Issues

  • M.P. BJP to woo Muslims

    Bhopal: With the 2013 Legislative Assembly polls in mind the BJP has chalked out a strategy to woo Muslims so as to ensure its third successive win at the polls. In the meeting with the executive in Ujain last month the state chief minister had...

  • Gujarat’s Wounds: can fasting bring harmony?

    Life is full of strange paradoxes. Narendra Modi undertook fast for three days for Sadbhavna (harmony), to mark complete peace, unity and harmony (Sept. 2011). This came in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict which has asked the trial cou...

  • Political parties to keep the pot of communal violence bill boiling

    With intense political pressure mounting within and outside UPA on the present structure of the Communal Violence Bill, the government has admitted that the bill has some lacunae and needs to be re-drafted to make it acceptable to one and all. ...

  • How the BJP, friends tried to scuttle the draft Communal Violence Bill

    I must begin with a disclaimer: I was a member of the Working Group of the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council which drafted the Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill 2011. I am also a member of the Nat...

  • Why poverty among Muslims is highest inspite of Zakat system?

    By Noorullah Javed Mu’az bin Jabal during the period of seven years of his governorship of Yemen eliminated poverty to such an extent that by 15 Hijri there was no person deserving Zakat in that country. The question, therefore, arise...

  • Hinduism is a violent faith

    There’s a chapter in Subhash Gatade’s below-the-belt book Godse’s Children (Pharos Media). It is: “Shastrpujas: what’s religious about worshipping weapons?” Contrary to the general perception of Hinduism bein...

  • A New Deal for Indian Muslims?

    India is at the threshold of a New Deal for 200 million Muslims of India, at the behest of the world’s superpower, the USA. Signs are unmistakable that the initiative has been forced on India by the US, the world’s most experienced ...

  • Demand to pay compensation to Muslim youths by deducting it from police officers’ salaries

    + Pic Hyderabad: Mohammed Sirajuddin, President of the Minorities Dept of A.P. Congress on 8 September demanded the Chief Minister to pay compensation to the innocent Muslim youths who were illegally arrested by the police in connection...

  • Anna Hazare Movement – a skeptic’s view

    Lot has already been written on Anna Hazare’s fast both for and against but more for, than against. Why then the need for another article? Every article has a perspective and I have mine and also each article for or against throws light o...

  • Media and Irresponsibility

    By A Hameed Yousuf   Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. As a mature democracy, India allows complete freedom to the media. The media was supposed to fearlessly and independently publish news and analysis that is unbiased. It wa...

  • Three years on, no flowers for martyred Kandhamal

    I would have liked to write that somewhere in India, some church – Catholic, Orthodox, Syrian, Episcopal, Pentecost or Evangelical Independent – held a prayer meeting on 23rd or 24th August 2011 for those martyred in the violence th...

  • Causes of Muslim non-involvement in non-Muslim issues

    It would be ideal if Muslims were more involved in issues that are not exclusively Muslim. But there are deeper reasons behind this sad state of affairs. Muslims have priorities that are very different from that of non-Muslims. The most importa...

  • Why Afzal Guru shouldn’t be hanged

    At the outset, I must make it clear that I don’t sympathise with Afzal Guru but I’m certainly against capital punishment. If Afzal is on death row for hatching the plan that led to the attack on the Parliament, why wasn’t Vina...

  • Return of the colonialists to their former Muslim-Arab colonies

    Soon after World War I, the Europeans (Britrish, French, Italians) with help from their advanced technology snuffed out the Muslim Ottoman empire’s rule from the Muslim-Arab countries. They installed puppet regimes with figurehead Muslim ...

  • Swamy, Friends & Limits of Freedom of Expression

    It is not a very easy task to decide as to where freedom of expression ends and Hate speech begins. A lot of perception about this depends on one’s convictions about the underlying ideologies which are being talked about. At another level...

  • Open your eyes, your Lordship (retired)

    + Pic As a Malayalee who was also a judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Kallupurackal Thomas Thomas occupies an enviable place in the Kerala Christian social pantheon. No one in his right mind will dare say he is turning senile. F...

  • Welcome Anna Hazare

    There is a sharp division of opinion amongst Muslims regarding the anti-corruption campaign of Anna Hazare. The sceptics are echoing the Congress slogan that Anna is the face of Hindutva forces, and the whole saga is meant to subvert the consti...

  • Why Devnagari for Urdu?

    I read in Hindi and Urdu newspapers that a few days back, one rabid Hindu politician, who’s a part-time poet as well, stated in Sagar (MP) that “Urdu should be written in Devnagari script as there’s no difference between Hindi...

  • Muslim kings implemented enlightened Sharia

    When we review the record of the six hundred year-long Muslim era in India, and especially that of the three hundred and fifty year-long Moghul empire, we see that they implemented enlightened and nuanced (not dogmatic) Sharia laws in the India...

  • Muslim kings implemented enlightened Sharia

    When we review the record of the six hundred year-long Muslim era in India, and especially that of the three hundred and fifty year-long Moghul empire, we see that they implemented enlightened and nuanced (not dogmatic) Sharia laws in the India...