Issues

  • Whose Money Is This?

    Shankar Rai, a Congress leader from Telangana, intends to install a nine-foot bronze statue of party president Sonia Gandhi depicting her as Telangana Talli or Mother Telangana. This is the nadir of apple-polishing. I’m sure, even Sonia c...

  • Indian Mujahideen: A Constant Scapegoat

    There’s a news on a popular portal (Rediff.com) that the self-sufficient Indian Mujahideen feels that Pakistanis are brothers. Now this is the sheer mischief of Indian print, visual and online media. I’m not a supporter of a ter...

  • It’s Modi’s ‘story’, not history

    The semi-educated Narendra Modi recently said in a speech at Raigad fort in Maharashtra that Shivaji, the Maratha warrior leader, had not looted Surat, rather he plundered Aurangzeb’s treasure with the help of the locals and used it for t...

  • Time Congress cemented its relationship with Muslims

    It is becoming increasingly likely that India may soon witness fascism take the driver’s seat in Indian politics. At least, this is what the media is trying to make the nation believe. Thanks to the corporate-controlled media, BJP’s...

  • Arabic is the official language of 23 countries, spoken by 420 million

    By Dr Sumama Faisal God Almighty preferred Arabic language over all languages of the world to reveal His last Book, The Qur’an, in this language. After the ‘Kalima’, the most important pillar of Islam is Namaz, offering w...

  • Why Persian & Arabic have been dropped?

    The UPSC has dropped Arabic and Persian languages from the list of permitted languages for public service exams while almost dead or limited-use languages are kept on the list. Persian is very important for India as it was the official language...

  • The case for restoring Arabic and Persian in UPSC

    By Dr. Qutubuddin UPSC’s decision to drop Arabic and Persian, among a few other languages, has generated strong reactions from the academic circles which  are persistently demanding the languages be restored. The decision is out...

  • Mandela: Icon of universal peace

    Some individuals become legends in their lifetime. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Einstein and Mandela were such greats who became legends much before they departed. Twentieth century witnessed two World Wars, great destruction, remarkable...

  • Flagrant Humiliation of Yasin Malik

    The (unfortunate) news is that J&K leader Yasin Malik, his wife and their 18-month old daughter were thrown out of a Delhi hotel near Nizamuddin around midnight. This happened on Sunday, December 1. I'm simply groping for words to d...

  • Plight of Muslim riot victims

    Imtihaan lay magar, yeh toh bata Is imtihaan ki intiha kahaan? (Test me but tell me at least / When the ordeal will end at last?). I'm reminded of this Urdu couplet by Moin Hasan 'Jazbi' in the context of Muslim children pu...

  • Honour killings vis-à-vis faith

    Case I: Father rapes and kills teenager for eloping with boyfriend …. (T.O.I. headlines 07/11) "...the father told the police the elopement had ‘tarnished the family name’; her ‘frequent elopement for sex...

  • Tarun Tejpal’s Sexual Misadventure

    Sexual harassment at a workplace by the CEO or a high-ranking individual is not a big deal but when it involves a person who espouses the very cause through his magazine for which he’s now disgraced, it is indeed an irony. Tarun Tejpa...

  • An Open Letter to Every Indian

    By Dr. Javed Akhtar What is more necessary: mental or physical happiness in life?. In my opinion, a majority of people will opt for the first choice which, unfortunately, is rapidly declining. The desire for physical pleasure is increasing...

  • The Aesthetics Of Feminine Beauty In Hijab

    I’ve always been an admirer of beauty and if it happens to be a woman’s beauty, it appeals to me all the more and warms the cockles of my ever-pulsating heart. There’s nothing pervert if a woman’s beauty is adored and ad...

  • Are Muslims mere pawns on political chessboard?

    While browsing through several news portals on the Internet, I stopped at Rediff’s portal and chanced upon the sight of an old Muslim man with a caption “2014-This guy may hold the key to power” (November 2). This had me t...

  • Patna Blasts: Can IM be an ally of anti-Muslim forces?

    In my article on the Patna blasts, written in the night of the disaster, I had written the following: “The Patna blasts raise several questions. Why did these low-intensity blasts coincide with the timing of Modi rally? Why even the n...

  • Casteism: Hinduism’s Ineradicable Legacy

    The news in Indian Express “Converted to Buddhism for haircut and shave, says Gujarat villager” (IE, 21 October) is just shocking. Barbers in a village of Gujarat don’t shave or give a haircut to a Dalit because upper caste pe...

  • Why I want to watch ‘Shahid’?

    Call me prejudiced, monomaniac, monolithic, even a liar and what not but let me tell you honestly that I’ve not seen any movie that hit the marquee after 1980! Neither did I hear any song after the demise of Muhammad Rafi in the same year...

  • Is “Allah” different to “God”?

    In a landmark judgement, a Malaysian court on 14 October ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the  word ‘Allah’ to refer to God and prohibited a Christian newspaper from using it in the  Muslim-majority nation. Didn’t t...

  • Lord Desai, BJP & Congress: the Muslim Question

    Lord Meghnad Desai, in his Sunday Indian Express article, “The Muslim Question” (http://m.indianexpress.com/news/the-muslim-question/1184879/), has discussed the Muslim part of the coming Lok Sabha elections. While he has admired my...