Opinions

  • Relegating Ahmad Faraz to a Facebook poet

    Ahmad Faraz is one of the greatest poets of modern era and is bracketed with Firaq Gorakhpuri and Faiz Ahmad Faiz, known as the 3 Fs of Urdu poetry. While it's laudable that more and more readers, nay dilettantes, are becoming aware of...

  • Trolling Syndrome – Not Just a Namesake

    So, baby Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi will probably go down the annals of “troll history” as being the youngest person to land in a controversy. His offense – Ah just a namesake! So, what’s in a name, by the way? Ea...

  • United we stand #2

    Racial memory and historical antagonism are part of human life, but this does not have to determine all of our actions. We cannot live in the past, and cannot attribute all current developments to the past.

  • Mirza Ghalib was an iconoclastic believer

    Ghalib was a radical believer who went beyond the precincts of faith and worshipped, if he ever did, Allah in his own inimitable and impudent manner.

  • Triple Talaq and UCC: Treading the Devious Path

    We would be dwindling in the decoy of treading a devious path if we do not attempt to accentuate and establish the damage that male chauvinism has begotten today’s familial existence.

  • From King Faisal to Bashar al-Assad: Story of Muslims Rulers turned villains by International Players

    It is high time the Islamic World recognised the West’s strategy of turning Muslim heroes into villains. Muslims will have to reject the supremacy of the Big Powers.

  • National Anthem: Can Compulsions Elicit Respect?

    Ultra nationalism, while operating in the broad democratic setup, is an attempt to instill the values of dictatorial State.

  • What India can learn from Australia on domestic violence?

    One social parallel that can be drawn between two dissimilar countries like India and Australia is rampant family violence in both the countries. As Australia is fighting the menace vigorously, India can learn a few  lessons from it, givin...

  • Beef, Sufi Conference, Right Wing murderers, Kashmir — Signs of the Times

    Today, in 2016, young Kashmiri Muslims are getting targeted in several towns and cities of this country. Why are we silent on this? Why don’t we speak out? Why don’t the politicians take a stand on this?

  • Modi's statesman like Lahore trip: Must create mirror image at home

    Narendra Modi's stopover in Lahore to greet Nawaz Sharief's family is a diplomatic gesture displaying high form of statesmanship. Having now rubbed shoulders with almost every world leader of good significance and riding his aspirations...

  • The fascist onslaught on the idea of India and the secular backlash

    On October 12, Sudheendra Kulkarni, journalist and aide to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, was forcibly painted black by Shiv Sena goons for attending the release ceremony of Pakistani politician Khurshid Kasuri’s book. Kulkar...

  • Signs of the times — Tell me why

    No, I’m in no mood to write a ‘tell- me-why’ series, though several whys are bothering me – Tell me why we are getting hoodwinked by the who’s who in today’s political set-ups; can’t we see through thos...

  • Signs of the times

    Each single day hundreds are dying, thousands semi - dying yet this government insists on killing many more by its lop - sided policies. Terrorizing cum killing cum murdering tactics of the State.

  • No let up in communal mischief

    After a whole year of anti-Muslim slander campaign and sporadic violence against Muslims (to a lesser degree, against Christians as well), we had been hoping that the excitement of Sangh enthusiasts will wear off and they would calm down. No su...

  • Support Delhi's LG Najeeb Jung

    Najeeb Jung the current Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is one of the few upright and highly credible and capable Muslim senior officials in India. He is from a distinguished Delhi family with two of his brothers being IAS officials (retired now)....

  • MIM lost from Bandra East, What Next?

    Just concluded Bandra East election results give a wake-up call to MIM leadership. MIM should seriously look into reasons for the debacle. During previous election, they received 23,976 votes but now reduced to 15,050 (-37%). This down...

  • Kejriwal's paranoia as seen by an AAP Volunteer

    I first met Arvind Kejriwal on September 21, 2014 at Aditya Sadan, Ashoka Road as an intern under one of those programmes engineered by his group of intellectuals to reconnect with youths and students after his infamous resignation and Loksabha...

  • Rabindranath Tagore's concept of the nation-state

    The mythological tale of the demon Bhasmasur is well known. On whomsoever's head he put his palm was burnt to ashes. Now-a-day the Sangh Parivar is bent upon converting itself into a later day Bhasmasur. It has started putting its hand on t...

  • Another boost to food fascism

    It was Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy of ahimsa (non-violence) in general and his concern for cow protection in particular that is reflected in the Directive Principles of the Constitution making it incumbent on the state to work for cow prote...

  • Case for checking neo-capitalist expansion

    In a national meet, political parties on February 2, Congress, CPI, CPM and NCP talked about attempts to vitiate the communal atmosphere primarily with the appeal to defeat the communal forces. Whatever else was said in the broadcast of the BJP...