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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

Lucknow University declares medal list, 84% in girls’ kitty


Lucknow :

Girls once again roost the rule in Lucknow University’s medal tally, with Ayushi Kapoor, MSc Mathematics student sweeping with 12 medals.

In the list of 179 medals released by LU on Friday, 84% winners who will awarded on the convocation ceremony to be held on December 9 are in girl’s kitty.

According to the list, 150 medals have gone to 74 girls while 22 boys have won only 29 medals. LU will award around 192 medals at its convocation. Remaining medal winners are expected to be announced after November 25.

Securing 96.62% in MSc Mathematics, Ayushi Kapoor has won the maximum of 12 medals. With 67.54% marks, LLb student Asha Tiwari will be awarded nine medals.

Four students – Prasansha Mishra who scored 80.27% in MSc Physics, Megha Walecha who scored 76.23% in MCom, Ankita who secured 67.90% in MA Political Science and Gulshan Jahan who secured 67.95% in MA History – won six medals each.

Students can raise objections, if any, in the medal list, till November 21. According to university officials, applications for the award of Chancellor’s medal and Chakravarti medal have already come, and interviews with the students are most likely to be held after November 25.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Lucknow News> Schools & Colleges / by Isha Jain / TNN / November 17th, 2017

Jaipur: This Kayamkhani family is all IAS, IPS and RAS


Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain

Jhunjhunu’s Nuan village can easily be dubbed nursery of civil servants. This village of Kayamkhani Muslims has three IAS, one IPS and five RAS from a single family. Former union minister and an army officer Captain Ayyub Khan also belongs to this village.

Recently, this tiny village got an IAS officer in Zakir Hussain whose elder brother, Ashfaq Hussain is already an IAS officer. Their elder brother Liaqat Ali Khan is retired IPS officer. The villagers erupted with joy when they got the news of Zakir’s success who is 10th civil servant in the family. He was officer of accounts service who has now been promoted to IAS. His wife Wasim Bano who had come to her parents home said, she was very happy after her husband’s promotion. Her father engineer, Akhtar Hussain said that everyone was happy and proud of his son- in- law.

This is perhaps the first instance in the state’s bureaucracy that two brothers are serving as IAS at the same time. Zakir’s brother, Ashfaq is also IAS and posted in the education department.

The extraordinary of this family begin with Hayat Muhammed Khan who served in the army. He ensured that his children get education and create a niche for themselves.

Three of his five sons are IAS and one is IPS. One is retired from the education department. Farah Khan, his granddaughter and daughter of IAS Ashfaq Hussain is officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS); she recently got married to IAS Qamar-ul Zaman Choudhary, while Shaheen Ali Khan, the grandson of Hayat Khan and son of retired IG Liaqat Ali Khan is, RAS. Shaheen’s wife Monika is Dy. SP in the jail department.

Children of Hayat Khan’s daughter Salim and his wife are both RAS. Hayat Khan’s younger brother Abdul Samad’s son Zaki Ahmed Khan was colonel in the army and his children Shaqib and Ishrat are also colonel in the army.

Liaqat Ali Khan, retired IPS. He was also chairman of the Waqf board.

Ashfaq Hussain, promoted from RAS to IAS. He was Dausa collector and currently posted in education department.

Zakir Hussain, joint secretary in the accounts service promoted to IAS.

Farah Khan, IRS, daughter of IAS Ashfaq Khan

Shaheen Ali Khan RAS currently posted in EGS (NREGA) as additional director. He is son of retired IPS Liaqat Ali Khan. His wife Monika is Dy SP in jail department.

Salim Khan, RAS is secretary in Madrasa Board. He is son of Liaqat Ali’s sister Akhtar Bano. His wife Sana Siddiqi is assistant settlement officer in the secretariat.

Qamar Ul Zaman IAS is married to daughter of IAS Ashfaq Khan and his wife Farah is IRS.

Javed RAS belongs to Nuan and currently posted in Alwar and married to daughter of Liaqat Ali’s sister.


The extraordinary feat of this family began with Hayat Muhammed Khan who served in the army. He ensured that his children get education and create a niche for themselves. Three of his five sons are IAS and one is IPS. One is retired from education department.

source: / DNA – Daily News & Analysis / Home> India News> Jaipur News / by Sandip Khedia / November 14th, 2017

Youngest headmaster Babar Ali in Mysuru on November 14

Murshidabad,  WEST BENGAL :

Babar Ali
Babar Ali

The youngest headmaster Babar Ali will take part in a session, organised to mark Children’s Day by city-based Learners PU College in association with All India Corporate Council for Skill Development (AICCSD), at Kalamandira on November 14 at 5 pm.

Babar Ali, who was born in 1993, started his teaching career when he was nine-year-old and became headmaster in a school in West Bengal when he was 16. The biography of Ali has been included in the pre-university English textbook, published by Karnataka state government.

English teachers, students of class X and PUC can attend the event. Interested people can register by sending SMS along with the name to 99169 33202 or 99163 97939 or email to

source: / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service / Mysuru / November 11th, 2017

Cong MLA’s daughter, councillor nominated to KSOU BoM


Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur
Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur

After much dilly dallying, the state government has finally nominated two women members to the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) board of management (BoM), which presently has only male members.

Both members come with strong political affiliations. While one is the daughter of the Congress MLA from Nargund, B R Yavagal; another is a Congress party leader and councillor of Dandeli City Municipal Council.

The department nominated Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur on October 27, and KSOU notified the same on October 30.

But as per the Karnataka State Open Universities Act, the nominated members should be from the academic, administrative or scientific fields.

Nominations to the KSOU BoM have been shrouded in controversies, especially given the inordinate delay in appointments. The five posts had remained vacant since August 2013. It was only in early July this year that Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddi nominated the members.

This had, however, raised eyebrows as all five members were male. The KSOU Act stipulates that two of the five members, should be women, while one member should be from the SC/ST community. Following opposition, the department had withdrawn its July 3 order.

In its latest order, the department has terminated the nominations of M H Chandrashekar and Hazrat Ali Goravakolla, to accommodate the two women.

The other members are K S Shivaramu from Mysuru, Rachaiah from Chamarajanagar and Ramanna Salabhavi from Koppal.

Namratha, 35, is serving as the principal of Sanjay Gandhi Polytechnic, Ballari; Yasmin, 53, has been elected to the Dandeli City Council four times. She has been with the Congress party from 1996.

When contacted, both the women said that they were unaware that their names had been referred to the government.

The BoM comprises 15 members, including the KSOU V-C, registrar, dean academic, principal secretaries of the Higher Education department and Finance department, V-C of another varsity from the state, four legislators and five nominated members.

The term of the formerly nominated members had been withdrawn in 2013, after the Congress came to power, as all five of them had been appointed by the previous BJP government.

source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State / by Ashwini Y.S, Bengaluru / DH News Service / November 02nd, 2017

Kumta: North Kanara Muslim United Forum organizes Academic excellence awards ceremony

Kumta, (Uttara Kannada District) , KARNATAKA :


Kumta :

North Kanara Muslim United Forum Kumta Unit on Saturday distributed academic excellence award for around 13 Muslim students of Kumta Taluka for their outstanding performances in academics. The event was organized at Ideal high school Kumta.

North Kanara Muslim Forum’s Gen. Secy. Mohsin Quazi in his address appreciated the awardees, and students are raising the bar of Educational level in town by taking up fields like engineering and other courses which is a good sign for the development of thee town. He then spoke about Islamic courses that have been recently started in the Madrasas and also lauded the efforts put in by the North Kanara Muslim United forum.

Local youth Congress leader Ravikumar Shetty who was present as the chief guest of the event, congratulated the winners of the academic awards and also offered to lend any support to the forum required for educational development through Mohan Shetty trust of Kumta.


Akbar Mulla, Imtiyaz Umar, Muhammad Shafi Shaikh, Zahid, Basti Abdul Malik, Abusaleha and others were present along with local audience during the event.

source: / / Home> Bhatkal News > Kumta / Bhatkallys News Bureau – I. Zaorez Shahab / October 28th, 2017

Tabassum Shahab appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of AMU


(File Photo)
(File Photo)


The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, Professor Tariq Mansoor has appointed Professor Tabassum Shahab as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, till further orders, in addition to his own duties. Prof Mansoor has made this appointment in exercise of the powers vested in him under Section 19(3) of AMU Act 1920.

Prof. Tabassum Shahab, a senior faculty member in the Department of Paediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College passed MD (Pediatrics) in 1981 from Madhya Pradesh and joined the Department of Pediatrics in March 1984.

Prof Shahab has published a number of research papers in important national and international journals such as Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, etc. He has also supervised 16 theses for MD Pediatrics and delivered lectures on important developments in the field of paediatric research at national level conferences and seminars. He has also served as a nodal officer of WHO and UNICEF’s global polio eradication programme.

Prof Shahab has also proved his mettle in administrative capacities as Nodal Officer, Minority Students’ Affairs, President, Gymkhana Club in University Games Committee, Chairman of Department of Pediatrics and Provost, Hadi Hasan Hall.

source: / Two Cirlces / Home> Indian Muslim / TCN News / October 29th, 2017