The daily Inquilab, in its editorial on October 10, writes: “Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that ‘the jawans of the country have given their blood in Kashmir, you are hiding behind them and you are doing dalali for them’, is a regrettable example of use of the wrong words at a wrong time. With this statement, communal elements have got an opportunity for not only making noise but also for unhesitatingly cashing on the surgical strikes. Questions raised about the surgical strikes, particularly revelations that such strikes were undertaken even in the past, had put the BJP in a defensive position. It should not have got the opportunity that it got due to Rahul Gandhi’s statement.On the one side, the Prime Minister is instructing his party’s leaders and supporters not to make the surgical strikes an issue for celebration. Isn’t the contradiction between the PM’s instructions and the activities of his partymen evidence of double standards?”
Roznama Khabrein,in its editorial on October 8, writes: “The government’s ministers ignored the instructions of the PM and kept making provocative statements and the BJP has started using the surgical strikes for its political campaign. The Prime Minister should discourage all such steps that give the feeling that the sacrifices of our army are being used politically. Only then would the country speak in one voice.”
Triple talaq and beyond
Despite expression of dissatisfaction and even criticism of the affidavit filed by the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board in the Supreme Court on the issue of triple talaq in a section of the Urdu press, there is a sense of unanimity in support of the Board and for not allowing any interference in personal law by the government. Editor of Roznama Khabrein, Qasim Syed in a signed front page commentary on October 9, writes: “Following the country’s independence, the greatest challenge to the protection of the Muslim Personal Law Board is before us. Some weaknesses and shortcomings in the Board’s affidavit can be of benefit to its opponents. Some senior members of the Board and active leaders of different religious organisations had, in a letter to the Board’s president, Maulana Rabey Hasani, expressed their apprehensions on this score.
However, this is not the time for an emotional offensive (ishteyaal). It is a time to convert the legal battle into victory by a patient approach. Among other weaknesses, in an effort to justify triple talaq, the traditions of four sects of Muslims have been mentioned in the affidavit, but there is no mention of the Ahl-e-Hadees and Shia sects (which have reservations about triple talaq). Views of all sects should have been included and it could be argued that everyone has the liberty to follow the traditions of their own sect. The question here is not only of the controversy about triple talaq but of protection of Muslim Personal Law which is guaranteed in our Constitution.” Rashtriya Sahara (October 11) has highlighted the unanimous opinion of some very eminent Ulema and scholars that “All-India Muslim Personal Law Board alone is the representative organisation of Indian Muslims.”
Its report has quoted the elucidation of the chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, detailing the long process of talaq as prescribed by Islam and the provision of khula for wives too can also ask for talaq if they find it impossible to live with their husbands on account of misbehaviour and ill-treatment. “The country’s Constitution has given every citizen the right to follow his/her religion and disseminate its teachings. This has been considered a fundamental right.It is the belief of Muslims that no change is possible in the principles of the Quran, Hadees (traditions and sayings of the prophet) and the Shariat till the end of the world (qayamat). The Jamaat whole-heartedly supports the stand of the Personal Law Board on these issues, Maulana Umri has stated. Other eminent Ulema, including Congress MP, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, and others have expressed the same sentiments about protection of Muslim Personal Law at all cost. Darul Uloom asserts that talaq and polygamy are parts of personal laws and merit protection.
Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on October 8, writes: “After the imposition of prohibition, there has been a considerable decline in criminal incidents and road accidents. Cases of domestic violence caused by consumption of alcohol have also recorded a very significant decline.” Jamaat-e-Islami’s bi-weekly, Daawat, in a front page commentary (October 7), writes: “When Gandhi ji had, during the freedom movement, launched a war against alcohol, his main argument was that this evil destroys the human values of good behaviour. It makes human beings barbarous. But the Judges of Patna High Court had said that ban on consumption of alcohol and strict laws against it were against a ‘civilised society’”.