Sunday, November 28, 2010
Jamia Millia Islamia
Subject: Restoration of Talimi Mela
Sir, we are Jamia Alumni who have spent a considerable part of our life at Jamia Millia Islamia and some of us were associated with the students movement during our stay at Jamia. Having seen Jamia through its various trials and tribulations, we remain ever committed to the development of a vibrant academic environment in the Jamia, yet at the same time, maintaining its unique traditions and culture.
Sir, as might be aware, Jamia Millia Islamia, since its birth, has been an institution with a difference. It is not just an educational institution but also a movement. It is probably one of the few universities, where students are admitted in kindergarten and can continue in this institution till their PhD, the highest academic degree thereby creating a unique Indian personality. In short, it does not just impart bookish education; rather it teaches a way of life. From its inception during Khilafat movement, Jamia has indeed come a long way over the years, to become a world renowned university. However, it is important that some important traditions are not forgotten.
When Jamia was born, there were a small group of people associated with Jamia. There was great bonding between them, and they all lived as part of one large family, all were part of one "Jamia Biradari." Among various program and activities, Talimi Mela has been one of the important events that strengthened the concept of “Jamia biradri” (Jamia family). Over the years the number of people living in Jamia has increased several times, but "Talimi Mela" is perhaps the only institution which still promotes the concept of "Jamia Biradar where students from all faculties and departments come together. Not just students, but even faculty members, non-teaching staffs, alumni, all converge on one platform to promote a "Pan Jamia" feeling of bondness, of unity, that we all belong to this great institution. In fact, Talimi Mela has gained a status of a religious festival for Jamia Millia Islamia, a festival that always brings a lot of happiness, fun, knowledge sharing, competitions, symposium, seminars and gathering of lost friends. This apart, organizing the "Talimi Mela" is an amazing learning experience for students who participate in it or help organize it. This experience helps them later on in life while taking on challenges in different facets of life.
Sir, we are saddened and shocked to know that you had scrapped the Talimi Mela on the occasion of 90th Yaume Tasees (foundation day) of Jamia Millia Islamia. Since no plausible explanation for the cancellation of Talimi Mela has come forward from your end, the feelings of a large section of Jamaeis have been hurt and they feel cheated.
We would respect and sincerely appreciate constructive steps that you take in line with the vision of previous vice chancellors beginning from the architect of modern Jamia, late Anwar Jamal Kidwai. We believe with your experience and guidance, Jamia will scale new heights in the years to come. Sir, we believe that on a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men. Jamia is one such institution that has its unique values, culture and a way of life and the potential to emerge as a world leader. Sir, please protect it and strengthen it.
For the reasons mentioned above, we, the undersigned, request you to consider the following:
1. Restore "Talimi Mela" at the earliest; and
2. Ensure transparency and accountability in decision making.
Ghizal Mahdi. Javed Ali khan, Mohammed Rizwan, Zubair Irshad
Monday, January 11, 2010
We often listen this word from different people in our contact but seldom try to find out in our self whether we have possession of it or not?
There might be many thesis written on the subject explaining what it is, how it begun & way to get rid of it.
I have seen a small child who smile & do many things which makes parents happy at the stage when he/she doesn't know the art of talking.
Walk through street, in a car or in a supermarket where a passerby kid look at you & smile...as a result without knowing who that kid is, you too throw a smile in return.
The life seems to be simple & easy if that continues for ever.
It never happens & we found many other happenings round us in different ways.
Few big countries puts embargo on one country.
One big country invades smaller country.
They call it "for the peace of the whole world" or part of their foreign policy.
Few states in a country do not agree with each other on many issues, they contradict each other at different level & try to show their supremacy at each other by various means.
They call it their right & privilege as they contribute major share in the development of the country.
A state has different policy & treatment to various districts/towns under its flagship.
It may happen because there is powerful representation of influential people in law making & implementation from a particular area.
In a Village or place, few powerful always try to crush poor, or at least demonstrate their muscle power whenever required.
They even dont like each other & village is further divided in many small units.
It happens because they want to be known & recognize among a specific group or community.
In a group or community, there are people with different ideas & opinion, they all try to prove their point without even listening to others.
They call it brilliancy, smartness whatever.
In a house, there are few people among the family..they also differ on various family issues & try to overcome each other as & when possible.
We call it self freedom, liberal family etc etc.
In a single human, the heart says something & mind says another.
We ourselves call it conflict of heart & mind!
Now, where is ego?
Actually nobody in the world accept ego in its small three letter shape & real perception.
We do accept it in different ways as Foreign policy, smartness, cleverness, extremism, terrorism, self respect etc etc.
According to me all above can be classified into ego, less or more, but they all synonyms of ego.
An ego, that plays very important role in our life, our social circle, present situation of country & world and the future is fully depend on what is our present.
To talk & discuss about countries it may be a debatable subject however, if we concentrate on individual it may lead us to somewhere because it is ultimately individual who form the group, societies, countries & world.
A person cant be complete without intelligence & emotion he/she carries.
Sometimes intelligence governs a person's emotions & on other hand emotions placed him/her on the top of intelligence.
to take possession of something may be an emotional approach, however to get there requires intelligence.
The process between inception & achievement may bring ego somewhere knowingly & unknowingly.
If one goes to define what ego is, it may take long time with arguments & counter arguments to pin point it because ego for one's perception may not be an ego for other.
It vary's between person to person that how he behaves, perceives & function to prove or to achieve something.
For example, food is required to suppress hunger, clothes required to cover & ceiling is required to shelter.
The basic requirement of a person to live are above three, however, there are unlimited categories within all three basic amenities.
A poor person goes out, do some work to earn his bread is the least can be done to fulfil the first requirement to live but how he earn?
Performing a paid task to get bread, cloth & substantial amount for a ceiling is a base but to continuously doing the same or to achieve more requires intelligence, hard work etc.
The moment we talk about hard work & intelligence, the competition comes in picture.
Either one has to perform continuously or he has to perform better than others to get elevated or at least retain his current position.
It cant be so difficult, but somehow a fear factor comes that force mind to think of loosing what you posses at the moment.
We then forget to go in a normal course & start using our mind to tackle the fear factor.
That fear factor motivates many to take certain steps to keep the current position intact.
Those few steps to protect self may indeed hurt some one knowingly or unknowingly.
If unknowingly, it may be an egoistic behavior for the one affected however if done purposely then it comes under premeditated measures to prove one's point by rejecting some one.
Ego is nothing but a behavior that is inbuilt within human brain but utilization of it vary from person to person.
To take possession or loose possession, to prove oneself or to disapprove someone, to agree or not to agree, to be I or not to be are few examples from the basket of daily life that cater ego.
In general sense, we cant get rid of ego completely because this is the necessity of the day, however this necessity have tremendous side effects that we observe within ourselves, society, community, country & world.
We cant imagine fortune, a day to day life without being associated with current world therefore this way or another we become party in todays EGOISTIC world.
It might seem to be impossible to get rid of this miraculous self destructive word completely but it can be minimized to an extent so that destruction of a human being can be prolonged.
We have to compromise & fight with our desires to minimize its effects, also if at all we can go near to Mother Nature that teaches us to take only what is necessary.
Take what is really required & give back what you can if possible is the only way out from this resident evil.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
However, the thought of the daty can be explained in following sheR
Jaam-e- mae tauba shikan, tauba meri jaam shikan
Saamne dheR haiN toote huye paimano ke
Just wait for......................
Sunday, December 13, 2009
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Monday, November 9, 2009
I do often think & now realized that there many categories of people who intend to do some work other than their usual routine.
Category-1: The people falls in this category are those who always think about & go for something with their heart & soul.
They dedicate themselves to work for others without any personal benefit.
Category-2: The people in this category are those inspired by category-1 & join them but during & at the end they always look for their own personal benefit.
Category-3: The people in this category always resist any thing initiated by category-1 & joined by category-2.
These people have an excellent energy in motivating likeminded people in their own way.
Category:4: The people in this category pose themselves in category-1, but they act like those in category-3, they wanted themselves to be elevated as category-2.
Category-5: these people don’t want to involve them on front & they either participate or isolate themselves without falling in any category.
I have come across with such types quite frequently in my profession as well as in personal & social life.While incorporating all above categories while doing work for jamiaets in this part, its very strange to find the percentage breakdown of all above categories below.
Category-1: less than 1%
Category-2: between 3-5%
Category-3: between 5-7%
Category-4: between 2-3%
There are ample examples of people in each category, but as it seems the people fewer in percentage has more impact rather than the people in majority.
Since this blog is for jamiaets, therefore, i will be talking about the people around me from the same institution.
My friends ( so called) always alleged me of being more social & then trap in trouble!
There might be a problem that exists within me; however, it can be visa versa.
From one perspective everything i do is wrong, but from my perspective it is not!
Since i have categorized people therefore the percentage of people who agree with me can fall in category-5, which consist of majority, however, the people in remaining category are very crucial to be analyzed as they have greater influence on category-5 or within the other categories.
It becomes the personal perspective or approach how you are looking at some one.
In order to establish a platform, one need to be social.
Being a social, you cant decide the people to be social with immediately, it needs time to understand their behavior.
Once you understand behavior, then they can be categorized easily & by that time it might be too late to withdraw easily & one has to pay certain price to get out from the situation.
In the end, you might end up with few or none to be put in category-1, however, there will be plenty to fall under cat-1 to 4.
I had a past when i consider many in category-1, however, they were from cat-2 .
Slowly, the migration took place & people change their place & in no time they jump to cat-4, which according to me, cause more damage then any body else when even compare with cat-2.
So, what is the remedy?
don’t initiate anything?
don’t fall in category-1?
If that happens, then nothing can be done!
There fore one has to initiate to conclude something.
There are many, who pose judgmental straight away, however they are not in real sense.
Opposition, resistance, betrayal are coexist with initiation of any public or social platform & much more.
It is we who decide ourselves to be part of something or not!
It is we who put ourselves in specific categories according to our strength & weaknesses.
It is we who wants to be a winner all the times without having a clear understanding or merit & demerits of the category we have chosen.
It is we, who wants to be a winner always from category-1, despite of our actions relates to some other category!
Most of the time people are cautious about their image which never exists....
They always look at others, what they do, what they think instead of an ability to analyze what is right & what is wrong!
My past 15 years in Dubai has given me so much strength while working for jamiaets to take blame spread by those in minority, less courageous, selfish & cowards to stand firm with truth & for those who really need me.
Every human being make mistakes so do I,
One of my friend called me up & says, Zubair, quit please.
I asked why?
he said there is so much shit thrown on you, that even i feel pain.
I asked him, why should i give up? Because there is some one hiding behind some thing, not disclosing him self & trying to taint my image?
Just because, he is coward, why should i give up?
He said yes!
& he gave up.
I told him, no matter what happens, i will never, because this is not the first time & this will not the last time that someone comes who belongs to cat-4 start spreading nonsense with a purpose that zubair will give up...it will never happen (inshah ALLAH)
There are times when you look around & found no strong hand for your help....it gives pain.
But, when you look back at the trail of work you have done, analyze your intentions & look up..the help always arrive from ALLAH.
When Allah is with you, then you don’t need any body.
I still remember the stage at the occasion of first official gathering of jamiaets in Dubai in 1999...when i read a sher.
Gale laga lo har insaan ko, ki woh apna he
chalo tau rahguzaroN meiN baant-te hue pyar.
I have given love to all as a friend & as brother....but, i can’t change the human nature, as they were free to choose their own category.
I tried to extend myself for those who need my assistance in their hour of need & tried to do whatever within my control with the help of ALLAH with no intention to get direct praise of benefit from them
Indeed....I also get what every human being gets after doing some good work BLAME, ACCUSATIONS, ABUSE etc etc.
It doesn’t mean that i can digest all above all the times.......
But, after a lot of experience, i understand to control myself a bit.
Ultimately another things pops up, which is none other than EGO!
The word EGO has big meaning & enormous impact on human life & i think it can be discussed separately.
Despite of my first sher, which indeed my philosophy to start with any thing, there are few more that comes on the way step by step.
The second one state when you dream & want to proceed....
Rah ki Thokar bani thi apne hi dil ki jhijhak
jab qadam aage badhaya saaf rasta mil gaya.
The third one.....always enlighten my perceptions to go for any endeavor.
Toofan kar raha tha mere azm ka tawaf
duniya samajh rahi thi ke kishti bhanwar meiN he
The fourth one is again interesting which symbolize for strength, intelligence & to some extent "tolerance"
faqat yeh badha hua daste dosti hi nahi
humeiN qubool he woh bhi jo aasteen meiN he.
In order to part of any category, one has to make a choice,
This is the choice followed by your work that made you to the part of any category but the question remains same.
Its very easy to be part of category-5
Its very difficult to be the part of category-1
I remember the saying of late PM of India Ms.Indira gandhi.
“My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.”
I do agree with that & therefore i have written my observations.
I hope people will read it & try to figure out which category they are from?