Issues

  • Not easy to play around with Art. 370

    By Khan Hasnain Aaqib It is not understandable as to why the newly-elected government is in a hurry to implement its controversial agenda although it was part of the BJP manifesto and the pre-election declarations of the saffron party lead...

  • Save Yakub Memon from the gallows

    Following the rejection of his mercy plea by the President of India, Yakub Memon is all set to be hanged for his involvement in the 12 March, 1993 Bombay serial blasts that claimed 257 lives. But the Government, especially the President of Indi...

  • Election results: a blessing in disguise!

    By Khalid Kamal Rumi The thumping victory of Narendra Modi-led NDA in the general elections for the 16th Lok Sabha is “potentially” poised to be the best thing to have happened to the Muslims of India in the last one decade. Th...

  • “Democracy” at the cost of Muslims

    By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam In India, anti-Muslim pogroms have become part of normal election process. The best way to ensure a BJP victory is to increase communal animosity with hate speech for a few weeks, followed by inevitable anti-Mus...

  • Likely impacts of BJP and AAP on the Indian society

    By Dr Rahul Pandey For about two months I was in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Alok Agarwal. Irrespective of what the result in Khandwa will be, it appears that almost everywhere BJP will make su...

  • Is it possible to ignore Aam Aadmi Party?

    People who are describing Aam Aadmi Party as “dangerous, anarchic, publicity seeker,” which is unfit for the Indian democracy, are mostly from the generation that has grown used to long established political parties and the abuses,&...

  • Gulzar: Adabi sariqa par Dada Sahab Phalke Award!

    Sampooran Singh Kalra Gulzar’s selection for Dada Sahab Phalke award should be seen as an acknowledgement of Urdu as he’s the last surviving exponent of that culture and refinement Urdu is so bound up with. Though the connoisseurs o...

  • SC judgment on eunuchs is good but let castration not become destiny!

    The recent Supreme Court judgment on eunuchs is welcome for two reasons. First, it recognizes the genuine human rights of “Hijras” (or Kinnars) and the right to be counted as neither male nor female but as Third Gender. They have be...

  • Open Letter to Modi: Post-Election, we can talk

    Shriman Modiji, At the very outset I want to restate what is already known to you and all your supporters: that Muslims (except very few) are not going to vote for you in the coming elections. And this is not merely on account of you; it is...

  • Riot victims of Muzaffarnagar have no interest in Elections

    BJP is smelling victory in the Hindu-Muslim divide. That's why the party declared Sanjiv Baliyan and Hukum Singh, both accused in the riots.

  • Hindu godmen promoting BJP

    The Indian Express (20 March) has reported that Ravishankar, a Hindu godman, said in Delhi: ‘Lakshmi toh kamal pe baith ke aati hai’ (Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, comes sitting on the Lotus). It was an oblique reference to ...

  • How can Jains be a minority community?

    Jain community in India getting the minority status is a classic case of eating the cake and having it too. Jainism is a slightly different manifestation of Hinduism. In other words, it’s a sect of Hinduism like Shaivites and Lingayats. T...

  • Is Mumbra forever condemned?

    Whenever I go to Thane, I make it a point to visit Mumbra which’s adjacent to it. I’ve a few dear Muslim friends from UP residing there. The recent incident of the detention of Muslim youth at Mumbra by police made me think, why thi...

  • Whom to vote for: Muslim dilemma

    The General Elections are now only days away. Parties are campaigning, and people are contemplating whom to vote for. The opinion polls are predicting more than 220 seats for the BJP-led NDA and about 130 seats for the Congress-led UPA. Others ...

  • Is Cheering For Pakistan A Felony?

    Nearly 60 Kashmiri students of the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut have been booked for sedition by the Uttar Pradesh government after they allegedly cheered for the Pakistan cricket team against India in the Asia Cup match betw...

  • Subcontinental Muslims Do Have Genetic Affinity With Arabs

    Recently some European experts of genetics and DNA (Dr Colin Butcher, Dr Andrew Slater etc.) concluded that contrary to the derogatory belief, spread by rabid Hindus, that all Sub- continental Muslims have the same ethnic DNA pattern, it’...

  • Apology or no apology, BJP remains untouchable

    A few months back, I had predicted that Narendra Modi will apologise some day close to the date of polling. Raj Nath Singh, the President of Party, has already offered what people are not even ready to accept as an “apology”. Modi i...

  • A Poser To Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi said in Assam that all persecuted Hindus in Bangladesh would be duly accommodated in Assam or other parts of India once his party got to govern the country. A very noble thought, I must say. There’s no denying the fact that ...

  • What the Hindus’ scriptures say?

    The seeds of the book Hindus: The alternative history by Wendy Doniger were sown during one of her lectures in England in 2003, where a Hindu fanatic had thrown an egg at her after she had explained the complex relationship between Sita and Lak...

  • Muslim Representation in Lok Sabha may hit all time low in 2014

    Elections are still a few months away. There are possibilities of changes in the likely results of the elections. It is quite possible that the ultimate scenario may not be as horrible as it looks now. But in all probability it appears that BJP...