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  • “Jihadi-John”: A victim of circumstances?

    ‘Every man’s a victim of circumstances. Only a few overcome the adverse circumstances. Most of the human beings yield to them and act as circumstances want them to’ (Leo Tolstoy in War & Peace). I’m quoting Tolstoy n...

  • Ban on cow-slaughter: A sectarian dietary idiosyncrasy

    Maharashtra government’s blanket ban on cow-slaughter reeks of Hindutvavad because it’s a general perception that Muslims and also Christians eat beef. From a pure humanitarian point of view, killing any animal, not just a cow or bu...

  • Question of the hour

    The lynching of an alleged rapist in Nagaland is a sign that the rest of the country may soon emulate the example of Naga people if the government and judiciary keep dithering over the dubious rape laws and not punishing the perpetrators of rap...

  • Gujarat riots: All 70 acquitted in Sesan Nava attack

    On 13 February, a local court in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district acquitted all 70 accused in the Sesan Nava attack after witnesses turned hostile and retracted their statements and the police failed to produce material evidence against the...

  • Maharashtra govt scraps Muslim-quota in education

    The BJP-led government in Maharashtra on 3 March scrapped an ordinance issued by the previous government providing reservation for Muslims, despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the community in educational institutions. The Devendra...

  • Over 2.6 lakh infants in Guj. malnourished

    The Gujarat government has admitted to the state assembly that malnutrition levels among children across the urban and rural areas are high. Over 2.66 lakh children were found malnourished according to their weight-to-age ratio by officials of ...

  • Adityanath spews venom

    BJP MP Yogi Adityanath recently claimed that the main problem of the country was not hunger or poverty but “jihadi politics”. He was speaking at a Maha Hindu Sammelan organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal at Roh...

  • Another convict in Naroda Patiya riot gets bail

    The Gujarat High Court on 27 February granted bail to one of the 31 convicts of Naroda Patiya riot case of 2002. As many as 97 people were killed at Naroda Patiya during post-Godhra riots. The division bench of Justices RR Tripathi and RD Kotha...

  • After Amit Shah, Kataria discharged from Sohrabuddin case

    A special CBI court on 26 February discharged Gulab Chand Kataria, former home minister of Rajasthan, and marble trader Vimal Patni from the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter killing cases. For its verdict, the court cite...

  • Rihai Manch demands high level investigation of custodial death

    The Lucknow-based civil rights organisation Rihai Manch on 1 March demanded at Kandhla to set up a high-level enquiry committee to investigate the custodial death of Nuni Ram of Bareilly and Afzal of Gonda. Shahnawaz Alam of Rihai Manch said th...

  • Kerala Muslims to set up 100 schools in UP

    The Kerala-based organisation Sunni Yuva-jana Sangam (SYS) on 3 March announced plans to open nearly 100 primary schools in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The drive, estimated to cost nearly Rs.100 crore, will be funded by donations collected by t...

  • Over 180 million Muslims in India but they are not part of global terror groups: Govt

    The government might not have officially released the religious data of Census 2011, but in a presentation before an international delegation in the United States it said that over 180 million Muslims were living in India, constituting 14.88 pe...

  • Guj. police under scanner

    The Panchmahals police have arrested a sub-inspector under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for “willfully” neglecting his duty and allegedly altering an FIR on a complaint of gangrape by a Da...

  • Mushawarat state units reactivated, Mujtaba Farooq appointed Working President

    New Delhi: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, has reactivated its units in various states and appointed senior community leader Mujtaba Farooq as a Vice President with the designation of ...

  • Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar

    Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar jail suffer from feeling of deprivation and helplessness, said a report by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association. The report prepared by a three-member High Court Bar Association team comprising of ...

  • Murder of youth

    Killing of a youth in north Kashmir’s Palhallan-Pattan in Baramulla district, early February, triggered clashes, protests and wide-spread condemnations across the Valley. FIR has been lodged and inquiry ordered into the incident. Faro...

  • Political stalemate broken in J&K

    Srinagar: The stage is all set for the formation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition-government in J&K. Both the parties have reportedly reached an agreement on a Common Minimum Programme, which is under...

  • The Power of Saying No

    We’ve all had times when we say yes to someone but really want to say no. It’s often difficult to say no because of the desire to be loved: we want to be helpful, we want to show we care, but we may have little to give, are tired, o...

  • IS has ‘no widespread pull’ in India: ex-RAW chief

    There has been a hot discussion in almost every media that Muslim youth from India are desperate to join ISIS, causing apprehensions of many Muslim youth in Karnataka, Hyderabad, Mumbai and other places. While this issue raged, came the sta...

  • Muslim clerics’ posers leave RSS clueless

    A group of Muslim clerics led by Sunni Ulama Council general secretary Haji Mohammed Salees met with the RSS leadership at Kanpur and asked if it has prepared a plan to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra. The clerics met with senior RSS functionar...