Opinions

  • Uttar Pradesh is having a government of questionable validity: need for impartial probe

    Selecting small samples to estimate the true value or quality or behavior of a large group has been a widely accepted practice for many years. Over the years, sampling techniques have been improved and made scientific to ensure reliable estimat...

  • Kashmiris will not forget Najma Ji

    Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Former Union Minister, has issued the following statement to the press, today. 31st May, 2017 “Fellow Kashmiris, Today, I want to invite your attention to a situation that you would describe as something s...

  • Anniversary Appeal to PM Narendra Modi

    An irresistible, self-aggrandizing Hindu majoritarian wave which is not just dismissive but positively hostile to minority concerns is sweeping the land. There is a volcano seething below the surface.

  • Capital punishment is no deterrent to crimes

    People are rejoicing that the four convicts of Nirbhaya Case, that took place on December 16, 2012 in Delhi, will now be hanged after the SC's verdict on May 5. While it cannot be condoned what these guys did to a helpless young woman, send...

  • Two spoons but one plate — Brotherhood beyond faith which scares India’s right wingers like anything

    I really don't know why I was much more comfortable with Abhishek from Mumbai than Dilshad from Karachi or Samer Kawaam from Egypt. Uncle Tiwari's guidance has always stayed with me, I just happen to be Muslim.

  • Vinod Khanna got disillusioned with spirituality

    I don't exactly recall the year, an article by Vinod Khanna The Asian Age first carried in. It was perhaps 1986/87. The article was first published in the 1980s and I got to read it in the London edition of The Asian Age in 1...

  • Why Ramayan & Mahabharat cannot be true accounts

    I was reading B R Ambedkar's The Riddles in Hinduism (my 10th reading!) and its associated commentaries, published by Columbia Press on his 100th birth anniversary in 1991.

  • Relevance/Irrelevance of Azaan

    This is a very important aspect of Islam because an evolved Muslim or for that matter, any evolved worshipper needs no azaan or a call for prayer.

  • These are times, When nothing rhymes

      These are times When nothing rhymes Thought is crime Lost in time Hoping for sign Stars to align Heart of kind Had stayed behind Hate is fine Which is mine For these times Hate only rhymes ...

  • International Collaboration to End Violence

    While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this v...

  • 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. ...