Analysis

  • 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...

  • UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings and AFPSA

    + Pic “There is reason for serious concern about extrajudicial executions. The National Human Rights Commission has on occasion said ‘extrajudicial executions have become virtually a part of state policy’. The position...

  • UP Polls: Congress Campaign & Muslims

    Notwithstanding the hard work put in by Rahul Gandhi to turn the electoral tide in Uttar Pradesh in his party’s favour, the Congress failed to put up a good show. This hard fact has apparently still not sunk in Rahul’s political ana...

  • Authorities in Gujarat protecting perpetrators of 2002 riots: HRW

    New York: Authorities in India’s Gujarat state are subverting justice, protecting perpetrators, and intimidating those promoting accountability 10 years after the anti-Muslim riots that killed nearly 2,000 people, Human Rights Watch said ...

  • NCTC & aggrieved Muslims

    What does the decision to form a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) indicate? Does this suggest that the government is not at all satisfied with policies it has pursued so far to check and counter terrorism? There has perhaps been a major...

  • “Sadhbhavna” without truth and justice is a farce: Justice Suresh

    How does one live with the recurring memories of a gruesome past? Of the hideous acts of mass murder, rape and destruction of properties and livelihood? We have recorded all such stories, as each one, the victims, and all kith and kin of the de...

  • 800,000 Kashmiris haunted by horror

    + Pic   By Sana Altaf Srinagar: Maheen was nine years old when she witnessed the death of her elder brother. At the age of 10 she saw the dead body of her neighbour, killed in the crossfire between Kashmiri rebels and Indi...

  • UP Elections: Lessons

    The electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh is over with the results making many still deliberate on what helped Samajwadi Party gain an absolute majority in the state assembly. Why have the Congress and BJP performed miserably? And why hasn’t ...

  • An Israeli self-goal to divide India and Iran?

    The first time ever use of ‘limpet mine’ in India, points to a foreign agency hand in the attack on an Israeli diplomatic vehicle, carrying an Israeli citizen, in the heart of Indian capital, New Delhi. As Indian Express as well as ...

  • “India has a peculiar brand of secularism”

    By Mahtab Alam   + Pic Mumbai: Mumbai:  India has a peculiar kind of secularism, said Dr. Mukul Sinha, while pointing out how many of us suffer from the illusion that India is a secular polity. Dr. Sinha, an eminent ac...

  • Politicians’ Backward Approach & Muslims

    There is no guarantee that electoral rhetoric, especially in Uttar Pradesh, handing out promises to Muslims, will actually be implemented once the ongoing assembly elections are over. This political exercise is equivalent to “carrots&rdqu...

  • Israeli Embassies Attacked — Whose Vengeance and Unholy Wars are These?

    Blindly accepting the Israeli version of domestic links with groups will obviously lead to the blanket indictment of 'jihadi' organisations, many of them imagined entities of the right-wing parties. Is it not possible that some Hindutva terror gro...

  • Israeli agents in India

    India’s intelligence community, for the first time should be lauded for being vigilant and not colour-blind. The incident of two Israeli citizens in Kochi, in India on multiple visit visas, attracted the attention of the authorities for p...