Analysis

  • Communal Violence in India during 2016 — an analysis

    As 2016 did not see any big riot, one may think the year was communal violence-free. But Union Ministry of Home Affairs has reported that 278 communal clashes took place in the first five months of the year.

  • Sangh Parivar’s attempts to convert Tadvi Bhil Muslims

    Syed Zakarya Madni Beed (Maharashtra): Among Indian Muslims, those living in the border areas of the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, especially Saat Pura and Saal Maal regions, are called Tadvi Bhils. They are Muslims of...

  • Ayodhya-Issue: Still Alive?

    Undeniably, there still prevail several elements keen to make religious noise over the Ayodhya-issue. But does their noise have the force, mass-appeal and also the level of acceptance that it seemed to have around two and a half decades ago? Th...

  • Religion today

    Eduardo Faliero Over 90 percent of world population is affiliated to some religion or the other and for millions of people life would be unthinkable without the guidance of their religion. Religion provides a sense of peace and meaning to ...

  • Pink, Akira and ten years of police reform

    Pushkar Raj Pink and Akira, two recent Bollywood hit films, depict an ugly reality of the police in India. It seems much has not changed in the country for the last ten years since the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh case ordered in Septemb...

  • Currency Crisis Hits All!

    Independent India has never before witnessed and/or stood testimony to any crisis that has virtually attacked all the citizens in a similar manner across the country. Even when communal frenzy has been at its peak, its reach had been categorise...

  • Muslim Personal Law and Indian Constitution

    People who are in favour of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) have made their mind on the following three basic assumptions:   1. There should be one common law for all citizens of the country. 2. There is necessarily no connection between ...

  • Sachar Report gathers dust, Abolishing Personal Laws cant change dark realities

    This mid-week (22 December) several academics and activists of this capital city are getting together to ‘review’ the the Sachar Committee Report in the context of the implementation of its recommendations. As N.D. Pancholi puts acr...

  • MP Government sheds even the pretence of the rule of law

    Avinash Pandey The fact that the Madhya Pradesh state government has shed even the pretence of fair-trial, a cornerstone of the rule of law, has emerged as the only uncontested truth four days after the incredulous police encounter that re...

  • “Today I am forced to hang my head in shame”

    Honourable President and Honourable Prime Minister, It is with a heavy heart, that I write this open letter to you at a time when our beloved country and people are facing severe challenges and threats to our shared heritage. I have ser...

  • UP Elections: BJP & Ayodhya!

    With RSS reportedly keen on Ayodhya being a key issue during the campaign for the UP assembly elections, the BJP cannot afford to abandon it. At the same time, to a degree, the party has accepted that it cannot depend on Ayodhya-card exclusivel...

  • Death knocking on a closed door

    In India, death is now nearer than any time in the past. A day when our population decreases from 1300 million to 1000 million is near. Another frightening page will be added to history, if we dont stand up.

  • Resurrecting Deendayal Upadhyaya

    Shamsul Islam   PM Modi, a seasoned swayamsevak of RSS who describes himself as a “Hindu nationalist” misses no opportunity to denigrate minorities of India, especially Muslims. The latest was when on September 25, 2016...

  • A Secular, Nationalist Approach is Needed!

    When politicians start debating, rather arguing, over religious issues linked particularly with minorities, one is compelled to deliberate on how serious they really may be. The same may be said about the noise being made nowadays about triple ...

  • Kashmir: people should have choice

    Mohammad Ziaul Haque Referendum usually offers the electorate a choice of accepting or rejecting a proposal, be it adopting a new Constitution, a new national anthem  or anything that requires the consent of the masses (and not only o...

  • CONFLICT OF RELIGIONS

    Eduardo Faleiro   Religion has emerged as a major source of conflict across the globe. Samuel P. Huntington points out that ideological strife has now given place to the “clash of civilisations” and predicts that in the...

  • Facebook – A threat?

    Should increasing popularity of Facebook be viewed as a threat to media’s role and democracy in India? Considering the manner in which Facebook has been used here to criticize communal riots, etc, this doesn’t seem possible. Neverth...

  • The Ghost of Pakistan in our political life

    If violence on the Indian borders perpetrated by Pakistan is a ground to call Pakistan a terrorist country, what should we call our country where there is innumerable records of violence within its own borders.

  • Hindutva convicts granted, Kashmiri denied bail

    Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, has been given bail in the case. He furnished a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and two surety bonds of same amount in a National Investigating Agency (NIA) court, which was accepted...

  • Army officer corps: missing Muslims

    Ali Ahmed I have been intrigued by the army’s response to the query of the Sachar Committee investigating the socio-economic status of India’s largest minority, on the number of Muslims in its ranks. The army had responded that...