Issues

  • Rein In Adityanath

    “Religion and politics is a fatal combination,” Winston Churchill opined decades ago. BJP leader Yogi Adityanath’s volatile statement that “Over 10 percent minority population causes riots” is in sync with this gov...

  • Majority of Muslims are critical of ISIS, Al-Qaeda

    Mushawarat must be lauded for its firm stand on Al-Qaeda’s proposed presence on Indian soil involving Muslims. This is a banned militant outfit that has besmirched the name and image of Islam by its extremely un-Islamic activities. The pr...

  • The first 100 days

    The NDA has crossed the 100-day mark in office and it is rightly in for evaluation. So, let us see what we (or the government) has got to show for it. In short, nothing much. All these 100 days, slogans and big promises have been dinned into ou...

  • Love jihad, from Jodha Akbar to the Meerut gang-rape

    By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan   Taadaad badhaane ke liye chaal chalai, Muslim banaane ke liye scheme banaayi...Ek-kon ko gali gaon mein lekar ghumaate hain, parde ko daal Muslim aurat bethaate hain. (Muslims are making new schemes to i...

  • Sheer Savagery

    The barbaric beheading of the US journalist James Foley by a fanatic Muslim of ISIS is the most reprehensible act of cruelty. Filming and flaunting this gory spectacle is all the more condemnable. Agreed, the Muslim world has grievances galore ...

  • It’s either love, or jehad: Can’t be both

    The tiger can’t change its stripes, the leopard its spots. BJP cannot shed its anti-Muslim obsession. This is the lesson learnt at the UP BJP’s executive meet at Mathura last week. To make sure that the anti-Muslim hysteria in U...

  • “Love Jihad”: a ploy to launch “Hate Dharamyudh”

    Long back, when I had just finished my MBBS, one of my closest friends, a Brahamin, who used to be my school mate in Saharanpur, fell in love with a Muslim nurse. They are now married for more than two decades. My friend is perhaps the most pop...

  • Striving for Gender Justice: Overcoming Obstacles

    While, on one hand, a PIL has been filed for Uniform Civil Code (UCC), there is another significant development in this direction. This relates to the personal laws of Muslim community. It is claimed that Muslim women are subject to more domina...

  • Female Circumcision: Alien To Islam

    Recently TOI carried a front page news item that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq & Syria), a militant organization now occupying parts of Syria and Iraq, was hellbent on perpetuating the old tradition of female circumcision (FGM: Female Genital...

  • Hindu judge’s biased statement

    Supreme Court judge Justice A R Dave said on 2 August that Indians should revert to their ancient traditions, and texts such as Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita should be introduced to children at an early age. He further said that had he been ...

  • A premeditated game-plan

    The communal violence in Saharanpur should be halted at once before it spreads and becomes uncontrollable, said the Pakistani Daily Times in an editorial on 28 July, 2014. The violence was a result of a land dispute between the Muslim and Sikh ...

  • Hindutva and Muslims

    Forces of Hindu Dharma, the theology, and Hindutva, the extremist communal ideology, seem to be in an utter state of confused excitement. The rise of the BJP under Modi seems to have disbalanced their senses. The calls for domination of Hinduis...

  • Saffronised Historians

    Historian D N Jha has given a tart rejoinder to Arun Shourie’s biased article, “How history was made up at Nalanda” (Indian Express, 28 June). His well-worded and powerful reply, “Grist to the reactionary mill: Arun Shou...

  • The Communal Police

    Police have finally admitted that Muslims think, they’re communal and corrupt (front page news item, Indian Express, 17 July). Der aayad, durust aayad. This is a flagrant reality that was being denied quite vehemently by Indian police...

  • David vs. Goliath

    The third round of intifada being fought on the bloodied soil of occupied Palestine has classic contours of the historical confrontation between right and wrong, truth and untruth. Palestinians are brave people. Even so much pounding they a...

  • Forebodings of Great Violence

    By Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam The violent energies unleashed by communal politics before, during and after the elections have led to social tension that might erupt into great violence any moment. These violent energies have not yet spent t...

  • Corporate Agenda in full swing, Modi Budget disappoints the underprivileged

    “Three years for the corporate, two for the RSS” -- this was how I had summed up the likely Modi policy just after the election results. The first 100 days of the new government are not yet over, but the indications are clear that t...

  • An American Conspiracy

    Americans indeed created the sharp sectarian divide (Shia-Sunni conflict) in Iraq and beyond. Agreed, this sectarian conflict has been Islam’s bete-noire right from the beginning, but it became acute because of the tacit involvement of th...

  • Modi Win: Victory of Development or Divisiveness?

    The results of Parliamentary Elections were very interesting. With 31% vote share BJP-Modi won 282 parliamentary seats, Congress with 19% vote share got 44 seats, BSP polled 4.1 percent of votes and drew a total blank, the Trinamool Congress wo...

  • Rising Hindu Militancy

    “We seem to be breathing in a cauldron of extreme religiosity,” a character in Russian great Maxim Gorky’s story ruefully states. The same state of affairs can be likened to that of Maharashtra, nay of whole India, in the wake...