Analysis

  • 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...

  • Reservation Issue: Political Hype!

    The political irony linked with voices being raised for and against reservation for Muslims cannot be ignored for several reasons. The issue has never been viewed as an insignificant one but has tendency to hit headlines more for electoral reas...

  • Inventing The Enemy

    By Patricia Mukhim     + Pic Wendy Goldman’s “Inventing the Enemy” describes how, during Stalin’s rule, terror was unleashed by the regime on anyone suspected of being disloyal to the state. In ...

  • Hazare: Only A Protestor

    Anna Hazare is back on the political stage threatening a “jail bharo” protest movement from January 1, if an effective Lok Pal bill is not passed during the winter session of the Indian Parliament. He has also announced his intentio...

  • Divided We Stand

    + Pic A friend, who has sufi leanings and a PhD in Urdu literature, wrote a 200-page book on the 13th century sufi poet Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi last year. That friend, whose scholarship I have every reason to trust, told me recently...

  • Sibal’s “Censorship Agenda”

    There is something amiss in the hype raised on Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal’s intention to censor social networking sites. He favours blocking of material he views as dangerous, which can incite communal ...

  • Are we a pseudo-secular state?

    + Pic By Abdul Khaliq akhaliq2007@gmail.com Last week, that inveterate hate-monger Pravin Togadia made an impassioned plea for a new Indian Constitution that allows for “anyone who converts Hindus to be beheaded.” He w...

  • Anti-Muslim Bias Denies Them Fair Trial

    Who is to be blamed for Indian Muslims being denied a fair trial and their being wrongly accused of being “terrorists”? Consider the irony of the situation, seven Muslims were released on bail earlier this month due to there being l...

  • Establishing Democracy in Libya will be a hard task

    + Pic The atrocious murder of Colonel Gaddafi engineered by the US-led NATO forces, after Saddam Hussein’s hanging in 2006 proves that in the current world order, the United States of America can do whatever it wishes with other n...

  • Media and Democracy in a Globalising World

    + Pix Globalisation is largely good for capitalism, democracy and media, although there is a downside to it as well. One has to keep it in mind that media operations are driven by a business logic and a clear profit motive, rather than ...

  • UP Polls: Muslim & Dalit Votes!

    With Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections less than a year away, strong speculations and calculations are afoot regarding which party or coalition will head the next state government. The UP results are expected to play a crucial role in deciding t...