1-15 December 2016

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Special Reports

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...

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...

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Analysis

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 ...

What the News Media in the US and India Have in Common

The flurry of allegations and accusations of sexual harassment against major news hosts, and the rumors of settlements brokered by the media companies to keep victims quiet, have further eroded people's trust in the integrity of their news ...

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!

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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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National

Expecting alternative media accountability

As the alternate media expands its reaches to hundred thousand Indians across the country, thanks to increasingly cheaper internet connectivity, its restraint and liability also start surfacing in public discourses. The limitatio...

Harassment of activists helping investigation of suspicious death of Manipuri youth Pravish

Hong Kong: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from the Youth Forum for the Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), Manipur about the harassment of activists who are fighting for a fair and expeditious investig...

Journalists in India seek protection, 12 killed in 2017

With the end of the year 2017, India finds itself in an awkward position with the annual statistics of 12 journalists either murdered or killed in suspicious situations. The populous country, known as the largest democracy in the globe, thu...

Jamiat’s Protest against Israeli PM denied in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: January, 17: The Ahmedabad Police did not give permission to Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind which planned to stage protest against coming of Isreali Prime Minster Netanyahu in the city today without any proper reason. The police even intercepte...

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Issues

If Padmaavat was a Muslim lady, Khilji a Rajput ruler

If Padmaavat was a Muslim lady, Khilji a Rajput ruler and Karni Sevaks Muslims, in all probability, the entire scenario would have been of a different nature. Taking the last point first, Karni Sevaks would probably have been declared as terror...

BJP: Only those Muslims will stay in India who assimilate into Hindu culture

Surendra Singh, a legislator of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has said that once India becomes a “Hindu rashtra”, only those Muslims will stay in the country who assimilate into the Hindu culture. “There are a very few...

PM Modi's fav minister attempts crucifixion of the idea of India at the altar of Hindutva bigotry

HINDUTVA JUGGERNAUT RUNS AMOK PM Modi's pet bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to be operational in 2022 may never materialize as by then BJP/RSS may not be ruling India and hopefully national priorities would change for ...

Christmas in the Midst of Unseen Violence

There have been times when the Christian community celebrated Christmas with peaceful heart. Gone are those days when we thought of Christmas as times of peace, joy and happiness. The carol singing was considered as taking the message of pe...

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