Issues

  • Canada takes notice of army excesses

    By Afsana Rashid Srinagar: Welcoming the Canadian government’s refusal of visa to ‘perpetrators involved in gross human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir’ Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on May 28 s...

  • Narco analysis: Supreme Court sets out the truth

    The Indian judiciary has finally recognised and condemned the abusive nature of narcoanalysis, brain-mapping, and polygraph tests[1]. Specifically, the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Smt. Selvi & Ors. v. State of Karnataka prohibi...

  • A Wake Up Call for “Muslim Leaders”

    By Navaid Hamid For the last several years, I have been cautioning "Muslim leaders" to be more realistic, visionary and attentive to the pulse of the Muslim youth who constitute around 60 percent of the total Muslim population in...

  • RSS hand in Makkah Masjid bomb blast?

    New Delhi: The CBI, which has been investigating the bomb blast in Ajmer’s Dargah, has disclosed that along with the progress in the Ajmer bomb blast case, there appears to be a connection between Ajmer and Makka Masjid bomb blasts becaus...

  • UPA: one year after return to power

    This May 2010, UPA completed its one year in the seat of power for the second term. Now it is being christened as UPA-II and political pundits are evaluating its performance on various scales of performance like foreign policy, economic perform...

  • India-Pakistan co-sovereignty over the Autonomous Valley

    The heart of the Kashmir Dispute is the triple claim on the sovereignty over the state by India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. This continuing conflict has cast its shadow not only on the main protagonists or even the Subcontinent as a wh...

  • Politics of fatwa in India

    By Navaid Hamid Indian Muslims are not aloof from the global Muslim community which is feeling the brunt of a crisis from within. They suffer from an identity crisis in spiritual, social and political spheres. Muslim intellectuals today follo...

  • Unconstitutionally Yours!

    By Md. Aziz Haider Do you know that the mammoth exercise of Census 2011 being carried out by the Government has no column for your religion, linguistic background and whether you are an OBC but demands to know if you are SC/ST, with an exp...

  • BBC is looking for ideal parents

    The BBC wants to show families around the world who are proud of their parenting skills and who believe in instilling discipline, boundaries and respect whilst embracing progress and development in the country. The BBC is looking for role m...

  • Communal riots: culprits should be in the dock

    The interrogation of Narendra Modi by SIT, appointed by Supreme Court, was a major landmark in the investigation of Gujarat carnage. Over a period of years the gradual erosion of democratic values has led the situation to a sorry pass where the...

  • Fact-finding report on Hyderabad riot-ii

    The third phase of violence: Even after all the violence, property loss etc and when the situation was out of control and when in all the areas section 144 was imposed, police gave the permission to take out the rally on 30 March on the occas...

  • Equitable implementation of the Mishra Commission Recommendations, statewise

    The Mishra Commission has recommended 15% reservation in government jobs, education and development benefits for minorities and, of that 10% exclusively for Muslims. These figures clearly suggest that the Commission has framed its recommendatio...

  • Were innocent men blamed for the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts?

    Barkha Dutt’s panel discussion* blows the shroud over the grand conspiracy to demonise Indian Muslims and charge their young and educated, who have been illegal targets of illegal phone taping, and were on a dubious list of police and oth...

  • Muslim priorities in the 21st century

    By Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi Reports that frequently appear in the media clearly indicate that on the whole Muslims all over the world are facing unfavourable, and sometimes hostile, circumstances. Their condition in economic, educationa...

  • Get over false pride to prevent communal friction

    By Syed Nasirullah In a big city when the muazzin of a mosque in a locality opened the door for morning azaan he saw the carcases of an unholy slaughtered animal inside the mosque. Horrified, he went to a neighbour’s house and informed ...

  • Whither Annihilation of Caste?

    When on this 14th April anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Babasaheb Ambedkar, we pay tribute to his yeoman services towards the cause of social justice and bringing to fore the values of democracy; we also need to think as to how his dream and vision ...

  • Terrorism in India: Introspect before things go out of hand

    By Seema Sengupta While watching in disgust the gruesome television footage of the Boston bombing that inflicted mass casualties and deriding those cowards responsible for the needless waste of human life, I realized that there is somethin...

  • Delectability of Urdu Culture

    A few months back, a reporter of a Karachi-based eveninger mailed a funny incident to me. An Urdu teacher in Lahore verbally divorced his young wife when she inadvertently called him ‘’tum’’ instead of “Aap”!...

  • Sindoor is a symbol of human blood

    Maria Akram penned down a report about Muslim women following Hindu ladies fashion (sanskar). The report  is titled “Beneath burqa, a mangalsutra and chuda” (TOI, 2 Feb. 2013). The report elaborates on how Hindu sanskars (fashi...

  • Terror allegations are false

    By Obaidur Rahman Nadwi India is a democratic country. Our constitution gives freedom of religion to everyone. But it is extremely unfortunate that even after 64 years of independence, parochialism and prejudice are the lot of the country&...