Issues

  • Measuring Love?

    “Let love measure itself. You had better not try to quantify it................” Khaqani, the great Persian mystic. Here’s a heart-warming story from the Great Persian mystic Khaqani’s repertoire: A lover asked his b...

  • Why, Why, Why

    Having read the blood-curdling accounts of mayhem and bloodshed during the recent riots in UP and when I read in a Bengali newspaper, how a 14-year-old Muslim boy saw his mother, father and sister getting sliced, I imagined what he may have tho...

  • Defeat Modi’s Corporate and Communal Agenda

    Modi has at last been formally declared prime ministerial candidate for BJP. This has occurred at a time when over 50000 Muslims in Muzaffarnagar have been made refugees in their own district. I have heard stories of how Gujarat has been rehear...

  • Doubting Ram and Ramayana

    This refers to ‘Hindu ‘saint’ offer to give Rs. 5 lakh to anyone who spits on Jethmalani’s face, no media outrage’ (MG, 16-31 December). Just because Ram Jethmalani called Ram ‘a bad husband’, there&rsq...

  • Modi: A Political Sorcerer

    People (read unctuous and grovelling Hindus) of India seem to be blinded and bedazzled by Modi’s so-called charisma. Modi is a religiously polarised leader and if such a monomaniac person becomes the PM of India, the overall state of affa...

  • We’re violent & barbaric

    Are we non-violent? No. Our ostensible non-violence is a hogwash. It’s indeed ironic that this country which gave apostles of peace like Gautam Buddha, Mahavir and Gandhi also witnessed blood-curdling acts of violence. The three Cs: Caste...

  • Politics of Religious Symbols

    By Dr. Qutubuddin The 2014 general elections are inching closer. The election fever is slowly  gripping the country.  While political parties are on the lookout for support from every corner to achieve their goals, the time is al...

  • Paralysed Investigating Agencies

    By Yasir Bin Taiyab yasirbintaiyab@yahoo.co.in Arushi & Hemraj murder mystery and the shoddy investigation report of elite investigating agency looks more like a Hindi film story. An ideal masala for a commercial film. On television ...

  • Asaram episode: aren’t we also equally responsible?

    Choicest abuses and expletives are being heaped these days upon the self-proclaimed “godman” Asaram Bapu for (allegedly) raping a 16-year-old girl in Jodhpur. The man is now cooling his heels in judicial custody. But following this ...

  • Muslim faces of “secular” political parties

    Reasons for keeping Muslim stooges When Emergency was clamped by the Indira regime in 1975, among politicians imprisoned were the leaders of the RSS and Jamaat-e-Islami (Hind). Many of them were put in the same jail. The Jamaatis, by their ...

  • Murder of Narendra Dabholkar: muzzling the voice of reason

    The dastardly killing of the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Poona on August 20 has stunned all. A rationalist in the mould of Sri Lanka’s legendary Abraham Kovoor and the socialist M N Roy, Dabholkar was in the forefront of a campaign ...

  • Time to introspect about our community institutions

    It is human nature to blame others for our shortcomings. It is not to state that we are perfect and are supposed not to err. We must, however, learn from our mistakes and try not to repeat them in future. Only great men can overcome pretensions...

  • Why Pakistan Hindus are better off than Indian Muslims

    Has anyone of us ever heard or read in the newspapers or tabloids that Pakistani Hindus were involved in bomb blasts that have been, since last two decades, taking place in different cities of Pakistan? Has it ever happened that the ISI, ostens...

  • Is Justice literally blind?

    In the present tough times when constitutional institutions are fast losing respectability, we steadfastly adhere to our trust in one revered institution in our secular democratic republic, i.e., judiciary. Delhi’s Saket court verdict in ...

  • Shabari Kumbh of conspirators

    New Delhi: While RSS plans to organise a kumbh of 3-4 lakh activists at Ujjain next month let us take cognisance of the “kumbh” that was invented and organised at Dangs in 2006 February and its consequences. The Shabari Kumbh wa...

  • Swami, Sangh and Terror Links

    Investigating acts of terrorism have multiple complex issues as things are mired in secrecy. To add to the problem is the mindset of investigating authorities and those in power. The acts of terror, which have been inflicted on the country, hav...

  • Bihar Assembly Election, 2010 – an analysis

    The massive victory of JD(U)-BJP alliance in the recent Assembly elections in Bihar has been eulogized to the skies by the civil society and the mass media and is being depicted as the beginning of new politics in Bihar, cooling the caste cauld...

  • Modi’s “Race Termination Syndrome”

    Narendra Modi comparing riot victims with “puppies” shows that the man has absolutely no respect and feelings for Muslims. Calling him a fascist or a demagogue is not sufficient. He’s a sick man and such pathological character...

  • Indian Muslims on election fences

    By Zaigham Murtaza Amid mounting noises of election bells, hot debates surrounding secularism and communalism have taken the centre stage, leading to speculations concerning the Muslim mandate. There are also concerns of a bi-polar electio...

  • Terrorism: the Weapon of the Weak

    The remarks by Congress MP and spokesman Shakil Ahmad have started a debate, which should have been over by now. But that the debate never got going in the past should not be any reason why the subject cannot be debated now, in all its details....