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

The Role of Cultural Interactions and Resident Indian Communities in the GCC Countries in Shaping Gulf-India Ties

India’s ties with the Gulf go back at least 8000 years. Archaeological excavations at Dilmun in Bahrain and Sur in Oman reveal links with the Harappan civilisation that go back to 2300-2000 BC.  Cotton was a major export from...

Sachar, Misra and Kundu: Partial Reports, Partial Recommendations, Minimal Implementation

Before fixing objectives in accordance with our own vision, let us see in brief what Sachar Committee reported, and what were the follow-ups and their results. Sachar Commiitte Report was published in 2006. The report attracted hug...

Our Culture is Composite and Unique: Hamid Ansari

Here is the full text of the lecture delivered by HAMID ANSARI, former Vice President of India, at the Constitution Club, New Delhi on 22 Feb., 2018

Kasganj Violence: Unveiling the Anatomy of a Riot

Communal violence has been the bane of our society. There had been a perception that this violence is a spontaneous clash between two communities. Over a period of time, it is becoming clear that it is not a spontaneous phenomenon, nor is it a ...

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Community News

Senior advocate Salar Khan is no more

New Delhi: Senior advocate Salar Muhammad Khan died here on Saturday, 8 April. He was 52 years old. He is survived by wife, daughter and son. He basically belonged to Jaipur in Rajasthan but had made Delhi his home where he practiced law for th...

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. ...

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National

Firoz Bakht Ahmed replaces Zafar Sareshwala as chancellor of MANUU

Hyderabad: Firoz Bakht Ahmed, educationist, noted social activist and columnist, has been nominated as the chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University for a period of 3 years. According to a notification released by the registr...

Gurgaon violence: former civil servants write to Haryana Govt

  To Shri Depinder Singh Dhesi IAS,   Chief Secretary, Govt of Haryana.   Dear Chief Secretary,   We write to draw your attention to an urgent problem.   Over the last one month,...

DMC issues notices on conversion of tomb to temple

New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission, taking sou motu cognizance of a press report about conversion of a tomb to temple in South Delhi, has issued notices to the area Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi Archaeology Department and Archaeologi...

Impact of violence and militarisation on Kashmiri children

An independent survey of the exact number of schools and educational institutions occupied by the security forces here has not been yet conducted in Kashmir

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Issues

Ramadan Ceasefire in Kashmir Meaningless if Media War Continues

I have never seen the electronic media so totally defiant of the BJP government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s avowed intention to calm Kashmir by announcing a Ramadan ceasefire appears to have been dismissed as “appeasement of Paki...

Hamid Ansari, Jinnah’s Portrait and turmoil in AMU

With this AMU episode Hindu nationalist politics is killing many birds with a single stone. The ghost of Jinnah will keep visiting us, and RSS combine through its efforts will keep propping up divisive issues one after the other!

Minority Space and Majority Muddling – Riding Through the Misadventures of Majoritarian Democracy

What significance does minority religious, social, and political identity have in a majoritarian democracy? Specifically, what significance does the Muslim Indian community have in the kind of a majoritarian democracy that India is evolving int...

Rewriting of History and Sectarian Nationalism

Leaders of Indian nationalism, Gandhi and Nehru, saw the country belonging to people of all religions, the interaction between religions giving rise to a syncretic plural culture.

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