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  • From Arunachal to J&K, AFSPA evokes dread

    By Bilal Bhat New Delhi: When the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the special law protecting army personnel from prosecution, was imposed on new areas of Arunachal Pradesh on 27 March, without consulting the state government, ...

  • Former Army chief exposes terror rhetoric

    New Delhi: Union minister, Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh, said on 18 April that the Indian military is fully capable of taking up any challenging expedition to avenge the Mumbai style attacks. But, due to some expediencies, the military is stopped sho...

  • Modi is no reformer, less “reformer-in-chief”

    Recently, US President Barack Obama, in an article in the Time magazine, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “reformer-in-chief”, a grossly distorted description of a man with a haunted past. There are two different and parallel...

  • Modi and Bhagwat: Complimenting Communal Politics

    Are Narendra Modi and Mohan Bhagwat driven by political agendas opposed to each other? This question comes to one’s mind after reading Mr. S.M. Mushrif’s article “Other Side of Modi, Muslims Should Know” (Milli Gazette, ...

  • Contesting the Mushrif thesis

    Mr. Mushrif is right (Milli Gazette, 16-30 April, 2015)), but unfortunately only partially so. We wish that he were entirely right. That would have helped dispel any reservations over Prime Minister, Mr. Modi. However, Mr. Modi has himself made...

  • Colour coding of communal politics

    As per reports from Ahmedabad (12 April, 2015) the uniform at Shahpur School, where most of the students are Hindus, is saffron and uniform in Dani Limda school, where almost all the students are Muslims, is green. This is absolutely shocking! ...

  • When even good deeds look like a crime

    Seven Muslims in a village of Aligarh have been arrested because they have been accused of trying to convert Hindus to Islam. When investigated it turned out that they were very thirsty and had asked a Hindu for drinking water. That gentleman n...

  • Beef ban: economic liability and selective measure

    By Bilal Bhat New Delhi: Amid hue and cry against the nationwide beef ban by the BJP-Shiv Sena government of Maharashtra, meat exports from India are on the rise, even as states like Maharashtra and Haryana have banned beef and imposed str...

  • Kashmir and India’s Muslims

    Kashmiris as an Indian Muslim community differ in great many respects from other Muslim communities across India. They are territorially compact and constitute a majority in their state. They are also at odds with the Indian state and have been...

  • Christians doubt police claims of jilted lover story

    New Delhi: The Agra police on 24 April alleged that the person responsible for the desecration of the St. Mary’s Church on April 16 is Haider Ali (22), a poor rickshaw-puller who desecrated the church after the woman he loved spurned him....

  • More than 400 poor Muslims deprived of allotted houses

    The controversy around the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) got grimmer when the municipal commissioner refused to hand over allotment letters for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) houses to more than 300 Muslim families due to the pressur...

  • Gandhi commission submits its report on Kishtwar riots

    Probing Kishtwar riots of Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Gandhi Commission submitted its report which created uproarious scenes in J&K assembly on 29 March. The report indicted the former minister of state of home in National Conference-led gov...

  • Jamiat Ulama to challenge Barabanki court’s verdict against Tariq Qasmi in HC

    New Delhi: President of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind Maulana Arshad Madni while expressing surprise and disappointment over Barabanki Additional judge’s court’s verdict sentencing Hakim Muhammad Tariq Qasmi to life imprisonment and a fine of...

  • Untouchability: Still in vogue

    Sixty-five years after untouchability was abolished, one in four Indians admit to practising it in some form in their homes – a shocking fact revealed by a pan-India survey that was flagged at a seminar of Dalit intellectuals, writers and...

  • Ramdev’s ‘Putrajeevak Beej ‘: Nakedness of male chauvinism

    Why’s a male child still of paramount importance in our regressive Indian society that a much-hyped baba like Ramdev concocts some ‘Putrajeevak Beej ‘, a ‘medicine’ which ensures that a woman will give birth to a m...

  • Salman’s Comeuppance

    Salman Khan has got his comeuppance, albeit quite late. Those, who’re sympathising with the maverick actor because of his clinically crafted and projected ‘Being Human’ image, are deluded by his larger-than-life persona. This ...

  • Idol damaged in Agra temple

    On 20 April, four days after St. Mary’s Church was attacked at Agra, a temple was attacked there and a one-and-a-half-feet high idol of Goddess Parvati was found damaged and its five silver crowns missing. According to the complainant who...

  • Notice issued to V.K. Malhotra in a case of incitement

    New Delhi:  Senior BJP leader, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, has been issued a notice by a Delhi court for incitement against Jamia Nagar residents. Saket Court judge, Lokesh Kumar Sharma, while issuing the notice, asked V.K. Malhotra and the Delh...

  • RSS spreading its wings in Bengal

    The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the BJP, is fast increasing its footprint in various parts of West Bengal, according to a report published in Mail Today (1 April, 2015). It has significantly gained momentum sinc...

  • Muzaffarnagar riot victims still wait for compensation

    Saharanpur: Several hundred riot-hit people of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat took out a protest demonstration in this city and in a meeting with Commissioner Tanveer Zafar Ali demanded compensation and roofs to live under. They also made a ...