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Shivpal writes protest letter to Obama over Azam’s detention

PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav,in a letter to US President Barack Obama,has said that the detention of his cabinet colleague,Azam Khan,at Logan International Airport,Boston,reflects racial discrimination in the US and has lowered the image of Obama and his country.

PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav,in a letter to US President Barack Obama,has said that the detention of his cabinet colleague,Azam Khan,at Logan International Airport,Boston,reflects racial discrimination in the US and has lowered the image of Obama and his country.

Azam Khan had gone to the US,along with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,on an official visit to Harvard University for a lecture on successful management of Kumbh Mela. Upon his arrival at Logan International Airport in Boston on last Thursday,however,Azam was detained for some time by the authorities. This irked Azam and later as a mark of protest,CM Akhilesh Yadav cancelled all his official engagements,including the lecture at Harvard University.

Taking a strong note of the incident,Shivpal Yadav,in his letter addressed to Obama,termed the incident as “highly unfortunate for democratic values and civil pride”. “This objectionable incident reflects the racial discrimination attitude of the US. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King had visualised a US,which was free from racial discrimination,” Shivpal stated.

He also mentioned that socialist ideologue Dr Ram Manohar Lohia on May 27-28,1964,while protesting against discrimination on the basis of race and religion,had courted arrest during a satyagrah in the USA. “While releasing him,the Home Department of US had expressed their regret,” Shivpal mentioned in his letter.

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Shivpal welcomed Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to boycott the lecture at Harvard University,terming it as a step in the right direction. Discrimination among people in this era of globalisation is unjust. This incident has lowered the image of US and President Obama,Shivpal has said.

The PWD minister also requested that the US administration should make such provisions that so no diplomat from non-US and European countries is insulted and every person gets adequate respect.

Muslim clerics meet CM

LUCKNOW: Scores of Muslim clerics met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday and lauded him for boycotting official functions at the US after Urban Development Minister Azam Khan was detained at the Logan airport in Boston. Prominent clerics who met Akhilesh Yadav included Iqbal Qadri,chief of Ulema Council; Saeedur Rehman,principal of Nadwatul Uloom; Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli,Saif Abbad,Fazlurrehman Waizi,Masood Kichauchvi and several others. Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Choudhary said the Muslim clerics congratulated the Chief Minister on “brave decision to cancel all official programmes in US” in the interest of honour and dignity of Muslim. He said the clerics also congratulated the CM on successful management of Kumbh. Since the incident happened,the SP has been raising it as an insult to Muslims and appreciating the role of Akhilesh Yadav for his token protest. Health Minister Ahmed Hasan coordinated the meeting of Muslim clerics with the CM.