Always in the limelight for making controversial statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Asaduddin Owaisi has once again racked up controversy. He said in a public meeting at Latur, “I will not say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, even if someone puts knife over my neck.”
Actually he made such a controversial statement due to his deteriorating support base among a section of the Muslim community. Most of the Muslims opposed statement of Owaisi and when AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan refused to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai he was expelled from the Assembly for the budget session.
Dainik Inquilab wrote in its editorial that there was no problem with Muslims calling Madre Watan Jindabad but when the same thing is said in Hindi Owaisi is having problem. It appears that Owaisi is playing in hands of people who want to split the country.
Attempt made by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Asaduddin Owaisi to polarize Muslim votes by refusing to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai was an attempt to confuse Muslims in view of forthcoming Assembly elections in five states. Out of seven Urdu Newspapers in Delhi just three took speech of Owaisi on the front page that too as a single column news report.
Expulsion of Waris Pathan from the Maharashtra Assembly was given much of importance. Roznama Rashtriya Sahara on March 17 published it as the main news report with the headline – On the issue of Waris Pathan refusing to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai, the Congress, the BJP and the Shiv Sena join hands.
Inquilab on March 17 put these reports on inside pages with a five-column report with picture. Dainik Sahafat on March 17 published a report on front page in which Najma Heptulla was attributed supporting the slogan chanting. Hindustan Express published this news report on front page in three columns along with pictures of Waris Pathan and Owaisi.
Urdu media on JNU controversy
Urdu newspapers played up news reports concerning suicide of Rohit Vemula and anti-national activities of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Aalami Sahara on February 27 published news report about Jawaharlal Nehru University as the main news report and openly supported anti-national elements. In the weekly newspaper the role of vice chancellor was criticized.
According to Hamara Samaj (February 26), Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, father of the accused in the case of treason in Jawaharlal University matter Omar Khalid said that he was concerned about security of his son. He said that treason charges against university students are baseless. This is to recall that Dr Ilyas is member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and president of Welfare Party started by Jamate Islami.
Minority ministry budget enhanced
According to Hamara Samaj (February 29), Union budget has made provision of Rs 3827 crore for the next financial year which is Rs 91 crore more than the last year. Last year the budget was at Rs 3,736 crore.
Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla expressed hope that development of Muslim would be faster while former minority affairs minister K Rahman Khan criticized the budget allocation. He said that the money allocated was less and it would not help serving the purpose. Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Farooqi said that actually the budget amount was decreased as a substantial amount of the money would be spent on subsidy on Haj.
Earlier this budget was spent by the External affairs ministry but since Haj pilgrimage department has been given to minority ministry. Therefore this amount will have to be managed by it. Another Muslim leader Zafar Mehmood said that the way number of minority students was increasing it would be difficult to make scholarship available to everyone and Muslims would become backward in education.
Most of the Urdu newspaper criticized Akhilesh Yadav government
Vishnu Sahay commission set up by the Akhilesh Yadav government on Muzaffarnagar riots submitted its report to the government. The report puts all the blame of riots on administration and two officials. The government was given a clean chit. This is the reason that most of the Urdu newspaper criticized it.
Waqf properties under the government control
Roznama Rashtriya Sahara on March 10 claimed that the government and non-government institutions are occupying waqf properties but Delhi Waqf Board is not doing anything.
Judge criticizing Personal law targeted
According to Hindustan Express (March 10), recently a Muslim judge in Kerala B Kamal Shah questioned during a seminar that as per Muslim Personal Law when a male can have four wives why can’t a woman have the same rights.
Courtesy: India Policy Foundation
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