1-15 December 2016

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Special Reports

161st anniversary of 1857 observed with a march against "sale" of Red Fort

New Delhi (10 May 2018): On the occasion of 161st anniversary of first War of Independence (10 May 1857), Anhad organised a joint public procession ‘Padyatra’ from Rajghat to Red Fort here in Delhi today protesting the “sale&r...

How an inmate tried to change the lives of Tihar Jail prisoners

With over 70 percent of the jailed population being under-trials — technically innocent yet languishing — what can be done to lessen their trauma and pain?

Taj Mahal’s Spiritual Message

Taj Mahal is known all over the world for its singular beauty and as a symbol of ardent love. But, the third aspect of its celestial revelatory panorama remains mostly obscure from the public cognizance.  On the gigantic doubl...

'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...

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Analysis

Why Recreating Gandhi Murder?

This 30th January 2019, when the whole country was observing the 71st martyrdom day of ‘Father of the Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi, the members of Hindu Mahasabha recreated the murder of Gandhi in Aligarh. Led by Hindu Mahasabh...

Election Season: Sania Mirza, newsroom debate & Islamophobia

A photograph of Sania Mirza in a typical Islamic attire was used to raise passion last month. This photograph, along with another photo of the tennis star wearing a t-shirt and ripped jeans was posted on a Facebook page claiming that the former...

Appropriating an Icon: RSS Celebrates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

On this 23rd January BJP-RSS organized various programs to honor Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. In one of these programs, a clash took place leading to a curfew in Kendrapada, Orissa. In different meeting organized by BJP-RSS attempt was mad...

Mob lynching in India are manufactured communal violence

Mob lynching Mob lynching has drastically increased in recent years, particularly since the election of the BJP government. There has been fourfold increase in cow related violent incidents from less than 5% of incidents communal violence i...

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Community News

Narcotics business thriving in Nizamuddin: Complaint to Delhi Minorities Commission

Narcotics business thriving in Hazrat Nizamuddin A resident of Hazrat Nizamuddin has complained to the Delhi Minorities Commission that narcotics is being sold and consumed openly in Hazrat Nizamuddin area, leading to proliferation of crime...

School punished for playing with the future of a student

Notice to Registrar, JNU New Delhi: Aejaz Ahmad Rather, a PhD student of JNU’s Centre for Historical Research, has complained to the Delhi Minorities Commission that Prof. Amrita Singh of the same university abused him and other stude...

Sir Syed Awareness Forum Organises 10th National Seminar at Aligarh Mahotsav

Aligarh, 29 January 2019: Social organization Sir Syed Awareness Forum (SAF) organised its 10th national seminar on "Sir Syed: Educator, Activist and Reformer" at Muktakash Munch, Aligarh Mahotsav, Aligarh. Addressing over the seminar...

Passport Photo Rules in India are Hijab friendly, but officials are not

A lot of officials, be it for AADHAAR or passport, ask Muslim women who wear the hijab to remove the hijab or to show their ears for the biometric photograph.   However, there is no such law that women need to show their ears ...

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National

On Violent reactions to Pulwama Terror Attack, Minorities Commission writes to Delhi Police

In view of the deteriorating communal situation in various parts of the country, including Delhi, in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission has sent the following mail to the Co...

Violence in the Valley: a Kashmiri voice

Srinagar: Suicide bombings and attacks are not new to Kashmir. But now Lethpora, Pulwama type of attacks will change the contours of insurgency in Kashmir. Instead of understanding the pain of Kashmir, BJP-PDP first declared an all-out war agai...

Shouldn’t minister Ananth Kumar Hegde be sacked and Nida Fazli be remembered

Ananth Kumar Hegde is known less as a Union minister and more for his communally-charged comments. Earlier it was this particular one-liner from him –“Till Islam is in the world, there can be no end to terrorism!” that was pro...

UP Politics: Modi-Wave vs Rahul Gandhi!

Compared to a decade ago, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is getting a better media coverage now. Also, following his party’s success in recent assembly elections, speculations are being voiced on whether BJP and its leaders will face the sa...

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Issues

Display of religiosity by Rahul-led Congress is not ‘soft-Hindutva’

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation, did say that he is a Hindu; at the same time he went on to say that religion is a private matter for him. His greatest disciple Jawaharlal Nehru was a rationalist agnostic. He laid the found...

Tiding Over Controversies: AMU Fraternity must rise upto the Occasion

17th October is the birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of MAO College, which later became the Aligarh Muslim University. The university and its alumni all over the world dedicatedly celebrate this day as the founder’s day a...

Political pollution is more dangerous than environmental

I do realize I’m not being very original in stating that the political pollution together with the environmental pollution is killing us. Though a hue and cry is raised every now and then about the environment turning poisonous but what a...

After Decriminalisation of Homosexuality, Criminalisation of Instant Triple Divorce

Finally, the BJP Government has done what it believes would win them the vote of a certain section of Muslim women and might generate a kind of reaction that suits their plans for the next Lok Sabha elections. What they have done is in accordan...

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