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  • Madrasah graduates could help Make-in-India a reality

    Tariq Farooqui India is home to thousands of madrasahs which teach, besides Arabic and Islamic studies, modern subjects like English, mathematics and computer basics. Besides English, Arabic is the only foreign language that has a comp...

  • Mahbooba wins from Anantnag constituency

    The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made it to the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly after she won the by-poll from Anantnag assembly segment on June 25 and took the oath as a member of the Assembly here on June 30. She defeated he...

  • Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti hits out at clerics

    Hitting out at Muslim clergy in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti accused them of selectively raking up controversies over Article 370 in mosques. Sermons are being given in mosques on the special status of J&K, Pandit townships, Indus...

  • Kairana Exodus: Electoral short-sightedness

    Rachel D’silva   Recently in the poll-bound UP, the BJP raked up the issue of a mass exodus from Kairana, a small town in Shamli district in UP. According to the local MP Hukum Singh, “many Hindu families were forced to...

  • Signs of the times - HER EYES, VOICE CARRIED PAIN …

    With the verdict on the 2002 Gulbarg massacre, I am reminded of my meeting with Zakia Jafri; reminded of the pain writ large in her eyes, in her voice.  Though for the last several years I’d been hearing of Zakia Jafri - right from 2...

  • Opposing Urdu is unconstitutional

    On May 19, two artists painting a couplet in Urdu on a wall of the Delhi Jal Board in Shahdara to celebrate the city’s culture, a Delhi government-approved project, were threatened. The men who threatened them, identified themselves as RS...

  • One more story of uncommitted crime

    By Suhail Anjum Muhammad Aamir Khan’s book Framed as a Terrorist is the latest heart-rending story of those who spent long years behind bars for uncommitted crimes. Before Aamir, noted journalist Iftikhar Gilani, Kashmir activist Anj...

  • Will not allow an Islamic Bank: VHP

    New Delhi:  The opening of the first Islamic Bank (IDB) in Gujarat has led the VHP to issue an open warning to the bank not to open its branches in any part of India. The Hindutva organisation has termed the bank as opposed to the Constitu...

  • Jammu Muslims: 1947 to 47-degree

    Rahmatullah Rouniyal The Sarpanch of the Panchayat of Shiva of Kot Bhalwaal area of Jammu, Mumtaz Ali and his friends went to Forest Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh. who belongs to the BJP in the J&K coalition government. They had a reque...

  • Muzaffarnagar+Dadri+Kairana+Love Jihad+Beef+”Hindu Exodus”=Hard Communalism=Votes

    Just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Muzaffarnagar erupted into violence in which nearly 80 Muslims died, and thousands fled their villages. Now with the 2017 Assembly elections due in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP seems to have activated its riot...

  • Beef offenders fed cow dung to cleanse them

    New Delhi: A shocking video of the Gau Raksha Dal volunteers forcing two alleged beef smugglers to eat cow dung and drink cow urine went viral on 29 June. Soon Gau Raksha Dal chief Dharmendra Yadav not only admitted that his group committed the...

  • July 4th, India & the USA

    By Mike Ghouse Upon declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776, the first three states in the world to recognize the sovereignty of the United States were the kings of the Dutch Republic, Morocco and Mysore (India). According to D...

  • Where will our sectarian differences take us?

    By Qasim Sayyid An important lesson that history has taught us is that foreign invaders won wars when the gates of forts were opened from inside. Floods enter houses if and when no preventive measures are taken or arrangements made to ward...

  • Negotiating with undeclared Emergency

    Last month, Hyderabad Police registered a case against Prof. Kancha Ilaiah for writing an article in a Telugu daily, entitled “Is God not a democrat”? The article questioned inequality in society and discussed the concept of god. Th...

  • IB’s preposterous claim

    Nirbhaya rapist sparks fresh intel alert! The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a fresh alert over suspected jihadi links of the youngest perpetrator of 2012 fatal gang rape in Delhi who was released in December as he was a minor when the cri...

  • A sycophant’s reward

    M J Akbar’s elevation as a cabinet minister in Modi’s BJP vindicates that sustained sycophancy pays dividends. That a man of Akbar’s calibre, who chastised and castigated the same Narendra Modi following the 2002 pogrom in Guj...

  • Hogwash or rays of hope?

    Two news items may gladden the hearts of sane-thinking people: Smriti Irani shunted out of HRD Ministry and former tainted IPS officer D G Vanzara’s son Arjun Vanzara caught while taking bribe worth Rs. 75,000 from a farmer. They’re...

  • Judiciary’s myth busted

    The depressing news has it that the High Courts of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay will soon be renamed. Judiciary was the last bastion to be unpolluted by the name-changing spree of this government and even that has suffered a jolt. The question i...

  • Muhammad Rafi’s magnanimity

    The world knows how great Muhammad Rafi was as a singer and is also aware of his magnanimous character. Very few are aware that he simply gave away film Gumrah’s (1963) songs to his friend and shaagird (sort of a student in Urdu) Mahendra...

  • Caste is India’s cancer

    Kollam: A nation comes into existence because there are a group of people who believe that they are one, Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and chairman of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, said here in a seminar here. “When the...