Issues

  • 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...

  • United Colours of fundamentalisms

    India had hardly recovered from the ghastly terror attack of 13 July, 2011 in Mumbai, that terrorism struck in Norway. In Norway on 22nd July, Friday, around 3.20 PM in the afternoon the high-rise, where the Prime Minister’s office is loc...

  • No sharaee restriction on women travelling with non-mahrams if their safety is assured

    Riyadh: A distinguished religious scholar of Saudi Arabia and adviser to the royal office, Sheikh Abdul Hasan Al Abikan gave a fatwa recently that if security of women is assured, there is no sharaee restriction about their travelling without m...

  • Mushawarat on national and international situation

    New Delhi: The Central Committee (Markazi Majlis) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, met here on Saturday, 6 August under the chairmanship of the national president Syed Shahabuddin an...

  • Vastanvi Verdict is in sync with Muslim sentiments

    Six months after what many had described rubbing salt into the wounds of the Indian Muslims specially those in Gujarat by praising Narendra Modi, Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi has finally been voted out on July 24 as Vice Chancellor of Darul...

  • Temples unmasked

    By Dr Sumit S Paul Have you ever thought how many thousand schools and hospitals can one construct for the benefit of India’s poor with the gold and diamonds gathering dust in the temples? The recent discovery of a treasure valued at ...