Opinions

  • We waited for a contest in Britain, we got a massacre

    The evening began disastrously not only because Boris Johnson won by a landslide but because our host, Lord Meghnad Desai, could not cook us a meal, having hurt his right hand (it is in plaster); our collective viewing of the election results w...

  • Legalised Lynching is not the solution to rising rapes in India

    Don’t overlook the fact that rapists come from within this society, they are part of our society and so we cannot distance ourselves, by coming up with barbaric ways of dealing with it.

  • Ayodhya bubble has burst!

    Decades earlier when means of communication were fairly limited, communal disturbance over Ayodhya-issue occurred almost throughout the country.

  • Not Just A Brexit Election: Outcome Will Tilt Global Balance

    The only way Capitalism in trauma can fight a progressive politician is to cast him as a 'Communist', anti-Semitic or one negligent of Islamic terrorism.

  • Islamophobia—the link in these suicides in higher places of learning

    All this truth coming out is a bit too late in the day as by now the falsehoods spread against Muslims are a core part of understanding of most of the people in the society.

  • It is an unjust order, Milords

    It is clear Indian Muslims have no choice but to keep quiet at this Himalayan injustice. Even their democratic right to peacefully register their protest has been snatched away with threats of National Security Act.

  • SC Verdict: What if Ram temple was demolished in 1992 instead of Babri Masjid?

    My consciences does not allow me to celebrate it the SC verdict, to forget the gross injustice done in broad-day light on December 6, 1992.

  • Ayodhya Verdict: A Litmus Test for Modi

    BJP is in power at the centre as well in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Any kind of communal chaos following the verdict would only throw question marks on the ability of this party.

  • BJP’s Nationalism and Electoral Chessboard

    BJP is a party with a difference in more ways than one. It is the major electoral formation which contrary to the values of Indian Constitution of secular, democratic nation, holds that India is a Hindu nation. It is the only party which is the...

  • Choice Before BJP: Hindu Rashtra Demands One Course, Elections Another

    Now that the BJP is diminished, why this sigh of relief? Mixing up 'pride' in Hinduism with demonstrable 'arrogance' of Hindutva power may be the cardinal mistake the Modi-Shah duet have made.

  • How can I decorate my courtyard with Rangoli?

    When unlit lamps of hope line those eyes how do I decorate this window  with lamps shining bright? When footprints get erased from your courtyard how can I decorate mine with colourful designs ...

  • Prophet Muhammad's Hudaybiyyah Treaty: Lesson For Muslims Coping With Ayodhya?

    If you study Hudaybiyyah as a parable alongside some of Iqbal’s couplets which Justice Khan so aptly quotes, his message becomes clear: 'communal disharmony' is what has to be conquered.

  • After Kashmir, Indian Muslims are worried even more

    Tell me, what did the establishment achieve by the two-month-long clampdown in the Kashmir Valley? Little point for the sarkar to be coming up those patent one-liners along the strain that ‘now that the mobile connectivity restored, so al...

  • Modi’s Ploy: Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Patel!

    In all probability, if Patel was not a Gujarati and/or if held some other name, Modi may not have taken so many steps to display the importance he gives to him.

  • Propaganda obscures the realities of the Modi regime

    Wondering aloud: Is the Modi-Trump ‘friendship’ carrying a whole range of vested interests? Much in tune with the expansionist policies of America, the selling and buying of weapons, the role of the arms lobbies, export of warfare t...

  • Making of ‘the Underclass’: Urban India’s Muslim population

    Cities are built by people, and like people, cities tell stories. Across India’s urban landscape, in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and even in cities where Muslims make a substantial portion of the population (around 20%) lik...

  • Blood becomes a hundred things: warning to the rulers of the day

    How does an upset or hurt or aggrieved citizen protest? If not through a letter, then how? In fact, letter writing is the most civilised cum traditional form of connecting to convey one’s thoughts and more along the strain.

  • Will Lynching in Bharat Be Called Vaddh (वध)?

    The Sangh’s obsession with vocabulary is not innocent.

  • Howdy Modi: Bypassing Travails Being Faced by India

    In Houston, America, a grand spectacle was created with Narendra Modi in presence of Donald Trump. The massive rally of nearly 50000 people cheered both the leaders. Both these leaders praised each other and criticized ‘Islamic Terrorism&...

  • Ill Wind For West: Houthis Hit Aramco, Netanyahu Wobbles

    Attack on Aramco, decline of Benjamin Netanyahu, departure of John Bolton from the White House are all honeyed music to the leadership in Iran. In April, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in a talk at New York’s Asia Society, was categorical:...