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Pakistani Scholar Worries About Country’s Future

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=9& section=0&article=79003&d =9&m=9&y=2006 Siraj Wahab, Arab News JEDDAH, 9 September 2006 — Dr. Israr Ahmad is known for his excellent analysis of the Qur’an in Urdu. He appears regularly on PTV, QTV and Peace TV providing critical explanations of the holy verses. He was originally associated with Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, the founding father of the Jamaat-e-Islami. He was even more closer to the legendary Maulana Ameen Ahsan Islahi, the author of the monumental analysis of the Qur’an entitled “Tadabbur Al-Qur’an.” Dr. Israr drew inspiration from his mentor, Maulana Islahi. Maulana Islahi was also associated with Maulana Maududi. When there were differences between Maulana Maududi and Maulana Islahi and many other leading scholars of the time on the issue of whether the Jamaat should dabble in politics, Maulana Islahi parted ways with Maulana Maududi. Dr. Israr followed his mentor and dissociated himself from the Jamaat and Maulan

MUSHARRAF SEEKS TALIBAN'S HELP AGAINST BALOCHS

by B. Raman Since June 25, 2006, there has been a ceasefire in the North Waziristan area of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, where the Pakistan Army, under US pressure, had launched a military campaign two years ago against the remnants of Al Qaeda and the Taliban operating from there and their local tribal supporters, who had set up a de facto Talibanised Sharia state in the area. 2. The de facto Sharia state arrested and executed suspected spies of the US and the Government of Pakistan, banned radio and TV entertainment programmes, burnt TV sets and vigorously enforced the Islamic laws. It allowed Pakistani jihadi organisations such as the Jundullah, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) to set up their training camps there where Uzbeck, Chechen and Afghan instructors trained volunteers from Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora abroad. 3. According to some Pakistani police sources, at least two of the suicide British terrorist

Hindu American Foundation Wins Lawsuit—But Contentious Textbooks Retained

DATE: September 1, 2006 Sacramento, CA– The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) prevailed today in its legal action on behalf of Hindu parents from California against the California School Board of Education (SBE). But in a mixed ruling, the demand by HAF that the SBE be required to throw out the currently approved textbooks and revisit the entire textbook adoption process was denied. HAF brought the lawsuit contending that the procedure through which the SBE reviewed and approved revisions in sixth grade textbooks, especially as to their presentation of Hinduism, was not conducted under regulations required under the California Administrative Procedures Act and contravened the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. As a result, HAF held, anti-Hindu academics were illegally allowed to bias the process against Hindu parents and students in California resulting in textbooks that presented the debunked Aryan Migration Theory as fact, misrepresented caste as central to Hinduism and left the impres

Courts Slam the Harvard Ethics and Antics of the California Education Board

 Septemeber 4, 2006 Underground processes, Hostile academics The headline above that appeared following the Calfornia court ruling on the Michael Witzel orchestrated, but possibly railroaded by the California Education Secretary Alan Bersin, the CSBE's shady textbook adoption process summarizes the predicament in which California Education authorities find themselves in. The whole process has raised eyebrows about a possible nexus between Harvard and California Department of Education, for Secretary Bersin sits on the Harvard Board of Overseers. The last minute entry of Michael Witzel of Harvard in the textbook preparation process and the extraordinary privilege accorded to him in preparing the textbooks has raised the specter of conflict of interest and worse in the $400 million textbook market. The court has ruled that the process was in violation of procedures, but the enormous financial stakes invloved raises other questions. Part of Bersin's job is to

VSM awardee's note: Vande Mataram: Brig. Chitranjan Sawant

VANDE MATARAM By Brig Chitranjan Sawant,VSM Vande Mataram had indeed worked like a Ved mantra. This is what the author and poet, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya had prophesied in answer to the criticism that the words used in the song were too difficult to pronounce. He said to his critics "I may not live to see its popularity, but this song will be sung by every Indian like a Ved mantra". How true his words were. The history of the Indian freedom struggle bears a testimony to it. Vande Mataram has spontaneity and emotional appeal to arouse patriotism even in a slavish heart. The song has the capability to transcend barriers of caste, creed, region and religion. It was sung with gusto by patriotic Indians throughout the length and breadth of Bharat. When the song was sung , with the fading notes of the last stanza, the emotionally surcharged crowd of men and women would raise the slogan : Bharat Mata Ki Jai. The sound and the echo shook the mighty British Empire to its foundati

BALOCHISTAN : How important it is for Hindus around the world

The events in Balochistan has triggered a ripple effect after brutal assasination of Senior Baloch leader Mr.Nawab Akbar Bugti by Pakistani Millitary , ripples reached to the hearts of Hindus . Prominent Hindu intelectuals have issued statements condemning Pakistan and also Hindu organizations indifference towards the incident and shortsightedness of its leaders . Before this tragic incident, Balochistan appeared on the radar of Hindus when former External Afffairs Minister , BJP leader Mr.Jaswanth Singh made a high profile to Hinglaj temple in Balochistan . Media coverage has brought the attention of temples in Pakistan that are in dilapidated conditions . Though Baloch people are secular ,the Indians and Hindus in particular are not aware of this fact , that they took care of Hindus living in their areas unlike the rest of Pakistan . Dr.Kalyanaraman expressed solidarity to Baloch people and said Hindu need to explore all opportunities to forge closer relationship with Baloch communi

The Murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti

The Murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti Source: IndianMavericks A very simple adage to keep in mind about Pakistan is that if it cannot export violence to other countries, it will implode. And that is what is happening in Baluchistan. The Pakistani Army's decapitation strike on Nawab Bugti's command complex has succeeded. Though it is increasingly becoming apparent that Nawab Bugti was shot before he was buried in the cave, we must all remember that in Pakistan they shoot first and then arrange everything for a photo op later. The assasination has left the Balochis seething. There has been rioting in many parts of the Balochistan and in the past the Pakistan Army has proved incapable of preventing attacks on the Sui gas production facilities. A Baloch strike on the Sui facility had successfully managed to cut the supply of gas to parts of pakistan and forced several steel mills in Punjab to close down. The anger among Punjabi steel barons had encouraged Gen. Musharraf to take

The questions pm did not answer

- By Yashwant Sinha For some of us who have been striving to ensure that the one-sided India-US nuclear deal does not pass muster in Indian Parliament, August 17, 2006 when the Rajya Sabha debated the issue, was a day of partial satisfaction, of partial victory. I have no doubt in my mind that if we, in the various political parties, other writers, commentators and editors, and the nuclear scientists had not expressed our reservations against the deal, the Prime Minister would not have been compelled to offer the clarifications he offered in Rajya Sabha on that day. Let us not forget that when the House of Representatives of the US Congress passed the Bill, there was no official response from the government of India. In fact, through background briefings of a section of the media which is blindly supporting the deal, the government sent out a message that it was happy at the outcome. August 17 is a victory of sorts because the Prime Minister has been forced to dismount from his high

Islam in China: no longer insulated

http://www.hindu. com/ Pallavi Aiyar .........Reliable data are difficult to obtain but China's estimated 20-30 million Muslims may, in fact, be the country's second largest religious community, after the 100 million or so Buddhists. Islam in China is moreover currently in the process of a strong revival, spurred on by increasing trade links with the Middle East that have ended the centuries-long isolation of Chinese Muslims from the wider Islamic world. Greater orthodoxy amongst Chinese Muslims is on the rise as ever-larger numbers go on Haj and youngsters return from their studies abroad in Muslim countries........ Certain restrictions continue to apply to Islam in China. For example, proselytising is strictly forbidden and Muslims who work for the government are not allowed to pray in their offices. Moreover, children below the age of 18 are not permitted to receive religious instruction at all. Nonetheless, as a visit to virtually any part of Ningxia will reveal, the

The second liberation of Tibet?

http://www.newindpr ess.com/ Sunday September 3, 2006 A rather strange piece of news appeared recently in the press: a German Google Earth user spotted a military base in China’s Northern plains. There would be nothing extraordinary in this if the free satellite imagery software had not shown an accurate scale model of a highly sensitive stretch of the disputed Sino-Indian border in the Aksai Chin area of Ladakh. Now, the model is located 2,400 km away in the Huangyangtan province. The military complex is said to be used for training and familiarisation of troops, helicopters and infantry vehicles. The facility, with ‘uncharacteristic and man-made snow peaks, glacial lakes and snow rifts ironically in the middle of an arid plain’ is flanked by a large military depot. The Indian Express was told by an army official: “Militaries are always known to simulate potential conflict zones as a standard practice. …There is nothing alarming, these are standard training methodologies.”