“There are times in a nation’s history when Providence places before it one work, one aim, to which everything else, however high and noble in itself, has to be sacrificed. Such a time has now arrived for our motherland when nothing is dearer than her service, when everything else is to be directed to that end.
If you will study, study for her sake; train yourselves body and mind and soul for her service. You will earn your living that you may live for her sake. You will go abroad to foreign lands that you may bring back knowledge with which you may do service to her.
Work that she may prosper. Suffer that she may rejoice. All is contained in that one single advice.”
- Excerpt from the talk given at the Bengal National College on August 23, 1907.
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Two Muslim women were detained on Tuesday for reportedly vandalising the idol of goddess Durga at a Navratri pandal in Hyderabad. The ladies barged into a pandal in the city’s Khairatabad locality and smashed a portion of the Durga statue, according to Hyderabad Police.
When a local tried to stop her, one of the ladies attacked him with a metallic tool. Locals apprehended both ladies and handed them over to the police.
DCP, Central Zone, Hyderabad, said, “In the morning we received a call that two ladies have tried to vandalize the mother Mary statue and later they also tried to vandalize the statue of Goddess Durga.” “One woman was also seen carrying a spanner and she tried to attack a local who tried to stop. However, locals caught both of them and handed them over to Saidabad police. We are trying to verify their details but they are behaving very weirdly. An investigation is underway,” the DCP further added.
The ladies also vandalised a statue of Mother Mary outside a nearby church, according to News 18. Damage to the idols and the lion sculptures adjacent to the idol was also visible in pictures from the site. The authorities are now trying to figure out who the women are and what motivated them to do this. There are no additional specifics concerning the event because the accused are not even disclosing their identities. Police are investigating if the crime was carried out with the intent of inflaming communal tensions in the area.
OpIndia recently reported how ahead of Durga Puja, unknown vandals smashed Durga idols at the Kashipur Sarbajanin Durga Temple in Mehendiganj Upazila in Barisal, Bangladesh. The leaders of Mehendiganj Puja Udjapon Parishad strongly condemned the incident and asked that those responsible face legal punishments. Nurunnabi, the Mehendiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), visited the site and gave orders to restore the temple so that it could be used for worship.
On September 8, Taufeeq Ahmed was arrested for allegedly damaging an idol of a deity at a Hindu temple in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. With a “tilak” on his forehead, Ahmed allegedly entered the temple gates and started smashing the idol of the deity while yelling “Jai Shri Ram.”
Source : OpIndia
It was the month of February 1949. The liberator of the state of Hyderábád, Sardár Pat̟el had come to the state.
When Nizám came and met him, Pat̟el urged him to forget the past and join hands to work for the good, for the welfare of all. In reply, Nizám started saying that this was the golden rule that had guided his rule as well. That he always worked for the welfare of all his subjects without discrimination. Hindús and Muslims were as dear to him as his two eyes. Pat̟el did not contradict him initially, but when Nizám began to repeat it, left with no other option, he called Menon, his secretary, and asked him to read out those lines from works written by the Nizám himself that truly reflected the philosophy of the Nizám.
The secretary immediately read out the following lines
“सलातीने सल्फ़ सब हो गए नज़रे अजल उस्माँ | मुसलमानों का तेरी सल्तनत से है निशां बाकी ||
All ancient ancestral empires have been lost to the sight of time, Osmán!
The mark of Musalmáns remains today only because of your sultanate.
“बंद नाकूस हुआ सुन के नारए तकबीर ज़लज़ला आ ही गया रिश्तए जुन्नार पर”
The cries of ‘Alláho Akbar’ have silenced the blowing of the conch.
It is as if pralaya has descended upon those who wear the thread and tuft.
This was the true picture of the mind and heart of the Nizám.
Excerpt from the book : Liberation Struggle of Hyderabad, Some Unknown Pages