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  • 06/12/13--08:50: BJP, RSS deny interference
  • By IANS,

    New Delhi : Even though it took a call from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to defuse the crisis caused by L.K. Advani's resignation, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party Wednesday denied that the Sangh influenced the saffron party's decisions.

    Advani, who has been upset over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's elevation as the bJP's poll campaign chief for the Lok Sabha elections, Monday quit key posts in the party.

    Though BJP president Rajnath Singh refused to accept Advani's resignation and several party leaders tried to persuade him, the elder leader did not relent till Bhagwat assured him that he would have a say in selecting the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

    The development was seen as a confirmation of the influence the Sangh wields on the party.

    However, both BJP and the RSS denied it.

    BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnwaz Hussain denied any interference from the RSS in BJP affairs.

    "Bhagwat talked to Advani because Advani is an old Swayamsevak (RSS cadre). He talked to Advani as a guardian," Hussain said.

    RSS leader Ram Madhav said that Bhagwat was not the only one to call Advani.

    "When a person of Advani's stature needs to be given some advice, naturally senior people in the country and society will give him advice. Not just RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat but many others had advised Advani to reconsider his decision," Madhav said.

    According to sources, Advani sought an assurance from Bhagwat that that he would be kept abreast of all decisions in the party.

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    By IANS,

    Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday expressed happiness over what he called the central government's acknowledgement that the "controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has to be lifted from Jammu and Kashmir".

    Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar, the chief minister said the state government was in touch with the centre regarding the revocation of the AFSPA.

    Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said recently that all the stakeholders in Kashmir and the northeast would be taken on board before taking a final decision on the revocation of the act.

    The AFSPA gives sweeping powers to the army and the paramilitary in troubled states for arrest, search and seize operations.

    Omar Abdullah also confirmed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to the state June 25 has not been cancelled as reported by a section of media, quoting Professor Saif-ud-Din Soz, chief of the state Congress.

    "The prime minister's visit stands as on date and we are working out the modalities with the Prime Minister's Office," Omar Abdullah said.

    The chief minister said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also likely to visit the state with the prime minister.

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    By TCN News,

    Aligarh: In the annual meeting of AMU Court, eminent theologian and President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana M. Rabe Nadvi, former Indian Hockey Captain Mr. Zafar Iqbal, distinguished Urdu scholar and critic Prof. Gopichand Narang, renowned Theologian, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, President, National Press Council, Justice Markandey Katju, eminent film personalities Mr. Muzaffar Ali and Mr. Farooq Sheikh and eminent scientist Dr. Shahid Jameel were elected as members of the Aligarh Muslim University Court, the supreme governing body of the University.

    The election of 42 representatives from six different categories to serve as members on the University Court was announced by the Chief Election Officer, Prof. Saleem Akhtar, Dean, Faculty of Law.

    Members of AMU Court participating in its annual meeting

    Four persons from amongst the Chairmen including President of the Waqf Boards have been elected unopposed. They are Chairman, Delhi Waqf Board, Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad, Chairman, UP Sunni Centre Board of Waqf, Mr. Zafar Farooqui, Chairman, Bihar Waqf Board, Mr. Irshadullah and Chairman, Rajasthan Board of Muslim Waqf, Mr. Liaqat Ali Khan.

    Mufti Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Maulana Fazlur Raheem Mujaddadi, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khalji, Dr. Fakhruddin, Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Wastanvi and Qazi Zainus Sajideen have been elected from the category of Muslim College of Oriental Learning, while Professor Gopichand Narang and film director Muzaffar Ali have won the election under category Urdu Language and Literature.

    Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi, Mr. Khwaja Shahid, Mr. Shahzad Zafar Ali, Prof. S. N. Pathan and Mr. Zafar Javed have been elected under the category Muslim Educational and Cultural Societies situated outside UP.

    Fifteen persons, who have been elected against the category Muslim Culture and Learning, include Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, Mr. Nasim Waris, Mr. Nadeem Ahmad Farooqui, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq and Raja Raza Ali Khan, and from outside UP, Mr. Zafar Iqbal, Dr. Zakir Naik, Prof. A. M. Pathan, Mr. Farooq Sheikh, Mr. Asif Jah, Mr. Anwaruddin Khan, Mr. Jane Alam (IAS), Mr. Mohammad Wazeer Ansari, Mr. Rasheed Masood MP and eminent scientist, Dr. Shahid Jameel.

    Prof. Razaullah Khan, Mr. Rizwan Ahmad IPS, Prof. Qaiser Ali Naqvi, Former Minister Mr. Kaukab Hameed, Aligarh City MLA, Mr. Zafar Alam, Prof. Humayun Murad, Dr. S. Farooq, Chairman, Delhi Minorities’ Commission, Mr. Safdar H. Khan, Justice Markandey Katju and former Union Minister Mr. Saleem Iqbal Sherwani figure among the ten Representatives of Learned Professions, Industry and Commerce.

    It was decided in the meeting that the election of Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Honorary Treasurer will be held later and University will issue fresh notification to hold the elections so that the newly inducted members may also vote in the election process.

    Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah presided over the meeting. Members of Parliament, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi and Mr. Mohammad Adeeb, former Vice Chancellors of AMU, Mr. Mahmoodur Rahman and Mr. Nasim Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Moinuddin Chishti Arabic and Persian University, Lucknow, Dr. Mohd. Anis Ansari, Visitor nominated member Prof. Valerine Rodrigues, Mr. Abul Aleem Khan of Hyderabad, Lucknow’s Mr. Zafaryab Jilani, Prof. Mohd. Saleem Kidwai, Pro-Vice Chancellor Brigadier (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali, Registrar Group Captain (Retd.) Shahrukh Shamshad, DSW, Prof. Anees Ismail, Proctor Dr. Jamshed Siddiqui and Deans of all Faculties, Chairmen of all Departments of Studies, Principals of Colleges and elected members of the Court were present in the meeting.

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    By TCN News,

    Lucknow: Rihai Manch (Forum for the Release of Innocent Muslims imprisoned in the name of Terrorism) has compared the death of Khalid Mujahid with that of Ishrat Jahn fake encounter case in Gujarat, accusing the hands of Intelligence Bureau.

    Rihai Manch is on indefinite dharna outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly demanding arrest of police officers involved in Khalid Mujahid's murder, issuing the RD Nimesh commission report and action taken report, and the immediate release of innocent Muslim youth imprisoned in the name of terrorism. The Manch today completed the 22 days of the demonstration.

    Chairman of the Rihai Manch, Mohamamd Shoaib said that CBI is enquiring the role of the IB officials and has made them accused; similarly the role of intelligence officials in the arrest and death of Khalid too must be investigated.

    Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey said that he fears for the life of Tariq Qasmi, who was falsely made co-accused along with Khalid. He demanded that now that Khalid has been murdered, it is imperative that government immediately releases RD Nimesh Commission Report and takes action.

    Khalid had died under mysterious circumstances on his way back from Faizabad near Ram Sanehi Ghat on May 18. He was declared brought dead by the doctors at district hospital in Barabanki. Later, on the complain of his uncle Zahir Alam Falahi, a case was registered against 42 police officers including former DGP Vikram Singh, ADG Brijlal and others who were on duty during the time of Khalid's arrest.

    Rihai Manch reminded the SP government that it was one of their poll promises to release Muslims youths who are languishing in jails for years on fabricated charges of terror.

    Khalid along with Tariq Qasmi was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) on 20 December 2007 from Barabanki. Huge explosives were also shown as recovered from his possession. STF claimed that he was involved in the serial blasts which occurred in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Lucknow. Later, Nimesh Commission was constituted headed by Justice R D Nimesh who in its report raised fingers over STF's claim about the place of arrest.

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    By Indscribe,

    Aziz Burney has launched his much-awaited newspaper Azizul Hind at a grand function held in Deoband in Uttar Pradesh.

    Ever since he was sidelined in Roznama Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu), which he had helped launch [and establish], Burney was silent for almost two years.

    Now, he has come up with plan for an entire media house that includes newspaper editions from different states, English and Hindi daily newspapers, magazines and weeklies apart from TV channels.

    Though controversies have surrounded him, one can't ignore Burney's role in reviving Urdu journalism in
    India. His full page editorials that began during the invasion on Iraq and his later 'Azad Bharat ka Itihas' series that was published in both Urdu and Hindi in Sahara, invited readers' attention while he also got flak from certain quarters.

    Still, he proved that running an Urdu daily newspaper could still be a profitable venture in India.The success of Sahara, which now has edition from ten cities across India, led to rise of new dailies like Sahafat, Aag and the expansion of Inquilab afer Jagran group bought it.

    Many other media groups understood the power and influence of Urdu journalism after the success of Sahara. Sahara also brings out Aalami Sahara, a periodical, apart from monthly magazine Bazm-e-Sahara,
    et al.

    Clearly, despite the criticism, he energized Urdu media scene. Questions remain about his agenda, intent and whether he could have been more responsible. Doesn't everyone have an agenda? Eminent Urdu writer Musharraf Alam Zauqi in his recent article about the impending launch of Aziz-Ul-Hind, expressed his apprehensions about Burney's new media venture.

    Zauqi mentioned that Burney's journalism thrived on sensationalism, which didn't help Muslims understand and tackle their real issues. He said that new generation of Muslims shouldn't get caught into emotional traps and look towards future, rather falling for those who use emotional sloganeering to catch their attention.

    There are other accusations like the famed journalist's political aspirations and his 'shakhsiyat-parasti' or projecting himself too much. Many other journos harbour similar ambitions. Criticism aside, it is not correct to see things in black and white only. Zauqi is also an intellectual and his concerns could be genuine.

    But it is premature and unfair to judge so early. Burney has had a long innings in journalism. Now, he has come with another paper.

    Those who oppose him or have issues with his style can better come up with their own plan for newspaper or channel. Else, they should keep writing and expressing their dissent strongly. Healthy criticism is good for society.

    Roznama Sahara published positive stories and did constructive journalism as well. While some of his Burney's theories and his articles may not be palatable, he did raise questions and spoke [and wrote] fearlessly.

    In case of firing at Gopalgarh in Congress-ruled Rajasthan and riots in towns in Samajwadi Party-ruled UP, Sahara set new standards in journalism, by going to the spot immediately in the aftermath of the incidents, and posing tough questions before the 'secular' regimes.

    Burney's plans are indeed ambitious. He has announced starting editions of Urdu daily from Lucknow, Delhi, Bhopal, Patna this month. Can he amass such gargantuan funds that are needed for running this huge new media group [empire]?

    Using Facebook and Twitter to create a stir, connect with readers, he announced the 'media plan'. It does seem a bit complicated but he has said that it would be a trust that would run these newspapers and other publications.

    Amid the presence of large number of Ulema [Islamic scholars], the Urdu daily has been launched. Let's wait and watch. Give him sometime before we judge his new venture in terms of positive journalistic practices and success.

    Indscribe blogs at

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    By Arun Kumar, IANS,

    Washington : US officials have cited the case of David Headley, a key plotter in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, in defence of a massive US surveillance programme, but an investigative reporting site has found flaws in it.

    The director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing Wednesday that phone records obtained through the secret surveillance programme disclosed last week helped to prevent "dozens" of terrorist acts.

    Among the specific cases he cited was that of Pakistani-American Headley, who was arrested in 2009 for his role in the Mumbai attack, and who was plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that published a satirical cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

    Earlier James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, had said the programme helped stop an attack on Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper for which Headley did surveillance.

    The Senate intelligence chairperson Dianne Feinstein also called Headley's capture a success.

    But a closer examination of the case, respected investigative journalism site ProPublica said, shows that the government surveillance only caught up with Headley after the US had been tipped by British intelligence.

    "And even that victory came after seven years in which US intelligence failed to stop Headley as he roamed the globe on missions for Islamic terror networks and Pakistan's spy agency," it said.

    "Headley's case shows an alarming litany of breakdowns in the US counter-terror system that allowed him to play a central role in the massacre of 166 people in Mumbai, among them six Americans," ProPublica said.

    Headley avoided arrest despite a half dozen warnings to federal agents about extremist activities from his family and associates in different locales, the news site said.

    The news site cited unnamed senior Indian officials as saying they believe the US government did not need high-tech resources to spot Headley.

    US officials have strenuously denied Indian allegations that Headley was a US double agent all along.

    "They say Headley simply slipped through the cracks of a system in which overwhelmed agencies struggle to track threats and to communicate internally and with each other," ProPublica said.

    The final tip to authorities about Headley came from a family friend days after the Mumbai attacks, it noted.

    US agencies did not find Headley or warn foreign counterparts about him in the first half of 2009 while he conducted surveillance in Denmark and India and met and communicated with officers of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and known Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al Qaeda leaders.

    (Arun Kumar can be contacted at

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  • 06/13/13--02:43: Turkey protests captured
  • By Nasir Lone for

    Istanbul: Nasir Lone captures in camera the ongoing protest at the Takism Sqaure in Istanbul over alleged building of a shopping mall at Taksim Square which would reduce the size of the green space at Turkey’s largest square. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met leaders of the protesters and has assured a referendum on the issue of redevelopment of the Gezi Park at the Square.

    Protesters shouting anti government slogans in front of policemen on June 11, 2013, in Taksim Square area in Turkey. People have been protesting for more than 14 days against the demolition of Gezi Park near Taksim Square.

    An angry protester shouts at the policemen, telling them to leave from Taksim Square, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    A man removes his shirt in protest and shouts slogans against the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and police, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    Police started firing tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters at around 8 p.m on June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    People panicked by the sudden firing of tear gas canisters by police started running in all directions for shelter, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    Police firing tear gas canisters at the protesters to disperse them and evacuate the area, June 11, 2013 at Taksim Square in Turkey.

    A volunteer helping a protester, who is having problems to breathe due to the tear gas fired by the police, June 11, 2013, in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    A protester takes a moment to breathe after police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, June 11, 2013, at Taksim Square in Turkey.

    "Gel Buraya, Gel Buraya"(come here, come here). An angry protester daring the police to come to him after they fired tear gas canisters on the protesters, June 11, 2013, in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    The protesters retaliated by throwing fire crackers and stones at the police, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    Policemen trying to protect themselves from the incoming stones thrown by the protesters, June 11, 2013, in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    A mini van which was put into blazes by the angry protesters after police fired tear gas canisters at them, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    Angry protesters kept coming in front of the police vehicles and threw stones on them, June 11, 2013 in Taksim Square, Turkey.

    (Photos & captions: Nasir Lone)

    (Nsir Lone is a freelance journalist currently interning with Turkey’s daily Today’s Zaman.)


    A storm in the Turkish tea cup: Has Political Islam failed Turkey?

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    MIM chief alleges Congress and NCP ploy.

    By Staff Reporter,

    Mumbai: Yet again the Maharashtra police have delimited entry of Majlis-e-Itehadul Muslimeen Chief Asaduddin Owaisi in the state one more time fearing ‘law and order problem’.

    A team of Maharashtra police accompanied by local inspector served an ex-parte notice at MIM headquarters Daraul Salam in Hyderabad, according to the notice U/S 144 (2) of CRPC Hyderabad parliamentarian has been barred from entering Dhule town till June 26th and Malegaon till July 12th. Mr. Owaisi was scheduled to address a public meeting at Malegaoun at June 14th and was planning to have a discourse with his party worker in Dhule town.

    It is believed that police took it as precautionary measure to delay Mr. Owaisi’s meeting in Malegaon keeping in mind following Shab-e-Barat, the same festival in 2006 where bomb blasts occurred in town’s graveyards killing Muslims.

    Dhule town has also become sensitive since last communal riots where Muslims have been killed in cold blood in police firing, Mr. Owaisi recently during huge reservation public meeting at Aurangabad made controversial remarks stating that Dhule firing wouldn’t had taken please if Muslims were to be had some presence in the police force.

    This is the second time in six months that Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi is being stopped from entering Maharashtra earlier; in January he was not allowed to address his party’s meeting in Aurangabad city. During that period police in their notice gave reference to his younger brother and party’s legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi’s alleged hate speech and even erroneously mentioned hate speech cases pending against Asaduddin Owais in Telangana region although they were none.

    It is interesting to note that when Mr. Owaisi was banned from entering Aurangabad in January, VHP leader Praveen Togadia was allowed to hold public meeting in Nanded in February where he openly threatened and reminded Indian Muslims of different communal riots.

    Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi was active on Twitter last evening criticizing the stand of Congress-NCP alliance Government of not allowing an elected parliamentarian to address public meetings which according to him ‘is not good for democracy’.

    Mr. Owaisi stated he doesn’t blame police for this action but the ruling parties who ‘showed their frustration that they are losing support among minorities’; he advised them on twitter to be more ‘mature enough to hear criticism and their wrong policies towards the minorities’.

    On the apprehension of tension in Dhule town due to his visit, Mr. Owaisi commented that ‘even after 5 months Dhulia is not peaceful shows the governance of Congress and NCP’.

    He also alleged that if he had called the meeting to praise the Govt. permission would have been granted, “If I say I am going to praise the Congress-NCP Government permission will be given but I cannot do sycophancy will tell the truth only.”

    Mr. Owaisi also assured people of Malegaon that “Inshallah I will visit with police permission and address them even if 10 people (a)r(e) there.”

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    By Dr. Syed Ahmed for,

    Imphal: One of the prominent civil organizations of Muslim women in Manipur, United Manipur Muslim Women Development Organization (UMMDWO) resolved to erect a memorial stone in memory of those Muslim women who took part in the Women Agitation of 1939, popularly known as Nupi Lal in the history of Manipur.

    The decision was taken at a meeting organized at the office of the organization at Hafiz Hatta, Imphal on June 12, 2013. The meeting attended by the members and sympathizers of the organization also resolved to institute a Construction Committee of three members: Md. Abdul Qayum as Convenor and Advisor, Anwari Noorjahan as Chairperson and Ahmadi Malhotra as Finance Convenor.

    UMMDWO, Pangal (Manipuri Muslim) Political Forum (PPF), Manipur and few other Muslim organizations have been pressing the State Government to officially recognize the name of the Muslim women who took part in the Nupi Lal of 1939 and include their names in the official list of women agitators of the Nupi Lal of 1904 and 1939. So far, the State Government has not given any positive response. Research scholars have gathered the names of 31 Muslim women took part in the Nupi Lal of 1939.

    The first Nupi Lal took place in 1904 when Manipuri women-folk came out in thousands against the British Imperialist order of using Manipuri men-folk as forced-labourers for construction of the house of an Assistant Political Agent. The order had directed all the men-folk in and around Imphal to go to Burma to get the required woods for the construction.

    In the second Nupi Lal, which broke out on Dec. 12, 1939, thousands of women marched to the State Darbar Hall protesting against export of local rice to Indian states by non-local businessmen (Marwaris) with the support of the British authorities. The export of rice had caused acute shortage of rice in the State.

    Every year Dec. 12 is observed as Nupi Lal Day in Manipur. The day is observed throughout the State. The State function is organized at Nupi Lal Memorial Complex at Imphal. The name of the women agitators are etched at the memorial.

    UMMDWO and PPF have been observing the day to pay their respect to those Muslim women who took part in the historic agitation of 1939.

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    By IANS,

    Lucknow : Launching a scathing attack on the Congress for its "corruption", BJP general secretary and in charge of Uttar Pradesh Amit Shah Thursday warned that the people of the country would punish it in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

    Interacting with reporters on his second and last day of his maiden visit to the state, Shah accused the Congress of swindling Rs.12 lakh crore of public money through various scams.

    Rubbishing charges levelled by Congress and Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to spread communal issues, Shah said on the contrary, it were these parties which were spreading communal hatred.

    Shah also accused the SP government of endangering the security of the country by releasing people who are accused of terror acts.

    He cautioned the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that they would suffer huge political setbacks in the polls for "supporting a tainted and corrupt government".

    Predicting a BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre in 2014, Shah said his interactions with party workers in the state have been very encouraging.

    "Based on my talks with the committed workers of BJP, I am confident that the road to the Delhi throne for BJP will go from Lucknow only," he said.

    He also assured party workers that he would be spending 20 days in a month in the state to strengthen the party.

    Asked to comment on his alleged role in the staged killing of Sohrabuddin, Shah said he has been granted bail by the Supreme Court.

    He blamed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for acting at the behest of the Congress to settle scores with political opponents.

    Shah refuted media reports that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was contemplating to contest the Lok Sabha polls from any seat in Uttar Pradesh. "There has been no decision on this matter," he added.

    On the resignation of veteran L.K. Advani from his party posts and subsequent reversal of decision, Shah said it was a closed chapter now.

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    By TCN News,

    Lucknow: Rihai Manch has alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Government is playing with the emotions of Muslims in the state by influencing the investigation of Khalid murder. Manch has earlier maintained that the Samjwadi Party government has lost the moral right to remain in power.

    Rihai Manch (Forum for the Release of Innocent Muslims imprisoned in the name of Terrorism) is on indefinite dharna outside the UP Assembly outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly demanding arrest of police officers involved in Khalid Mujahid's murder, issuing the RD Nimesh commission report, and the immediate release of innocent Muslim youth imprisoned in the name of terrorism. The demonstration completed 23rd days on Thursday.

    Rihai Manch dharna outside UP Assembly completed 23 days on Thursday.

    Chairman of the Rihai Manch Advocate Mohamamd Shoaib has alleged that the SP government is quietly trying to influence the case. He also accused the government of conniving with few self-interested clerics in an attempt to put the issue under rug.

    Khalid had died under mysterious circumstances on his way back from Faizabad near Ram Sanehi Ghat on May 18. He was declared brought dead by the doctors at district hospital in Barabanki. Later, on the complain of his uncle Zahir Alam Falahi, a case was registered against 42 police officers including former DGP Vikram Singh, ADG Brijlal and others who were on duty during the time of Khalid's arrest.

    Khalid along with Tariq Qasmi was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) on 20 December 2007 from Barabanki. Huge explosives were also shown as recovered from his possession. STF claimed that he was involved in the serial blasts which occurred in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Lucknow. Later, Nimesh Commission was constituted headed by Justice R D Nimesh who in its report raised fingers over STF's claim about the place of arrest.

    Rihai Manch is leading a sustained demonstration against the UP government demanding actions on its poll promise of releasing innocent youths languishing in jails in fabricated terror charges.

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    Uncle Zahir Alam Falahi says the family owes a lot to the Rihai Manch who consistently supported them in their struggle.

    By Hasan Zia Rizvi,,

    Lucknow: Khalid Mujahid’s uncle Zahir Alam Falahi has been fighting the court battle since his nephew was arrested in 2007. After Khalid’s custodial death on May 18, he also filed an FIR against and a case was registered against 42 police officers including former DGP Vikram Singh, ADG Brijlal and others who were on duty during the time of Khalid's arrest in Barabanki.

    Hasan Zia Rizvi of TCN spoke with Zahir Alam Falahi on his battle for justice.

    UP government has ordered CBI probe, you are still demonstrating, what are your demands?

    The CBI probe has still started, and if it will take longer time we’ll have to knock the door of the High Court.

    On our demands, we want that 42 police personnel, including intelligence agency officials, against whom FIR has been registered, should be arrested immediately and probe should begin immediately. Further, we demand from the government to immediately release Tariq Qasmi as he face threat to his life. We have lost faith in the Police and are worried about his security.

    You alleged recently in the Press club that senior SP leader and minster in the Akhilesh cabinet, Azam Khan knows everything and is hence silent?

    Yes, I actually responded to a statement of Azam khan, where he had said “the case will be submitted in 3 courts, 1st district court, 2nd high court and 3rd court of God”, responding to the Barabnki court’s refusal to accept UP government’s petition on withdrawing cases against Khalid and Tariq.

    The government has not yet taken it to the next stage that is the High Court. Further, I suspect that being a senior minster he knew about the conspiracy against Khalid Mujahid.

    UP cabinet has accepted the RD Nimesh Commission Report and it may be tabled soon in the Assembly. What do you have to say?

    Both SP and Congress leaders are playing game. Nimesh Commission report should be submitted to High Court and case should be registered against the police officers who took custody of Khalid. Instead the UP government argues in court that the cases should be withdrawn as it would promote harmony.

    L-R: Hakeem Tarique Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid

    Rihai Manch is leading a sustained demonstration for 23 days now. They have been supporting the cause for long…

    Yes, we owe to them and applaud their efforts. They have really helped us fight and supported in all our efforts. They have been working for not only Khalid and Tariq, but for the release of several other innocent Muslim youths who are in jail on fabricated terror charges.

    I am also thankful to all those individuals and social organisations who extended their support in our struggle for justice.

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    By IANS,

    Hyderabad : Hyderabad resembled a war zone Friday as police sealed all routes leading to the Andhra Pradesh assembly to foil the "chalo assembly" march called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to demand a separate Telangana state.

    The city is on edge as the JAC is determined to go ahead with its march, defying prohibitory orders, while the police have thrown a thick security blanket around the assembly and are keeping a tight vigil at all entry points into the city to stop protestors coming in from other parts of Telangana.

    Normal life in parts of Hyderabad came to a standstill with police shutting down five flyovers and several roads within two-km-radius of the assembly.

    A group of students, raising slogans of "Jai Telangana", tried to rush towards the assembly building early Friday, but were arrested by the police.

    About 15,000 policemen and personnel from central paramilitary forces have been deployed as part of the massive security arrangements. Armed security personnel continued their vigil through the night.

    Only legislators, officials and media personnel were allowed to proceed towards assembly Friday morning.

    The usually busy roads around the assembly wore a deserted look. There were policemen everywhere, diverting vehicular traffic.

    Police entered the office of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and arrested 30 leaders and activists. A party leader was also injured in baton charge by the police.

    Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma said 60 people were arrested since early Friday. The police refused permission for the march in view of the apprehension of violence and intelligence reports that Maoists may join the protestors.

    JAC has called upon people to gather at Indira Park, about three km from the assembly. However, a large number of policemen were deployed at the park to stop any gathering.

    Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator Harish Rao said the march would be organised at any cost. "These security arrangements and the arrest of hundreds of our activists show the strong public sentiment for a separate state. This is proof of the success of our protest," he said.

    TRS, CPI, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and several other political and non-political outfits are part of JAC, which is spearheading the Telangana movement.

    Schools and colleges in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad remained closed. Police have imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more persons and have ordered shutdown of all liquor shops, bars and pubs in Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissionerates.

    Almost all Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) or suburban trains have been cancelled while some trains coming to Hyderabad from other parts of Telangana were either cancelled or terminated on the city outskirts. The authorities have also diverted the buses of the state-owned Road Transport Corporation.

    Tension prevailed at Osmania University for the third consecutive day as police sealed the campus to prevent students from taking out a rally. The students clashed with police on Wednesday and Thursday.

    In Telangana districts, police continued to arrest hundreds of people. Police were checking vehicles heading towards Hyderabad.

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    By IANS,

    Hyderabad : For the third consecutive day, Osmania University was rocked by clashes between students seeking the carving out of a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh, and police.

    Students trying to take out a rally as part of the "chalo assembly" march threw stones at policemen, who had sealed the campus gate to stop the protest. Police used teargas shells to disperse the students when try tried to remove the barricades. Two students were injured in the clashes.

    Tension prevailed at the campus since morning Friday as students gathered at the Arts College to take out a rally, defying prohibitory orders. Police arrested 20 students.

    Osmania University, the nerve centre of the Telangana movement for the last few years, is located about 10 km from the assembly building.

    The students had also tried to take out rallies on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to clashes with police.

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    By Sheikh Qayoom, IANS,

    Srinagar : Although elections to the Jammu and Kashmir assembly are only due towards the end of 2014, the state's ruling coalition and the main opposition party seem to be readying for these to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.

    In fact, Urban Development Minister and Congress leader Nawang Rigzin Jora is on record as saying the two elections would be held later this year or early next year.

    Sources in both the ruling National Conference (NC) and alliance partner Congress say the latter's high command favours simultaneous polls, whether the general elections are held in May or earlier, depending on the political situation in the country.

    What is the Congress logic for favouring early assembly polls?

    Given that it is said off and on that the alliance partners might go their own way for the assembly polls, is it essentially aimed at depriving the NC the flexibility of choosing its future partners?

    Or does the Congress high command fear that if the two elections are spaced apart, the NC would get crucial time to choose a new alliance partner - or go solo - for the assembly polls in case the United Progressive Alliance lost power at the centre?

    A Congress leader declined to comment on these possibilities but did not disagree that the two elections would be held simultaneously if the Congress high command so desired.

    Asked whether the Congress would pull out of the alliance if the NC refused its demand to hold the two elections together, the Congress leader merely smiled and said: "Your guess, not mine."

    One other pointer is that already NC and Congress ministers, as also other leaders, have gone into election mode. Most of the senior NC ministers are these days extensively touring their constituencies in the Valley. This has resulted in visitors calling on the ministers' offices in the civil secretariat in summer capital Srinagar returning disappointed.

    Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been regularly meeting people during his 'Awami Mulaqats' (Meet the people programmes) in Srinagar, where delegations of people from different parts of the state call on him for redressal of their problems.

    Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, patron of the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), has of late also started extensively touring his south Kashmir Anantnag assembly constituency.

    The NC has 28 members and the Congress 17 in the 87-member assembly. The PDP has 21 members. The Bharatiya Janata Party has 11 seats, the Panthers Party three and the CPI-M one seat. The Peoples Democratic Front and the J&K Democratic Party Nationalist have one seat each while there are four independents.

    (Sheikh Qayoom can be contacted at

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    By Shamsul Islam

    Gujarat Chief Minister and Hindutva icon Narendra Modi, while inaugurating an all-India conference on livestock and dairy development on June 11, 2013 in Gandhinagar, announced a nation-wide campaign to collect small pieces of iron from farmers and use them to build a ‘Statue of Unity’ in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first interior minister of independent India in Nehru’s cabinet.

    He announced, “On the day of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31, 2013, we will launch a nation-wide campaign, covering more than five lakh villages throughout the country, to collect small pieces of iron of any tool used by farmers from each village, that will be used in the building of the statue.” This ‘Statue of Unity’ is to be the tallest statue on Earth: the 182 metres (392 feet) tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel — the Iron Man — will be built opposite the Sardar Sarovar Dam over the Narmada river in south Gujarat.

    Narendra Modi's love for Sardar Patel is an attempt to rewrite history.

    Modi lamented the fact that architect of modern India, “Sardar Patel brought the nation together. But gradually his memories are fading away” and went on to declare that “to reinvigorate his memory and as a fitting tribute to the Iron Man of India, we are building this statue, which will be double in height than the Statue of Liberty in New York.” He also reminded the audience that “Sardar Patel was also a farmer who was instrumental in bringing farmers into the freedom struggle.”

    This grandiose project of Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, who is an RSS whole-timer, raises a few pertinent issues. He was inaugurating a national conference on livestock and dairying, both of which are passing through a very critical phase due to famine, corporatization of agricultural land and high costs. The well-being of livestock and dairying is essentially connected with the well-being of farmers. According to official data, in the last one decade, on an average, one Indian farmer committed suicide every 40 minutes due to debt, sub-standard seeds/manure, high costs and scarcity of water, to name only few of the endless problems. In the same decade millions of head of cattle have perished due to famine, shrinking pasture lands and handing over fertile lands to business houses and builder mafias. Dairy products have become luxury items beyond the reach of common Indians. India leads the world in having the largest number of under-nourished children and women. Shockingly, Modi had no comments on this worsening scenario.

    Modi’s love for Sardar Patel is intriguing for many reasons. Patel was a Congress leader who, inspired by Gandhi’s principle of non-violence, led a great and very powerful movement of farmers at Bardoli taluka in 1928. This is known as the Bardoli Satyagraha and the then pro-British English Press described it as “Bolshevism in Bardoli” and Patel as its “Lenin.”

    Patel was awarded the title 'Sardar' after this heroic struggle. This peasants’ movement started against the extortionate lagan imposed by the British rulers and landlords and selling of large tracts of agricultural land to moneybags of Bombay. Sardar Patel led the movement but he had devoted Congressmen/women workers, both Hindus & Muslims, like Imam Saheb Abdul Kadir, Uttamchand Deepchand Shah, Mohanlal Kameshwar Pandya, Bhaktiba Desai, Darbar Gopaldas Desai, Meethubehn Petit, Jugatrambhai Dave, Surajbehn Mehta, Umar Sobani and Phoolchand Kavi, who challenged the colonial masters and their henchmen at the ground level.

    One important fact to be noted is that the Hindu Mahasabha and the RSS, which existed during this period, kept aloof from this historical struggle. Modi’s co-option of Patel, who was a prominent Congress leader of the anti-British freedom struggle, is part of a ploy of the Hindutva camp to be seen as part of the freedom movement despite having betrayed it. This kind of co-option game is likely to succeed, as the Congress as a party has become indifferent to its anti-colonial legacy.

    Dead persons do not speak, and Sardar Patel cannot appear to put across the truth. However, contemporary documents show that Modi's and the Hindutva camp's love for Sardar Patel is based on lies. Sardar Patel hated Hindutva politics and was the person who imposed the first ban on the RSS. The February 4, 1948 communique issued by the Home Ministry headed by Sardar Patel banning the RSS was self-explanatory:

    “In their resolution of February 2, 1948 the Government of India declared their determination to root out the forces of hate and violence that are at work in our country and imperil the freedom of the Nation and darken her fair name. In pursuance of this policy the Government of India have decided to declare unlawful the RSS.”

    The communique went on to say that the ban on the RSS was imposed because

    “Undesirable and even dangerous activities have been carried on by members of the Sangh. It has been found that in several parts of the country individual members of the RSS have indulged in acts of violence involving arson, robbery, dacoity, and murder and have collected illicit arms and ammunition. They have been found circulating leaflets exhorting people to resort to terrorist methods, to collect firearms, to create disaffection against the government and suborn the police and the military.”

    It was Sardar Patel who, as Home Minister, did not hesitate in telling the then supremo of the RSS, Guru Golwalkar, that his organization was responsible for killing Gandhi and instigating violence. In a letter written to Golwalkar, dated 11 September 1948, Sardar Patel stated:

    “Organizing the Hindus and helping them is one thing but going in for revenge for its sufferings on innocent and helpless men, women and children is quite another thing… Apart from this, their opposition to the Congress, that too of such virulence, disregarding all considerations of personality, decency or decorum, created a kind of unrest among the people. All their speeches were full of communal poison. It was not necessary to spread poison in order to enthuse the Hindus and organize for their protection. As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the invaluable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of the sympathy of the Government, or of the people, no more remained for the RSS. In fact opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe, when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death. Under these conditions it became inevitable for the Government to take action against the RSS… Since then, over six months have elapsed. We had hoped that after this lapse of time, with full and proper consideration the RSS persons would come to the right path. But from the reports that come to me, it is evident that attempts to put fresh life into their same old activities are afoot.”

    Sardar Patel continued hammering the fact that the Hindutva brigade collectively was responsible for the murder of Gandhi. In a letter to Nehru dated February 27, 1948, he wrote, “It was a fanatical wing of the Hindu Mahasabha directly under Savarkar that hatched the conspiracy and saw it through. It also appears that conspiracy was limited to some ten men… Of course, his [Gandhiji’s] assassination was welcomed by those of the RSS and Hindu Mahasabha who were strongly opposed to his way of thinking and to his policy.”

    Sardar Patel stressed the same fact in his letter to a prominent leader of the Hindu Mahasabha, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, on July 18, 1948: “As regards the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha, the case relating to Gandhiji’s murder is sub-judice and I should not like to say anything about the participation of the two organizations, but our reports do confirm that, as a result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind that the extreme section of the Hindu Mahasabha was involved in the conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of Government and the State. Our reports show that those activities, despite the ban, have not died down. Indeed, as time has marched on, the RSS circles are becoming more defiant and are indulging in their subversive activities in an increasing measure.”

    Despite all these facts, Narendra Modi claims to love Sardar Patel. It only shows that Modi has no qualms about resorting to deceits for selfish gains. Sardar Patel is a ready-made heroic figure. Modi does not have to manufacture him. He and the RSS have only to hide the fact that the man was opposed to their organization and had acted against it, and then, by what can only be called theft, proceed to make him one of their own. This defiance of historical fact is characteristic of the strategy of the Hindutva camp. Goebbels is dead, long live Modi.

    [I am thankful to Mr. Mukul Dube for inputs]
    Shamsul Islam teaches political science at University of Delhi.

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    By TCN News,

    Mumbai: On June 9th, 2013, a very Informative and knowledge-oriented Career Guidance Seminar, Counseling and Exhibition was held at Zam-Zam Hall, Mumbra; organized by SIO Mumbra. Inspite of heavy rain on this day a very good response given by people as hundreds of students some along with their guardians attended the seminar to understand and explore their career opportunities and many of them got counseled by the expertise.

    Program started with the recitation of Holy Quran (Surah Alaq 1-8) followed by its translation in urdu by Br. Aijaz SIO Associate. Er. Waheed Shaikh ( Member of Jamaate Islami Hindi, Mira Road) gave a very good lecture on “Importance of Career”. Initially he thanked to all students and guardian for attending this seminar, further he said, life is too short and we must know what we want to do and in which field we are interested before selecting the career option, this decision of selecting career option must be taken after counseling from a good career counselors. “Our every minute is valuable and we must know thorough details before get into new field. Today there is need of a good doctor, engineer, lawyers and other professionals who can give good service to the society, he added”.

    “Traditional Career” was the next topic covered by Ziya Momin (Founder of Rehmania Education) he said, getting passed in SSC and HSC is not the success, actual success we will come to know after 7 years. Hence, one should not take traditional career decisions, by doing this we put our career in danger. Further to this, he provided much important information about various fields with emphasizing teaching field is one of the good filed and there is need of a good moral-based teacher to the institutions. Also he provided some information about Architecture, Law, Banking and Finance.

    “Modern Career”, this topic covered by Aamir Ansari (Vice – Principal of Madni High School and Career Counselor) he shared key information about the new courses, institutes, scholarship available in India, like KVPY, IISTR, CDEC, IIST ( Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) etc. Also detailed information provided relating to medical fields MBBS, BUMS, BDS, BAMS and discussed about entrance exam and percentage criteria of these courses.

    Next session given by Dr. Kazim Malik (M Sc. Phd and career counselor ) on “Career in Government Sectors” He started the lecture asking students the question about the career, then provided very knowledgeable and informative details about the options available in government sectors, gave details about UPSC and MPSC examination and shared various employment opportunities are available in this sector, State, Central government, Mantralya, Railways, Police etc. candidates are only need to apply to obtain these jobs.

    At last question and answer session was started in which Aamir Ansari, Dr. Kazim Malik, Asadullah Khan (Unique Classes) were present to answer the questions. Many questions were raised by students and guardian relating to career and satisfactory answers was given by panel and due to lack of time many answers of their questions given individually after end of seminar.

    Many students were registered online for personal counseling and got counseled by Mustafa Halsangi (Senior Counselor), Dr. Kazim Malik and Aamir Ansari.

    Detail information about various scholarship schemes provided by central and state Govt. Pre-Meric, Post-Metric and MCM scholarships was given by Afeef Asre (SIO-Memberr using a PPT presentation. He explained all the necessary details and process required to apply for it and the eligibility criteria’s.

    Br. Ziya ul Islam (SIO web master and SIO Mumbai DAC member) addressed students with an intro of SIO and it activities with the help of photos and clips. Parvez Khan (SIO Mumbra President) was also present at the venue.

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    By TCN News

    New Delhi: Headlines Today broadcast yesterday what it claimed to be telephone conversations that shows that Ishran Jahan was indeed involved in an assassination attempt on Narendra Modi. A statement issued today by a group of activists and journalists questioned the timing of this "revelation" that has not been authenticated.

    Ishrat Jahan, along with three other men, was killed on June 15, 2004 in a fake encounter near Ahmadabad. Questions have been raised and an inquiry by Metropolitan Judge SP Tamang concluded in 2009 that it was a case of custodial killing.

    Full Statement:

    IB’s desperate and dirty tricks to scuttle the Ishrat Jahan investigation

    It is a clear indication of the desperation being felt by the IB establishment as the heat turns on its senior officers in the Ishrat Jahan probe, that they are down to doing what they do best: use pliant sections of the media to plant stories to deflect scrutiny and create a favourable public mood. Following the summons issued to IB Special Director Rajender Kumar by the CBI (which is probing the case on the direction of the Gujarat High Court), the IB Director first sought to sell the familiar old story of ‘investigation will hit the morale of the IB’ – it seems as though a blanket immunity from any scrutiny and accountability is the only guarantee of IB morale. The IB then ran complaining to the Prime Minister; and when nothing worked, it used the agency’s tried and tested trick of enlisting the support of discredited ‘journalists’.

    The 24-hour news channel Headlines Today aired tapes of telephone conversations between alleged key operatives involved in the supposed assassination plot to eliminate Narendra Modi. Suggestions have also been made in a story in the Firstpost that the interrogation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation of David Headley has revealed Ishrat Jahan’s active involvement with the Lashkar e-Toiba.

    Timing of the Telecast:

    The tapes were aired less than 24 hours before a court hearing was scheduled in the Ishrat Jahan Case. The mischievous intent of the leaks and the telecast became clear when the Additional Advocate General of Gujarat Tushar Mehta arrived in the court with the two CDs and insisted that the court see these CDs, which according to him, would prove that the course of CBI investigation was wrong. The Court refused to place these CDs on record, asking the AG to hand this over to the relevant agency. The attempt was to undercut the investigation probing the conspiracy hatched by the officers of Crime Branch in eliminating Ishrat and three others by somehow tainting them with the terror tag. The Court put it in perspective, reminding the AG that no one could be killed in cold blood – and indeed that is what the CBI was investigating.

    More than resolving issues, these so-called revelations have in fact raised more questions:

    - Why are these tapes leaked to the press selectively now –when investigators are closing in on Rajender Kumar?

    - Why have these tapes not been placed before magistrate Tamang whose enquiry in 2009 concluded that Ishrat and others were killed in cold blood?

    - Why were the tapes not placed before the SIT in 2011, which similarly reached the conclusion that the encounter had been staged?

    - Did the IB provide any inputs to the Maharashtra government that local modules of Lashkar were residing in the state?

    - Given that telephone transcripts are said to be referring to four other targets apart from Narendra Modi, with how many states and agencies did IB share the inputs?

    - What are the exact dates when these telephone calls were recorded?

    - How do we believe that the ‘sasural’ being referred to in the telephone conversations means Ishrat’s home, given that there is no reference to Ishrat, or even to a woman operative?

    - How many times did Rajender Kumar meet with Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police, Kaushik, apart from once ‘orally’ informing about the intelligence lead?

    - Has the IB seen the NIA interrogation report of the terrorist double agent David Headley? It makes no reference to any Ishrat Jahan.

    - Did Rajender Kumar have a premonition about Headley who was interrogated in 2010, when he was ‘orally’ conveying the intelligence inputs to Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police in 2004?

    - How are FBI reports being cited by everyone from IB chief to sundry ‘investigative journalists’ given that former Minister of Home Affairs had said that the US had been less than willing to share information on Headley with India?

    One could ask several questions of the media too which chooses to air telephone calls without any forensic tests or voice tests, asking us simply to believe them because ‘they have been working on the story”. One could tell them that being the IB’s chosen one for their dirty tricks is not something to be particularly proud of. One could tell them also that the business of investigative journalism demands that you be critical and cynical of letters that IB chiefs write –and then leak at very crucial stage of investigation. And most of all, one could also ask them to refrain from grandly declaring telephone tapes as “Ishrat Jahan terror tapes”, especially if she is neither a caller nor being referred to in those tapes. But since there is no point in talking of ethics to those who compromise knowingly, we shall not.

    However, the IB must answer all these questions. It cannot hide behind its flagging morale and continue to remain unaccountable to the Indian people. It cannot pretend to be above the law of the land? Why is it fighting off any investigation, trying to scuttle the interrogation of the Special Director IB?


    Shabnam Hashmi (ANHAD), Manisha Sethi, Ahmed Sohaib, Sanghamitra Misra and Ambarien Alqadar (JTSA), Mansi Sharma (Activist), Mahtab Alam (Activist), Ajit Sahi (Journalist), Sukumar Muralidharan (Journalist), Amit Sengupta (journalist), Jawed Naqvi (journalist), Azam Khan (Activist), Kavita Srivastav (PUCL), Harsh Mander (writer and activist), Sheba George (Activist), Syed Zafar Mehdi (Journalist/ blogger), Anuradha Chenoy (Academic), Harsh Kapoor (Activist), Vineet Tiwari (Activist), Sandeep Singh (AISA), Bhasha (Journalist), Navaid Hamid (NIC) and many others

    Released on 14th June 2013

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    By Abdul Gani,,

    Guwahati: In a bid to propagate and promote the writings of noted literary figure and educationist Fatehul Mannan, a website on his name was launched in Guwahati. The website which was formally inaugurated by his long time friend and president of Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS), apex literary body of Assam Imran Shah will carry all the details of his life and works for the global readers.

    One of the pioneers in education sector in Assam and especially in upper Assam who died on February 11 in 2006 at Dibrugarh has also a major contribution in the literary field of the state.

    Asam Sahitya Sabha president Imran Shah delivering a lecture during the formal launch of the website in Guwahati [Photo by: Manas Das]

    “We are missing you so much after your departure. We never had to realise it when you were present among us. He was a straightforward man who never compromised with his ideas in life but unfortunately he did not get the due recognition during his lifetime,” paid a tribute by these lines by Imran Shah, one of Mannan’s close friends after formally launching the website

    He was born on January 3 in 1935 at Dhai Ali in Sivasagar district. He did his post graduation degree from Gauhati University in 1965 before starting his career as a teacher at Sivasagar Town High School.

    Along with noted writer and childhood friend Imran Shah and several local enthusiasts he started a junior college in the year 1993. He was the founder vice—principal of this institute which went on to become Arunodoi College thus fulfilling a long felt need for a higher education centre in the locality.

    Rifat Mannan, Fatehul Mannan’s son who took the initiate to spread the work of his father for the global readers said that it’s the time that the Assamese literature to go global. “I feel that the works by the Assamese literary persons including my father should reach to the global audience,” said Rifat, a medicine practitioner who lives in Kuwait.

    He has also a number of literary works under his belt. Baharistan-e-Gaibi is a rare historical masterpiece accounting Mughal forays into Assam, Bengal, Cooch Behar, Bihar and Orissa. Originally written in Persian by Mughal general Mirza Nathan, the book was translated into English by noted Assamese scholar Dr. Moidul Islam Bora.

    File photo of Fatehul Mannan

    Mr. Mannan translated it into Assamese and a part of it was published in his lifetime in 1999.After his death, the work was completed by Dr. Krishna Kumar Mishra and Mr. Sonaram Barua and the entire work was published in 2010.

    Islamor Porishoy, an Assamese translation of ‘Towards understanding Islam’, originally written by Maulana Abul Ala Maududi was another contribution towards the Islamic literature of Mannan. Some other Islamic literature includes life on noted saint Ajan Fakir, Status of Women in Islam and others. Besides, he also wrote short stories, poetry and children literature.

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    By Saeed Naqvi, IANS,

    When RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat arrives in the capital Tuesday to meet L.K. Advani and other BJP leaders, the party faction floating in the clouds after Goa will come down to earth. Of course, the key decision taken at the party's conclave in Goa will remain unchanged. Narendra Modi will remain the campaign panel chief for 2014, but just as Arun Jaitley and Pramod Mahajan held that position in 2009 and 2004 respectively. In other words, Goa will not look like the beginning of a Modi coronation.

    What the Bhagwat-Advani meet will bring into bold relief is also something that has been pretty clear to the panic stricken BJP leaders who trooped into the senior leader's Prithviraj Road residence and established telephone lines between him and Bhagwat in Nagpur to pronounce a simple message: Advani, at 85, is far from having sung his swan song. We need him to stay in the game, seems to be the voiceless chant of leaders who, in their own deep heart's core, were denied the limelight in Goa.

    The leaders who knelt before him were not demonstrating their adoration for Advani. Rather, they saw in his eclipse a shrinking of their room for maneuver, an end to whatever dreams they may have nurtured. And there is no end to their dreams. That Advani himself had grasped this reality comes across in his letter of resignation from party forums. "Most leaders of ours are now concerned with their personal agendas."

    It is extraordinary how the electronic media for months sustained a chant in unison about a gladiatorial combat between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. Evening after evening, six faces screamed out of six windows on the TV screen their unprocessed wisdom on the Rahul-Modi contest when no such contest was on the cards.

    Digvijay Singh was for Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, thus ending the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh bipolarity at the top. In determined opposition to this line was another Congress general secretary, Janardan Dwivedi. He thought the bipolar power structure was, for the Congress, a gift from the Gods. So, the Congress need not snicker at the unseemly factionalism in the BJP.

    What no one quite expected is the scale of the eruption in Goa: a showdown between the party's most experienced and its most popular face. In the process, skeletons in a very securely stacked cupboard of the RSS also came rattling down. The RSS supremo is having to intervene in order to restore balance in favour of Advani after his colleagues, Ram Lal and Suresh Soni, had tilted the scales for Modi.

    The manner in which the media has supported Modi's current elevation makes it amply clear that Corporate India supports the move. After all, the nose of the media ends where that of the Corporates begins. But why would Corporate India support a candidate who repels coalition partners in an age when no government can be formed in New Delhi by any party on its own in the foreseeable future?

    Corporate India cannot have extended support to Modi simply because he has been extraordinarily hospitable to them in Gujarat. He must have other uses.

    He is by all accounts, decisive, firm, strong willed, obstinate, but with many managerial skills too. These could be attributes of a successful manager of a party like the BJP not its Prime Ministerial candidate as some of his ardent supporters would like him to be.

    A Prime Ministerial candidate in the coalition era must have one overriding attribute: suppleness and an infinite capacity to give other points of view a patient hearing. These were the qualities that moved Atal Behari Vajpayee up the ladder until he became Prime Minister.

    In fact it is useful to recall that in 1999, when the NDA came to power under Vajpayee's Prime Ministership, Advani was known as the Iron man. When Bill Clinton sent his trusted adviser Bill Richardson to evaluate the NDA leadership on the eve of the US President's visit to New Delhi, Richardson described Advani as "the intellectual in the NDA".

    Modi may not have Advani's "intellect" but he has some of the senior leader's other qualities. Therefore, just as Advani made room which Vajpayee filled, so must Modi have a preferred Prime Ministerial candidate. Who, in other words, will be Modi's Vajpayee?

    A talent for coalitions being totally absent from his DNA, Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate is only thinkable in the event of the party going it alone, to break out of indecisiveness of the coalition mould, to risk losing, in order to come back on another occasion, taking advantage of the credit accumulated by making a sacrifice of power now.

    But going alone would be in opposition to Advani's stated line in recent months, that of NDA plus. A post Advani never resigned from is that of NDA president. NDA plus would entail the BJP toning down its saffron to cast its inclusive net wider. Who knows in the event of a fractured verdict in 2014, Advani's may be the most acceptable image.

    There is yet another possibility. If Modi repels both minorities and other coalition partners, for that reason, all the hype attending his elevation may scare voters away, from the BJP of course, but also from smaller parties because vote blocs would be looking for a big party with a secure future in the Delhi Durbar.

    In that case the eventual beneficiary of the Modi projection may well be the UPA under Manmohan Singh for the third time. Unless, of course, the Congress exceeds the figure of 206 seats it won in 2009. In that most unlikely of events, the coronation turban will be tied around Rahul Gandhi's head.

    (Saeed Naqvi is a senior political commentator. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached on

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