Issues

  • Indian media

    The Media continues to be very powerful in India - the largest parliamentary democracy of the world. Over the years, it has grown much stronger and mightier. It has a far more expansive reach today than even before as according to the available...

  • The Women’s Bill would further shrink Muslim political space

    By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi manager@markazulmaarif.org The specious argument that Muslims cannot be granted quota because it would go against the secular nature of the Constitution can no longer hold water. If the Bill gets through the Lok S...

  • Women Reservation Bill: an attempt to stifle Muslim voice

    By Navaid Hamid navaidhamid@gmail.com Every new day has its own significance and if one goes into the history of human evolution, one finds that a good number of dates have left a mark on the history of civilisations. Some dates have dra...

  • Section 377: judgement background - i

    By Mushtaq Ahmad Alig   Advocate, Supreme Court of India Genesis of the judgement A writ petition (C) No. 7455/2001 was filed by the Naz Foundation, an NGO as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to challenge the constitutional vali...

  • BAN THE BAN!

    The decision of the Government of Gujarat to ban, 'Jinnah: India, Partition Independence', the controversial book by Jaswant Singh is on expected lines. Freedom of speech and expression, voices of dissent, have been systematically quell...

  • Problems of Delhi Waqf Board

    By Mumtaz Alam Rizvi At long last Delhi Waqf Board had to request Delhi Government for grants because it had no other alternative. Waqf Board's accountant, Mursaleen Ali Chaudhari met Delhi's finance minister Dr Ashok Walia in his off...

  • How to protest? An example from Azamgarh

    By Salman Sultan shibli.ncol@gmail.com Long back when teachers were on strike all over India, I led a delegation of teachers to Azamgarh circuit house to have a meeting with top opposition leaders visiting the town. The leaders included ...

  • Restriction on scarf is unhealthy: Karnataka Human Rights Commission

    Mangalore: The issue of wearing scarf or burkha is a matter of religion as it is a religious practice. Religious freedom has been guaranteed by the Indian constitution where it not only addresses merely matters of doctrine and beliefs pertainin...

  • Mysore violence: HC orders release of 25 detainees

    Bangalore: The Karnataka high court directed the authorities to immediately release 25 persons kept in Belgaum's Hindalaga prison. They were arrested following the July 2 communal violence in Mysore. "Body warrants cannot be considered...

  • Shari’ah Advisory Making Its Presence Felt In India

    India’s premier Shari’ah advisory and consultancy firm, Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions Pvt. Ltd (TASIS), has been appointed for structuring, monitoring and certifying the Shari’ah-compliance of India’s ...

  • Section 377: judgement background - ii

    Morality as a ground of a restriction to fundamental right The Court has held: (i)  Enforcement of public morality does not amount to a compelling State interest to justify invasion of the zone of privacy of adult homosexuals engaged...

  • Rape, Law and the Middle Class

    By Walter Fernandes The trauma of the Delhi woman who was raped has ended with her death. The atrocity roused middle class anger all over the country. Emotions ran high around this atrocious act of some drunken men and the demonstrators ma...

  • Urdu language

    Urdu is impugned and maligned on the ground of being a “foreign” language or a relic of Muslim dominance and for the alleged defects of its script. Urdu is not a relic of the Muslim rule but a living and ever-green symbol of Hindu-M...

  • Development Goals

    India is passing through a crucial period. Supriya Sule, chairperson of the parliamentarian's Group on Millennium Development Goals, has pointed out some pressing problems prevailing in India . She stated that "India is home to a fourt...

  • Quit Afghanistan

    BBC's security correspondence on 4 Sept 09 went pm record with a clear admission that US/NATO operations in Afghanistan on Taliban and Afghan civilians has nothing directly or indirectly relates to US/NATO's avowed claim to be fighting ...

  • Effective measures to curb hate speech

    By Iqbal A. Ansari iqbalansari35@gmail.com During the Lok Sabha  electoral campaign Varun Gandhi's hate speech against Muslims  aroused interest in the existing applicable law and law-enforcement system in the country. It n...

  • Time to turn to sanity

    “Every death diminishes me” - so has the tragedy of 16 Dec. Damini / Nirbhay’s tragic end stirred the sleeping conscience of the countrymen. Since long the nation has been in blissfull stupor -  king of complacency that &...

  • Why Modi Cannot Be A National Leader?

    By Kaleem Kawaja Surely BJP winning the Gujarat state assembly election under Narendra Modi’s leadership for the third time in a row is to be recognized. But to use that as a basis to project Modi as a national leader and a candidate...

  • Ishrat Jahan murder: an open letter to the PM

    “Mr.Prime Minister, You are presiding over the destiny of a nation ,which claims to be the largest democracy in the world without rule of law and a secular state without secular justice.” The latest example of  the lawles...

  • Maharashtra Assembly Election, 2009

    Maharashtra ranks 4th among the states of the Union from the point of view of Muslim population.  It comes immediately after UP, West Bengal and Bihar. With a population of 10.3 million Muslims, it has 7.43% of the National Muslim populati...