Issues

  • 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...

  • The good that madrasas do goes unnoticed

    By Kaneez Fathima   Muslimaat, more familiar than its full name, Jamiatul Muslimaat, is located in the heart of the city, Hyderabad, known for its rich culture. It was established in the year 2004, by a social activist named Mr. As...

  • BJP’s soft Hindutva mask

    BJP's national council meet in Indore was aimed to put a soft face of the BJP to the common people. BJP is for the moment pretending to acquire an alternate position in the political framework of the country by imitating Rahul Gandhi to woo...

  • Indo-Pak talks and Taliban provocations

    + Pic   There are reports (February 23) in Indian media that two Sikhs were killed by Pakistan based Taliban militants in Khyber and Orakzi areas near Peshawar. These Sikhs were part of a group of many Sikhs who had been kidnap...

  • No proof of temple at Babri site

    Lucknow: Zafaryab Jilani arguing Babri Masjid ownership case before the special bench of Allahabad High Court consisting of Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma said on 3rd February after presenting some books of prominent histori...

  • The West in the grip of unprecedented Islamophobia

    + Pic   Phobia means fear, the fear of the other.  Any phobia has a psychological basis, which is a combination of historical memories, blended with myths and legends, complicated by social separateness, generated by the c...

  • A film on media - beyond TRP and deadlines

    In the mad, mindless rush towards self-gratification, are we somewhere sacrificing those values that brought us, kicking, dragging and sacrificing from a hard-earned freedom from colonialism to the new millennium where we, the collective civili...

  • Shahid Azmi, a career produced and consumed by judicial system

    The murder of defense counsel of Fahim Ansari and those accused in Malegaon blast of 2006 is really very disturbing. It brings to mind how some of those alleged to be involved in 1993 serial blasts were bumped off by targeted assassination. The...

  • Murder of Shahid Azmi, Assault on Indian Democracy

    By Mirza A. Beg   Thirty-two years old, Shahid Azmi, the defense counsel to the accused, framed by the police in the Malegaon case in Maharashtra, was gunned down in his office, execution style, by a five member assassination squad...

  • Plight of Muslims under terrorism

    Never before was the situation for the Muslims in India so awful as today. An accused in terror attack in Mumbai 26/11, Fahim Ansari, wants bail to come out and search a lawyer who can defend him. Reason: his lawyer Shahid Azmi has been shot de...

  • Strive for Indo-Pak amity

    Mumbai has recently witnessed turmoil around two issues, regionalism, and communalism in their worst form. One knows that India-Pakistan relations have been quite strained right since the beginning. There have been three wars between these two ...

  • Travesty of truth in Taslima’s name

    By Abdussalam Puthige maadhyamakendra@gmail.com   The daily, Kannada Prabha carried an article titled ‘Purda hai Purda’ in its magazine section on 28th February 2010. It was an article originally authored by Taslima N...