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Latest coronavirus update: CISF Assistant Sub-Inspector dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata
On Tuesday, an Assistant Sub-inspector of Central Industrial Security Force posted in Kolkata has succumbed to coronavirus, taking the virus death toll in the force to three.
A CRPF ASI deployed in Srinagar, J&K shot himself dead, early morning today. Reason for suicide is yet to be ascertained. His family has been informed: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
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This is the sixth death in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) or paramilitary forces, under the command of the Union home ministry, due to COVID-19 with two casualties in the Border Security Force and one in the Central Reserve Police Force.
Earlier, a CISF ASI posted at the Indian Museum in Kolkata and a head constable rank official posted to guard the Mumbai international airport had died of COVID-19. The 1.62 lakh personnel strong force tasked primarily to guard civil airports in the country and vital infrastructure in the aerospace and nuclear domain has 66 active cases of the pandemic till now.
The COVID-19 tally in India surged past 70 thousand cases, with 3,604 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the morning update provided by the ministry, the total number of cases now stand at 70,756. Of the total cases, 46,008 are active and 2,293 are fatalities so far while at least 22,454 people have recovered from the disease.
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India has always been the best : by Safa Mariyam when it comes to care and help for fellow brothers and sisters
The real example is this Covid-19 epidemic, when laborers were living in cities without work and many Bollywood stars came out to help them. Many businessmen and celebrities donated crores to the PM Care Fund. Not only big business tycoons and celebrities, ordinary people also donated to this real cause. I have seen many screenshots of the students' contribution, Rs. 1000, Rs.500, Rs.100, Rs.10 or even Rs.1 to PM Care Funds.
There are many helping spirits distributing food packets to the migrants, who had no support to eat as all the hotels were closed due to lock-down. Ration and daily house hold food items were distributed in the surrounding areas. People distributed masks, sanitizers and water bottles to policemen, sweepers and other daily warriors. Many journalists are working to reach out to those who really need help.
Social media is playing an important role to connect donors to the needy, but what about seniors who are not using social media and their carer takers ‘ are stuck in cities because of their jobs and they have no one for medicinal help.
Speaking to HidustanTimes , SA Rizvi said, "Many journalists and social activists are very inspired by C. Indumati (DM Sultanpur), who despite being the mother of two young children, constantly visits quarantine centres and hospitals to keep a constant watch on corona patients and suspects" she has been working for 16 hours with SP Sultanpur.
Speaking to The News India , SA Rizvi said, "Everybody is getting food and water but if we talk about medicine, people are far from it. That is why we have decided to give medicine to every sick of Sultanpur and Amethi districts
SA Rizvi came out as a light in the dark with Anil Dwivedi, Shashi Singh, Pappu Dubey, Qamar Haider, Anoop Dubey and Vijay Srivastava of Sultanpur.
They have created several WhatsApp groups, through which they ask for the drug subscriptions and deliver the medicine to their door steps to make life easier for the helpless sick seniors.
In this difficult time, all of us should do such acts and take care that the people around us do not have any problem and all of us should pray for the betterment of World.
AN OPEN LETTER TO SHRI. MOHAN BHAGWAT, SARSANGHCHALAK, RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (RSS): Your Address of April 26 – Too little, too late!
Dear Shri. Mohan Bhagwat, The whole Nation, it is presumed, heard your online address on April 26, on the current situation in the wake of COVID-19 crisis. Probable exceptions may be the sea of poor migrant labourers stranded in various towns and cities, who might have been standing in lengthy queues during your address, to collect their food packets from good Samaritans. Neither was it the festive occasion of Vijayadashami, nor the annual training session for RSS workers – routine occasions for address by the Sangh chief. But still you chose to address on this day, which shows the gravity of the situation. At the outset, let me borrow a famous quote from Julius Caesar, the famous play written by William Shakespeare – “There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” For the past one and a half months, the whole country has been reeling under the onslaught of Covid-19 Virus. Honourable Prime Minister of India has been leading from the front in India’s fight against this invisible enemy. Our proactive approach in tackling the Corona Virus has been receiving kudos from the whole world. Then, almost as a bolt from the blue, came about the Tablighi Jamaat controversy. And in no time, the focus of our war against this unprecedented Pandemic shifted to a little-known mosque in Nizamuddin Area of New Delhi – the Bangle Wali Masjid that serves as the Markaz (headquarters) of the Tablighi Jamaat movement. There is absolutely no doubt that the deplorable actions of some followers of the Tablighi Jamaat are beyond condonation, and must be dealt with according to the law of the land. No sooner had the Markaz fiasco came to pass, than all our traditional print and electronic media and social media appeared to have been jolted out of their hibernation, a more apt phrase would be ‘jolted out of their monotony’ of talking only about the Pandemic. What ensued can only be
described as anything but journalism, a career that demands the highest level of professionalism and responsibility. The Islamophobic hashtags and topics began circulating on Twitter, Facebook and the Whatsapp, TRP-enhancing phrases like Corona Jihad flashing on most of the TV channels, with the newspapers taking every step not to be left behind their online counterparts in this race. Objective and balanced reporting of the event were few and far between, that naturally got drowned in the cacophony of unchecked activism on the part of majority of the media – TV channels, newspapers and the social media. In your address, you had emphasized that an entire community should not be blamed for the acts of a few, in an apparent reference to the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz controversy. By virtue of your stature, you enjoy enormous authority not only in the RSS but a larger agglomeration of Hindu organisations. Many of those who have been behind the ongoing targeting of Muslim community, in the name of the Tablighi Jamaat incident, are associated with these organisations. It is for this very reason that your intervention becomes all the more important. But, given your mysterious silence for almost a month since the Markaz controversy first erupted, your address can only be described as too little, too late. Had you chosen to speak out earlier, so many damages could have been avoided.
Unscrupulous mischief mongers using this incident in some way to blame the entire Muslim community for the spread of Covid-19 in India, could have been avoided.
Unchecked, misinformed, misguided and misdirected activism in majority of the electronic and print media in India, continuing unabashedly to this day, could have been avoided.
Incessant spewing of venom against Muslims by the trolls on social media, with unsubstantiated allegations of some form of Jihad or conspiracy to weaken the country, could have been avoided.
Physical assaults on Muslims, innocent and unconnected with the Markaz fiasco, in several places could have been avoided.
Religious profiling and boycotting of poor Muslim vendors selling groceries and miscellaneous items, could have been avoided. Whether this is a prelude to the larger economic boycott of Muslims in the unorganised sector, only time will tell.
Several instances of Muslim volunteers being harassed and prevented from carrying out relief activities in several parts of the country, could have been avoided.
The most inhuman incidence of some hospitals and clinics turning away Muslim patients just because to their faith, could have been avoided.
The Health Ministry’s bulletins, separately detailing break-up of Covid-19 cases caused by the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, forced the WHO Emergency Programme Director Mike Ryan to say, “This does not help. Having Covid-19 is not anybody’s fault. Every case is a victim. It is very important that we do not profile the cases on the basis of racial, religious and ethnic lines.”
Such adverse remarks against the country in an international forum could have been avoided.
Recent diplomatic embarrassments faced by India over the outrage in Gulf countries due to relentless Islamophobia by certain misguided elements, necessitating the intervention of the
Prime Minister himself to assuage their unease, could have been avoided.
To make matter worse, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in its
2020 annual report last week, recommended that India be designated as a “country of particular
concern” (CPC), for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious
freedom violations. It is for the first time since 2004 that India has been designated a CPC, and
finds itself bracketed with countries like China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Syria
and Iran. Such dubious distinction for India as a secular democracy bodes ill for her international
image and goodwill.
Adverse international opinion does not make a difference for pariah states like North Korea, Syria
or Myanmar, nor do these states could care less about what the world thinks about them. But India
belongs to an entirely different league of nations. It is the largest democracy in the world. That is
why, any (adverse) remark about India in the international arena matters a lot for the country. India
has rightly rejected all such negative comments emanating from various international forums in
recent times, as any sovereign country should do. Nevertheless, this should lead us to an honest
introspection, whether such unpleasant remarks and their frequency are any pointer to a growing
lack of faith and credibility of India as a secular democracy. If so, this does not augur well for India
as a country aspiring to reclaim its status of a Vishwa Guru.
Let me quote a line from the famous novel, The Plague (French: La Peste) by Albert Camus,
published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.
“....... there is no denying that the plague had gradually killed off in all of us the faculty not of love
only but even of friendship........”
The above line is not only pertinent to be quoted in the present circumstances, but also bears a
frightening resemblance to the social conditions existing in the country under the prevailing Covid-
19 Pandemic. Thanks to irresponsible media coverage, as well as irresponsible statements by certain
politicians, the current Pandemic has caused the simmering schism between the two communities – Hindus and Muslims – to widen further. No doubt the deadly Corona Virus is wreaking havoc throughout the world, India being no exception to its curse. But what is unique to this country is the alarming reality that riding on the fatal Corona Virus, a far more deadly COMMUNAL VIRUS is slowly taking deeper roots in the Indian society. As if that were not enough, there is every indication that this Communal Virus will outlive the Corona Virus, further rupturing the socio-economic fabric of our country. This carries the grave risk of making India’s recovery post-Covid very, very difficult, if not impossible. Thus, you have upon your shoulders an added moral responsibility now, to ensure that your advice contained in the address of April 26 is religiously followed in letter and spirit, and enforced on the ground, by your cadres. It is to be hoped that a strong message had already gone with your address that all minorities, including Muslims, are an integral part of India’s socio-economic fabric, and that sincere recovery efforts post-Covid requires the Nation to work in unison.
SATYAMEVA JAYATE M. W. ANSARI, IPS (Retd.) Former D.G.P., Chhattisgarh Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Muslims emerge as true warriors during COVID times
Despite being subjected to a vilification campaign and demonization by a large section of media, Muslims in India are displaying humanity and are taking to the frontlines in the hour of crisis. They offered spontaneous and heroic support to the poor and vulnerable after 1.2 billion of Indian citizens were confined to their homes following the outbreak of coronavirus in India, and began feeding the millions trapped in the quagmire. The very same Muslims who were threatened of being stripped of their citizenship just weeks before the outbreak of the pandemic, rose to the occasion and began helping the poor in their critical hour of need.
Displaying raw courage young Muslims boldly lent their shoulders to carry biers of Hindu deceased, when even the kith and kin of the deceased refused to go close to the dead body. A team by the name of “Peace For Humanity” stepped forward to carry the biers and accompany the deceased to the crematorium to a non-Muslim migrant from Calcutta who passed away on 18 April 2020, in RT Nagar, Bangalore. In another such display of humanity and communal harmony, Muslim men carried a Hindu woman’s bier when family refused to perform the last rites. In one more incident, Muslim men carried the bier of a Hindu in Mumbai when family deserted the dead body out of fear of the virus. In Meerut fasting Muslim men took out funeral procession of Hindu priest.
No one should sleep hungry
Since lockdown Nikhat Mohammadi, a Muslim woman with her team of volunteers, is successfully running Mumbai’s largest community kitchen where healthy, hygienic food is distributed among over one lakh people of all religions and ethnicities. Her motto is no one should sleep hungry. A Mumbai mosque feeds and provides ration to 800 jobless labourers daily amid lockdown. Salim Koda, former cricketer feeds over 110000 in Mumbai every day. Residents of Matial Mahal are serving two meals a day. Muslim brothers of Barkas, Hyderabad ditched grand reception to use the money to provide rations to the deprived. A group of youngsters in Bangalore set up the kitchen from their own resources to provide cooked food to the hapless migrants, the homeless and the acute poor in Doddaballapur, near Bangalore. Every evening they cook and distribute 515 food packets. Under the banner, Koi Bhooka na soaye, a sole lady in Deoband, UP, has been voluntarily preparing meals twice a day for 400 people every day since the lockdown began on March 22nd.
Pasha Brothers from Kolar district of Karnataka sold their property for Rs. 25 lakh to feed the hungry. The family bought over 30 ton of rice and truck loads of other groceries. Founded by a Hyderabad youth, Mohammed Shujatullah, Humanity First Foundation has been feeding close to 700 hungry and the homeless people much before the COVID-19 lockdown itself. Khalid Fahad has been feeding 3000 people. And this is one person’s effort.
In a rare humanitarian gesture West Bengal police constable Mahinoor Khatun, broke her savings of Rs 200,000, to feed the hungry. She had kept the savings aside for her father’s treatment. Ameenuddin of Bangalore has been cooking 10,000 meals per day in a busy area called Kalasipalyam. Nasrullah Khan, a 40-year-old businessman from Valsad district, who runs an electric panel manufacturing unit in Vapi GIDC has spent Rs 1.10 crore in more than a month to distribute ration kits to poor families in 35 villages in the district.
Organisations at work
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, one of the India’s oldest Islamic organisations that is always in the forefront during any national calamity, has so far given lockdown relief of 23.73 crores. Besides distributing food packs and ration kits it is also rendering cash support, distributing sanitizers, face masks and other essential items. Popular Front of India (PFI) is also distributing food and other essential relief materials to deserving people in the interior parts of Mangalore, Karnataka to the inaccessible locations. Safa Baitul Maal, a prominent charity organisation, has intensified its activities to help those suffering due to the COVID-19 crisis. They are delivering ration kits to the homes of the deserving. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Bangalore has been tirelessly providing food and rations to all sections of the society however, its volunteers met with stiff resistance in Dalit colonies. They were forced to go back in one particular area. But the brave-hearts didn’t lose heart and came back to the same locality under police escort to give away food packets to the distraught and hungry people.
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Hira Welfare Association (HWA), one of the biggest charity organisations, generously and selflessly works day and night to carry out relief operations in Whitefield, Bangalore. Al Ansaar Trust of Bangalore has been working tirelessly among the marginalized communities. Hazrat Usman Ghani Social Welfare Association is doing some great relief work among the urban poor in Bangalore. Bangalore based, Al-Faid Trust met with heads of churches, temples and mosques of their area to determine the actual needs of affected people. Payam-e-Insaniyat, a forum of spreading amity among communities is in the forefront of distributing food aid to the poor and stranded migrants with the help of local police. Starting a full-fledged kitchen for feeding the hungry, Our Nation Welfare Trust on an average serves 3000 meals each day.
A garment factory run by Muslims in Ahmedabad supplies PPE to hospitals. The entire cost of producing the PPEs is borne by the Muslim entrepreneur himself. While the hospitals supply the raw material, the migrant Muslim staff, in a state of fasting works assiduously throughout the day to produce kits. Pray Foundation and Our National Welfare Trust, the two leading Muslim charities of Bangalore, are working with Medlife to ensure free reach of medicines to those in genuine need. Mercy to Mankind, a Bangalore-based charity organisation, in collaboration with a host of other organizations, is supplying PPEs to many health centers. Saving Souls, a NGO started by a few young businessmen of Bangalore reaches out to 96 HIV+ patients in the dead of night.
Confronting with demonisation and abuse for weeks, the Tablighis too came forward to donate their plasma to save their countrymen from the deadly coronavirus. Not only Indian members of the Jamaat, but foreign attendees of the Tablighi eventalso came forward to save the lives of Indian COVID patients irrespective of their religion.
Dr Mahboob Khan, Superintendent of the Chest Hospital, his wife, Dr Shahana Khan who works at Gandhi Hospital and their daughter Rashika Khan, a house surgeon in Fever Hospital, all three of them are at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 in Telangana. Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao, in his tweet, acknowledges the dedication of three Muslim doctors, father mother and daughter.Offers for quarantine facilities
Most Haj Houses in states converted into Covid-19 quarantine facilities. Many Muslim-managed schools have opened their doors to serve as a quarantine facility. Well-known Islamic seminary, the Darul Uloom Deoband, has offered one of its buildings to the government in Uttar Pradesh for setting up an isolation ward for coronavirus patients. Anjuman-i-Islam the Mumbai’s oldest educational institution handed over the Abdul Razzaq Kalsekar Polytechnic New Panvel building to fight COVID-19.
Religion no bar
Several non-Muslims have testified that Muslim volunteers are providing relief to all irrespective of their religion.
Muslims proved themselves as true warriors
Muslim community has committed its services to the nation in various forms. They are feeding millions and coming to the aid of the destitute and needy in so many different ways. The Muslim community which is conspiringly labeled as anti-nationals, by virtue of the charity it gives and the risks it is willing to take to help the underprivileged, has proven that they are the true patriots. And what better time to test this than during the unprecedented crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Happy Birthday Boss: Umar Khalid leads celebrations of wishing Karl Marx on birth anniversary
Marxism has had different points of view ever since philosopher Karl Marx came up with his philosophy. Unfortunately, the philosophy, which theoretically looks wonderful, is almost impossible to practice, as Russian, Chinese and Central, and Latin American governments have shown.
Yet, despite the flaws, Marx is revered even today. On Tuesday, Umar Khalid led the way in wishing social reformer Karl Marx on his 202nd birth anniversary.
"Reading Karl Marx is like unraveling the many layers of the world, finding order in chaos, the method behind the madness and most importantly the way out of this labyrinth. Happy Birthday Boss, you turn 202 today," Khalid tweeted.
Other left-leading individuals, too, wished Marx on the day
Reading Karl Marx is like unraveling the many layers of the world, finding order in chaos, the method behind the madness and most importantly the way out of this labyrinth.
Happy Birthday Boss, you turn 202 today. #KarlMarx
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Happy 202 birth day of #KarlMarx.
5th may 1818.
Karl Marx is best remembered for his philosophy called Marxism. He believed that the working class could gain power over the ruling class, leading to a classless society called communism.
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