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Meeting with Musharraf possible: PM
New Delhi, November 24
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today said there could be a meeting with the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, at the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu early January.

Cong may go it alone in Uttaranchal, says Sonia
Pithoragarh (Uttaranchal), November 24
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said yesterday that her party would root out the ruling BJP from Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. 

Fairy Queen leaves for Alwar
New Delhi, November 24
The majestic Fairy Queen, the country’s oldest steam locomotive, today chugged out of Delhi cantonment station on its maiden run of this tourist season to Alwar in Rajasthan. 
Fairy Queen
Foreign tourists walk amidst the steam of the Fairy Queen train, the oldest working broad gauge steam locomotive in the world, ahead of its journey from New Delhi to Rajasthan on Saturday. The locomotive was built in the year 1855 by the British firm Kinston, Thompson & Hewitson for the British company East India Railways. This train has only one passenger car, a first class (non-airconditioned) car with seats for 50 passengers and a pantry car for onboard catering. 
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EARLIER STORIES

 

Move to amend Rly, RPF Acts
New Delhi, November 24
Railway Minister Nitish Kumar has said that efforts are on to amend the Railway and the RPF Acts.

‘Iqbal was political mentor of Jinnah’
Aligarh, November 24
Sir Muhammad Iqbal rejected Maulana Azad’s composite culture. He had no truck with Jawaharlal Nehru’s secularism and gave a clear concept of two-nation theory which was later realised by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Anti-POTO march

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Meeting with Musharraf possible: PM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today said there could be a meeting with the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, at the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu early January.

“If SAARC Summit is held and if Gen Musharraf comes there and I go there, then we could meet,” Mr Vajpayee told mediapersons in an informal chat at a lunch hosted by BJP Legislative Party spokesman V.K. Malhotra at his residence.

The Prime Minister’s statement assumes great significance, especially in the changing situation in Afghanistan.Top

 

Cong may go it alone in Uttaranchal, says Sonia
Tribune News Service

Pithoragarh (Uttaranchal), November 24
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said yesterday that her party would root out the ruling BJP from Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Addressing a public conference organised here by the state unit of the Congress, she asked party workers to win the hearts of the people to show the door to the BJP.

Terming the POTO as anti-people and anti-media, she said the Congress would not support the NDA government for passing the Bill in Parliament. She said the days of the BJP and its allies were numbered in the three states. She clarified that the Congress was planning to go it alone in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal while in Punjab, “like- minded” parties would be invited to join hands with the Congress.

Earlier, she kicked off the party election campaign in Uttaranchal by addressing first poll rally of the Congress at Uttarkashi in Uttaranchal yesterday. The elections to the state Assembly are due in the hill state, alongwith Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, possibly at the end of February next year.

She cautioned people against the Vajpayee government’s “communal agenda” to capture power by unfair means. “I am warning you against the misdeeds of the BJP. They are spreading communalism and casteism. In the last elections, the BJP had talked about morality but it was now facing a series of corruption charges,” she said.

She also criticised the Centre for not giving any special financial package for the development of the state. “This is amazing that though this party is in power both in the state and at the Centre, no financial package has been released,” she said.

She alleged that the BJP had failed to protect the rights of the hill people.Top

 

Fairy Queen leaves for Alwar

New Delhi, November 24
The majestic Fairy Queen, the country’s oldest steam locomotive, today chugged out of Delhi cantonment station on its maiden run of this tourist season to Alwar in Rajasthan.

Carrying 22 passengers, 18 of them foreigners, the train was flagged off by Mr R.K. Thoopal, Member Traffic, Railway Board.

Built in 1855, the Fairy Queen is the oldest working engine in the world and finds place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Every year during the tourist season between November and February, the Fairy Queen, known as the Grand Old Lady of Indian Railways, leaves for a fortnight journey to Alwar with the Sariska Tiger Reserve and other sight-seeing spots on its itinerary. UNITop

 

Move to amend Rly, RPF Acts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
Railway Minister Nitish Kumar has said that efforts are on to amend the Railway and the RPF Acts.

Addressing the RPF personnel after taking salute at the Investiture Parade of the RPF here today, the minister said that the amendment would give substantial power to the Indian Railways and its security force to coordinate better in ensuring security of passengers and containing crime and other untoward incidents on trains and within railway installations.

Mr Kumar said the RPF and the Railway Protection Special Force would soon be given additional powers and entrusted with additional responsibilities. He said the RPF was undergoing intensive training at the Customer Care Institute of the Railways. He said the force would be provided latest weapon and equipment and if needed, its strength would be increased.Top

 

Iqbal was political mentor of Jinnah’
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

Aligarh, November 24
Sir Muhammad Iqbal rejected Maulana Azad’s composite culture. He had no truck with Jawaharlal Nehru’s secularism and gave a clear concept of two-nation theory which was later realised by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Delivering the second Prof M Athar Ali Memorial Lecture on ‘Iqbal, Jinnah and Partition of India’ at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) here, eminent historian, Prof V.N. Datta, said that Iqbal blazed a trail that Jinnah followed.

The lecture was organised by the Aligarh Historians Society.

“As an intellectual godfather, Iqbal gave a clear concept of the two-nation theory and a map of the redistribution of territory forming the Muslim state comprising the North-West and Bengal,” Professor Datta said.

In his detailed presentation with quotes in Urdu and Persian, Professor Datta, Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University, said that Iqbal was a firm believer in the faith of Miliat and repudiated the British constitutional measures such as a separate electorate and weightage which were devised for resolving the communal question.

Iqbal emphasised on a separate homeland for Muslims and in case of non-fulfilment of his plan, saw no alternative to a Jehad to be waged by the Muslims. Jinnah launched Jehad (direct action movement) in Punjab to topple the Khizr Ministry and mobilisied public opinion in the North-West Frontier Province to seize power, he said, adding that Iqbal wanted to see the consolidation of Muslim nations into a commonwealth on the basis of shariat.

Pointing out that Jinnah even used Iqbal’s political terminology, Professor Datta said that that Iqbal’s plan of a separate Muslim state approximates to the Lahore Resolution of 1940 where the two-nation theory for partition was expounded for partition of India. “This occurred in Iqbal’s hometown of Lahore two years after his death,” he emphasised. Iqbal, he said, would go down in history as a harbinger of Pakistan and a political mentor of Jinnah.

Paying tributes to Professor Athar Ali, Professor Datta described his research on the Mughal empire as a landmark in work on medieval Indian history.

Recalling his memory of the time before partition, Mr M. Hamid Ansari, Vice-Chancellor of AMU, said that people of his generation had lived through the idea which had painful consequences. “Iqbal’s political philosophy started on a wrong premise and reached a wrong conclusion,” he said, adding that the idea of having a state to create good Muslim citizens was not correct and good citizens automatically led to the creation of a good state. “The fundamentals were off the mark and some of the painful consequences are still with us,” the VC said.

Asserting that there was no single author of Partition, renowned historian Irfan Habib said that people should examine why it happened. Describing the Partition as a tragedy for the subcontinent, Professor Habib said that signs of two-nation theory were visible in the writings of Aurobindo Ghosh and Lala Lajpat Rai and in slogans like ‘Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan.’ “None of those pushing for two-nation theory was right,” he said.

Apart from the members of the Aligarh Historians Society, which has brought out a number of books, the gathering had a sizeable presence of university teachers. Prof Shireen Moosvi, secretary of the society, also spoke on the occasion.Top

 

Anti-POTO march
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
In an expression of strong protest against the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO), academicians, journalists, jurists, and teachers will stage a march to Parliament on December 4 demanding withdrawal of “POTO in toto”.

A decision to stage a march was taken yesterday night.Top

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