In its prominently displayed editorial — Khabr-o-nazar — on the front page, the newspaper says: “We are not sure how much the RSS is mourning his death, but the Muslims of Bhopal’s Taj-ul-Masjid, where Sudarshan wanted to come this Eid and read namaaz, are sad.” Taking note of the fact that Sudarshan wanted to visit this mosque, “but was prevented by his staff and local police who used traffic as an excuse”, Dawat writes that “former chief minister Babulal Gaur took him to a Muslim friend’s home instead”.
This, observes the paper, reveals that there “was something in his subconscious” while “he never said it; this was a message to the RSS”.
The editorial goes on to add that he was known to have spoken his mind on several occasions, deviating from the RSS’s official line. He “spoke against the BJP leadership and described Indira Gandhi as the nation’s strongest prime minister”, it says, adding that Sudarshan’s desire to be at a mosque on Eid was dismissed by the “English and Hindi newspapers as an elderly suffering from memory loss, but in reality it indicated his change of heart towards Islam”.
Dawat says that a Muslim scholar had sent him books on Islam, and Sudarshan was “undoubtedly influenced by Islam’s ability to draw people towards its ideas”. It says that in his last days, after “giving up charge of the RSS”, he may have focused on “life and creation” and “thought more about Islam as he became more reflective” and it’s possible that he was “beginning to review his opinion regarding Islam.”
I do agree with the comments of Mr. A.U. Asif. I think it is against journalistic ethics that we stretch and drag facts to draw conclusions with prejudices, while we preach to be rational logical and liberal. Our brothers and sisters highly impressed by west and the left see only negative even in positive related to Islam and Islamic organisations. It is difficult for me to comprehend that sister Sister seema has taken the article in dawat as official stand of JIH. Even if this be the offical stand of JIH we need to large hearted and open minded to appriciate that despite of being in strong disagreement with RSS ideology it has seen with optimism certain acts and behaviour of Former RSS chief. Even in this optimistic gesture of the editorial of a news paper sister Seema has found way to paint JIH in different ugly color and bracket it with RSS, this is injustice to JIH and would weanken our joint struggle to save india from communal fascism.
Having gone through Dawat's original write-up (Sept 22, 2012), The Indian Express' report by Seema Chishti (Sept 26) and comments by different persons, I agree with A U Asif that the contents have nothing to do with the Jamaat viewpoint. The contents don't justify the heading. The question is how an esteemed daily known for objective reporting did allow a heading different from the contents? Can a write-up/ column by editor of a newspaper be termed as the standpoint of an organization? Besides, as I know from the records on the Jamaat website, Maulana Maudoodi was not a founder of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, formed in 1948 with its first president Maulana Abul Lais Islahi Nadvi. He is known to establish Jamaat-e-Islami in 1941.----------Khursheed Alam, Delhi
"But the Muslims, who on August 20 would have heard or read the news from Bhopal that on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr this senior leader of RSS wanted to go to Tajul Masajid".Here is the appropriate translation of your inappropriate tarnslation" but the Muslims of Bhopal%u2019s Taj-ul-Masjid". http://dawatonline.blogspot.in/2012/09/why-did-they-feel-sad-at-this-death.html
This has a reference to Ms Seema Chishti's piece "Jamaat praises Sudarshan, mourns his death" appearing in The Indian Express (Sept 26, 2012). It is based on the Urdu periodical Dawat's latest well known regular column "Khabr-o-Nazar" (Sept 22, 2012). I have also gone through it. It's surprising how the piece was titled as such because there's no mention of Jamaat's views in the original version by "PE RE" (Parwaaz Rahmani, Chief Editor, Dawat). As is obvious, the column is written by the Editor, whoever may be, since its inception in the early 1950s. When after seeing the heading and two boxes on Jamaat and Sudarshan, a reader doesn't find anything in the contents, he is dismayed. Would Seema let him know the actual reaction of Jamaat over Sudarshan?-----A U Asif, Senior Journalist, Delhi Cell: 9891225971
This is sad that Jamateislami has used the platform to create discord. At best you want to remember him, could have been at best his failed gesture to come to the mosque. Deducing things form nowhere is sad.
Again a deliberate attempt to create a confusion and initiate a vitriolic campaign with malafide intention. They only speak out only when the situation is ripe for create another public disorder.