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 minority security problematic

As India heads to elections, the security dynamic of the world’s largest minority looms as one of the principle electoral considerations. It is understandably so.

Corruption and scams under BJP

Indian economy has hit the lowest point at the present point of time. Every commitment made in the run up to the last election remains unredeemed. The aggressive pursuit of neo-liberal policy has forced the institutionalization of cronyism ...

Netaji Bose, Nehru and anti-Colonial Struggle

Indian anti-colonial struggle has been the major phenomenon which built modern India into a secular democracy. Many of the political streams were part of this movement which struggled in their own way to drive away the British. There were some,...

Theatre of Absurd: Modi and the Dawoodi Bohra Pontiff

The invite by the High priest of Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia Muslim sub-sect, to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address their religious congregation on 14th September 2018 on the occasion of Muharram, and that the PM should accept the invite ca...

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Community News

Passport Photo Rules in India are Hijab friendly, but officials are not

A lot of officials, be it for AADHAAR or passport, ask Muslim women who wear the hijab to remove the hijab or to show their ears for the biometric photograph.   However, there is no such law that women need to show their ears ...

DMC issues notice to Delhi Election Commissioner over deleted voters

New Delhi (16 November 2018): Taking suo motu cognizance of various reports that many names have been deleted from voter lists, Delhi Minorities Commission has issued a notice to Delhi Election Commissioner to inform DMC about its position, exp...

Palwal mosque—Release of the fact-finding report on terror-funding claims

New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission constituted a fact-finding committee to investigate and report on the allegations that foreign funds have been used to build a mosque in Attawar village of district Palwal, Haryana in which a citizen of De...

Symposium held on promoting interfaith understanding in AMU

ALIGARH (September 12, 2018): The Centre for Inter-Faith Understanding, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organised a symposium and discussion on "Ways to promote Inter-faith Understanding". Swami Shri Hari Prasad of Vishnu Mohan Founda...

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National

UP Politics: Modi-Wave vs Rahul Gandhi!

Compared to a decade ago, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is getting a better media coverage now. Also, following his party’s success in recent assembly elections, speculations are being voiced on whether BJP and its leaders will face the sa...

India Islamic Cultural Centre - 1981-2018 Genesis, Aims, Obligations

At Aligarh’s Marris Road the sprawling Government of India Complex spanning eleven thousand square yards used to be my office-cum-residence when I was heading the Income-tax Department there during early 1980s. One of my celebrated family...

Muslims of India are in worst position today than in 1857 or 1947

“Muslims of India are in worst position today than in 1857 or 1947”, lamented A.G. Noorani, leading constitutional expert and prominent author. He was delivering the 12th Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture titled...

Ram Mandir frenzy passes off peacefully for the time being

Last weekend as Ayodhya lay sieged by the Right-Wing politics, I was reminded of the autumn of 1992 when Right-Wing hate-mongers had not just destroyed the historic Babri Masjid but had also bared their fangs. That phase heralded the start of c...

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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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