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January 30, 2010

VHP to decide length of Muslims' beards, turn UP into Gujarat: Pravin Togadia


Hate speeches in Moradabad, Rampur
VHP leader Pravin Togadia urged the parishad cadre in Rampur to turn UP into Gujarat. He also made allegedly objectionable comments about Muslim beards.

Togadia, who incidentally belongs to Jain religion but heads the extreme right-wing VHP, alleged that Muslims marry four times and produce 25 children that is the root cause of their unemployment.

He also attacked Deoband seminary for fatwa on Vande Mataram issue and threatened to take action against the Darul Uloom. The inflammatory speech on Friday, stunned local residents.

"Rampur would be turned a Hindu district and we will decide how many inches long beard a Muslim can grow", said Togadia, as reported in local newspapers.

Meanwhile, several local leaders have condemned Togadia. The district administration has also been criticised for letting Togadia vitiate the communal atmosphere.

Former SP leader Azam Khan has said that Togadia should immediately be booked and a police case be registered against him. "He should be tried in the court of law for his irresponsible and communal utterances", Khan said.

Earlier, Togadia made a similar speech at Moradabad. Addressing a gathering, he said that Hindus would not tolerate any attempt to extend reservation in jobs to Muslim community.

Togadiya, an oncologist, said that Hindu leaders and politicians who support minorities, perhaps do so because they might have a Muslim father (or mother).

TIH Bureau



January 29, 2010

Hindi is not India's national language: Court

It is a common belief in North India that Hindi is the national language of the country but the language doesn't have such status.

The High Court decision has further cleared air about status of Hindi. The court held that though a large number of Indians feel that Hindi is national language, it is not officially recognised as the country's national language.

The Gujarat High Court made the observations while hearing a petition filed by one, Suresh Kachhadia. The petitioner had said that all packaged commodities should carry details about the goods in Hindi, and that should beprinted on cover.

The court however noted that there was no notification that Hindi was a national language. As per the constitution of the country also, there is no national language in India. Hindi is indeed an official language or Raj Bhasha (not Rashtriya Bhasha) along with English.

All other languages including Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Urdu are national languages and this list of 22 such official languages includes Hindi. But there is no single national language or Rashtriya Bhasha in India.

The figure for Hindi speakers gets higher in census as dialects and languages including Hindustani, Rajasthani, Bihari, Maithili, Bhojpuri,Gondi, Santhali, Malwi, Nimari, Chhattisgarhi, Bundelkhandi, Awadhi and dozens of such major regional languages spoken by indigenous population, tribal and villagers are clubbed in Hindi and listed as part of it.

TIH Bureau

January 28, 2010

Sania Mirza breaks engagement with Sohrab

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has broken her engagement with family friend Sohrab Mirza. Her father Imran Mirza has confirmed that she is not going to marry Sohrab now.

Sania was engaged to Sohrab Mirza in July 2009. Sohrab, who is known to Sania since childhood, is studying in London. As he is pursuing MBA, the families had decided to hold the engagement ceremony earlier.

The marriage was planned two years later. While it is now confirmed that the Hyderabadi heart-throb has called off her engagement, it is not known what was the bone of contention. There were differences between them recently.

But the fans and relatives had no idea that the wedding would be cancelled. The break-up comes suddenly, as there were no reports about the relationship getting sour earlier. Sania, who had junior Wimbledon, and has reached the top 30 in WTA rankings, has beaten several leading international players in the circuit.

TIH Bureau



January 23, 2010

Shahrukh Khan offers Id Namaz in his bungalow: King Khan a practising Muslim, speaks about his Islamic beliefs

Shahrukh Khan has said that he offers Id prayers at the roof of his house along with Muslim friends.

The reason is that he would get mobbed in mosque and this will distract other devotees.

Speaking to Urdu journalists in an exclusive interactive session, Khan made this revelation.

The superstar said that as per custom he prays in 'jamaat' along with other Muslim friends who gather at the roof of his bungalow Mannat on the occasion of Eid.

King Khan said that his upcoming movie 'My name is Khan' gives the message to Muslims that they should focus on education.

He also said that he never faced any discrimination because of his religion."I am proud of the fact that in India I have achieved tremendous success in career and got love from all communities though a section of Muslims targeted me".

Khan had earlier spoken to Hindi journalists and has now interacted with journalists of Urdu newspapers and magazines. 'My name is Khan' revolves around the story of a Muslim youth who goes to America in the aftermath of 9/11 and faces a host of problems.

TIH Bureau


January 19, 2010

Jinnah turned fundamentalist due to Gandhi, says Sudarshan

Former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh KC Sudarshan has said that Mohamed Ali Jinnah was not a fundamentalist Muslim but became one due to Gandhi.

Addressing a function in Madhya Pradesh, Sudarshan said that Jinnah was basically a nationalistic person and was a moderate leader who earlier held secular views.

Sudarshan said that Jinnah got bitter because he was ignored for years. "It was due to Gandhi's mistakes that Jinnah changed his political stand and became a pro-Islamic state leader who ultimately divided India".

"Gandhi supported Khilafat movement and took the help of the fiery Ali brothers that upset Jinnah and other moderates". Sudarshan, wha former sarsanghchalak (head) of the RSS was speaking at Timarni town in Harda district.

Sudarshan said that Jinnah was a progressive Muslim who stood for unity and integrity of country and remained in Congress until 1927 but later left the party and was held responsible for the partition.

The speech on Gandhi and Nehru's developmental vision was part of the Bhausahab Bhuskute memorial lecture series organised in Timarni on January 18. Earlier, ex-president of BJP LK Advani and former party leader Jaswant Singh's comments on Jinnah have also caused furore.

TIH Bureau

January 16, 2010

Warrant against Jain munis for sexually abusing kid

The court has issued arrest warrants against two Jain clergymen for allegedly sexually abusing a minor boy who had been taken away from Indore.

Bhupendra, a minor boy, had been taken to Gujarat but was not allowed to go back to his family in Indore. His father Ramesh Chandra Verma approached the court when the 'saints' told him that his son had been turned into a 'muni'.

Bhupendra's letters had reached his father. In the letters he had told his father that he was sexually abused, taken to different cities and exploited by two 'saints'-Hemchandra Sagar and Jinchandra Sagar.

Upset, Verma, sought the return of his child but this was not to happen until he fought case in High Court and later on went up to the Supreme Court.

The Apex court held that the child be handed back. Now an Indore court has agreed that it was a heinous crime and issued arrest warrant against the two 'saints'.

TIH Bureau

January 11, 2010

Bukhari lambasts Congress at Muslim convention

Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari, gave a call of unity to Muslim leaders and came down heavily on Congress. He urged Muslims to stay away from the party in UP.

Addressing the first conclave of the recently floated non-political platform Majlis-e-Amal at Lucknow, Bukhari also criticised BSP leader Mayawati and said that though she initiated schemes for uplift of Dalits, the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh remained out of her developmental vision.

He said that lack of unity among Muslim leaders and parties was hurting the community. He gave examples of extra-judicial killings of Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin to suggest that the Muslims were targeted wrongfully but there was not a proper response to such institutionalised bias in the system.

Bukhari said that media and human rights activists raised the issue of injustice with Ruchika Gehrotra, victim of sexual abuse by a former DGP, but they don't speak in the same manner for Muslim women like Bilquees Bano who lost their entire families in Gujarat's anti-Muslim riots.

TIH Bureau

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