Issues

  • Libelous Photos and 'Blasphemous' Films

    The very use of the word 'blasphemy' is problematic because of its distinct roots in the Christian tradition and its subsequent legal status in European 'secular' jurisprudence.

  • Nominal representation of Muslims in the police force causing difficulties

    New Delhi: Appointment of Muslim police officers in Muslim majority areas / localities in accordance with union home ministry’s secretary-level directions is found difficult to implement in the country, because of extremely small number o...

  • Sanjeev Bhatt’s Open Letters to Modi and Kodnani

    Dear Narendra Modi, You must have been apprised about the punishment meted out to your loyal lieutenants Dr. Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi, as well as the misguided foot-soldiers of misconceived Hindutva, who have now been condemned to spe...

  • Don’t Fear All Islamists, Fear Salafis

    By Robin Wright .in New York Times, August 19, 2012 Washington: ...For years, many Salafis – “salaf” means predecessors – had avoided politics and embraced autocrats as long as they were Muslims. But over the past ei...

  • Waqf legislation: community welfare or stereotype officialdom?

    The Waqf Bill 2010 is again before the union Ministry of Minority Affairs under the Rajya Sabha mandate that, in the light of the Select Committee recommendations, it should be amended and placed afresh before the Parliament. According to the i...

  • The Question of Muslim leadership in India

    The way the community has suffered during the six decades following Independence is partly because of lack of genuine leadership and partly for reasons that Indian polity has taken a different direction.

  • Shivaji spoke better Persian than Marathi!

    It’s intriguing to see the kind of hatred prevailing against Muslims in Maharashtra. But the very language Marathi, the Maharashtrians are so proud of, will be relegated to a dialect if thousands of Persian words are taken out of it. Acco...

  • Media and Muslims

    Justice Markande Katju is cent per cent correct for saying that the media presents Indian Muslims as terrorists and blasters of bombs while the fact is that 99 percent of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and followers of other religion are gentle an...

  • Born in free India, hence entitled to equal rights

     Abdul Hafiz Gandhi I was born in free India. I have no idea of who were responsible for the partition of the country. My ancestors with free will decided to be part of this nation. And, therefore, I refuse to carry the burden of parti...

  • Delectability of Persian

    One of my pet peeves is bad language. Incorrect language puts me off. Weaned on Persian and Urdu literature and particularly the exquisite poetry of these two languages, I’ve grown up hearing the pristine and most sublime form of these to...

  • A wild-goose chase in Kashmir

    By Sameer Arshad Reports about the Centre’s attempts to fuel sectarianism in Jammu & Kashmir have revived the debate about its dangers while drawing parallels with a similar disastrous strategy involving Sikh fundamentalist Jarnai...

  • Discovery of God through the footprint of ‘God particle’?

    By K.S. Faiyaz Pasha Scientists are claiming now that they have discovered the footprint of ‘God particle’ known as ‘Higgs Boson’ after having ‘read the mind of God’ who is beyond the reach of human perce...

  • Swamy on Chidambaram’s role in Hashimpura & Maliana

    Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party, is a well-known Muslim baiter. He dutifully follows extremist Hindutva organisation RSS's agenda; at times exceeding RSS zeal and doggedness in pursuing Anti-Muslim projects. His latest case inv...

  • Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s Reign

    + Pic By Habib Siddiqui It is difficult to untangle this historical mess without scrutinizing the accusations against Aurangzeb rationally. Fortunately, in recent years quite a few Hindu historians have come out in the open disputin...

  • How long will it take to establish Hindu Rashtra, Mr. Chidambaram?

    By Mushtaque Madni If dreams have an old habit of dying unceremoniously, cherished dreams have a worse habit: killing others mercilessly. If India’s forefathers and freedom fighters were ready to lay their lives for a secular Independ...

  • Why Only Article 370?

    By Mansoor Ahmad Ajazi Some narrow-minded people not only question the necessity of article 370 in the Constitution of India, but they demand its removal. Antagonists of article 370 should know that there is also an article 371 in the Const...

  • Human life remains as cheap as a bullet

    By Suhas chakma Each year law enforcement personnel violate the right to life of many citizens of India. The killing of Altaf Ahmad Sood, a class 12 student on 2 January 2012 at the NHPC premises in Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir...

  • Muslim votebank: myth or reality?

    By M. Ameen Shahid Siddiqui (“The Myth of Muslim votebank”, The Milli Gazette, 16-29 February 2012) forcefully asserts that Muslim votebank (MVB) is a myth. Quite true. May be for 65 years after independence Muslim disunity has ...

  • Why the West craves materialism & why the East sticks to religion

    By Imran Khan My generation grew up at a time when colonial hang up was at its peak. Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority complex of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite schools in Pakistan. ...

  • Need for radical electoral reforms

    The concern over reducing Muslim representation in our parliament and assemblies is not without any reasons for they do not even have reserved constituencies though the Dalits and Aadivasis in particular feel that reserved constituencies have not ...