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I love India but country rejected me, says M.F. Husain PDF Print E-mail
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M F HusainNEW DELHI: Political leaders, intellectuals and artists in India kept silent when right-wing outfits targeted him, legendary painter M.F. Husain says "with deep pain" in his heart. "I still love India. But India doesn't need me. I am saying this with deep pain in heart," Husain told Gulf Madhyamam, Kerala-based Malayalam daily Madhyamam's Doha edition, in an interview.  "India is my motherland. I can't hate my motherland. But India rejected me. Then why should I stay in India?" the 95-year-old painter said in his first interview after accepting Qatar citizenship.

"When Sangh Parivar outfits targeted me, all kept silent. No one, including political leadership, artists or intellectuals came forward to speak for me. But I know the fact that 90 percent of the people of India love me. They are with me," he said.

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APCR to build all-India structure of human rights lawyers PDF Print E-mail
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New Delhi: Given the gravity of the situation whereby Muslims are being implicated most of the time in fictitious criminal cases including ones related to terrorism, the Delhi-based Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) will soon build an all-India structure – from village to district to state capital to Delhi – of civil and human rights activists and para-legal workers who could offer assistance to hapless people ignorant of criminal laws and police procedures.

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Bakhsish Singh is arrested by Police? PDF Print E-mail
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Ludhiana (February 22, 2010): Yesterday the Punjab Police arrested two so-called ‘Khalistan Liberation Force Militants’ for planting a bomb near Indian Oil Gas Plant at Nabha. The police claimed to have arrested them on intervening night of 20 and 21 February, 2010 when they were going to plant new bombs to spread terror. Police says that it has recovered explosives and arms from the possession of accused persons.

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Sikhs on illegal detention in Punjab PDF Print E-mail
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Patiala (February 18, 2010): SFHR today conducted a press conference at Patiala and brought the matter of illegal detention of Jasbir Singh and Darshan Singh to the knowledge of media. During press conference Karamjeet Kaur informed that on February 13, 2010 at about 6 PM some police officials illegally entered into their house without showing any warrant or any other legal document and arrested Jasbir Singh Jassa and Darshan Singh. “Then we called one member Panchayat of village Harjinder Singh who asked the police officials where are you taking them.” she told reporters.

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Berlin film fest spotlights Muslims in crisis PDF Print E-mail
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My name is KhanBERLIN — The debut feature of an Afghan-German director joined the running for the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival Wednesday, one of a clutch of features taking a fresh look at Islam at this year's event. "Shahada" (Faith), the film school graduation project of 29-year-old Burhan Qurbani, is competing against 19 features by the likes of Roman Polanski and Chinese veteran Zhang Yimou at one of Europe's top cinema showcases.

The picture zeroes in on three young Muslims in Berlin struggling with an unexpected pregnancy, gay love and a freak accident that cause each of them to question the Islamic values imparted by their families. It picks up recurrent themes in several entries at the 60th Berlinale, where drama, comedies and thrillers are reconciling modern life in the West with the Muslim faith. "Terrorism, honour killings, fundamentalism and female oppression. The themes of films in the Berlin festival lineup this year could read like a series of banner headlines from Fox News," the Hollywood Reporter wrote, referring to the conservative US channel.

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