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Naqvi offers ‘chadar’ on behalf of PM Modi at Ajmer Sharif Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday offered a ‘Chadar’ on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ajmer Sharif Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.While terming the dargah as a symbol of India’s great spiritual tradition, Naqvi read out the message by PM Modi which said, “Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a source of inspiration for social, cultural and communal harmony in India and world.”We will have to strengthen India’s national unity and fabric of social and cultural harmony at any cost,” the Prime Minister’s message further read.Earlier, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered a ‘chadar’ for presentation at Ajmer Sharif dargah on the occasion of Urs. Kumar reached Kankah-e-Mujibia at Phulwarisharif here and handed over the ‘chadar’ for presentation at Khwaja Garib Nawaz dargah at Ajmer, an official statement said.The CM prayed for promotion of brotherhood, happiness and peace in the state. Khanquah-e-Mujibia Secretary Maulana Sayyed Shah Mohammad Minhazuddin presented the ‘Chadar’ on behalf of Kumar, the statement said.

PM sends ‘chaadar’ to Ajmer Dargah, hails Gharib Nawaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ‘chaadar’ (shawl) will be offered at the famous Ajmer Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who today hailed the Sufi saint as a “symbol of great spiritual traditions of India”. Modi handed over the “chaadar” to Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh here for offering it at the shrine during the ‘Urs’ (festival) which starts on March 30. On the occasion, the Prime Minister conveyed greetings and best wishes to Khwaja Chishti’s followers across the world. In his message, Modi said “Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a symbol of the great spiritual traditions of India”, according to a PMO statement. “Gharib Nawaz’s service of humanity would remain an inspiration for future generations,” he added. Khwaja Chishti, a great 6th century sufi saint, is also known as ‘Gharib Nawaz’ (patron of the poor). The Prime Minister offered his best wishes for the successful conduct of the ‘Urs’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak summons Indian Envoy over Aseemanand’s acquittal in 2007

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India?s Deputy High Commissioner in Paksitan J.P. Singh was summoned by the Foreign Office and reportedly informed about Islamabad?s strong objection to 2007 Ajmer blast case accused Swami Aseemanand being acquitted by National Investigation (NIA) Court. Swami Aseemanand was accused in the Ajmer blast case as per the NIA’s chargesheet filed in 2007. The agency accused Aseemamand of hatching the conspiracy of bombing the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti shrine, which killed three people and injured 17. The hearing into the matter was postponed multiple times as witnesses made applications delaying their appearance before the court, citing a threat to their lives among other reasons. The investigation in the matter was later handed over to the ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) in November 2007. Later in December 2010, the chief judicial magistrate?s court permitted the National Investigation Agency to interrogate the accused. After the change of government at the Centre in 2014, the case was fast-tracked. Aseemanand is an accused in several other cases, including that of blast at Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid in 2007 and the explosion in the same year on the Samjhauta Express train in which led to the killing of 70 passengers on the train running between India and Pakistan. He was jailed in 2010 after allegedly admitting to his involvement in the terror attack on the train. Aseemanand later said he had been tortured and made to give a false statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Spiritual heads, religious leaders to attend meet on peace in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual heads of various shrines and religious leaders from across the country would converge at the first ‘peace conference’ organised by Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty educational and charitable trust in Ajmer on March 5. Aimed at promoting peace, nationalism and religious harmony, the conference would be attended by religious heads of all the major shrines of the country including from Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi and Maner Shrif, Bihar among others. Hindu religious leaders have also been invited for the conference which will have different sessions with the agenda to promote nationalism and religious harmony among youth by the spiritual leaders, organisers of the event said. The speakers will discuss that what role can be played by the spiritual leaders to promote tolerance and spiritual insights aligned with the concept of nationalism, human rights and diversity. “The role of the religious leaders in empowering society and women and promoting economic equality will also be taken up for the discussion in the conference,” Naseruddin Chishty, secretary of the trust, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I have to criticise religions that oppress women says Taslima Nasreen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a covert operation that an army general would have been proud of – the secrecy with which the Taslima Nasreen session was pulled off on the final day of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (ZeeJLF) on Monday.The printed programme had a single word, ‘exile’, but even those very familiar with Nasreen’s oeuvre would be forgiven for associating it with the name of her latest book and a discussion on it. Then the session, which was listed for 3.45pm, was preponed to 1pm, without notifying anyone.The objective, given how both ZeeJLF and the Bangladeshi writer living in exile in India tend to be controversy magnets, was clearly to give the rabble-rousers little time to wreak mischief. They succeeded, in part. The session went off well, without disruptions. But the protestors were not to be denied. They mounted a delegation to Diggi Palace, were shepherded into a nearby hotel by the teeming police at the venue, and Sanjoy K Roy, Festival producer, went out to speak to them.Speaking to TV cameras, Muhammad Sajid of Azmat e Namus e Rasool, a Muslim organisation, and Qari Moinuddin, Convenor of the Rajasthan Muslim forum (both had also been at the forefront of the protests against Salman Rushdie coming to Jaipur in 2012) said, “The ZeeJLF has invited many eminent people from all over the world to Jaipur and we have no issue with that. But we will not allow Taslima Nasreen, who has been writing against the Quran in her books, to attend this. The organisers have assured us that they will not henceforth invite Rushdie or Nasreen.”Speaking to DNA, Roy said, “I heard them out and explained that we supported minorities in every way.” He also underscored that ZeeJLF was a platform that upholds all points of view and agreed to consider the request not to re-invite Nasreen.Thankfully, Nasreen, dressed in a black Dhakai jamdani sari and dark glasses on stage, didn’t pull her punches. “Because I write about women and women’s rights, I have to criticise religions that oppress women. It is necessary for Islamic society to be tolerant and accept this. Uniform civil code is urgently needed for women’s rights,” she said.She spoke of her 24 years of exile from her native Bangladesh, about how she wanted to stay in India because she felt at home here, and because Bangla, her mother tongue, was an Indian language too. In conversation with Salil Tripathi, who heads the Writers-in-Prison committee of Pen International, an organisation of writers which works to uphold freedom of expression worldwide, she spoke about how only education could stem the intolerance that led to the killing of writers in Bangladesh and India, about how without freedom of expression there could be no true democracy, and that she believed in one world.

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