Mulayam on Mandir
The controversial letter prepared by the UP governments home department for senior government officials,mentioning a proposal to construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya on the pattern of the temple at Somnath,has created a stir. In a commentary,Delhi-based weekly Nai Duniya,edited by former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui,says that to abort the campaign of (BJPs PM candidate) Narendra Modi,Mulayam Singh Yadav has planned to construct a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and the scheduled meeting of high officials,connected with the construction of Ram Mandir on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid,was a part of the UP governments plan.
The paper elaborates: Work on this plan was being done for about a year and Mulayam Singh Yadav himself was secretly involved. Justice Palok Basu was involved in an effort to find a solution of the Ayodhya problem by holding talks with the local people. His formula was to build a Ram temple on the site of the (demolished) Babri Masjid and a mosque to be constructed at a little distance away. According to information available to this paper,it was,in fact,sponsored by Mulayam Singh Yadav himself he has also the support of sections of the VHP and Bajrang Dal.
Delhi-based daily Jadeed Khabar,on October 20,writes: Despite action against some officials,the revelation about the controversial letter has exposed the conspiracy that is being hatched at the level of a communal bureaucracy in the UP government with the objective of making the fascist agenda of the VHP successful. Now the VHP has no way left for capturing the Babri Masjid site except by a legal process,as in the case of the Somnath temple.Assuming that the controversial letter was the handiwork of some bureaucrat (because of an anti-Muslim sentiment),Inquilab (editorial on October 15) writes: Governments never felt the need to keep the bureaucracy free from prejudices through inculcation of secular values in it.
Saudi Arabia and the UN
Commenting on Saudi Arabias rejection of a temporary seat on the UN Security Council,Delhi and Patna-based daily Hamara Samaj,in its editorial titled Saudi Arabias bold decision on October 21,writes: Saudi Arabia has criticised the Security Council saying that this organisation has ignored its objectives and it is demonstrating its double standards in its approach. Even earlier,Saudi Arabia had rejected the invitation to address the General Assembly… and had said that so long as the UN does not resolve important and complicated issues regarding the Middle East,particularly with regard to Syria and Palestine,it would continue to boycott the Council. Saudi Arabia knows that the importance of temporary members of the Security Council is nothing beyond completing the quorum. Therefore,protesting through a boycott it has established a new tradition for other countries of the world to emulate. Saudi Arabias decision can really be described as a bold step.
Delhi-based Aziz-ul-Hind,edited by Aziz Burney,writes on October 22: The fact is that Saudi Arabia,the US and Turkey had thought Bashar al-Assad,like Egypts Hosni Mobarak,would make an exit after minor resistance. They had not imagined that the war in Syria would take a sectarian turn and Iran too would become a party and Russia would use its full strength to support Syria. Moreover,by agreeing to destroy the chemical weapons,Syria has snatched the pretext of attack from the US. Saudi Arabias rejection of a seat at the Security Council is,in fact,due to its irritation at its defeat at the world forum that it is unable to digest.
The Girl Called Malala
On Malala Yousafzai,Siasat,published from Hyderabad and Bangalore,on October 13,writes: The situation in Pakistan today needs a drastic change. The sentiment of providing compulsory education to every girl in ones country is commendable. The big powers of the country have saluted this sentiment and courage. If the agenda,objectives and motivations of Pakistani Taliban fail to weaken the resolve of Malala Yousafzai,she would have an important role in the efforts for bringing about change in Pakistan. The multi-edition daily Sahafat,in its editorial on October 14,lauds Malalas talk at the World Bank: She said if any terrorist can change someones mind and persuade him to become a suicide bomber,we too can change their minds and tell them that the only way for humanity to triumph and for peace is through education.It adds: Despite her young age,she has explained to US President Obama that no objective is achieved by drone attacks. Only innocent persons are killed by them and terrorism gets a fillip.
Editor of the daily Inquilab,Shakeel Shamsi,in his signed column on October 13,however,regrets that Western countries have hijacked the movement of a Muslim girl raising the flag of knowledge against illiteracy,and have started exploiting Malalas movement for defaming Islam,whereas the fact is that it is Islam that has given to Malala the courage to light the lamp
Compiled by Seema Chishti