Issues

  • 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....

  • UP sanctions prosecution of Varun

    Uttar Pradesh government has given permission to the Pilibhit administration for the prosecution of Varun Gandhi for his alleged anti Muslim speech in 2009 Lok Sabha elections rally on 7 March at Pilibhit. Deepak Kumar, secretary (Home), in an ...

  • Rights group refutes Gehlot on compensation to riot victims

    Civil rights groups that had taken up the cause for supporting victims of recent communal riots in three districts in Rajathan have strongly rejected chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s claim that the victims had been duly compensated. Sawai Si...

  • Ayodhya Verdict, Temple and Indian Nationalism

    While Ayodhya verdict is under criticism from various quarters for ignoring the basic issue of land dispute, for ignoring the illegal installation of Ram Lalla idols on the night of 23 Dec 1949 and the demolition of the Masjid by Sangh Parivar ...

  • Digvijay Singh’s statement on RSS terrorism

    In the 1930s, Hitler’s Nazi party attacked the Jews. Similarly, the RSS ideology wants to capture power by targeting Muslims under the garb of furthering nationalism. The RSS managed to infiltrate its cadres into many wings of the gov...

  • Why Can’t Hemant Karkare’s Death Be Politicised?

    By Farzana Versey It is truly unfortunate that Kavita Karkare, widow of the slain Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief, is expressing concern about Hemant Karkare’s death being politicised when the whole investigation and the aftermath o...

  • Defending Shahina - the investigating journo

    That security agencies were wary of even exploring the Hindutva angle in blasts across the country even in the face of hard evidence. This is now an established fact. Islam and terrorism were almost natural corollaries. Few in the media questio...

  • Mumbai 26/11 two years later: unanswered questions

    This 26/11 (2010), the nation remembered with pain and grief the incidents which had taken place two years earlier. In this a group of jeans clad terrorists rampaged the parts of Mumbai killing over two hundred innocent people. The lone survivo...

  • Community Empowerment: an agenda for action

    There is no denying the fact that Muslims in India are one of the most marginalised and deprived communities despite a lot of progress across many socio-economic sectors having been made through various macro-economic and political processes in...

  • Uniform Civil Code

    By Hashim Kidwai The question of a uniform civil code had sprung into prominence because of a judgement of the Supreme Court delivered by Justices Kuldip Singh and Sahni, and because of the demand of BJP leaders that there should be a u...

  • AMU Court or a Muslim Parliament?

    There was a time prior to Independence in 1947 that the Court of Aligarh Muslim University — its top governing body — comprised of the top Muslim elite in the nation. The then British-Indian government appointed select elite Muslims...

  • Community Empowerment: an agenda for action

      There is no denying the fact that Muslims in India are one of the most marginalised and deprived communities despite a lot of progress across many socio-economic sectors having been made through various macro-...

  • Solve Kashmir: Jan Hastakshep

    Terming Kashmir as an ‘occupied territory’ Jan Hastakshep, a New Delhi based civil rights group on November 15 asked New Delhi to grant ‘right to self determination to people of Kashmir’. “Whatever is division ...

  • Suicides up in the Valley

    Even though the guns have fallen silent, the memories that linger refuse to let those who had been witness forget. After the deaths of 123 protesters at the hands of the Indian security forces since January 2010, the Kashmir Valley is now copin...

  • Media game on Kanpur blast

    By Abdul Rashid Agwan The coverage of mainstream media on the Kanpur bomb blast of 28 October seems selective and cautious. The national and local media informed the next morning that it was a nasty outcome of some illegal cracker factory;...

  • The disadvantage of being America’s strategic partner

    As far as the bilateral relationship between India and the US is concerned there is an élan as observed on occasions like the recent Obama visit. The most important issue of the day is terrorism. But the moment the “enormous”...

  • Anguish of Kashmiri People: are we listening?

    Statement of Arundhati Roy (Nov 2010), that Kashmir is not a part of India, did raise more than a storm in a tea cup. The BJP demanded that court case should be initiated against her, BJP affiliate Mahila Morcha vandalized her house in Delhi an...

  • Paid media is now naked

    ‘What do you want me to tell them (The Congress)? Tell Me. I’ll talk to them.’ — Barkha Dutt, Group editor, English news channel, NDTV “What kind of story do you want?” “What kind of story do yo...

  • Indian Media Discredited

    By Binu Mathew Indian media’s credibility is at an all time low. The recently released audio tapes involving a major corporate house publicist and reputed journalists and the subsequent black out of the news by almost the entire Indi...