Author: Pervez Bari

Scrapping Hajj subsidy is good riddance but timing intriguing

The scrapping of Hajj subsidy by the Indian Government to perform annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia is a boon in disguise for the Muslim community for two reasons. It is, in fact, good riddance. However, what is intriguing is that it was done abruptly defying the Supreme Court’s 2012 directive to do it in a phased manner over 10 years i.e. by 2022. Firstly, the Hajj subsidy which was started in the year 1954 has been a myth all along. The un-stated need of declaring subsidies was the requirement of the Central government to keep the government owned national...

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AIMPLB reiterates stand on Babri Masjid; resolves to get Talaq Bill stalled

The three-day 26th general session of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the representative body of Indian Muslims of all schools of thoughts, from February 9 to 11 in Hyderabad reiterated its stand on Babri Masjid issue of no outside court settlement, but only judiciary pronouncement. Addressing a joint Press conference, the office-bearers of the Board also expressed their resolve not to leave any stone unturned to prevent the Muslim Women (Protection on Marriage) Bill, which envisages criminalising the instant Talaq-e-Biddat (Triple Talaq), get passed in the Rajya Sabha. Members of the board said they had conveyed...

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Demonetisation did more harm than good

Even after one year debate on Demonetisation or “Notebandi” whether it has done more harm than good to the Indian economy and the common man continues. The pro-“Notebandi” lobby seems to be on the back-foot when anti-“Notebandi” unleashes facts and figures to support their claims. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been claiming demonetisation “a historic and multi-dimensional success” on its first anniversary, the Congress said the decision to scrap high-value banknotes was a “tragedy” and a “thoughtless act” that destroyed the livelihood of millions of people. The Congress described the note ban decision as the “biggest scam” and...

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Alliance for ‘Samvidhan Bachao, Desh Bachao’

A new era in Indian politics heralding the aspirations of the masses, which still yearn for justice, peace and two square meals a day even after 70 years of the Independence, will blossom into realms of reality, if a group of people who have joined hands under the banner of Alliance for Justice and Peace (AJP) succeeds in their mission. Their lofty ideals lays stress on implementing the directive principles together with secularism, equality, justice etc as enshrined in the Indian Constitution. To realise its objectives the Alliance organised a two-day national convention at Mumbai from October 15, wherein...

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‘India 2047 Project Document’ released

August 15, 2016, the 70th Indepen-dence Day of India, was special for Muslims and other marginalised communities of the country when a 244 page historic document to ameliorate their sufferings and empower them in next 30 years i.e. by 2047, the dawn of the second century of independence, was released at New Delhi. On August 15 this year the online version of the “India 2047 Project Document”, prepared by Empower India Foundation, (EIF), was released at Bangalore by Dr Fakhruddin Mohammed, Honorary Secretary of MESCO, Hyderabad. The occasion was the launching of the Master Trainers Development Programme, an initiative of EIF, as part of its flagship ‘India 2047’ Project. Kamal Farooqui, former Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission, launched the programme. Presiding over the function EM Abdul Rahiman, the chairman of EIF, said that Muslim community along with other marginalised people should refrain from blaming troublesome past 67 years but plan out their bright future in the next 33 years when the dawn of the second century of India’s Independence begins. He said, “It is not only a dream or hope but our commitment and determination to uplift the Muslim community and other marginalised people. However, he cautioned Muslims that unless and until they come forward then only the Almighty will help them in changing their condition and improving their lot. Abdul Rahiman said there is no doubt India is...

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