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*Independence Day Bi-lingual Poetry Recitation, Rockville, MD, USA, August 16, 2009
"The future of Urdu and Hindi is tied together and both depend upon each other," said Professor Asghar Wajahat at the third bi-lingual poetry recitation program held Sunday 16th August 2009 at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, Maryland.   Professor Wajahat, a noted Hindi fiction writer and chairman of Hindi Department, Jamia Millia Islamia was presiding the bi-lingual “Yaum-e-Azadi” mushaira-kavi sammelan. The program, initiated by the Washington Aligarh Alumni Association (AAA) in 2007 to celebrate the independence of the Indian Subcontinent, this year was joined by the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the Global Organization of the People of Indian Origin (GOPIO).
Wajahat, himself an Aligarh University alumnus, was pleased to see that AAA had started this program to bring speakers of Urdu and Hindi to a common platform. He further noted that the standard of literature coming out of Northern America was very good.
Professor Satya Pal Anand, a stalwart academician, writer, and poet was impressed with the sentiments expressed about peace and friendship between communities by poets of both languages said “….. program has proved that we all are one; we may have differences but there are no ill-feelings amongst us.” 
Similar sentiments were also expressed by other participants and audience during conversation with people. Mr. Fatehul Azam, a senior Aligarian visiting from Chicago, said, “Urdu and Hindi are like twin siblings that were surgically separated.” He added that the communities nurturing these siblings should keep on making efforts to let these siblings interact more often.  
Wajahat also released a recently published book, Satya Pal Anand ki Nazm Nigari edited by Dr. A. Abdullah. This book is a compendium of articles written by prominent Urdu writers and critics about Dr. Anand and his contributions to the language.
Dr. Rafat Husain, AAA president welcomed the audience. He said that through this program we want to celebrate the common heritage of the subcontinent.  Dr. Zafar Iqbal, General Secretary of GOPIO greeted the audience as its president Dr. Renuka Misra could not reach in time due to certain unavoidable circumstances. He thanked The Aligarh Alumni Association for giving GOPIO an opportunity to join hand in propagating a noble cause.
A. Abdullah, Akram Mahmood, Astha Naval, Aziz Quraishi, Baquer Zaidi, Dhananjaya Kumar, Gulshan Madhur, Madhu Maheshvari, Mohammad Anwar, Narendra Tandon Sahil Lakhnavi, Naseem Farogh, Razi Raziuddin, Rekha Maitra, Sadiq Bajwa, Satya Pal Anand, Suman Shukla, Suman Verdhan, Shakeel Azad, Sehba Ali, Tahira Rida, Vishakha Thakar, Yousuf Rahat, Zafar Syed, and Zaheer Parvez recited their inspiring poetic creations in front of a large audience in a spacious hall. The nizamat was conducted by Dr. A. Abdullah. 
In his introductory remarks, Dr Abdullah recalled that 35 years ago The Association started the Mushaira tradition in the US. One of the goals of this activity was to provide a forum where people can assemble transcending political, religious, regional and geographical boundaries. He recalled that in 1975 after six month of active search he could find only 23 people in the entire North America who could be considered a poet.  Today, 24 poets from our own city are participating at this event.  

A colorful souvenir containing sample of poetry of participating poets, in both Urdu and Hindi scripts, and their short biography and photograph was also released at this occasion.
The Aligarh Alumni Association honored Dr. A. Abdullah with a plaque in recognition of his long and dedicated service for the promotion of Urdu language and literature.
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, Counselor, Community Affairs, represented Embassy of India in Washington. He was impressed with the substance and message conveyed by the poets and stayed for the entire program. 
Mr. Masood Farshori was the master of ceremony and the program was coordinated by Dr. Zafar Iqbal.

From Left to Right:
1. Mr. Tariq Farooqi, Drs. Zafar Iqbal, A. Abdullah, Rafat Husain, Asghar Wajahat, and Satyapal Anand.
2. Drs. Zafar Iqbal, A. Abdullah, Asghar Wajahat, and Satyapal Anand
Submitted by Zafar Iqbal, Ph.D.

*Trinational Conference of Bangladesh Bharat and Pakistan People’s Forum, Kolkata, Aug 8, 09

Delegates from the three countries of Bangladesh Bharat and Pakistan, present at the Tri-national Conference on 16th August at Kolkata observed that partition of our motherland had not only failed to solve the problem of communal discrimination and disharmony, but also aggravated many other economic, political-military and social issues.

Discrimination of minorities, treating them as 2nd grade citizen, using stringent acts like anti terrorist act, blasphemy act, enemy property confiscation act etc. etc. randomly against the minorities are very common.

Imperialist policy of ‘divide and rule’ and using religion for political purposes has served the interest imperialists and their stooges in 1947. Followed up disputes, contention between one other not only aggravated towards and war situation, but also gave conditions to develop deep hatred between communities.

The imperialists to direct anti-imperialist movement after the 2nd world war encouraged communal fundamentalism internationally. It was given a permanent impetus by partition of our motherland and ‘Israel’ in Arabian Peninsula. They to solve the critical interest of these imperialists in acute crisis prop up fanatic fundamentalist gangs, finally ensuring draconian measure against the whole people in the name of restraining terrorists and fanatics.

The Tri-National delegates welcomed the recent development of movements for democracy in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The Tri-National delegates observes that in the name of containing terrorism, American Imperialism is trying to shift the burden on the shoulders of the people and sates of these three countries, thereby ending to more and more economic political and social hardship and anarchy on our soil.

On these contexts, the Tri-National conference resolves:
[1] To strengthen the Unified struggle of the people of these three countries for democracy, socialism, harmony and peace against all imperialists policies of suppression and subversion

[2] To demand for immediate formation of Tri-National People to people and state to state co-ordination to go into any disputes (including that of terrorism, Kashmir, Water disputes etc.) and desist any interference or intervention by the American imperialists in the internal or intrer –related matters of these three countries.

[3] To demand for opening up all visa restrictions between these three countries.

[4] To stop fostering any terrorist force operating against any of these other three countries
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Submitted by Manik Samajdar

*Campaign against communal and fascist forces in U.P., Varanasi, July 28-30, 2009

In order to maintain harmony, peace, secularism and democratic values inceastern U.P., All India Secular Forum (AISF) with the close collaboration of Centre for Harmony and Peace launched a series of programmes at Varanasi.

On 28th July, at the College of Philosophy (Gurukul), Christ Nagar, Prof. Ram Puniyani, delivered a lecture on the issue of national integration and communal harmony. More than 200 people were present.

On the next two days, a residential workshop on Communalism and Challenges to Democracy wasled by Prof. Ram Puniyani, at Anjali Auditorium, Matridham Ashram, Chandmari. Sixty individuals participated in lectures, discussions, documentary film show and role playing. Prof. Puniyani, discussed problems related to communal conflicts, and stressed the value of national integration, democracy and composite culture.

On 30th July, a meeting was held at Madrasa Anasarul–uloom, which was attended by more than 100 people

One day seminar on Communalism and Challenges to Democracy was held on 31st July at Mohammad Hasan P.G. College, Jaunpur, U.P.

Submitted by Mohammad Arif