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

Can a code used by the Election Commission be closed and unaccountable in a democracy?

On December 7, 2018, the day the Telangana assembly elections were held, several voters across the state protested on the streets complaining about their missing names in the electoral rolls. Several political parties and civil society groups h...

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.

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Community News

Viqar Ahmad — An ace broadcaster passes away

Viqar Ahmad, the most outstanding broadcaster and an authoritative voice of the BBC Urdu Service for many decades passed away on 13 March, 2019, after a prolonged illness in a London hospital. He was 90. Viqar Ahmad was born in Sitapur in Awadh...

Newly elected Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief wants Muslim youth to become assets for the nation

New Delhi, 8 April 2019: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s newly-elected Ameer (President) Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has called upon the Muslim youth to “become assets for the nation and not liability.” Left to Right: Salim Engin...

Electrician’s daughter studying in Jamia School selected for $28000 US Scholarship

Subia Parveen, a student of class 10th of Jamia Senior Secondary School has been selected for Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She will be getting 28 thousand US Dollar scholar...

The Nizam Jewelry Exhibition

The contributions of my Late grandfather was supreme in every field be it the palaces that he built, his dedication towards being a philanthropist, his massive donation of 5000 Kg gold towards the National Defense Fund, or his unique and extrem...

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National

NaMo TV controversy: Introspect on news content, EMFA urges channels

Guwahati: The gate-keeping role of traditional media has been questioned by observers, despite the advent of social media where everyone has a say but there is little credible analysis. Reacting to the recent controversy over NaMo TV, the Elect...

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...

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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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