muslim population.

    Further, barring few, most of their candidates are not popular faces even in their own constituencies, many had not heard their names a year earlier. In such a scenario, I am afraid, they will end up being more of spoiler than winners. But the buzz they have been successful in creating around AAP in itself is an achievement for a party launched only a year ago and with maximum of their candidates contesting elections for the first time.



    JDU candidate from Okhla Shoaib Danish with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and JDU Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali during an election rally in Okhla.

    During my interactions with several AAP volunteers, they often asked me, ‘If you accept that AAP has been successful in creating a kind of “wave,” why not accept that we may also win?’ And I replied to them that experiences show and as I have heard, none other than Yogendra Yadav, often pointing to the fact that “In India people don’t cast their votes, they vote their castes.”

    In all the flutter over corruption, my only scepticism is that has our democracy evolved so much that voters will rise above caste, class, religion, regionalism, etc. After all it is not for anything that Bihar’s chief minister campaigned for JDU candidates in Purvanchal dominated regions, and the Congress invited five of its present and former CMs from Oomen Chandy of Kerala (in pockets with Malyali population) to Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Haryana (in Jat dominated regions), former Punjab CM Amrinder Singh (in Sikh dominated regions), Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna and Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh in their respective Pahari population. BJP of course has its own star campaigner Narendra Modi, who too has been gathering crowd. If crowd alone is the parameter, the political arena still appears as chaotic!



    Having said that, one cannot ignore the fact that from the beginning of the anti-corruption movement that later galvanised into a political party, Arvind Kejriwal and his ilks have forced the political class of the country to introspect, and have changed the whole political discourse.

    I am not sure if this election is so crucial to decide the fate of the country, but coming Sunday will surely decide the fate of the movement that began with the fast of Anna Hazare over two years back. Come Sunday and we shall know if the experiment of ‘civil society’ directly participating in electoral politics, thus blurring the distinction between the two, was simply a movement of few idealists, or the Aam Aadmi’s(people’s) non-violent movement for better governance!


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