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  • Persian, in this age of linguistic chauvinism

    We've developed language stereotypes and flawed ideas that South Indians can never speak Hindi or Urdu. And here, a South Indian Brahmin was speaking impeccable Persian sans any accent.

  • Adityanath Ji don't Malign Romeo

    I request UP Chief Minister and RSS Parivar not to malign Romeo. Please stop using Romeo's name with your women protection programme. I hope these people are not aware that Romeo and Juliet is the title of one of the dramas written by Willi...

  • The beef politics of BJP — Aren't they fooling themselves?

    Fanatic Hindus can come to Poona and have a look at Valmiki's original Ramayan at BORI (Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute). Valmiki clearly stated that Ram, Lakshman and Sita loved beef...

  • Fascism is coming in India

    History bears witness to the fact that when popular agitations, demonstrations and unrest rise above a certain level in a country, and the existing regimes feel threatened that they may be toppled by these, they crush all democratic freedoms an...

  • Babri Masjid — Muslim leaders are going against Muslims and Islam

    Muslim leaders are going against the interests of Indian Muslims & Islam by not demanding restoration of status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid

  • UP elections: Defeat of caste-based corrupt rule

    I disagree with those who think that BJP's victory in Uttar Pradesh  is a victory of Hindutva ideology. There is no doubt that to some extent Hindutva appeal did influence the voters. But it was marginal only. In fact, several other fa...

  • Why Do Some Men Rape?

    A recent report from Equality Now titled 'The World's Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic' http://www.equalitynow.org/campaigns/rape-laws-report offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violen...

  • Political Empowerment is much more than the election results

    Following the latest elections, there is renewed frustration and a feeling of hopelessness and desperation in the Muslim community. Like always, our political discussions are always centred on the prospects or results of certain elections. If t...

  • Holi in Lahore — Was I dreaming?

    In 2003, I was in Pakistan for six months at a stretch to finish my M.Phil on Raghupati Sahay Firaq Gorakhpuri's poetry from the famed University of Punjab, Lahore. Holi was round the corner and I was missing its infectious bonhomie which&#...

  • Verdict of 2017 state assemblies' elections calls for two-party system

    The recent assembly elections verdict tells something. It apparently shows that the importance of regional parties is diminishing. It would be in the interest of democracy if two-party system/gatbandhan (alliance) evolves out of these results. ...

  • Not Pakistan, but war killed her father

    A 20-yr-old Delhi girl's extremely wise statement that, 'Not Pakistan but war killed my father,' is being viewed as anti-national and she's being chastised by all pseudo-nationalists and false patriots.

  • Should the JNU be turned into a museum for select specimens?

    The Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi is a site of great symbolic violence, though it might appear peaceful to the casual observer. JNU once again is in the eye of a storm. The administration block has been under siege. The unilateral im...

  • Hindutva march deeply disturbs Indian Muslims

    It is distressing that Hinduism’s great eclecticism which propagates tolerance, pluralism, inclusiveness and a live and let live ethos has ceded ground to Hindutva.

  • Sufism is the kernel of Islam

      The recent bombing by a female IS supporter of the great Sufi shrine Sehwan Sharif in Pakistan, killing 72 innocent Sufis and injuring 150, is a stark sign that Sufi Islam is increasingly at the receiving end of religious fundamental...

  • Why Are American Muslims Not Protesting?

    This obviously brings up the question as to what is holding back the major Muslim organizations and their predominantly male leadership from taking lead in both types of rallies; the ones against the extreme right wing policies of President Trump ...

  • Education among Muslim Women

    History, with all its misgivings and qualms, has always fascinated me, specifically when it is beheld for gender equality and justice. When I first lay my hands on the history of progression of human civilization not so long back, it was specif...

  • How to protect and promote harmony of religions in India

    In the foreseeable future, religion will be a major source of conflict within and among nations. The possibilities of conflict are greater in India where different cultures and religions do meet. However, such clashes can be prevented if...

  • Hype about Muslim Vote in India

    Muslims are active participants in the Indian political process, from casting votes to holding high positions. But has religion always been the only or primary factor influencing their decision to vote?

  • Indian Muslims and forthcoming elections: “Hindustan ka Mussalman kisi kay baap ya daada ki jaaidaad nahin hai”

    Year after year the Muslim voters remained the vote banks of otherwise secular parties and remained afraid of demanding equitable development for their community. But starting in 2010 the Muslim voters adopted a pattern of strategic voting.

  • Musings on a new year

    'Welcome anything that's new.' Years ago I read this message on the back of a car in London. The words got embossed on the palimpsest of my mind. Human mind is always intrigued by the idea of newness. It gets excited as well as scar...