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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

A ban on renaming of cities and roads has been sought by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind terming the changes as an attempt to rewrite history.

In a statement Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has criticised renaming on communal grounds. They exemplified the recent renaming of Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Marg as misuse of power and called the change communally influenced.

JIH_HQsThe statement said,” The campaign to rename historical places and roads is an attempt to rewrite history and project historical personalities of a particular community as villains and enemies of the country. The government should come out with a law banning the change of names of cities and roads.”

The statement tagged authorities for communalising the history and creating hatred against a particular community.

The Jamaat also chastised the murder of Kannada writer M.M. Kalburgi, activist Narendra Dabholkar and CPI leader Govind Pansare. They hinted that the murders were pre-planned and were aimed to exterminate all those who raise their voice against fascist forces in the country.

The Islamic organisation also reprimanded the use of religious census data for drawing political interests. They said, “The data is being used by divisive forces to drive a wedge between communities by creating a bogey of Muslim hegemony and projecting their population growth as a threat to the country.”

Jamaat-e-Islami also appealed to government for releasing the caste based data as soon as possible in the statement.

With Inputs from IANS

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24 years after Converting his Faith to Islam, 52-year-old Sheshadri from Mysore Returns to Hinduism

What was the reason for his conversion from Islam to back to his original religion Hinduism?

Sheshadri originally belonged to a Brahmin family
(Representative image) Sheshadri originally belonged to a Brahmin family. Wikimedia
  • Sheshadri lost his mother when he was only 2 years old and he also lost his father while he was studying in class 10
  • No one from his community came to help him and to survive he had to take odd jobs at hotels in Mysore and Bengaluru 
  • He adopted Islam religion as he developed a liking for that religion

 Mysore, Karnataka, August 25, 2017:  Sheshadri, an old man from Mysore who is  59 yrs old and earlier belonged to a Brahmin family and Shree Vaishnava Pantha Brahmin community. He later adopted Islam religion. Now, after a long duration of time, Sheshadri and his 20-year-old son Syed Ateek have converted back to Hinduism.

Here’s how a Brahmin man who first converted to Islam and later came back to his own religion- Hinduism:

  • Sheshadri is a resident of Jakkanahalli (a small village which falls in Mandya district) town Shree Ranga Pattana in Karnataka. His profession is that of a lorry driver in Mandya.
  • His father’s name was late B Govindaraju, who was a priest and follower of Ramanujacharya, a Hindu theologian and held a belief in Vishishtadvaita (non-dualistic school of Vedanta philosophy).
  • His mother’s name was Kamalamma, who was a Shaiva Brahmin and follower of Adi Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta (a type of Hindu philosophy and religious practice, they believe that their soul is not really different from God). 
  • But his parents didn’t have an easy life as they had to leave the town as the community opposed their marriage.

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  • Sheshadri didn’t have a normal childhood. He lost his mother when he was only 2 years old and he also lost his father while he was studying in class 10.
  • During those tough days no one from his community came to help him, to survive he had to take odd jobs at hotels in Mysore and Bengaluru.
  • In 1993, he started working as a lorry driver with Syed Keezer from Kollegala. At that time, Sheshadri adopted Islam religion as he developed a liking for that religion.
  • Sheshadri married Fahmida, who was a relative of Syed Keezer and with her, he had two sons- Syed Ateek and Syed Siddiq.
  • But even his marriage didn’t last long as Fahmida left Sheshadri 2 years ago because of some conflict and after it, she started living with her parents and took her younger son Syed Siddiq along with her.
  • This event affected him in a huge way, leaving him frustrated and thus he decided to convert back to the religion he originally belonged to that is Hinduism.
  • His elder son Syed Ateeq joined him in conversion and changed his name to Harshal.
  • Sheshadri talked about the reason for conversion from Islam to Hinduism. According to Banglore Mirror report, he said “I embraced Islam and married a Muslim woman due to restrictions from our community. I was always eager to come back to Hinduism. I will now persuade my wife and the other son to convert to Hinduism.”
  • There was a Ghar Waapsi (homecoming) programme held for Sheshadri, conducted by Pramod Mutalik, Sri Ram Sene chief at the Arya Samaj Mandir, Mysore.

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Another Noose found, this time at African-American Museum which represents extreme violence for the Community

National Museum of African-American History and Culture. VOA

Washington, June 1, 2017: A noose was found inside the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in here, the second time in less than a week after a noose was left at one of the Smithsonian museums.

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African-Americans,” museum director Lonnie Bunch said on Wednesday.

“Today’s (Wednesday) incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face…We will continue to help bridge the chasm of race that has divided this nation since its inception,” said Bunch.

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The US Park Police were called to the museum and the noose, which had been found in an exhibition on segregation, was quickly removed afterwards, Xinhua news agency reported.

On May 26, a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, also on the National Mall.

The two incidents are now under investigation. (IANS)

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) voices concern over Supreme Court Judgment, claims the order can be “misused”

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), from their website

New Delhi, Jan 7, 2017: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Saturday voiced concern over the Supreme Court judgment that banned the use of religion and caste to seek votes and claimed the order can be “misused”.

On January 2, a seven-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court said that religion, race, caste, community or language will not be allowed to be misused in elections and that the election of an elected representative will be declared null and void if votes are sought on such considerations.

JIH President Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said there was no clarity regarding the way in which the oppression and injustice meted out to certain castes can be voiced during polls.

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“The judgment does not answer how legitimate grievances regarding the uplift of specific religious communities could be addressed during elections,” Umari told reporters here.

“There is a strong possibility that parties contesting elections on ‘Hindutva’ plank will use it as a shield for their communal appeal to voters and claim they are not seeking votes on the basis of religion but on the basis of way of life,” Umari said.

In December 1995, a three-judge Supreme Court bench held that seeking votes in the name of Hinduism was not a corrupt practice under Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act.

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“If their logic is accepted by the courts then it will cause great damage to our pluralistic polity and pave the way for majoritarianism.”

The JIH leader said that the Muslim body “expects the judiciary to address these apprehensions and hopes the judgment is implemented in letter and spirit to ensure that elections are fought on the basis of issues and ideology”.

Meanwhile, JIH leaders also said that the decision to pass amendments to the Enemy Property Bill through an ordinance was “undemocratic and infringement of Fundamental Rights of citizens”.

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“It appears as though this bill is meant to harass minorities and the Muslim community of India will face the maximum brunt of this bill,” said Muhammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of JIH.

The JIH demanded that such an amendment should be passed “in a democratic manner through Parliament and ensure it does not cause any injustice to anyone”. (IANS)