Analysis

  • Nalanda University: When History Is Not History

    By M Naushad Ansari Nalanda University, which was set up at Rajgir in Bihar in 413 AD during the Gupta dynasty, had emerged as a world seat of learning before it was destroyed sometime in the 11th century.  External Affairs Minister, ...

  • “Modi-wave” & J&K Polls

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is apparently confident that “Modi-wave” will help it win Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) assembly elections. The five-phase election process has begun here, the results of which are scheduled to be declar...

  • Building political capital on hate propaganda

    It is a reminder bell that rings every year though it has not changed us to the core. The horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by political goons in the dark night of 31st October  till a couple of days of November 1984 after the t...

  • Communal Agenda Defeated In Delhi

    Certainly, residents of Okhla must be hailed for having exercised restraint despite an attempt to provoke them by throwing parts of a dead animals inside a mosque. As in many similar cases across the country over the years, parts of the animal ...

  • Goodbye to Gandhi's India

    Faiz had said this in a different age and for a different country but it still rings as true and contextual to our circumstances as all great poetry is:   Nisaar main teri galiyon pe ai watan ke jahan Chali hai rasm ke koi na sa...

  • Why just two Muslims won the Nobel for literature?

    Before learning how to read and write the English alphabet at the age of 15, it was Persian I grew up intellectually on. So, it’s but natural on my part to have a slight native proclivity towards the languages viz, Persian, Arabic, Turkis...

  • The Canker of Caste-System

    K K Bose, a Dubai-based lawyer and social activist, has sent an ultimatum to the Government of India to ban the caste system by 31 December. But will the government take any initiative to extirpate this horrible social evil? We must never forge...

  • Mr. Modi’s next stunt — a page out of the Congress book

    Of course, Swach Bharat, National Unity Day are a page out of the Congress book in their glorification of the dynasts. Only Narendra Modi does it better.

  • Modi-wave & Muslim vote

    Not too long ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke praising the patriotism of Indian Muslims. It may have been a part of his move to enhance his secular image before the world at large. Though this move was appreciated by a section of Indian ...

  • Stop the Dilution of MGNREGA

    Dear Prime Minister, We are very disturbed by impending moves of this government to undermine the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the support it provides to crores of vulnerable rural families. We write th...

  • Hero(ine)-worship

    All languages were developed by men. Otherwise why didn’t men create a term ‘heroine-worship’ just like ‘hero worship’? Didn’t they (men) see a former CM of Tamil Nadu’s mind-benumbing popularity? This ...

  • Modi’s ‘Operation Clean Sweep’

    ‘There’re no takers of tokenism among people who apply their brains,’ trenchantly stated the US President Woodrow Wilson. Modi’s Operation Clean Sweep on Oct. 2 was one such act of tokenism that evokes smirks from those ...

  • Persian mystic Sanai’s ‘religious denomination’

    A millennium ago, a Muslim bigot asked the great Persian mystic Sanai (1080-1141 CE): “Master, which denomination (firqa in Arabic) do you belong to?” Sanai said, “My faith goes beyond denominations/At times, it even exceeds a...

  • Can US Motivate Modi?

    The visit of a Prime Minister of India to the United States on the invitation of the US President is a significant event for the people of India.  It raises hopes that with help from US things will change for the better for the billion-plu...

  • Maharashtra Politics & Muslims

    It is yet too early to say whether communal card is not likely to be used again in Maharashtra politics. Definitely, a lot more is at stake in Maharashtra assembly elections than just the impact of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s po...

  • India’s Press Under Siege

    When Indira Gandhi, India’s prime minister, declared a state of emergency on June 25, 1975, she immediately imposed strict censorship of the press. With defiant exceptions, much of the press caved in quickly to the new rules, prompting L....

  • “Fools Trophies” recommended

    I was never a supporter or sympathizer of B.J.P. But the fact remains that my frustration with Muslims’ “vote bank slavery” under the garb of  “Defeat BJP syndrome” gave me great delight over the Parliamentary...

  • “Love Jihad”: Selective Outrage

    Ever heard of a Hindu religious leader or politician protesting against the practice of married men within their community deceitfully becoming “Muslims” to be able to wed again? Those raising the bogey of “love jihad” s...

  • Modi’s Stand on Indian Muslims’ Patriotism

    What should be assumed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments regarding patriotism of Indian Muslims? Laying emphasis on their “patriotism,” Modi also stated that “they will live and die for India”. Prospects...

  • Muslim Media: our role and expectations

    By M Ghazali Khan My immediate reaction after reading Kaleem Kawaja Saheb’s article “Why Indian Muslim Community’s English Newspapers fail?” [MG 1-15 Sep 2014] was simply to lament, ‘HazaaroN khuwahisheN aisi ...