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  • Widespread corruption in India: US report

    Washington: A US released on 25 June highlighted “police and security force abuses” and “widespread corruption” among its “most significant human rights problems” in India. Secretary of State John Kerry said ...

  • Amnesty slams India over AFSPA

    A detailed fact-finding report on the effects of Armed Forces Special Powers Act was released by Amnesty International on 1 July. It portrays a disturbing picture of Indian Army and calls for an end to the use of the Armed Forces Special Powers...

  • Unequal justice

    By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam A democracy is known by its fair play to all its citizens and equality before law. Sadly, it has become a pattern in India that some go scot free and others are heavily punished for committing the same crime. Th...

  • Rohini Salian: suffering with dignity

     The bomb that exploded on September 29, 2008 in Malegaon coincided with that on the same day and time and similarly targeting Muslims, in Modasa, Gujarat. As usual, it was explained away as the work of Lashkar-e-Toyba. In Malegaon home mi...

  • Exploited Balmiki community members threaten to change their religion

    Kota (Rajasthan): At a time when extremist Hindu organisations and activists of Hindutva are campaigning for the so-called ‘ghar wapasi’ news from Rajasthan’s Kota district has attracted the attention of people which may cause...

  • What it is to be victims of pogroms

    On Friday, June 19, 2015 an eerie and carefully crafted vaudeville of Hindutva started in Atali. The two fans that riot victims put in the burnt down mosque were removed because they allegedly constituted rebuilding of the mosque burnt in the r...

  • Was the Atali attack an act of terrorism?

    The defining feature of the carnage in Atali on May 25, 2015 bore the hallmark of terror. This is writ large on the doors of the houses of the victims which are unlocked and unbolted and the fans revolving from the ceilings of the houses long a...

  • Political ideology and interpretation of history

    Our Sub-continent has a common past and shares its history. There are diverse ways of looking at the same history by groups belonging to different political ideologies. With the change of government in Delhi, the leading institutions are having...

  • Kalawati: a woman of substance

    By Shobha Shukla Kalawati comes from a family of small farmers. Hers is a joint and happy family where she lives with her husband, a daughter, two sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Her postgraduate sons working outside the villa...

  • Strife in Meerut village over mosque

    Meerut:  Repair work in the mosque of Golabarh village, under T.P. Nagar police station, created communal tension on 21 June, resulting in a confrontation between the two communities. The police had to resort to a lathi-charge and a police...

  • Anti-riot mock drill by U.P. police

    Allahabad:  The BJP has raised a hue and cry against the mock drill to control communal riots which was organised by the U.P. police at Allahabad on 26 June. Their objection is to the fact that the rioters were given “Bhagwa” (...

  • 4300 non-Muslim refugees from neighbouring countries given Indian citizenship

    New Delhi: According to government sources, about 4300 Hindu and Sikh refugees from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been granted Indian citizenship during one year of the BJP-led NDA government, as compared...

  • Not sure how long India will remain secular: SC

    New Delhi: Supreme Court’s constitution bench consisting of Justices Vikramjit Sen and C. Nagappan, while hearing a PIL filed by one Clarence Pais who is ex-president of Catholic Association of Dakshin Kannad, said while expressing concer...

  • Twelve percent reservation for Muslims of Telangana assured

    Hyderabad: Second Convention of Telangana Muslim Intellectual Forum was held at Maulana Azad Foundation, Hyderabad the topic of which was “Role of Muslims in the struggle for the formation of Telangana and share of Muslims in this state a...

  • After Atali, nearby Tikri up in flames

    New Delhi: After Atali, communal tension gripped Tikri Brahman village near Palwal in Haryana which is about 30 kms from Atali, on 5 July. Muslims of the village blame Hindu communal forces for organising a mahapanchayat of Hindu Jats which res...

  • Atali erupts again, mosque burnt, Muslims flee

    By Bilal Bhat New Delhi: Once again violence erupted in Atali on 1 July after Hindus and Muslims in the village pelted stones at each other on three separate occasions. The renewed violence occurred after more than a month of the communal ...

  • Dawood’s safe haven

    A London-based Pakistani Urdu journalist wrote that the governments and intelligence of India and Pakistan were always aware of Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts and had they wanted, they could have arrested him along with his cohorts. But the...

  • BJP is scared of intellectuals

    Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen has categorically slammed BJP Government for his ouster from Nalanda University. This government of illiterates and semi-literates is openly against intellectuals because intellectuals are the biggest threat to the...

  • Where’s (religious) tolerance?

    We quickly brand Muslims to be rigid and fanatical when it comes to their religion. They could be. Nay, they are. But aren’t we all fanatics when it comes to our respective faiths? Are Hindus any less fanatical than Muslims? In yet anothe...

  • Why acquitted Muslims can’t get jobs

    New Delhi: In a defining speech in the Delhi assembly on 26 June, Amanatullah Khan, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Okhla, stressed on the need to provide government jobs for those Muslim youth who have been acquitted in terror cases. He ref...