Inquilab circulation in Okhla, Zakir Naik Okhla supporters and Editor Shamsi. A few days ago when Zakir Naik issue surfaced in the media that for the time being has settled down, Urdu daily Inquilab was at the centre of attraction due to pieces written by its Editor Shakeel Shamsi. The write-ups that surfaced in the Urdu daily by the pen of Shakeel Shamsi deeply upset several Okhla-based supporters of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, whom the media accused of inspiring terrorist, an allegation that the preacher has denied.
A few supporters even launched a campaign on the social media, urging residents to boycott the Urdu daily. Some even wrote that Inquilab circulation has come down. But OKHLATIMES during its investigation found things going in favour of the Urdu daily.
A few vendors told the portal that the circulation of the Urdu daily has gone up. “When an Urdu daily was not printed for a few days due to strike by its employees many people asked for Inquilab and now they have started liking it. In Okhla, today Inquilab is the leading paper that locals prefer with its circulation going up in the last few days,” he said, requesting not to be named.
It is another story that in Okhla that has a huge Muslim population, most people prefer reading English dailies followed by Hindi surprisingly with Urdu taking the third spot. Every day only a few thousand Urdu daily comes to Okhla with Inquilab topping the list followed by others, said the vendor.
Addressing media persons via Skype from Saudi Arabia, Dr. Naik said: “My statements were taken out of context; they were half sentences, and were doctored. I am a messenger of peace. It is condemnable for any human, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, to attack another human being, and I for one have never advocated it.”