Monthly Archives: July 2017

This Indian Muslim will fast to protect cows

Kudbay Village (Nakhtrana Taluka), Kutch , GUJARAT :

Jabbar Jat
Jabbar Jat

 Jabbar is a cattle-breeder and owns 16 cows and nine buffaloes. And he loves them.

In the last three years since the BJP government came to power, according to one estimate, 90 lynching incidents have taken place because of alleged beef dealing and cow slaughter. Quite often there has been severe beatings for even transporting cattle. The cause of the cow is seen as dividing communities, especially Hindus and Muslims.

And Jabbar Jat, 27, a Muslim from Kudbay village of Nakhtrana taluka in Kutch, in a great reversal of roles, is at the forefront of a movement to protect cows, reports the Times of India.

Jabbar is a cattle-breeder and owns 16 cows and nine buffaloes. And he loves them. So much so, last week he wrote a letter to the district collector, suggesting each district in Kutch should allocate grazing land for cattle.

To reinforce his demands Jabbar would be going on a fast for 48 hours, beginning July 20 at the Kutch district collectorate.

Jabbar says it is not enough that the government make noises about cattle protection. To become proactive in this matter, he suggests that the administration could begin allotting two buffaloes to each farmer. He also says the state government should bear 50 per cent cost of each gaushala (cow shelter) and it must buy back fertiliser made of cow urine and cow dung from the farmers. These measures, he believes, would be far more effective than just saying cow is sacred.

“In the last two to three years, cow has become a tool to spread hatred, which is hitting the business. Besides, no gau rakshak (cow vigilante) himself rears a cow and merely indulges in hooliganism in the name of cow protection. So, I decided to take up the cause. I would like to tell gau rakshaks that let us sit together for the cause of the cow because killing in the name of cow will lead us to a barbaric society, which will never serve the true purpose,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The local cow protectors, though a little flummoxed, are in support of Jabbar’s views. Jabbar has invited people from all communities to join him for the fast.

In response, Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Gujarat State Cow Welfare Board said: “The state government will make efforts to increase economic viability of cows so that people will not let their bovines loose in the city. Once they start earning more from cow dung and cow urine, they will keep their cows at home instead of letting them stray on the roads.”

source: / Khaleej Times / Home> International> India / by C.P. Surendran, New Delhi / July 17th, 2017

College that put poor Muslim girls in science labs turns 50


The institution located near Nagpada in central Mumbai, has shaped four generations of Muslims
The institution located near Nagpada in central Mumbai, has shaped four generations of Muslims

The first thing that strikes you after entering the arched gate of Maharashtra College of Arts, Science and Commerce is its happy ambience. Groups of girls, many of them in hijab, and boys animatedly chat at the ground floor hall while the seven-storey building’s two lifts are constantly busy. The well-stocked library is occupied. So are its several labs. In a nutshell, vibrancy oozes out of its every pore. So how is Maharashtra College different from so many educational institutions in the city? The difference lies in its location. In the vicinity of Kamathipura, the red-light area, and near Nagpada, the heart of Muslim neighbourhoods in the city, Maharashtra College at Central Mumbai has shaped the fortunes of four generations of Muslims, especially girls, in the area.

Started in 1968, the college will soon kick off its golden jubilee celebrations and has lined up a series of programmes aimed at debating how to further empower the locality’s youths educationally.

“But for this college, thousands in the area would have dropped out after 10th Std. Conservative parents were reluctant to send their daughters to colleges in south Mumbai and this college came as a godsend,” recalls businessman and community leader Ghulam Peshimam who graduated from here in the 1970s.

It was the sheer need of a college in the Muslim-dominated area that made its founding fathers move with a missionary zeal. Educationist and philanthropist Mohammed Ali Mitha, who had founded a series of schools, led the initiative to set up a college in the locality which had none before it. Muslim-managed colleges like Burhani and Akbar Peerbhoy came later. Mitha one day landed up at then urban development minister and Islamic scholar Dr Rafiq Zakaria’s office. “Zakaria sahab was initially reluctant to come on board but couldn’t say no once Mitha assured him of finding funds and also offered him to become the life-time president of Khairul Islam Higher Education Society which runs the college,” says septuagenarian Haji N Kalaniya, who studied and retired as a teacher from here before he was inducted as the society’s general secretary.

Kalaniya recalls that once he accompanied Mitha to Haji Ali Dargah where they saw a wealthy Good Samaritan handing out Rs 100 note to each of the beggars assembled there. “Mitha stood in the queue and asked me too to stand behind him. The Rs 200 that we received went to the college funds,” laughs Kalaniya.

Started with just 100 students, Kalania adds that many students had to be coaxed and virtually “lifted” from homes to join the college as the working class in Madanpura, Nagpada and Bhendi Bazaar then gave little importance to higher education. Today the college, its principal Dr Sirajuddin H Chougle proudly informs, has over 3,700 students in various courses, including PG and PhD, IT and journalism. It caters to mostly students from deprived families, wards of daily wagers, taxi drivers, factory workers. “Once while travelling in a taxi the driver told me that his three daughters had graduated from here. I was touched to hear that,” says M Z Shahid, who teaches political science here. “If it was not this college I don’t think I would have become a boxer,” says Hijabclad Shaikh Afifa, the college’s only woman boxer. Besides, the list of sportspersons it has produced is long: Shahid Qureishi and Zafar Ansari (basketball), Khalid Khan (boxing), Nadeem Khan (football)—to name a few.

If Mumbai has been a crucible of many Urdu poets and writers, Maharashtra College must share the credit. It is here that Urdu poets like Abduallah Kamal, Irteza Nishat, Shamim Abbas and Obaid Azam Azmi honed their skills.

“I once heard celebrated poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz here reciting his famous revolutionary poem which spoke of man’s urge for emancipation. The college has kept the city’s literary lamp alive,” says Urdu Markaz’s director Zubair Azmi. As it enters its 50thyear, the city expects the college to earn more laurels in future.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mumbai News> Schools & Colleges / by Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN / July 30th, 2017

Abhishek Dhudasiya won Men’s Graded ‘A’ Division Title in Bangalore Open Tenpin Bowling Championships

Bengaluru, KARNATAKA :


Abhishek Dhudasiya of Tamil Nadu won the Men’s Graded ‘A’ Division Title at the Wissen 3rd Bangalore Open Tenpin Bowling Championships – 2017 being held at the Amoeba Bowling Center, Church Street, Bangalore.

In the Masters Round, held this morning, where Top 20 bowlers bowled 8 games block to decide the winner based on total pinfall. Abhishek bowled quite consistently, scoring 6 games above 200 and ending up with total pinfall of 1674 and an impressive average of 209.25.

Sports India Live Staff | Sports India Live
Sports India Live Staff | Sports India Live

The 22-year-old Abhishek finished 91 pins ahead of Salman Khan of Karnataka who finished 2nd with total pinfall of 1583. Former International Antony Rajkumar (1535) of Karnataka finished 3rd.

In the Masters Round of Open Division, out of 16 bowlers who made the Cut, 8 bowlers are from Karnataka. Vijay Punjabi of Karnataka is injured and in his place, 1st Reserve Surendra Babu from TamilNadu will play this evening.

All 16 bowlers will bowl 8 games this evening and 8 games tomorrow morning. Top 4 bowlers, based on cumulative pinfall of 16 games will move to the Knock-Out Stepladder round. The Finals will be held at 5 pm tomorrow.

source: http://www.sportsindialive.con / Sports India Live / Home> Bowling / by Sports Ind ia Live Staff / July 28th, 2017

Mangaluru : While on this bus , learn how to file IT returns

Mangaluru, KARNATAKA :

Ibrahim Thabreez, 23, has equipped his bus with WiFi and offers free tax consultation
Ibrahim Thabreez, 23, has equipped his bus with WiFi and offers free tax consultation

Owner of a private bus in Mangaluru encourages people to file IT returns by offering information and free consultation

After offering free Wi-Fi services on a private city bus, a Golden Line bus that runs between Mangaluru city (State Bank of India Bus Stand) and Hoo Hakuvakallu near Konaje will offer free consultancy services on several issues such as GST, linking PAN with Aadhaar, filing IT returns and how to go about it.

Ibrahim Thabreez, a 23-year-old MBA graduate working as an export executive at Sharief Marine Product Private Limited decided to spread awareness on the subject. Thabreez‘s family is into transport business and they own about three city buses.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Thabreez said, “People panic when they hear the word tax. Now, with GST, the panic has only increased. I am campaigning so that people come forward and file their returns. I explain to them the benefits of filing returns and how to go about it. For this, I have pasted posters inside the bus. I thought this is the right time to spread awareness as there are few days left to file returns for the last financial year. I addition, I am helping people with getting a PAN card, as well as linking it to their Aadhaar cards and bank accounts,” he said.

The non-salaried class often try to avoid filing returns. “I have provided my mobile number on the posters on the bus. While I guide them for free, in case they want me to take it further and get them a PAN card, I will do so only by charging a fee prescribed by the government. Regarding IT returns, I can guide them on the taxable amount and how to go about filing e-returns. In case they insist that I file it for them, I can provide the services at my office at a reasonable fee,” he said.

When JIOFi was launched earlier this year, Thabreez saw to it that a device was placed inside the bus so that people could use WiFi for free. Though the free offer has ended, they use upto 5 GB data in the bus every day.

source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> News> State / by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / July 27th, 2017

Remembering the life and works of Akhtarul Iman

Quila, Dist. Garhwal, UTTARAKHAND (formerly Uttar Pradesh)  / Mumbai (MAHARASHTRA) :

Janab Khaleel Mamoon and Gopchand Narang at the inauguration of All India Seminar on Life and Works of Eminent Urdu Poet Akhtarul Iman in Bangalore, on 22, January, 2012. Photo:V Sreenivasa Murthy
Janab Khaleel Mamoon and Gopchand Narang at the inauguration of All India Seminar on Life and Works of Eminent Urdu Poet Akhtarul Iman in Bangalore, on 22, January, 2012. Photo:V Sreenivasa Murthy

On Sunday, Urdu aficionados across the city came together to remember, discuss and delve into the nuances of the life and works of noted Urdu poet and award-winning screenwriter in Hindi cinema Akhtarul Iman.

Though Iman was recognised as among the important faces of modern Urdu poetry after he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1962, there has been little discourse, or few seminars held on him, said academic Gopichand Narang at a daylong seminar organised by the All-India Urdu Manch and Sahitya Akademi.

Dr. Narang, professor emeritus at the Hyderabad Central University, spoke about several facets of the Iman’s life and his poetry, alluding them to a “jigsaw puzzle”. Having been recognised by the Urdu community only after he was conferred the Sahitya Akademi award for Yaadein, Dr. Narang said that Iman’s works needed to be revisited.

“It was only after the award that everyone started reading him, and his name was taken with the likes of Meeraji and N.M. Rashid,” he said. He was fiercely independent, and though he was writing for Bollywood for his “source of livelihood”, he was always “an outsider” to Hindi cinema. He said Iman neither compromised on his ‘shayari’ nor ‘films’.


Iman wrote several award-winning screenplays, including for classics such as WaqtDharmputraKanoonPatthar Ke Sanam and Gumrah. However, he did not write lyrics for film songs unlike many of his Urdu poet contemporaries, Dr. Narang pointed out.

‘Jigsaw puzzle’

On the “jigsaw puzzle” that he compares the poet’s persona to, Dr. Narang said Iman’s writing was multifaceted. While, on the one hand, his poetry reflected a sense of longing for human values, relationships and innocence that a migrant would feel in a metropolis like Mumbai (Iman himself migrated to Bombay from Uttar Pradesh), it also dealt with weighty socio-political issues such as corruption, poverty and injustice, he said.

“A facet of his writing can be compared to R.K. Laxman’s ‘common man’ who observes all that is wrong around him, all that is commercialised, and the erosion of human values,” Dr. Narang explained. While Iman did refer to and appreciate revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he was not among the activists, he added. “Some are activists, and then there are others who simply use the power of their pen.”

No ghazals

Several papers discussing the works of Iman were presented at the seminar. Khaleel Mamoon, former chairman of the Karnataka Urdu Academy, said Iman would be remembered for his strong individualism. “He never wrote ghazals as he felt that the form does not permit expression of original ideas and concept. He also believed that ghazals as a form had already reached its zenith by the time of Mirza Ghalib… so kept himself away from the tradition of ghazals.”

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bangalore – January 23rd, 2012

Shah Faaiz Alam, an AMU Mechanical Engineering Postgraduate to join Indian Air Force



Aligarh :

Bringing string of accolades to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one after the other; Shah Faaiz Alam, a Mechanical Engineering Postgraduate student of the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU has been selected by the Indian Air Force under Permanent Commission for the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch.

Alam, earlier brought laurels to his alma mater by getting recommended by Air Force Selection Board, Dehradun. Alam achievements did not stop there as he later made it to the All-India merit list securing 5th All-India rank under the technical stream.

He will now be joining the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad in July for the commencement of training for a period of six months. Alam will be further sent to Air Force Technical College (AFTC), Bangalore for further advanced technical training of 52 weeks under the rank of ‘Under-Training Flying Officer’.

Professor Mohd Altamash Siddiqui, Chairperson, Department of Mechanical Enginneering and Dr Nafis Ahmad II have congratulated Mr Alam for the achievement.

source: / TwoCircles / Home> Indian Muslim / by TCN News / July 03rd, 2017