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August 2004 - Rajab 1425 H
Volume 17-08 No : 212
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'Jan Sewak' Sharif
Unity in Diversity

'Jan Sewak' Sharif

At 81 years of age, Sharif rides his bicycle, travelling an average of 30 kms from his home to all the places where he has to meet people for his mission.

By Nigar Ataulla

Heard of Jan Sewak? If you have been dreaming about the pre-independence days, better shake yourself out from your dream because, its here and now in this city of Bangalore! Jan Sewak was inaugurated in the name of “ Unique One” in 1966 at Town Hall in Bangalore. But later it was renamed as Jan Sewak in 1975. Started as a one-man army by M. Sharif, he was the only representative of this organisation for quite some time. Sharif had worked for the British army as an education officer during the Second World War and later as a transport contractor in Northern Karnataka for 20 years ago. In 1984, he came down to Bangalore to settle down permanently. The main objective of Jan Sewak is to fight social evils and to improve the standard of administration. Sharif aims to intimate the authorities concerned about the lapses without even accepting a cup of tea from them. He also shuns the agitational approach for redressal of grievances. Sharif’s work takes him to different police stations in the city. His concept is ‘ community policing.’ It means the local people help their police stations to enforce law and order and curb crime. Such is the level of popularity of Sharif among the police force that any Constable refers to him as ‘Jan Sewak Sharif.’ Sharif spread his activities to such an extent that today there are over 10, 000 people actively working as Jan Sewaks.

Jan Sewak mostly consists of retired prominent citizens who need not have any membership fee. Sharif has now launched the “Dedicated Servants of India” which will comprise of senior citizens from different fields who wish to be part of the group and initiate programmes to monitor the activities of the authorities. “We want the people in the government to know that they are being watched. We want them to function with discipline. They should be accessible and transparent in their functions towards the people,” says Sharif. Commitment makes one look younger. At 81 years of age, Sharif rides his bicycle, travelling an average of 30 kms from his home to all the places where he has to meet people for his mission.

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Political Diary

Unity in Diversity

By Malikul Azeez

Why it happens so, that whenever there is a talk of alliance with the BJP, people and parties start re-thinking and even sometimes get scared, whereas, this is not the case with any other party. Persons or parties, they ally with BJP, only out of the greed of power and not out of conviction. In case they join it, they would be under the pressure of their own conscience, or their followers and after a brief period, they are forced to withdraw from that arrangement. On the other hand, the secular parties keep inter-woven with each other for even 20 –25 years, and even if they part, they do it out of the compulsions of power struggle and not condemned by their conscience. In recent years, there are ample number of incidents which are evident to the fact that whoever has allied with BJP, has only burnt his fingers. In 2001, when the ruling DMK went to the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, it was in the alliance of the BJP, in the result of which, it had to part company with its good old friends like the Congress, the communist parties, Muslim League etc., apart from its strong vote-banks of Muslim and Christians. In the whole arithmetic, it was only the DMK, who had to lose grossly. The only reason of the loss of so many friends which ultimately stood in the way to the echelons of the power of the State was the company of the BJP. In due course, due to the pressure of its own rank and file, the community vote-banks and the Congress-Communists combine, the DMK finally broke away from BJP and joined hands with Congress, the Communists and Pattali Makkal Katchi and this phenomenon alone could ensure its massive victory in the recent Parliamentary elections. In the last year’s Assembly elections of Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference had to lose because of the only factor of the BJP, with which it shared power at the Centre for about four to five years defying the wishes of the masses.

Though NC had broken away from BJP on the eve of the Assembly elections, the damage has been done, it has lost its credibility and the masses punished NC for enjoying power in the company of BJP. The recent parliamentary elections of India have clearly proved that masses from all sections of the Indian society have rejected fascism and violence-pronged politics. More than 90 per cent of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and other castes have expressed their willingness that they want to live with peace with each other. They know that Secularism and peaceful co-existence are the hallmarks of the development of the country and that the real strength of the country lies in “Unity in diversity”.

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