Issues

  • 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...

  • 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...