[Assam] Money for Pilgrimage
rajibdas at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 25 15:17:33 EDT 2006
I have heard that providing subsidies for Haj
pilgrimage is unIslamic as well. That most Muslim
countries do not provide these subsidies because of
exactly this reason.
Can someone explain the dichotomy and how the Congress
party and Syed Bukhari sorted this out.
--- Dilip/Dil Deka <dilipdeka at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Below you will find a letter to the editor published
> in the Sentinel. The author has expressed his
> feelings very well and his words make a lot of sense
> in secular India. But will the politicians pay any
> attention? How about the bureaucrats in charge of
> disbursing the money every year?
> Subsidy for Haj Pilgrims and Indian Muslims
> Quite often Jibon Saikia, being a responsible
> citizen, expresses his views and opinions on various
> subjects of social relevance through the Letters
> to the Editor column. In one of his letters (The
> Sentinel, September 19), Mr Saikia rightly
> questioned the government policy of granting subsidy
> for Haj pilgrims. Such subsidy is indeed
> unconstitutional and unethical meant only for
> Muslims on Haj pilgrimage, thus ignoring other
> The Government of India would do well to stop the
> grant of subsidy for Haj pilgrims, or grant subsidy
> to pilgrims of other religious communities as well.
> This might uphold the secular fabric of the Indian
> The British left India in 1947, but the Congress
> party continues to follow the British policy of
> divide and rule. The Congress, in the last 50
> years, has been very successful in ruling India by
> dividing the populace into majority and minorities.
> The Congress policy of minority appeasement has done
> no good to the Muslims and the country as a whole.
> But Mr Saikia, it is very irresponsible on your part
> to say that Muslims living in India do not consider
> themselves as Indians, and that they have more
> attraction towards Pakistan than towards India. You
> sound very radical when you question the integrity
> of Indian Muslims! Here I disagree with you, Mr
> Our President is a Muslim. Is his patriotism and
> integrity doubtful? I agree that there is a section
> of Indian Muslims indulging in anti-India
> activities, but that does not mean that each and
> every Indian Muslim is anti-national and
> Mr Saikia, let me tell you one more thing. I am a
> school teacher and I did sing Vande Mataram on
> September 7 along with my colleagues and students.
> So please do refrain from making any such remark
> that may hurt the sensibility of patriotic Indians,
> regardless of religion.
> Mishbahul Hasan Ansari,
> Polo Field, Tezpur.
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