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Asaduddin Owaisi questions silence on atrocities on women in India

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the ‘so-called’ human rights supporters talking about injustice to women in Afghanistan were silent on the atrocities in India.

He questioned their silence on the recent Kanpur incident in Uttar Pradesh where a girl was begging for mercy when her father was being beaten up in the presence of police.

The Hyderabad MP was addressing a meeting at a mosque in the old city late Thursday on the eve of ‘Yaum-e-Ashura’ which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

Owaisi said for the last few days all TV channels were talking about Afghanistan. “When I was asked about Afghanistan, I said talk about Kanpur not Kabul. In Kanpur, a nine-year-old girl was begging for mercy when her father was being beaten up in the presence of police. These so-called human rights supporters are concerned about girls in Kabul and are talking about atrocities on women there but nobody is bothered about the Kanpur girl. They don’t talk about the widows of Akhlaq, Tabrez, Pehlu Khan and Aleemuddin Ansari,” he added referring to the men lynched by mobs of cow vigilantes.

The Hyderabad MP said according to one report, one out of nine girls die before reaching the age of five in India but nobody was concerned about it.

“There are atrocities and crimes against women here. But they (human rights supporters) are worried about what is happening to women in Afghanistan. Isn’t it happening here?,” Owaisi asked.

The AIMIM Chief said the governments of Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh and Modi invested $3 billion in Afghanistan. The Afghan parliament was built at a cost of Rs 700 crore and it was jointly inaugurated by Narendra Modi and former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Nobody responds to the question about the taxpayers’ money spent by India in Afghanistan, he added.

Owaisi said since 2013 he had been drawing the attention of the successive Indian governments that Taliban will reorganise and may come back to power and therefore talks should be held with them. “We have nothing to do with Afghanistan or Taliban but we drew their attention in view of the possible threat to India’s security in future to which nobody paid attention,” he added.

He said after the Taliban came to power, Al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists started shifting to remote parts of Afghanistan. He claimed that ISI, which is India’s enemy, is controlling the Taliban and China is trying to take advantage of this situation. He reiterated that China has occupied Indian territory but those in power were not worried.

Owaisi said a Samajwadi Party MP was booked for sedition for making a statement about the Taliban but his own party chief and other leaders were silent. “We don’t agree with his statement but their double standards are unfortunate. They need votes of Muslims but they will not stand with them in the event of any injustice,” the AIMIM leader added.

He wanted to know why no sedition case was booked against those who recently raised slogans of killing Muslims in Delhi or those who killed Akhlaq, Pehlu Khan and others or those who beat up the Kanpur man.

Owaisi said Imam Hussain gave the message from Karbala that we will sacrifice our lives but will not bow to falsehood.

The holy life of Imam Hussain gives the message that we should not lose heart under any circumstances and we should never support repression, he added.

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In the Gulf, workers and diplomats join hands to celebrate India’s Independence Day

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Thousands of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) across the Gulf on Monday proudly celebrated India’s Independence Day, amid the unfurling of the tricolour and distribution of sweets.

The commemoration of Independence Day and flag hoisting is customary at Indian missions. However, the display of tricolour has assumed special significance this year as it has docked with the viral ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

Numerous patriotic Indian workers engaged at different work sites have celebrated the event by cutting cakes and distributing sweets. In early morning hours several NRIs thronged to Indian missions by leaving their work aside to commemorate Independence Day and singing to the tune of the national anthem.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where the largest number of Indian nationals live and work, Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir led the celebrations by hoisting the Indian tricolour at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. He paid floral tribute at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi.

Sudhir pointed out that under the visionary leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the tricolour has gained further respect globally. He added: “Today, wearing the tricolour, or flashing the Indian passport, evokes respect for Indians.”

Sudhir read out excerpts from the speech made by Indian President Droupadi Murmu.

The tricolour was also unfurled by the Consul General of India in Dubai by Aman Puri, at the Indian Consulate in Dubai.

The event marked with zeal as part of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ with a variety of programmes in Dubai despite adverse weather conditions. In the Dubai ‘Marina a Yacht’ that displayed the tricolour was conspicuous. In Sharjah, blue collar workers participated in an exclusive event held by the Indian Association.

In Saudi Arabia, which houses the second highest number of Indians, Indians celebrated Independence Day with enthusiasm and joy, with DCM N. Ram Prasad hoisting the national flag and paying floral tributes to the father of the nation.

The Indian employees working in a key infrastructure project in Ras Al Khair, seashore town, among others celebrated Indian Independence Day by cutting a cake and distributing sweets.

“Though away from home, we took part in ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ ,” said Riyadh-based Ch. Shiva Reddy, hailing from Hyderabad.

In Jeddah, Consul General Md. Shahid Alam hoisted the national flag. Enthusiastic celebrations were also held in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

(Irfan Mohammed is a Jeddah-based journalist. Views expressed are personal and exclusive to India Narrative)

(The content is being carried under an arrangement with indianarrative.com)

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NSE phone tapping: Delhi HC issues notice to ED on ex-Mumbai top cop’s bail plea

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the bail plea of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, who was arrested in connection with a money laundering case pertaining to the phone tapping and snooping of the employees of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) between 2009 and 2017.

Hearing the matter, Justice Jasmeet Singh also issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a separate petition moved by Pandey seeking quashing of FIRs against him in offences of cheating, criminal breach of trust by a public servant, and cheating under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under various provisions of the Information Technology Act, Indian Telegraph Act, and Prevention of Corruption Act.

During the course of the hearing, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

The matter will be heard on September 16.

Pandey was knocking the doors of the high court challenging a trial court’s August 4 order which denied him bail in the money laundering case.

The former top cop who was arrested on July 19 is currently undergoing judicial custody.

According to the CBI, “Pandey ran iSec Securities Pvt Ltd. It has been alleged that NSE’s former CEO and MD Chitra Ramkrishna used this firm to tap the phones of NSE’s employees. The phone calls made by NSE employees between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. were tapped and recorded by iSec Securities. It has been alleged that Pandey helped in tapping the phone calls illegally”.

In the last hearing, Advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir, who represented the petitioner, argued that his client was in fact a ‘whistleblower’ at the NSE.

Opposing the bail plea, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S.V. Raju and Special Public Prosecutor N.K. Matta, appeared on behalf of the ED, pointed out that Pandey is an influential person.

Ramkrishna is already in the custody of ED in the same case on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI.

The case was lodged by the probe agency on the directions of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Earlier, the CBI had recorded Pandey’s statement at CBI’s Mumbai-based headquarters.

After questioning, he was allowed to leave.

The CBI had also conducted raids in Mumbai, Pune and in several other parts of the country in connection with the case.

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The poet who first called for complete independence, coined ‘Inquilab Zindabad’

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 Syed Fazal-ul-Hasan, popularly known as Hasrat Mohani was born in 1875 in Mohan, a town in Unnao district of the United Provinces of British India. He proposed complete independence for the first time before the Congress in 1921. He also proposed the abolition of foreign goods, the idea which Gandhiji later developed into a movement.

Hasrat was his pen name under which he wrote Urdu poetry and his last name ‘Mohani’ refers to his birthplace Mohan. Hasrat Mohani received his initial education at home and earned his BA degree from Aligarh in 1903.

In 1904, Hasrat Mohani joined Indian National Congress and joined the national movement. In 1905, he also took part in the Swadeshi Tehreek run by Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

He was an active participant in the Khilafat movement of 1919. In 1921, he coined the slogan “Inquilab Zindabad”, and went on to participated in the Ahmedabad session of the Congress in the same year. The phrase “Inquilab Zindabad” was later popularised by Bhagat Singh.

Professor Ajay Tiwari, who retired from Delhi University, said: “Hasrat Mohani had proposed complete independence for the first time in the Congress in 1921, which was opposed by Mahatma Gandhi. The two were friends but there was also an ideological conflict between them. When Mahatma Gandhi started the Khaddar (Khadi) movement, Mohani opposed it. He believed that the indigenous industry would be ruined and the workers would be punished.”

When Mohani proposed to boycott foreign goods, Gandhiji eventually accepted the idea and 10 years later, the Swadeshi movement began. Gandhi mentioned this in his autobiography that due to Mohani’s insistence, he was “compelled”. He wrote: “I was compelled to include the non-cooperation movement in the Swadeshi movement.”

It is said about Hasrat Mohani that, when he went to study in Aligarh, he did not wear the kind of pajamas people there popularly wore, he used to wear a normal kurta and carried a paan daan with him and wrote poetry. The orthodox people of Aligarh were annoyed by his dressing and the way he walked.

Mohani came out with a newspaper (Urdu-e-Mualla) that he used for furthering the cause of freedom. This angered the British who imposed a fine of Rs. 3,000.

When Mohani got his property assessed to pay the fine, his possessions summed up to a value of 50 Rupees. Because of this he went to jail. After being released from jail, he kept writing against the British and was imprisoned repeatedly.

Hasrat Mohani opposed fundamentalists, irrespective of their religion. He was secular and such people were few in the freedom movement. While living in Aligarh, he opposed the ideas of Sir Syed. This was no minor thing.

When the Constituent Assembly of India was formed in 1946, he was elected as a member from the state of Uttar Pradesh. He opposed the partition of India in 1947 and preferred to stay in India.

Maulana Hasrat Mohani died on 13 May 1951 in Lucknow.

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