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  • A New wave of killings by army and police in J&K

    Barely a week after Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government took oath of office in Jammu and Kashmir, five civilians including a woman were killed and several injured in Army and police firing, after protests erupted against the alleged molestati...

  • Manipur: Pleading justice for Pangal victims

    Md Shafikul Haque shafitabu@gmail.com In Manipur senseless, brutal attacks on Pangals (ethnic name of Manipuri Muslims, a minority community) have been on the rise. On 25th March 2016, six young boys were brutally attacked at Iramsiphai ...

  • Why we need minority character for AMU, or Jamia Millia, or Jamia Hamdard?

    Afzal Usmani simaalusmani@gmail.com “Nothing is more disgraceful for a nation than to throw into the oblivion its historical heritage and the works of its ancestors”.   Sir Syed Ahmad, Khan, Founder of Aligarh Muslim...

  • Azaadi

    Why do we jump at the word azaadi? Its the most potent of words, heavy with meaning, offloading an abundance of emotions. Azaadi can be from just about anyone or any system, be it from an oppressive government or an incompatible mate or even an...

  • Resistance on... Ongoing!

    Humra Quraishi   On 8 April 2016, another round of resistance - Pratirodh - to the fascist rulers of the day - was organised at New Delhi’s Mavalankar Hall (Constitution Club) where Krishna Sobti, Gauhar Raza, SiddharthVarad...

  • Inner Line Permit Is Scary for Muslims and Tribals in Manipur

    W.M. Afzal Khan The Inner Line Permit System is ostensibly intended to control the influx of outsiders in the state. Initially, the British government had introduced ILPS to protect its commercial interests, particularly in oil and tea. It...

  • JNU doctored footage: Delhi govt files suit

    New Delhi: The AAP government on 22 April filed a complaint before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Patiala House Courts, seeking action against three television news channels, Zee News, News X and India News, for airing doctored footag...

  • Indian Nationalism vs. Hindu Nationalism

    New Delhi: A lively lecture followed by a panel discussion was held on 16 in the sprawling lawns of the Sayidain House in Jamia Nagar here on 16 April. The occasion was the release of the book, Indian Nationalism versus Hindu Nationalism by Pro...

  • Do Educational Institutions need lectures on Patriotism?

    The issues related to patriotism in our educational institutions started coming up to the fore with this Government coming to power in May 2014. One after the other news of Government intervention in different institutions, more so the national...

  • My Sister, Delta Meghwal

    My loving sister Delta, I write this letter to you, with swollen eyes plunged in tears after your murder, knowing the fact that you will never read this. I am also sad that I could not write a letter to you earlier and remained lost into my...

  • Is Chhattisgarh a police state in democratic India?

    Pushkar Raj pushkar.raj@acet-global.com   A police state is said to be one where citizens experience life, freedom of movement and expression of opinion subject to police monitoring and control. The mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh...

  • Character creates miracles

    All of us know what a miracle can character create. But, there are not many who make efforts for character-building, improve themselves, or make sacrifices for the sake of others. It is also true that conduct and character are influences which ...

  • Pastor attacked, Bible set ablaze

    Raipur: Unidentified assailants attacked a church and its pastor over the weekend at the remote Tokapal village in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region. This is the second church attack in Chhattisgarh since March when a mob vandalized a `home ch...

  • Chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ not necessary: Gov.

    Bareilly:  Shri Shardi Sain Sewa Trust has yet again tried to enunciate what is the true religion of society. The Sewa Trust arranged the collective marriages of 51 poor girls in the presence of hundreds of citizens. More than a dozen dign...

  • 21 universities fake: HRD minister

    New Delhi: Union HRD minister Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani said in reply to a supplementary question in Lok Sabha on 14 March that 21 fake universities have ben identified all over the country and secretaries of all concerned states have been direct...

  • 35 lakh Muslim students in Bihar govt schools, girls outnumber boys

    Patna: According to HRD ministry’s statistics, in the first place number of Muslim girls in Bihar’s government schools is greater than that of Muslim boys and secondly, the school drop-out rate among Muslim girls is less than that o...

  • No longer Gurgaon, Gurugram!

    Haryana’s BJP government has changed Gurgaon’s name to Gurugram after Guru Dronacharya. When Madras was changed to the most disgusting Chennai in 1996, poet A K Ramanujan called it, ‘misplaced provincialism’. We’ve...

  • Where’s Dara Shikoh’s gold-plated Upanishad?

    It’s strange that India’s demanding Koh-e-Noor (not Kohinoor; Koh: Mountain/-e-: of/Noor: Light, brightness, effulgence), which its erstwhile Hindu/Sikh rulers gifted to the East India Company and the Company gifted that legendary d...

  • Time to offer Istisqa

    Years ago in a Hadith (compilation of Muhammad’s sayings and deeds), I read that once Muhammad warned his companions that time would come when people would fight for water. This was when he saw one of the companions waste water in a Nakhl...

  • Mosque demolished, Muslim assembly banned, veil prohibited

    New Delhi:  The cool atmosphere of Uttarakhand got heated up on 14 April when a mosque was demolished in a village in tehsil Teoni of Dehradun district. It is alleged that the demolition took place in revenge to the theft of a few sacrific...