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Rahamat Ali: The 86-year-old who built a school by selling Parathas in Kolkata local

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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: If you are a daily commuter of Hasnabad local (Eastern Railway from Sealdah to Hasnabad), you would have come across an old and tiny figure selling Parathas (a flat Indian bread that you cook in a pan) in the train. His name is Rahamat Ali. At the age of 86, he toils hard but doesn’t resort to begging. You may mistake him for a beggar and offer him money but this ‘kind gesture’ may offend Rahamat Chacha.Alooparatha

It was his sheer determination that led this old man to built a school in his native ‘Kasai’ village, located in Sundarban, just by selling Parathas. On Monday, the school was inaugurated by the residents of Kolkata based ‘Nirmala old-age home’. According to villagers, the children were forced to travel 30 kms to go to the school in town, but salute to Rahamat Chacha’s initiative that now the children can study in this school and don’t have to go far off.

Rahamat’s son, Asif died 5 years ago, forcing him to sell Parathas to make ends meet. He supports a family of four. His nephew, Mustaq earns a petty amount by selling chips in local trains between Howrah and Bally. He undergoes the hectic journey of two buses in order to reach the Hasnabad station.

“The bus takes more than an hour to reach the station from my home. Sometimes, it becomes hectic but I manage as I have no other option but to work hard,” the fragile old man told NewsGram.

Many commuters look at him with pity and at times, they have offered him money too. “Rahamat Chacha is of my father’s age; many times I have offered him money and food. I feel bad looking at his condition but I also feel proud of his initiative that he took in an aspiration of setting up a school for the children,” says Pallab Basu, 37, a daily commuter of Hasnabad local.

On being asked about his inspiration behind the school, he said, “Due to lack of education, my son didn’t get a good job and wasn’t able to bear the burden of poverty, so he committed suicide in 2010. I don’t want the same thing to happen to any parent and so I build this school to educate the village children.”

His dedication and hard work has managed to invoke curiosity among the commuters and many people buy his Parathas as a mark of respect. His sheer courage and determination is an inspiration for others and a shout-out against the easier routes that many follow during hard times.

  • This person is doing community service in all the ways – He let the the people have some delicious parathas and then let the community have an education! His determination is truly an inspiration to us who say that one person only cannot bring about a change.

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Renowned Contemporary Figurative Artist, Sculptor Yusuf Arakkal passes away at 71

Yusuf Arakkal was honoured by the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy in 1981 and a national award by 1983

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Yusuf Arakkal with Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer. Source: salimkumarevents.blogspot.com
October 4, 2016: Renowned contemporary figurative artist and sculptor Yusuf Arakkal passed away in Bengaluru, India on Tuesday after prolonged illness, said a family source. He was 71.
Arakkal is survived by wife Sara and son Shibu.

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Born in 1945 at Kerala’s Chavakkad, he shifted to Bengaluru five decades ago to study painting at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and passed with a diploma in arts.
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As Arakkal lost his parents at a young age, the hardships and struggles he faced, shaped his sensibilities, as evident from his seminal paintings with humane touch, expressing concern for man and society.
Creating amazing works using canvases, sculptures and different materials, Arakkal was a recipient of the Lorenzo De Medici Gold Medal from Florence Internazionale Biennale at Florence in Italy, for his work “Bacon’s Man with the Child and Priest”. He was also honoured by the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy in 1981 and a national award by 1983.

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A collection of portraits of fellow artists he painted “Faces of Creativity” was released recently in the city.
He was also a cultural ambassador of the art scenes of Kerala and Karnataka. (IANS)

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British Muslim sentenced to Life Imprisonment for ISIS-Inspired Knife Attack

The judge said Syed must serve at least 15 years but he may never be released.

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Representational Image. Man in prison.
  • Nadir Syed was arrested hours after buying a chef’s knife in November 2014
  • The ‘fatwa’ that inspired Nadir Syed urged followers to rise up against westerners and “rig the roads with explosives for them
  • Syed had also tried to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS militants in January 2014

LONDON: Nadir Syed, the British Muslim man convicted of plotting an ISIS-inspired knife attack in London in November 2014 was sentenced to life imprisonment by a UK court on June 23.

He was arrested hours after buying a chef’s knife in November 2014, years before Remembrance Sunday – held on the second Sunday of November to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the two World Wars.
The judge said Syed must serve at least 15 years but he may never be released.

During his trial last year, Woolwich Crown Court heard how the 22-year-old from Southall area of west London had been inspired by ISIS leaders urging attacks on Western targets, including police and soldiers.

“I am satisfied that the attack was going to take place at a time close to Armistice Day. I am also satisfied that the victim was to be someone connected to Armistice Day, such as a popper seller,” Justice Saunders said.

“I have no doubt that he is dangerous. In my judgement if he was released from prison he would go and try and carry out what he failed to achieve in this case. He would set out to kill in furtherance of his beliefs,” he ruled during sentencing today.

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Prosecutor Max Hill had said Syed was actively searching for knives of “sufficient quality to source an attack”.

The court heard how Syedhad expressed admiration for the killers of soldier Lee Rigby, who had been killed on the street of London in May 2013, and how he shared violent footage of beheading from Syria and Iraq on social media.

The prosecution said the fatwa that inspired Nadir Syed urged followers to rise up against westerners and “rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads.”

“This fatwa, and the worldwide attacks that followed, inspired the defendant to plan his own attack in this country, emulating the attack on Lee Rigby carried out by Michael Adebolajo, who he considered to be a mujahid or Islamic fighter,” Hill said.

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The jury could not reach verdicts on two other men on trial – Haseeb Hamayoon, 29, and Yousaf Syed, 20 – who had all denied planning acts of terrorism. They were cleared at a retrial.

Syed had also tried to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS militants but had been stopped from leaving the country in January 2014, it emerged in court. (PTI)

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Know more about Maharana Pratap Jayanti celebrated on June 7

On this day, let us remember the legend that was Maharana Pratap Singh

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Aerial view of Kumbhalgarh. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Pratap Singh ascended the throne in 1572. During this time, Akbar acted as the Mughal Ruler in Delhi.
  • In the Battle of Haldighati that took place in 1576, 20,000 Rajputs fought against a Mughal army of 80,000 headed by Raja Man Singh.
  • In the last ten years of his life, Rana fought many wars, retaking control of Mewar.

Born to Maharana Udai Singh II and Rani Jeevant Kanwar on 9 May 1540, Maharana Pratap was the eldest of twenty five sons. Heir to his father’s kingdom, he was destined to rule over Mewar as the 54th ruler in the line of Sisodiya Rajputs.

However, before his death in 1572, Maharana Udai Singh had named his son, Jagammal heir to the throne. Unsatisfied with this wish, the nobles of the deceased Maharana had named his elder son the heir once again.

Pratap Singh ascended the throne in 1572. During this time, Akbar acted as the Mughal Ruler in Delhi. In order to realise his dream of becoming the Jahanpanah of Hindustan, Akbar had taken various measures to seize control of the Rajput kingdoms.

He had sent six emissaries to Mewar to get Pratap Singh to sign a treaty. To his disappointment, Rana refused each time. He was not ready to let a foreigner seize control of his motherland.

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Rana’s constant refusal to sign the treaty angered the Mughal emperor. He declared war on Mewar. He alienated Mewar from all their traditional allies and encouraged the people of Chittor (the capital of Mewar) to rise against their king. Moreover, Rana’s brothers, Shakti Singh and Jagammal Singh had sided with Akbar.

In preparation for the inevitable war, Maharana brought about changes in his administration. He directed his army to head towards the Aravali ranges and leave no resources behind for the Mughal army.

In the Battle of Haldighati that took place in 1576, 20,000 Rajputs fought against a Mughal army of 80,000 headed by Raja Man Singh. To the astonishment of everyone, the result of the battle was indecisive. Even though Rana Pratap was surrounded by the Mughal soldiers, his army was undefeated. Also, in this infamous war, Rana’s beloved horse, Chetak had died protecting his owner.

After the war ended, the Mughal emperor made several attempts to take over Mewar. The attempts proved to be fruitless. However, the relentless attacks by the Mughals left the Rajput army weak. Rana, along with his family, was on the run. They travelled from jungle to jungle, in the mountains and valleys. Food was scarce and they often slept empty stomached.

A painting of Maharana Pratap Singh. Wikimedia Commons.
A painting of Maharana Pratap Singh. Wikimedia Commons.

There also came a time when the Rajput king had almost made truce with Akbar. When his children’s meal of bread made from grass was stolen by a dog, Rana was deeply hurt. He was filled with self doubt and grief. During this time, he had demanded a “mitigation of his hardship” from the Mughal emperor.

In response to this, Pruthviraj, a poet from Akbar’s court wrote to Rana. He boosted his morale and told him not to give up his fight. This filled the Rajput king with inspiration and motivation that was needed to continue with his fight.

During this time, Bhama Shah, a minister of Rana, could not see his king suffer any longer. He gave away all his wealth to his king, so that the army could be sustained. It was because of his contribution that an army of 25,000 sustained for over 12 years.

In the last ten years of his life, Rana fought many wars, retaking control of Mewar. However, he never gained control of Chittor again. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Amar Singh I. He instructed his son to never give up his fight to free their motherland from the clutches of foreigners.

Maharana Pratap Singh is still remembered for his bravery and courage. His valiant nature has been a source of inspiration for many. May his memory never die!

-By Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: devika_todi

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