1-15 December 2016

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Special Reports

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. ...

The Killer Dengue and the sordid saga of poor governance!

Last week there was an outcry in the print, electronic and social media as Avinash Rout, 7, and Aman Sharma, 6, died of dengue after allegedly being denied treatment by private hospitals. Avinash's parents committed suicide following his de...

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Analysis

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...

Muslim Personal Law and Indian Constitution

People who are in favour of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) have made their mind on the following three basic assumptions:   1. There should be one common law for all citizens of the country. 2. There is necessarily no connection between ...

Sachar Report gathers dust, Abolishing Personal Laws cant change dark realities

This mid-week (22 December) several academics and activists of this capital city are getting together to ‘review’ the the Sachar Committee Report in the context of the implementation of its recommendations. As N.D. Pancholi puts acr...

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Community News

Renowned educationist Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Khan passes away

It  is  the moment  of  great mourning  for  all  of  us  that  our  beloved  father Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Khan has  left  to heavenly  abode  on  24th   o...

Abdul Gani of Guwahati bags Laadli media award

GUWAHATI, MARCH 24: The prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitisation 2015-16 were given to 37 media professionals including Times of India Guwahati reporter Abdul Gani. The 8th edition of the award function was held ...

Assam’s noted historian and columnist Dr Kamaluddin is no more

Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed, a noted educationist, historian, socio-political leader, columnist and author from Assam breathed his last on Wednesday, February 9, 2017. He was 76 years old. He died after an heart attack. Thousands of people att...

Last day to register for India’s biggest conference of NGOs in South India

  *6th South India NGOs Conference - SINC 2017* Theme : Role of NGOs in Youth Empowerment Date : 18th & 19th March 2017 Venue : Hotel Canopy, M.G. Road, Bangalore Concept & Organized...

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National

Modi needs to be cautious about Yogi’s agenda!

BJP’s sweeping victory in UP assembly elections followed by the selection of Hindutva mascot, Yogi Adityanath, as the chief minister is a hard reality which is not being welcomed by most secular Indians and Muslims at large. They are natu...

J&K government organisations not serious about RTI

Srinagar: As the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act (J&K RTI Act) entered its ninth year, a rapid study of the official websites of 230 public authorities under the state government conducted by J&K RTI Movement and Commonw...

Advent of Aditya Nath reign in UP spells doom

Doomsday looms large for the state of Uttar Pradesh with the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister. Well, that was my first spontaneous reaction as soon as that news had trickled in. And this reaction is getting compounded as disaste...

U.P. Govt is harassing ordinary Muslims

This is really an extremely disturbing, though not unexpected, development. In the name of combatting 'SP goondaism' and 'illegal slaughter',  UP Govt is harassing ordinary Muslims. Today, in and around the Hazratganj area ...

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Issues

Kerala has a lesson for us all; Calligraphy; Sufism

I’m just back from Kerala, after attending a literary festival organized in Tirur by the Madhyamam group of publications… Its like returning from a different land altogether. After all, the flying time from Calicut to New Delhi is ...

The march of fascism from Gujarat 2002 to Ramjas College 2017

What is happening on the Delhi University campus is a pointer that fascist forces have intruded into campuses, making life hell for any of those sane voices. This is the very basic crux of what took place last week in the very interiors of Delh...

What is our Nationality: Indian or Hindu?

Their current formulation is based on the confusion about the word Hindustan. Simply put, the RSS ideologues state that this country is Hindustan as all people living here are Hindus. This is a circular argument.

End of Religious Politics Doesn’t Signal End of Hate Politics

It’s official now – political parties cannot seek vote in the name of religion. So, the fate of political parties that openly fought elections in the name of religion is now sealed by the recent Supreme Court judgment. This might fi...

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