Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bahenji ! No Blame game Please.

After the recent jolt by the voters Mayawati and her party BSP are in a great shock. She is blaming Muslims for her set back that may either had left her as a PM of India, as she had dreamt. But why only Muslims, why doesn’t she blame herself for her failure.

None other but Mayawati herself is to be blamed. She over estimated her success in the assembly polls held some two years ago in Uttar Pradesh. Instead of consolidating her position she started day dreaming. What have she done for the state during her rule and especially for the Muslims that she is so annoyed?
Muslims had overwhelmingly supported her during the last elections but she did nothing for the welfare of the biggest minority in the state. Instead he credited her success to her social engineering formulae and Brahmin-Dalit support. She ignored the fact that without Muslims her successes haven’t been possible, especially if Muslims had gone with Samajwadi Party who lost about ninety seats with the margin of less then thousand votes. What she did for Muslims can be estimated by going through these facts.
1. She nominated five of her men to Rajya Sabha and none of them was a Muslim. In the name of minority a non-Muslim was appointed and not from the U.P but of Punjab
2. More then hundred of her men were appointed chairmen and deputy chairman to various corporations granting them all the status of state minister but the Muslims were less then one percent of the total.
3. Only two or three Muslims could find their place in the state cabinet which was almost shameful in comparison to the Muslim support to her party who even voted for her non-Muslim candidates in the name of secularism which Brahmins may never have did.
4. The scholarships for the students were curbed almost to half of which worst affected were Muslims. Also no action was taken against the culprits o scholarship scam.
5. No development work was undertaken in the Muslim localities. Even in the areas like Bijnore district where party bagged seven out of eight assembly seats.
6. The Madarsa modernization plan was put to cold bag and no step was taken for the reform in minority education.
7. Urdu teachers were deprived of their jobs for which hey have to run door to street and found themselves engaged in the court proceedings. The worst affected were the Muslims again.
8. Mayawati cannot count even a one new school, college or hospital in Muslims localities of the state.
9. In the name of revenge Kanya Vidhyadhan scheme was abandoned. Most of the beneficiaries to the scheme were Dalits, Backwards and the Muslims
10. No development work was undertaken during her regime except that of Ambedkar Park and statues.
Now for what she is blaming the Muslims is above understanding of a common Muslim like me. Along with the above mentioned reasons her administration filed to deliver some better from the previous one. She was crowned with much higher expectations to curb the crime rate and corruption in the state and to bring it back on the right track that a stable government can only do. In the name of crime control no FIR’s are being lodged. No registration of crime can only result in the juggling of statistics and not in the real change.
India needs Prime Minister with a vision for the country not a juggler or merely a demagogue. For the purpose Mayawati has to go very long. I don’t mean that she cant be a Prime Minister. She can but she has to make some extra ordinary efforts. Merely by blaming others and claiming herself a daughter of Dalit being hurdled by bourgeois isn’t enough. This will only lead to further decline. Even the Dalits who are better educated then ever and more liberalized in thought will not tolerate this for long. If their expectations remain unfulfilled they will surely go for an alternative. In such condition whom will she blame?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bye Bye Bihar Politics from Centre

People are fed up of hate politics and the era of political blackmailing is over. The mandate of election2009 is quite crystal clear. There is no place for political bargainers and the people want to break their deals without any mediator. These elections have also brought to an end the bargaining power of politicians, especially from Bihar.
For last few days we were hearing a lot about the kingmakers but the public has turned them to pawns of no use. I am afraid what will Lalu ji, Ramvilas Paswan and Nitish Kumar will do now. They are left with no job. For last few days they were doing quite well in media and earned lot of media space. Surely this will continue for few more days. This time not for good but they will be in news for their sympathetic condition. Ramvilas Pasvan was running the Ministry of Steel and fertilizer as his private ownership. Similar was with Lalu ji. Now they will have to run street to square for at least three years, jobless and without media attention. Till the next assembly elections in Bihar the Kingmaker duo cane play chess because they will still have a spare time after meditation and brainstorming sessions over their defeat in Bihar. Lalu ji will face more problems because now they are left with no limelight. Even the shadows depart in bad times. Lalu is now government less, ministry less and relatives less creature (as Sadhu etc. were cunning enough to leave him alone)
There is a suggestion for Lalu ji. He can open a Charvaha School in Patliputra where he can revise his election management lessons. He can ask for the help from his associates from Railway ministry who had projected him as media guru.
There is one more regional Satrap from Bihar Nitish Kumar must surely be thinking about his spoken words of last few days. He was asking for the special status for Bihar in lieu of his support (although practically this was more an offer of special status for himself). He is surely a loser now. Had he opted to go with UPA and had put some restrictions on his actions and words (including a famous handshake with Narendra Modi) he must have been the happiest man today. Like Lalu he also missed the train. Lalu may have been well adjusted by UPA respectfully hadn’t he dumped the Congress in Bihar coalition. Even his act must have ignored but he was to dig his own grave later by uncontrolled flow of his words. He may regret now and may find some plac3e in the new government but surely he has no ethical right to do so. Similar is with Paswan and Nitish.
This may end up in the political death of bargaining Bihar. For the first time in the History of democratic India, Bihar will have no say in the central politics. Surely no rail will run through Bihar nor any ministry, and all thanks to the outspoken Bihar leadership.
The Bihar will be the real loser, the state that is in grave urgency of development. Nitish may have some reasons to satisfy himself (the Bihar government and the good M.P count) but this is not enough for the poor Bihari people who have often been embarrassed by their political leadership. The Bihari leaders to their credit only have a long tongue and demagogy that in turn have ruined the state over years. It will be wrong to say that they weren’t given any opportunity. They got more then they deserved but they didn’t use it for the people’s welfare, rather they used it for their personal gains.
Now the time has come when these people should understand the people’s demand. Especially Lalu ji and Paswan should use their time for strengthening themselves with people’s support. The defeat they have faced should be treated as an ample opportunity to reconsolidate their positions; otherwise they will be lost into the pages of history as many of the signs of the world’s oldest democracy Patliputra

Friday, May 15, 2009

Communal Indian politics Harmful

Real secularism and not opportunism is in favour of India as a nation. Hardliners neither survive long nor do they achieve high positions. A secular ideology and having harmonious relations with fellow citizens can only lead the country to development..

COMMUNALISM HAS hit hard General Elections 2009 in India and there was a clear divide among the voters on communal lines, especially in the constituencies where opponents were of different religion. It is a harmful symptom as a communal divide may divide the country.
It won’t be wrong to call Indian politics a pure reflection of Machiavellism. Indian politicians draft and redraft their own definitions. The worst thing is that the same manipulation has been inherited and perfectly obeyed by the voters.
Secularism may have different meanings around the globe as in India. One of the meanings we perceive is the one which asks us to follow our own path but without encroaching on others’ territory. In Indian politics, these very definitions have been perceived in different manipulated forms.
Recently, we came to know that opposing BJP and allies is pure secularism. No matter you share the same platform with the BJP or Shiv Sena for as much time, but to be called secular one just need to switch the flanks. Overnight the party will be declared secular despite its past allegiances.
Kalyan Singh is the new face of secularism and the new one in the making is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Just wait for three more days and there are many surprise gifts for the voters who have just voted for India.
Although it was a good experience for a person like me to see the supporters of Kalyan Singh voting for Zafar Alam of the Samajwadi Party, a Muslim. It is not a usual scene in Indian politics. Our politicians have fragmented it and a clear demarcation line on communal lines is visible all over.
Somehow, I am proud of the Muslims as they usually vote for their Hindu leaders. The only reservation they have is about the parties like the BJP or the Shiv Sena, rest they have no objections regarding the caste, color, creed or religion. On the other hand, I am upset about the role of majority.
Being a secular and having harmonious relations with the minorities is more in their favour. It is not just a claim but I can prove my point. Just go through the past results. The secular Hindu leaders have not only been victorious from Muslim-dominated localities but have also secured a distinct position.
Real secularism and not opportunism is in favour of India as a nation. Hardliners neither survive long nor do they achieve high positions. Not many remember Vinay Katiyar and his fate. A one-time icon of hard-line Hinduism, he was denied in the city of Lord Rama (Faizabad/Ayodhya) itself. Murli Manohar Joshi is another example. We will continue with the debate and I am hopeful that one day many will join me in the movement of secularizing India at the ground level.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

An Obituary to AMU Central Canteen

She is no more. Our beloved AMU central canteen has passed away. No way had she deserved such a silent death but it happened. Our Cleopatra was silently killed and no one came to her rescue. All her lovers left her in last time.
I cannot understand what happened to all those admirers who used to shed their love over her? Mercilessly she was poisoned by the authorities. The administrators ignored her status and the people remained tight lipped!!! It is unbelievable.
Last time I attended her, she was looking healthy and young as ever, surrounded with many of her admirers. This will happen in no time is out of my mental sphere. The more I try to look into the matter, more I am confused.
May be the met her fate in the same way all the beauties used to. This brutal world is the admirer of outer beauty. In this materialistic world no one is there to look after an aged. Once the beauty is lost women has no value. But she wasn’t a prostitute. She loved all out of grace. Her love was like a torrential rain, equal and just for all.
But I think she may have been misunderstood. Girls were jealous of her beauty and so did many of the people. Authorities couldn’t bear up her burden. In today’s mean world no one has time for real parents so how can we hope for the part time care takers to come up for her rescue. If the care taker is an imported man with different culture surely we should not expect anything from him. In this case the care taker of the house is a man with different culture and he has nothing to do with our golden traditions, I think so. If he had some love our beloved shouldn’t have died this way. Alas… it is too late. All we can do is to pray for the demised soul.

Inna Lillah e Wa Inna illaha Raj’un

Thursday, April 23, 2009

AMU Central Canteen

IN ALIGARH Muslim University and not with me, surely you are missing something. Life has different shades and colours in my company. The iridescence of love, the shadows of sorrow, the blunders of a carefree life and illusions about the future - one can experience every single aspect of his existence. Some love, some ignore but no one hates me.
Philosophers say that ’Beauty never lasts long’, whereas my perception is, ’Beauty is forever’. I am an exemplary figure to prove that age erodes neither your qualities nor your beauty. If you are humble enough you will not only be admired by all but every one will love you and I can assure that I am the humblest; always ready to welcome everyone with open arms. Since my existence I have not only been the centre of attraction but any beauty queen can feel jealous of my ever-growing list of admirers. Whether she be Cinderella, Mona Lisa, Cleopatra or even Mumtaz or Aishwarya, all pale when compared with me.
My affair with Ashfaq is a decade old but this doesn’t effects my relations with Nusrat, Qasam, Mansoor, Yasser, Anas, or Jawed.
For Nusrat, I am a best friend who gives him relief from his depression; for Mansoor, Qasam and Jawed, I am a best friend to enjoy a ’time pass’ with and for Anas and Aqeel, I am the one to understand their thoughts. Even Nasser, a dishwasher, spares some moments to share along with his friends. I love his childish games. He may not have gone to school for one but with me he tries to learn the lessons of life.
I have space for everyone in my heart. Just come to me and feel the difference in your life. No depression, no tensions, just the funny emotions; inspiring everyone to lead a happy life.
I was not always as I am today. In my early days at Aligarh, I was thought to be a part of the elite section. With time, I changed my nature and attitude. Now I find that I have some better reasons to survive. For years I have been witnessing severe changes around myself but I stood tall, infallible and I will survive in times to come.
I am the old Picture gallery now known as your beloved AMU Central Canteen.

28 Jun 2008 http://www.merinews.com/


An Ode to Communal Harmony

IN THE locality I was born one can hardly find another Muslim family. After completing my primary education from Gajraula, I left for Meerut where for the first time I was forced to believe that I am a Muslim. It was the time that I felt the heat of communalism around me.
Probably in my generation, I am the last and lucky enough to taste the fruits of Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb, which my ancestors had sown and nurtured. My father admitted me to a school run by Catholic Christians. With temple in my neighborhood and a Gurudwara nearby it was a perfect place to learn the lessons of communal harmony which my father always favoured. He was well versed in Quranic scriptures as well in Ramcharitmanas and was usually invited for participation in Akhandpath. Encounter with co-religionists only occurred at Eid or during Muharram when we visited our native place. Some of my classmates were Muslims, hailing from Amroha, a town nearby. I don’t remember any debate or discussion regarding my religious identity during those days.
With our arrival in Meerut, I was forced to discuss my identity for the first time. So deep rooted was the communalism in the area that even the children of secondary level talked in the context of Hindu-Muslim separatism. Those harsh comments and questions still stir my mind. Although majority their still believed in harmony but the handful of communal agents had polluted the entire environment. Otherwise, there is no reason for a child in an age of fantasies, talking about the most awkward issue.
It was like going to hell, when I discovered that my town is also changing nature with the changing wind. Sometime later I found that a low intensity communal virus had found a refuge in my locality. These were the days of Ram-Mandir movement. Frequently, my stand on Babri Masjid was probed. Thanks to my mother who provided me the moral and ethical support in those days, otherwise such people had forced me to accept the new religion, which may have been inhuman according to my family.
Usually I try to ask Allah about the fate of such people and for what reason they are not being punished.
It’s alright that they may find a political refuge but where is divine justice? I am a proud Indian Muslim and never compromise with my ideology. But it is really hard to be from minority these days. It may dishearten some but it is true. I still believe that majority of people are good but their silence has created a vacuum that poisonous communalism has filled. This majority is the real culprit. Why these people remain silent before the handful of people and allow them to take charge of our free will?
Memories of my childhood still bring happiness to me and a hope too that someday will come when people may find refuge in those old peaceful days. These types of conditions have always existed. We have faced the tragedy of partition for the same reasons. If we can’t learn from our past let heaven decide our fate. We as a nation have no right survive with such inhuman nature. To sustain we need peaceful co-existence and for self immolation just a step ahead towards destiny.

Monday, April 20, 2009

AMU: Deptt of Mass Comm..oopppsss sorry Photography

It is officially called, Department of Mass communication and Journalism, Aligarh Muslim University but... the batch of 2007-2009 has proved that it is not more then a department of Photography and orkutting. Wow what a department. Enter to read news paper, to watch Tv and net surfing. Rest of the time everyone is free for leasure. Cant beleive??? ok just here are some sample photographs to prove my point. I dont remeber how many of us were regular with our lab studies but every one had a good hand at camera and all of us tried hard to get maximum out of it... Ha haha another example of masti kii pathshala...No class only mastii..oooopssss

Muharram in Syed Nagli

Syed Nagli is one of the very first place to witness the Muharram mourning in Northern India. The very first mourning for the grandson of Prophet Muhammed (swa) took place some 600 years ago. Oldest of the Hussainiyas in Syed Nagli, Azkhana Musmmat Fatima dates back some 150 years back. Mir Ghalib Ali Baquiri was behind the construction of this Hussainiyah. In an urgent need of renovation this was the first place from where the very first Muharram possession took place. It was most probably when Hakim Yakchasm, accompanying general Bakht Khan in the mutiny of 1857 insisted to do so. Presently this Hussainiyah is the centre of Azadari in the town.
Mir Ghalib Ali, Mir Zafar Ahsan, Mir Ghulam Rasool are among the dignitaries buried in the graveyard just adjacent to this Hussainiyah.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Where Dreadly Scorpions turn Saint: Dargah Shah Wilayat

Dargah Shah Vilayat at Amroha may be a place of curiosity for many. Scorpions turn saint here. Unlike their tendency to sting at a very first instance they lye cool and calm. It is said that Hazrat Sharafuddin Shah Vilayat a Naqvi Syed from the reputed iraqi family, migrated to India during the Sultanate era. He encountered one more Saint Hazrat Shah Nasruddin. Nasruddin wasn't in favor to have a man who may divert some of his disciples. He asked Shah Sharafuddin to leave the place which was turned down by him. Nasruddin said in anger, your grave may be guarded by deadly scorpions. OK, it will but they all may live in peace and may not harm anyone, replied Shah Vilayat. I am here for the sake of love and humanity and love finds place for itself. His words came true. The grave is really guarded by scorpions but they live in peace with humans aside, just like saints. Surprised? no matter, just come here and see
and will need an evidence...

The Filmsaaz Experience

A date with Muzaffar Ali have been a long lived dream for a man like me. I had wanted to meet him earlier. I had some questions in mind regarding his well known endeavour, Umrao Jan. For long I had been trying to pen down a note on the portrayal of courtesans in Indian cinema in cultural prospective. Filmsaz 09 at AMU provided me an opportunity but I missed. I had submitted a film 'Mahatma" based on the story by Bhishm Sahni, which I had made as part of my studies. To my utter surprise the film got me an award which I had never expected. Film for me was a big failure, after I had some problems with my lead character, Ashfaq Hamidi. Once I had decided to drop the film but later finished it just as a rough task. It is not film that may attract many and never finished as i had liked. But every failure is a new lesson to life and so is Mahatma. It will always inspire me to do something better and with my own picked team in future at least once, I will try to go for good film.

A change in outlook

Although it wasn't my first tour to Agra but when did I visited Taj has faded out of my memories. It was some 18-20 years back when I was here with my school mates from St. Mary's Convent, Gajraula. This time too I had my classmates with me but this was totally a different experience. Life has changed a lot in these years. Now I have different sentiments and a totally different approach towards life. At that time a small lad jumping around the campus and living in forced discipline had no worries about life nor did I understood the importance of Taj. But the life flows on quietly, not same as that of water in Yamuna. There are quite more waves, some smooth and more of them violent experiences of life... This is all about our existence

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Taj: Lovers Paradise

Much have been written about the beauty of Taj Mahal. This marvelous monuments is a unique example of architecture. It also represent the Persian excellence in the field.

Taj Mahal stands on the other banks of River Yamuna, just opposite to the mighty Red Fort of Agra, which was the centre of Mughal administration,until the seat of governance moved to Delhi in 1637 as the new Mughal capital. It was built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, princess of Persian origin. She had died while she was accompanying her husband in Burhanpur expedition, while giving birth to a child. He loved Mumtaz so much that he ordered to built a great mausoleum in her memory.

Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to accomplish the task. Even the material was imported from central Asia and is said that 1000 elephants were used for the purpose of transportation to the site. It was designed by the great Iranian architect Ustad Isa.

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Dargah of Hazrat Salim Chisti ( R.A): Fatehpur Sikri

The Dargah of Hazrat Saleem Chiti (r.a) is the main attraction at Fatehpur Sikri. It is said that it was his love for this great Sufi Saint, that forced Akbar to built this marvelous fort. A good place to visit but take care in summer, as no one is allowed to wear shoes in the Holy premises of Dargah. On a hot Sunny day one may find it difficult to pass through, almost burning red sand stone flooring. Best time to visit is either in morning Sabefore 12 pm or just after 5 pm. It is a marvallous building, carved of white marble; just the another one in the city of Taj. In the campus one may find a cemetry with graves of the beloved ones of imperial court and the close associates of pious int.
Salim Chishti (1478- 1572) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order, in India. Salim Chisti was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti whose tomb is in Ajmer, (Rajasthan).
The Mughal Emperor Akbar came to the holy man's camp, deep in the desert, seeking a male heir to his throne. Salim Chisti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him. He named his first son Salim (later emperor Jahangir) in honor of Salim Chisti. )*1

(source: wikipedia*)

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Taj Mahal and the river Yamuna

As river Yamuna flows through the backyard of Taj Mahal, it also suggests the purpose of builting this grand structure here. Taj Mahal is situated in an area where water and red sand stone is available in large quantity. Along with Taj, the most beautiful view one may find here is the Yamuna river, flowing since ages and witnessing the history. One more thing to watch is the Agra fort on the same side of Taj Mahal. It is said that Shah Jehan the mighty emperor, also the man behind the construction of Taj in his last days was made captive in Red Fort of Agra made a wish . In a wish to his haughty son Aurangzeb, he asked him to keep in a room where Taj was clearly visible to him till his last breath.

Buland Darwaza : Fatehpur Sikri

Buland Darwaza or the grand gate is the main entrance of the fort of Fatehpur Sikri (35 km from Agra). It was built by Akbar and is still the highest entrance gate made in India. A beautiful mix of Persian architecture with Rajputana style of India it is one of the most beautiful and mighty structure ever built.
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