Issues

  • Time to forget & forgive

    The mosque built by Mir Baqui around five centuries ago has been deliberately dragged into the controversy once again following the Liberhan Report leak. At the time of Independence it was a mosque and no political party had claimed anything to...

  • No real option short of Mishra Commendations

    The Minister of Minority Affairs has been hinting at the creation of a Sub-quota for the Muslim OBCs out of the 27 % Mandal Quota for OBC’s. Mandal had not laid down separate Sub-quota for OBCs of different religious communities or for ma...

  • Say “thank you, AMU”

    Recently someone wrote a good piece entitled, “Have some respect for your University...” He was referring to the month-long turmoil at AMU, the students’ strike that was started at the AMU campus and then shifted to New Delhi,...

  • Of parasites thriving on Zakat

    Zakat is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. It is neither tax money nor charity or a burden. It is an obligation which Muslims owe to the poor and a right of the poor in the wealth of the rich, but Muslims are too neglectful of this pilla...

  • Is Indian Muslim media serving its purpose?

    After 1947, whatever remained of the Muslim community media (newspapers, magazines) in India was mostly in Urdu language. Gradually, this Urdu media which only some Indians could read, also limited reporting of events from the entire country to...

  • Fighting Injustice & Communal Targeting

    By Subhashini Ali (ex MP) Since the last two decades, whenever an incident of a bomb explosion takes place anywhere in the country, large numbers of young Muslim men are arrested often from places very far from where the incident has occurr...

  • How to revive the spirit of Jamia Millia?

    The Jamia Millia Islamia was conceived in 1920 as the confluence of Islam and Indian Nationalism, as a laboratory for synthesis of tradition and modernism and as a forum for Hindu-Muslim dialogue and understanding, as a workshop for forging a n...

  • A Hope for the Year 2010

    By Mirza A. Beg mab64@yahoo.com   The year 2010 completes the first decade of the 21st Century. For the last nine years we have been in the new century, but the hope for New Millennium eludes us. The mind set of hubris still plag...

  • Equality for one and all

    The Indian constitution is committed to the equality of all citizens of India and it prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. It is the responsibility of the State to preserve, protect and assure the ...

  • Imam Husain Pride of Humanity

    By Pundit Ram Nath Sharma ‘Raman’ Amrohvi We Indians live here at a distance of thousands of miles from the country of Imam Husain but even then it goes without saying how much love and respect people of India have for him. I am...

  • Judiciary should not cross the Green Line

    An Indian court decision has seriously challenged the constitutional right of freedom of religion of a Muslim woman, under the threat that if she is not willing to lift her veil for a voter’s card and subsequently an identification check ...

  • Nehruvian Foreign Policy: Misplaced Criticism

    Shashi Tharoor, while speaking at a meeting organized by Indian Council of Foreign Affairs on 9 Jan. 2010, endorsed the views of Lord Bhiku Parekh on Nehru”s foreign polilcy. Lord Parekh described it as being based on moral self-righteous...

  • Muslim Reservation Movement Action Plan

    Lucknow: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is yet to do anything concrete for Muslims, despite PM”s much quoted statement that “Muslims have the first right over nation”s res...

  • India is not a secular state

    By Omar Khalidi India is often described as a shining example of a secular state but in reality the state bestows greater privileges on Hinduism over other religions and religious communities. It is in fact, the defender of the “Hind...

  • Sharia Laws Reform

    Reform in sharia laws is more advanced in countries such as Turkey, Indonesia, Morocco and Iran than it is in India. A good example would be the reforms put into effect in Morocco which was described by Ziauddin Sardar in an article titled &ldq...

  • After deserting Samajwadi Party, what next for Amar Singh?

    The question about Amar Singh’s future programmes after resigning from Samajwadi Party is not so important as to how Mulayam Singh will be able to restore the lost popularity of Samajwadi Party (SP) after doing maximum damage to it by his...

  • Inter-faith amity not at cost of Islamic basics

    In the last one decade, especially in the years since 9/11 Muslims everywhere started many interfaith initiatives to exchange views with non-Muslims. In India this Muslim-Hindu initiative was centuries old when countless Sufi saints initiated t...

  • Shiv Sena ire against Shah Rukh Khan

    A fortnight ago (January 2010) Shah Rukh Khan, the celebrated film star, voiced his opinion that Pakistani Cricket players should not be prevented from playing in IPL cricket League. This sparked a big row of protest from the local Shiv Sena su...

  • Status of Urdu in UP

    Lucknow: What is going on at the proverbial Urdu front in Uttar Pradesh — the state where Urdu is spoken by the highest number of people? Urdu speakers in UP are 3 crore and 70 lakh (37 million) mostly Muslims besides millions of other In...

  • Paid news culture and Indian media

    By Nava Thakuria   India has finally woken up to the menace of ‘paid news’ culture in the mainstream media. The practice that involves money in acquiring unethically media space by the beneficiaries remained an importan...