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Maharastra Honours G.M.Banatwalla!
National UnityCommunal AmityCultural IdentitySocial JusticeRule of LawDigni
ed Democracy
 Volume : 1 Issue - 10 Dulkhada 1432 October - 2011 Pages - 8 Monthly Price : Rs. 10/- Annual Subscription : Rs. 120/-
THE TIMES OF LEAGUE
T
he Mumbai Corporation hasdecided to name a chowk afterlate Gulam Mehmood Banatwala,former parliamentarian andpresident of Indian Union MuslimLeague. The crossing of IbrahimRahmatullah Road and Ibrahim MMerchant Road will be named asG.M. Banatwala Chowk on 16thOctober.G.M. Banatwala (15 August1933--25 June 2008) served asLoks Sabha member for seventimes and represented Ponnani(Kerala) constituency from IndianUnion Muslim League.Eminent guests at the namingceremony will be E. Ahamed,National President IUML andMinister of State for External Affairs & HRD, Prof. K.M. KaderMohideen, Ex MP and GeneralSecretary - IUML, Milind DeoraMP, Murli Deora, Former UnionMinister, E.T. Mohammed BasheerMP (Ponnani), Abdul RahmanMP (Vellore), Amin Patel MLA & President - Maulana Azad FinanceCorporation. A brief about G.M. Banatwalla(15 August 1933--25 June 2008)His family, the Memon Family,emigrated from Kutch of Gujaratto Mumbai of Maharashtra. He wasborn on August 15, 1933. His wifewas Ayesha, who died in 1998.They had no children.He was a College Lecturerearly in his life. Then he gaveup his profession and came topolitics and became a great activepolitician. He was elected to Lok Sabha seven times from thePonnani constituency of Kerala.He made the record of more timeelected Member of Parliament,from Kerala same as Mr. IbrahimSulaiman Sait. He entered politicswith his great speech both in Urduand English. He was known as anEducationist. In 1960, he becamethe General Secretary of MuslimIn the same period, he was acorporation Councillor in MumbaiCorporation. In 1977, 1980, 1984,1989, 1996, 1998 and 1999 hewas elected from the PonnaniConstituency of Kerala. In 1986,he brought a private bill andwhich made an Act of the MuslimWomen Protection of Rights onDivorce Act, by the Rajiv GandhiGovernment. Later, he became theState President of Muslim Leagueof Maharashtra.In 1973, he became theGeneral Secretary of Indian UnionMuslim League together withC.H. Mohammed Koya Saheb.Banatwala became the Presidentof Indian Union Muslim League in1993.Banathwala was a memberof the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Kutch MemonJama’ath, Muslim Personal LawBoard, Aligarh Muslim UniversityCourt, etc.League of Mumbai. In 1962, hewas a candidate to the Legislative Assembly from the UmarkhadiConstituency of Maharastra, buthe was defeated just for 400 votes.But in 1967, he won from the sameconstituency and became the
rstmember of Muslim League in theMaharastra Assembly. In 1972,he repeated his victory to theLegislative Assembly. An Unvailing ceremony Ghulam Mehmood Banatwalla Chowk was held on Oct 16, 2011 in Mumbai City. The Ceremony was organised by MumbaiCorporation. The unveiling of the name was done by IUML National President and the Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource E. Ahmed in the presence of the farmer Central Minister Murali Deora. The parliament members Milind Deora, E.T. Basheer and Abdul Rahman andother degnitaries graced the ceremony.
Unveiling Ceremony of Banatwalla Chowk - Mumbai
 
October - 2011
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Editor
THE TIMES OF LEAGUE
A Harmony of Hearts Monthly
S
ince the political harvest from Ram MandirYatra, in 1990,did not last long, the disappointed veteran BJP leader Lal Kissan Advani, launched yet another yatra called Jan ChetnaYatra. Theentire nation was horri
ed to witness the consequences of theRam Mandirrathyatra which resulted in sparking communal riots,demolition of Babri Mosque and the killing of hundreds of innocentMuslims. With the polarisation of Indian society, once again heplays his old dirty game of talking out another anyatra to arresthis political decline and strives hard to avoid his political eclipse.This time he has chosen a weak and a boring theme for his yatra – anti-corruption and anti-black money. Indian people need notuition on corruption from Advani. Every saner Indian is awareof the fact that corruption has invaded all aspects of our publiclife. The constant dramatic revelations by our media to prove thatcorruption has entered the highest echelons of the government andeven our defence forces are not exempt from this slow poisoning,corruption resigns top to bottom in almost all the governmentdepartments, the stock exchanges, the
lm world, the cricketingcommunity, the judiciary, political establishments from centralgovernment down to local panchayat board. The 2G spectrum hasbecome “the mother of all corruptions”. Corruption has becomeso beautiful, attractive and charming that almost all politicians inpower want to embrace it and kiss it. Not one Anna Hazare, evenone hundred Anna Hazare cannot put an end to this evil practice. As the popular Tamil Lyricist Pattukottai Kalana Sundaram rightlymentions in his lyric that, “Thieves meticulously plan and steal, lawmakers make laws to prevent theft, but theft cannot be preventedunless the thief mends himself”.Let Advani look at his own house – The BharathiyaJanata Party.Let him peep into the face of his ardent followers, the authorsof the “Himalayan Corruption” – the former Karnataka BJP Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa and the Reddy brothers. Advani mustlearn and understand the adage that charity begins at home. LalKissan Advani, we conceive has indepth knowledge of the epicMahabharata and he must remember that “All charioteers are notSri Krishna”. Advani should instill in his mind that the adharmicelements who assumed the role of charioteers ultimately earnedthe wrath of divinity and perished.
Holy Quran Speaks
197. For Hajj are themonths well known. If any oneundertakes that duty therein,Let there be no obscenity, norwickedness, nor wrangling inthe Hajj. And whatever goodye do, (be sure) Allah knowethit. And take a provision (Withyou) for the journey, but thebest of provisions is rightconduct. So fear Me, o ye thatare wise.198. It is no crime in youif ye seek of the bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage).Then when ye pour down from(Mount) Arafat, celebrate thepraises of Allah at the SacredMonument, and celebrate Hispraises as He has directed you,even though, before this, yewent astray.’ It is better to learnfacts as such ForgivenessThus saith the Lord, “Verilythose who are patient inadversity and forgive wrongs,are the doers of excellence.” 
Sayings of ProphetMuhammed (Sal)
Once Muhammad (Sal) wasasked, “O Apostle of God!” Howmany times are we to forgiveour servant’s faults?” He wassilent. Again the questionerasked, and Muhammad gaveno answer. But when the manasked a third time, he said, “Forgive your servants seventytimes day.” Do not say, that if the peopledo good to us, we will do goodto them; and if the peopleoppress us, we will oppressthem; but determine that if people do you good, you willdo good to them; and if theyoppress you, you will notoppress them.
 Advani’s RathYatra All Charioteers are not Sri Krishna
 Volume : 1 Issue - 10 Shawaal October - 2011 Pages - 12 Price : Rs. 10/-
 
October - 2011
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MR. DEPUTY SPEAKER,
MrBanatwalla, you have alreadymoved your amendment. In viewof what the Law Minister has said,do you want to press it? He is goingto have a meeting with all theopposition leaders after sometime.That is what you also want. Youwant an all-party parliamentarycommittee to be set up If you want,you may explain it.SHRI G.M. BANATWALLAH(Ponnani): We have just heardthe Minister. It its abundantlyclear that everyone acknowledgesthe need for radical reforms inelectoral laws and processes.There is no dearth. whatsoever of recommendations. Prof. Dandavatewas also kind enough to give us acatalogue of various committeesand commissions which havemade recommendations fromtime to time. Even the Chief Election Commissioner has enteredthe fray and has made variousrecommendations. incudingrecommendations for identitycards, electronic devices for votingand counting etc., Despite thefact that everyone acknowledgesthe need for reforms and despitethe fact that there is no dearthof recommendations the electoralreforms are still on deferred list.I submit that this is because of the lack of political will sustainedby a lack of national consensus. Itherefore, say that the need of thehour today is to secure a nationalconsensus on this vital aspect.That is why. I have moved myamendment saying that an all partycommmittee be formed here andnow. Let us start this process willsustained by national consensusrather thatn continue to live withall sorts of excuses. It was thelack of this political will sustainedby national consensus that wehad a very sorry spectacle in thisHouse. When Janata Party was inpower a Bill was introduced for thepurpose of preventing defecton anda Member of the Janata Party wasin power a Bill was introduced forthe purpose of preventing defectionand a Member ofr the JanataParty itself rose with the loudestpossible opposition to it and theentire thing collapsed/ Hence Iemphasize the need for a nationalconsensus to start. Otherwise I amsure that the electoral reforms willcontinue to be in the deferred list.There are various threats to theelectoral process as represented bydefective electoral rolls, the role of money, the rigging, impersonation,the misuse of of 
cial media or theannouncement of bounties on theeve of elections and so on. As faras rigging and other things areconcerned; I have no doubt inmy time that what happened inGarhwal is a case which requiresserious study. It is, therefore,necessary that we take all thesethings into consideration. Thesecomplaints are not new. As far the role of the money isconcerned. there were complaintseven after the
rst general electionof 1952 of money having played agreat role. I remember at that timethe late lamented Prime Minister,Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, had said thatwhile talking of the role of money wemust not make any generalization.He said that despite the role of money many money-bags weredefeated at the polls and manyhave-nots were elected. However.we have to admit the fact that therole of money is on the increasenow. Are we to consider merelythese assaults on the electoralprocess? Are we merely to considerthreats to the electoral process?Then we are far from cutting at theroot of the malaise. It is necessaryto take fundamental issues intoconsideration.
There is need forproportional representation.
 There is also the question of compulsory audit of the accountof all the political parties. Variousfundamental issues are there. Itis necessary to have a nationaldialogue. It is necessary to havea national dialogue. It is necessaryto have a national consensus. It iswith this particular idea that I havemoved my amendment. I commendmy amendment to the Housestressing the need for a nationalconsensus on the consensus on thespeci
c electoral reforms that mustbe carried out. Let us dedicateourselves to this task immediately.
17 November 1983
SHRI G.M. BANATWALLA,
 
(Ponnani): It cannot be deniedthat the electoral process todayis vitiated by a large number of shortcomings, defects and corruptpractices. These may be the offshootof a crisis of character among theso-called politicians. Neverthelessthe fact remains that there is alurking danger of people losingfaith in democracy, elections anddemocractic institutions.There is no doubt there is anubabashed manipulation of political,economic, social and administrativein
uences. There is therefore, aneed for urgent steps towardselectoraol reforms and we mustgive up any attitude of complacencyor optimism based on expediencyand even a sense of despair.There is no dearth of proposals forelectoral reforms. We have even theproposals coming from the ElectionCommission and these proposalscover a very wide range. For avery effective and cleaner electoralprocess I must insist upon theadoption of the proportional systemof representation. reducing thevoting age from 21 to 18, removingof dominant role of money bags inelections, prevention of defectionsas also establishment of a fullfunctional control of the ElectionCommission over the ElectionDepartments in the States. I mustalso strongly urge for a system bywhich the Indian residents abroadcan also participate in our electoralprocess.The present Government, soonafter coming into power in the year1980, promised to bring forward acomprehensive Bill but now we arereaching almost towards the endof the term and the Bill is not insight. The process of considerationis non-ending. We are told thatthere is a Cabinet Sub-committeeand so on and so forth but thenthe Minister must take the Houseinto con
dence and let us know theposition with respect therto. I mayconcede that legislation alone maynot help but as it is, the legislationcan generate tendencies, releasenew forces and issue messages,Indeed values and norms are veryimportant. It is, therefore, verydespairing to find, very dismalrecord, I must say, to
nd that alarge number of defectors evenreach ministerial positions and eventhe positions of the Chief Minister. As has already been pointed outin this House, all these encourageunhealthy trends.The main purpose of the electoralprocess is to bring into existence aParliament or an Assembly thatre
ects the true popular will. Indiais a plural socity. It is, threforeabsolutely necessary that theelectoral system adopted mustresult in the existence of a Housewhich is a true mirror of the nation.Therefore, I and my party alwaysinsist upon the adoption of theproportional representation and thelist system. It is this system thatis based on the principle of givingrepresentation to all sections of opinion and is also based on theprinciple that no vote is-wasted. It isalso a aystem which checks briberyand such other evil practices.While we are on the questionof electoral reforms, we have alsoto see to it no scope is left for thearbitrary and functioning of theElection Commission itself. I amhere constrained to refer to thepresent situtation in the two districtsof Bihar - Pumea and Katihar. TheState Electoral Of 
cer there hasissued thousand of notices tovoters to come forward and adduceevidences of their citizenship.It will be shocking to know thatthere has been absolutely no basisfor the issue of those notices. Anarbitrary and authoritative actionhas been taken. I am told that thepresent roll was simply taken andcompared with the past roll andthe names which were not therein the past roll but were found inthe present roll were arbritrarilyselected ar random and thousandsand thousands of notices have beenserved upon the innoecent votersover there to adduce evidences of their citizenship.We are told that this action hasbeen taken under section 21(1) of the Registration of Electors Rules,1960. But this rule deals with thedeletion of the names of the deadelectors and persons who cease tobe ordinarly resident: it has nothingto do whatsoever with citzenship..I must say that there has beenthroughout the length and breadthof the country, an increasing and
Excerpts from Banatwalla’s Parliamentary Speech
On Electroal Reform - August 1981
(See Page No. 5)

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