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17 March 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maharashtra hands over house keys to Kolhapur’s flood victims

 


New Delhi (March 17, 2021): Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Maharashtra has handed over the keys of the newly constructed houses to the flood victims of Kanwad village in Kolhapur district at a ceremony, attended by a number of dignitaries and officials including the state minister.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra’s Drug Administration and Textiles Minister Rajendra Patil has appreciated the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for constructing the houses for the flood victims, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion just for the sake of God. The minister said, “the JIH has dedicated itself to serving the people, not to show off but to please Allah.”

 

In August, 2019, a catastrophic flood had destroyed the entire village of Kanwad, in Shirol town, Kolhapur district. The JIH Maharashtra and the Ideal Relief Committee Trust (IRCT) have built new houses for 34 families. The houses were handed over along with household items like beds, cupboards, dining tables and chairs, kitchen utensils, mixer grinder etc. The JIH has also carried out the repair and rehabilitation works of Urdu and Marathi medium schools of the village in collaboration with the IRCT. The JIH has also vowed to make Kanwad an ideal village.

 

Presiding over the ceremony, JIH state President Rizwan-ur-Rehman Khan said, “all humans are descendants of one parent. We should support each other during difficult times that will remove the hatred spread among us. For this purpose, we have built houses for our brothers.”

 

On this occasion, CEO of the District Council (Zilla Parishad) Sanjay Singh Chavan praising the initiative of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has said that this is a sign of social love and harmony.

 

Addressing the gathering, JIH state secretary for the social service department Mazhar Farooq said, "we want to make this village an ideal one. An Ideal village is not created just by improving infrastructure or facilities, but by bringing people belonging to all communities together and creating such an atmosphere where everyone is ready to help others. If we set an example of unity and solidarity, we will see the real image of the prosperous India in this village."

 

The foundation stone of the houses was laid on January 26, 2020 after signing an MoU between IRCT and Zilla Parishad for the project. SDPO of Jaisingpur Rameshwar Venjane, JIH state Secretary Zafar Ansari, Assistant General Secretary, Human Welfare Foundation, New Delhi Moazzam Naik, Tehsildar of Shirol Aparna More Dhumal, B.D.O., Shankar Kavitke, S.I.O. South Maharashtra President Salman Khan, District Organizer of JIH  Nadeem Siddiqui, President of JIH Kolhapur city Anwar Pathan and Sarpanch of Kanwad village Dr. Babaso Vanpal Arasgonda were also present on this occasion.

 


16 March 2021

Speakers express serious concerns over India’s downgrading to ‘electoral autocracy’ and ‘Partly Free Country’ in global reports

 

Speakers express serious concerns over India’s downgrading to ‘electoral autocracy’ and ‘Partly Free Country’ in global reports

 

 New Delhi, March 16, 2021: Speakers at a Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's (JIH) programme have expressed serious concerns over the downgrading of India's status from ‘the world’s largest democracy’ to an ‘electoral autocracy’ and from a “Free Country” to a “Partly Free Country” in the international reports.  The JIH has held a group discussion here on the topic of the impact of the upcoming Assembly Elections in five states and responsibilities of voters. 

 

Initiating the discussion on the topic, JIH Secretary Malik Motasim Khan has said that elections are very important to a democracy. “Through the elections, people can show their power by choosing their favourite representatives and rejecting the undesirable ones. The people use their voting power to correct their past mistakes and throw out incompetent representatives and this is a great opportunity for them,” he added.

 

Pointing out that elections are now being used as a tool to divide the people rather than unite them, the JIH Secretary has talked about the present atmosphere where sedition charges are being slapped on the trivial matters, students and journalists are being put behind bars, people are facing troubles only for speaking out on the issues and even questions are being raised on judiciary. Mr.Malik Motasim said, “the atmosphere created by some political parties in recent years, indicates that attempts are being made to disintegrate the people and the country under the guise of elections. This is very harmful for our country. Therefore, recent international reports have branded India as partly free which is heading toward the democratic autocracy.” He was referring to the annual report of Sweden’s V-Dem Institute, which has downgraded India from ‘the world’s largest democracy’ to an ‘electoral autocracy’ while just days before the US watchdog Freedom House’s report graded it from a “Free Country” to a “Partly Free Country”.

                                      

Expressing serious concerns over the international reports related to India, senior journalist Mr. Prashant Tandon said, “we can neither deny them, nor call them biased reports as the gravity of the situation of the country is obvious. The democracy is an institution that runs on the basis of the public opinion. Raising issues before the voting is very important in forming a government. Instead of voting on issues like education, health, cleanliness, employment, human rights, development and industry, we vote in the name of religion and caste. Now the politics of polarization is being played on the basis of hatred for some years. This is not good for a democratic country. In such a situation, this is the prime responsibility of the citizens to be alert while voting, keeping in view the interest and development of the country and elect only honest representatives. After sending a representative to the Assembly or Parliament, do not sit idle for five years, but hold them accountable regularly for what they are doing for the country.”

 

Commenting on the upcoming assembly elections in five states, the senior journalist said, “the ‘corporate media’ is projecting that no party is fighting the assembly elections except BJP. In fact, BJP gets most of the seats from central and western regions of the country and the upcoming elections will be held in the eastern and southern India, where the saffron party has a little presence.”    

 

On this occasion, Firdous Barbhoya from Assam, Imrul Quais from West Bengal and Meher Nowshad from Kerala have thoroughly discussed the present political scenario of their respective poll-bound states.

 


08 March 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind launches digital magazines in English, Urdu exclusively for women

 


                                               

New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has launched the monthly digital magazines exclusively for women in English and Urdu langues here at a ceremony. The English magazine ‘Aura’ was launched here by a noted public health doctor and activist Dr. Sylvia Karpagam while the Urdu ‘Haadiya was launched by JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini. Both magazines are being published under the supervision if the JIH women’s department.

 

Delivering the presidential speech, the JIH chief said the first issues showed that they would play an important role in creating awareness among women, imparting religious teachings and highlighting their potential. He congratulated the women team associated with them for bringing out the much-awaited and highly-necessitated women’s magazines. 

 

Speaking about Aura, Mr.Husaini said: “The magazine aptly named ‘Aura’ represents the beautiful aura of a woman as envisaged in Islamic traditions. This Aura is characterized by the noble values of modesty, dignity, elegance and full confidence in the feminine being.”

 

Mr.Husaini said: “Islamic traditions give great respect to women along with their feminine character. With the decline of traditional gender roles, modern societies are moving towards typical ‘unisex’ societies where only masculine roles are cherished and feminine roles are grossly despised. A woman is forced to surrender her feminine personality and imitate her male counterpart to look modern and progressive. At times, she is even expected to reduce her personality to her body and become the object of lust and the subject of consumption. Traditional societies have subjugated her by snatching her individuality and her freedom and confined her to the dark prison of irrational and chauvinist traditions. The modern societies have come out with another form of male chauvinism where male lust and perceived superiority of masculine roles and persona make the woman a prisoner of fake freedom. The magazines are being launched in this backdrop to demonstrate a perfectly moderate path providing women with the much-needed freedom from both kinds of exploitation and gives her ideal form of liberty, perfect equality, and complete justice with the fullest protection to her modesty and highest reverence to her feminine character.”


Delivering the launching address as a chief guest of the event, Dr. Sylvia said, “the situation in the country is a cause of concern due to growing discrimination and ongoing targeting of certain communities. Even during pandemic lockdown, people had to bear the brunt of its serious consequences. Instead of following scientific methods on how to respond to a pandemic, some sections of the government and the media itself were communalising the issues. This had direct consequences on people’s health, on their psychological status, mental well being and their livelihood. Apart from them, the false and fake news have also been troubling all of us. In these circumstances, a magazine like Aura is a very timely and courageous step. I really appreciate its team for their dedication and creativity to bring out such a needed venture at this difficult time of the country.”

 

Presenting a keynote speech on the occasion, noted author and Asst. Professor at JNU Dr. Ghazala Jamil, said, “when most of the ‘popular’ women’s magazines have capitulated entirely to banal consumerism and lean-in feminism, it is heartening to see a handful of women’s magazines that are resisting the appropriation of women’s rights agenda by the market. The Aura’s birth is especially welcome because it will widen this agenda with Muslim women at the helm. The first issue looks spectacular. The Aura is a thinking, compassionate and inquisitive women’s magazine.”

 

Chief Editor of the Aura magazine Mrs Rahmathunnisa has stated that the objective of the magazine is to revive real feminine strength in the present scenario, where women’s magazines just revolve around ‘beauties’.  “Through the pages of Aura we intend to make the suppressed voices heard loud and clear. Aura means emotional, mental and spiritual form of energy that feels around the body.” She added.

 

Editor of the Aura, Ms Ayesha Sultana said, “it attempts to engage with women’s voices and debates while centring social, political, economic, and personal experiences of women from different communities, drawing upon the framework of gender justice and social justice.”

 

Speaking on the occasion, editor of the digital Urdu magazine, Ms.Mubashshirah Firdos said, “today social media has become a key medium of our communication. It will be useful for humanity, if it is used positively for constructive works, otherwise, it can be very destructive. The aim of this magazine is to carry out the same constructive works.”

 

Delivering the concluding speech, all India Secretary of JIH Women’s department, Ms Atiya Siddiqua said, “talents of women need to be nurtured in a positive way. A magazine with positive thoughts is a timely step in this digital age. Efforts will be made to provide comprehensive content for readers through this magazine, covering all issues including religious topics.”

 

The launching ceremony was followed by an online panel discussion on the “Politics of Health and Gender” with public health experts and academics. Besides, Dr Sylvia, women’s activist and General Secretary of Women’s manifesto Dr. Sharnas Muthu, Ms.Hamida Rashid, mental health counsellor and founder of an NGO ‘With You, India’ were the panellists. Ms.Iman Fathima has moderated the discussion while Sub editor of the Aura Ms.Shayma S has presented the vote of thanks.

 

Principal of Government Inter College, Ghaziabad,UP Ms. Ela Mishra, well known poetess Ms.Shahnaz Shaazi , writer and blogger Ms. Zeenat Akhtar, former Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board from Darbhanga Ms. Shahnaz Begum and renowned author from Warangal Ms.Javeda Begum also addressed during the launching ceremony. Ms.Fatima Tanveer, Ms.Safia Yasmeen and Sadia Yasmeen were also part of the ceremony.


Here are their official websites:

  www.auramag.in

  www.haadiya.in