Monday, August 29, 2011



By V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

Eid-ul-Fitr or Ramadan Eid is celebrated as a day of thanksgiving to God after successful completion of the month-long fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and on sighting the crescent moon of the 10th month called Shawwal. Ramadan is meant for fasting, worship and charity, and also for self-introspection for the purpose of purification of one's soul and body by giving up bad and attaining good things. The Holy Quran says, "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was to those before you so that you may learn self-restraint." Fasting brings people together and creates a sense of camaraderie among them. It inculcates in them righteous conduct, to be good people and brotherhood of man by eradicating evils such as anger, greed and malice.

Prophet Mohammed (Sal-am) has said, "Do not belittle even the smallest act of kindness even if it is no more than meeting your neighbour with a smiling and cheerful face. We should not consider any charity small or not worth doing. Charity, big or small, should be given in a pleasant manner without hurting the feeling of its receivers and with the thought that we are only discharging a religious duty from the wealth God has given us." According to Islam even our day-to-day acts, like being kind to others at home and outside, are charity and it makes a big difference in our relations with them.

Once when Prophet Mohammed (Sal-am) was on his way to Idgah for Id prayers, he saw a poor boy about five-years-old sitting on the pavement sadly. He went near him and asked, "Why are you alone here, my dear boy?" The boy started weeping and said, "I am an orphan with nobody to care for me." The Prophet could not bear the pathetic words of the poor boy and consoled him saying, "From now on you can look to me as your father and Ayesha as your mother," and returned home with him. When his wife Ayesha fed him and dressed him well for Id prayers the Prophet lifted him on his shoulders and said, "Ayesha, this is the happiest Id for me. I experience true happiness at the happiness of this little orphan boy." He was a great benefactor of humanity and his mission right from the beginning to end was to see that every individual maintained his self-respect free from any sort of slavery.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Latest List of Tamil Nadu Ministers

Council of Ministers

Selvi J Jayalalithaa

Chief Minister

Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police, Home.

Thiru O. Panneerselvam

Minister for Finance

Finance, Planning, Legislative Assembly, Elections and Passports.

Thiru K.A. Sengottaiyan

Minister for Agriculture

Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Cooperatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Cess, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development.

Thiru. Natham R. Viswanathan

Minister for Electricity and Prohibition and Excise

Electricity,Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses.

Thiru K.P. Munusamy

Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development

Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness, Urban and Rural Water Supply.

Thiru C. Shanmugavelu

Minister for Rural Industries

Rural Industries including Cottage Industries and Small Industries.

Thiru R. Vaithilingam

Minister for Housing and Urban Development

Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority

Thiru Agri S.S Krishnamoorthy

Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration

Commercial Taxes and Registration and Stamp Act

Thiru C. Karuppasamy


Thiru P Palaniappan

Minister for Higher Education

Higher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology.

Thiru C.Ve Shanmugam

Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare

School Education and Archaeology, Sports and Youth Welfare.

Thiru Sellur K Raju

Minister for Cooperation

Cooperation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare

Thiru K.T Pachamal

Minister for Forests

Forests and Cinchona.

Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami

Minister for Highways & Minor Ports

Highways and Minor Ports.

Thiru S.P Shanmuganathan

Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments

Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE), Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture.

Thiru K.V Ramalingam

Minister for Public Works

Public Works , Irrigation including Minor Irrigation, Programme Works

Thiru S.P Velumani

Minister for Industries

Industries, Steel Control, Mines and Minerals, and Special Initiatives

Thiru T.K.M Chinnayya

Minister for Environment

Environment and Pollution Control

Thiru M.C Sampath

Minister for Special Programme Implementation

Implementation of Special Programmes including implemenation of the Election manifesto.

Thiru P. Thangamani

Minister for Revenue

Revenue, District Revenue Establishment, Deputy Collectors, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including legislation on Money lending, Chits, Registration of Companies.

Thiru G. Senthamizhan

Minister for Information, Law, Courts and Prisons

Information and Publicity, Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press, Law, Courts and Prisons, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Prevention of Corruption

Thiru P. Chendur Pandian

Minister for Khadi and Village Industries

Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoothan and Gramadhan.

Tmt S Gokula Indira

Minister for Tourism

Tourism, Tourism Development Corporation.

Tmt Selvi Ramajayam

Minister for Social Welfare

Social Welfare including Women's and Children's Welfare, Nutritious Noon Meal, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently abled and Social Reforms.

Thiru B.V Ramanaa

Minister for Handlooms and Textiles

Handlooms and Textiles

Thiru R.B Udhayakumar

Minister for Information Technology

Information Technology

Thiru N Subramanian

Minister for Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare

Adi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour.

Thiru V Senthil Balaji

Minister for Transport

Transport, Nationalised Transport, Motor Vehicles Act.

Thiru K.A Jayapal

Minister for Fisheries

Fisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation

Thiru Budhichandhiran

Minister for Food

Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control.

Thiru S.T Chellapandian

Minister for Labour

Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment.

Dr. V.S Vijay

Minister for Health

Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare.

Thiru N.R Sivapathi

Minister for Animal Husbandry

Animal Husbandry, Milk and Dairy Development.

Thiru A Mohammedjan

Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare

Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees & Evacuees and Minorities including Wakf.

Monday, August 8, 2011


The Times of India


Shobhan SaxenaShobhan Saxena, TNN
Aug 7, 2011, 05.09AM IST

AIIMSA knock on the door always makes Amit nervous. If it is daytime, he quickly moves the book rack so that it hides the framed photo of B R Ambedkar, dressed in a dark suit and looking at some distant horizon. If it's night, Amit lies still in bed, staring at the fan. As the banging goes on, he slips in and out of sleep. In his dreams he often sees a boy putting a noose around his neck. Sometimes he sees the boy hanging from a rope that's furiously twisting by itself. Then there is dead silence. He can't go back to sleep.

Amit, a student of IIT-Kanpur, is not suicidal. He has been to a shrink, though, and says he lives in some kind of dread. For two years, life on the campus was beautiful - at least until the day his classmates found out his caste, a fact he had masked with a caste-neutral surname. The Ambedkar photo had already made some "friends" suspicious, and when a clerk in the scholarship section "exposed" his caste, Amit's world changed. He lost his place on the dining table. The batchmates became hostile: jibes in the classroom or an accidental jab in the ribcage every now and then became a common occurrence. And the midnight knocks started. "They don't want me to study. People may think it's a seat of high learning but for me it's living hell," says Amit, who has a brilliant academic record. "People here don't believe in merit. They will push you if you perform better than them," adds the final-year student who is too scared to give his real name.

Amit is not paranoid. His fear is real. In 2008, the year he joined the institute, a fellow student called Prashant Kureel was found hanging in his room. In 2009, an MTech student, G Suman, killed himself. And in 2010, Madhuri Salve, a final-year student, used her dupatta to hang herself from the ceiling fan. All three were dalits and IIT authorities were quick to blame academic pressure for these deaths. "It's because of constant ragging and brazen casteism on the campus that my son killed himself," says Sunder Lal Kureel, the father of Prashant, as he continues his fight for justice.

But in this battle, Sunder Lal is alone. There are no middle class-led candlelight vigils at India Gate for Prashant. There are no campaigns by TV channels, just the lonely battle of a broken man. There are many like Sunder Lal in their peculiar tragedy. Since 2007, 18 dalit students pursuing engineering and medical courses in the country's top institutes, including the IITs and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, have committed suicide. And here's the real shocker: only one of them, Jaspreet Singh of Government Medical College, Chandigarh, left behind a suicide note. None of the others who hanged themselves or jumped from a building blamed anyone for pushing them to take the extreme step. "All of them had complained to their families about harassment at the hands of faculty and fellow students, yet they didn't leave a suicide note. Only Jaspreet's was there because his father found his body. We wonder what happened to all the other suicide notes," says Ratnesh Kumar of Insight Foundation, which is trying to get justice for the families. "We're sure the notes vanished because the victims had accused the authorities of harassment."

Hidden in these missing notes are the dirty secrets of India's top institutes, where dalits have been treated as outcastes ever since reservations were introduced for SC and ST students in the 1950s. Nobody likes to talk about this dark side. Now, as filmmaker Prakash Jha takes a "fresh look at the issue" with his Aarakshan, the dalits fear that the film may reinforce old biases. "We get only 15% seats, while the OBCs get 27%. But, it's the dalits who have to face the brunt of hate campaigns," says Surya Dev, a 25-year-old engineer from Guna, MP, who now works with the Insight Foundation helpline.

Ironically, anti-dalit sentiment erupted in 1991, when the V P Singh government decided to implement 27% reservation for OBCs. In the Capital's "Left-leaning" university, JNU, caste clashes took place between students; in the dining-halls of IIT-Delhi, dalits were forced to sit on separate tables, and the walls of urinals in Delhi University were covered with puerile graffiti. And the authorities just watched. "The atmosphere in our institutions is very brahminical as the upper castes dominate the faculty. In such an environment, the lower caste students automatically become outcastes," says Dilip Mandal, who teaches at Delhi's Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

Many dalits have paid a price for being what they are. In 2008, Narendra Divekar and Nitin Kamble, who worked as cameramen at the Centre for Distance Engineering Education Programme at IIT Bombay, took part in a meeting of the institute's union for backward classes. A torrent of casteist abuses from the centre's web coordinator, Rahul Deshmukh, followed almost immediately. Deshmukh told them that they were "not fit to work here". A complaint was made to IIT authorities and the police. But the abuse went on. Unable to handle it, the duo tried to commit suicide outside Deshmukh's office.

Many, however, have fought back. Dr Ajay Singh, who joined AIIMS in 2002 with the same marks as the cut-off for "general" students, was the only dalit in his hostel wing. He was barred from entering the carrom-board room and one day someone scrawled "Nobody likes you here. F**k off" on his door. But Dr Singh fought back and that led to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointing a three-member committee, headed by University Grants Commission chairman Sukhdeo Thorat, to look into caste harassment in the country's top medical institutes. The report was shocking: dalit students were bullied into vacating their hostel rooms, leading to a ghetto being formed on two floors of a hostel; they were specifically targeted during ragging; they were not allowed to play cricket and basketball; they were not allowed to eat in the "upper-caste mess"; and the teachers ignored them in class, sometimes deliberately failing them in exams. Shamed by the damning report, AIIMS took some remedial steps. "Now the hostels are allotted through a lottery system and general harassment has come down a bit, but all the recommendations of the panel are yet to be implemented," says Dr Singh, who now works with a government hospital in Delhi.

But resistance is growing on some campuses. "Now the number of upper-caste and reserved category students is almost the same. It's not easy to bully them," says Mandal of IIMC. And dalits are now not prepared to be shunned by the system. "We started celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti on our campus to unite us," says Manju Kumari Rao, 28, a former student of Benaras Hindu University who was once denied permission to go abroad on an exchange programme because she was dalit. "We don't want to join the system, we want to change it."

(Additional reporting by Anahita Mukherji)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

We are relieved Bangladesh is not with Pakistan anymore - Tahmima Anam

'We're relieved Bangladesh isn't with Pakistan anymore'

Shobhan SaxenaShobhan Saxena, TNN
Aug 7, 2011, 12.38AM IST

A Golden AgeIn 2008, Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam , 36, talks about Islam, Bangladesh and its love-hate relationship with both India and Pakistan.In 2008, Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam , 36, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for her first novel A Golden Age, a stunning book that laid bare the gulf between East and West Pakistan during the 1971 war. In her second book, The Good Muslim, the London-based author returns to the period 40 years after Bangladesh won its independence to say that debates on Islamic fundamentalism are not just held in the western and Muslim worlds, but exist within Islam as well. In an interview with Shobhan Saxena , the Harvard-trained anthropologist talks about Islam, Bangladesh and its love-hate relationship with both India and Pakistan. Excerpts:

The title of the book suggests that there is something called a good Muslim. Who is a good Muslim?

The book is not supposed to answer this question; it's supposed to ask this question. The novel is meant to raise some questions in the reader's mind: who is a good Muslim? Is it the religious character? Is it the secular character? Or is it the mother who is caught between the two? I suppose that my aim was to show that these debates are happening between Muslim communities as well as between Muslim communities and the outside world. There are contestations of meaning and moralities - what it means to be a person of faith and to be a good person.

The backdrop of both your novels has been the 1971 war. Are Bangladeshis still talking about that war?

Yes, absolutely. I am a Bangladeshi writer and that's the most important thing that has happened and affected the world that still exists. This book is about the shadow of the war and about the people living in the wake of a great event. It's about the people who survive it - what happens to them; how they lead the rest of their lives knowing that they have lived through such a horrific time. For me, as a novelist, war is wonderful - it's like a stage where so many things happen, so many relationships change, and there is so much drama and trauma. There is love too. When I talk to people about the war, they don't say 'I fought this battle or that battle'; they say 'I went to the village for the first time and I fell in love'. You know the stories are very human. So I was attracted to that period.

So it's part of the imagination of your generation too - the people born and brought up after the war was over...

Definitely. It takes a big place in public imagination in Bangladesh - people of all generations whether they lived through it or not. There is a film called Guerrilla that released recently. It's a story of the war and shows all aspects of it - basically about the young men who formed the urban resistance. It's been playing to packed houses for three months and a lot of young people are going to see it because it's the first time they have seen this kind of cinematic depiction of what they have heard from their parents and read in books. There hasn't been a kind of closure to that event.

In 1971, India was seen as liberator of Bangladesh, but not anymore. What has gone wrong in these 40 years?

Well, there was a lot of goodwill after 1971. Indira Gandhi played a major role in our independence. Sonia Gandhi was in Dhaka last week and Indira Gandhi was given a big award. So there is still a lot of goodwill and a sense of indebtedness to India, to Indira Gandhi. Obviously, the relationship has had its ups and downs since then and there are many reasons for that. It's hard to be surrounded on three sides by a much bigger economic superpower. But there is a lot of potential for a relationship with a lot of mutual respect and understanding.

Recently, PM Manmohan Singh said something to the effect that many Bangladeshis support fundamentalism.

There is a mixed feeling about India. India can look at Bangladesh as its Muslim neighbour who doesn't have the problems of Pakistan - a Muslim neighbour that has nothing to do with ISI or fundamentalism and terrorism. The present government has done a lot in uprooting terrorism. India needs to acknowledge that and give Bangladesh its due. So, negative statements set the relationship back. People feel there goes India again - to bully us.

What kind of books do you read? Any favourite writers?

American writer Tony Morrison is my favourite. I also like a lot of contemporary Pakistani writers. I think the most exciting writing coming out of anywhere in the world is from Pakistan. Writers like Daniyal Muennedin, Mohammad Hanif and Nadim Aslam are writing excellent stuff. Indian writing in English is old now and a new generation of writers is coming up now from Pakistan, and hopefully, from Bangladesh. Maybe it's because of the many conflicts in that country. It's also because of the moment - it's Pakistan's moment on the world literary map.

There is a perception that Pakistan's at war with itself and may be falling apart. How do people in Bangladesh see what's happening in Pakistan?

We are all very happy that we are not part of Pakistan anymore. So there is a sense of relief. But because there is a feeling of Muslim countries being besieged by these stereotypes, there is a sense of camaraderie with other Muslim countries as well. And since Pakistan is one country which is most similar to ours, there is long-standing affection for Pakistan. Bangladeshis just adore the Pakistani cricket team. There is this kind of relationship but also the feeling that we didn't really belong together. It was a relationship that was doomed to fail.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011



V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

The second edition of “Ambur Open” exhibition organized by Indian Shoe Federation (ISF) and Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association (IFCOMA) on 9th and 10th of July 2011 at the magnificent Ambur Trade Centre, Ambur was highly successful according to many exhibitors and visitors. They felt that the exhibition being held as a permanent feature near the footwear hub of Ambur covering the entire area of Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Ranipet, Vellore, etc. is the right decision by the organizers. However the fact remains that it was possible as the result of the modern and majestic “Ambur Trade Centre” constructed in Ambur with the initiative taken by Ambur Economic Development Organisation (Aedol). The exhibition is recognized as an important leather industry event in our country. There was appreciation for the exhibition from the trade and industry as a whole.

Mr. M. Mohamed Hashim, Chairman, KH Group was happy about the organizational capacity of ISF, IFCOMA, Amburtec and other associations and stressed the need for being pro-active to garner a large piece of the global cake and investing substantially in the tanning sector to implement modernization schemes, improve productivity, rationalize labour policies, initiate excellence in designing skills and have more exporter friendly policies.

Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairmain, Council for Leather Exports, emphasized the need for maintaining a very high degree of competitiveness, quality and service at all levels to reap the benefits in the global market which is a world of opportunities in the midst of complexities, challenges, risks and uncertainties.

Mr. Sanjay Gupta, President, Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association, was happy to see the success of the Ambur Open exhibition. He said: “Our objective has always been to reach the footwear hubs of India so that the interactions between the buyers and sellers could be effective and result oriented catering to the needs and requirements of the industry at large and attain the broader perspective of the business.

Mr. P.V. Gopalakrishna Bachi, President, Indian Shoe Federation, said: Ambur Open is here to stay and we have striven to give you all a truly enriching and world class event. The components industry walks hand and hand with the footwear industry to meet the global challenges and the exacting quality requirements to meet international standards as well as to increase India’s share in the exports basket.

While Mr. N. Mohamed Sayeed, Chairman, Amburtec and President, Ambur Tanners Association was happy that the fair was well organized and the response tremendous and fully booked in advance, Mr. V.P. Naimur Rahman, Chairman, Indian Finished Leather Manufacturers and Exporters Association considered it as an excellent fair of international class and said that “the visionaries who conceived it deserve all our encomiums for putting this region on the global fair map”

The manufacturers of footwear components and accessories, tanners and shoe manufacturers had good time in the fair in meeting one another, discussing business possibilities and entering into contracts. Many felt that there is need for more and more co-operation among them to carry on trade and industry well maintaining standard and quality in their products in the highly competitive domestic and world markets.

According to available information the state of Tamil Nadu plays an important part in the development of leather and leather products industry of our country India. It is in the forefront with about 750 tanneries and the raw material processed per day is 500-1000 tons and annual turnover is more than Rs.10,000 crore. Tamil Nadu also enjoys the reputation of having 16 CETPs catering to 630 tanneries, 94 ETPs and more than 56 RO plants. No tannery operates without access to any effluent treatment plant and 100% connectivity to pollution control devices is a speciality of Tamil Nadu, according to All India Skin and Hide Tanners and Merchants Association.

These well established tanneries have contributed a lot in the establishment and development of 497 leather products units in Tamil Nadu producing about 59 million pairs of full shoes, 27 million pairs of shoe uppers, 7.1 million pieces of leather garments and 29.5 million pieces of leather goods.

The Ambur cluster has developed and is developing well adopting the progressive industrial policy of the government of India. The quality of various leathers and leather products produced in Tamil Nadu is of high standard and comparable with that of any advanced country. This is the reason why many world famous shoe giants like Fretz Men, Florsheim, Lumberjack, Gabor, Clarks, Hugo Boss and many others cover their requirements from here. The Ambur Open exhibition becoming a regular annual show at the Ambur Trade Centre – a symbol of industrial development in Tamil Nadu - is heartening to all. (Indian Leather, August 2011)