Analysis

  • Bias & Muslims: Unbiased Approach

    Of late, some attention has been paid to bias Muslims, including celebrities, suffer on religious grounds. Yes, this is true. But would it be fair to analyze this issue from only a subjective angle conveying the impression that only Muslims in ...

  • Masjid, Money and Muslims: demolition of Bhilwara Mosque

    By Prof. M. Hasan A universal belief is that a mosque is always a mosque, can’t be sold or demolished. However, crony capitalism can destroy a mosque and Muslim soul. Demolition of centuries-old Qalandari Masjid atop Tiranga Hills, Pu...

  • Presidential Polls & Ethnic Cards

    Ironically, the alacrity with which ethnic and caste cards are played during elections at practically all levels, one is forced to question their usage. Is politics of this nature leading to polarization of vote-banks or not? Sadly, even electi...

  • A Nice Idea Fraught With Deadly Risks

    + Pic Haj has been difficult for pilgrims visiting the Holy Land from distant countries in all ages. As recently as the first quarter of the 20th century, pilgrims from India were warned of pirates on the high seas and wandering bands o...

  • Has UPA Really Helped Muslims?

    Has Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) fulfilled the promises it made several years ago to help in the progress of Indian Muslims? The importance of an answer to this question is certainly linked with parliamentary elections schedul...

  • A Nice Idea Fraught With Deadly Risks

    Easing the burden of Hajis is a noble goal, but a lot of caution is required for endorsing the new move, writes MOHAMMAD ZEYAUL HAQUE.

  • Muslim Trump Card

    Both so-called national political parties and their coalitions, UPA and NDA, are in serious disarray and disintegration. Both have reached this stage by antagonizing Muslim voters in states as well as on national level. Their reputation has bee...

  • The Weak Must Not Expect Justice

    Over the last few weeks things have happened which have confirmed our belief (if we had any doubts) that in India justice is not generally available to the poor and the powerless. There are any number of glaring instances of institutional denia...

  • Modi & Gujarati Muslims

    Ironically, communalism has yet to be defeated in Gujarat and secularism is being put to test here once again, with assembly elections scheduled for later this year. How can communalism be considered as defeated here till ghost of Gujarat carna...

  • An open letter to SIT Chief Shri R.K. Raghavan

    Dear Shri R.K. Raghavan, These days we have been reading every day about your ‘clean chit’ to Shri Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister about his responsibility for the Gujarat riots of 2002 in general and about the Ehsan J...

  • Don’t Blame Indian Muslims

    Who should be blamed if till date Indian Muslims are denied a fair and unbiased treatment in this country and if they are still not viewed as national citizens? Indian Muslims cannot certainly be held responsible for a communal prejudice still ...

  • What do Swamy and Shourie know of their Hindu past?

    I often wonder when pseudo-intellectuals like Subramanian Swamy and Arun Shourie say that the Subcontinental Muslims must acknowledge their Hindu past as their ancestors were Hindus. This very demand reeks of a kind of inferiority complex that&...

  • Indian Muslim soldiers: heroic role in Indonesia’s liberation

    + Pix Indonesia (then known as “Netherlands East Indies”) during the World War II was fighting its war of independence from the Dutch clutches. Allied forces (British and Dutch) under the pretext of fighting the Japanese wer...

  • NCTC Meeting: A Political & Diplomatic Show

    As expected, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the day-long meeting of Chief Ministers held earlier this month to discuss the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) ended without any consensus between various state governments and the...

  • Bigger role for Modi will shatter NDA

    After assembly elections fiasco, the RSS is groping in the dark searching for a face that can rejuvenate the BJP before the mega political event in 2014. The RSS gameplan to strengthen the BJP in order to push its agenda has failed because a re...

  • Gujarat: Justice or Forgive and Forget?

    In view of what is going on in Gujarat where victims have been denied justice for more than ten years, a debate has started that one should forgive and forget and march forward and engage oneself in economic development which is taking place th...

  • Minority Rights in theory and practice

    By Abdul Khaliq The most sacred of our laws - the Constitution- contains a number of articles that guarantee the rights of minorities to lead a life of dignity and equality.  However, to enable us to assess the actual impact of the com...

  • Nikahnama vs. Marriage Certificate

    It may take some time before the ongoing debate settles down over the government’s move to make registration of marriages compulsory for Muslims. Those opposing the move have raised a valid point as to why doesn’t the government rec...

  • Crises in Muslim World

    + Pic Aligarh: Delivering the keynote address at a national seminar on “Perspective on the Crises in the Contemporary Muslim World”, Ambassador Ishrat Aziz said here on 3 April that the ‘Muslim World’ is facing u...

  • Abolish Draconian AFSPA

    Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, also advised India to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a law that grants security forces, battling militancy in Kashmir, unb...