Analysis

  • Indian Muslims’ Identity: A Dilemma?

    Paradoxically, while at one level a lot of noise has been made about problems being faced by an Indian Muslim, at home and abroad, at another- confusion prevails about the identity of an Indian Muslim. Of course, Bollywood industry has played i...

  • Babri Mark II simmering in Hyderabad

    By Dr. Rosina Nasir (CSSEIP, UoH) Syed Kabeer Hashmi (Fellow, IIM Ahmedabad)   Encroachment and squatting to build illegal religious structures on roadside seems to be a regular activity in secular India. Though religion is a pri...

  • Muslims’ Literacy Rate

    It is indeed ironical that more than half a century has passed since India gained independence and the country still appears to be fairly unclear on its stand on certain issues, including progress of minority communities, particularly Muslims. ...

  • United not to unite

    + Pix It is a fact that Muslims throughout the world have agreed on one single point: not to unite under any circumstances. The same is the case in Hderabad Deccan. I believe it is more in Hyderabad. Muslims have to fight on so many fro...

  • Demystifying the Dreaded Marriage Registration

    + Pic In the legislative history of India, the system of certification and keeping written records of marriages was first provided for under the Christian Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act, both enacted in 1872. The first of the...

  • Rahul, Only A Congress Leader?

    What is Congress party’s plan? One is naturally tempted to raise this question following two recent developments. One is the reshuffle giving a new emphasis to including more Muslims in the cabinet. The second is projecting Rahul Gandhi a...

  • What really happened in Faizabad 2012 riots?

    A detailed report from Faizabad with a timeline of events, the report shows that the violence was not at all spontaneous. It lists persons responsible for the violence and lays out a 10-point prayer of Muslims of Faizabad, Bhadarsa, Rudauli and Bi...

  • Decoding Talibani Psyche

    The news that Taliban beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women, at a late night party in Helmand province in South Afghanistan for mingling and dancing together, calls for the harshest words to condemn this religious massacre. At t...

  • The Lamented Justice Ranganath Misra

    Former Chief Justice of India and first Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Ranganath Misra died at Bhubaneshwar in Orissa on 13 September 2012. Though I had known him earlier too, on 21 March 2005 both he and I had joined the Nati...

  • Kejriwal: A Political Pawn

    Clearly, activist Arvind Kejriwal’s primary agenda is securing an entry into politics. This was revealed earlier this month when he promised a Lokpal bill within 10 days of being elected. Kejriwal said that he will announce the name of hi...

  • Disliking A “Dalit” Name

    + Pic “After mid fifties, very few upper caste Hindus christened their sons ‘Siddharth’ in Maharashtra.” This is a finding of a recent anthropological study on male names in Maharashtra. Do you know the reason? W...

  • Reflections on US concern for religious liberty

    + Pic Proclaimed in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had outlawed religion as a ground for any kind of discrimination between individuals and groups in the enjoyment of human rights. Yet in the coming years religious into...

  • Muslim vote & Gujarat polls

    Speculations are certainly being aired about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being extra-concerned to attract Muslim vote in Gujarat assembly elections. The party may even field a few Muslim candidates for the purpose. The BJP has not had a single...

  • Freedom of Expression or Freedom to Blaspheme?

    Freedom of expression must not be confused with freedom from the consequences of expression. Exercising freedom and abusing it are not the same. The latter forfeits the former. Just because we are free to express ourselves, it doesn’t fre...

  • BJP must respect Indian democracy

    This is not the first time that Indian democratic principles have been flouted by politicking that BJP has indulged in. BJP leaders like LK Advani violated principles of India’s secular democracy around two decades ago. With the aim to co...

  • Gujarat Verdict And Communal & Targetted Violence Bill

    The communal forces can set this country on fire any time they like.

  • Discrimination will cost Congress dearly

    Bhopal: Political parties may be shedding crocodile tears over the plight of Muslims in India but they have done little to address the suffering of the community. There are shocking reports of excesses against the community members in Congress-...

  • Gujarat: Muslims Still Await Justice

    More than 21,000 people are still living in transit relief camps in Gujarat. In other words, 10 years have passed by and they are still awaiting to return to their homes and lands.

  • The Current crisis in “Bodoland”

    The so-called “Bodoland” consists of four lower Assam districts (Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri) which together are known as Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) and are administered by the Bodoland Territorial C...

  • Bangladeshis in India: myth and reality

    The Assam violence between Bodos and Muslims, alleged by some to be Bangldeshi infiltrators, has a long chain of repercussions. The number of dead is nearly ninety. Killings are continuing and the people who have been displaced are over four la...