The Urdu Press: Two incidents

The Urdu Press: Two incidents

A muslim boy denied job, a muslim girl denied flat - what is the Urdu Press take on this?

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Misbah Qadri was refused to move in the apartment just a few hours before she was about to.

The recent incidents of a Mumbai youth, Zeshan Ali Khan, being denied a job because he is a Muslim and the forcible eviction of a Muslim woman IT professional, Misbah Qadri, from a rented flat have been subjects of much discussion. Sahafat, in a comment on May 24, writes: “The treatment meted out to Zeshan is certainly regrettable, shameful for humanity and violative of the Constitution. There is no scope for any doubt or explanation in this matter. But it is nothing new. Zeshan, that is Muslim; Khan, that is Muslim.” Rashtriya Sahara says in its June 1 editorial: “The communal attitude of the diamond company with regard to Zeshan has been widely criticised and condemned. Every section of society has severely criticised the erring company, which indicates that… the majority of people believe in the principle of common good.”

Inquilab, in its editorial on May 28, writes: “These two incidents have not only disturbed Muslims. They have caused tremendous anxiety to those countrymen who believe in the Ganga-Jamuna culture of harmony, because such actions violate the mutual understanding and amity that have been the tradition of this great country for centuries… Such incidents can increase distances between different communities… Therefore, strong notice should be taken of such incidents. But who will take notice? The attitude of the government, particularly the home ministry, is to keep quiet or issue statements of its being secular and treating everyone on the basis of equality and but not taking any action.”

Beef with beef

Commenting on the stand taken by the Maharashtra government on the beef ban, Inquilab, in its editorial on May 29, writes: “The BJP cannot set aside the RSS agenda but government administration has to continue, and both objectives cannot be achieved simultaneously… The BJP, which no longer has the type of relations it had with the Shiv Sena in the past, is out to demonstrate that it will do what it wants, irrespective of the opposition or anger its actions attract. The extent of the economic loss due to the ban has become apparent in the last couple of months. It is possible that the government has thought of some way to neutralise this loss. Even then, the question is, what will be the loss due to the unemployment caused? What will be done for the security and wellbeing of the animals? Where will they be kept? Regrettably, the government has no answer to these questions.” The paper also asserts that the “issue should not be given religious colour. According to the secular Constitution, no one has the liberty to hurt the sentiments of other people. Therefore, extreme caution is needed while talking about cow slaughter.”

Jamaat-e-Islami’s bi-weekly, Daawat, has, in its main front-page commentary on May 29, criticised Markandey Katju’s latest statement on beef-eating in response to Union Minister M.A. Naqvi’s much maligned statement: “What he [Katju] says may be right on merit, but his manner of speaking is wrong. It would have been better if he had advised Naqvi to remain within limits, and not misused his name.”

Keeping promises

Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on May 22, writes: “Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has, with his decision to accord Urdu the status of a first medium of instruction in schools and institutions of higher education, proved that if one is sincere in intention, promises made to the people can be fulfilled. Among the many promises made by his party before the election was according Urdu its deserved status… governments of different parties have made promises to make Urdu the second official language and linking it with employment. But such promises have not often been fulfilled… But the government of Telangana deserves praise for actually acting on promises made on the welfare of minorities… In Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, Urdu has been widely used for a long time. This latest decision will help Urdu-speaking people get a greater share of employment.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti