New Delhi, 08 April 2014: The English language website of Sehroza Dawat (Urdu biweekly), India’s esteemed and one of the oldest newspapers, was launched Monday evening by Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari, Amir (National President) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind here at the headquarters of the Jamaat.
The Urdu edition of Dawat is already available online at www.dawatonline.com. It was launched in 2009. The new website www.dawatblogs.com will carry English translation of Dawat’s most popular and India’s oldest column Khabar O Nazar, Editorials and other important articles.
In his post-launch speech, Amir-e Jamaat, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari threw light on the long history and past of Dawat from its start in 1951 in Allahbad. He said his first ever article was published in Dawat in 1951 when he was a teenage student at Darus Salaam Omerabad.
He said that not everything published in Dawat is the view of Jamaat. He stressed that Dawat should become a complete organ of the Jamaat in content.
In his inaugural speech, Parwaaz Rahmani, Chief Editor, Sehroza Dawat said many readers of the paper had been demanding its English edition. The new website will, to an extent, fulfil their demand. He also invited suggestions to improve the website.
AU Asif, Senior Journalist and Associate Editor of multi-lingual weekly Chauthi Duniya, took the audience through the journey of Dawat. He said its popular column Khabar O Nazar is perhaps the oldest column in India which has continued in its tone and tenor despite change of Editors in last 50 years. He said soon after Independence and its formation, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind brought out Al-Insaaf a weekly paper which was later rechristened as Dawat in 1951. He said Dawat has had 5 editors in its journey of 59 years.
The launching program was also graced by Mohammad Jafar, Naib Amir (Vice President) of Jamaat, Mohammad Ahmad, Secretary, Dawat Trust (which brings out the Dawat biweekly) and Mohammad Aslam, Manager, Dawat Trust.