Hyderabad: There was unrest in the streets of Hyderabad on Wednesday after a college teacher allegedly made anti-Islamic remarks.
The students of Narayana College protested against the remarks made by their Vice Principal, Naresh Reddy.
“The Vice principal said that Islam is useless also that 25 per cent of Islam is useless. He spoke against Islam. He cannot say anything religious. This is the second time he has said this,” says a student, Narayana College, Shahabuddin.
Police say Reddy made the comments while pulling up two students for coming late to college after offering namaz.
The angry students reacted by pelting stones at the college And local Islamic groups were quick to step in support of the students.
“Their job is to teach, why are they speaking against Islam. We do not compromise with people who speak against Islam,” says MIM leader, Afsar Khan.
The protestors even forced shopkeepers in the area to down shutters. A battalion of the Rapid Action Force had to be deployed and normalcy was restored only after the college management suspended vice principal Reddy.
This is the second incident when a teacher has landed in trouble for making alleged remarks on Islam.
The government has chosen to maintain a stoic silence at least till the festive season is over, but what is troubling is the ease with which students are agitated and choose to go on a rampage.
They seem to be the ones calling the shots in classrooms.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Exuberant and emotional, Sree Santh is a true Aquarian. Eccentric at times and downright unbelievable on most occasions. Born on Feb. 6, 1983 to Savitri Devi, an officer in the state treasury department and Shanthakumaran Nair, Sree Santh is the younger brother to Deepu. Sree Santh came to the limelight in the 2006 England series and especially after the boogie-woogie he did after hitting South Africa’s Andre Nel for a six. A regular in the match referee’s office for his incessant appealing and theatrics on the field, Sree Santh has carved quite a reputation for himself. Not surprising because the psychology-studying university student has confessed himself to be quite an attention seeker. "I used to do all the silly things to be in the limelight."
A Michael Jackson fan, Sree Santh was a champion break dancer, attaining national recognition in the eighth grade. The showman traits have come to the surface often, either in the form of blonde highlights or jiggling hips.
God-fearing and fish-eating
Comfortable with English, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi, Sree Santh is an avid reader and is a huge fan of Steve Waugh but for all his book-knowledge, the Kochi-pacer is also a blind follower when it comes to numerology and faith. A devout Malayali Hindu, Sree Santh is very religious and visits many temples in Kochi. His favourite shrine is the Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayur. He always asks his mother to light a lamp in the puja room every time he plays a match and to keep it burning till the end of the match.
He once skipped five Ranji Trophy games but travelled with the side on the pretext that he was training to regain his fitness. But rumours had it that an astrologer convinced him to take a break from competition to preserve his longevity in the sport, which Sree Santh categorically denied. There are innumerable variations to his name though he’s disposed towards using Sree Santh nowadays. An able footballer and quite a wizard with the hockey stick, Sree Santh, when younger wanted to be a leg-spinner since Anil Kumble was his favourite player. A typical coastal-man, Sree Santh can’t live without his rice and fish curry but it’s his favourite breakfast dish kadala and puttu that gets the 24-year-old out of bed every morning.
Being the attention seeker that he is, Sree Santh has had his brush with the entertainment industry, when he penned a song ‘Jago India’ which was sung by his brother-in-law and renowned playback singer Madhu Balakrishnan for an album ‘Desh’. Even film-makers are queuing up outside his house. The pacer was offered a movie alongside Malayalam megastar Mamooty. The quickie has not yet consented to the project, which would see him play a cricketer, much to the delight of his fans.
Sreesanth, spice of India
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Kashmir's Grand Mufti Mufti Bashir-ud-Din, Saturday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to undertake penance for his recent utterances asking people to adopt Gandhian philosophy for worldly success.
In an edict (Fatwa) issued by him, the Grand Mufti said that in case "he does not undergo penance for his utterance, his act would be considered as anti-Islam."
The chief minister had, while addressing a gathering of school and college students on Gandhi Jayanti, reportedly said while "Islam secures the world hereafter, adoption of Gandhian philosophy was the route to success in this world."
The Grand Mufti, while asking the chief minister to clarify his position on the matter, said, "Gandhi was relevant to his community but for the Muslims Prophet Mohammad was the only leader to be followed."
"The best path for every Muslim to follow for betterment in both this world and the world hereafter is the path shown by the Holy Prophet. The chief minister must clarify his recent statement in which he told people to follow the Gandhian path. He must also seek penance for his assertions," the Grand Mufti said.
Hundreds of students of the local Degree College took out a protest march through the streets of Baramulla town, chanting anti-American and pro-Islam slogans.
The students said that building a wine-shop or a bar like the Kaaba amounted to the desecration of the holy sites of Islam. "Muslims all over the world should protest at this," they said.
They demanded that the US should apologise to the Muslim world over the Kaaba replica, and close down the bar immediately.Why it has taken them so long to notice since it was in 2006 this news was first reported?