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The hounding of Shirin Dalvi: 'These people are doing all this to damage my career'
Mumbai: She's been accused of intentionally
offending the Muslim community by publishing the Charlie Hebdo cover featuring
Prophet Muhammad and is now accused of trying to ferment riots, but former
editor of Urdu daily Awadhnama, Shririn Dalvi, on Friday said that the
allegations against her are motivated by 'personal jealousy'.
“Despite publishing an apology in the front page of the
newspaper and other media, and seeking forgiveness, these people are saying ‘maafi
nahi milegi’, which had made me insecure. What do they mean by this? Are
they planning to take law into their hands? It is Prophet Muhammad who has
preached forgiveness but these people are not forgiving me," she told Firstpost..."These people, out of personal jealousy and due to a
grouse against me, are spreading false information to pollute the minds of the
community. Also, these people are doing all this to damage my career, but
nobody can stop me from writing,” she said over the telephone from an
Dalvi was responding to two groups, the Mumbai Awadhnama
Patrakar Sangharsh Samiti and Forum against Blasphemy, who have alleged that
she published the controversial cartoon in order to ensure that the newspaper
shut down and to spark riots. “We feel it was a planned conspiracy to shut down the
newspaper and to create riots as she knew the content of the controversial
cartoon and it can be seen from the content of the article. She did it in
connivance with management to avoid all legal financial and monetary
obligations,” editor of another Urdu daily Sahafat, Saeed Hamid, said during a
However, Dalvi refuted the claims saying that the daily had
been doing good business. "I have no intention of shutting down the newspaper. It
was doing good business. On 4 January, we had a special edition on Prophet
Mohammed and it had 22 pages of advertisements, which means the newspaper was
doing the good business. After the 17 January issue, the situation was such
that we were forced to shut the newspaper,” Dalvi said.
The former editor of Awadhnama has had multiple cases filed
against her and she has been accused of outraging religious sentiments by
publishing French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cover picture featuring a caricature
of Prophet Mohammed on the front page of the newspaper on 17 January. Over four
FIRs have been filed against Dalvi and she was taken into custody by the police
in Mumbra area of Thane but subsequently released on bail by a magistrate. The Mumbai edition of Awadhnama has closed down following
the outrage over the publishing of the cartoon and approximately 15 employees
of the newspaper have reportedly lost their jobs.
The two groups who accused Dalvi of attempting to start
riots also claimed that the employees of the newspaper hadn't been paid in
months and accused the newspaper management of having decided to shut shop
after making money during the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections in 2014.
They also questioned the Dalvi’s credentials, claiming that she was not a
journalist but hailed from an advertising background. “It is completely untrue. I started an advertising agency
only six months ago but these people are spreading lies to harass me and the
management,” Dalvi said.
And while the two groups that issued statements against her
said that they would allow the law to take its own course, the former editor
had earlier said that she had been living separate from her children in order
to ensure their safety. Despite not wearing a veil earlier, she had also
started wearing a burqa to avoid being targeted and has also changed her telephone
numbers to avoid being traced easily.
There may be good reason for her choosing to stay off the
radar. The Mumbai police on Thursday arrested two newspaper vendors for
allegedly distributing the Avadhnama newspaper. The police said that the
vendors were selling the controversial edition of the newspaper despite knowing
of its controversial content. “The complainant has emphatically insisted that knowing
fully well that front page matter is defamatory to Islam, the vendors still
kept selling the said newspaper. The complainant has also claimed that they had
asked several vendors not to sale the newspaper. While others stopped selling
it, these two did not do so,” a police officer said.
According to Murakami, “1Q84” is just an amplification of one of his most popular short stories, which (in its English version) is five pages long. “Basically, it’s the same,” he told me. “A boy meets a girl. They have separated and are looking for each other. It’s a simple story. I just made it long.” One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo's fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl. Tell you the truth, she's not that good-looking. She doesn't stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn't young, either - must be near thirty, not even close to a "girl," properly speaking. But still, I know from fifty yards away: She's the 100% perfect girl for me. The moment I see her, there's a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert..." read the story: http://www.youmightfindyourself.com/post/22131227
'Do you know', Napoleon once said to Fontanes, 'what astounds me most about the world? The impotence of force to establish anything. There are only two powers in the world: the sword and the mind. In the end, the sword is always conquered by the mind' Conquerors, you see, are sometimes melancholy. They have to pay some price for so much vainglory. But what a hundred years ago was true of the sword is no longer true today of the tank. Conquerors have made progress, and the dismal silence of places without intelligence has been established for years at a time in a lacerated Europe. At the time of the hideous wars of Flanders, Dutch painters could still perhaps paint the cockerels in their farmyards. The Hundred Years War has likewise been forgotten, and yet the prayers of Silesian mystics still linger in some hearts. But today, things have changed; the painter and the monk have been drafted - we are one with the world. The mind has lost that regal certainty which a c
NB: This is the text of my address to the Eighth East-West Inter-cultural Relations Conference held at Ramjas College, the University of Delhi, on March 17. The details of the conference may be read here . A pdf file of the address is downloadable here - DS Satyagraha - An answer to modern nihilism Dilip Simeon Keynote address to the Eighth East-West Inter-cultural Relations Conference Ramjas College, March 17-18 2016 Zilu stopped for the night at Stone Gate. The gatekeeper said, Where are you from? Zilu said, From the household of Confucius. The gatekeeper said, The one who knows there’s nothing that can be done but keeps on trying? - from the Analects of Confucius (14:40) What is truth? asked jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer – Francis Bacon In fact it is more correct to say Truth is God than to say God is Truth – Mohandas Gandhi Introduction: The human being is the speaking animal, the discerner of good and evil. This featur
Mother of Cities to me, For I was born in her gate, Between the palms and the sea, Where the world-end steamers wait Rudyard Kipling , To the City of Bombay "Few people who have criticized England from the inside have said bitterer things about her than this gutter patriot" : George Orwell IT WAS a pity that Mr. Eliot should be so much on the defensive in the long essay with which he prefaces this selection of Kipling's poetry, but it was not to be avoided, because before one can even speak about Kipling one has to clear away a legend that has been created by two sets of people who have not read his works. Kipling is in the peculiar position of having been a byword for fifty years. During five literary generations every enlightened person has despised him, and at the end of that time nine-tenths of those enlightened persons are forgotten and Kipling is in some sense still there. Mr. Eliot never satisfactorily explains this fact, because in answering the shal
Twenty years ago—on November 25, 1994—Isaiah Berlin accepted the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the University of Toronto. He prepared the following “short credo” (as he called it in a letter to a friend) for the ceremony, at which it was read on his behalf. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” With these words Dickens began his famous novel A Tale of Two Cities . But this cannot, alas, be said about our own terrible century. Men have for millennia destroyed each other, but the deeds of Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Napoleon (who introduced mass killings in war), even the Armenian massacres, pale into insignificance before the Russian Revolution and its aftermath: the oppression, torture, murder which can be laid at the doors of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and the systematic falsification of information which prevented knowledge of these horrors for years—these are unparalleled. They were not natural disasters, but preventable human crimes, and what
NB: An interesting obituary to a great intellectual. My knowledge of the situation is limited, but as regards this article, I'm uncomfortable with the argument that there should be no objection to the participation of communal parties in a democratic alliance. My views on this are conditioned by the history of religion-based mobilisations in India, where the communist movement has from time to time allied with communal groups of all colours, with disastrous consequences. Some material on this theme may be read here . Nor can I agree that Islamists, Hindutva groups or Khalistanis etc. can be described as 'religious parties'. I do not mean to justify alliances with 'secular' tyrants, but to remind anyone who cares to listen, that communalism is also an expression of tyranny. Communalists proceed on the assumption that membership of a religious community automatically produces a political interest, and strive to create that interest. They enter democratic move
In Asia Minor or in Alexandria, in the second century of our faith (when Basilides was announcing that the cosmos was a rash and malevolent improvisation engineered by defective angels), Nils Runeberg might have directed, with a singular intellectual passion, one of the Gnostic monasteries. Dante would have destined him, perhaps, for a fiery sepulcher; his name might have augmented the catalogues of heresiarchs, between Satornibus and Carpocrates; some fragment of his preaching, embellished with invective, might have been preserved in the apocryphal Liber adversus omnes haereses or might have perished when the firing of a monastic library consumed the last example of the Syntagma . Instead, God assigned him to the twentieth century, and to the university city of Lund. There, in 1904, he published the first edition of Kristus och Judas ; there, in 1909, his masterpiece Dem hemlige Frälsaren appeared. (Of this last mentioned work there exists a German version, Der heimliche Heilan