Milli Gazette: Ten years of a community newspaper




By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Very quietly, with their January 2010 issue the Milli Gazette has completed its ten years of publication. The Milli Gazette is a fortnightly publication published from Delhi under the editorship of Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan. It is surprising that a community that complains about media bias has not celebrated this important occasion of their own media. Publishing a community magazine for ten years and that too without much community support and advertising is no mean achievement.

Milli Gazette is published in tabloid format every fortnight. Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan want to make it a weekly but unable to do so due to limited resources. Recently it returned to publishing few pages in colour which is a step forward. Few years earlier they also changed their front page format and experimented with fonts. It is a nicely organized newspaper with a number of regular features. Though it has increased to 32 pages in each issue but even then the price has stayed the same at Rs. 10 for the last ten years.

Many pages of the newspapers are devoted to news of national importance concerning Muslims. In every issue, there are dedicated pages with news from three states- Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, and Kerala. Four pages are for “Community News” that though heavily North-Indian in origin have news that one will have difficult time finding in a regular newspaper. “Speaking Out” a permanent column by Nilofar Suhrawardy and cartoons by Yusuf (who is also TwoCircles.net cartoonist) are regular features and makes each issue worth waiting for. “Newsmakers” section is another useful page for anyone interested in Indian Muslim community.




First issue of the MG

One thing I don't like about Milli Gazette is its “International” section which is nothing but mostly a collection of articles that have been published before elsewhere. The worse part of this section is that almost all articles are anti-Israel and anti-US in nature making one wonder if this is the only focus of the “Millat” or whether Muslims exist elsewhere other than Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan or they may have some other issues as well.

Even with its drawbacks and weaknesses, Milli Gazette has made a name for itself. It is probably the most referenced Indian Muslim publication. It is a must read for any one interested in Indian Muslim affairs.

Link:

http://www.milligazette.com/

Comments

MILLI GAZETTE

I have been, Masha'Allah more or less a regular reader of the 'MILLI GAZETTE" since its Day One and have contributed many a write up in it. As a student of English grammar and literature as well as one who had done his Diploma in Journalism, I can say vouchsafe its accuracy of lts language and a qualified journalist state that the news and views presented are well-balanced and confined to exact facts and figures sans "MIRCH or MASALA"
The word "GAZETTE" has its origin in the ITALIAN expression "GAZETA" and that expression came in operation only after an Italian newspaper came out with a declaration that it is 'gazeta de la novita' which means it is a "half pennyworth of news" Be that what it may, the "ILLI GAZETTE" is a million pounds of NOT routine news but of news pertaining to the MILLATH-e-ISLAMIAH.
This being the case, it is bounden duty of the Millathe Islamiyah to xee that it blossoms into a full fledged DAILY NEWSPAPER with umptee Editions from the various Metros and important towns in our country and also with many vernacular editions. IS THE MILLATHE ISLAMIYAH LISTENING?

Community Gazette

The Milli Gazette is truly a community gazette. It is because of Dr.Zafarul Islam Khan's confidence and vision that the newspaper completed its 10 years of fearless journalism. Dr.Saheb has the capability to convert it into a full fledged Daily but the community should first develop its habit of early morning reading.Every year thousands of crore rupees the community give Zakat to run madarsas but no established media.
Many many Kudos to Dr.Zafarul Islam Khan !!!

Milli Gazette

High hopes were raised on launching of Milli Gazette under the able editorship of Dr.Zafarul Islam Khan. Ten years is enough to take the stock of the facts. Milli Gazette has utterly failed to focus social issues while excessively concenterating on matters reolated to its own hidden agenda.
It is historical pity that editors of Muslim journal unfailingly tries to transform themselves into Muslim leaders. This is the begining of all the problems. All "Muslim' leaders were and are attached to any of the journlsitic misadventure and the community has paid the price.
Dr.Islam with his multifaceted personality must concenterate on a single subject of his choice and contribute to the upliftment of the society rather then dabbling in 'active' politics.
Let Mili Gazette be worth its name
Iqbal Warakhwala
Dubai. UAE

MILLI GAZETTE

I THOROUGHLY DISAGREE WITH YOUR REMARK THAT THE 'MILLI GAZETTE" DOES NOT FOCUS ON SOCIAL ISSUES. IT IS MY ISLAMIC DUTY TO EDUCATE MY FELLOW RELIGIONIST AND HENCE I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO YOU THAT IN ISLAM RELIGION AND POLITICS ARE INSEPARABLE. THE FORTNIGHTLY HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS CONCENTRATING ON ALL ISSUES CONNECTED WITH ISLAM AND MUSLIMS, MORE THAN THAT WHAT DO YOU WANT THE EDITOR TO DO? THE 'MILLI GAZETTE' IS AND WILL INSHA ALLAH, BE WORTH ITS NAME AND WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN PLATINUM.
THUM ( I MEAN THE "MILLI GAZETTE"} SALAMATH RAHOY HAZAAR BARAS; HAR BARAS KAY HOAN DIN PACHAAS HAZAAR' AAMEEN YS RABUL AALAMINEEN

Milli Gazette: A Bright Shining Light of the Ummah

I have been a subscriber to Milli Gazette since its inception ten years ago and I wish to place it on record that the editor Dr. Zafarul Islam and the dedicated MG team deserve a big congratulation for the uninterrupted delivery of the Newspaper of all the 241 issues except one, I remember due to a cruelly shocking family bereavement .

Honestly, this is a surpassing achievement for any newspaper. I had been subscribing to Radiance Views Weekly, Newsweek, Hindu Overseas Edition, Crescent International, Impact London, Islamic Voice etc., at one time or another. None of them performed better than the Milli Gazette in maintaining punctuality of delivery.

I can fully comprehend and realistically imagine the almost insurmountable problems (financial, political, invidious, personal threat and you name it) that Br. Zafarul Islam Khan and his small team of faithful workers have gone/are going through, but the Newspaper keeps shining and comes out every fortnight with greater vigour and bolder approach.

But it is extremely sad that our English educated intellectuals spend more money on profligacy and trash but do not support the print edition of the courageous voice of the Millat by subscribing to its print edition neither do they introduce the newspaper to the libraries, institutions, business firms and their friends. Many borrow and read but not generous enough to buy their own (the price per copy is just the price of a cup of tea: meagre ten rupees).

I feel sorry to say that the community will be answerable to Allah SWT in the hereafter if more and more Muslim Newspapers such as Muslim India and the Milli Gazette should discontinue printing and close shops due to protracted financial problems.

As a matter of fact there is no unbearable financial problem in the Muslim community. The problem is our stinginess, our attitude and our wrong priorities. I have personally come across so many Muslim families whose monthly incomes do not exceed Rs 5,000 but every family subscribes to Cable TV network paying a monthly subscription of Rs 100-150, but ask them to subscribe to a Muslim newspaper paying an average of Rs 5-10 a month, they are close-fisted. Please, someone do research on this (I am ready to make a small contribution from my monthly salary towards the cost of such a research) and release the findings for this dissipated and equally despicable attitude. When are we going to change? We will never see the defeat of Americans in Iraq, in Afghanistan, Israelis in occupied Palestine or Russians in occupied Chechnya until we change our attitudes and priorities.

Is it not a disgrace that the Indian Muslim Ummah does not have an all India level Muslim Daily Newspaper in English language? If one man: Dr Zafarul Islam, with his meagre resources and sheer stubbornness and total dedication and commitment can run an English fortnightly for 10 long years, why is not possible for the Muslim community of India( 160 million or so) to publish an English Daily and operate a dozen TV Channels?

In Tamil Nadu where I live a caste (population 50 lacs) based political party has its own Cable Network.( We have about the same number of Muslims in Tamil Nadu. In how many States in India we have this number or far more than this number and why are we not able to run our own TV Cable Networks or our own Newspaper in the local languages.

Mass media both print and digital are important to convey the message, dispel doubts and misgivings. We have miserably failed in mass-media communication which would have helped to build bridges of understanding with other communities. Basic reasons for our failure: our disunity, our ego, our wrong priorities and unfortunately we have too many chiefs but a few followers. The community has failed to recognise and encourage eminent scholars like Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan

Most importantly, I ask other readers to join me in invoking Allah SWT.

"Our Lord, please bestow on the Editor of Milli Gazette and his team of dedicated workers better health, longer life, economic prosperity, greater happiness, renewed confidence and trust in You.

Our Lord, let the newspaper become an economic viability and self-sustaining, widely read and widely circulated serving the cause of Islam and the overall development of the Ummatul Muhammadiah.

Ya Allah Bestow the same to all the Muslim newspapers which work with total Ikhlas and with totally selfless, Umma-based dedication. Ya Allah, Show us the straight path: the path of those who have attained Your pleasure Not the path of those who have gone astray or of those who have been angered by You.

Milli Gazette

MG's financial problems are perhaps because it is so unpopular? MG is an instrument for mudslinging used by some people in a little pond called Abul Fazel Enclave.

Buttering the Lobby

ASA. I have been reading Milli Gazette for all these years and can easily make a simple comment that it does not highlight on truth as is, rather MG focusses on truth as they feel they want it to look like. They are good at trying their hand unsuccessfully at changing the mind-set of the community with their biased comments as they like. In his own words Mr Zafarul Islam Khan has said to an eminent person on phone when confronted that; 'See I am a journalist and would like to make the news look read-worthy, you give me something i'll also make it juicy'. These are not his actual words but the translation of what he'd said in Hindi/Urdu. Simple MG is out to butter anybody who needs a local butterer !!!