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  • 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...

  • On Violent reactions to Pulwama Terror Attack, Minorities Commission writes to Delhi Police

    In view of the deteriorating communal situation in various parts of the country, including Delhi, in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission has sent the following mail to the Co...

  • Violence in the Valley: a Kashmiri voice

    Srinagar: Suicide bombings and attacks are not new to Kashmir. But now Lethpora, Pulwama type of attacks will change the contours of insurgency in Kashmir. Instead of understanding the pain of Kashmir, BJP-PDP first declared an all-out war agai...

  • Shouldn’t minister Ananth Kumar Hegde be sacked and Nida Fazli be remembered

    Ananth Kumar Hegde is known less as a Union minister and more for his communally-charged comments. Earlier it was this particular one-liner from him –“Till Islam is in the world, there can be no end to terrorism!” that was pro...

  • 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...

  • Delhi politicians have failed Kashmir

    Is there a Kashmir policy – a sound framework to contain the crisis erupting in the Valley? What is this government’s Kashmir policy? Does it realize the extent of anger triggered off by the ongoing killings of the hapless civilians?

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Assam group urges Modi to defuse tension over Citizenship Amendment Bill

    Guwahati: Expressing serious concern over mounting tensions between two valleys of Assam in the recent past over Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, a forum of patriotic people in northeast India has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take pers...

  • Dalit Christians caught in the Church vortex

    The Christians all over India observed November 11 as “Dalit Liberation Sunday” (DLS) with an avowed aim of bringing the Dalit Christians at par with the ‘Dalit Hindus’ in matters of economic and social equality. The the...

  • Delhi Minorities Commission’s outreach

    In July 2017, when the Arvind Kejriwal government appointed three members in the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC)– Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan as chairperson, and Anastasia Gill and Kartar Singh Kochhar as members – one could not grasp ...

  • Sabarimala line-up: BJP, Congress oppose SC judgement, Communists uphold it

    My own experience of Sabarimala causes me to rub my eyes with disbelief at the spectacle of what poet Niaz Haider called “badsoorat siyasat” not quite the same as ugly politics. I owe my visit to Sabarimala in 1982 entirely to Bob M...

  • Allahabad — saffron communal politics at work #2019

    Politically speaking, it is fairly surprising that the game of changing names of places, including cities and towns, appears to bear great importance for some politicians. Yes, this refers to name Allahabad having been recently changed by UP go...

  • Delhi Minorities Commission forms fact-finding committee to probe Palwal mosque issue

    New Delhi: To probe the allegations about the alleged foreign funding of a mosque being constructed in a village in Palwal, Haryana, Delhi Minorities Commission has constituted a committee which will tour the area, talk to police, administratio...

  • Hindutva twists the educational system to suit its sectarian agenda

    Ruckus on the campus of the universities in Uttar Pradesh seems ongoing. The latest news reports of violence on the campus of the Allahabad University and before that in the Banares Hindu University and the Lucknow University speaks volumes of ...

  • With millions dying, India becomes the sick man of Asia

    For the past six years, 31-year-old Muneer Ahmad has been celebrating two birthdays because he loves to remember an event that miraculously saved his life. Ahmad was 25 when a shooting pain in his chest forced him to visit a government...