Issues

  • Communal Violence Leading to Negative Image of India

    One is forced to deliberate on the importance given to each citizen’s constitutional rights in view of the increasing tendency of rogue sections choosing to take administration of “law and order” in their own hands. What else ...

  • Muslim personal law: India's Supreme Court needs to obtain world Muslim counsel

    The healthy practice among decent world societies of trying to know what decisions have been taken abroad on an issue before these are picked up for domestic adjudication.

  • On French relief and Crucial times for Aam Aadmi Party

    What a relief! The French have indeed signaled that all’s not over! The election of Emmanuel Macronhas actually relayed that sane and responsible governance will flourish in France. Lesser levels of discriminations and biases and hounding...

  • Creeping fascism in India

    Rising Fascism in India and the need for a counter narrative on secularism within our Constitutional democratic framework

  • Should Indian Supreme Court favour Sikh beard disapproving Jewish, Christian and Muslim beards?

    There are many Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs who shave off their beard but this cannot be a yardstick of understanding whether or not their respective faiths mandate the growing of the beard.

  • Holy Cow – Bovine Anarchy and the New Identity of India

    Did you know that the Hindu Right Wing is on a rampage not just against the Muslims but also against many of their own gods including Indra and Agni? Prof. Ram Puniyani writes in The Hindu that Many gods such as Indra and Agni ar...

  • Kerala has a lesson for us all; Calligraphy; Sufism

    I’m just back from Kerala, after attending a literary festival organized in Tirur by the Madhyamam group of publications… Its like returning from a different land altogether. After all, the flying time from Calicut to New Delhi is ...

  • The march of fascism from Gujarat 2002 to Ramjas College 2017

    What is happening on the Delhi University campus is a pointer that fascist forces have intruded into campuses, making life hell for any of those sane voices. This is the very basic crux of what took place last week in the very interiors of Delh...

  • What is our Nationality: Indian or Hindu?

    Their current formulation is based on the confusion about the word Hindustan. Simply put, the RSS ideologues state that this country is Hindustan as all people living here are Hindus. This is a circular argument.

  • End of Religious Politics Doesn’t Signal End of Hate Politics

    It’s official now – political parties cannot seek vote in the name of religion. So, the fate of political parties that openly fought elections in the name of religion is now sealed by the recent Supreme Court judgment. This might fi...

  • Gita is not a National book, its Hindu Scripture!

    Communal forces want to introduce this text in schools as not only they want to impose Hindu nation in this country but also through this book, they aim to reinforce the concept of Varna

  • Cricketer Shami and the Muslim Identity – Liberty of Choice or Liberty of Chance?

    Shami's response to trolls was too repugnant, rude, and chauvinist – by first displaying his wife’s pictures on a public forum and then relegating her stature to a display item which others may be jealous of.

  • Plunder of Waqfs continues across India

    The best way will be to establish a Waqf Parbhandhak Committee on the lines of the official Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee which looks after the Sikh properties in India.

  • Thank you!

    I wish to avail of this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us in one way or the other during this long journey over 17 years. I specially thank: * Our correspondents, contributors and cartoonist who have over the years offered ...

  • Campus activism is important for India’s future

    Md Arsalan arsalan_hzb@hotmail.com After the 2014 election victory of BJP at the Centre, many issues have occupied a major space in primetime debates, managing to suppress other issues. Issues facing farmers, the poor, Dalits, Muslims, C...

  • What happens When Nothing Happens?

    Naveed ul Hassan naveedulhassan5@gmail.com The news of deaths has stopped coming in from Kashmir. People are back to “normal”. Buses are plying. Some schools have also opened for the first time in four months. Literally, &ldq...

  • In search of lost paradise

    Rameez Bhat ramizspeaks77@gmail.com Kashmir is a land where everyone savours its picturesque beauty, where everyone relishes its cuisine, Iwhere everyone craves to come again and again, where everybody basks in the glory of its different...

  • Taimur: What’s in a name?

    It may be presumed that the objection has been deliberately voiced as the name symbolizes the Muslim identity of the young Khan. So, what? Again, it is the parents’ decision.

  • Time for the Ummah to unite, and yes it is possible

    Both for the unity of the Ummah and for peace within it as well as peace with other faiths, a liberal and tolerant attitude is essential.

  • Why the unionist forces are not the actual mainstream in J&K?

    Riyaz Masroor rmasroor@gmail.com Public consent is heart of true democracy. It’s not just the votes polled or the seats secured in the assembly that make a ruling regime legitimate. Consent of the general masses is what differentia...