NEW DELHI: A Mumbai court recently acquitted 20 foreign nationals who attended Iztema of Tablighi Jamaat at Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi in March 2020. They had been booked by the city police for allegedly violating coronavirus-related protocols during the lockdown. In two separate judgements, the Indonesian and Kyrgyz Republic nationals were found not guilty as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. “There is no iota of evidence with the prosecution to show any contravention of the order by accused persons beyond all shadow of a doubt,” Metropolitan Magistrate (Andheri) R.R. Khan observed in the order.
“The prosecution has not even carried out the preparation of Panchanama and never recorded the statement of any other independent witness. Thus, there is no legal evidence furnished by the prosecution in support of the charge,” news agency ANI quoted the court. The delegates can now return to their home countries, said sources. The delegates had been booked across the country, including Mumbai, for visiting various mosques and meeting people despite lockdown restrictions and helping the deadly virus spread all over the country. They were also charged under provisions of the Foreigners Act, the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act, as reported by the news agency.
The investigating agency, Mumbai Police, which has been very quick to respond in the cases of Kangana Ranaut and Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, behaved differently in the Tablighi Jamaat case. The judgement has clearly stated the failure of the police to produce the pieces of evidence. It should be a big question why Mumbai Police failed to prove the charges. Were they influenced by the political leadership to do so?
The Tablighi Jamaat’s religious congregation, which took place in Delhi›s Nizamuddin Markaz Mosque in March this year, was perceived in many states as a coronavirus super-spreader event—and found true to be so too. On 28 August, a week after the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court observed that Tablighi Jamaat had been made a “scapegoat”, the Saket district court in Delhi acquitted eight Tablighi foreigners charged of violating tourist visa rules and participating in the Markaz Nizamuddin congregation in violation of the government notification issued owing to Covid-19. Among the eight activists of the Tablighi Jamaat acquitted by Delhi, the court included two Indonesians, one Kyrgyzstani national, two from Thailand, and one from Kazakhstan. The court also rejected the charges of participating in Tablighi Jamaat congregation. In the month of March, Delhi Police had levelled charges of visa rules violation, participation in religious activities and violation of government guidelines for coronavirus against 955 Tablighi Jamaat members.
The court concurred, “A political government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is a probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them scapegoats. The aforesaid circumstances and the latest figures of infection in India show that such action against present petitioners should not have been taken.” “During the situation created by Covid-19 pandemic, we need to show more tolerance and we need to be more sensitive towards our guests particularly like the present petitioners. The allegations made show that instead of helping them, we lodged them in jails by making allegations that they are responsible for violation of travel documents, they are responsible for spreading of virus etc,” Justice T.V. Nalawade said in his judgement. While Justice M.G. Sewlikar agreed with the operative portion of the ruling, he disagreed with Justice Nalawade’s reasoning and said he would write a separate judgement.
The question is how weak were the prosecution and the agency? An entire country saw the surge in cases as soon as the Jamaat people dispersed across the country. When the Tablighi Jamaat members were found infected, they denied their cooperation with the authorities, their head Mohammed Saad delivered provocative and highly objectionable sermons against the establishment and tried to prove the coronavirus pandemic a conspiracy theory against the Muslim community. They spread all across the country and hid in madrasas and mosques. It is evident from records that the initial spreaders of the virus in India were those who had a history of foreign travel or the people who gathered at Markaz Nizamuddin.
Let’s have a look at the chronology of the events before and after the Nizamuddin event.
• The Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin said on Friday, March 13, 2020, that the Tablighi group had held a mass gathering at Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur involving thousands of people leading to the spread of the deadly virus, and that the country was facing a “second wave” of infections and warned of an impact on economic growth. The Health Ministry of Malaysia stated that new cases brought the total number of infections in the country to 428, out of which, 243 were linked to the gathering at the mosque. Malaysian health authorities said that around 16,000 people attended the religious gathering held at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur between February 27 and March 1. Around 14,500 of the participants were Malaysian.
• The attendees of the Malaysian congregation flew in along with other nationals to attend the Nizamuddin Markaz. They stayed in spite of the government’s orders to cancel gatherings, whether personal, social, governmental or religious. The police and government officials served notices to evacuate the Markaz on 13.03.2020 and 16.03.2020 but they defied the guidelines and around 3,400 people congregated at Markaz during 13 to15 March. Moreover, Jamaat’s Saad did not even bother to inform the health department or any other government agency about the huge gathering to be conducted even after the declaration of the guidelines issued by the Delhi Government. In that way, the Markaz chief and other names in the FIR caused a situation where a highly infectious disease spread and threatened the life of inmates and the general public at large. Even after news regarding Tablighi members linked to the Indonesians exposed to Covid-19 in Telangana, there was no movement initiated by the Nizamuddin Markaz chief to vacate the Markaz. Instead, thousands of members were allowed to continue to remain present at Markaz. The attitude itself proves the intention of the Markaz chief.
• Advocate Darshan Vankawala says, “As per the facts mentioned in FIR, police visited Markaz on 21st of March, 2020 to apprise about the gravity of Covid-19 but was not taken seriously and people were continuously gathered. On the very same day, the 21st of March, when police visited Markaz, they came across the audio of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi in a sermon instigating Muslims to defy the lockdown”. Maulana Saad said, “This is the time to fill the mosques. I have been saying this since the beginning that this is the time to fill up the mosques. Do not come into the talks to empty the mosques. It is the time to increase the mosques.” He added, “Those who have no faith in Allah, through these schemes and excuses of trying to save Muslims from the disease, are trying to keep us away. They have found an excuse to keep Muslims away from coming here. They want to put this fear in the Muslims that those who gather in huge numbers can get infected. The disease will pass but the fear will not. This is a tactic to create fear amongst the Muslims and to end the love and brotherhood Muslims have amongst each other. This is a program created against Muslims to make them appear ‘untouchable’. They think this is a good excuse to do this. There is no problem in staying away from those who have caught the infection. But Muslims should not meet Muslims? This is ‘jahalat’.”
“This is not the time to leave mosques and disperse. Why did people believe that gathering in the group will spread the coronavirus? Why did people not believe that if welcomed together, Allah will send angels, and with the help of angels, peace will return to the world,” the Maulana said further. He also stated, “If you start listening to doctors and stop doing the namaaz and stop meeting people…yes, so you are sick, then pray to the 70,000 angels. Why are you not having faith in the angels? How will you be cured by taking medicines from the doctor if you cannot be saved by the 70,000 angels? This is not the time to stay away and be afraid.”
The audio addressing Muslims is major evidence for booking the Markaz chief and other related members under murder charges as it clearly proves an intention to congregate in mosques and not follow any direction of the government. The intention is to expose many people to a deadly virus and thereby can reach many more, with the result of challenging governmental policy for breaking the chain of Covid-19.The acts of recording that audio and spreading infection to many people were committed even though they were aware of the gravity of the infection and its consequences if it spread to many people, as many developed countries had already been shaken completely because of the same.
• The act of the Tablighis did not stop there, even though they were aware about many people being possibly infected (from the incident of the Indonesian people in Telangana and also the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs to the State, dated 21.03.2020) at Markaz. Jamaat allowed 1,500 more people to leave the Markaz the next day, during the Janata Curfew, without screening or testing any person. Their intentions seemed dubious. It is pertinent to note that the Delhi government had declared lockdown the day after Janata Curfew was declared. In that case, the excuse provided by Jamaatis that they were not able to evacuate Markaz for many days seems to be baseless and frivolous, as they allowed 1,500 Jamatis to leave Markaz during state lockdown.
The police being the prime investigating agency have been found to be very lackadaisical in both Delhi and Mumbai. This case should have been taken with the utmost importance. Ironically, the same police force goes on an overdrive when its political masters are involved, directly or indirectly, as in the case of Kangana Ranaut and Arnab Goswami.
The writer is Research Scholar, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat. The views expressed are personal.
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DPS R.K. Puram: Celebration of an odyssey of 50 years
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram, one of the most prestigious schools in India, was founded in 1972 in New Delhi. The school upholds the founders’ commitment to excellence in the all-round development of the students, with emphasis on its motto Service Before Self. The school is extremely proud of its illustrious alumni who continue to uphold the ideals of the school and have impacted society greatly in every sphere of life. DPS R.K. Puram has received the Education World Award as the No.1 Day-cum-Boarding School (2020-21) in India.
On 2 October, Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram organised a curtain-raiser to the official launch of the six-month-long celebration of the golden jubilee of the institution. The event was attended by renowned alumni of the school. The school plans to organise a plethora of activities to commemorate the 50 years of excellence by organising alumni guest speaker programmes, alumni reunions in different parts of the world, cultural programmes involving the present and former students, collage of video messages of alumni from all over the world to inspire the current students and the culmination of all these events at the grand celebration in 2022.
The event commenced with a lively dance performance by the students as an ode to Lord Ganesha with drum beats followed by a graceful Garba performance. The chief guest, VK Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS RK Puram Managing Committee inaugurated the ceremony by lighting the lamp and unveiling the logo of the 50th anniversary. A cake baked by Aadishwar Singh, a student of class XII was cut to mark the occasion. It was followed by a splendid rendition of ‘Vaishnav Jana Toh’ through Indian and Western instrumental fusion. This was followed by a nostalgic presentation of DPS R.K. Puram through ages.
The Principal, Padma Srinivasan warmly welcomed the Chairman along with the former Principals; Shyama Chona and D.R. Saini. She quoted Mahatma Gandhi, by saying that with the burning passion within each individual one can alter the course of history. She said, while we must reflect on the glories of the past, we must also look to the future and aim to transform lives with education as the school has done so ably in the past five decades. She thanked the chairman, V.K. Shunglu for his guidance, constant unceasing support, his spirit of empathy in covid times and for being a leader who thinks from the heart. She further emphasised how 1972 and 2022 are connected by a belief that transcends time; that education can transform lives. To conclude her address, she asked the alumni present to start a movement and give back to the society what the school has given to them and firmly stand by the motto of ‘Service before Self.‘ Following this was a graceful Kathak dance rendition on the song ‘Ghar More Pardesiya.’
Sooraj Dhawan and Sudeepta Chaterjee coordinated and compèred the programme for the alumni group and presented video messages from them. A video showcasing the drone footage of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash was screened, magnifying the nostalgia of the alumni in the audience. A self-composed song by the alumni and the students helped reminisce the years gone by and rejoice in the celebrations.
V.K. Shunglu, in his address, reiterated the importance of focusing on what we do in the next fifty years so that we modernise at a fast pace and keep abreast with the challenges of a fast-moving world and keep the banner of the school flying high. The vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice Principal, Renu Nayyar. In the closing note, Padma Srinivasan expressed her appreciation for the alumni who actively participated in the cultural programmes of the day. The programme concluded with the national anthem.
The school plans to organise a plethora of activities to commemorate the 50 years of excellence by organising alumni guest speaker programmes, alumni reunions in different parts of the world, cultural programmes involving the present and former students, collage of video messages of alumni from all over the world to inspire the current students and the culmination of all these events at the grand celebration in 2022.
Water ioniser: A boon for healthy living
As per Medical research, the major root cause for more than 90% of modern-day health disorders includes heart stroke, cancer, diabetes, thyroid, gastric, and many other issues are oxidative stress, acidic environment, and hypoxia.
Oxidative Stress caused by free radicals makes a significant contribution to all inflammatory diseases, ischemic diseases, gastric ulcers, hypertension, and preeclampsia and neurological disorders.
The second major threat to our health is caused by stress caused by the acidic environment around us.
The third threat to our well-being is hypoxia. Hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a region of the body is lacking adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level.
The food we take, the water we drink, the air we inhale, our habits, genetic conditions all contribute to our overall lifestyle. A good lifestyle is the best practice to be healthy, happy, and fit enough. Our drinking water plays a very crucial role in our overall healthy lifestyle. At every point, we should not only need to check the safety of our drinking water, but more importantly, we also need to be sure it is healthy or unhealthy.
Drinking water which undergoes reverse osmosis type of purification is dead water without useful minerals, acidic in nature making internal body pH balance tough, having bigger clusters difficult to get absorbed by body cells. Most importantly the oxidant nature combined with the acidic nature of reverse osmosis purified water adds extra free radicals that weaken our immunity power. Oxidative stress and free radicals are the biggest threat and root cause of more than 75% of health disorders.
For complete family health protection, switch on to Ionised alkaline water which has rich sources of essential alkaline minerals and selective Anti-Oxidant molecular hydrogen.
Ionised alkaline water helps in restoring the right pH balance between the acidic and alkaline conditions in the human body. It neutralises disease-causing free radicals, helps in reducing inflammation.
Ionised alkaline water is micro-clustered. This helps our body cells to absorb more water easily, quickly, and with effective transportation of oxygen and important nutrients to vital organs of the body. This further improves Hydration and detoxification levels. It helps in reducing joint pains, improves metabolism and energy, slows down the aging process and helps in boosting immunity.
The research on molecular hydrogen on Covid-19 has shown promising results where the antioxidant nature of hydrogen helps in preventing the disease onset and also helps in reducing the disease severity in Covid-19 affected patients.
By looking at the enormous health benefits of the Hydrogen-rich Ionised Alkaline water, Medilight Pvt Ltd thought of introducing water ioniser machines in India. Medilight Private Limited found the perfect product which uses a fourth-generation technology water ioniser machine which is a solution to battle air, water and food pollution. This worldwide patented fourth-generation Disc Ionisation technology is available only in Taiwan.
Early in the year 2016 Medilight bought that technology and introduced their own brand name “H Rich” alkaline water Ioniser. In the year 2017, Medilight collaborated with the world-renowned water ioniser brand “Tyent”, a Japanese technology-made water ioniser machine from South Korea which has extensive market coverage in the USA, Europe and Australia.
Health benefits are clinically tested and certified by research. In short, your healthy drinking water can drive your metabolism on the right track in the correct way. It’s a good solution and an investment idea for your family’s health for the next 20 years.
FOCUSED ON GIVING BEST TECHNOLOGY AT AFFORDABLE PRICING: AVNEET SINGH MARWAH
In an exclusive conversation with NewsX India A-List, Avneet Singh Marwah spoke about what sets his company Super Plastronics Ltd apart from other players, expectations from the festive season, impact of pandemic, and much more.
Avneet Singh Marwah, Director & CEO, Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd, joined NewsX for an exclusive conversation as part of NewsX India A-List. In the exclusive conversation, Avneet spoke about what sets his company Super Plastronics Ltd apart from other players, expectations from the festive season, impact of Covid and much more.
Giving us an insight into Super Plastronics Ltd and what sets it apart from other players in this competitive market, Avneet said, “Super Plastronics is about a 30-year-old company. We started with plastic moulding of television back then for CRT and then we started manufacturing CRT. We are a complete backboned integrated plant and that experience was forward toward manufacturing LCDs and now LEDs, 4K TVs, USDs. The company invested. Back then, we were completely “Atmanirbhar” for CRT televisions, now we are again in LED televisions. We are a complete backbone integrated plant and we have everything in house, from plastic molding to SMDs to cleanroom and assembly line. Currently, we have about five brands, starting from Kodak, then Thomson-we launched in 2018, after that we launched Globewarm, recently we launched Westinghouse televisions and then we have white Westinghouse by Electrolux- our appliance in washing machine brand. We are one of the largest brand licenses in India and second-largest television manufacturing in India right now.”
He added, “In terms of selling, we currently selling more than 18,000 pin codes in India. We are on top 2 of online selling brands. Our major strategic partner is Flipkart. For Kodak, it is available across online and offline, both. We have a vast service network of more than 550 service center that are company-owned and about 20 warehousing, we have one manufacturing unit in Noida and there are two manufacturing units that are coming up.”
Talking about his expectations from this festive season, Avneet said, “The festive season for any electronic brand is about 35% to 40% of the year. As I told you that we are online and offline, so there are three major sales that come to online. This time, the sales started a bit early, so it is a very important month for us, then the Dussehra sales comes and then “Dhanteras”. The majority of the season is covered in this. We have done a couple of new launches. There are more launches that are coming up this festive season. The company is completely focused on how we can give you the best technology at affordable pricing.
When asked whether there has been an issue of demand-supply gaps because of the Covid situation, Avneet responded, “When the first wave hit, there was a lot of pent-up demand. One of the reasons was the whole world was on screen and work from home. Classes were going online, and then there were OTT platforms to entertain you in the evening. At that point of time, there was a huge spike in terms of buying of screens and televisions, smart TVs plays a very vital role in that. There was about 30% growth but things changed after the second wave. The kind of second wave that hit India, people start saving and they were not spending their disposable incomes. The mortality rate was very high. India is a very big saving economy. After June, I would say, in April and June, the market got stagnant. But, as the economy is recovering, and the first sales show a very encouraging sign. We saw about 80% year on year growth on Big Billion days sales and Amazon’s The Great India festive sale. I think its recovering. We are hoping that Diwali has good numbers. If wave three is not hit, I think the market will recover and you will see the growth in smart TV market.”
Around 53 Egyptian vultures spotted on Yamuna river in Delhi
As many as 53 Egyptian vultures were spotted two days ago by an ecologist on a sandy mid-island on the Yamuna river in Delhi.
While talking to ANI, TK Roy, who is an ecologist, said, “I found 53 Egyptian vultures here two days back in Delhi, which is the largest number in the last five years. This place is suitable for them.”
Roy further informed us that there are around 47 Egyptian vultures in the area at present.
“The population is slowly rising because of a ban on diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug that has a toxic effect on vultures and awareness among people on vulture conservation,” the ecologist added.
TRAFFIC FREE, PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY ‘EK SHAAM CHARMINAR KE NAAM’ PROGRAMME BEGINS
The local authorities and the city police have organised the programme to provide residents of the city with an entertaining, fun, and frolic event.
A traffic-free and pedestrian-friendly “Sunday Funday” programme titled “Ek Shaam Charminar ke naam” is being held at the historic Charminar of Hyderabad.
The local authorities and the city police have organised the programme to provide residents of the city with an entertaining, fun and frolic event. This event will also be used to spread awareness about various issues of public importance.
The event is inspired by the continuation of a similar programme for eight weeks now at the upper Tank Bund road of Hyderabad.
“With the success of Sunday Funday programme at upper Tank Bund road which has been happening in Hyderabad for last eight weeks now, we felt that the iconic place of Charminar is also another place which can be used for similar entertainment, fun and frolic and intermingling of people,” said Anjani Kumar, Police Commissioner, Hyderabad.
“Through such events, communities can be educated and made aware about several things such as how to prevent theft by servant, drivers theft, and other similar programmes. So we look forward to have a successful program at Charminar,” he added.
The event was inaugurated with the performance of the Hyderabad police band.
“The police department is also actively participating in this programme, the event was inaugurated with Hyderabad police band which is quite famous and subsequently it will be used for various police initiatives which are citizen-centric,” said the Police Commissioner.
PEOPLE HAVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WHAT SEX EDUCATION MEANS: KARISHMA SWARUP
In an exclusive conversation with NewsX Influencer A-List, Karishma Swarup opened up about sexual education, what comes in its ambit, whether it is important to have a degree in sexual education to be able to teach it and much more.
Karishma Swarup, Sexuality Educator, recently joined NewsX for an insightful chat as part of NewsX Influencer A-List. In the exclusive conversation with NewsX, Karishma opened up about sexual education, what comes in its ambit, whether it is important to have a degree in sexual education to be able to teach it and much more.
Speaking about what exactly comes under the ambit of sexual education, Karishma said, “I feel like in India today, we don’t have a standardised sex education curriculum that is applied across schools, so a lot of people have misconceptions around what sex education even means. People seem to think that just talking about biology pieces that they studied in biology class might be considered sex education, but in reality, sex education is so much more than that. It involves biology but in the context of understanding anatomy. Understanding and not the teacher being like, oh! This is out of syllabus. Being able to discuss what are your body parts, how do those body parts function, whether or not it’s in a sexual situation. Right, so that is the first piece of it, just the anatomy bit of it.”
The second piece is, of course, the sexual health piece of it. That involves contraceptives, how condoms work and how to prevent STI transmissions. Just generally how to be safe and have safer sex. You cannot have any conversation about sex without talking about consent and consent is something that we talk about in the context of abuse but not necessarily in the context of teaching people what is the correct way of having a healthy relationship, what is the correct way to ask for consent in a certain situation. All of this is also influenced by things like gender and people’s personal identities. Good comprehensive sexuality education takes into consideration what are the different ways and aspects people are bringing into their experience of sexuality. So, that could include the LGBT community, it includes one’s gender. It can also include other intersections such as how does your class or other religion influences you, how you relate to other concepts so comprehensive sexuality or CSE is this holistic picture that goes so much more than telling young people to have sex and if anything the countries where they offer CSE at an early age young people tend to delay their onset of sexual activity rather than doing it earlier,” she added.
Talking about your educational background and whether or not from where you see it it is important to have a degree in sexual education to be able to teach it, Karishma stated, “I myself have done science my whole life. I did science in school. I did those biology classes, I was referring to. I went and studied geology biology while I was at Brown University as well. A large bulk of my learning came from working with this NGO named Plant Parenthood, which is a really big organisation in the US that offers different sexual health and reproductive health services including sex ed. I was a part of a student organisation there, we went out and taught sex ed to high students in the area. Working with them, I got 3 years of field experience. I got trained by this NGO, which had years and years of grass-root teaching experience and i think it goes beyond the question of having a degree especially with sexual health. It is a topic that is so widely ignored around the world, in most places really like, it is a question of who is doing it.
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