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November 20, 2008

By Aleem Faizee


With people pledging to work for building a New India at the inaugural function on Wednesday November 19, the week-long Communal harmony and National Integration campaign began in Malegaon.



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Maharashtra State Minority Commission Chairman delivering his inaugural speech in Malegaon

Shakti bhi Shanti bhi Bhagton ke Geet main hai, Dharti ke Basiyon ki Mukti Preet main hai ”, Dr. Mehmoodur Rehman recited these popular couplets written by Allama Iqbal, the Great poet of the East as he is popularly known as, in his presidential address. Dr. Mehmoodur Rehman was speaking at the function in Malegaon that was held on Wednesday November 19 at Shivaji Town Hall to inaugurate the week long communal harmony campaign. The campaign initiated by the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) is co-sponsored by National Foundation for Communal Harmony, New Delhi and Setu Charitable Trust, Mumbai.

“Deadly RDX was invented by Alfred Nobel but we find Peace Prizes being given every year in his name. At one time training camps and hijacking classes were order of the day in United States. However US witnessed a pleasant change and the country soon set on its rout to becoming the mightiest power in the world. Britain, France and Germany all have forgotten the dark memories of the wars”, Dr. Mehmoodur Rehman said and asked, “Why don’t we leave behind the tragedies of the partition and work for building a new India.” Dr. Rehman, an IAS and Padma Shri had seen Jammu & Kashmir very closely while as Chief Secretary in the state.

Stating that some leaders are trying to divide the nation on communal and sectarian lines in a desperate lust for power, State Minority Commission Chairman Naseem Siddiquee who inaugurated the campaign said, “The communal forces are as dangerous as the terrorists and the time has come we stand against them.” Commenting on the recent investigation in Malegaon blast Siddiquee said, “It once again became clear that terrorism has no religion.”

Satish Tirpathi, Principal Secretary in Govt. of Maharashtra and also the Founder-President of Setu Charitable Trust wondered the way schools are running in the country that preaches hatred and enmity against one another. “Run by various communities schools are there in the country that not only preaches hatred but also create a mindset from the childhood that considers them superior over the others”, he said.

While Prof. Shahjahan of Tata Institute of Communal Harmony urged for more inter-community interactions for a better understanding, Ab. Majid Parekh, son of the renowned Islamic Scholar Ab. Karim Parekh requested the gathering to keep the religion as one’s personal matter. “Its overdose of religion and the politics in India that is damaging the country,” he said as the 500 strong audience listened to him with apt attention. The crowd went berserk when he said, “Tremendous effort is being made in making the people Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Let’s put at least some efforts for making them a good human being.”













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Sare Jahan Se Accha

Hindustan Hamara

In 1905 more than 100 years from today, when Iqbal was a lecturer at the Government College, Lahore he was invited by his student Lala Hardayal to preside over a function. Instead of making a speech, Iqbal sang Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara in his style. Iqbal compiled this poem in praise of India and the poem preaches the communal harmony that had unfortunately started ceasing in India by that time. Each and every word in this poem depicts an Indian’s respect and love for the motherland and the values the Indian society inherited for long...Read Full





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