Supreme Leader Meets with Pilgrims at Imam Ridha’s (a.s.) Shrine 1393 (2014/03/21)

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Friday /morning with pilgrims at Imam’s Ridha’s (a.s.) shrine in the holy city of Mashhad. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence illustrated the different dimensions of this year’s slogan “The Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management”, reiterating: “We should strengthen ourselves in a way that global bullies and blackmailers cannot violate any right of the Iranian people.”Image

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the lofty steps and successful experiences of the people of Iran and the enormous capacities of the country as the reasons for naming this year “The Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management”, further adding: “The glorious path of national power will be taken at a faster rate with the officials’ and the people’s focus on this slogan.”

Referring to the policies on the economy of resistance, His Eminence said, “The economy of resistance is a knowledge-based paradigm which is in line with the needs of the country. Many other countries too have turned to the economy of resistance in order to reduce the possibility of being influenced by social and economic fluctuations. They have done this according to their own specific conditions”.

He stressed: “Unfortunately, some pens and tongues try to block the path of making the economy of the country resistant. These people try to block the path of the happiness of the people. This is while the economy of resistance will have a proper interaction with the global community.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that culture plays a very significant role in making the economy of the country resistant. He stated: “This issue is even more important than economy”.

Ayatollah Khamenei added: “Culture is like the air that we breathe. You have to breathe air, whether you like it or not. If this air is clean, it will have certain effects on your body. If it is dirty, it will have certain other effects. The culture of a country is like the air that we breathe”.

His Eminence stressed that the focus of the enemies on culture shows the great significance of this issue, saying: “The officials in charge of cultural issues should take care of very dangerous cultural rifts with sensitivity and vigilance. They should carry out theirresponsibilities in this regard.”

He described freedom as one of the main slogans of the Revolution and one of the most important bases of the Islamic Republic, reiterating: “The sensitivity of officials about cultural rifts and deviations does not contradict freedom at all because freedom as a great divine blessing is different from decadence, indifference and self-indulgence.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the fact that boundless freedom is meaningless. He mention ed that those westerners who claim to support freedom are very committed to their own red lines, adding: “In Europe, no one dares to express doubts about the holocaust. This is while it is not clear what the truth behind this issue is. Despite this, they expect us to ignore the red lines of the Revolution and Islam.”

Ayatollah Khamenei added: “If someone wants to ridicule the spirit of national independence, theoretically justify dependence, insult moral and religious principles, attack the main slogans of the Revolution, humiliate the Persian language and national customs and aim at the spirit of Iranian youth’s national dignity by promoting decadence, then should we be indifferent towards their destructive activities?”

His Eminence referred to westerners’ intolerance in the face of issues such as hijab and their blind prejudice against the people of some countries, reiterating: “These are signs of westerners’ intolerance. Some people encourage the noble and culturally advanced people of Iran to assimilate into this culture.

He described the two great events of the eleventh presidential elections and the rallies on the 22nd of Bahman as comprehensive and expressive media for speaking the truth about Iran and the people of Iran in the face of the cultural invasions of global networks, further stressing: “The important point about elections in the Islamic Republic is that the people’s turnout in the elections has not decreased from the beginning of the Revolution until today. In the eleventh presidential elections too, a high turnout was witnessed as 72 percent of the people participated in the elections.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: “During the nuclear negotiations, American politicians tried in a rude manner to show that the people of Iran have changed their minds about their slogans and principles. This is while the people became more motivated to show their presence on the scene with their sensitivity and commitment. They showed that they are committed, with all their heart, to the Islamic Republic and the hoisted flag of Islam and the Islamic government.”

At the end of his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the frustration of America in different countries such as Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, stressing: “Global events do not move forward according to the wishes of America”.

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Seek knowledge from cradle to grave

30- Mar; New Delhi: To emphasize the Muslims for seeking knowledge, a discourse was made on the topic “Importance of education in Islam” in Ghalib Academy on Sunday 30 March 2013.

 

Students during the seminar
Students during the seminar

The seminar was organized by the joint effort of Rethinking Islam Forum Leh (RIFL) and All Kargil (Ladakh) Students Union Delhi (AKSUD). Many renowned personalities like Prof. Nazia khan from political science department of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Prof. Mushtaq Qadri from Delhi University, Prof. Najma Rehmani from Delhi University, Prof. Hasina Banoo from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Prof Mehtab Manzar from Political Science dept, Mr. Sajad Ahmad from education deptt. Delhi University were joined as panelists.

This was the second step taken jointly by the two organizations. Before this they organized a conference on “Islam and contemporary world” at the same venue. They are planning to celebrate a day dedicated to mothers. “We are preparing to celebrate “International Mothers Day” on the occasion of mothers day.” AKSUD member said.

Samphel to contest from Ladakh

For the upcoming Lok Sabha election, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has declared District Congress Committee (DCC) chief Mr. Tsering Samphel as the party candidate from Ladakh region. The DCC members from both the districts Leh and Kargil had made a huge effort to catch the seat to their own districts.

Congress is sharing its seats with its ally National Conference (NC). Congress will be contesting on two Lok Sabha seats in Jammu region and one in Ladakh while NC will contest on three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir.

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DCC chief Mr. Samphel

Be aware that the congress candidate Mr. Phuntsug Namgyal lost election in 2009 Lok Sabha election. Now they are repeating the same mistake without learning lesson from the past.

Discourse on contemporary issues in Ladakh

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panelists during the conference

New Delhi: To make a discourse on contemporary issues of Ladakh the JNU Ladakhi Students Union (JNULSU) organized a conference at Convention Centre JNU on Saturday, 15 March, 2014.

As speaker they invited many renowned personalities from both Kargil and Leh districts. The speakers disclosed many undiscussed issues in front of the newly growing generation. Issues like connectivity, communal harmony, witch-hunt in the state, demand for University campus etc. were openly discussed. Elaborating the witch-hunt facing in the state Mr. Amb. P. Stobdan targeted Sheikh Abdullah the former CM of J&K. He blamed Sheikh Abdullah for playing foul play with Ladakhies by pointing double threat of Communist onslaught from one hand and Kashmiri incursion on other hand. “He played conspiracy by showing us the threat of Communalism from the one side and Communism from the other side; than we easily jumped in the lab of Kashmiries.” Mr. Amb. P. Stobdan said.

The other speakers like Mr. Lama Lobzang, T. Namgial Shanoo, Jr. P P Wangchuk, Dr. Dorje Dawa etc. also discussed many significant issues. While in the second session of the conference the topic diverted to the need of mutual harmony and integrity. Newly launched political movement in particular “New Ladakh Movement” was also discussed among the audience and the panelists. “NLM seems as a Facebook activism rather than social activism.” Jr. Sajjad Hussain said.

Responding to his above statement the NLM members raised number of questions to him. Answering to a question Mr. Sajjad said “if NLM work on grass root level, without politicizing the issues than I am ready to support the movement”. Overall the conference played a crucial role to integrate the youths of both the districts. Continue reading

Initiative for communal harmony in Ladakh

New Delhi; 1 March 2014: Emphasising on the integration and harmony in the whole region, All Kargil (Ladakh) Students Union Delhi (AKSUD) and Rethinking Islam Forum Leh (RIFL) together organized a seminar on the topic “Islam and contemporary world” at Ghalib Academy.

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Mr. Aqeel addressing during the seminar

“This seminar has various dimensions firstly it’s the representation of whole Ladakh (Leh and Kargil) secondly it’s the best example of integration between the two sects of Islam, Shia and Sunni Lastly the presence of females is the example of egalitarian mood of the seminar.” The Anchor Anwar Ali spells out.

Ladakhi students from various universities like Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University etc. were joined the seminar. Many students delivered speeches on various topics. Dr. Noor Mohammad, Mr. Abideen and Jr. Sajad Hussain joined as guest. All the speakers emphasized on the integration and harmony between the two districts.

“The idea of integration and harmony you people are spreading through this seminar is the need of our whole region” Dr. Noor Mohammad said

The president of Rethinking Islam Forum Leh showed his willingness to conduct more seminars in collaboration with AKSUD.  “This is the first seminar with AKSUD and I assure you that in future we will conduct seminars on various current issues.” Mr. Aqil said.