Friday, June 22, 2012



By V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

It is heartening to know that the Muslim community in the Vellore district is realizing the importance of education for girls. There is a good increase in the number of Muslim girls opting for higher studies. The Marudhar Kesari Jain College for Women, Vaniyambadi is gaining popularity in the district and Muslim girls studying here are coming out with flying colours. It is learnt that their numbers go on increasing every year, thanks to the strict discipline followed and standard education given in the college.

The 7th Annual Convocation of Thiruvalluvar University was held on 5th June 2012 in Vellore and about 90 students who got 1st ranks were conferred degrees and cash awards given and among those are the following two Muslim girl students of the Jain College:

1. Subiya Fathima S – 1st rank in B.Sc. (Computer Science)

2. Taqiya R.K. – 1st rank in B.Sc. (Interior Decoration)

On the whole 23 students of the Jain College secured University ranks including the above 2 Muslim students who grabbed the 1st ranks. The following Muslim students of the same college also got the University ranks as per details given:

3. Ismath Aara A – 2nd rank in B.Sc (Interior Decoration)

4. Adeeba Falak – 4th rank in B.Sc (Interior Decoration)

5. Husna Shajer S – 7th rank in B.Sc (Interior Decoration)

No doubt the college is very much in the limelight now.

We congratulate and wish the Jain College for women and the rank holders all the best.

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Friday, June 15, 2012



By V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

The internationally reputed Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband and other Islamic institutions have welcomed the recent judgment of the hon’ble Delhi high court upholding the right of a 15 year old Muslim girl to stay married and rejecting her mother’s claim that she was a minor girl who had been abducted against her will. One should understand that there is Muslim personal law in our country and Muslims are governed by it.

The hue and cry made by some activists agaist the judgment has no meaning. In fact the above judgment is a shining example of a very rational approach to a burning issue like marriage. The hon’ble judges actually saved the marriage and also the couple.

There have been child marriages taking place throughout the world. It depends upon socio-economic conditions. All the religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam etc. are not opposed to the marriages of girls below 18 years. Many Sankaracharyas have said that girls should be married as soon as they attain puberty.

UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children-2009” report says that 47% of India’s women aged 20-24 were married before the legal age of 18. Even in the United States laws regarding marriage vary in different states. Generally girls 16 and over may marry with parental consent although 18 is the minimum age in most states to marry without parental consent. The report also shows that 40% of the world’s child marriages occur in India.

Yet another report says that in 2010 the great majority of teenage births were to unmarried young women in the U.S. (99% for teens under age 15, and 88% for 15 to 19 year olds, compared with 63% of births to women ages 20 to 24, one-third for women ages 25 to 29 and 21% for women in their thirties.

Under these circumstances the judges had no option but to approve the marriage of the 15 year old Muslim girl. This should have made the couple heave a sigh of relief. Islamic laws are meant for the betterment of the society and not to make it go astray.

We cannot say that girls cannot be competent to enter into marital alliances on their own before the age of 18. The very fact that the girl married a boy of her choice and not her parents indicates that she is bold enough and capable of deciding things. There may be girls even at 25 lacking maturity and incapable of taking decisions about their marriage. It does not mean that Muslim girls are to be married before 18. The present day Muslim girls are interested in higher education. Now-a-days child marriages are not common among Muslims. Things have been changing fast. There is no need to make changes in the Muslim personal law about the age of marriage for Muslim girls as it will not serve any purpose but only create problems.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012



The 3rd edition of the exhibition of footwear components, accessories, finished leather, technology and machinery titled “Ambur Open 3” is to be held on 6th and 7th of June 2012 by Indian Shoe Federation in co-operation with SISMA, IFLMEA, ATA and AFCAMMI after its successful 1st and 2nd editions at the Ambur Trade Centre in Ambur.


The organizers Indian Shoe Federation has stated beautifully that the Ambur Open is to stay here and they have striven to give all a truly enriching and world class event by conducting seminars on carefully chosen subjects that highlight the current needs of the industry. The Centre provides a right business ambience with amenities and facilities of top international standards which ideal for buyer-seller discussions.

The Ambur Trade Centre is a symbol of the industrial development in Tamil Nadu. The Ambur cluster has developed and is developing well adopting the progressive policy of the government of India. The quality of leather and leather products produced here are of high international standards. Big international giants like Fretz Men, Florsheim, Lumberjack, Gabor, Clarks and Hugo Boss have close business links with shoe manufacturers here.

Kudos to Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed for being mainly responsible for establishing the prestigious Ambur Trade Centre and conducting the Ambur Open exhibition every year so excellently and so efficiently with the support of some associations and businessmen despite many hurdles.

The exhibition is fast becoming an important and attractive event of the Indian leather and leather products industry attracting overseas attention and participation. It will grow by leaps and bounds as it is based on sound planning.

(VMK in Indian Leather, June 2012)



V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

In the Chennai leather market there is continuous good demand for almost all items of finished leather such as Nappa, Suede, Lining etc. at different prices depending on the quality and selection. So is the case in other parts of the state. Leather goods, garment and shoe manufacturers cover their requirements from leather centres like Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Melvisharam, Ranipet, Pernambut etc.

As usual activities are in full swing in E.I. Tanned goat skins. Shoe and leather exporters continue to buy their requirements at almost unchanged prices. Some exporters who have contracts for 3/5 sq. ft. glace kid are interested in Run selection at around Rs.65 but big quantities are not available in this selection in the market. However regular business is taking place in ABC suedes at around Rs.56 and All Suedes at around Rs.50. Grain selections are also on the move at the following prices: Run to IF Rs.60, LIF Rs.45, Lining Rs.40 and Rejection Rs.30. Some tanners have sold their lots combined at around Rs.50 instead of selling selection wise separately.

Wet blue and crust goat and sheep skins are also sold at almost unchanged prices. Raw skins prices are also ruling high in almost all centres in the country. Prices are lower only in those places where quality is not good.

Big leather and leather products manufacturers used to import wet blue hides and skins from European and Arab countries but it is not the case now due to reasons like internal problems in some Arab countries and weakening Rupee. However some big exporters like TATA are reported to have entered into big contracts for imports from some countries.

As far as exports are concerned, Far East customers are showing more interest for various goat, sheep, kip and calf leathers in comparison with European customers. There are reports of finished goat and lining leathers sold at around US$ 2 and 1.40 per sq. ft. respectively. Some reputed marks would have fetched far higher prices. There is also demand for various finished leathers from countries like South Africa but according to exporters prices are not workable despite higher exchange rates available now for Indian Rupee.

The latest quotations of exporters are given hereunder for ready reference:


Material Size/sq. ft. Substance Selection Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F

Goat upper leather 3/5 or 4/7 0.6/0.8 mm ABC 2.50

Goat milled leather 4/7 0.6/0.8 mm ABC/E 2.40/2.00

Goat suede leather 3/5 or 4/7 0.6/0.8 mm ABC/D/E 2.40/1.90/1.60

Goat lining leather

4/7 0.5/0.7 mm TR-1/2/3 1.55/1.45/1.35

6/9 0.6/0.8 mm TR-1/2/3 1.60/1.50/1.40

Goat Stock lots 3/9 0.5 up mm Mostly linings 1.20


Material Size/sq.ft. Substance Selection Price US$ per sq.ft. C&F

Sheep Suede/Cabretta leather 4/7 0.6/0.8 mm ABC 2.50

Sheep Suede/cabretta leather 6/9 0.8/1.00 mm ABC/D/E 2.70/2.20/1.70

Sheep lining leather 4/7 0.5/0.7 mm TR-1/2/3 1.70/1.60/1.50

According to reliable sources, there is heavy competition among manufacturers of leather products to sell their goods as many of them are not having big long time contracts. Activities are also limited in many factories. Many small factories which do job works for big factories are not able to get sufficient works at present and hence suffering a lot.

(VMK in Indian Leather, June 2012)