Analysis

  • 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...

  • Creeping Saffronisation in M.P.

    We hear the BJP make so much noise about appeasement of minorities, particularly Muslims. But does anyone use the term ‘Majority [or Hindu] appeasement’ when the party goes all out to ensure Saffronisation of a state? In Madhya ...

  • Where is the Muslim Vote?

    Once again, with electoral fervour dominating large parts of the Indian political scene, a lot of noise is being made about importance of the so-called “Muslim vote”. Yes, it is a fact that India has the second largest population of...

  • Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression

    Did Mr. Rushdie and his friends who are questioning Indian democracy, raise their voice when a renowned Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was banned from entering Britain in June 2010 and latter banned by US.

  • Cater to public demand and shape it: Hamid Ansari

    + Pic Following is the text of Vice President’s inaugural address: Today’s distinguished gathering is a proclamation to the world: Saare jahan main dhoom hamari zubaan ki hai, and it gives me great pleasure to be amidst you...

  • Team Anna’s Political Ploy: Muslims Ignored

    Politically, as Indian citizens the so-called members of Team Anna have the democratic right to raise their voice on issues concerning them. They have been doing so for several months now, drawing attention to the need of a strong Lok Pal bill ...

  • Biased Media

    India’s English language newspapers on 8 January completely ignored the news of Andhra Pradesh government offering compensation cheques of Rupees 3 lakh each to innocent youth freed by courts of all charges relating to Makka Masjid blast....

  • Thank Allah for MP’s refusal of AMU centre

    There seems to be a blessing in disguise in MP’s refusal of an AMU centre. It has saved both parties a lot of embarrassment. There would have been a lot of unpleasant occurrences creating more of ill-will than goodwill. The tussle would h...

  • Muharram: Tapestries of Harmony

    By Ali Khan Mahmudabad bilehra14@gmail.com + Pic The first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, often brings with it headlines of Shi’a-Sunni tensions in some parts of the Muslim world. Sadly, this year was no exception and t...