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Mughals were leaders of first independence war, says NALSAR University of Law V-C



Lucknow :

These are times of aggressive nationalism we are living in, said vice chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Faizan Mustafa, where we have started to consider Mughals not part of the country. Mustafa speaking at the grand 200th bicentenary birth anniversary celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in Lucknow on Tuesday went ahead to say that Mughals were in fact leaders of the first war of independence of 1857 and were considered so by the likes of Tipu Sultan, Tatya Tope and others.

“Mughals were an integral part of India who could not be fragmented from its soul and now we are here in these times of aggressive nationalism where we are having doubts about them. And this nationalism has not only made us target the Mughals, but also recently there were similar talks about Rabindranath Tagore,” said Mustafa who was the guest of honour at the Sir Syed Day organised by Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) Old Boys’ Association. Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali was the chief guest on the day, both of whom being former pupils of the university, recounted their time spent at AMU.

Mustafa also cleared that now when criticising the government is equated to being seditious, it was in 1860 after a fatwa (decree) from clerics at Deoband against the British that the law of sedition as a charge was enacted. Mustafa also exhorted his fellow Aligs (as past pupils of AMU are popularly known) that the dream of Sir Syed has not yet been realised with Muslims lagging in both modern education and securing government jobs.

In his brief speech, Mustafa also touched upon the controversy around AMU’s minority status and said, “People say that the minority status was for the college and with AMU a university, it does not stand now. I researched for this when I had to submit in Allahabad high court as AMU’s stand on the case and I found that when Sir Syed laid the foundation of the madrasa it was the university he had in mind and when he gave his first speech in 1877 when the school was raised to the college level, in front of Lord Lytton he said that one day the college would be a university.

Mustafa also said that blaming Sir Syed for the two nation theory was not just wrong but also absurd. “In several of his recorded speeches, he has identified and defined both Hindus and Muslims as not separate identities but one qaum (community) and one nation. Mustafa considered an authority on law also said that reforms in Muslim personal laws were needed and could only be possible through the ideas of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.

ON the day, the AMU Old Boys’ Association and its members that had gathered in the city from different parts of the state passed the resolution to raise demand of Bharat Ratna for Sir Syed and to generate funds for a Sir Syed House in Lucknow to carry on his Aligarh movement of education.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Lucknow News / by Yusra Hussain / TNN / October 18th, 2017

Jamia Milia Islamia alumni meet evokes nostalgic memories


The ex-Jamia students came all the way from India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UK for the meet
The ex-Jamia students came all the way from India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UK for the meet

The meet not only fostered the alumni bond, but also extended a helping hand to fresh graduates

It was an evening steeped in nostalgia, as over 500 alumni of New Delhi’s central university and one of India’s most famous – Jamia Millia Islamia – came from all across the world to celebrate their alma mater’s 97th birthday.

Scores of ex-Jamia students who travelled all the way from India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UK along with their families, attended the event at Hyatt Regency, Dubai Creek Heights.

Apart from the distinguished guest list that included Ambassador of India to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri, the university’s vice chancellor Talat Ahmed and other dignitaries, successful alumni shared nostalgic memories of their time at the school.

The programme began with a recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by the university’s anthem called sung with full enthusiasm.

Addressing the gathering, prominent alumni Parvez Akram Siddquie welcomed the guests and JMI alumni and highlighted the university’s key objectives. He spoke about starting a medical college in the university’s campus, expansion of the campus, and campus placement for students.

Talking about the role of the alumni meet, Siddquie added: “The heart of the alumni meet lies in giving back in kind to their alma mater. Such meets not only aim to bring together and foster a bond among alumni, but also are a means of extending a helping hand to fresh graduates in different aspects, from job-hunting to settling down in the UAE. Many a time, the alumni chapter has also generated funds for pressing needs like a hostel accommodation at the university.”

Dr Haji Ibrahim, co-chairman of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, announced the company’s support in building the hostel facility for students, on the Jamia campus.

JMI vice-chancellor Talat Ahmed delivered a powerful speech on the values and ideals that define the university. Stating that JMI is a confluence of modern and age-old values of brotherhood and mutual coexistence, he said: “JMI is a platform from which students embark on a journey of learning and self-discovery. It is a model of national integration where children of every religion, sect, and denomination study together,” Ahmed said.

“We recalled our college days today, as we met our batchmates and friends after so many years, even 20 years in some cases. We shared the same jokes that we cracked as students and had a great time catching up,” said Imtiyaz Ahmad, a JMI alumni and one of the meet’s organisers.

Suri assured his support in getting the Global Jamia Alumni Network (GJAN) official recognition and registration in the UAE.

Talking about the role of Indian expats in the UAE, Suri said: “I was talking to some very high officials in the UAE government, and they said we have been told to drive the India-UAE relationship because our leaders believe that Indians are the people we trust. Why? ‘Because, at home, we leave our children in the care of Indians, in hospitals we put our lives in the hands of Indian doctors, and in banks, we put our money in the hands of Indian bankers’ he said. There is a lot of goodwill earned by the Indian community.”

The show concluded with the vote of thanks by one of the main organisers and JMI alumni Nadeem Hasan. Others key alumni members who helped in organising the event were Imtiyaz Ahmad Ansari, Eqbal Ahmad, Abdul Khaliq, Abbad Khan, Ahmad Khan, Riyaz Khan, Shams Khan, Jalal Ahmad, Rizwan Ahmad, Salauddine Ansari and Amjad Khan has been appreciated to make this event successful and Syed Nadeem Zaidi.

source: / Khaleej Times / Home> Nation / October 24th, 2017

Novel project to promote reading habit in children

Vijayawada, ANDHRA PRADESH / Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

Sadiq Ali has been on a mission to promote book-reading through a mobile library.A.V.G. Prasad
Sadiq Ali has been on a mission to promote book-reading through a mobile library.A.V.G. Prasad

Cart loaded with books set to reach schools in State

To inculcate the love of reading in children, former journalist and Hyderabad-based businessman Sheik Sadiq Ali has embarked on a unique mission. He operates a mobile library by stacking books on a pushcart that moves around remote villages and distributes books to young children who do not have access to them.

The collection of books has all genres that cater to different tastes. “Books stimulate our imagination, curiosity and creativity, thereby enriching our lives. Realising the need to make books accessible to people at the grassroots level, I decided to take up this task,” he explains.

Why use push cart when he can afford a car or other comfortable mode of transport? “Most of my friends suggested that I fix motors to the cart or at least hire workers to push it. But I refused and chose to do it myself because I wanted to create interest among people who usually see vegetables, toys or other things sold on such four-wheeled carts. I was sure that it would raise the curiosity of kids, my target group,” he explains.

Mr. Sadiq, popular as Thopudu Bandi Sadiq, has done his Masters in Telugu from the Osmania University and his wife Usha is Joint Director in Agriculture Department. He invests in real estate and also runs an online matrimonial website and the money generated there is spent on purchase of books in bulk from publishers, most of who are generous with subsidies.

His pushcart first hit the road on February 22 at the People’s Plaza on the Necklace Road in Hyderabad in 2015, covering 350 km in the twin cities. The next year in January, the vehicle loaded with books set out with a slogan of Palle ku prematho thopudu bandi, covering about 1,000 km in 100 days across villages in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Medak and Warangal districts. This was followed by Vooroora Grandhalayam (library in every village) wherein he started libraries in 130 villages.

If his badi-badi ki thopudu bandi catered to the need of books in village schools, his Basthi lo pustakala panduga is aimed at taking books to children in summer holidays. His next programme Adavi thalli ki akshara thoranam targets Girijan thandas in the Bhupalapalli district of Telangana, from November 27.

Foray in AP

In collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh Library Association (APLA), Mr. Sadiq Ali now plans to expand his library facilities to children in Andhra Pradesh as well.

“Based on the route map given by the APLA, I’ll start books distribution from February 1, from Thiruvuru,” he says.

He intends to set up two godowns at Kallur which borders Thiruvuru and at Mylavaram and each of them will have stocks of books sufficient for 15-20 libraries.

“The APLA will give all possible support to him,” said Sarada Raavi, general secretary of the Association.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh /  by P. Sujatha Varma / Vijayawada – November 20th, 2017

‘Books important for knowledge society’

Vijayawada, ANDHRA PRADESH :

Books play key role in creation of a knowledge society, said Krishna district Collector B. Lakshmikantham, on Sunday.

Addressing a meeting organised by Andhra Pradesh Library Association at Sarvotham Bhavan near Benz Circle as part of 50th National Library Week celebration, Mr. Lakshmikantham said the library movement has great significance in Andhra Pradesh State as people who spearheaded the library movement also were important part of the freedom struggle.

The Collector said every individual must take to book-reading as books never let down anybody. He said knowledge was essential for all-round development of a society and pointed to the fact that Andhra Pradesh State was in the forefront in implementation of many good people-centric programmes.

Former MP Chennupati Vidya was honoured with this year’s Gadicherla Foundation Award, named after freedom fighter and champion of library movement Gadicherla Harisarvottama Rao. Sheik Sadiq Ali, a former journalist who is working relentlessly to promote reading habit among children in villages, was presented with the Paturi Nagabhushanam Grandhalayam Puraskaram on the occasion.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – November 20th, 2017

As Urdu gets a fillip from Telangana govt, khatibs see a glimmer of hope

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :


As he sits in the quiet, nondescript lane of Chatta Bazaar, surrounded by stacks of paper and the smell of fresh ink of screen-printing, one could easily mistake Mohammed Ghouseuddin Azeem for just another vendor taking orders for wedding cards. wading through the rickety scooters that dangerously lean onto each other, we reach Azeem, who eyes us rather suspiciously when we ask: “Kya aap khatib hai?”
A khatib, (which roughly translates to calligrapher), is the name for artists who master the age-old art of designing alphabets and words in Urdu using a specialised pen and Indian ink. But for Azeem, khushnawees or khushkhat (calligraphy) is more ‘grammar’ than art. “It may seem like we are writing it anyway we want, but if I draw the alphabet ‘ba’ in font size 12 and font size 60, the distance between the first part of the letter to the end part will be same across the two sizes,” explains Azeem who has been a khatib for over 26 years.
Chatta Bazaar, where his simple workshop is situated, was once the hub of khatibs. But today, only seven-eight are left, rues Azeem, who admits khushnawees is a dying art.
“In the 1990s, the computers came and soon, the Urdu font followed. suddenly khatibs were no more in demand,” recollects Azeem. The first blow came from Urdu newspapers, which once mass-recruited khatibs for chronicling the city’s daily life. But once the print industry moved onto the faster, cost-effective digital medium the art of khushkhat was restricted merely to ornate cards and banners. “I won’t say khushnaweesi has lost its demand completely. The advent of the digital era just made it more precious and rare — something to be cherished,” says Azeem, wistfully.
For Chatta Bazar’s seven-odd khatibs, who run Urdu printing shops parallely, the recent announcement that the government has declared Urdu the second official language of Telangana, serves as a small glimmer of hope to do all they can to preserve their art. “we are the only few remaining who know this art. We have to do this, we have to keep at it, so we ensure this stands the test of time,” says Azhar Hashmi, another khatib.
But passion alone doesn’t fill stomachs and that is precisely why one of them only has his father’s calligraphy collection to show in reminiscence of old times. “I left khushnawees long time back. I used to write for Urdu dailies, but when they stopped, I lost my speed completely so I set up a printing shop,” says 51-year-old Afzal Mohammed Khan. He pulls out his father’s blue scrapbook from under his desk, and shows it to us, with a hint of nostalgia and pride lighting up his face. “My father, Ghouse Mohammed Khan was the best khatib in town in the 60s and 70s. He made all these,” says Afzal, as he turns the 50-odd pages of the book to show off his father’s artistry. One of them shows the drawing of Rajeev Gandhi, with words in Urdu reading, ‘Humara Maseeha’. Another shows the masthead of the daily, Rehnumaye Deccan, another shows the masthead of a paper Munsif. “This was a pandra-roza, or fortnightly,” he says, pointing to the cut out of the masthead his father designed. An old picture falls off the leaf — that of Ghouse, with some dignitaries. Afzal turns over the photo to read the lines written: “This was clicked over 35 years ago with the Education Minister Muddu Krishnama Naidu.”
The male-dominated Chatta Bazar has no sight of women, even as customers. So looking for a woman khatib is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. “Women used to write for the fortnightly or weekly papers. But once the computers came, they too were pushed back into the homes. Now they do write, but as a hobby, not commercially,” explains Afzal. He shows another photograph of his father with a bunch of students at the Marqaz Kushnawwezi in Nampally, where he taught young women calligraphy.
Clearly, things today are a far cry from back then when Urdu got its due. Even as attempts are being made to revive the lost glory of the language, the khatibs lament that outside Old City, their art has barely any takers. “Our market will always be the same — Old City dwellers who want wedding cards and other special correspondence written. The wedding card demand is also there only because the religious heads have mandated the use of Urdu. else everyone would have switched to English,” says Mohammed Abdula, a khatib, adding, “Jab tak Urdu ko tawajjon nahi milega, khatib ka haal aisa hi rahega.”

An evolving art
With changing times, the art too had to evolve and adapt. While the computerised fonts of Urdu run in thousands, there are just seven fonts used for Khatib — Nastaleeq, Riqa, Diwani, Suls, Nasq, Kufi and Diwani Jali. Each of these fonts are unique not just in the way they are recreated on paper, but also unique in terms of their usage and significance. while a Suls is preferred for headings, a Kufi finds its place on the walls of a Masjid and Riqa decorates the Quran. The khatibs uses a pen with nibs of varying sizes, ranging from 1mm to a 3cm. These are entirely made with bamboo. Pens with metallic nibs are called ‘Baru ka Kalam’ by some. “Calligraphy as done before is hardly seen anymore. We use any water based ink now. earlier we used to go to a colour shop in Gulzar House were a special color called Kala Kankar was available. We would heat it in decoction to make ink,” recollects Mohammed Abdula. Now the color shop has gone, Gulzar house has changed and so has the khatib’s precious artform.

Will the newfound recognition that’s coming Urdu’s way from the Telangana government rewrite the khatib’s tale and change his fortune? Only time will tell.

Urdu was born here, it grew here, it’s our language
The beauty of the language is that it is linguistically much richer. We say ‘I love my dog and love my son’ with no difference between the two kinds of love in English. But in Urdu, we say ‘Main apne kutte se pyaar karti hoon aur apne bete se Mohabbat karti hoon’. that impact is what Urdu gives to expression. That difference between ‘mohabbat’ and ‘pyaar’ is where Urdu’s beauty lies.
Iqbal Patni, poet

I’m happy that urdu is getting its due finally
The move to make Urdu the second official language of the state is a good one. Now, the government must employ translators at all offices from Mandal to Secretariat level to ensure that those who learn Urdu will get employment as well because the perception that it is only spoken by minorities is plaguing its growth.
Prof Naseemuddin Farees, MANUU

Urdu is India’s awaam ki boli

I can’t explain how happy I am that Urdu, my mother tongue, has become the second official language of Telangana — this news made my day. Trust me, I’ve been asking Mahmood Ali (deputy CM of Telangana) for years now, why we don’t have names of roads in Urdu. That’s the only way people will see it and get familiar with it. Though my father lived in England for a while and I studied in an English medium school, at home we never spoke in English; it was always Urdu. When we were kids, an Urdu master would come home to teach us. It was that important.

Laxmi Devi Raj, textile revivalist 

Urdu is a language of poetry, music and culture. All kinds of books were translated into Urdu for the general populace to read, including the religious books. But in the 70s the state saw an influx of migrant population, that was alien to Urdu and knew little about it. My parents could read and write in Urdu, but I could only speak. So people are losing touch with the language. We are losing out on our culture and manuscripts chronicled in Urdu. the state recognition is a step to achieve the multi-lingualism which Hyderabad was once famous for.

Anuradha Reddy, historian

Humare liye sona khana peena uthna baithna odhna bichana — everything is Urdu. I think Urdu is the zabaan of a whole lot of Indians. from Lucknow to Bhopal, Punjab to erstwhile Deccan provinces, the language on the street is Urdu. Strangely, it’s ‘called’ Hindi. Urdu was largely the awaam ki boli. At a time when Farsi, persian et al were court languages, Urdu was made for the common man to speak. After independence, Hindi became the official languages. Now that the Telangana government has taken a step in the right direction, they should not simply announce it and forget about it. We should work towards making Urdu a part of everyday life. mushairas should be held again, government offices should allow public to submit requests / applications in Urdu, apart from Telugu and English, sign boards should feature Urdu prominently. Only then will this move make any real impact.

Fawad Tamkant, artist

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / November 19th, 2017

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to inaugurate 4th ‘Hunar Haat’ today


Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display. (Image: IE)
Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display. (Image: IE)

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display.

Speaking at a press conference, the Union Minister said that the fourth edition will continue till November 27 and will exhibit the country’s rich heritage and skills. “This Hunar Haat is unique from earlier exhibitions as for the first time products made by inmates of Delhi’s Tihar Jail are also available. These products include furniture, handlooms, handicrafts, bakery items, hand-prepared oil, organic spices and grain,” Naqvi said.

He added that the artisans’ exquisite pieces of handicraft and handloom works such as cane, bamboo and jute products of Assam; Tussar, Geeja and Matka silk of Bhagalpur (Bihar) and traditional jewellery from Rajasthan and Telangana will be on display at the Haat. “New products to be displayed include baskets made from natural grass by artisans from Puducherry and Uttar Pradesh, Gotapatti work from Rajasthan and mural paintings from Gujarat,” the Union Minister said.

He added that the ministry had earlier organised the Haat for the first time at Pragati Maidan last year.

“The second and third editions were organised in the national capital and Puducherry, which received huge response. ‘Hunar Haat’ will also be organised in Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhopal and other cities in the coming days,” the minister said. He further said that the Ministry is working to establish a Hunar Hub in all states of the country where artisans will be provided training as per present requirement.

‘Hunar (skill) Haat’ is a platform created by the Minority Affairs Ministry to offer employment and market opportunities to artisans and craftsmen from minority communities.

source: / Financial Express / Home> India News / by ANI / November 15th, 2017

A Nikah with a difference!


Mohammed Qasim lived in a small town in north India. One afternoon he came home and sat on the ‘palang’ placed in the courtyard. While serving the lunch, his wife said, ‘What have you planned about the marriage of our daughter?’ Sitting on the chabutra of the kitchen, the daughter was washing the lentils, at a short distance. Mohammed Qasim glanced at his daughter. He got down from the ‘palang’, wore slippers and went into the ‘baithak’. His wife shouted from behind ‘at least have lunch!’

Mohammed Qasim asked a person to call Maulvi Abdullah. Abdullah was his nephew and was still studying in a madrasa. He lived in a room nearby. He rushed to the call of his uncle. His dress would be always clean but the trouser had a tear and the shirt had a stain of ink.

Mohammed Qasim asked his nephew. ‘Son! Do you have any plans about your marriage?’

Abdullah was a little embarrassed by the question. He said ‘how can I think of my marriage in the presence of my elders?’

What do you say about ‘Ikraman’? If you agree Nikah would be solemnised’.

Abdullah thought for a while, and said ‘Uncle whatever decision you and father will take, I won’t dare to reject.’

Mohammed Qasim’s brother-in-law lived in Gwalior. He had told Qasim to marry Abdullah if he finds any suitable proposal. Listening to the reply of Abdullah, Qasim asked him to stay there itself, went inside the house and told his wife. ‘what do you say about Abdullah for our ‘Ikraman’? He is our relative; there is nothing to enquire about him. If you agree let us solemnize their Nikah.’

Qasim’s wife also found the proposal suitable. Both agreed Mohammed Qasim came to his daughter. She was still busy washing lentils. He sat beside his daughter and said ‘Daughter! We have decided to solemnized your Nikah with Maulvi Abdullah. First let us have your consent?’

Ikraman buried her face between her knees in shame.

Qasim’s wife told him, ‘How can you talk of her marriage with a girl? Qasim said’ what’s wrong in that. It’s about shariah. It is necessary to have girl’s consent. There’s no place of shame in the matter of shariah. If Ikraman doesn’t agree, we will find another match. But it is necessary to have her consent.’

Qasim’s wife said ‘modest girls don’t show their consent openly. Had she to refuse the proposal she would have looked at me or would have left the room. This way I would have understood her wish. In such matters girls’ silence is their consent.

After listening to his wife Mohammed Qasim stood up and went outside. Abdullah was still waiting for his uncle in the ‘baithak’. Two or three other persons were also present. Mohammed Qasim called them and said. ‘I am giving the hand of my daughter Amtul Ikram in the hands of Maulvi Abdullah for Nikah.’

He gave 2 paise to a man and asked him to bring dried dates from the shop at the corner of the street. The persons present there became witnesses, and the Nikah was solemnized in few moments. Then Mohammed Qasim asked the groom bring a Doli (palanquin) and take away his bride. When the doli arrived Mohammed Qasim came into the house and sat beside his daughter who was on the prayer mat to offer Zohr prayer and said, ‘Daughter! By the grace of Allah I’ve solemnized your Nikah. Maulvi Abdullah is waiting for you outside, now you go to your house with him.’

Mother was also surprised, she said ‘you should have given me some time. I would have made some good dresses for our daughter. At least I would have changed her dress at the time of Nikah.’

‘Why what’s wrong in this dress? Can’t she offer Namaz in this dress? When her dress is good for namaz why not for Nikah’ asked Qasim.

Meanwhile Ikraman wore burqa. Mother prayed for her, father patted her and took her to the doli. On their way he gave her sound advices about rights of husband and domestic responsibilities.

The next day Qasim invited daughter and son-in-law at his house. Served whatever food was available in the house to the people present in the ‘baithak’ and told them that it was the valima of Maulvi Abdullah.

The story is of Deoband. Mohammed Qasim was later popularly known as Maulana Mohammed Qasim Nanotvi, the founder of Darul-uloom Deoband. His nephew Maulvi Abdullah used to study in Darul Uloom Deoband itself. After passing out from there he went to Aligarh. He was counted among close friends of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and became the first Nazim-e-Deeniyath of Aligarh college.

Narrated by Mohammed Tariq Ghazi, grandson of Maulana Abdullah Ansari

source: / The Siasat Daily / Home> Islamic Hub / November 16th, 2017

President confers awards on Dangal’s Zaira, Super 30’s Anand Kumar


President Ram Nath Kovind presenting silver medal to actor Zaira Wasim during National Child Awards function
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting silver medal to actor Zaira Wasim during National Child Awards function

New Delhi :

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday presented the National Child Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Children’s Day.

This year’s recipients included Super 30’s Anand Kumar and actress Zaira Wasim of Dangal and Secret Superstar fame. At the ceremony Dr Virendra Kumar, minister of state for women and child development, was also present.

This year the National Child Award was given to 16 children out of which one was presented with gold medal and 15 were given silver medal. The National Award for Child Welfare was conferred on three individuals and five institutions.

The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for outstanding contribution towards service of children was conferred on three individuals. Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “By awarding kids, we recognise and encourage their talent and potential for nation building.”

source: / The Times of India / Home> News> India News / TNN / November 15th, 2017

Memory of a SUFI SAINT

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

The view from outside | Photo Credit: Serish Nanisetti
The view from outside | Photo Credit: Serish Nanisetti

Mir Mahmood’s dargah comes alive during the Urs

It is an unmissable green dome that can be seen for miles around in the Rajendranagar area. Overlooking the massive Mir Alam Tank, built on the edge of the hillock now called MM Pahadi or Mir Mahmood ki Pahadi, is the dome of Sufi saint Mir Mahmood. “Mir Mahmood saheb came from Iraq. He came during the rule of Abdullah Qutb Shah and settled down here. When the king was constructing other buildings, Mir Mahmood paid double the wages to pregnant women and more people liked to work here. He lit a torch in the lake to carry on the building activity in the night,” says a caretaker.

According to historians, Syed Shah Emaduddin Mohammed hailed from Najf in present day Iraq and migrated to Bidar along with 50 other Sufis. Here, he came into the influence of Moulana Syed Shamsuddin Hussaini who inducted him to the Nimatullahi order and asked him to move to Hyderabad. He reached here during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah and stayed at the hillock overlooking the lake. The people started calling him Mir Mahmood Saheb. Within a few years, he started constructing his own tomb and on the other side of the lake, the new king Abul Hasan Tana Shah began constructing the dome of his spiritual master Shah Raju Qattal II. The workers and people knew that a miracle was taking place as the labourers were paid higher wages though the there was no known source of income for the Sufi who spent most his time in a trance like state. Now, the dome of Shah Raju is visible from Mir Mahmood’s dargah and Mir Mahmood’s dargah is visible from Shah Raju’s tomb in Misrigunj. But while Mir Mahmood’s dargah has a coat of green that shimmers in the sunlight, Shah Raju’s tomb is a dull grey requiring maintenance.

Mir Mahmood lived only on the hillock and never went to see any other place though the Charminar was very much visible from where he lived. He passed away two years after Hyderabad was conquered by Aurangzeb.

Most of the inscriptions, jali work and stucco work in the dargah have been erased over the years with layers of paint and repair work but the few remnants show that the tomb is a work of art. Inside the dome, there is a box with some prized relics, which is rarely opened. The real grave of the Sufi can be reached from the outside on the northern side at a lower level.

Just outside the entrance of the dargah is a small masjid where not more than five people can pray.

With land grants from kings and noblemen, the Dargah once had an estate of 600 acres. Now, much of it is occupied and the houses built on the southern slope have reached up to the hillock.

The Urs is celebrated on 13th Shaban which will be in April. During the Urs, the area comes alive as individuals and families jostle to touch the chadar and lay flowers on the grave of Mir Mahmood Saheb. Visitors who come to ask for dua and pray spend time in meditation in absolute calm. “People from across the region, Bidar and its surrounding areas, come here. Many of them stay here for three days participating in various activities and having food from the community kitchen. Even the lower levels of the hillock are occupied by visitors on those three days,” says Syed Afroze, who lives on the edge of the Mir Alam Tank.

The Mir Mahmood hillock is at an elevation of 530 metres above sea level. The Golconda fort is at an elevation of 539 metres. Even with construction of multi-storied housing and office blocks, most of the hillocks give a vantage point view of Golconda fort.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Serish Nanisetti / November 13th, 2017

Doha: KMCA celebrates Karnataka Rajyotsava in grandeur, patriotic fervor


Doha, Qatar :

Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association (KMCA), celebrated the 62nd Karnataka Rajyotsava with full fanfare on November 10 at Indian Cultural Centre, Ashoka Hall. KMCA again presented a well-organized programme that was laced with entertainment, comedy, patriotic fervor and perfect blend of art and music.

The evening commenced with the Qiraat, recited by Faakhir Fayaz Ahmed and translated by Bilal Ahmed Assadi. Zakir Ahamed and Hasan Nihal, as the compere for the evening, explained the schedule of events and handed the stage over to standup comedian, Ajay Sarapure from Belagavi. Ajay, also known as Hasya Ratna, has been a student of Karnataka’s comedy king Gangavati Pranesh.

Young multi-talented Tejaswi Ananth stunned the audience by his mesmerizing LED poi acts, juggling and hand shadow act. His LED poi act was the highlight of the evening that received a thunderous applause, and at a mere 19 years of age, Tejaswi, is a true variety entertainer. His gimmicks and vibrant personality had the audience asking for more.

Jeevansab Walikar Binnala was the next performer of the evening. Jeevan Sab, also a standup comedian, famously known as Janapada Hasya Kalavida, from North Karnataka is a multi-talented artist. He started his performance with a melodious folk song and went on to entertain the audience with his comedy where he brought out the subtle day-to-day life experience in his own style.

KMCA should be lauded for recognizing upcoming talents from the native land and providing them an international platform for a larger exposure. KMCA has started a trend that they live up to, at every community event they conduct.

The guest of honour of the evening, Haji SM Rashid, chairman of SMR Builders and Promoters, had flown in from Mangaluru to be part of KMCA celebrations. During the formal function, he was escorted to the dais by president Abdulla Monu and vice-president Aisha Rafique.

The Chief Guest for the evening, Syed Abdul Hye, founder member of KMCA was escorted by general secretary Saquib Raza Khan. Living up to the Arabic culture, dates were presented to the chief guest and guest of honor. KMCA president Abdulla Monu welcomed all the dignitaries, members and all attendees to the event. He also explained the importance of Rajyotsava, an event that brings all the Kannadigas together with a bond of friendship and plays a significant role in rebuilding relationships and harmony within all.

Saquib Raza Khan read the profile of Haji SM Rashid, after which Haji SM Rashid was felicitated by the executive committee members of KMCA. Haji SM Rashid addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude on being a part of this spectacular event.

Dignitaries from different Karnataka-based organizations namely, Ravi Shetty Sanjay Kudri, H K Madhu, Arvind Patil, Navaneet Shetty, Deepak Shetty, Nazeer Pasha, Anil Boloor, Nagesh Rao, Seetharam Shetty, Ramchandra Shetty, Subramanya, Mahesh Gowda, Iqbal Manna, Manjunath, Anil Boloor, Veeresh Mannangi, Ilyas Beary, Diwakar Poojary, Asmath Ali and Habibun Nabi were also present at the event.

KMCA annual souvenir, the 5th edition of Pragati, was released on the occasion by the chief guest.

KMCA has been conferring special award every year, on people who are the silent heroes of the community. This year’s recipients were Cajetan Nery Alphonso, marketing manager of Ali bin Ali Group, Ligorio Francis Estrocio, employee of Ministry of Interior and Richard Jurnis. Their voluntary, selfless service to communities is praise worthy and inspiring. Executive committee members of KMCA honored them for their valuable contribution to the society. KMCA Excom and presidents of affiliated Karnataka Associations also honored the performing artistes. Ruksana Begum then rendered the vote of thanks.

Soon after, the stage was again set for the artistes to enthrall the audience. Jeewansab Walikar, the folk artist, sung a patriotic song in memory of Tipu Sultan as November 10 is also the birthday of the Tiger of Mysore – Tipu Sultan. The day is celebrated as Tipu Jayanti by the government of Karnataka.

The folk routine was again followed by another mesmerizing LED poi act by Tejaswi that had the crowd cheering with immense joy, on the images of Qatar and India, and various images of Tamim Al-Majd.

The magical part of the evening was Basavaraj Umarani from Belgaum. A Maths magician, he is renowned as the ‘Blind Walking Computer’. Completely blind since birth, Basavaraj has never glimpsed the external world, but his mind sees and interprets things that no normal person could ever perceive. He is gifted with a brain of unparalleled capacity, immense memory, unbelievable levels of perception, mathematical and analytical skills that could challenge the greatest brains in the country. His mind-blowing cricket commentary of a random match, and nine digit calculations carried out mentally, was the highlight of the evening. Interacting with the audience with his inspiring words, he quoted that nothing is impossible when the word itself states ‘I’m possible. His sheer talent, simplicity and words of immense wisdom received a standing ovation.

The final icing of the evening was yet again Tejaswi Ananth, who stunned the audience with the Hand Shadow Act and concluded the celebrations for the evening.

An evening that promised to deliver entertainment and lived up to its promise.

source: / / Home> Top Stories / by Media Release / Monday – November 13th, 2017