1-15 December 2016


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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Media tries to conceal BJP's downfall in UP local body elections

Full and final, real results of up local body elections... Independents win 225 seats out of 652 and emerge as the single largest group... BJP loses the status of being even the single largest party...

Ayodhya dispute: Supremacy of Constitution or faith?

If RJ-BM dispute is news once again, there must be elections round the corner! And yes elections are round the corner!

Taj Mahal in the storm of history and propaganda

The glory in white marvel is eclipsed not by centuries of its existence on the dingy bank of Yamuna river but by ill-perception and betrayal in the hands of its own current custodians.

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...

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Community News

Glimpses of good Hindu-Muslim relations despite avalanche of hate

Gujarat mosque becomes functional with Hindu help Ahmedabad: A mosque abandoned for the last 30 years has become functional once again with the help of Hindu residents of the area. This hundred-year-old mosque is situated in a Hindu lo...

AMU's Prof Samdani receives ‘Legal Expert Award’

Aligarh, November 22, 2017: Professor Shakeel Samdani (Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University—AMU) has been conferred with the ‘Legal Expert Award’ by a leading Urdu daily in a special function held at the Kala Mandir Au...

Mumbai's Ghulam Muhammed Siddiqui Saheb is no more

Ghulam Muhammed Siddiqui (better known as G.M. Siddiqui), a writer of copious letters to the editor on all issues concerning the Muslims of India, is no more. He simply wrote his name as Ghulam Muhammed without attaching Siddiqui to it. ...

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...

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Kashmiris strongly oppose the American decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

Srinagar: Kashmiris irrespective of their shades of opinions have widely condemned the United States’ move of recognizing Jerusalem, one of the three holiest places of the entire Muslim Ummah, as the capital of Israel. While separatists c...

Defeat BJP in Gujarat Assembly Elections: Justice Kolse Patil

The first Executive Committee meeting of the recently formed ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE (AJP) with Retired Justice P. B. Sawant as President and Maulana K R Sajjad Nomani as Working President, was held at Mumbai to take stock of the nationa...

Kashmir: the proposed one-stop identity card opposed, called a conspiracy

This is yet another ugly Indian tactic against Kashmiris. India has issued Aadhar cards which contains all the details of an individual then why is this new one-stop identity card being issued. It just smells of a conspiracy.

Kashmir sceptical about release of first-time stone-pelters

Srinagar: Prior to the Central government's special representative to Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma's second visit to the state, the government here announced review of cases filed against youth in the past three years. The decisio...

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Padmavati Controversy: What if Mughal-e-Azam was made in Modi's India?

Padmavati, in a sense, is a neighbourhood story. My village, Mustafabad, happens to be in Rae Bareli, which embraces numerous Chishtiya Sufi shrines or places where the saints spent some time, including Khwaja Ashraf Jehangir Semnani, the saint...

Pollution—Environmental and political—both are killing us

Will we, the masses of North India, ever get rid of the smoggy pollution around? Or will we die with this dangerous haze hovering around? Saffron political "pollution" in action at Babri Masjid Yes, once again we s...

Indian ultra right party honours the assassin of nation’s father Gandhi

Sixty nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a “shrine” dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (Nov 15), Hindustan Times reported. ...

Tipu Sultan: Diverse Narratives even within RSS-BJP

As such there are diverse attitudes towards Tipu from within RSS-BJP stable itself. In 2010, B.S. Yeddyyurappa, the BJP leader adorned Tipu’s headgear and held a mock sword, on the eve of elections.

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