Rahmani-30: A school Of Hope

The Muslims of North India for historical reasons have not had very friendly relations with the local police. I was in Patna visiting Rahmani-30 when Abhayanand, Additional Director General of Police makes a visit in his official car. Rahmani-30 is set up on the pattern of Bihar Super-30 which is a successful experiment to pick and train 30 students from poor economic background and prepare them for entrance exam of famous Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Abhyanand waits while group of twenty odd Muslim students finish their afternoon prayers (Asr). These students have recently appeared for the class tenth exams and selected to Rahmani-30 after an entrance test and an interview. Entrance test was held in Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal – clearly a sign of increasing popularity of the institution that is barely a year old.


A year ago, Maulana Wali Rahmani, Sajjada Nasheen of Khanqah Rahmaniya, Munger and Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board requested Abhayanand to help him set up Rahmani-30. Abhayanand was associated with Super-30 and readily agreed to the idea. The dearth of good quality students led them to start another batch of students who had just finished their tenth. So that they can be given quality education for two years and that way more students can be ready for the tough entrance exams of IITs (IIT-JEE).

I was visiting the institution just three days before the results of IIT-JEE were to be announced. No one could have imagined that all ten students would have qualified for India’s premier engineering institutions. At that time there were about twenty-five students who had arrived there from different districts of Bihar. A few students were from adjoining states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. These are the two years batch of Rahmani-30 that is preparing for IIT-JEE of 2011.

Abhayanand, who goes by only one name, arrived unannounced and a class was organized just after the Asr prayer. He went over some Physics problems for about 45 minutes. Students came out to see him off and he offered some words to inspire his young and eager students. Talks again turned to Physics and he continued the instructions on the back of his official car. This was a rare and a welcome sight to see police officers contributing towards the future of young Muslim students.

ADGP Abhayanand told me that he enjoys teaching and is now associated with five such experiments. Most of the students of these five institutions qualified for IIT. For economically and educationally backward state of Bihar this is very good news. And more than news, it is a hope that now even poor but meritorious students can achieve success with a bit of help. In Bihar, Rahmani-30 has given a new direction to Muslim students anxiously waiting for announcements of entrance exams and results.


Successful students of this year’s exam have already indicated that they will teach their juniors and once finished with their education will work for the benefit of the community. It costs Rs. 80,000 per year for each student’s expenses. Students are given free board, lodge and instructions. All expenses are met by Rahmani Foundation.

Rahmani-30 is a beacon of hope for Bihari Muslims not only because of the help it provides to meritorious students but also because a new generation of Muslims is taking up interest in the community affairs. Though Abhayanand and Wali Rahmani are the public face of Rahmani-30, volunteer team behind this institution consists of young Muslims in their 30s. These have jobs but volunteer their time to make sure that wheel of this coaching keeps turning. They make decisions for the day to day running to organizing exams.

With the successful result of this year’s IIT-JEE, Rahmani-30 and people associated with it have proved that they mean business and that with focused and sustained effort nothing is impossible.



Communal Riots During 2008

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Christian Protest Against ViolenceWhen the year 2008 began it appeared it might be riot-free year for the first time in 60 years after independence. However, soon this hope was belied and riots began to take place as every year. Though again most of the riots were not major towards the end of the year even that hope was belied. Also as usual police behaviour was totally partial though with few exceptions and minorities received drubbing. Continue reading Communal Riots During 2008

Shaheen Bagh Kidnapping Case: Observations And Questions

Shaheen Bagh Kidnap Case, Black HyundaiKashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Strange thing about the Shaheen Bagh kidnapping incident is the behavior of the policemen who attempted to kidnap Aamir but even stranger is the behavior of Indian media covering this news. In this particular case UP police is guilty for many unlawful acts and media by not giving the attention it deserves did injustice to the citizens of India.

The heroes of this incident are the residents of Jamia Nagar who were stern but did not take law in their hands; they handed over the car and the captured cop to the local police, thus preventing a bad situation from turning ugly.

Terrorism, Communal Violence And Police

Kashmir PoliceThe role of police in democratic society is very different from that of police in colonial society. However, it is 61 years now that India became independent and there is no change in the role of police a wee bit. Today our police have become even more colonial in its attitude. Continue reading Terrorism, Communal Violence And Police

A Real Encounter

Jammu Kidnap EncounterWe have read a number of stories of fake encounters and though less prevalent now, but it is a powerful extra judicial tool for police officers and therefore it will continue to be used. We as common citizen should be watchful of these excesses and develop awareness to distinguish between the fake encounters and the real one. Continue reading A Real Encounter

Deoband: “Terrorism is Un-Islamic”

Deoband SeminaryDeoband took a creditable step of hosting a conference on anti-terrorism and resolutely condemning terrorism to be un-Islamic. It is a good step which should have happened a few years back. Yet der aye aur taqriban durust aye. The conference was attended by more than 10,000 religious leaders from across the country. But the declaration could have gone a bit further by being more specific about the terror acts in India. Also this declaration should not be seen as an end in itself but should become the starting point of a more mature dialog. Continue reading Deoband: “Terrorism is Un-Islamic”

Whither Justice – Trajectory Of Srikrishna Report

Ram Puniyani

Bombay Riots 1993The communal violence in India has been a festering sore on its body politic. Due to its peculiar nature, the crimes are not registered-investigated and guilty are usually not punished. The state while sloppy in these matters has been forced to appoint the inquiry commissions in to the violence, mainly due to public pressure. Most of the inquiry commissions have met with indifference from the political-administrative-legal system. The fate of Srikrishna Commission is no different. Its recommendations have not been honored so far. Continue reading Whither Justice – Trajectory Of Srikrishna Report

Bilkis Bano: The Face of Courage

Recently the special court in Maharashtra gave the first significant verdict related with the Gujarat violence of 2002.  12 persons were given life sentence for the gang rape of Bilkis Bano by Judge U.D. Salvi. It was highly reassuring to see the institution of judiciary finally standing up and delivering its duty in a very significant way.

But no less important was the courage, grit and determination shown by the victim Bilkis Bano. Continue reading Bilkis Bano: The Face of Courage

Some Questions Related To Muslims And India

By Nasiruddin Haider Khan

By writing this I am taking the risk of being labeled by my friends. Some will try to put me into one stereotype mould or another. This is a risk worth taking for the questions that I have on my mind.

After every bomb blast or terrorist incident, security “experts,” analysts and media channels repeat similar things that people accept as the gospel truth. Continue reading Some Questions Related To Muslims And India

Inquiry Commission Constituted To Investigate Hyderabad Killings

Relatives of Mohd Azam who was hit by a police bullet in the head15 days after five people were killed and several others injured in police firing after the Hyderabad Makkah (Mecca) Masjid blast, the Andhra Pradesh goverment has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the events leading to the incident. The commission would be headed by Judge V Bhaskara Rao and submit its report within three months.

Judge V Bhaskara Rao“The Government of Andhra Pradesh are of the opinion that it is necessary to appoint a Commission of Inquiry for the purpose of making an inquiry into a definite matter of public importance hereinafter specified. Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred by section 3 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952 (Central Act No.60 of 1952), the Government hereby appoint Justice V Bhaskara Rao, Retired Judge, High Court of A.P. as Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the incident that led to opening of fire by police on 18.05.2007 near Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad,” according to the notification issued on Saturday and made public on Sunday night. [Rediff.com]

In a related development:

The Special Branch of Hyderabad City Police and State Intelligence had submitted their preliminary reports to the government admitting that the police firing on May 18 was indiscriminate and unwarranted. These reports pointed out that policemen had trained their guns on a panic-stricken mob running away from the blast site. The post-mortem reports too indicated that the police firing was indiscriminate, resulting in the death of five persons. The bullets were fired from Self-Loading Rifles normally used in encounters with Maoists or terrorists.

The City Security Wing, in its report, stated that as many as 90 rounds were fired by the policemen. Six constables of the Quick Response Team of the City Police had fired 72 rounds, three constables of the City Armed Reserve had fired 11 rounds and three constables of the West and North Zone Task Force had fired seven rounds at Panch Mohalla and Charminar bus stop near Mecca Masjid. The policemen used six SLRs, four .303 rifles and two pistols. [Rediff.com]

Using automatic weapons to shoot down panic stricken unarmed civilians is unlawful, shameful and further erodes trust in the ability of the police to act as a neutral force to control law and order situations. Hopefully the Commission of Inquiry will properly investigate the events leading to the killing of five people, fix responsibility and recommend action against the guilty.

More on police firings at Muslims: Bhiwandi, Vadodara, Delhi and Aligarh.