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  • Pune blasts: The story behind the story

    Any journalist, writer or columnist of basic integrity has to question, and express scepticism about, the official version of events. Without being judgmental, he or she also bears the moral responsibility of pointing out contradictions in medi...

  • Indian security agencies unleash home grown terror

    + Pic Jo chup rahegi zuban-e khanjar Lahu pukaarega aasteen ka...    — Ameer Meenai, 19th century, Lucknow poet In the best, figurative-dialectical tradition of Urdu poetry, the afore-mentioned couplet unite...

  • After IB and ATS, its now Pakistan’s turn to implicate Indian Muslims

    New Delhi: While India is going ga-ga over the extradition of terror-suspect Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jindal, alias Abu Hamza, to India from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has saw it fit to claim that the Mumbai attackers of 26/11 were helped by &ld...

  • White Paper on Terrorism

    New Delhi: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, has decided to publish a “White Paper” on terrorism focusing on the fake campaign against Muslims of India, especially Muslim you...

  • Hizbut Tahrir takes Indian Muslims for a ride

    + Pic New Delhi: A Hizbut Tahrir (HT) leader from Palestine visited Delhi last month masquerading as “Imam and Khatib of Al-Aqsa mosque.” Mosques and ordinary Muslims opened their doors and hearts for this fake Imam of Al-Aq...

  • ATS trying to implicate poor teacher

    + Pic Shaukat Ali of Shrinathpur village in Pratapgarh district is a vagabond these days. Fearing arrest by U.P. ATS any time, he is roaming around, changing his address frequently. Shaukat has been at the receiving end of the ATS f...

  • IB’s communal mindset exposed

    + Pic By Shahnawaz Alam, & Rajiv Yadav Lucknow: People from across Uttar Pradesh, who assembled here on 20 June at the People’s Court organized by U.P. PUCL on the issue of intelligence agencies and terrorism, expressed th...

  • Murder Most Foul

    The latest episode in a section of our administration's war on the Muslim community in the name of fighting terror has just taken the toll of a young Muslim terror-accused lodged in the most secure area of a high-security jail in Pune. This...

  • United in massacres and impunity

    By Mahtab Alam Last year, on 3 June 2011, Bhajanpura village of Forbesganj block (Araria district, Bihar) witnessed police firing on a number of villagers while they were protesting against the blockage by a private company of a road that c...

  • Congress strategy: kick ‘em to get their votes

    Congress came to power six years ago on the express promise that it will repeal the much-misused POTA and will review cases against the arrested Muslim youth. Nothing happened. POTA was repealed no doubt, but UAPA was strengthened so much that ...

  • Catching up with the SIT chief

    + Pic By Firdaus Ahmed Mr RK Raghavan, a former director of CBI, is known better for his fortnightly columns in the reputed journal Frontline, a flagship publication advertised as “India’s National Magazine” from t...

  • Who needs Haj subsidy?

    The so-called 'Haj Subsidy' started in around 1974 when Govt. of India stopped pilgrims from travelling by sea and insisted that only air travel mode should be used by the Indian pilgrims going to Mecca on Haj.

  • 16000 Muslims still displaced in Gujarat

    Ahmedabad: Janvikas, an NGO in Gujarat has just published a detailed survey report which shows that while over 200,000 people were displaced during the 2002 violence in Gujarat, over 16,000 people are still living in 83 refugee camps across the st...

  • Maoists or Sanghi beasts?

    Sometimes the Maoists hold 'Jan Adalats' in forests where decisions are taken to compel Muslims to eat pork. Sometimes they enter Muslim houses by force and outrage the modesty of women. This has become a routine.

  • Mr Chidambram is angry...

    Speaking to the chief ministers on 16 April during the conference on NCTC, Home Minister P Chidambram saw it fit to lambast the Muslim community without naming it. He raised the issue of “protests lodged by some people in the name of reli...

  • Secret Centre-ULFA parleys may lead to a fresh Nellie

    By Our Correspondent Guwahati: In a possible replay of the 1985 Assam accord, the Centre is again “actively considering” denial of voting rights to migrants of East Bengal origin who settled in Assam between January 1966 and Mar...

  • UP terror-accused: much more needed than justice to Qasmi and Mujahid

    + Pix By Ravi Shekhar Lucknow: The newly-elected UP government’s decision to withdraw cases against two innocent Muslim youths, who were implicated in 2007 serial blasts in UP court premises, is laudable if not delayed. Knowin...

  • Who is getting mesmerised by the chime of shekels?

    Kanchan Gupta’s piece, “Indian arrested in Delhi attack visited Iran, Syria” in Jerusalem Post came as an utter surprise on the day when Indian newspapers reported police’s changing stand on Kazmi (“Police sing a d...

  • As protests mount, Police drops Kazmi like hot potato

    + Pix  New Delhi: The unusual 20-day police remand of noted journalist Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi ended abruptly on 24 March when Delhi Police approached a court here saying that they no longer need the journalist for questioning. Thus K...

  • Arrest of Kazmi – questions galore

    By S. Aziz Haider Editor, Life Watch + Pix The arrest of Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi in the Israeli embassy car bomb blast case is being shown by media as just another arrest of a terror-planner. But those who know Kazmi are aware that h...