Issues

  • Options for Kashmiri leaders

    By Balraj Puri balraj_puri1@rediffmail.com A vital question that the separatist leaders must decide is whether they want Azadi or any other status outside India for the whole state or for the Kashmiri speaking community in the Valley. In...

  • A PIL: Mahabali vs. Indian State

    I read the judgment on the Babri Masjid… ooops… the Ramjanmabhoomi issue. I should say that I was thrilled. Since legal bodies of our great modern country have extended their jurisdiction to the unknown past to settle real or imag...

  • Ayodhya dispute: crime pays

    After more than half a century, judgment, initially reserved, was finally pronounced in the much hyped ‘Babri Masjid-Janm Bhoomi’ case. One point on which all three honourable judges agreed was the surreptitious planting of idols in...

  • A Tale of Two Mosques

    In 1992 right wing Hindu fundamentalists destroyed a mosque built during Mughal times known as the Babri Masjid. They argued that a temple stood beneath the mosque and that this was the birthplace of Lord Ram, a God in the Hindu pantheon. They ...

  • How I found the riot-affected Ratlam

    By V.K. Tripathi vkt@physics.iitd.ernet.in A communal conflagration erupted in Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) on September 3, 2010 on the issue of defacing Danipura mosque by cow dung (gobar) at the time of evening prayer. A few doors in the...

  • Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is possible

    By Sandeep Pandey ashaashram@yahoo.com As the day of judgement on the Ayodhya dispute approaches the Sangh Parivar organisations have again begun chanting the slogans of a Ram temple there. The demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and the ...

  • Narendra Modi’s ‘rescue act’

    Narendra Modi’s exaggerated claim to rescue 15,000 marooned Gujaratis in Uttarakhand-debacle gives ample evidence that he’s an outright partisan leader who cannot think beyond his state Gujarat and Gujarati Hindus. Even at this hour...

  • Irrationality of Hindu Mind

    “Associating a calamity with imagined ‘divine wrath’ has been the habit of man since the beginning of human civilization because by doing that, he absolves himself from taking any responsibility and further strengthens his sup...

  • Ayodhya Verdict

    By Rajindar Sachar rsachar1@vsnl.net Both government and opposition and the public in general are rightly in panic awaiting the verdict on Babri Masjid by Allahabad High Court – a situation brought about by the faltering non secula...

  • Are Ghalib, Mir, Momin defunct?

    While talking to a professor of English from North, who happened to be knowing a smattering of Urdu, our discussion veered towards Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Momin Khan Momin, Ibrahim Zauq, Daagh Dehlawi, Yaas Yagana Changezi, among others. All were...

  • From Maharashtra to U.P., Muslim leadership under fire

    By Aleem Faizee Performance of Muslim ministers and lawmakers has rarely been under scanner. The community always chose to ignore their non-performance and never tried to hold them accountable for their failures. However, the conspicuous s...

  • Another Karbala in Syria: Open Sunni-Shia War

    Prominent Sunni Cleric Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qardawi who lives in Qatar and whose TV programmes are very popular in the Arab World, threw all pretences of being neutral in the ongoing Syrian conflict and appealed to all Sunnis to go all out to frustr...

  • CBI issues Red Corner notice

    Ahmadabad: Ajay Patel, chairman, ADC Bank and Yashpal Chudasma, Director, have gone underground following CBI’s assessment of Amit Shah’s assets and investments. CBI had issued warrants to these persons to report in person four time...

  • Amit Shah invested 200 crores in shares

    Ahmadabad: Exposing a huge network of extortion, CBI first nabbed Abhay Chudasma and then Amit Shah. Shocking revelations about the money collected and invested are pouring in. It is learnt that Amit Shah had made huge investments through Yashp...

  • Amit Shah invested 200 crores in shares

    Ahmadabad: Exposing a huge network of extortion, CBI first nabbed Abhay Chudasma and then Amit Shah. Shocking revelations about the money collected and invested are pouring in. It is learnt that Amit Shah had made huge investments through Yashp...

  • Probe to investigate mysterious death of BJP minority leaders

    Junagadh: Mystery shrouds the death of Kasambhai Notiyar, leader of BJP minority cell of Junagadh. He had been missing for fifteen days and later his dead body was found in a well. A missing person complaint was lodged at that time. In a highly...

  • Colour of Terror: Saffron, Green or Black?

    Can terrorism be labelled or given the prefix of a holy colour associated with religious sentiments? This debate came to the surface with P. Chidmbaram stating, “There has been a recent uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has b...

  • Economic empowerment of Muslims through microfinance

    By Tameemuddin  Humble tameemhumble@gmail.com The vast majority of the Muslim population in India is chronically poor and destitute and cannot avail the welfare schemes of the government meant for them through the formal financial i...

  • India, at war with itself: Mahesh Bhatt

    By Mahesh Bhatt as told to Jasim Mohammad “You have a  civil war raging in Kashmir, trouble in the North East and now Dantewada has become the new war theatre. In spite of that you guys will brag and celebrate your 63rd indepe...

  • Burning Kashmir and indifferent attitude of civil society

    By Salman Sultan When our security forces fired on kids protesting at the streets of Kashmir valley, they did not injure them, they killed them. Were the kids planting land mines or using firearms so they might have become a grave threat f...