UGC skips Mughal, colonial-era monuments from recommended destinations for student visits

Date: 24 September 2021

The University Grants Commission sent universities a list of 100 “tourist destinations” for organising student visits as part of the Centre’s Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme. Some academics have questioned the move as dictatorial, and the choice of sites as biased.

Pankaj Jha, history professor at Lady Shri Ram College, underlined the absence of many famous sites associated with Muslim and colonial rule as well as those reflective of independent India’s achievements.

“There is a greater emphasis on the sites of ancient (apparently Hindu) history rather than medieval (apparently Muslim) or modern (apparently colonial but also Independent India) period,” Jha wrote in response to a query from The Telegraph.

While Bijapur and Murshidabad, both associated with the medieval period and Muslim rule, are on the list, the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi have been snubbed. Agra, however, gets a mention under “monuments included in list of World Heritage and Iconic Sites” although the Taj Mahal is not named.




Telangana textbook shows image of ‘terrorist’ holding Quran

Date: 25 September 2021

The Telangana chapter of the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has taken strong exception to a picture published in the 'Question Bank' for the Social Studies (English medium) study material for Class 8. They have demanded the Telangana government to immediately remove 'Islamophobic' content in the Class 8 school study material published by a private publication. 

The picture, which has been named 'terrorist,' shows a man holding a rocket launcher in his right hand and the Quran in his left hand. It was published in the chapter titled ‘National movement - the last phase 1919-1947,’ under the theme of political systems and governance. The “terrorist” age is among other "important photos" depicting crucial events in the Indian freedom movement - the Non-cooperation movement, Civil Disobedience and Satyagraha, and leaders of the early days of the National Congress. 




Forced to Chant ‘Vande Mataram’ by ‘Reporter’, Haryana Mosque Imam Resigns

date: 15 Agusut 2021

A video showing a ‘reporter’ of a Facebook page trying to coerce an Imam of a Masjid say ‘Vande Mataram’ (the national song of India) and Bharat Mata ki Jai on camera went viral on social media. The Imam, Maulvi Mursaleen, left his job as Imam of the mosque and returned to his home.

The incident took place on August 15, the day India celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Rohit Sharma, the ‘reporter’ of a YouTube channel ‘Hindustan 9’ visited a Muslim neighburhood in Bapoli village of Panipat district in Haryana. Hours later, he uploaded the video on the channel’s social media pages with a title in Hindi saying: “Panipat ke Bapoli mein Masjid mein Jhanda Lagane Gaye Yuwa To Molvi Kia Bole” or In Bapoli, Panipat, when the youth went to put the flag in the mosque, what did the Maulvi say?

The video shows the ‘reporter’ shoving the mic of the channel into the face of the Imam of a mosque and asks him: “Why isn’t he chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ (literally, “I Salute You, Mother”)… Bharat Mata ki Jai (Long Live Mother India).” The Imam refuses and turns his face away but the ‘reporter’ persists. The Imam responds that he does not have an answer to his questions and that it is a mosque and reciting Vande Mataram cannot be allowed inside the mosque. “We have other words and songs for our India we can say.” An aide of the reporter even questions his loyalty to India.

The Imam tells the reporter that he does not associate himself with chanting slogans like Vande Mataram. The ‘reporter’ than moves to an old Muslim man and asks him that why are young Muslims not chanting Vande Mataram in this day and age.

The video then shows a group putting the Indian national flag atop a mosque. They shout ‘Baharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

The ‘reporter’ then gathers a group of men who tell him that they have held flag ceremonies on every Independence Day for the last four years. “We do it for unity and for our mother India,” says one man donning a saffron colour scarf. Another man says that they want the tri-colour to be hoisted on every mosque and every house.

ince the video was filmed and uploaded, Maulvi Mursaleen has left his job of Imamat (leading prayer) at the mosque and returned to his village Adhmi.

“We have asked our brother to quit his job. It is not safe for him to be there anymore,” his brother Mohd Dilshad told Clarion India on the phone.




Hindutva Supporters Resort to Violence, Force Muslims to Shut Shops

Date: 26 September 2021

Hindutva supporters held a rally on the streets of Khargone in Madhya Pradesh warning Muslims to shut down their businesses.

Local reports said that the rally was organised after there were rumours that some Muslims had allegedly sold “cow meat”.

The mob forced Muslim shopkeepers to shut their shops. In the process they resorted to violence, ransacking shops and even assaulting some people.

A video that has surfaced on social media shows the mob yelling slogans: “Goli maaro saalon ko” (Shoot the rascals) and “Band karo, Band karo”.

The video which was originally shared by Kashif Kavik, a journalist associated with the Newsclick, shared a video on Twitter showing a Muslim auto driver asking helplessly. “Main ne kya Gunah kiya tha? (What sin did I do).” He points to his auto which he alleges was damaged by the mob.

The video shows men with bruises and blood on their faces.

Police are seen resorting to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. Reports said that police have filed an FIR and are looking into the matter.