1-15 December 2016

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Special Reports

'Aap mujhe Farsi sikhayenge?' said Tom Alter

This disarmingly humble request from an equally unassuming actor still reverberates in my memory. This came from none other than Tom Alter, who just shuffled off the mortal coil. I vividly remember our first meeting at Film Archives in Poona wa...

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...

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Analysis

BJP-ruled states compete to build the tallest statues, while masses are deprived of basic needs

In the last couple of years three BJP ruled states in India have begun projects to build massive statues of their regional heroes, each costing trillions of rupees. Kaun samjhayee bhakton ko? Gujarat The first was Gujarat st...

Seven Avtars of Hinduism

Many of these traditions overlapped each other and the practiced forms of Hinduism today contain many of these elements simultaneously. The Brahmin priests dominated all learning, assimilated many traditions they wove a complex tapestry of mythology.

Democracy Facing Threats!

Even if a minor section of the population chooses to abuse Indian Constitution by misusing their democratic rights, it can spread havoc for the country as a whole.

Private public partnership and sustainable development: In harmony or in conflict with each other?

Are public private partnerships helpful or harmful to increase progress on sustainable development? CNS spoke with Gerifel Cerillo, the coordinator of 'Tanggol Bayi' - an association of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Philip...

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Community News

Veteran Assamese director Abdul Majid passed away

Guwahati (27 September 2017): Veteran Assamese director Abdul Majid passed away on 24 September in a city based hospital. Popular for his amiable nature among everyone in Assam, the progressive octogenarian actor and playwright was lately admit...

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...

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National

Braid chopping in Kashmir continues amid mob justice, cash rewards and strikes

Apart from the social impact, braid chopping has economic impact as well resulting in dip in businesses and public movement particularly during evening hours. At least 50 incidents of braid chopping have been reported from Kashmir.

Ban of crackers seen from a communal angle; Remembering Begum Akhtar

Its not just the environment that’s polluted but even our minds! Yes, pollution and poisonous propaganda are hitting the heads of the supposed who’s who on the circuit. I was taken aback hearing some of those arguments, on the ban o...

Kashmiris protest against braid-chopping incidents, authorities clueless

Srinagar (2 October 2017): There seems to be no let-up in theincidents of braid-chopping as a dozen incidents of mysterious hair chopping have been reported fromdifferent parts of Kashmir Valley, especially from south Kashmir. Even if Special I...

Delhi Govt considering Prakrit Academy; language of scriptures of Jainism

New Delhi: Delhi government is considering a proposal to set up a Prakrit Academy in Delhi on the lines of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi academies. A proposal to this effect was made recently by Delhi Minorities Commission’s Jain Advisory Commi...

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Issues

How can women 'wage peace' without talking about occupation?

I arrived early and with many reservations to the rally organized by “Women Wage Peace” in Jerusalem’s Independence Park this past week. It was the culmination of a two-week “Journey to Peace,” in wh...

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...

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