13 January 2018

13 Jan.ND: Babri Masjid case: Judges Concerns Come on Eve of Game-Changer Case in SC on Feb.8/ UN vote set aside, stage set for Modi- Netanyahu tango

13 Jan.2018: 25 Rabial Aakhir 1439:Vol:9, No:96
Babri Masjid-Ram Temple: Judges Concerns Come on Eve of Game-Changer Case in SC on Feb.8
 New Delhi: The sensational and unprecedented press conference by 4 senior sitting Justices of the Supreme Court raising serious concerns about the functioning of the judiciary has come on the eve of the hearing of the controversial Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case that has generated chaos and conflict at different points of what is now a seven decade old issue. The Supreme Court’s 3 member Bench had fixed Feb.8, 2018 as the day for hearing the civil appeals in the title dispute despite protests from senior advocates pleading against the haste, and asking for the case to be deferred till 2019 after the general elections. The Supreme Court constituted a Bench---Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Abdul Nazeer--- to look into the slew of petitions on December 5, just a day before the demolition of the historic mosque in 1992. The significance of the date was not lost on political leaders and activists. At the core of this dispute is the belief that Lord Ram was born 900000 years ago in Treta Yuga, a room located under the central dome of the mosque that was thus demolished by right wing groups in the presence of senior leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi on the said date.The Supreme Court judgement is expected to have momentous impact, particularly in the present environment with construction of the Ram Mandir central to the BJP/RSS movement for the same. The final hearing by the apex court will run through several crucial state Assembly elections before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Chief Justice Mishra dismissed pleas for a five member Bench at the onset.For the record, Justice Bhushan started his career in advocacy in Uttar Pradesh and was a permanent judge with the Allahabad High Court. He was appointed Judge of the High Court of Kerala in July 2014, Acting Chief Justice in July 2104, Chief Justice in March 2015 in a speedy rise. He was appointed Judge in the Supreme Court in My 2016.And Justice Nazeer has the distinction of perhaps being just the third judge to be elevated directly to the Supreme Court without being a Chief Justice of a High Court. He took office in February 2017, having earlier been an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court.On December 5 the apex court saw heated exchanges with senior advocates Kapil Sibal,Dushyant Dave and Rajiv Dhawan representing different petitioners insisting the case be deferred. At one point they threatened to walk out insisting they were “not being given a fair chance.” Sibal who is representing the Sunni Board pointed out that, "BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy had gone on record saying that Ram temple would be built before 2019 through legal means. They want to make it as an election manifesto and the court should not fall into the trap. These appeals are not ordinary property disputes as they go to the heart of secular fabric of the country.”Sibal also asked the Bench why it was rushing to hear the case now. And if there is this haste then “Why wasnt it heard when it was filed? Why now? Why haven’t the contempt cases (over the demolition) been heard so far? There are some 19,000 documents to be studied in the case.”Sibal said it was one of the most important litigations in the history of India and required time .”It impacts on the future of India”, he said urging the Bench that it should be heard “after everything is over in July 2019.” Dhavan pointed out that teh case, “goes into the heart of a democratic, secular nature of a democracy. A mosque was destroyed in this country. You can't run away from this fact. This is not an ordinary case.”Lawyers Harish Salve and CS Vaidyanathan, who were representing the other side, insisted that the court must treat the Ayodhya case like any other. CJI Misra supported this view expressing “shock and surprise” and maintaining that the judges were not “bothered about what’s happening outside.” Senior BJP leaders including Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath, who won the elections last year, have spoken on the issue, maintaining that the people want the temple, but the matter was sub judice , so they would wait for the verdict. Thecitizen
Chief Justice Dipak Misra may meet four judges on Sunday to resolve judicial crisis
As the crisis triggered by the revolt of 4 Supreme Court judges lingered, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rebel judges may meet on Sunday to resolve the problems raked up by them as two of the dissenting judges on Saturday sought to play down the issue.Three of the four judges, who had attacked the Chief Justice at a press conference here on Friday, were away from the capital and are expected to return on Sunday afternoon. There was no official confirmation about reports that Justice Misra will be meeting with the rebel judges.IANS
Judges vs CJI: Govt shouldn’t interfere, CJI should resolve, say ex-CJIs
New Delhi: Expressing “shock” over the unprecedented press conference Friday by the 4 most senior judges of the Supreme Court, former Chief Justices of India said the Govt  should not “interfere” in the matter, and that CJI should “resolve the crisis with statesmanship”.Saying he was “pained” by the developments, ex-Chief Justice RM Lodha questioned how such an issue could have remained pending for two months.“I am disturbed by today’s development. What happened today is unfortunate and painful for a person who presided over an institution like the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the letter (made public) reveals that certain grievances were raised by the most senior 4 judges about two months ago. Obviously, the Chief Justice ought to have discussed it with them and addressed those issues. Ultimately, CJI, being leader of the institution, has to show statesmanship and ensure that grievances are resolved. There is no role for the executive. This matter is exclusively within the judiciary and should be resolved within the judiciary,” Justice Lodha said.  “And the issues that have been raised should be resolved by the CJI. It goes without saying that the CJI is the master of the roster but transparency is always maintained. But if there was a very specific issue raised in this regard – that had to be discussed and resolved… the issue should not have remained pending for two months. The way forward is that they must sit together and openly discuss the issue. They should be no constraint and they should collectively find a solution,” Justice Lodha said.EX-CJI KG Balakrishnan said the press conference Friday will “erode the credibility” of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the people, and that if the crisis continues, it will “cut the root of democracy”. “It is a very unfortunate situation. No other top court in the world has acted in this way,” he said. Ex- Supreme Court judge KT Thomas said judges holding press a conference “should not become a precedent” and if the “executive is reasonably wise enough” it should keep away from the crisis.“CJI is the master of the roster and it is a time-tested convention among constitutional courts. His power is like that of a captain of a team. To say that some cases should be allocated to one judge and not another judge – I don’t understand. How can one judge be disqualified from hearing any case? This dispute should be resolved by the full court. And if an executive is reasonably wise enough, they should keep away from it. This is an internal matter of the Supreme Court,” Justice Thomas said. Ex-Attorney General K Parasaran said, “It is a very sad day for me. I never thought I will come across such a situation in my 67 years at the Bar.”Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave said: “It is not every day that 4 senior judges react in this unprecedented manner. It is clear that they have done so after much thought and much pain. They probably felt that they had no option but to do so.”“We have become a nation of compromisers, of lying low, of not standing up and speaking the truth. But these four judges have shown us that it is still possible to stand up and be counted. That is the important thing,” he said. Indian express
Cabinet ministers should ‘speak up’ like SC judges: Sinha compares present atmosphere with Emergency’
New Delhi:Firing a fresh salvo at the Govt, disgruntled BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday asked his party colleagues and ministers to “get rid of their fear” and “speak up for democracy” like the 4 SC judges who came out publicly against the chief justice.He  referred to the comments of 4 judges to claim that prevailing atmosphere was like Emergency in 1975-77 and voiced concern over short parliamentary sessions.If Parliament is compromised, SC is not in order, then democracy is threatened, he told reporters. Sinha said “if four senior most Supreme Court judges say democracy is under threat, we have to take their words very seriously.”“Every citizen who feels for democracy should speak up. I will ask party (BJP) leaders and senior cabinet ministers to speak up. I will appeal to them to get rid of their fears and speak up,” he said.PTI
SC judges’ apprehensions matter of grave concern: Legal fraternity
New Delhi: Members of the legal fraternity on Friday dubbed the apprehensions of four senior judges about the Supreme Court’s functioning a “major concern”, with one claiming that the issue may “just be the tip of the iceberg”.Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said he had not seen such “blatant abuse of power” during his legal career. “I have not seen such blatant abuse of power (in exercise of assigning cases by the Chief Justice of India) as in the case of the present Chief Justice… if he has any self respect, he would resign. Because, for the 4 most senior judges of the Supreme Court, it clearly expresses public loss of confidence or lack of confidence,” Bhushan told a TV channel. IANS
CJI selectively assigned political cases: Bhushan
New Delhi: Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has appreciated the four senior Supreme Court judges for taking on the Chief Justice, saying they had made people aware of the "extraordinary abuse of power" by the latter.He said Chief Justice Dipak Misra was selective in assigning politically sensitive cases."Truly unprecedented! Kudos to 4 senior-most judges of SC who addressed a Press Conf today (Friday) to apprise the people about the extraordinary abuse of 'master of roster' powers by CJI in selectively assigning politically sensitive cases to handpicked junior judges for desired outcome," Bhushan tweeted. indiatomorrow
Judge Loya death case: SC says matter ‘very serious’, seeks reply from Maharashtra govt on probe pleas
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought response from the Maharashtra Govt on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, PTI has reported. Underlining it to be a “serious” issue, the top court also said, “This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte”.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MM Shantanagoudar asked the Maharasthra Govt  to file reply by Jan.15 when the next hearing will be held. Judge Loya died in Nagpur on Dec.1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. Te issue came in the spotlight in Nov. last year after a report by Caravan magazine linking the circumstances surrounding his death to the trial in Sohrabuddin case. Journalist BR Lone had filed an independent plea seeking a fair probe into the alleged mysterious death of Loya.Lone’s petition was mentioned before a bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on Jan.11 and it sought a probe saying there were several contradictions emerging in the matter.
Divisions in SC surface in open, 4 judges attack CJI
Judicial crisis: Death of judge Loya needs to be probed at the highest level of SC, demands Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi:Congress President Rahul Gandhi called for an independent probe into the death of Judge Loya—who was hearing the Sorabuddin encounter case in which BJP President Amit Shah was an accused— by the highest bodies of the Supreme Court. The demand on Friday came after top judges from the SC expressed their discontentment over the handling of the matter in a press conference, and attacked CJI Dipak Misra on the manner of assignment of cases in the top court. Congress expressed that the obligations and the accusations levelled by the senior most judges of the Supreme Court against CJI were very disturbing and have ‘far-reaching effects’ for the Indian democracy. Congress said, “The observations made by Honourable Judges and the issues raised by them in the Press Conference and in the letter are extremely disturbing and have far-reaching consequences for the values that we hold sacred, safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the Judiciary.” indianexpress
SC judges’ revolt: Bar Council calls for immediate resolution of SC crisis, offers to mediate
UN vote set aside, stage set for Modi- Netanyahu tango
New Delhi; With Israel asserting that its relationship with India is much stronger than one vote in the UN, the stage is set for for the arrival here on Sunday of Israeli PM Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu on a 6-day trip to give a fillip to 25 years of diplomatic ties between the 2 countries.This is the first PM visit from Israel to India since the visit of then PM Ariel Sharon.The visit comes less than a month after New Delhi voted in the UN General Assembly against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. B. Bala Bhaskar, Joint Secretary (WANA) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that when PM  Narendra Modi and Netanyahu will sit for a bilateral summit here on Jan.15, both sides "will be discussing a lot of issues". Netanyahu's visit also assumes significance as it comes just over six months after the visit of Modi to Israel, the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the West Asian nationStating that bilateral cooperation has been expanded to several areas, Bhaskar said: "It all started with agriculture, now we have large areas of cooperation predominantly dominated by technology collaboration, innovation, R&D, science, space, so these are actually very qualitative engagements characterised by technological collaboration and innovation."Bhaskar said the ties between the two countries have been expanding in the areas of agriculture, water, innovation, entrepreneurship development, space, education, culture, homeland security and defence. He said the bilateral commerce between the two countries stood at $5 billion in 2016-17 which did not include defence trade.There is speculation about the revival of talks on India's purchase of 8,000 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel that was cancelled last year.Netanyahu will also be accompanied by Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Another major highlight of Netanyahu's visit will be his participation in this year's Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics.IANS
Govt mulls to revive missile deal with Israel days after calling it off
New Delhi: Indian army and the Govt are discussing ways to revive a USD 500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael, Army chief Bipin Rawat has said.New Delhi recently called off the deal to procure 8,000 missiles, souring the build up to Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India this week. General Rawat said the deal was scrapped after the state-run DRDO offered to manufacture similar missiles in line with PM  Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative."They (DRDO) said... why you are going for a missile that we are capable of manufacturing and can give you better results," General Rawat said."That is what led to retracting of the RFP (request for proposal)," he added.General Rawat said the DRDO missiles were yet to be tested and would not be ready till 2022, which could hit India's operational capabilities in the interim."So how do we bridge the gap between now and 2022? It's through the Spike. Rather than going whole hog we are in the discussion with the Govt " to fill in the gap, he said."We can possibly look at a lesser number to meet the gap," he added.AFP
India-Israel relationship stronger than one vote in UN, says envoy Daniel Carmon
New Delhi: India-Israel relationship is much stronger than one vote in UN, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Friday, referring to New Delhi’s vote against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.“Question is if it will influence our relationship or if it can influence the relationship,” Carmon said in response to a question ahead of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India starting Sunday.“I think the relationship is much stronger than one vote in the UN here and there,” he said.Last month, India joined the overwhelming Assembly majority to vote for the resolution that demanded that US comply with UNSC decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem.Carmon, however, maintained that there was a lot of importance in the votes in UN and said that these have always been on the joint agenda between India and Israel.“Sometimes it is India that comes to Israel with a request and sometimes Israel comes to India with a request,” he said.“We cannot always fulfil those requests. That is why we are 2 countries, 2 members of the UN.”
Deepening of ties in trade, defence will be on table during Israeli PM’s visit
Jamiat to protest against Israel PM visit to India
Deoband:Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of the leading religious organisation Muslims in India, will protest against Israel PM  Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India.Former MP and general secretary of Jamiyat Mehmood Madani here on Friday said that his organisation will protest against Israel PM visit starting from Jan.14.He said that Palestine is friend of India and India should not change its foreign policy.He said that Jamiat has appealed PM  Narendra Modi that visit of Israel PM visit should be cancelled.Israel PM visit, starting from Ahmadabad, will hurt the sentiments of the Muslim, he pointed out. UNI
Muslim bodies to stage dharna demanding cancellation of Netanyahu’s visit
Mumbai: Raza Academy, Sunni Jamiat Ulama, Muslim Council and Rahmani group have announced 5-day protest dharna from Jan.15 to Jan. 19. Founder of Raza Academy Mohammed Sayeed Noori said dharna is being staged for 5 days, to protest Israeli PM  Netanyahu’s visit who is the enemy of Qibla-e-awwal and killer of Palestinian children and entire humanity. He appealed all scholars and imams of the masjid to join the dharna and mount pressure on the Govt to cancel Netanyahu’s visit. His visit will hurt the sentiments of all justice-loving citizens of the country. If the Govt claims ‘sab ka saath sab ka vikas’ it should respect Muslims’ sentiments and cancel Netanyahu’s visit, said Muslim scholars.siasat
Just 4.9% of higher edu teachers are Muslim
New Delhi: At 4.9%, Muslim representation among teachers in higher educational institutions in India is much lower than the community’s proportion in India’s population (14.2%), going by the recently released All India Survey on Higher Education for 2016-17.The representation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is also lower than the populations of the two categories. While the survey, done by the Ministry of HRD, shows the representation of SCs at 8.3% of the total number of teachers in higher educational institutions, ST representation is 2.2%. The SCs account for 16.6% of India’s population and STs about 8.6%.“At the all-India level, teachers belonging to the general category are more than half, that is, 58.2% of the total number of teachers in India; OBCs follow at 31.3%,” says the survey report.the hindu
Hindutva politics preventing India from becoming global power: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar
New Delhi: Ex-CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar said Hindutva politics will be counterproductive for India’s aspiration to become a global power.Justice Khehar said, “India is aspiring to be a global power. In a global scenario, if you want to befriend Muslim countries, you can’t afford to be anti-Muslim back in your country. If you want strong ties with Christian nations, you can’t be anti-Christian”.Justice Khehar pointed out that after independence India chose to be a secular nation. He expressed concerns saying “Whatever is happening today is not in the interest of India, especially if we are projecting a communal bend of mind.”He lamented that India has not been able to fulfil the constitutional mandate, which promises to secure all citizens’ justice, liberty, equality and fraternity, projected in the Preamble of the Constitution itself. siasat
Aligarh School Portrays Zakir Naik As An 'Important Islamic Personality' In Book, Issued Notice By UP Govt
Aligarh-based Islamic Mission School has come under the scanner of UP Govt  on Friday for allegedly portraying Zakir Naik as "an important Islamic personality" in a book published by it. The state education department has ordered an inquiry and issued a show cause notice to the school in this regard.News Indian Express reported that the book called ‘Ilm-un-Nafe’, which is the part of curriculum in Islamic Mission School, has a chapter talking about the Islamic heroes figuring Zakir Naik as well. Hindustan Times reported that the Class 1 book has chapters on 9 famous Muslim personalities. One of them features Naik, founder of Mumbai-based NGO – IRF.The school management claimed that the book – aimed at enhancing children’s general knowledge – was published two years back, but in the new session the chapter on Naik would be removed from it, the HT report added.“The book has chapters on renowned Muslims and one chapter is on Zakir Naik,” the author of the book, Kunen Kausar, who is also the manager of the school, told the newspaper.Kausar, however added that when the book was published two years back, there was no case against Naik. Now, the chapter on him will be removed.Aligarh Basic Shiksha Adhikari , Dhirendra Kumar said that Naik’s depiction as a hero fell in the category of anti-national activity. “After giving notice to the school, action will be initiated to cancel its recognition,” said Kumar.OUTLOOK
Army chief Rawat calls for 'some' control over mosques, madrasas
New Delhi:Social media and Govt schools in J&K are spreading “disinformation campaign” resulting in radicalisation of youth, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat  claimed on Friday, and called for “some control” over mosques and madrasas in the state. He said a “major revamp” of the education system was needed in the state to deal with the problem. Rawat said the issue of exercising some amount of control over mosques and madrasas to check the flow of disinformation was being looked into.Addressing a press conference on the eve of the Army Day, Rawat said each classroom in Govt  schools in J&K  has a separate map of the state besides that of India which sowed the seeds of thought of some kind of “separate identity” among the children.“The damage done to us is through the social media. A very large amount of disinformation campaign is being spread in J&K  which is radicalising the youths through the social media and through the schools,” he said.“The other issue is the madrasas and masjids — what is being informed to them (the students) or incorrectly informed to them is through the madrasas and masjids. I think some controls have to be exercised there and that is what we are looking at,” he said.PTI
Army chief not an educationist, we know how to run education system in state: J&K Minister to General Rawat
New Delhi: In a sharp criticism of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, J&K Education Minister Altaf Bukhari said that the chief is not an educationist and since education is a state subject, the Govt  knows how to run schools. The criticism came in the wake of COAS statement, saying school education system in Govt schools in J&K has been corrupted, and that they have two maps in classrooms: one of India and the other of J&K.Bukhari said that the state has its own constitution and the Indian constitution, similarly, every school has a state map as it is needed to teach students about the state. Bukhari said, “There are two flags in the state, we have J&K constitution and India’s constitution also. Every school has a state map as it is needed to teach about the state.”indianexpress
They are forcing people of Kashmir to pick up gun: Bilal Ahmad Kawa’s family
Srinagar:The family members of Bilal Ahmad Kawa ,who was arrested in Delhi in connection with the Red Fort attack case, on Friday termed his arrest illegal and accused police of framing him in a fake case. They also said that he was never absconding and also owns a house in Delhi. The family and relatives blamed the media for projecting an “innocent civilian” as a “terrorist” and demanded his immediate release. According to his relatives, Ahmad is married and a father to 2 young daughters. The family members and their relatives demonstrated in the city’s Press Colony on Friday.They said Bilal owns a house near Sadar Bazar, New Delhi, and had gone to the national capital for a medical check-up.“My son went to New Delhi for a checkup as he has a health problem. His brother who lives in Delhi told him to come and he was detained at the airport,’’ said Ahmad’s mother Fatima Begum. She said that if he was involved in militancy, he would have never gone to Delhi on his own name. “Now my son is being framed in a fake case.He was a frequent traveller to Delhi.’’She said Ahmad was carrying household and food items when he was picked up by the police at the airport. ‘’The claims of police that my son was planning an attack on Jan. 26 are all fake and fabricated. After his arrest, police told us that he will be released and asked us not to tell anyone about his arrest. But then they released the news in the media.’’Bilal’s cousin asked that if police were looking for him, how come he managed to get all sorts of documents on his own name. “His house is located near a CRPF camp in Kashmir. There are eight lakh troopers. How come they didn’t arrest him if he was absconding,’’ he said.indianexpress
As many as 51 killed, 9000 injured in unrest after Burhan Wani’s killing: J-K govt
Jammu: J&K  Govt  today said 51 people were killed and over 9,000 injured, including over 6,000 due to pellets, during the eight months-long unrest in Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016.In a written reply to the question of a National Conference MLA in the state Assembly, CM  Mehbooba Mufti today said 51 people were killed in Kashmir division from July 8, 2016 to February 27, 2017 in the unrest.She said 9,042 people were injured in firing of bullets, pellets, pava-shells and others during the period.PTI
Article 370 In J&K  Is Temporary: RSS' Indresh Kumar
Jaipur: The status of Article 370 in J&K  is "temporary", RSS leader Indresh Kumar said as he stressed that the occupation of Indian land by China and Pakistan was unconstitutional.India was suffering from Pakistan's sponsored terrorism and secessionism and over 66,000 people had lost their lives since 1972 due to this, he said.According to a statement issued, RSS leader said that Article 370 in J&K  was "temporary".He was in the city today to attend 'Yuva Sansad 2018'. "Terrorist activities have reduced due to the policies of Govt  and separatist leaders are in jails. Efforts to bring youths in J&K  to the mainstream are yielding positive results," he claimed.PTI
Jamiat Ulama sends legal notice to UP Shia Waqf chairman on anti-madrasa statements
Lucknow:Maharashtra wing of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) sent a legal notice to UP Shia Waqf Board chairperson, Waseem Rizvi for his letter to PM  calling madrasas terrorists producing centres. The body has sought a written apology from Rizvi for his controversial statements while also demanding Rs 20 crores as defamatory damages to the body.The letter states that Rizvi has made his statements with an intent to harm the Sunni community and create a rift between Shias and Sunnis.
The legal notice has been sent by JUH working committee member, Maulana Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi who is also the president of Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra.Maulana Azmi in Mumbai, he said, "Madrasas run on zakaat given as funds by Muslims over and above taxes they pay to the country. Madrasas have helped in nation building in such a way that all poor Muslim children are given education and fed at these institutes, who would have otherwise been left to beg on roads. How can Waseem Rizvi then put such baseless and hurtful allegations on these institutes without any data or any proof?" Azmi also said that JUH as an organisation started in 1919, works for not just protection of Islam but also for establishment of madrasas which is a constitutional freedom granted to minorities for practicing their religion. "The statements made affect future of madrasa children, integrity of the teachers and damages the community as a whole," he said. timesofindia
After Madrasa Remark, Shia Waqf Board Chairman Sent Defamation Notice for Rs 20 Crore
Communal flare-up in Allahabad: Over 2 dozen people, including an SDM, 3 cops, injured
Lucknow:A minor verbal spat between 2 persons on late Thursday night snowballed into a major communal build-up leading to vandalism and arson injuring around two dozen people including an SDM and 3 cops in Ghoorpur locality of Allahabad city on Friday.The situation turned tense after 2 neighbours --Dhamrendra Patel, 22,son of Subhash and Wasim, son of Salim – in Ghoorpur, indulged a scuffle over bonfire on Thursday night. In fact, Dharmendra confronted Wasim for taking away some husk (puaal) kept near his house without asking him to ignite the bonfire.Both sparred over the issue and after the intervention of elders, the issue subsided on Thursday night. Next morning, Wasim and his aides attacked Dharmendra with a knife and injured him. This reignited the tension which later took the shape of communal unrest wherein people from both the communities came face-to-face with each other. Both the warring factions indulged in heavy brick batting, vandalism and arson setting a few shops of the locality on fire.As the issue took a grave turn, local police force, led by Allahabad SSP Akash Kulhari, rushed to the spot to take the situation under control.Even senior officers of district admin. also reached the spot of trouble to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, following attack on Dharmendra, his family and neighbours took to streets and laid a seize of Gauhania –Karchhana Road jamming it for hours. In a bid to get the road blockade cleared, as the cops tried to disperse the crowd, the protesting locals and Dhamendra's supporters clashed with the police and started stone pelting on the force. newindianexpress
No ban on PFI: AICC general secretary Venugopal
Belagavi: Accusing BJP of indulging in a systematic campaign to disturb the state’s peace and harmony, AICC general secretary, KC Venugopal warned that Govt would take strong action against any organisation creating communal tension. He however, ruled out the possibility of  banning PFI , which BJP has accused of fanning communal trouble in Karnataka.On the contrary, he alleged that BJP leaders themselves were sowing seeds of communal hatred in the state and appealed to the people not to allow them to take root. deccan chronicle
Modi-led BJP has just one issue, Hindutva: Karnataka CM
In a sharp attack on BJP and PM Narendra Modi, Karnataka CM K Siddaramaiah said that they are raising irrelevant issues in the state. The statement came after the CM met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. “BJP has no issues. They are raising irrelevant issues, Yogi is also raising the same issue. Amit Shah is also raising the same issue, and Modi may also raise the same issue because they have no issues there.”As election season draws to a close, the BJP has intensified its attacks on the Congress Govt in the state. Siddaramaiah claimed that there was no anti-incumbency feeling against his Govt and the party will win a comfortable majority in the Assembly elections due in a few months.The meeting came in the wake of a verbal duel between Siddaramaiah and BJP President Amit Shah. CM  refused to apologize for his alleged attack on BJP calling them ‘Hindutva extremists.’ indianexpress
Schoolchildren who are bullied for being Muslim:BBC
New Delhi:Schools and playgrounds can be dangerous places where children are isolated or bullied. Children often use differences in appearance, skin colour, food habits, misogyny, homophobia and casteism to inflict pain on their peers.And now, according to a new book out in India, Muslim children are increasingly being targeted in posh schools for their religious identity because of the growing Islamophobia in India and across the world.Writer Nazia Erum, who spoke to 145 families in 12 cities and 100 children studying in 25 elite Delhi schools while researching her book Mothering a Muslim, says that children as young as 5 are being targeted."What I found during my research was shocking, I didn't think it was happening in these elite schools," Ms Erum told the BBC. "When five and six year olds say they were called a Pakistani or a terrorist, how do you respond to that? And how do you complain to the school?" she asks."A lot of it is said in jest, it's meant to be funny, to evoke a laugh. It's subtle and it can seem like harmless banter, but it's not. It's actually bullying and tormenting." Bbc
Muslim forum, Home min visit slain Deepak’s house
Mangaluru:A group of Muslim leaders led by Dakshina Kannada Muslim Federation president and former mayor K Ashraf paid a visit to Deepak Rao’s house to console his family. Ashraf told Deepak’s mother Prema that the Muslim community is with the family in its hour of grief and will pray to god to give them the strength to bear the loss. Meanwhile, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy who was in city on Friday also visited Deepak and Abdul Basheer’s houses to console their families. Sources said he promised justice to both families and thanked them for co-operating with police in investigations and maintaining law and order situation.Reddy said police will get to the bottom of Deepak Rao and Basheer murder case.
Christians should also be given universities funded by govt like Jamia, AMU: NCM
New Delhi:National Commission for Minorities has suggested to the Centre to set up fully Govt -funded universities for educational empowerment of Christians on lines of AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia.As part of its suggestions for a medium-term action plan to be implemented within 7 years, NCM also called for roping in educationists from the community to be given due representation in framing educational policies and be appointed on different expert committees.PTI
BSP MLA back in jail after heart attack: ‘Ansari not given proper treatment, sent back to jail under govt pressure’
Lucknow: Jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari’s family alleged that he was not provided proper treatment after he suffered a heart attack and was “hurriedly” sent back to Banda district jail due to “pressure” from the state Govt .After he reportedly suffered a heart attack on Tuesday,prison authorities had referred Mukhtar to SGPGI in Lucknow for an examination. He was discharged and shifted back to the district jail on Thursday. Mukhtar’s brother and ex-MP Afzal Ansari on Friday said he suspected a “conspiracy” behind his brother not being provided the “required medical help”. He said, “Doctors in Banda had informed us that Mukhtar had suffered a heart attack and they referred him to Lucknow’s SGPGI for treatment. Doctors at SGPGI, after examining Mukhtar, had told us that his condition is serious and examination report is positive.They conducted Mukhtar’s angiography and later said there is no serious blockage found in the veins.Doctors had told us that Mukhtar would be kept under observation for 72 hours and would be discharged only after his condition is found to be stable.”IE
Afrazul case chargesheet: Enmity between groups among charges
Jaipur: Rajasthan police have completed its probe into the murder of Afrazul, a labourer from West Bengal who was killed in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, and have filed the chargesheet against the accused, Shambhulal Regar, officials said Friday. Regar was arrested on December 7 in Rajsamand district, a day after he allegedly murdered Afrazul and filmed the act with the help of his minor nephew. Regar recorded several videos in which he went on an anti-Islam diatribe.“The chargesheet in the case has been filed and the documents were submitted to the court of the chief judicial magistrate here in Rajsamand today,” Rajsamand SP Manoj Kumar said. The investigation was done for over a month given the seriousness of the case, the police said. “Chargehseet is 413-page-long and we have made 68 witnesses in the case. Evidence, including material and digital, has been cited along with the motive behind the murder,” said Ramsumer Meena, station house officer of Rajnagar police station, Rajsamand.indianexpress
A month after Afrazul was hacked to death, a look at his journey from Malda to Rajsamand
Muslim women seek jail term of 7-10 yrs, retrospectively: Shankar Prasad
New Delhi: Union law and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the legislation that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence had been widely welcomed by Muslim women and organisations representing them. They had met him at his residence, he said."The hope it (new law) has generated among victim Muslim women is very assuring," he said. "Many of them told me why only three years, why not seven or ten years (of jail time)? Why not enforce it with retrospective effect?" The new law is "a transformative initiative for India," Prasad said. "I would urge those who are opposing it to rise beyond politics of vote bank... Even otherwise, nearly 9 crore of 18 crore Muslim population is not a small number," he said, referring to Muslim women. economictimes

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind rejects Triple Talaq Bill; questions Govt’s intention on Uniform Civil Code
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/jan/12/jamaat-e-islami-hind-rejects-triple-talaq-bill-questions-Govt s-intention-on-uniform-civil-co-1751492.html
New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Thursday rejected the Triple Talaq Bill, calling it “meaningless”. It also questioned the Govt’s intention on the Uniform Civil Code.“If the Govt is serious about bringing a Uniform Civil Code, why doesn’t it come with a draft of such a legislation and put it in the public domain for open discussion and suggestions?” JIH president Maulana Jalaluddin Umari said.“They keep using it to frighten the minorities, but in reality can they bring a uniform code for such a diverse population with numerous ethnicites, tribes, religions and belief systems and cultures and traditions.” Criticising the Triple Talaq Bill, Umari said, “It is against the rights of women as there are a many cases where a Muslim wife wants to get rid of her husband immediately. She does not want to continue being his wife even for a day. She wants her freedom by opting out of marriage with immediate effect. Are we not going to prolong her agony by bringing such a law?” Umari also expressed concern over the process of enrollment in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, saying many genuine were being targeted. Newindianexpress
Why Govt  not starting discussion on civil code, asks Muslim body: IANS
Why Govt  not starting discussion on civil code, asks Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: TCN
Why Govt  not starting discussion on civil code, asks Muslim body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: punemirror
http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/why-Govt -not-starting-discussion-on-civil-code-asks-muslim-body-jamaat-e-islami-hind/articleshow/62460377.cms
Why govt  not starting discussion on civil code, asks Muslim body Jamaat-E-Islami Hind: Ahmedabad mirror
http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/why-Govt -not-starting-discussion-on-civil-code-asks-muslim-body-jamaat-e-islami-hind/articleshow/62460373.cms
Triple Talaq Bill: Govt  should not interfere in Shariah law, says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind:siasat
https://www.siasat.com/news/triple-talaq-bill-Govt -not-interfere-shariah-law-says-jamaat-e-islami-hind-1299586/
BJP Govt  responsible for rising unrest in India, says  Jamaat-e-Islami: siasat/ IANS
https://www.siasat.com/news/bjp-Govt -responsible-rising-unrest-india-jamaat-e-islami-1298909/
Jamaat forms NRC panel
 New Delhi: Alleging that the number of persons declared as foreigners in Assam has increased dramatically during the BJP regime, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has formed a three-member committee to look into the entire NRC issue.The committee will also help the economically and educationally backward people to comply with the necessary documentary requirements for citizenship, JIH president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said addressing a press conference here. He said Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was deeply concerned with the publication of the draft NRC in Assam. “Thus far, the NRC has held 1.9 crore people of the 3.3 crore applicants to be valid and bona fide citizens of India. The fate of 1.4 crore people still hangs in balance. The final list is expected to come out by July,” he said. assamtribune
Triple talaq bill politically motivated, feel Muslim intelligentsia, women's groups
New Delhi:The triple talaq bill, unilaterally drafted and brought by the Modi Govt , is politically motivated, feels the Muslim intelligentsia cutting across sectarian lines and schools of thought -- but they are happy that the controversy has created awareness in the public mind about the evils of the practice. Is the saffron party indeed serious about addressing the root issue of the social evil called instant divorce, and wants it stopped, or is it indulging in political posturing? The latter, say an overwhelming majority of stakeholders -- from "fundamentalists" to liberals, Islamic clerics and women rights activists.They think that the bill in its present form cannot stand judicial scrutiny."It's an atrocious piece of legislation which is against the constitution because it discriminates on the basis of religion," Irfan Ali Engineer, Director, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, told IANS.Jamat-e-Islami Hind General Secretary Mohammed Salim Engineer said he could not understand the objective of this legislation."If the said bill had held three talaqs (divorces) as one, it would have made some sense. Which would mean that a divorce will not take place no matter how many times a man utters the word 'talaq' in one sitting, and which is in consonance with several schools of Islamic jurisprudence," he said. Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat Chairman Navaid Hamid had a similar view: "This bill is clearly faulty. In many Muslim sects, talaq pronounced thrice is treated as only one talaq. But this bill would hold a person of any sect guilty no matter if as per his belief irrevocable talaq has not happened."Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, who is opposed to instant divorce and wants it abolished, could not find a reason to justify the penal provision in the bill. owever, amid the heat of discussion on tripel talaq, Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor of fortnightly Milli Gazette, sees something positive in the whole discourse."One benefit of this entire brouhaha has been that common people have got some awareness about the evil of triple talaq. Also, clerics have started accepting that triple talaq is wrong and it should be weeded out. In fact, all of us want this practice banished," Khan said.IANS
Triple talaq bill politically motivated, feel Muslim intelligentsia, women's groups:  IANS
Triple Talaq Bill Politically Motivated, Feel Muslim Intelligentsia, Women’s Groups: caravandaily
‘Islam for peace’ initiative kicks off on positive note
Nagpur: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maharashtra, has taken the initiative to spread the message of peace through teachings of Quran. The speakers invited at the inaugural ceremony of 'Islam for peace, progress and salvation' campaign said proper interpretation of the religious text must be propagated among the public to debunk misinformed notions about the religion.The programme was held at Shikshak Sahakari Bank Hall, Mahal, on Friday. DCP Rahul Maknikar, former chief of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan Shripal Sabnis, and state president of JIH Taufiq Aslam were present.The peace campaign will be carried out through talks and symposia throughout the state between Friday and January 21. Aslam informed other regions in the country will also be taking part in the campaign during this time.Sabnis welcomed the initiative by JIH and encouraged the organization. He said, "The history of Islam is based on peace. Unfortunately, people have grave misunderstanding of the religion mainly because people within the community have enforced certain doctrines, which are a result of incorrect interpretation of the Quran," he said.TOI
Myanmar military admits wrongdoing after mass grave uncovered
Yangon: Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group.Myanmar’s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug.It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it “whole-heartedly welcomes the admission” of “war crimes” by the “Burmese terrorist army”.“We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA”, the group said in a statement on Twitter.A Myanmar Govt  spokesman said in response to ARSA’s statement that sometimes ”terrorists and villagers were allied“ in attacks” against security forces.“We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.”Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops.Reuters
Trump Muslim ban shifted public opinion, study finds
A new study announced has found that an executive order signed by the US President Donald Trump barring travelers from several Muslim-majority countries caused a rare and significant shift in public opinion.Days after he was inaugurated in Jan.of 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13769 that barredcitizens in seven countries from entering the US for 90 days. The bill, often referred to as a "Muslim ban", also barred refugees and caused mass confusion as to whether even travelers with US citizenship status were allowed back into the country.Protests at airports broke out almost immediately and the move was severely criticised by politicians and pundits.The original order was rescinded several weeks later, but the White House has released several revised traveller bans with a rotating list of countries.According to a study published by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, the order and the wave of protests it unleashed caused a significant change in public opinion. The pollsters found that the reactions helped spur mass opposition to the policy.aljazeera
US ambassador to The Hague apologizes for making Muslim remarks after denial
The new US ambassador to The Hague has apologised for saying Muslim migrants had created “no-go zones” and “burned” politicians in the Netherlands.In extracts from an interview with De Telegraaf newspaper to be published in full on Saturday, Pete Hoekstra said that with hindsight, “I’m shocked I said it. It was a misstatement. It was simply wrong.” Hoekstra,a Dutch-born exRepublican congressman who was Donald Trump’s pick to represent the US, added: “I got countries mixed up. I got it wrong, and I don’t know how it could have happened.”During a panel discussion in 2015, Hoekstra said “the Islamic movement” had caused “chaos in the Netherlands – there are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned and, yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands”.The ambassador caused upset on his first day on the job this week after presenting his credentials to King Willem-Alexander, clashing with reporters and refusing to answer repeated requests for clarification about the statements.One journalist asked if the ambassador could name a politician who had been set on fire in the Netherlands in recent years, while another observed: “This is Netherlands, you have to answer questions.”theguardian
Toronto Muslim girl 'scared' after attacker cuts hijab
Police in Toronto are investigating a possible hate crime after an 11-year-old Muslim girl was attacked by a man who allegedly tried to cut off her hijab twice on her way to school. Sixth-grade student Khawlah Noman was walking with her younger brother on Friday near the Pauline Johnson Public School in the Canadian city of Toronto when a man holding scissors came from behind and started cutting her headscarf, the victim said.  The girl turned and screamed, forcing the suspect to flee. But shortly after the first assault, the same man returned and "continued cutting" Noman's headscarf while grinning, before running away. "Sadly, someone insulted me by cutting my hijab two times," Noman, who was not hurt in the incident, told reporters. "I felt really scared and confused because I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this." Police have described the suspect as a medium-built Asian man in his 20s. PM  Justin Trudeau has condemned the attack, along with other Canadian politicians. aljazeera
Saudi accused of rights abuses in Yemen civilian deaths
A UN report on human rights abuses related to foreign intervention in Yemen details the extensive civilian casualties inflicted by the Saudi-led coalition's air attacks. The United Nations panel examined 10 air attacks in 2017 that killed 157 people, and found that the targets included a migrant boat, a night market, five residential buildings, a motel, a vehicle and Govt  forces, according to a copy of the report shown to Al Jazeera.The panel said it requested information from the Saudi-led coalition for the rationale behind such attacks, but did not receive a response. The attacks were carried out by precision-guided munitions, so it is likely these were the intended targets, the report points out. aljazeera
More protests expected in Tunisia after mass arrests
More than 770 people have been arrested in Tunisia during nearly a week of protests against a Govt  plan to raise taxes and prices of basic goods, according to the UN.Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN human rights office, called for calm and restraint on Friday, and urged Tunisia's Govt  to ensure freedom of peaceful assembly."We're concerned about the high number of arrests, some 778 people we understand have now been arrested since Monday, and around a third of those arrested were between the ages of 15 and 20 so very young," Colville told reporters in Geneva.He urged the Govt  to not detain protesters arbitrarily. aljazeera
Hamas has done more than necessary for reconciliation, insists senior official
Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook has insisted that the movement has done more than necessary for the sake of internal reconciliation, Quds News reported on Friday.Speaking to Al-Aqsa TV channel, Abu Marzook said that there is no choice for the Palestinians except ending the division and achieving national unity. He stressed that reconciliation is in the national interest of all sides.“Hamas has done more than wanted for the sake of the reconciliation,” he explained.MEMO
Govt vs SC is now Judges vs CJI:Faizan Mustafa
A judicious warning: CJI must also be accountable: Kapil Sibal
An honourable disagreement within highest court:Harish Khare
Recent trend shows that CJI appears to be allocating cases on a selective basis:Dushyant Dave
‘Democracy is in danger’: Watch the historic press conference held by four Supreme Court judges
Full text | SC judges write to CJI: ‘Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals — nothing more or nothing less’
Judge who dissented on collegium, next CJI, and two former govt counsel
Triple Talaq bill does not serve Muslim women’s interests: Nilofar Suhrawardy, Milli Gazette
‘Hindus, in Trying to Drive out the Muslims, Are Not Following Hinduism’:The Wire
View from Dhaka Tribune: Will Assam become the next Rakhine?Taufiq-E-Faruque, Dhaka Tribune
What Tipu Sultan’s analysis of his own dreams tell us about the misunderstood ruler:Sanjeev Jain
Youth need to engage with electoral process, vote on candidates' agenda, record:S Y Quraishi
Mahatma Gandhi fasted in 1948 for minority rights, the bedrock of a democracy:Apoorvanand
‘If Hindu boys do injustice to Hindu girl, where will I go?’This is what Karnataka girl wrote in suicide note,
India-Israel ties: 25 years later, they still remain transactional: Talmiz Ahmad , former diplomat
Madrasa, gompas, vedic school students may be termed ‘out-of-school-children’:Neelam Pandey

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