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The Indian Herald

December 8, 2011

Babri Masjid demolition anniversary passes off peacefully: Muslim groups observe 'Black Day', demonstrations low key among both communities

Protesters seek justice, urge Centre to build Babri mosque
The nineteenth anniversary of the demolition of the historic Babri Masjid passed off peacefully in India though it was marked by rallies, protests and demands to rebuild the mosques.

The security agencies and citizens heaved a sigh of relief as there was no report of any violence or showdown from across the country. This year, Ashura, the tenth of Muharram, coincided with anniversary of the mosque's demolition and thus police were extra alert.

The protests on December appeared subdued this year. Muslim organisations observe December 6 as Black Day. Hindu groups which celebrate the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' also seemed less enthusiastic this year and no showdown was reported from anywhere in the country.

At Karsewakpuram in Ayodhya, a section of saints and religious leaders affiliated with VHP vowed to build a grand Ram temple at the disputed site. Two VHP activists raising slogans and marching towards the structure (makeshift temple) were arrested. But there were no major events elsewhere.

Muslims organised peaeful protests and demonstrations in Hyderabad, Chennai and some cities of Uttar Pradesh. In Hyderabad, large parts of the city remained shut due to the 'bandh' call. The shutdown is an annual ritual now in the city.

In Tamil Nadu, organisations including Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and several other groups organised protests and marches in Chennai, urging the centre to rebuild the 16th century mosque that was demolished by 'Kar Sewaks' in Ayodhya in 1992.

In Hyderabad, women took out a rally to demand justice and expressed anguish over failure to rebuilt the mosque, which was promised soon after demolition by then then Prime Minister PV Narsimharao. In Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai also demonstrations were held.

In Western UP, particularly, Saharanpur, Muslims kept shops shut and wore black bands to protest the razing of the mosque. Effigy of LK Advani was also burnt at places. RJD leader Ramkripal Yadav took out a protest march in Bihar's capital Patna.

CPI (ML), Muslim Majlis, NCP, Indian National League (INL), Majlis-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (MIM), Tauhid Jamath and numerous other organisations held protests in different parts of the country. But there was no untoward incident.

TIH Bureau

December 7, 2011

Lakhs reach Chatiyabhoomi in Mumbai to observe Dr BR Ambedkar's death anniversary

People going to Chaitya Bhoomi
Lakhs of people reached Dadar in Mumbai on Tuesday to pay respects to Dr BR Ambedkar, who framed the constitution of India, and is also seen as an icon by Dalits and other socially disadvantaged groups in the country.

The Chaitya Bhumi at Dadar in South Central Mumbai is a pilgrimage place for Buddhists and Dalits other than thousands of Ambedkarites who arrive every year on December 6.

The day is observed as Ambedkar's Parinirvan Diwas. From elderly people who travelled barefoot and arrived from far-flung rural areas to suave professionals, nearly a million Dalits gathered at the place of pilgrimage.

Even though December 6 marks the demolition of Babri Masjid, the heavy security arrangements didn't deter the late leader's follower. Amid chants of Jai Bhim, followers got down from the trains and walked towards the venue.

Dr BR Ambedkar is lovingly remembered as Babasaheb. He was born in a family that was treated an untouchable caste then, fought against the caste system and turned the Dalits into a strong community.

Lakhs pay homage to him at his memorial in what has become an annual pilgrimage now. The strength of the crowd at the Chaityabhoomi has been growing with every passing year. Similar is the crowd size at Nagpur where the diksha bhumi is located.

A hero among India's 250 million Dalits, Ambedkar had passed away in 1956. He had left Hinduism and embraced Buddhism as he felt that Upper Castes would continue to oppress his caste-men unless they took to Buddhist fold.

TIH Bureau

Haryana judge doesn't like Urdu words in court

Even as Supreme Court judges quote couplets of Urdu in their judgments and the language is recognised as one of the official languages in the eighth schedule, a Haryana judge seems to have a problem with Urdu.

The judge MM Dhonchak while hearing a case in his court in Bhiwani (Haryana) scolded policemen for the use of Urdu. In a case of theft, when judge Dhonchak heard use of Urdu words, many of which are commonly used like 'roznamcha', he rapped the policemen and expressed his displeasure.

Surprising it may seem as even words like 'Adalat' and 'Kachehri' that are widely used terms for 'court' in India are also derived from Urdu. In fact, 'nyayalaya' is not a term people in rural areas still understand as Sanskritised Hindi could never become common.

It is noteworthy that across the world, language as it is spoken and easily understood is used with pride. But in a mad rush to impose Sanskritisation, self-styled nationalists had invented words like 'Dugdh' for Doodh (Milk) and forced complex banking terminology like 'aahran' for 'jamaa' (Withdrawal) that confuse ordinary people and create inconvenience in governance.

Shouldn't language be simple so that everyone can easily understand it. Its purpose is to communicate with ease. In North Indian states, a common language Hindstani that uses simple and commonly understood words of Hindi or Urdu is used. Of course, court is after all the best judge but in this case we may differ with the honourable court.

TIH Bureau

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