Khudai Khidmatgar at Kumbh Mela to spread peace

February 21, 2013 by  
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Khudai Khidmatgar delegation at Kumbh Mela to spread message of peaceUttar Pradesh, February 20, 2013: A delegation of Khudai Kidmatgar reached Allahabad for Maha Kumbh Mela for inter-faith dialogue and to spread the message of peace and humanity. The team of Khudai Khidmatgar is led by Faisal Khan with Inamul Hasan, Mahipal Saraswath, Abdul Jabbar, Maulana Shamim Ahmad, Bagwan Lal Banshiwal, Krishna Naik and Vivek Pandey, who visited the Kumbh Mela on 16th February. This was at the invitation of Shri Shri Maa Poorn Pragya Ji to Khudai Khidmatgar.

The Khudai Khidmatgar delegation stayed at Kumbh Mela venue near the bank of Ganga for 4 days and in the meanwhile distributed literature regarding Humanity, Peace, Brotherhood and necessity of Communal Harmony written by Prof. V. K. Tripathy and Bharat Dogra.

The Kumbh Mela is held every three years where Hindus gather to take a dip in the holy river. It is held by rotation in Haridawar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain.

Faisal Khan said, “the aim of Khudai Khidmatgar is to unite the hearts of all humans, irrespective of Caste, Community and Religion. We came to Kumbh to realize that we are in support with all forms of peace and activities with unity. If we avoid moments like the Kumbh by not reaching to there, it will make communal forces use that opportunity. The Khudai Khidmatgar believes in all form of grass-root activism and not in seminars and symposium like most NGOs and in these four days the message of Khudai Khidmatgar had reached lakhs of people through Kumbh, he concluded.

Inamul Hasan said, “DIL JODO NAFRAT CHORHO ( Unite Hearts, Set Aside Hatred) ” is the prime objective of every Khudai Khidmatgar and we will not divert from this ideology. The delegation distributed 40,000 printed material on communal harmony. Kavi Abdul Jabbar, a poet from Rajasthan narrated  his poetry on every concluding session of Maa Poorn Pragya’s speech. The delegation also visited the cottages of all Hindu saints to meet them.

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30% increase in UP budget for “minority welfare”

February 20, 2013 by  
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UP budget for minority welfareUttar Pradesh, February 19, 2013: Uttar Pradesh government has highlighted the budgetary allocation for the minority welfare in the budget. The official spokesperson has stated that minority welfare has been given ample attention in the budget.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his second budget for 2013-14 which he tabled on Tuesday in state assembly has increased the budget allocation for minority welfare by Rs 612.95 crores. This is 29.5 percent more than the budget allocation of current year 2012-13.

For the scheme “Hamari Beti Uska Kal” a provision of Rs 350 crores has been made. In previous budget it was Rs 300 crores. In this one time financial assistance of Rs 30000 is given to minority girls who have completed their high school. Similarly a budget of Rs 777 crore has been allocated for the fee reimbursement scheme for minorities.
For the construction of boundary walls of qabristans(graveyards), a provision of Rs 300 crores has been made in the budget. Another Rs 27.80 crores has been allocated for the Haj House in Ghaziabad. The State Haj Committee too has been given a grant of Rs 3.72 crores in the budget.

For bridging the critical gaps in minority dominated areas, a provision of Rs 492 crores has been done. For setting up educational hub for minorities where there will be arrangement for education from Class VI to XII has been done. There will be ITI, para-medical institute in this hub and also coaching for engineering and medical entrance examination. A fund of Rs 34 crores has been allotted.

For coaching of minority students for IAS/PCS and other higher competitions, a sum of Rs 1.85 crore has been allocated. Another Rs 200 crores has been allotted for imparting modern education in the madarsas along with religious teachings. The state governemnt aided Arbi Farsi Madarsas have also been given Rs 36.56 crores for the pension and arrear payment of teaching and non teaching staff. For the Arabic schools a provision of Rs 315.50 crores has been done while for the Arbi Farsi Madarsas recognised upto Aliya level have been given Rs70 crores.

For the minority girls studying in class IX a scheme has been launched for giving free cycles. It will cost around Rs 9.39 crores. For setting up mini ITI in madarsas budget of Rs 6.05 crores has been allotted. For the poor parents of minority girls, a provision of Rs 12 crores has been done for the marriage of their daughters.

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February 20, 2013 by  
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Muslim forum to put 15 point charter of demands to Sonia G

February 16, 2013 by  
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Aligarh muslim universityUttar Pradesh, February 14, 2013: Forum for Muslim studies & Analysis (FMSA) Aligarh is gearing up to welcome UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on February 16 while she will be in AMU campus to attend 60th Convocation of the university.

Jasim Mohammad, Secretary General of FMSA said that FMSA will put before Mrs Gandhi 15 point charter of demands based on the problems faced by the Muslims in community.

Member of AMU Executive Council, Dr. Mohammad Shahid, FMSA President Prof. Razaullah Khan, Ex Member of AMU Court Prof. Humayun Murad and Vice –President N. Jamal Ansari will address the media on February 15 to highlight the problems of the Muslims.

The 15 charter of demands are:

1. National Commission for Minorities (NCM) must be granted Constitutional status.
2. Make ‘Scheduled Caste’ definition religion-neutral, amend 1950 order.
3. Evolve a procedure to nominate Muslims in public positions.
4. Create special component plans for Muslims for skill development programs and other economic opportunities.
5. Enhance outlay for 15 Point Programme to 19% of total plan allocation.
6. Declare AMU a minority institution by amending Article 30 of the Constitution of India.
7. Grant the Jamia Urdu Aligarh, an Open University status by centre legislation and establish equivalence between Madarsa and other institutions.
8. Central Urdu Teachers Scheme: Follow up implementation in states.
9. Concentrate on benefiting Muslim community, not individuals.
10. Dereserve Muslim dominated constituencies.
11. Make the village and ward (and not the district or block) as units of planning for infrastructure schemes and their implementation, to benefit poor Muslims.
12. Establish ‘facilitation centers’ at block and district levels, run by Muslim youth, to act as information dissemination and guidance facilities on schemes and entitlements;
13. Include Sachar and JPC recommendation in Wakf Bill.
14. Publicize Madarsa Scheme (SPQEM) in Urdu & other languages.
15. Involve Muslim beneficiary groups in planning & implementation of projects.

FMSA has also written a letter to the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University urging him to use the opportunity and raise the issues concerning the Muslim community.

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Gospel on small screen

February 17, 2012 by  
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Matridh AmashramUttar Pradesh, February 16, 2012: Nutan Dhara, the only Hindi Catholic program telecast all over India, is getting strong viewership. A Christian renewal program aired on television is attracting many viewers even as soap operas rule the tube.

Nutan Dhara (A new Spring), the only Hindi Catholic program telecast all over India, is getting strong viewership.

The program, which was started five years ago, seeks to make the Word of God known to more and more Indians.

Indian Missionary Society’s Fr. Anildev, who is also the acharya (head) of Matridham Ashram in Varanasi, usually anchors the programs.

“We get calls from Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc, which is indicative of its popularity outside the Hindi belt,” said Fr Anildev.

The program is directed by the IMS priest and produced by Fr. Ranjeet with special assistance from Mukhteshwar Misra, Rajesh Srivastava and Fr. Anand Mathew of Vishwa Jyoti Communications.

Father Anildev said that the program is an extension of the ashram ministry for those who cannot visit it.

He asserts that it is a full-time ministry, but rues that he doesn’t have enough people to man it.

Sr Lucretia, who has spent 11 years in the ashram, said “At times there was the apprehension of the program shutting down for want of funds, but viewers pleaded with us not to do so.”

Sr Kamal, who has been in the ashram for 7 years, said “It is our duty to share the Word of God with those who have not yet heard it. Nutan Dhara has touched the lives of many.”

The latest program is by lay leader Chhotebhai, whose episodes are titled “Masihi Satsang” (A Christian search for Truth). They are interactive sessions of adult catechesis, based on both scripture and real life.

– chhotebhai

Indian missionary society celebrates 70

November 19, 2011 by  
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Indian Missionary Society Celebrates 70Uttar Pradesh, November 16, 2011: The founding of the IMS with its charism of pioneering evangelization is a land mark event for the Church in North India.

The Indian Missionary Society commemorated the arrival of its founder Reverend Father Gasper A. Pinto in the Holy City, Varanasi, seventy years ago on 3rd November 1941, which is celebrated as the ‘Society Day’ of the IMS.

The Society was founded at a time when India was undergoing a political turmoil due to freedom struggle and when the foreign comrades of Christianity were being sent back.

In response to a long felt need for indigenous labourers for the spread of the Gospel and with the conviction that the salvation of India would be brought mainly through her own sons, Fr. Gasper A. Pinto, guided by the divine providence, founded the Indian Missionary Society.

On this occasion, presiding over the Holy Eucharist, Rev. Fr. Jose Subhash, the Superior General of the Society stated, “It is once again an opportune time to thank God for his numerous blessings to our community and to reflect on what more needs to be done in order to become much more effective in our apostolate as pioneer Religious Missionaries. The positive growth of the Missionaries is the positive growth of the Church too.

The Society has gone through various struggles, faced serious crises and has grown during the last 70 years. It is this struggle that would help us go forward more joyously at the service of the Lord. On this occasion, was also celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the religious profession of six of our members who arduously worked in the remote villages in spreading the Good News against all odds.

Felicitating the jubilarians, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Raphy Manjali, Bishop of Varanasi, said, “You have made it easier for people to believe that God is love and compassion; you have given life, love and hope to numerous people. And I want to congratulate you and felicitate you for responding to God’s love. I wish each of you many more years of happy and fruitful service.”

Geared up with zeal and zest for pioneering evangelization and for pastoral activities, the members are working in twenty-nine dioceses in the country and in ten abroad today. The occasion was graced with the presence of more than 350 religious, clergy, and well-wishers. The cultural evening added beauty to the 70th Birthday celebrations of the Society. .

– ims