Muharram / SAFAR 1424 H
Volume 16-04 No : 196
Camps \ Workshops
Gomtipur: Qutubuddin Ansari has nowhere to hide, even a year after the Godhra train attack and the subsequent riots. His was the face of the riots- still is. But Ansari wishes it never was. When the rioters gathered below where he stood, ready to char him, he had begged for mercy. The next day, Ansari’s soot-blackened face with tear-filled eyes was splashed on the front pages of newspapers and magazines around the world.
A year later, non-government organisations, the press and members of his own community continue to hound him, urging him to tell the world how he had “felt” on March 1, last year. Ansari will never forget those horrifying moments for no one is ready to help him forget. “They call me the face of the riots,” he says, as the drone from his sewing machine subsides. “But all I have got after someone clicked my famous photograph is persecution and pain. I feel used.”
Ansari, 30, points to a pile of paper clippings, his face staring out from each. “Bas yehi mila, akhbaron me tasvir (This is all I got, my photographs in newspapers).” He remembers how the Rapid Action Force intervened in time to scatter the mob and help him live to tell the tale. Ansari, a tailor, now lives and works from a house in Rehmat Nagar, Gomtipur, after fleeing his old Khanpur shop. His face became so recognisable that he failed to get respite even after he fled to Malegaon in Maharashtra to escape journalists and social workers.
“The moment my employer in Malegaon came to know I was the man whose photos had appeared all over, he kicked me out of the tailoring job. He thought I was trouble. My face had become my biggest enemy.”
Some cinema halls in Mumbai, like many others in Ahmedabad, used his face to send out messages of brotherhood and peace.
“I thought my fame would help mitigate my poverty,” Ansari says. “I went to so many places as I was paraded by various groups to talk about my experiences. People, even from foreign countries, came with translators and went back with stories, but I was left with nothing. Life is as tough as it was.”
An NGO that took him to Pune to talk about the riots did give him Rs 4,000 for all the trouble. He earns Rs 3,200, most of which pays off debts he piled up to feed for three months, his family of a wife, mother Bismillahbanu and children Rukkaiya, 4, and months-old Zeshan.
For Ansari, work is no longer easy to find. Employers with generous purses are difficult to come across as most feel his face spells trouble.
With no funds to insure its priceless treasure of manuscripts due to the apathetic attitude of the government, the Khuda Baksh Library is today in a pathetic state.
Patna: The world famous Khuda Baksh Khan Oriental Library here is struggling to maintain its distinct character due to serious financial crunch. The library has no funds to go for the insurance of its priceless treasure of literature, manuscripts and art pieces. The financial crunch is attributed to discriminatory policies of the government.
Computerisation work on its manuscripts is just crawling due to paucity of funds. Even the cataloguing work on its Arabic and Persian manuscripts is progressing at a very slow pace. A project to construct a new library for the building at a cost of Rs. six crore is also hanging fire. Now its cost escalated to Rs. 10 crore. The library is currently not accepting offers of manuscripts due to space crunch. The funds are to be sanctioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s department of Culture. Even the annual Khuda Baksh Khan Award has not been given since 1995. The course in Manuscripts identification has also been discontinued due to financial constraints.
Some of the difficulties faced by the library have been caused by the irresponsible local Urdu dailies. A few months ago, a newspaper published a fabricated piece saying that the Library receives aid from a Siddiqui Trust in Pakistan. They even did not bother to care that the Library ‘s governing board is headed by the Bihar governor. An Hindi daily reported that the Library conducts a ‘mushaira’ coinciding with the Independence of Pakistan. This was a clear twist to a mushaira held on August 14, on the eve of India’s independence Day.
The Library is run with an annual grant of Rs. two crore. It has so far published 400 books in Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Hindi.Khuda Baksh Khan Library is a repository of nearly 2 lakh printed Books and 22,000 very rare manuscripts. Some of the manuscripts are so rare that a special strong room stores them and access to the room is prohibited to general staff members. Even the director has to procure the key to the Strong Room from Patna’s Divisional Commissioner. Some of the rare manuscripts include Taimur namah, Padshahnama, Shahnamah all written during emperor Akbar’s reign. Other manuscripts include Kitabut Tarikhus Safia, Asrarrul Jaafer, Riyazul Afkar, Nuskha Dilkusha, Roznamah Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, Lataif Ashrafi, Dasturrul Attibba and Sharahe Diwane Hafiz.
The library constantly draws a stream of visitors and scholars from Iran, Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, Germany and the Gulf nations . They also procure print outs on a regular basis. It also preserves rare specimen of Rajasthani paintings and artifacts of Kashmir, Asia and the Mughal period. Director Dr. Mahmood Ansari currently gives top priority to the insurance of manuscripts. However the executive committee of the Library has ordered micro-filming of the manuscripts. The Library has a small conservation laboratory also, but falls short of several modern demands of a sophisticated library.
It received nearly one lakh visitors, beneficiaries and scholars annually.
Library: Ashok Raj Path, Patna (Bihar) India - 800 004. Phone No. 0612-670109,
Gaya: The Inter-faith Forum, a body of different religious leaders belonging to Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and the Sikhs organised a seminar on the “need of peace and the message of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)”, jointly with Jamaat-e-Islami, Gaya recently at the premises of the Gurudwara under the presidentship of Dr. Vimal Sarathero, a Buddhist scholar. The relevance of Prophet Muhammad’s message was spelt out by S. M. Iqbal, president of Jamaat-e-Islami, Gaya. The seminar highlighted the importance of unity among people of different faiths at a time when religion was used as a means to whip up communal passions.
Hyderabad: Nearly 500 Haj pilgrims from the state could not bring the Zam Zam due to a communication mix-up between the State Haj Committee and the airline selected to carry the pilgrims.
According to sources in the Haj Committee, the airline informed the Committee that there was no need for the pilgrims to carry Zam Zam water cans on their way back from Makkah as the airline would supply cans to all pilgrims when they disembark at their destination. The Haj Committee communicated the same to the pilgrims and asked them not to carry water cans on their own. However, at the last moment, the airline announced that the pilgrims will have to make their own arrangements for carrying Zam Zam. Those who did not get this information, could not bring back any holy water with them.
The Saudi authorities were informed about the problem and they have responded positively. “We are expecting some water cans from Saudi Arabia in a few days”, said a member of the Committee.
Srirangapatna: Amidst swaying palm trees and the chirping of birds, stands the Darul-Umoor, the first and only institution of its kind in India imparting knowledge of contemporary subjects like science, management, history, mass communication to graduates from different madrasas in India. This center set up under the philantrophic efforts of businessman and builder, Ziaullah Shariff has currently 18 students from various madrasas who are being inculcated into modern subjects by a team of hand-picked faculty, like M.A. Ataulla who handles Management and Applied Psychology and Prof. B. Sheik Ali, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities who handles Islamic history. The residential campus close to the Gumbaz of Hazrath Tipu Sultan will welcome a fresh batch of students this May, while its batch of 18 students will be conferred with degrees at the convocation to be held in May this year. The campus has been visited by various luminaries so far and the latest was Maulana Rabey Hasni Nadwi, chief of Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow and chairman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. He visited the serene campus between March 13 and 15 and spent time with the students. Addressing the students, Maulana Rabey explained the significance and the objective of Darul Umoor when late Hazrath Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Ali Miyan) had laid the foundation stone for the institute a year ago. Maulana Rabey was all praise for the excellent arrangements made for the students at Darul Umoor and more than that, the fact that every aspect of the institute was being run as per the Islamic norms and regulations. Maulana Rabey advised the students to carry on their mission of presenting the right image of Islam to the rest of the world using the modern management techniques which they had been introduced to in the institute. Maulana Rabey said that Darul Umoor will serve as a guiding light to the rest of the community in bringing about a balance between Islamic education and modern education in the madrasas. Janab Mohd Hamzah Hasni Nadwi, Janab Shahed Nadwi and Janab Al-Hajj Abdul Razzack accompanied Maulana Rabey to the institute. The convocation for the first batch of students from Darul Umoor will be held in May 2003. For further insight into this, get in touch with A.R.Kamaruddin, Secretary General, Darul-Umoor, No-1, “The Presidency”, No 82.St Marks Road, Banga-lore-560001, Ph: 5098309, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr B.D.Patel, chairman and managing director of the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy and Research Foundation, Bangalore has been awarded the Exemplary Service Award in the field of Homoeopathy by the Research Society of Homoeopathy, India at the International Homoeopathic Medical Conference held at Agra recently. Dr Patel is the former Principal, Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore and Chandigarh. The award was given away by minister of health, Uttar Pradesh, Raja Aridaman Singh. This award has been instituted for the first time by the Research Society of Homoeopathy.
Dr Altaf Ahmad, Research Scientist in Botany at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi has bagged the AAAS Award (2002) of the Academy for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences for his research contribution in the field of plant nutrition and crop physiology. The award was presented to him by the President of India, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.
Bangalore: A large number of Muslims and non-Muslims participated in a symposium on “The Concept of Peace, Progress and Salvation” held here recently. Hosted by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Bangalore, the convention passed the resolution to promote an atmosphere of mutual confidence, love and brotherhood among all the communities in the country.
Bangalore: The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) will be headed by a Muslim for the next three years. The Government of Karnataka has appointed Bolumbuda Matha Idinabba as the next Chairman of the KDA, a Government organisation assigned to recommend steps to develop Kannada language. He succeeds Prof. Baragur Ramachandrappa who demitted office last month after expiry of his three year term. Idinabba had been an MLA from Ullal constituency in coastal South Canara district. He is a Gandhian and has been a freedom fighter. Idinabba has six collection of short stories in Kannada, six poetry collections and two books of children’s stories.
He was earlier Chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Board, member of the Mangalore Port Trust, Wakf Board and president of the Zilla Congress Party. In a statement as the chairman, Idinabba said he would see to it that the entire education system in Karnataka adopts Kannada as the medium of instruction.