Issues

  • Birth of Urdu Journalism in the Indian Subcontinent

    Discussing the difficulties in tracing the developments in the language press, J. Natarajan, in his pioneering and famous History of Indian Journalism, said that “an important impediment” was that no “coherent connected”...

  • Corruption, Jan Lokpal Bill and the Rule of Law

    The anti-corruption campaign is an important issue to safeguard the foundations of society and nation at large. But sincerity of all would be at stake if one fails to see the dangers of inequality, exclusiveness, criminalisation in politics and co...

  • Biased exam paper in Gujarat

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Government has done it again! In a clearly biased and manipulative manner, students appearing for the SSC (Std Xth examination) on March 11th, 2011 were asked very loaded questions.  The examination paper was that of...

  • Assam alienates its natives

    In the recently concluded assembly elections in Assam (March-April 2011), one of the issues which was whipped up by BJP was about the Bengali speaking people especially the Muslims of Assam. Most of the Bengali speaking Muslims are projected to...

  • Urdu in India: victim of Hindu nationalism & Muslim separatism - part ii

    The really sad part of the story is that the Urdu Movement which was started by Zakir Hussain under the banner of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Hind was soon fatigued and lost its way. The formal declaration of Urdu as the second official language of ...

  • Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan

    It is time to take on both Hindu and Muslim terror together. Terrorism should be taken seriously and all those involved in the ideology of hate should be punished.

  • Anna Hazare moment

    A wider perspective over Anna Hazare’s movement could have Congress’s Parliamentary Democracy pitting against Anna Hazare’s ‘FAST-TRACK’ democracy; to achieve the same drastically positive results that liberalizati...

  • Shahid Afridi — Pot calling kettle black

    Shahid Afridi, the vanquished captain of Pakistan Cricket team, accused Indians, Indian cricketers and media of blatant bias and went on to say that Indians will never have hearts like Pakistanis. This smacks of sheer frustration.

  • Is Bhoomi Puja by State a Secular act?

    It is a common sight to see the statues, photos and symbols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in different Government owned public places like police station and other buildings. Similarly state run buses also have the photos of Hindu Gods and Goddes...

  • Urdu in India: victim of Hindu nationalism & Muslim separatism - i

    The situation is that while written Urdu has declined in India, globally it has touched new heights, not only to become the official language and the lingua franca in multi-language Pakistan but gone beyond the borders of the Subcontinent to becom...

  • Gujarat pogroms: Lest we forget….!

    By Fr. Cedric Prakash sj The sight of garbage trolleys, apparently kept on the premises by municipality workers, is symbolic of the rot that is still on! The stench from putrid garbage exemplifies this. The undergrowth and the overgrowth...

  • Muslims in a maelstrom

    Irfan Merchant   Muslim ‘Fundamentalism’: "Saala  suwwar! I shall beat you with my chappals," a pious Muslim colleague told me way back in 1990. He then proceeded to remove his chappals to execute his thr...

  • Godhra Verdict: whither Justice?

    On 22nd February 2011, the session’s court gave its verdict on Godhra train burning of Sabarmati Express. It accepted the Gujarat state’s theory that the local Muslims had hatched a conspiracy to burn S-6 Coach of Sabaramati Express...

  • Sunil Joshi and the dragon that killed him

    It was deliberately crafted around the worked up anniversary of Bankimchand Chaterjee’s novel Anand Muth. It fits well in the core strategy of Rashtrya Swayamsevak Sangh. RSS uses the refusal of Muslims’ to sing Vande Mataram to pro...

  • Foreigner Issue in Assam

    In pursuance of a bid to make golden Assam, All Assam Students Union (AASU) launched a movement in 1979 demanding deportation of foreign nationals (especially Bangladeshis) illegally living in Assam, assuming that their existence poses a threat to...

  • AMU can be another Georgetown Uni

    In the academically advanced US, there are less than a dozen prestigious modern universities that are called “ivy league universities”. These are the highly competitive centres of academic excellence and their cutting edge is resear...

  • When scribes keep mum

    Supreme Court notice on 4 March to Advani and other Sangh leaders, in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition, has once again brought their role back in the limelight. Next day, almost all Delhi newspapers carried the news, hence, articles/...

  • Yasmin's will finds a way: Madrasa to Dy SP

    While studying in a SMC (Surat Municipal Corp.) Primary School, generally considered as dirty, filthy and backward, Yasmin Shaikh of Ring Road, Surat wanted to become a physician.

  • Muslims and the myth of Vibrant Gujarat

    Nearly nine years after the carnage in Gujarat (Feb 2011), a perception has been created that Gujarat is developing rapidly, peace and harmony are prevailing there and that minorities are happy. Like ‘Shining India’ a word has been ...

  • The Burden of Secularism

    Although Saifullah did not manage to say more than a few sentences, his silence as well as the few thoughts he did articulate were a poignant reminder of the condition of the Muslim community: voiceless.