Issues

  • Defending the Indefensible

    Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam As a roaring chorus of condemnation of the Sangh-inspired storm of intolerance rises to high heavens, the perpetrators of crimes against humanity are busy defending the indefensible. Sangh stalwarts, with the silen...

  • We can no longer remain silent!

    Fr. Cedric Prakash sj Romila Thapar is one of the most celebrated historians of India. She is known for her scholarship and academic integrity; there are few in the country who can challenge her expertise and her objectivity. A few days ag...

  • The “Unknown Gun” In Kashmir

    Syed Tajamul Imran The killings by “unknown gunmen” or “unidentified gunmen” is not a new thing in Kashmir. I was born in early 1990s and have heard these words thousands of times but what turned my mind to write ab...

  • Indian Media

    Media continues to be very powerful in India, the largest parliamentary democracy of the world. Over the years, it has grown much stronger and mightier. It has a far more expansive reach today than ever before as according to available figures ...

  • The story of shock and awe

    By  Amood Gulzar So they sent the piece of meat to a forensic laboratory to check whether it was mutton or beef? If the laboratory had said it is beef, the lynch mob that killed Akhlaq would have been justified to have killed a man fo...

  • How foreigners look at the division of Indian Society on caste/religion lines

    An Indian student in Sweden finds it hard to explain to his colleagues the caste system and injustice prevalent in India

  • NaMo’s intriguing silence

    The vocal and extra eloquent NaMo can tweet on any damn issue like the death of singer Asha Bhonsle’s son but he can’t tweet on Muhammad Akhlaq’s lynching, who was dragged out of his house and killed by a marauding mob of fana...

  • . History? Scripture? Literature?

    In what they appear to believe is a masterstroke, the RSS and its Hindutva organisations have found a formula for advancing their agenda of Hindutva in the country. They and their supporters in BJP have all been trained to advance the argument ...

  • Why I want to love RSS despite my disapproval of it

    My feelings about RSS combine intense disapproval and an undercurrent of love.  It was abou15 years back when my NGO, PEACE, organised a seminar entitled, “In Search of a Comprehensive Solution for AIDS” at New Delhi in collabo...

  • Hayya ‘alal falaah (come towards success)

    The muezzin calls Adhan five times a day and the words are also repeated during iqamah in salaat. This started soon after the advent of Islam and would continue till the Day of Judgment. We listen to the adhan and respond to it by going to the ...

  • The case for changing Ashoka Road to VP Singh Raod

    It would have become a big, positive step satisfying all Indians, including Muslims, had the Modi government named India Gate premises after late Abdul Kalam. However, the choice of replacing Aurangzeb with Kalam has further eroded its image as...

  • Stop porn culture before it destroys us

    By  Ali Javed   Some youngsters display their new found pride in supporting homosexuality and pornography as if they are natural part of human behaviour. On the banning of porn sites in India, social networks were full of article...

  • Malegaon Blast

    By  Adv. Masood Peshimam Before Hemant Karkare exposed the hand of Hindutva terror behind it, Muslims were being blamed for bombing other Muslims. The false police claim was that one sect of Muslims had bombed another even as ther...

  • Yaqub’s Fate

    Yaqub does not deserve to be hanged, said late B Raman counter-terror officer who led operation of bringing back Yaqub Memon from Pakistan via Nepal in his article. Before his death, as a reasonable citizen he wrote, “I decided to write t...

  • All forms of violence need zero tolerance, not just a specific kind of terror

    The inevitable has occurred. Yaqub Memon’s hanging is an accomplished fact. As if by design, he was hanged on his birthday. It pains me to say so, but there is enough evidence to show that the judgments in the cases with political repercu...

  • No place for a Kashmiri

    By Qayum Hamid Changal   I completed my medical studies from Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 2012. The course encyclopedic is scope, comprehensive and detailed. More importantly, it was my parents’ dream that I become a doctor. Thus I...

  • It’s Yakub’s turn now, justice was already hung a while ago

    By Avinash Pandey Yakub Memon, a terror convict, will be hanged to death, most probably on 30 July 2015. He will be killed by the State because the Supreme Court of India rejected his curative plea, the final appeal, and cleared the way fo...

  • Disintegrating Muslim societies

    Yoon to Syed bhi ho Mirza bhi ho Afghan bhi ho, Tum sabhi kuch ho, batao toh Musalman bhi ho? These lines of Allama Iqbal are invigorating enough to rock the foundations of rampant casteism and naive sectarianism prevalent am...

  • It’s more than drinking tea

    “Tod diya ray.” You may surely be used to this line if you have attended or visited Aligarh Muslim University. Every hour, at least one glass is shattered at some dhaba located somewhere in the vicinity of AMU and dhabawallahs keep ...

  • With gay marriages legal in all states, Sexual Revolution is complete in US

    With the Supreme Court verdict legalising same sex marriages in all American states, the country has plunged into celebrations. Why not? The Sexual Revolution that began in the Western world in the wake of Industrial Revolution, is now complete...