1-15 December 2016

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Special Reports

Tarek Fatah's Anti-Hindutva, Anti-Israel past and the fatwa of 1 million on his head

The cat is out of the bag. The All-India Faizan-e-Madina Council has recently announced a “reward” of Rupees 10 lakh to behead Tarek Fatah, an Islamophobic Canadian of Pakistani origin who now frequently appears on Indian News chann...

Homes Charity Alliance Built for Muzaffarnagar Riot Victims

We had funds to complete 32 houses and a hall. All houses are on the periphery of the plot. There are no open sewage lines, all lines are covered and supported by several large septic tanks. The plot has deep borewell hand-pumps.

Spoken with Conviction, not out of necessity: Frontier Gandhi on Sheikh Abdullah

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Frontier Gandhi (1890-1988) visited Kashmir in June 1980. I, an eight year old child at the time, had the honor of meeting him. I remember being taken to a public rally at which Badshah Khan sahib made a speech in hi...

Bihar Elections: The Magician, RJD Flag and Muslims

Samastipur, October 12, 2015: At a crossroad of Dharampur, a Muslim-concentrated area of Samastipur, a small crowd surrounded a magician, who called a little boy standing in the crowd to search if there was anything in his cylinder-shaped cap. ...

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Analysis

Partition of India and Patriotism of Indian Muslims

Background Indian Muslims are almost habituated to hear such statements as, “They (the Muslims) have taken Pakistan, now what else here for them?” This one line statement from our co-citizen can’t but forces a serious, soc...

Hindutva disrupt life in Uttar Pradesh

This entire week during my interactive talks with persons from Uttar Pradesh, there has been focus on three primeaspects: Their doubts about the very ‘proper authentic’ functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines! Those doubts com...

Communalising Population Growth: Understanding Demographic Data

The biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth have been used by communal forces to divide the society. This became apparent once again when Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijuju, tweeted that that Hindu population is ...

Islamic Media and the Muslim Public Spheres in India

With the rise of an anti-secular politics in the West, gates of secularism are being deserted. Politics, of non-religious nature, whether Islamic or simply religious, is trying to occupy the secularly constructed public spheres. This trend obse...

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Community News

Delhi — Teasing and harassment of girl students in Okhla, Jamia Nagar

The Memorandum reads as under:   To   The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast Delhi) Sarita Vihar New Delhi   Sub: Memorandum regarding increasing acts of teasing of school going girls in...

Striving Against Casteism, Students' Islamic Org holds iftar with Chakliyar community

Calicut: The state council of Students Islamic Organization conducted iftar meet at Muthalamada Ambedkar colony in solidarity with the Chakliyar community, where casteism is practised against the lower castes in every nuance of daily lives. Rup...

Jasim of Aligarh wanted ban on BJP, now gives scholarship in Modi's name

On 14 April 2017 we received a press release which read "Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA) presented Narendra Modi Scholarship for Muslim Students to the beneficiaries amid a discussion held on Education: A Tool of Development...

Muslim women lambaste Modi’s anti-Shariah tirade

MALAPPURAM — The women’s wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) in Kerala has lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP party for shedding crocodile tears for a few Muslim women suffered by Muthalaq (pronouncement o...

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National

Harassment of Muslim youth by Delhi Police in the name of security for 15th August

New Delhi (13 August 2017): There have been complaints of harassment, humiliation and torture by Delhi Police in the name of security for 15th August Independence Day Celebrations.  Victim Bilal of Jafrabad in East Delhi visited ...

Why pluralism and secularism are essential for our democracy: Vice President Hamid Ansari

Here is the full text of the speech: Why Pluralism and Secularism are essential for our Democracy It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the d...

An Open Letter to Shri Arun Jaitley on Political Killings in Kerala

Respected Shri. Arun Jaitleyji, I accord you a hearty welcome to our state and please accept my congratulations on the victory of your party's candidate in the Vice Presidential elections. I appreciate the fact that despite...

Fact Finding Report on the desecrations of Holy Crosses and Graves in South Goa: a Definite Pattern

The media reported that around 150 Holy Crosses and more than 40 graves were desecrated in South Goa in the last 15 years (Verma, 2017). However increasing number of desecrations has been reported since last week of June and throughout July. De...

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Issues

Kovind, Dalit Politics and Hindu Nationalism

By nominating Ramanth Kovind as the Presidential candidate, BJP has tried to play the politics of tokenism to the hilt. Mr. Kovind is a dalit from UP. While many names were doing the round from BJP parivar, finally they settled for a person who...

Cow And Hindutva: Myths And Facts

The Hindutva juggernaut which rode on with Ram, love jihaad and ghar wapsi on top of it, is riding with cow this time. There have been countless incidents of lynching, maiming and robbing of Muslims and Dalits in the name of saving holy cows. I...

Naseeruddin – The Paradoxical Shah Lost in the Pseudonym of a “Non-Practicing” Muslim Identity

Naseeruddin Shah proudly proclaims in his article that he is not a practicing Muslim — "...I am no longer a practicing Muslim, and in fact had never been overly aware of a Muslim identity..." Ironically, and paradoxically, he is...

Communal Violence Leading to Negative Image of India

One is forced to deliberate on the importance given to each citizen’s constitutional rights in view of the increasing tendency of rogue sections choosing to take administration of “law and order” in their own hands. What else ...

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