Issues

  • Ruining innocent lives: guilt of investigating agencies

    Nine youth accused in the Malegaon blast case of 2006 have been granted bail by the MCOCA court. (Nov 6 2011). These Muslim youth were arrested after the bomb exploded on Shab-e-Barat, killing several people. Immediately after that the Anti Ter...

  • Juvenile rights violated in J&K: ACHR

    New Delhi: In a report published on 16 November 2011, Hong Kong-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) said that in Jammu & Kashmir juveniles are detained without trial, girls compulsorily sent to prisons and police lock ups. ACHR deman...

  • The circus of terrorism

    There is no tension in Malegaon as the 9 accused are granted bail in the September 8, 2006 bomb blast case and the 7 detainees have returned home. Dr Salman Farsi is the uncle of Noorulhodha and was framed as a conspirator when he attended the ...

  • Does Education Empower Women?

    “It is our culture, we have to hold a feast for more than a hundred Baaratis(people accompanying the groom to the bride’s house) on the marriage ceremony of my elder sister” angrily retorted my classmate with whom I was arguin...

  • Should Religion Be Taught In Schools?

     Fr. Anand Muttungal mppro2@yahoo.com The debate on teaching Bhagwad Gita has again come to the forefront with the recent statement of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh that Bhagwad Gita would be included in the state’s scho...

  • Lord Ram’s story: many versions

    + Pic Recently Delhi University Academic Council (Oct 2011) decided to drop the scholarly essay “Three Hundred Ramayanas” of A.K. Ramanujan, on different tellings of Ram’s story from the syllabus of Culture in India fo...

  • Shahabuddin on Sadiq-Sudarshan meeting

    New Delhi: Syed Shahabuddin, Convener of the Babari Masjid Movement Coordination Committee issued the following statement on 2 November: The Babri Masjid Movement Coordination Committee has taken note of the sudden expression of cordiality ...

  • Media and Muslims

    Newly appointed chairman of Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju has expressed his views about reining in the electronic and print media’s efforts to metamorphose the image of Muslims. Justice Katju who recently retired from th...

  • NIC debate on Communal Violence Bill and recent riots

    The Communal Violence Bill was the first item on the agenda of National Integration Council meeting held in Delhi on 10th September 2011 and almost all speakers expressed their views on the Bill. As expected the opposition leader Mrs. Sushma Sw...

  • Emperor Akbar’s Persian Ramayana and Khan-e-Khanan’s copy

    By Jalal Uddin + Pic Emperor Akbar, being a great lover of Indian literature and culture, has the credit of having translations done of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata into Persian to make them popular amongst Persian-knowing peopl...

  • AFSPA row: need for a collective perspective

    By Syed Adfar Rashid Shah adfer.syed@gmail.com The continuing debate and the hue and cry raised since last month over the revocation of AFSPA (in place since 1990) in Jammu & Kashmir appears to have no end. The general public has been...

  • India wants strategic ties with Afghanistan

    + Pic In order to scale down Pakistan’s uninterrupted say in Afghanistan, India has decided to provide arms to Afghanistan. Supply of infantry weapons to Afghanistan’s armed forces, police and paramilitary units with rifles,...

  • Kashmir, Ultra Nationalists and Path to Peaceful Solution

    The condemnable attack on Supreme Court lawyer and “Team Anna” member Prashant Bhushan on 12 October 2011, threw up many a question. To begin with, the attackers were congratulated by ultra-nationalists like Bal Thackeray of Shiv Se...

  • Kashmir, Ultra Nationalists and Path to Peaceful Solution

    The condemnable attack on Supreme Court lawyer and “Team Anna” member Prashant Bhushan on 12 October 2011, threw up many a question. To begin with, the attackers were congratulated by ultra-nationalists like Bal Thackeray of Shiv Se...

  • AFSPA soon to be withdrawn partially

    2011 has been the most peaceful for Jammu and Kashmir in the past two decades. And peaceful summer in the state has further paved the way for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some peaceful areas in a phased manner. In ...

  • Communal Harmony Yatra concludes in Delhi

    + Pix New Delhi: The fourth Harmony Yatra from Ayodhya to Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin concluded here on 17 October with a conference on communal harmony and brotherhood at Gandhi Peace Foundation. It was addressed by important speakers inc...

  • How much credible is the Indian Media?

    “Intervention of media has brought in revolutions in the past in many countries, although, news remains a medium of information but today the purpose of information has changed. The news isn’t being broadcast for the audience anymor...

  • Indian Muslims Can Define Foreign Relations

    YM Chitalwala adilchital@yahoo.in   As President Obama along with Gorge Bush stood at ground zero on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the devastating terror attack, the USA looked chastened and there was much sober reflect...

  • What has bias against minorities cost India?

    Mushtaque Madni Editor, Usool, Pune   It was during one of the parliamentary sessions that former defence minister, George Fernandes, when criticized by a Congress leader, blatantly said that he had concrete proofs that there was a...

  • Preventing sectarian violence

    In the recently held meeting of National Integration Council (September 2011) the discussion on The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence) Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill 2011 was on the top of the agenda. While the leaders of the...