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MONTHLY    *    Vol 12-06 No:138    *   JUNE 1998/ SAFAR 1419H

email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Bharatiyakaran of Education System
Haj Delegation Whitewashed BJP Crimes
Restrict Pilgrim Nos: Salamatullah
Postage stamp Released
Directory of Awqaf
Madrassa Overpayment : Media Lampoons Muslims
American Study Group on Kashmir
Al-Ameen Offers Free Seats in MBA, Hotel Mgt. etc.
AMU Student Claims New Rocket
Stress on Distance Education
Foundation Laid for Al-Falah Engineering College
Al-Ameen Women's Wings


Bharatiyakaran of Education System

By A.B.Masoud

NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Shiksha Mandal (BSM), an RSS affiliate is drafting a proposal for the central government and Delhi government to mould the education system totally in tune with its political philosophy.

The proposal for the 'Bharatiya System of Education' that will be sent to the government shortly, calls for rewriting history books, abolishing Article 29 which permits minorities to run their educational institutions, and a focus on Sanskrit.

BSM says reform in the mode of education is necessary to give more to 'nationalism' and to enthuse a sense of pride among the present generations. For this, it has prescribed a national syllabi of six subjects.

Firstly, the proposal says the historical distortions carried out intentionally by the British should be eliminated to "correct the history"

According to Dr. B.R. Sateja, General Secretary, BSM, our history tells us that the Aryans were not original inhabitants of India but migrated from central Asia. However, the Vedas clearly indicate that the Aryans were an indigenous race."

The second point is on India's struggle for Independence which started way before Britain made India a colony, and around the time of Alexander's invasion in 300 BC. With these points, the BSM wants to convert the freedom struggle into a 1500-year struggle, essentially against Muslim rule.

Stressing the need for value-based education, the BSM says that students should be taught 'Bharatiya Culture', and Sanskrit should be made compulsory in the school curriculum because it is an undetachable part of the Indian civilisation.

About Article 29, BSM asks why only minorities should be given privileges in education. Let the right to education be a prerogative of everybody.

BSM is one of the few education- related organisations of the RSS. Its members come from University teachers and other academicians. It organises camp every year to impart a refresher course on Hindu culture.
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Haj Delegation Whitewashed BJP Crimes

By A.B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : The Indian Haj delegation's bid to whitewash the BJP's complicity in demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya has come under sharp focus. Several Muslim organisations have criticised the use of Haj delegation and use of pilgrimage to for exculpation campaign for the current ruling party.

Mr. Anis Durrani, president of the Anjuman Khuddamul Hajjaj accusing the official delegation, mostly comprising the BJP activists of using lies without fear of Allah and the day of Judgement at the holy sites and during sacred months.

Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, Assistant Secretary General of the Milli Council (who was suspended for the brief period from the council to enable him to fight Lok Sabha elections from Kishenganj constituency and was reappointed thereafter) said the Sang Parivar was now able to use Muslims to mislead the international community and the Muslim masses.

It may be recalled that the official Haj delegation led by a former member of Planning Commission Mohammad Fazal had asserted at a press conference in Jeddah that "the BJP was a victim of false propaganda" and that "the demolished structure at Ayodhya was not a Mosque as no prayers were being offered there for the past 50 years." He further said there were no Muslims in Ayodhya, therefore the question of their being a Masjid did not arise at all". He completely glossed over the facts that nearly 16 other Mosques in Ayodhya were either demolished or damaged by the mobs which also killed the secretary of the BJP's Minority Morcha.

The Haj Delegation was hurriedly constituted after the Government of the BJP and its allies was constituted on March 20 (Haj took place on April 6). Several new entrants to the BJP were accommodated in lieu of their contribution to the poll campaign. Besides Mr. Mohammad Fazal, the delegation had former hockey Olympian Alsam Sher Khan; former Union Minister Dr. Abrar Ahmed; Union Minister for Information Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi; Omar Ilyasi (son of Maulana Jameel Ilyasi, president of Imams Organisation) and several hitherto unknown entities such as Abdul Sattar, Abdul Hafiz etc. The reconstitution was done at a time when some members of the earlier delegation, constituted by the lameduck Government of Mr. I.K. Gujral, had received the necessary documents to embark upon the journey to represent the Government of India in the Goodwill Haj Delegation.

Notable among those who were excluded from this list were Abdul Sattar Shaikh, secretary Muslim Personal Law Board, Justice Sardar Ali Khan of MRTPC; Mr. Salamatullah, Chairman, Central Haj Committee, Maulana Ubaidullah Khan Azmi MP (Janata Dal); and Mr. Safdar Ali, security chief at Trade Fair Authority.

Commenting upon the exclusion of the above persons, Mr. Talmiz Ahmed, secretary, Haj cell, Ministry of External Affairs said it was the prerogative of the Government to nominate anyone it wanted. To a pointed query, Mr. Ahmed admitted that political personalities got nominated on the Haj Goodwill Delegation against the norms to accommodate people of all walks of life.

A member of the delegation, requesting anonymity told the Islamic Voice that the delegation received only lukewarm response from the Saudi authorities. He revealed that the leader of the delegation Mohammad Fazal unnecessarily raked up the Babri affair in the Press Conference in order to please the BJP bosses. It may be recalled that Mr. Fazal's name was on the list of probable governors at that time with the new BJP Government.

Meanwhile, former MP Syed Shahabuddin has urged the Government to discontinue the practice of sending people on Haj at the official account. He said it was an unnecessary burden on the public exchequer. He said this amount, if government wishes, could be diverted for welfare scheme for the minorities.
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Restrict Pilgrim Nos: Salamatullah

By Andalib Akhtar

NEW DELHI : The Haj Committee proposes to suggest the Government of India to restrict the number of Haj Pilgrims, so that adequate facilities could be ensured for all pilgrims. "If possible, this number should not exceed 66,000, the number of pilgrims in the just concluded Hajj. He said contrary to impression gained from the media, the role of the Haj Committee is limited to the coordination and all arrangements at the holy sites are made by the Haj Consulate in Jeddah.

He said the delay in Haj flights was because of paucity of halls at the Jeddah Airport Hajj Terminal. He said most pilgrims carried 80 to 90 kgs. of luggage on their journey back home against the allowed norm of 45 kgs, hence the need to dispatch it in later flights.
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Directory of Awqaf

NEW DELHI : The Institute of Objective Studies New Delhi would prepare a Directory of Awqaf in India with collaboration of the Kuwait Awkaf Public Foundation, according to the IOS newsletter.
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Madrassa Overpayment : Media Lampoons Muslims

By Soroor Ahmed

The Madrassa teachers of Bihar are on the warpath following the announcement by the state government that it would deduct their salary every month as they have been getting excess amount right from 1988. They have knocked at the various doors for the redressal of their grievances and have even moved the court.

The first news of the overpayment of the dearness allowance came in January this year when a senior official reportedly leaked the matter to a newspaper. Since then the media have launched a barrage of criticism on the teachers and the ruling political party.

Initially the madrassa teachers reacted meekly but of late they have decided to take to the streets. They have met all the Muslim ministers and leaders and have even petitioned the Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi. They alleged that the official version of overpayment is baseless and smacks of communalism. Since most of the Muslim ministers are not aware of the nitty gritty of the matter they have given the customary assurances.

Whether the teachers have been paid extra amount or not the manner in which the print media is highlighting the issue is simply deplorable as it is full of communal overtone. Most of the papers went to town with the official allegation that the teachers have been paid extra DA simply because they belonged to a particular community (read Muslim) and have the patronage of a particular party and personality (read RJD and Laloo Yadav).

The truth, however, is otherwise. These teachers have always been facing discrimination as they are purely Muslim group of employees and the bureaucrats have found an easy target to harass. They have always been creating hitches over the annual grant to the madrassas. The newspapers have so far failed to substantiate the charge as to how the madrassa teachers had been getting more DA between 1988 and 1990 when the Congress was ruling.

The fact is that the teachers are getting salary from the government and not from any political party and a pay-scale had been created long back. The big poser is: How is it that none of the district magistrates, district education officers, the finance commissioner and additional finance commissioner of the state besides hordes of other officials detected the overpayment. If the overpayment has been made who is to be blamed? And should not all these officials be punished? The bureaucrats of the state think by passing the buck to the ruling political party and madrassa teachers they have been absolved of all the blame, when the fact is that they are the true culprits. And if over payment has not been made then why this smear campaign against a community?
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American Study Group on Kashmir

By A.B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : An unofficial delegation of American academics is touring India and Pakistan to strike out an “amicable solution to the Kashmir problem”. The delegation was commissioned by the US-based non-governmental organisation ‘Kashmir Study Group’ to acquire a sampling of opinion in the two countries in regard to the current status of the Kashmir dispute and also to prepare ground for an ‘Oslo type’ dialogue between India and Pakistan.

Last year the New York based study group, funded by a Kashmiri millionaire Farooq Kathwai, had sponsored a five-member team of South Asia experts under Dr. Robert. G. Wirsing, Professor in the University of South Carolina, which toured the region extensively interacting with journalists, academics, politicians and officials. According to Dr. Wirsing, last time it was a ‘fact-finding’ mission to analyse the current status of the Kashmir dispute and preferred measures for future action. The second tour after a year, he said, was aimed at gathering reaction and suggestions to implement the measures.

These measures, which were published in a 72-page report entitled The Kashmir Dispute of Fifty were rejected by both India and Pakistan. The team members however, told the Islamic Voice here that they were optimistic that their interaction with the key persons will create a conductive atmosphere, leading to an end to the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Kashmir Study Group consists of American Congressmen, senators, academics and diplomats, with most of them experts on South Asia. The group includes congressmen Gary Ackerman, James Leach and Senater Torriceli, besides 20 others scholars, diplomats and businessmen.

According to a team member, the KSG commands and lends full support to the government of India, and Pakistan for initiating a dialogue for normalising relations. Without using the cliche of “Oslo type interaction” the team of American academics recommended that India and Pakistan should provide a protected institutional framework to the ongoing dialogue. “This means, that there should be frequent publicity-free meetings of official representatives insulated from the likely stress and strains of relationship” explained Dr. Wirsing.

The team also favoured that the restoration of normality in the state is a vital initial step towards an eventual fair and honourable solutions of the Kashmir tangle.

Among it recommendations the team suggested that the political representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be formally included in negotiations between India and Pakistan.
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Al-Ameen Offers Free Seats in MBA, Hotel Mgt. etc.

BANGALORE : The Al-Ameen Education Society would provide free seats in various courses in the Al-Ameen Institute of Management. According to a press release by Assistant Secretary, three seats in the 2-year MBA course, five seats in 3-year BBM course and three seats in Bachelor Degree of Hotel Management (BHM) would be offered with total exemption of fee. The current 3-year BHM course is likely to be made a 4-year course by the All India Council for Technical Education, the release said. The seats would be offered to meritorious Muslim candidates subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, it added. Applications can be obtained from Society's office at the Al-Ameen Education Campus, Administrative Block, Hosur Road, Opposite Lal Bagh Main Gate, BANGALORE-27, by paying application fee.
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AMU Student Claims New Rocket

By A Staff Writer

NEW DELHI : Mohammad Aslam Durrani, a student of the Aligarh Muslim University has claimed to develop a new technology for rockets.

The National Research and Development Board has asked Mr. Durani to submit a comprehensive report of his project so that the Board could provide him financial help.

According to reports from Aligarh the new technology is different from the one hither to used in rockets. It recycles the fuel once used in the rocket.

About the new rocket, the student said it would consist of three compressor units. The fuel chamber would be on the first compressor unit and above it there would be a control cabin which is connected with a propeller unit. All the three unit would compress the gases. As the gas reaches the propeller unit, this unit will exert a third force on whole system and the rocket would fly.

Though the Durrani’s new endeavour seems to be ambitious, it has to be seen how this technology will help the development of space technology in India.
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Stress on Distance Education

By Andalib Akhtar

NEW DELHI: The newly created Maulana Azad National Urdu University will pay special attention to women’s education who could not continue education due to various reasons. This was stated here by Varsity’s Vice Chancellor, Shamim Tairajpuri at a reception given by Delhi Urdu Academy.

Mr. Tairajpuri said the University would give more importance to correspondence courses and was already designing the courses in collaboration with IGNOU. He said paucity of books in Urdu was a real handicap but it would be overcome through translations. He also announced opening of its regional centres in Bangalore, Delhi and Patna.
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Foundation Laid for Al-Falah Engineering College

DHWAJ (HARYANA) : Foundation stone was laid here for the building of the Al-Falah Engineering and Technology College in the first week of May. The college began functioning in 1977 in temporary premises in Ghurgaon. The new campus will be located on a 54-acre piece of land. It proposes to include courses on Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management.

Al-Falah Group Chairman Tawwad Ahmed Siddiqui said the Engineering College was not started with the aim to gather riches but to help the Mewat regions progress. He said the Group would like to turn the college into a self-financing institution.

Foundation stone was laid by Haryana Finance Minister Suraj Pal Singh. Al-Falah Charitable Trust also run a free clinic and mobile dispensary in the region catering to the health need of seven villages.
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Al-Ameen Women's Wings

BANGALORE : The Al-Ameen Women’s Wing organised an awareness exhibition at the Al-Ameen Haji Latif General Hospital in D.J. Halli and Kavalbyrasandra areas of Bangalore during April 18-25 in order to bring about educational and health awareness in the area infested by slums. Minto Eye Hospital, Indian Medical Association, Lake Side Education Trust, Lions Club of Bangalore North, Women’s Voice and Crime and Traffic Police of Bangalore participated in the exhibition. According to Secretary Dr. Taj Shoukath, the Wing would be holding eye camps in the area in June and is seeking cooperation from Sulabh and Sarvodaya International Trust to construct several civic amenities. The Wing has already been running a High School and General Hospital in the area for over a decade.
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