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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS AT HOME…’

Says the grand mufti of J&K though his daughter-in-law is a scientist working in Abu Dhabi

Mohammed Wajihuddin | TNN

 

    The original job of Jammu and Kashmir’s state-backed Mufti Azam (Grand Priest) Bashir-u-Din was to confirm moon sightings before Eid and Bakrid. That was till a couple of years ago. Now Bashir-u-Din is known more for his fatwas, the latest of which declared that the state’s first all-girl band, Pargaash, is “un-Islamic”.
The fatwa earned him admiration as well as hatred in the cyber sphere depending on which side of the debate you were on. Pargaash has called it quits and the Mufti is unrepentant and ecstatic. “I am glad the girls have abandoned the band. We cannot allow our daughters to get exploited by the Western culture,” he says on phone from his home in Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar. “There are so many other decent fields for girls to excel in. I have never met them but was shown the videos and thought this needed to be stopped.”
In his mid-70s, Bashir-u-Din says he was appointed Grand Mufti by late Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed, the state’s last prime minister in 1960. A third generation mufti, neither Bashir-u-Din’s father Kawam-u-Din nor grandfather Jalal-u-Din ever issued fatwas, though they were held in reverence. But with a Masters degree in Arabic from the Aligarh Muslim University and the knowledge of Islam — which he says he received at a local madrassa in Srinagar — Bashir-u-Din has taken on the task of righting many “wrongs” in society.
Why did he oppose the all girl-rock band? “According to Islam, a woman’s preferred place is her home. She should step out or do a job only when it is essential,” he says. This theory had been stated earlier too in a fatwa issued by Darul Uloom in Deoband, an institution that many now jokingly refer to as India’s “fatwa factory”. Incidentally, the mufti’s own daughter-in-law, Dr Neelofar Ali, works as a scientist in Abu Dhabi.
Bashir-u-Din surprised many when, in 2011, he appointed himself the chief of the self-styled Supreme Court of Islamic Shariat. “No one had heard of this post in the Valley before he floated it and started using it on his letterhead,” recalls a local journalist who has been following his pronouncements over the years. The mufti stunned everyone by appointing his son Nasirul-Islam as his successor in 2000. Islam had lived for years in Abu Dhabi where he is reported to have business interests and a legal consultancy job. He was an unlikely candidate for the Grand Mufti’s job.
Though J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah criticized the mufti, critics allege that it was at his government’s behest that the mufti issued a fatwa against stone-pelting in the Valley. The separatists alleged that the mufti was doing the government’s bidding. “I am doing only Allah’s bidding. I am not on government’s pay-roll. You journalists are out to malign me,” he says and hangs up.
TRACK RECORD
The Grand Mufti first made news when he issued a fatwa in 2007 against Ghulam Nabi Azad, then Jammu & Kashmir’s chief minister. When Azad had asked people to emulate Mahatma Gandhi, the mufti, through a fatwa, declared this “un-Islamic”.
He has since targeted many, including four Christian pastors allegedly involved in conversions in the Valley. The pastors denied the charge.
Last year, he asked Americans to leave the valley after an anti-Prophet video angered Muslims across the world. “I didn’t ask all Christians and Americans to leave the valley. I have enough evidence to prove that a few Christian priests are luring Muslim youth in the Valley to Christianity,” he says.


Delhi: Not Safe for Common Man : Unsafe for Women


Lutyens’ manned, rest unguarded

Capital Home To Both Safest, Most Dangerous Urban Areas Of Country

Josy Joseph TNN

New Delhi: Delhi Police is actually New Delhi’s police. The national capital’s police actually has two different yardsticks for law and order in the city. If you live within Ring Road, especially in Lutyens’ Delhi, you receive several times more attention than a person living beyond the exclusive zone.

       The statistics are there for all to see. They add to the recent debate kicked up by the findings of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) of the home ministry about the undue police attention for VIPs at the cost of ordinary people. BPRD found that almost three cops were deployed per VIP as against just one cop for 761 ordinary Indians. The study showed that states and UTs had deployed 50,059 police personnel to protect 16,788 VIPs in 2010.

      The VIP culture of police forces is best captured in Delhi, which is home to both the safest and some of the most dangerous urban areas of India. The safest part is Lutyens’ Delhi, where the national government is located and most politicians live. Some parts of the rest of Delhi are among the most crime-prone urban areas of India.

         Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s home and office, best symbolizes the VVIP obsession of the police force. Delhi Police has deployed one joint commissioner, one DCP, three additional DCPs, 10 ACPs, 20 inspectors and another 1,000 men in Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is besides the 200 ITBP personnel deployed there, and President’s Bodyguard, an elite army unit.

         This massive, top-heavy force is in contrast to a joint commissioner heading the entire Northern Range of the city, a 621.3 sqkm area of over 75 lakh residents. A DCP heads an entire district’s police force. The range saw 16,299 IPC cases in 2011. Just 54% of these IPC cases were solved. The statistics are better for heinous crimes — 80.7% murders, 91.7% kidnappings and 95.5% rapes solved.

         A senior policeman said the contrast was reflective of the complex policing of national capitals around the world. “This is the seat of power, this is what defines India,” he said. “Please do not just compare crime. Police officers in New Delhi are heavily involved in VVIP movement,” he added.

            Delhi has 11 police districts, and there are on an average 12 police stations per district. Anywhere between 120 and 150 personnel are posted in each police station.

        The irony of the VIP culture is starker when it comes to the level of police stations. In the New Delhi area, serious crime is a rarity. Connaught Place police station saw no murder or rape in 2011. It had one robbery and 28 vehicle thefts. In fact, vehicle theft is the most frequent crime reported in the police stations of New Delhi.
Chanakyapuri police station, too, saw neither a murder or a rape, and just two attempts to murder and eight vehicle thefts. Barakhamba Road police station saw one murder and two rapes.

           In contrast, police stations in the rest of Delhi witness several murders and rapes. For example, in Narela police station, there were 12 murders, three rapes, 13 attempts to murder, 17 robberies and 133 vehicle thefts. In Bawana, there were nine murders and five rapes. In Alipur, there were nine murders and five rapes.

12th Poster Painting Competition: Rotary On-The-Spot 03 Feb 2013


            Rotary Club Delhi South-West hosted with pride their 12th “Rotary On – The – Spot – Poster – Painting Competition” for Children on 03rd Feb 2013 at ARSD College grounds.

         The journey that started with about 350 students at Delhi Haat in the year 2000-01, and has grown every year & it has surpassed all previous records with about 3800 participants this year. This major Rotary Vocational Service Project of the RCD South West, invites thousands of children from schools all over Delhi NCR who enthusiastically assemble every year to show their artistic talent and awareness on social evils and make their Metro-City “MERI DILLI” clean, beautiful and crime free.

           Rtn Praveen Kandru President, like every predecessor has done one better than previous one, to keep the tradition alive and kicking along with the members of RCD South West.

        There was tremendous efforts put in behind the scenes from all members of RCD South West who assisted the President Praveen Kandru, Club Secretary Avneesh Bajaj, Event Chairman PP Rtn Ranjan Chopra & Co-Chairman PP Rtn Pankaj Agarwal .

Rotarians and their spouses were at the ground at 9.00 AM, two hours ahead of schedule time of 11.00 AM, taking their seats at different age-group registration counters, distributing sheets & end polio now caps & other members attending  at the painting enclosures.

On registration, participants  were handed over one marked Poster sheet to work on and were given ample time to complete their painting, on topics viz. “Pride of Delhi”, “Conservation of Resources”, “Removal of Social Evils” ,”Social Responsibilities” etc. On completion of painting, every child was given ‘Certificate of Participation’ and food/beverage packets, sponsored by ‘Bikano’.

R.I. Polio-plus Committee distributed Caps to all the participants to bring polio prevention awareness amongst those present.

 A wonderful magic Show was conducted by Magician Krishan Gopaal to the delight of children; meanwhile a battery of eminent judges from the art & craft fraternity diligently worked on deciding the best paintings amongst the thousands of paintings; a Herculean task in itself. The judges distributed around 40 consolation prizes for the very good paintings though less than best.; meanwhile Chief Guest Prof Kiran Walia, Hon’ble Minister for Education, Social Welfare, Woman & Child development & Languages Delhi Govt   arrived and distributed the prizes and gifts to the winners. She praised the children for their imagination putting in to spectacular paintings.

DGN J K Gaur was also present & appreciated the good work done by the Rotary Club South – West.

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