J&K industry leaders demand special dispensation

J&K industry leaders demand special dispensation

Representatives of various trade/industrial organisations participated in a webinar session with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday during which the demand was raised.

Various industry leaders of Jammu and Kashmir have demanded a separate policy for the union territory keeping in view the extraordinary circumstances faced by the local industrialists.

Representatives of various trade/industrial organisations participated in a webinar session with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday during which the demand was raised.

“The Centre will have to take prompt steps to save the dying industrial sector of Jammu and Kashmir and to address the growing unemployment,” the representatives told Sitharaman.

The session was organised by Satish Mahaldar, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peace Forum.

A statement issued by Mahaldar said Sitharaman told the participants that the Centre was keen to listen and understand the ground situation as that helped in formulating policies.

“We are interacting with all the stakeholders in the industry and we have been benefitted from this. We want to keep our ears close to the ground and based on the inputs from various stakeholders, policy changes are made,” the Finance Minister said.

Sitharaman said that she met the new Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha who also spoke about greater support and more resources for the union territory.

Mahaldar told the participants: “The primary objective of the meeting was to primarily understand how we can achieve sustainable industrial development in all regions for increasing the rate of growth, value of output, employment, income and overall economic development of the union territory.

“The trend in the development of Jammu and Kashmir is not encouraging; it has been lagging behind most of the states with regard to the growth of the net state domestic product at current prices. J&K UT is one of those regions in the country where both the demographic situation and level of socio-economic development remains far from satisfactory.

“It is important to discuss how to revive potential viable sick industrial units so as to put optimum use of the capital and other resources which are already employed in such enterprises. It is important to know from the industry experts how we can strive towards balanced economic and social development in all regions of the UT by promoting industrialization”.

Those local industrial sector representatives who participated in the webinar included Sheikh Ashiq, president of Kashmir chamber of commerce and industry; Javaid Ahmad Bhat, president of Sopore industrial association; Lalit Mahajan, Bari Brahmana Industrial Association president; and Wajahat Durrani, president J&K PSU employees.

Ashiq said the local industrialists had met Sitharaman on March 17, but nothing much happened after that meeting.

He hoped that since unlocks were happening now things will improve.

“Incentives were urgently needed for the revival of the industry in Jammu and Kashmir. The past year has seen a lot of suffering, unemployment is growing, artisans don’t have much work, industries and MSMEs are in bad shape. A pile up of inventories has been happening.”

Top industry bodies of Kashmir have expressed their willingness to help in the economic development of the distressed Kashmiri Pandit migrant community.

KCR: Centre abdicating responsibility on GST compensation to states

KCR: Centre abdicating responsibility on GST compensation to states

Batting for cooperative federalism in the strongly worded letter the Telangana chief minister reminded Modi that the Centre has more resources than states and particularly with the introduction of GST, states are left with no major buoyant taxes of their own

Accusing the Centre of flouting the provisions of GST Compensation Act by asking the states to borrow in order to meet the shortfall in GST compensation, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the central government was abdicating its responsibility of fully compensating the states for revenue losses.

Rao has urged the Prime Minister to reverse the decision of asking the states to meet the shortfall in the compensation through borrowing and proposed that the“Centre can borrow the entire shortfall amount based on the strength of receipts into cess amount. The entire debt servicing ~both principal and interest can be paid from the cess collected for such an extended period beyond 2022, as the GST council may decide.

Batting for cooperative federalism in the strongly worded letter the Telangana chief minister reminded Modi that the Centre has more resources than states and particularly with the introduction of GST, states are left with no major buoyant taxes of their own. Moreover, the option given to the state to borrow in order to meet the shortfall is not in accordance of the act either.

“Linking these options to additional borrowings allowed under the Aatmanirbhar package is only to deny the states the full benefit of the package,” complained Rao.

In addition, since the Centre has already increased the cess on petrol and diesel by Rs 13 per litre which would contribute additional revenue over Rs 2 lakh crore per annum it has preempted the states from increasing the VAT on petroleum products, argued the chief minister. He said states which are at the forefront of fighting with the pandemic requires more resources.

“The Centre is abdicating its responsibility of fully compensating states by taking recourse to legal opinion. The Centre has violated the provisions of the GST Compensation Act by parking the surpluses in the Compensation Fund in its Consolidated Fund instead of parking them in the non lapsable Compensation Fund in the Public Accounts and using the surpluses for meeting its expenditure in the years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019. Now that there is a deficit, states are being asked to borrow,” wrote Rao choosing not to mince his words on the prickly issue.

The Telangana chief minister signed off by urging the Prime Minister to continue the tradition of taking unanimous decisions in GST Council.

She didn’t try to evade arrest: Delhi HC grants bail to Devangana Kalita

She didn’t try to evade arrest: Delhi HC grants bail to Devangana Kalita

The court was hearing a petition filed by Kalita challenging a trial court’s order which had dismissed her bail application.


The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita in a case related to to the riots and violence that broke out in northeast Delhi earlier this year.

“She did not try to evade arrest or even file for anticipatory bail because she had no reason to believe that she ought to be in custody. The petitioner is a student pursuing her higher education and sufficient standing in society without any possibility of fleeing from justice,” said a single judge bench presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Kalita challenging a trial court’s order which had dismissed her bail application.

It further observed that Kalita was arrested even without a notice under Section 41A of the Cr.P.C.

Moreover, she remained at her home on May 23, provided her phone to the Respondent (Delhi Police) previously, and even joined the investigation.

The bench also noted that the evidence in relation to the participation of the petitioner in the protests in question, are available with the Investigating Agency, and there is no documentation/evidence of any other nature in her possession.

“Regarding third test i.e. influencing witnesses are concerned, the petitioner is not in position to influence witnesses in the FIR, which in any event appears to relate to public servants/ police officials, and in any case she came to be arrested almost three months after the registration of the FIR,” the court said.

Following these observations, the court granted bail to Kalita on her furnishing a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of Trial Court.

Justice Kait also directed Kalita not to directly or indirectly influence any witness or tamper with the evidence.

“The petitioner shall not leave country without permission of the Trial Court,” the bench said.

As per the prosecution, Kalita’s role in the present case has emerged as that of the main conspirator, inasmuch as, she with an intention to flare communal passion and to instigate a section of people to indulge in rioting, did all the preparatory work such as organising and mobilisation of crowd, sustaining the mobilised mob of a particular community at the protest site, and thereafter, to instigate them.

The petitioner and another member Natasha Narwal were arrested in the case in May by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police and booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including rioting, unlawful assembly and attempt to murder.

The two women were also booked under the stringent sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a separate case related to the communal violence.

Inititally, Kalita was arrested on March 23 in an anti-CAA protest case related to Jafrabad in northeast Delhi but was granted bail thereafter.

But soon after getting bail, she was arrested by Delhi Police on March 24 in another case and now undergoing judicial custody.

The police said that both Narwal and Kalita were actively involved in hatching the conspiracy to cause riots near Jafrabad Metro Station in Delhi.



Indian Army thwarts PLA at Pangong Lake

Indian Army thwarts PLA at Pangong Lake

Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army(PLA) “violated” the consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements on the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.


In a fresh confrontation in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese army carried out “provocative military movements” to “unilaterally” change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake on the intervening night of 29 and 30 August but the attempt was thwarted by the Indian troops, the Army said here on Monday.

Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army(PLA) “violated” the consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements on the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.

Government sources said a sizeable number of Chinese troops were moving towards the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake in an attempt to occupy the area but the Indian Army quickly made a significant deployment to foil the bid.

The sources said there was no physical clash between the troops of the two sides during China’s attempt to open a new front.

The two sides were engaged in a confrontation on the northern bank of Pangong Tso lake but it was for the first time such an incident occurred on the southern bank, they said.

It is the first major incident in the area after the Galwan Valley clashes on 15 June in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. China also suffered casualties but it is yet to make the details public but according to an American intelligence report it was 35.

In a statement, Col Anand said the Indian Army thwarted the Chinese intentions to “unilaterally” change facts on the ground and undertook measures to strengthen Indian positions in the area.

“Indian troops preempted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground,” the Army spokesperson said.

A Brigade Commander- level meeting was underway at Chushul to resolve the issues, he said.

The spokesperson further said the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace through dialogue but is also equally determined to protect India’s territorial integrity.

Government sources said the top strategic and military brass including Defence minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs were briefed about the Chinese attempt in detail.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed its border troops always strictly abide by the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In Delhi, experts said that India has taken the Chinese attempt “seriously” and the Army has further increased its deployment of troops and weaponry in and around banks of the Pangong Tso lake following the Chinese attempt



Petition against MP Maneka Gandhi in court for calling journalists blackmailer, serious allegations have been made

 Petition against MP Maneka Gandhi in court for calling journalists blackmailer, serious allegations have been made

Advocate and journalist Rajesh Mishra had filed a petition in various sections, including defamation, in MP-MLA court on the basis of Maneka Gandhi's statement. Which the court has accepted.


Sultanpur. A petition has been filed against various journalists including defamation by BJP MP Maneka Gandhi for calling journalists a blackmailer. In fact, a journalist who was called a blackmailer in a packed gathering went to a journalist. After this, advocate and journalist Rajesh Mishra has filed a case against him in various sections including contempt. In this case, MP-MLA court judge PK Jayant has fixed the date of hearing.

In fact, on his last visit, he allegedly made a controversial statement at a function after a local businessman and BJP leader had turned his back on MP Maneka Gandhi's journalists. After which a complaint was lodged in the local court. After the petition is accepted, the problems of former Union Minister and MP Maneka Gandhi are believed to increase. In his petition, the petitioner advocate and journalist Rajesh Mishra has said that the MP made a statement in the District and Monitoring Committee meeting held in Dubepur block on August 10 that the local police should not be forced to force the common man to apply masks. If he dies from our problem In the same meeting, Maneka Gandhi also gave a statement that during the lockdown, news is made by the journalist when business activities are going on in the event of hot spots. After that the businessman is blackmailed. Journalists are blackmailers. District magistrate C. Indumati, Superintendent of Police Shiv Hari Meena and officials associated with the monitoring committee and media persons were also present in the said program.

Difficulties may increase
Advocate and journalist Rajesh Mishra, based on this statement of Mrs Gandhi, filed a petition in various sections including defamation in the Additional Sessions Judge MP-MLA court, which has been accepted by the court. With the acceptance of this petition, Mrs Gandhi's difficulties seem to be increasing. There is a stir in the political corridor after the news of the petition being accepted in the court. There has been a series of discussions and speculations in the district.

Replacing tradition Shia Muslims donate blood on Moharram

Replacing tradition Shia Muslims donate blood on Moharram

Jalalpur: A unique way of mourning the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain on Moharram by members of the Shia sect of Islam in village Khirwa Jalalpur mourning was seen amidst pandemic.

On Sunday, replacing the ages-old tradition of injuring themselves by blades while mourning the sacrifice of Hazrat Hussain on Moharram the villagers donated blood.

This, however, was made possible by the suggestion of Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary Dr Anil Nausaran to one of the villagers of Khirwa Jalalpur, Saiful Hassnain Zaidi, who was known to the doctor. The idea clicked him and he shared it with other villagers.

Initially, hardly five people in the village were ready for blood donation but gradually the idea became a hit and the Shia Muslims of the village came out for this cause to mark Moharram, informed Zaidi.

A team of Indian Medical Association`s blood bank reached the village on Sunday morning for conducting blood donation. Forty Shia Muslims, all clad in black outfits which they wear as a mark of mourning during Muharram, came out for blood donation.

IMA secretary, who is also the in-charge of its blood bank in Meerut, Dr Anil Nausaran said that 40 men in the age group of 18 to 59 years donated blood on Sunday to mark Moharram and pledged that they would continue doing so in the years to come.

Dr Nausaran appreciated this exemplary move of the Shia Muslims of Village Khirwa Jalapur and said that this could be an inspiration to others as well.


Zaidi, who was one of the donors himself, said, “By donating blood we wanted to contribute in saving mankind as directed by Imam Hussain and it reminds us of his teaching of ‘Jio aur Jeene do’. ”

Zaffrul Hassnain Zaidi, another donor said that it was altogether a different feeling to have donated blood that could be life-saving to someone. Initially, people in the village were unhappy over the ban on Moharram procession but later after the decision of blood donation, they seemed happy.

According to the ages-old tradition, Shia Muslims while mourning the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his family about 1400 years ago feel the pain by shedding their blood with sharp blades on Moharram.

This had been our tradition but this time instead we decided to donate the same blood to save human lives, said Sayyed Ali Bin Haadi.

Khirwa Jalalpur is a Muslim dominated village with a population of about 10,000. The village is having around 200 Shia Muslim families who commemorated Muharram as ‘an act against terrorism this year’. “We are against terrorism and are there to serve the country by good deeds and donating blood was one such deed,” said Haadi.

Appreciating the villagers, Dr Nausaran said that one unit blood donated by a person could save two lives hence 40 units of blood donated by them could save the lives of 80 persons. That is why it is rightly said that blood donation is a supreme donation. He called upon people to come forward for such a cause

Annual fees cannot be charged until schools reopen: HC

Annual fees cannot be charged until schools reopen: HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has held that annual and development charges cannot be taken from the parents of students “during the pendency of the present lockdown”, when schools are yet to reopen.

The prima facie opinion was expressed by Justice Jayant Nath in his order of August 25 while hearing a plea moved by the parents’ association of a private school, which started taking the annual and development charges along with the tuition fees from July.

The court restrained the school from taking the annual and development charges from the parents for the month of July till further orders.

It also issued a notice to the Delhi government and the school, seeking their stand on the plea of the parents’ association, which was represented by advocate Gaurav Bahl.

The court has listed the matter for further hearing on September 16.

According to the order, during the hearing via video-conference, the school contended that the lockdown is over and hence, it can levy the annual and development charges.

However, the Delhi government, represented by its Additional Standing Counsel Gautam Narayan, told the court that the Directorate of Education’s April 18 circular, asking the schools not to charge the annual and development fees during the lockdown period, continues to apply as none of the schools has physically opened.

The Delhi government said therefore, the school in question cannot charge the annual and development fees till the completion of the lockdown period.

After hearing both sides, the judge said, “In my opinion, prima facie, it appears that the annual and development charges cannot be charged from the parents during the pendency of the present lockdown.”

The court said the parents have to pay the tuition fees.

Ch’garh CM opts for self-isolation after his aides test Covid-19 +ve

Ch’garh CM opts for self-isolation after his aides test Covid-19 +ve

“My OSD and PSO have tested Corona positive. My report is negative at the moment, but as part of precaution, I have decided to self isolate myself for four days. It’s crisis time, people should be very careful”, Baghel tweeted on Sunday.


Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said he will stay in isolation for four days after his officer on special duty (OSD) and a personal security officer (PSO) tested positive even as the Covid-19 tally in the state is about to cross the 29,000mark.

“My OSD and PSO have tested Corona positive. My report is negative at the moment, but as part of precaution, I have decided to self isolate myself for four days. It’s crisis time, people should be very careful”, Baghel tweeted on Sunday.

The pandemic has taken an upswing mode in the state with several high-ranking officials and politicians being tested Corona positive. Principal secretary to Governor Sonmani Bora along with Bilaspur district collector and Superintendent of Police have tested positive. Congress MLA from Bemetara Ashish Chhabra was also found infected with the virus on Sunday. Home minister Tamra Dhwaj Sahu’s six aides, including his 4 PSOs, have also tested positive.

With over 1,513 new cases, until this afternoon, the total number of infected people in the state stands at 28,764. However, the death toll due to the pandemic is 262. The number of active corona cases stands at a staggering 12,666 whereas 15,518 have already been cured and discharged.

The state has been witnessing a daily spike of more than 1,000 cases for a week now with several containment zones sprung up across the Chhattisgarh. The state government has allowed inter-state operation of buses and other passenger vehicles, but has made it mandatory for the bus operators to follow the guidelines issued by the Transport Commissioner.



The Tragedy of Karbala & Significance of Muharram

The Tragedy of Karbala & Significance of Muharram

By M.Q. Syed & Syed Rizwan with inputs from Syed Ejaz Hussain, Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies, University of West Indies.


“The collective spirit of Muharram is to motivate every religious community to remember the sacrifice and martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) in the battle of Karbala and learn from it’s inspirational message of waging a collective fight against injustice and oppression of evil forces. The present contemporary time is represented by the grave danger and threat of COVID 19 Pandemic, which has challenged the collective might of the humanity”.

Observing Muharram during COVID 19 is like the new fight of the Karbala in which Humanity must prevail over the evil design of a deadly virus and by following the teaching of Imam Husain (A.S.)

The Muslim community in India has been peacefully following government instructions and medical standard operating procedures also in the backdrop of the guidelines issued by religious leaders NGO’s Muslim Medical organisations such as Imamia Medics. The world’s biggest organisation of Shia Muslim medical professionals.


IMPAR has also issued Muharram Guidelines in consultation with Imamia Medics International ( MI), the guidelines are circulated to wider audience in India through digital media.

Muharram holds a significant place in Islam due to the legends and history associated with it. The 10th of Muharram, or Ashura, marks several prominent events in Islam. However, Muharram received a completely new orientation and character after the martyrdom of Imam Husain, and the brutal killing of his thirsty and hungry family members including his six-month-old infant on the banks of the river Euphrates at Karbala by the army of Yazid , the son of Muawiya on the day of Ashura or the 10th Muharram, AH 61 (October 10, 680 CE). Imam Husain, the grandson of the last Prophet and son of Imam Ali (A.S.) is seen as an epitome of righteousness who lived by example and left behind, as a legacy, a lesson for humankind by sacrificing his life in his fight against evil forces to establish the truth.

The Tragedy of Karbala

It is important to look closely the event of Karbala; The story goes thus. When Muawiya, the son of Abu Sufiyan and the first caliph of the Umayyad dynasty, died on 22nd Rajab, AH 60 (26 April, 680 CE), however, against the very agreement called Sulh-e-Hasan ( A.S.) signed by and between Muawiya and Imam Hasan(A.S.), the first Imam of the Islamic ummah.

Yazid  (647–683), Muawiya’s son, was named his successor as a result of the machinations by Muawiya during his lifetime.

Yazid was most cruel and treacherous person of that time, calling him the first terrorist in the history of Islam would not be a wrong word, his depraved nature knew no pity or justice. His pleasures were as degrading as his companions were low and vicious. He insulted the ulema and mujtahids by dressing up a monkey as a learned divine and carrying the animal mounted on a beautifully caparisoned Syrian donkey wherever he went.

Drunken riotousness prevailed at court, and was naturally imitated in the streets of the capital. He had also ridiculed the fundamental principles and teachings of Islam and mocked even the principle of “Wahi” or Revelations of the holy Quran. His acts were extremely painful and wholly unacceptable for Imam Husain (A.S), the grandson of Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) who was revered as the most pious spiritual head the second Imam of Muslim ummah. Imam Husain (A.S.) was determined not to acknowledge the appointment of Yazid to the post of Khalifa. He deemed all the teachings and principles of Islam, such as piousness, tolerance, compassion, justice, humility, modesty, nobility of character, difference between haram (prohibited) and halal (permitted), completely altered and destroyed. On the other hand, Yazid took all possible steps to terrorise and force Imam Husain (A.S.) to obtain his bai’ah or pledge of allegiance without which his caliphate was supposed to be illegitimate and illegal.

Yazid’s succession and his political designs against Imam Husain (A.S.) compelled the Imam to take all possible measures to save the real Islam, its teachings and principles. Imam Husain ( A.S.) left Medina, his ancestral home, on 28th Rajab, AH 60 (May 2, 680), and took refuge in  Mecca.

Meanwhile, Yazid began to adopt all kinds of pressure tactics, force and intrigues to seek the allegiance of Imam Husain(A.S.) . Those who supported Imam Husain ( A.S.) were pressurised and threatened to break their allegiance to the Imam. One such instance took place when several people of Kufa, a city near Karbala in Iraq, sent letters to Imam Husain ( A.S.) expressing their allegiance to the Imam and inviting him to guide and lead them. On receiving many letters, Imam Husain (A.S.) sent his cousin, Muslim ibn Aqeel, to Kufa. When Muslim reached Kufa, he was received well by the people of Kufa; huge numbers of people flocked to him and extended their support. But Yazid’s army stationed there threatened them with harsh punishments if they continued to extend their allegiance to the Imam’s representative. As a result, Muslim was deserted and finally arrested and brutally executed by the army of Kufa’s newly appointed governor Ubaidullah ibn Ziyad on 9th Zilhijja, AH 60 (September 10, 680). His severed head and body were thrown down from the roof of the palace. Soon Muslims’s two young sons, Muhammad and Ibrahim, were also ruthlessly martyred. When Imam Husain ( A.S.) was leaving Mecca for Kufa, he came to know about the horrific murders. However, Imam Husain (A.S.) continued his march further. On the way, whoever asked him his objective he said that he desired to establish ‘amr bil maroof wa nahi ‘anil munkar’, i.e. to enjoin what is good and approved, and forbid what is evil and disapproved (Quran, Surah al-Imran, 3:110: ‘you are the best of peoples if you enjoin good and forbid evil’). On his way, Imam Husain was intercepted by Hurr, a commander of Yazid’s army. Hurr, who commanded a 1,000-strong cavalry, asked the Imam for water as his soldiers were terribly thirsty. In response, the Imam asked his men to supply water to the soldiers and animals of Hurr’s troop. But Hurr did not show any mercy and drove him to Karbala on the bank of the river Farat or Euphrates (Husain 1986:235).However, Hurr and his son, inspired with Imam Husain (A.S.) changed the side to Imam Husain ( A.S.) ,just a day prior to the Ashoora and was martyred by Army of Yazid on the 10th of Muharram.

Imam Husain arrived at the fateful plain of Karbala on 2nd Muharram, AH 61 (October 2, 680), with his very small number of followers and very close family members, where he installed his tents close to the bank of the river Euphrates. Soon a huge army of Yazid under the command of Umar ibn Sa’ad also arrived at Karbala, and forced the Imam to shift his camp away from the bank of the river for which Imam agreed despite the displeasure and unwillingness of his small group of supporters. Water supply to Imam Husain was cut off by Yazid’s army and a strong garrison was placed around the river so that none of the Imam’s supporters could fetch water. From the seventh day of Muharram there was not a single drop of water in the camps of Imam Husain. All attempts to fetch water failed. Young and old, small children and the pious ladies remained thirsty and hungry all along. The unimaginable scorching heat increased their difficulties enormously. On the 7th of Muharram, Ubaidullah ibn Ziyad, the Governor of Kufa, sent a letter to Umar ibn Sa’ad commanding him to take serious measures in order to prevent the Imam and his followers from getting water from the Euphrates. Five hundred extra Yazidi troops were specially dispatched to garrison the banks of the river. Shortly another letter was sent by Ziyad to Sa’ad asking him to take further action to force the Imam to surrender.


Ibn Ziyad wrote: … I did not send you to Husain to hold off from fighting him, to give him time, to promise him peace and preservation, to be an intercessor on his behalf with him. Therefore, see that, if Husain and his followers, submit to my authority and surrender, you can send them to me in peace. If they refuse then march against them to kill and disfigure them, for they deserve that. If Husain is killed, make the horses trample his chest and back, for he is a disobedient rebel, an evil man who splits the community. Not that I think he would feel any harm once he is dead, but I vowed to do this if I killed him. If you carry out our order concerning him, we will give you the reward due to he who heeds and obey. If you refuse, then withdraw from our command and our army. Leave the army to Shimr ibn Ziljaushan. We have given him our authority. Peace be with you. (Howard 1990:110). Even in this extreme difficulty, grief and the hardship of thirst, hunger and burning heat, incredibly Imam Husain was more firm and resolute than a rock. His family members, ladies, children and followers showed unimaginable devotion and conviction. Finally, Ibn Sa’ad pressed upon the Imam to decide the matter in the battlefield. On Friday, the 10th of Muharram, AH 61 (October 10, 680), Imam Husain faced the 40,000-strong Yazidi army with his small band of supporters, a total of 71 in number, both old and young, which included Muslim ibn Ausajah (aged 80), Zohair ibn Qa’in, Habib ibn Mazahir, Saeed ibn Abdullah, Nafe ibn Helal, Burair Hamadani, Hazrat Abbas (his brother), Ali Akbar (his elder son aged 20), Hazrat Qasim (his nephew aged 12) and other family members and ashab or friends. Just before the battle began, Hurr defected the Yazidi camp and joined Imam Husain with his brother, two sons and a slave. Before the battle the Imam gave a last sermon to the army of the opposite camp and said:

O people! Do not be hasty, listen to my words. If you  accept my offerings of peace and be  just to me then you will be the most fortunate of people. Look who I am! Will torturing and killing me give you a pleasure? Am I not your beloved Prophet’s grandson? Am I not the son of Ali, one of the very first to accept Islam? Can you not remember the sayings of the Prophet regarding me and my brother that we will be the  chiefs of Paradise? Will you still go ahead and shed my blood? (Khatir 1999:179; Howard 1990:123-24)

But the enemies did not pay heed to what the Imam said. Umar Sa’ad then led the assault against the Imam. By mid-day, many of the Imam’s supporters, who fought the enemy so courageously, were ruthlessly slaughtered. And even in this situation, the Imam did not forget to offer the noon prayer. Soon Aun and Muhammd, the two young sons of his sister Zainab, Qasim and Abdullah, his young nephews, Abbas Alamdar, the standard bearer of the Imam, his three brothers and finally Ali Akbar, his young son aged 18, were martyred one after the other. Qasim’s body was badly mutilated by the hooves of horses. Abbas’ two shoulders were slashed and his head and body were terribly wounded; Akbar had many wounds on his body and a spear broke and remained embedded in his chest. Their deaths shattered the Imam. Ultimately the Imam took his infant child, Ali Asghar, aged only six months and came before the enemies to ask for some water for the child. But this humble request was responded with  arrows, which instantly killed the child in the Imam’s arms. With heavy heart, the Imam buried the child under the burning sand and came back to the camp of his ladies to offer his last salaam to them. He embraced his 23-year-old sick son, Zain-ul Abidin, and kissed his loving seven-year-old daughter, Sakina. The Imam then consoled everybody and bid farewell to all with grief and remorse. Suffering from distress and shock, weighed down by weakness and loneliness, the Imam came to the battlefield one last time and faced the enemies with ferocious bravery. No one had courage to come close to him. Ultimately he was surrounded by the blows of arrow-shots, swords and spears. Inflicted with many wounds, Imam Husain fell from the horse and ultimately his head was severed and raised on the point of a spear. His body was run over by horses and badly mutilated (Khatir 1999:188; Howard 1990:161; Husain 1986:252–91). After this the tents of his ladies were ransacked and burnt and all their belongings, even head-scarfs and chadar or veils, were snatched. Next day, on the 13th of Muharram the ladies and children along with the ailing son of Imam Husain were detained by the enemies and taken to Kufa and Damascus and paraded without any mercy and respect. The Imam’s daughter, Sakina, passed away in a prison in Damascus. Finally, the heartbroken ladies and other members of the Imam’s family reached Medina on 8th  in a very miserable condition after losing their near and dear ones in the tragedy of Karbala. The great Urdu poet Iqbal sums up the repercussions of this unfortunate incident in so many words:

Gharib-o -sadah-o-rangin hai dastān-e- haram

Nihayet uski Husain ibtada’ hai Ismai’l

(The story of Islam is simple but colourful; it began with Ismail and ended with Husain)

Muharram and ‘Azadāri (Mourning) Rituals in India

The Battle of Karbala has left an indelible and unforgettable mark on the horizon of Islam and human civilisation. No such instance of selfless sacrifice to this scale and magnitude is found in human memory. Even after a long period of 1400 years, the tragedy of Sayyid ush shuhada or the Lord of martyrs—Imam Husain—continues to appeal to the people and nations irrespective of their differences of religion caste, creed, region and language. All the sects and sections of the Muslim society today believe that Yazid had strayed from the path of his (rightly-guided) predecessors and that Imam Husain offered great sacrifice to save Islam. In this connection, a popular rubai’ or quarantine of the great Chishti Sufi of Ajmer, Khwaj Muinuddin Chisthi (AD 1141–1236) is often quoted:

Shah ast Husain, Badshāh ast Husain

Deen as Husain, Deen panāh ast Husain

Sar dād na dāad, Dast dar dast-e Yazid

Haqqa ke bina-i La Ilāh ast Husain

(Spiritual leader is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain, Faith is Hussain, guardian of faith is Hussain, Offered his head and not the hand to Yazid, Indeed, Hussain is the foundation of La-Ilāh* ) [ *The declaration that none but God is Absolute and Almighty]

Muharram is observed all over the world, from USA to Europe and entire Asia including Countries such as Thailand and China, in addition to the Middle East and South Asia. While the Muharram is specially observed by the Shia Muslims, a large number of Sunni Muslims, Sufis and Husaini Brahmins also observe and participate in it.


Corona's havoc: Visitor entry ban in Haryana secretariat, 16 employees found infected

Corona's havoc: Visitor entry ban in Haryana secretariat, 16 employees found infected

Civil hospital in Kalka was closed for a few days. 10 employees of the hospital were found corona positive.


Chandigarh Corona Virus is not taking the name of havoc in Haryana. More than 1000 Corona cases are coming out every day in the state. Visitor entry in the Haryana Secretariat has been banned among the Corona patients growing in the state. Along with this, the secretariat is also being sanitized. 16 employees working in various departments of Haryana Civil Secretariat have been found corona positive. Cooks and sweepers working till the speaker's residence have also been found to be positive.

Number of patients reached near 60 thousand

Please tell that the number of corona infected in the state has reached 59 thousand. On Thursday, 1093 patients returned home after getting 1293 new infected patients. At the same time, 12 patients died while the condition of 218 patients remained worrying. Among these, the breath of 181 patients is running with the help of oxygen and 37 are fighting the war on ventilator. The number of corona patients in the state has reached 59298, out of which 48690 patients have been cured and 9962 are active patients.

Union Minister of State met Corona positive
Union Minister of State Krishnapal Gurjar has also become Corona positive. At the same time, Congress State President Kumari Selja has isolated herself. She came in contact with Congress leader Ranjita Mehta in Chandigarh on Tuesday, who has been found corona infected. At the same time, the civil hospital of Kalka has been closed for the next few days. Here 10 employees of the hospital have been found corona positive.

So far 646 patients died of corona in the state

So far 646 patients have died in the state, including 456 men and 190 women. So far 167 in Faridabad, 132 in Gurugram, 41-41 in Sonipat and Panipat, 29-29 in Ambala, Kurukshetra and Rohtak, 25 in Karnal, 17-17 in Yamunanagar and Jhajjar, 16 in Rewari, 14 in Nuh, Hisar. 13, 15 Panchkula, 11-11 in Palwal and Sirsa, 10 in Bhiwani, 9 in Kaithal, 8-8 in Jind and Fatehabad and 1-1 patients have died in Narnaul and Charkhi-Dadri.