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

Journalism in times of Strident Nationalism

This is as signal honour and I am grateful to the trustees of the Media Foundation for inviting me this evening to share my thoughts with this august audience. Boobli George Verghese was a journalist of eminence. To his contemporaries,...

Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens are Used to Steal Your Money

Tax havens are locations around the world where wealthy individuals, criminals and terrorists, as well as governments and government agencies (such as the CIA), banks, corporations, hedge funds, international organizations (such as the Vatican)...

Balakot: Nailing lies in the name of national security

In case the bombs did not find their mark, it is not on account of military incompetence, but to three reasons, none particularly useful for the ruling party’s showing on national security.

Shifts in Modi’s Communication Strategy!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s communication strategy appears to have undergone a major change from what it was prior to his having stepped onto the political stage. It may be recalled, till 2001, prior to his taking over as Gujarat chief...

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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

Delhi Minorities Commission condemns CRPF attempt to take over Lal Masjid and adjacent graves

New Delhi (27 February 2019): Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) condemned CRPF’s attempt on Tuesday to take over Lal Masjid and adjacent graves in CGO Complex area (near Lodhi road). The matter is sub-judice in Delhi High Court and even i...

5 must watch episodes of The Story of India - Hindostan Ki kahani

A loud debate is raging at the moment about who is an Indian and who is not. What constitutes Indian Culture, Food, Language, Music is also sought to be redefined. Simultaneously issues connected to our struggle to free ourselves from colonial ...

Post-Pulwama madness must stop; peace be given a chance

The display of madness by Hindutva zealots post-Pulwama suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF jawans on 14 February is further alienating Kashmiris. People from the Valley in Jammu and rest of India are being attacked, harassed and insulted by mo...

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...

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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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