Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pakeezah : A film maker's Taj Mahal

What Shahjehan did for Mumtaz, the same was repeated by Kamal Sahib for Mina Kamari. Surely Pakeezah is a Tajmahal of Kamal for his beloved

:-Tajdar Kamal Amrohi


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Meena Kumari in PakeezahNot all critics may accept these boastful words of a son but it is also true that very few will dare to challenge the quality and the status of Kamal Amrohi as a filmmaker.  A much acclaimed lyricist, writer, director and producer of Pakeezah (although it wasn’t his only successful endeavor)  is still remembered as one of the filmmakers who loved perfection.


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Future of Muslim Politics in India

Recent poll results have been devastating for the second largest majority of India. Muslims in India are in despair and there seems no way to come out and struggle against the saffron forces. They are in confusion, whether continue to support secular forces or draft a communal agenda for themselves too.
Poll success of BJP in recent assembly and Parliamentary elections has shattered the political aspirations of the community that had started to live with democracy. They are in catch twenty two positions with three obvious options before them. The first one is to accept the defeat and wait for their chance. Second is, accept the reality that they fall well short in number and be practical to leave politics and the third one is to continue their fight despite all the bumpy situations.
Obviously, first two options seem more realistic but not practical. Although, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had long way back realized the issue and the upcoming realities. Sir Syed advised the Muslims in India to remain aloof of politics till they attain a social status for themselves. So, did Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who felt that minorities can’t sustain in one man one vote system of democracy. They were right in their perceptions. Surely, the wars are fought either on numbers or on quality. Muslims in India lack the both. But this doesn't mean that there is no way. Muslims are at fault of not recognizing the real problem in time and sorting the remedy for it. Basic thing is that they should not only learn to live with a political system but also they should learn the rules to live in it

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Markandey Katju and the Nation of Ninety Percent



Markandey Katju, former CJI and president of Press Council of India knows how to catch the attention. Sometimes he is absurd, sometimes you will find him distracted, sometimes selfish and sometime he is right on mark.

Markandey Katju, former CJI and president of Press Council of India knows how to catch the attention. Sometimes he is absurd, sometimes you will find him distracted, sometimes selfish and sometime he is right on mark.

How right he was to claim India as a nation of ninety percent fools. Although no such census has been undertaken yet we can find fools everywhere. Even those high offices where Mr Katju served or serving aren’t the exception. Yet his words somehow seem to be inflated. I don’t know where he keeps himself, in the category of 90 or the 10.






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Monday, December 16, 2013

Standing Committee (Tourism) on development Inland Waterways





परिवहन, पर्यटन औऱ सांस्कृतिक संबंधी संसदीय स्थायी समिति ने कहा है कि सरकार देश में जलमार्गों का विकास करने में विफल रही है जबकि यह परिवहन का सबसे सस्ता और सुरक्षित माध्यम है।

समिति ने कहा है कि जल परिवहन के जरिये देश पर से तेल आयात बिल का खर्च कम किया जा सकता है। सीताराम येचुरी की अध्यक्षता में, संसद में पेश अपनी 189 वीं रिपोर्ट में समिति ने जलमार्गों के विकास की जमकर वकालत की है। समिति ने कहा है कि देश में नदियों और नहरों के जरिये जल परिवहन की अपार संभावनायें हैं। समिति के मुताबिक जल परिवहन पर्यावरण अनुकूल होने के अलावा सड़क परिवहन से सस्ता है, और इस के जरिये सरकारी कंपनियों का माल भाड़ा खर्च घटाने में मदद मिलेगी और देश में होने वाली सड़क दुर्घटनाओं में भी कमी आयेगी।


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Standing Committee (Finance) Report on Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Bill




The Standing Committee on Finance has found many limitations in the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2011. In its report, the committee has suggested to bring some changes in the bill to make it more stringent and give it a proper legal framework support. The committee has also objected on the provisions of the bill which does not regard a transaction to be Benami where close relations are involved.


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Standing Committee (Industry) Report on Hotel Corporation of India



The Standing Committee on Industry has recognized the poor condition of the Hotel Corporation of India Ltd. (HCIL) and that it requires immediate support. In its report, the committee has expressed hope that the reorganization of HCIL would also benefit Air India.


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Standing Committee (Finance) report on NDPS (amendment) Bill 2011




The Parliamentary Standing Committee on finance has recommended modifications to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) (Amendment) Bill, 2011 to address the anomalies in the legislation before its enactment. On the proposed death penalty in the bill, the committee has held that it is not only harsh but unlawful as well. 

While agreeing on the necessity of the amendments proposed in the bill, the committee has said that there was a need for having a more comprehensive and broad-based legislation on narcotic and psychotropic substances.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Who is Hussain: A Campaign



As the world marked the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic Calendar, also known as Ashura day, a group of enthusiastic youth started a unique campaign, ‘Who is Hussain’.
This small band distributed around 5000 water bottles on the streets of Mumbai to the locals, irrespective of religion. Messages by great personalities including those of Gandhiji, Nehru, Gibbon, Rabindranath Tagore and Carlyle for Imam Hussain were imprinted on these water bottles in bold letters. Also, these bottles included the message of Imam Hussain for Humanity.
Different spots between Dahisar Toll Naka and Bandra Kala Nagar signal were chosen to fulfill the task that was accomplished by around two dozen students. “Actually, the people are anxious to know, why we people mourn over Imam Hussain and his small band of the faithful companions. We planned to inform them Who is Hussain’, says Farazdaq Rizvi, a local convener of the programme.

“Program was the part of an international campaign”, he says. Also he claimed that such events are to be carried in other cities too.
Muslims around the world commemorate day of Ashura for the sacrifice made by Imam Hussain, the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad and his companions. This band of believers not more than 72 was brutally killed in the battle of Karbala by the forces deputed by Yezid ibn Muavia, the then ruler some 13 centuries ago.

It is said that when he failed in negotiations with the ruling party, he expressed the wish to move towards India. Although Imam Hussain failed to reach India, his message prevails. Thousands of Indian, including Hindus commemorates his death with total devotion in different parts of the country. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Special Report on the Standing Committee (Defense Ministry)







Special Report on the Parliamentary Standing Committee (Defense Ministry) pertaining to the Critical Study of the functioning of sainik schools
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Special Report on the Standing Committee (Labour Ministry)




Special Report on the Parliamentary Standing Committee (Labour Ministry) on the pathetic condition of the Glass Workers of Firozabad.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

HT Archives- In Praise of My Mother



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In praise of my mother
First Published: 17:56 IST(30/11/2006)
Last Updated: 17:56 IST(30/11/2006)
Sometimes I wonder what I would have become had I lost my mother instead of my father. I was just seven at the time of my father's untimely departure from this world. The shattering memories of those days of struggle are keenly alive in my memory. It was a battle for survival for all of 
us, especially for my three younger sisters. As for my mother, no one could have expected such resistance to hardship from a lady like her, coming from a mere hamlet, who had hardly ever seen the doors of an educational institution. But she is a lady of faith and high spirit and she made all the impossible things possible for us.
I remember how every night she used to tell us stories that had lessons in morals, dignity, struggle and heroic deeds. Through them all was our biggest lesson: never give in to hard times, they never last long. Although she never received formal education, she somehow arranged convent education for us. I should also praise her efforts to become compatible with contemporary times. A person who was only familiar with Urdu and fluent in the Arabic scriptures of the Holy Qu'ran, she was almost illiterate in English or Hindi. But she overturned her status with time. Today, she is at ease with both these languages. All this was the result of her hard work and the urge to learn with us.
Her philosophy regarding life was very simple yet very important. She used to say, "Humanity is the best religion and love for all is the true faith; cooperation, intelligence and hard work are the best tools to sustain us; neither bad days nor good ones last long, so always be practical and learn to live with the times."
This praise belongs not only to my mother but also to all the women of every home. A mother is God's precious gift. I strongly feel that humanity has survived despite all calamities only due to the sincerity and goodness of mothers.

HT Archives- Rosewater and Scorpions



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Rosewater and scorpions
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August 21, 2006
First Published: 03:33 IST(21/8/2006)
Last Updated: 03:33 IST(21/8/2006)
This week followers of Hazrat Sharafuddin Shah Wilayat, a revered saint of Uttar Pradesh, will celebrate his birthday and urs with traditional enthusiasm. Shah Wilayat’s message endures as a symbol of the Gangetic Plain’s unique tradition of syncretic culture, the famous
‘Ganga-Jaamuni tehzeeb’. One may go so far as to say that love is eternal and it creates room for itself in any condition.
Hazrat Sharafuddin Shah Wilayat, a medieval mystic, has long been considered one of the great Sufi saints. He migrated from south Asia to India and found a suitable place in Amroha, then known as Azizpur town. His primary mission was to preach love and humane behaviour. In Amroha he was informed about another Saint, Hazrat Shah Nasruddin, who was short tempered and intolerant of other spiritual leaders on his turf.
Hazrat Sharafuddin present him a bowl of rose water through one of his colleagues. The message was that ‘I am here to spread the essence of humanity’. Hazrat Nasruddin responded by dipping a rose in it, which made the water overflow from the bowl. The message was that here is no room for anyone else. When Hazrat Sharafuddin refused to leave the locality, Shah Nasruddin said if he stayed there, his grave would be the breeding ground and habitat of deadly scorpions.
Knowing this Shah Wilayat said to his messenger, go and tell him I am here to preach love not hatred. Love may create room for itself. Indeed, the scorpions will guard my grave and yet they will be as peaceful as saints themselves, if my love has any power.
They will never harm any human being. These powerful words came true. Even today one may find countless scorpions in the graveyard of Hazrat Sharafuddin Shah Wilayat living side by side with humans in utter peace. Such, it seems, is the power of love that can alter the very nature of even deadly Creatures. Why, them, cannot we human beings benefit from love, to live peacefully in the world that was originally for all of us by Almighty?

HT Archives- Queen Zubaida's Bargain



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Religion is not about empty ritual but about faith. Nor can it be a compulsion on any one. But it’s curious how true devotion always seems to pay you back. One of my favourite stories about this concerns Bahlol of Baghdad, known as Bahlol Diwana, whom HT readers have encountered before in this column.
One day Bahlol was by the riverside making a sandcastle, like children do. Zubaiyda, wife of Caliph Haroon-al-Rashid happened to pass by. She was kind hearted enough to ask, "Bahlol! What are you doing?"
"Constructing a home for Paradise," replied Bahlol.
"Please would you sell this house to me?"
"Yes, I can, but for 100 dinars."
Since Zubaiyda wanted to help Bahlol in any way she could, she immediately paid him the amount.
Bahlol asked, "Don't you need a receipt?"
“Just write it up and send it to me later,” replied Zubaiyda.
When the Caliph came to know about it, he laughed at his wife. Meanwhile Bahlol distributed that money among the poor as he usually did.
That very night Zubaiyda had a dream. She saw a big garden, the like of which she had never seen before. In it was a splendid palace, rich with jewels and decorated sumptuously A river flowed by, its banks blooming with flowers. Zubaiyda was given a receipt, written in gold, and was told that this was the Garden that she had bought from Bahlol.
Zubaiyda woke up and told Haroon about it. Early in the morning, Haroon summoned Bahlol and asked to buy a house, too.
Bahlol laughed aloud. “Sorry, they are out of stock now. And even if I had one, I regret to say that I may not have given it to you, because Zubaiyda bought it without seeing (the reward). Whereas, you want to buy one now because you see gain in it.” Haroon felt ashamed but now it was too late.
It can be said that real rewards come through faith, not greed. God seems to best admire those services rendered without any motive but goodwill.




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