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March 22, 2012

Solapur Muslims refused permission to pray at ancient mosque at Police Headquarters, anger against police action on peaceful protesters

Mosque in Police Headquarters in Solapur
Muslims have given representation to Home Minister RR Patil, demanding action against Solapur commissioner of police Himmat Rao Deshbhratar for highhandedness against Muslims who were protesting the denial of entry to Muslims in an ancient mosque in the town.

Recently, when Muslims protested the arbitrary decision, they were lathi-charged by the police. Muslims were disallowed from praying at the mosque situated at the Police Headquarters in Solapur city in Maharashtra. 

The Masjid Action Committee had begun an agitation. A delegation comprising former MLA Narsaiah Adamji alias Master and Muslims from Solapur were assured by the state home minister that DGP would conduct an inquiry into the incident of lath-charge as also the decision to stop Muslims from offering Namaz in the mosque.

Many people were injured in the cane charge. As a result anger among Solapur (old spelling Sholapur) Muslims has been surging over the refusal of administration to let them pray at the mosque, which was always a prominent place of worship for the minority community in the town. 

When Muslims gathered for demonstration at Iqbal Maidan, they were beaten by policemen. Patil has promised that he will look into the matter and also see to it that an alternative route is made so that Muslims can get into the mosque for offering prayers. 

The Jamiat-e-Ulama has also written a letter to Chief Minister Prithvirao Chauhan and drawn his attention towards the misuse of force against peaceful protesters. The organisation has said that the government repeatedly forgets its promises regarding the demands of Muslims.

The mosque was built in pre-independence era. In the past, prayers were held regularly for 126 years but the sudden action of police and local administration to stop the devout from going to the mosque has shocked the citizens.

TIH Bureau


March 16, 2012

Bangladesh pips India, spoils Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century party

Tendulkar ecstatic after 100th ton
Sachin Tendulkar finally managed to score his 100th century but the party was spoiled as a resurgent Bangladesh chased 289 and trounced India in the scintiallating Asia Cup match at Mirpur.

India's shocking defeat evoked sharp reactions from across the country. The day was being awaited for long as Master Blaster hadn't reached three figures for ages.

India batted first and reached 289 thanks to quickfire 51 by Suresh Raina and Dhoni (21) in the end. Tendulkar was steady in hsi approach and reached 100. The nation erupted in joy and top leaders congratulated him. However, within hours the mood turned gloomy. Indian pacers bowled pathetically.

The full toss balls were sent to fence again and again. The Bangaldesh team won the match in the last over. A monumental moment that had led to celebrations suddenly led to shock and silence across the country where millions were watching the match that ended in a humiliating defeat.

Earlier, Sachin had scored his century (114) off 147 balls. He played slowly throughout the innings. The pressure on him to reach the milestone clearly showed on him. There were suggestions that he was dragging himseld like Kapil Dev and should retire without looking for personal records.

After all, Rahul Dravid, who debuted much later than Tendulkar, hung his boots recently. Till the 40th over, it seemed India would win the match. But Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan bowled loosely. Praveen Kumar, when brought again, in the later overs couldn't bowl well either.

Bangaldesh batsmen kept their heads down and snatched victory. They won the match by five wickets, ending with 293. The shameful defeat once again strengthens a notion that India often loses when Sachin Tendulkar plays well or hits a century.

It was in this much-awaited match that cricket legend Sachin, 38, who had till now scored 99 international hundreds including 51 test match and 48 one day international matches, reached the milestone which no other cricket player may achieve in future. Sadly, just like Bradman his last match ended in anti-climax.

TIH Bureau

March 14, 2012

Bonding with Bohras: Narendra Modi greets Bohra spiritual head Syedna Dr Burhanuddin on his 101st birthday

Modi greets Syedna Sahib
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi greeted the spiritual head of Dawoodi Bohra community Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin on his 101st birthday celebration at Surat.

Modi personally visited Surat and attended the event. In a rare gesture, he bowed before the Muslim sect leader and also sat by his side. Bohras, a Shia Muslim sect, engaged in business and trade, are concentrated in Western Indian states.

The visit could pave the way for a change in Modi's image among Muslims. Syedna Sahab is the head of the Bohra community and wields influence over the financially-strong community.

Muslims feel that he didn't do enough during the horrific riots that took plcae in the state in the year 2002. Earlier, he had refused to accept a skullcap from a Sufi Muslim cleric last year. This had caused an uproar across the country.

Political watchers believe that for Modi to play a pan-Indian role in the national politics, it is imperative that he becomes acceptable to Muslims, who are the biggest religious minority in India, with a population of over 200 million (20 crore).

A section among Muslims in Gujarat have said that the horrors of 2002 anti-Muslim riots should be forgotten. Some Bohra groups were amongst the first to take steps for reconciliation towards the right-wing BJP that has consistenly been winning Assembly elections in the state.

TIH Bureau

March 12, 2012

Bilaspur SP commits suicide, shoots self with service revolver

An officer of Indian Police Service (IPS) Rahul Sharma committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service revolver on Monday.

Sharma, 35, who was posted as Superintendent of Police (SP) at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, killed self in the washroom at the Police Officers' Mess, which is situated close to the official bungalow meant for the district SP.

Initially it was suspected that family tensions prompted him to end his life but later it was revealed that he committed suicide because of inter-departmental tension. Sharma was earlier posted in Naxalite-infested Dantewada region in Southern Chhattisgarh.

Rahul Sharma was transferred just over two months ago and given the new posting as SP Bilaspur on January 1, 2012. As construction work was going on in the bungalow, he had recently shifted to the officers' mess. The local police are also shocked as to what led him to the extreme step.

In a later development, the suicide note left by Sharma, revealed that he was depressed due to his senior's interference and alleged harassment. His relations with his superior officer were not cordial, said sources. IG GP Singh himself informed media persons about the suicide note at a press conference later.

The CBI inquiry has been recommended even t hough local police have also begun the investigation. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, an IPS officer Narendra Kumar was recently killed while trying to stop mining mafia's operations in Morena. This is the second incident in less than a week when an elite service officer has died in the country.

TIH Bureau




March 7, 2012

UP Polls 2012: Samajwadi Party (SP) defeats BSP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Congress-BJP marginalised

Cycle Races Ahead
A resurgent Samajwadi Party (SP) emerged victorious in the UP Assembly election 2012, defeating BSP, even as the national parties were relegated to the margins in India's most populous state.

Aided by Muslims and Upper Caste voters' support, Mulayam Singh-led SP won 225 seats in the 403 member house.

Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that was the ruling party was badly defeated. Right-wing BJP and the centrist Congress were reduced to irrelevance, as they came on the third and fourth positions.

Rahul Gandhi's high-pitched campaign failed to energize voters. Muslims, who form 21% of the UP voters, preferred SP over Congress. BJP failed to capitalise. Its leaders including state president Surya Pratap Shahi lost the election.

Veteran BJP leader and former Assembly speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi, suffered a humiliating defeat. The dynamic Akhilesh Yadav who led from the front during the campaign, emerged as the young face of Samajwadi Party. Ajit Singh's RLD couldn't perform as per expectations.

Congress tried to woo Muslims but its flip-flop over implementation of Sachar commission report, reservation for Muslims, Batla House inquiry, harassment of innocent young Muslims boys who were repeatedly arrested and tortured, had angered the community.

In Azamgarh, the party couldn't win a single seat. SP emerged victorious. The Samajwadi Party also got a chunk of Upper Caste votes. Anger against Mayawati government's policies was visible in the election results, as she could barely manage to get 80 seats.

In Uttarakhand, it was a tight finish, however, Congress had a lead of one seat over BJP and hence the former could be called by Governor for forming the government. In Punjab, for the first time in 40 years, anti-incumbency didn't work as Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP managed to win the election.

Captain Amarinder Singh who was projected as Chief Minister failed to capture the imagination of voter despite infighting in SAD and corruption charges against Badal family. In Goa, BJP won while Congress had a sweep in Manipur.

TIH Bureau




March 2, 2012

Great Gathering: Islamic scholar Dr Tahir ul Qadri attracts lakhs at Hyderabad during his visit to India

Lakhs of Muslims gathered at Quli Qutub Shah stadium in Hyderabad to listen to eminent Sufi leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri, who is currently on a visit to India.

Sheikhul Islam Dr Qadri, who is remembered for issuing the first fatwa against terrorism, and is considered an authority on Islamic texts, gave a 'dars-e-hadis' or lecture on Hadith.

Dr Qadri, an outspoken critic of Wahabism and Deobandi ideology, said that 'wasila', which is seeking Allah's mercy through Prophet Muhammad, is perfectly justified as per tenets of Islam, and gave numerous examples from Hadith.

The moderate leader said that it was the duty of every Muslim to submit himself to Allah as well as his prophet. Love for Prophet is at the root of Islam and hence the believers must offer 'Salat' and 'Salam'. Dr Tahirul Qadri, who heads the Minhajul Quran international, earlier visited Gujarat during the India trip.

He went to Karjan (Vadodara) where he addressed a huge gathering, and urged them to stay away from communal clashes. Apart from Delhi, he has also visited Hyderabad, Deccan. Qadri who hails from Pakistan and is settled in Canada, had thanked Indian government.

A section had created an impression that he gave a clean-chit to Gujarat government led by Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots. However, the controversy ended after clarification by the Sufi scholar regarding his statement in Gujarat.

He will visit Ajmer (Rajasthan), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Bengaluru (Karnataka) during his visit. Minhaj-ul-Quran that promotes Sufi thought and rejects hardliners is a movement that has branches in nearly 100 countries in the world.

 TIH Bureau .

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