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    The ongoing Lok Sabha election has brought to discussion the crime of demolition of Babri Masjid. DR. S. AUSAF SAIED VASFI raises certain pertinent questions regarding the crime which is still unpunished. Our times happen to be the times of … More

Defeat Communal Forces

The din and bustle of Lok Sabha election is continuing and the great democratic process is only half way through. Yet parties and formations are making tall claims of forming the next government at the Centre. “We will have the … More

EMPOWERMENT

Alleviation of Poverty-I

CHAUDHARI FARIDUDDIN examines the educational conditions and economic position of North Indian Muslims, and suggests concrete measures of poverty alleviation and sustained development. The present understanding of ‘education’ – both of the community and its leadership – is that of … More

EVE'S CORNER

Dowry: The Cancer of Society

By HUMA PARVEEN Dowry, widely known as the cancer of society, continues to be the most serious social problem. The incidents related to dowry system paint a sordid picture of diminishing moral values. Many innocent women are burnt or threw … More

EVE'S CORNER

Protest against TOI-Mumbai Mirror Concerned Citizens p...

A group of concerned citizens on April 20 held an impromptu demonstration outside the Times of India office in Mumbai, strongly condemning the publication of the FIR copy of the victim of gang rape of a TISS (Tata Institute of … More

HINDUTVA JUGGERNAUT

RSS-BJP: Father, Son and Unholy Mission

By RAM PUNIYANI Lal Krishna Advani has been calling Manmohan Singh the weakest Prime Minister for quite some time. Recently Manmohan Singh decided to hit back and reminded the nation about the role of Advani in Kandhar episode, Babri demolition … More

MAOIST MENACE

The Maoist Menace Why is It Under-reported?

On the eve of Lok Sabha elections SOROOR AHMED discusses the menace caused by the Maoists or Naxals in the various parts of the country, and answers the question why it goes under-reported. Why the Maoists in India intensify their … More

MID-EAST

Middle East ‘Spies’ A New Front for Gaza Conflict

Following the war in Gaza, and earlier in Lebanon, the Middle East’s new conflict has been that of defining the new discourse which will ultimately dominate the region’s politics: that of resistance or ‘moderation’, writes RAMZY BAROUD The reverberations of … More

RADIATIONS

The World Shoe Conference

By AUSAF Shoes the world over organised continental conferences as well as a world meet on December 15, 2008 to register their anger and resentment against their “gross misuse” a day earlier in the capital of Iraq. They passed a … More

RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

Religious Intolerance in South Asia All-religious Alli...

By DR JAVED JAMIL The world has witnessed a much bigger level of intolerance and violence related to nonreligious and so-called secular ideologies in last 150 years than that related to religions. The level of violence has increased in recent … More

INSIDE INDIA

ATS SEEKS RELEASE OF SADIQ SHAIKH

The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of Maharashtra will file an application in the court, seeking the release of Sadiq Shaikh, alleged Indian Mujahideen operative, from the 7/11 Mumbai train bombing case. The ATS arrested Sadiq (32), in the blast case on … More

INSIDE INDIA

BJP, VHP MEN BEAT UP ANHAD ACTIVISTS

Over two-dozen activists of ANHAD and Aman Samudaya were allegedly beaten up at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on April 20 during an election campaign. The attack took place in the afternoon when the ANHAD activists were campaigning in Naranpura in the … More

INSIDE INDIA

‘WE CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON ACTIVISTS CAMPAIGNING FOR M...

On April 19 Anhad and Aman Samudaya activists were brutally beaten up by BJP and VHP members at two different locations in Shastri Nagar, Naranpura (Gandhi Nagar Constituency) while they were doing a door to door campaign. The activists were surrounded … More

INSIDE INDIA

VHP, BD ACTIVISTS HELD FOR CHURCH ATTACK

Police arrested four more people for April 19 attack on the Douglas Memorial Church in Saoner near Nagpur and said two of them belonged to VHP and the other two to Bajrang Dal. The police had arrested three people on … More

INSIDE INDIA

CULTURE REFLECTS PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION IN CIVIC AND ...

An Extramural lecture entitled ‘Cultural diplomacy and conflict resolution’ was organised by Centre of West Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh on April 21 on April 21. In his welcome speech, Prof. Mohd. Gulrez, Chairman, Department of West Asian Studies, … More

INSIDE INDIA

NEW MUSLIM FRONT FORMED IN UP

A group of six organisations, including two political parties, have come together to form a coalition – Uttar Pradesh Muslim Alliance (UPMA). The decision to form the UPMA was taken at a meeting of the leaders of the six organisations … More

INSIDE INDIA

CONGRESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKWARDNESS OF MUSLIMS

With the vote bank of Muslims the Congress Party has been in power but it is unfortunate that the condition of the same community has gone from bad to worse in our country, said Mr. Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Cabinet Minister of … More

MUSLIM WORLD

INVESTMENT OF HAJ FUNDS IN ISLAMIC BONDS

The Religious Affairs Ministry of Indonesia will put Rp 9 trillion (US$828 million) of Haj and Umrah Trust funds in sukuk (Islamic bonds) to better manage the funds for the benefit of Muslims who want to undertake Haj pilgrimage. For … More

MUSLIM WORLD

UN COVER FOR RACISM

The United Nations is providing cover for Israeli racism, say dozens of human rights workers and Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesperson for Hamas. The United Nations Conference against Racism in Geneva was boycotted by the US, Israel, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BAGRAM THE NEXT GUANTANAMO

While US President Barack Obama said he’ll close the Guantanamo prisoner camp in Cuba, he’s being criticised for following his predecessor’s policy on the Bagram prison in Afghanistan. The new US government disappointed human rights activists when it chose to … More

MUSLIM WORLD

TATARSTAN SEEKS RECOGNITION OF LANGUAGE

Two Tatar youth organisations have called on Moscow to give official status to the Tatar language in Russia. Uzebez (Ourselves) and the Tatar Youth Forum said that they have begun collecting signatures for their proposal and are seeking to have … More

MUSLIM WORLD

SECOND UNIVERSITY IN MAKKAH

A university named Hudaibiya will be established as part of the Makkah Gate project, which aims to develop Makkah into a modern city with advanced living facilities. The city will also see, as part of the project, the establishment of … More

MUSLIM WORLD

DENGUE UNDER CONTROL IN MAKKAH

Dengue fever in Makkah neighbourhoods is fast declining as a result of preventive measures adopted by various government departments, according to an official of the Ministry of Health. “The latest studies of the ministry showed that the number of dengue … More

MUSLIM WORLD

A MODEL MADARSA IN SINGAPORE

With students having Islamic education while studying secular subjects, Madrasa Al Irsyad Al Islamiah in Singapore is giving an example of a model Islamic education in tune with modern world. At class, students study religious subjects as well as secular … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BY-ELECTIONS WASTE OF FUNDS

Malaysian Premier Najib Razak criticised the opposition for calling a by-election after one of its lawmakers quit, saying the poll will waste public money at a time of economic crisis. He also said the coalition may not contest in the … More

MUSLIM WORLD

CONVERSION IN MALAYSIA

Top ministers in Malaysia on April 20 met to end a row over the unilateral conversion of three children of an ethnic Indian Hindu woman to Islam by their father recently. Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramanian, who is also … More

OBITUARY

AF Golam Osmani (1933-2009)

By DR. SYED AHMED Veteran minority leader and sitting Congress Lok Sabha MP from Assam, Abul Fazal Golam Osmani passed away on March 31. He was suffering from lung cancer. Due to his ill-health he had opted out of contesting … More

READERS' PULSE

U.S. Breeding Terrorism

What the U.S. sermonise about terrorism is utterly opposite from what it practices is vindicated in its approach to the West Asia policy.  While the U.S. has blamed Hamas for launching rockets on Israel, it seemed to approve of the … More

READERS' PULSE

Congress Ticket to Accused

It is beyond understanding why and how Congress gave party-ticket for Lok Sabha elections to Raja Ram Pal who was expelled from Lok Sabha and from his original party BSP after being caught for taking ‘Cash for Question at Lok … More

READERS' PULSE

Jamaat’s Manifesto

The manifesto (Radiance, 5-11 April) is full of worthy thoughts, but suffers from several structural weaknesses. But the Jamaat also needs to explain why it is not in the fray to fight this battle itself. For, isn’t the Jamaat best … More

READERS' PULSE

Declaring Assets by Candidates

Election Commission should further modify rules regarding declaration of assets and wealth by candidates entering poll-fray. Most candidates declare very low value of properties as compared to market-value, perhaps being related to date of acquirement. To remove all confusions, rule … More

READERS' PULSE

US’s Olive Branch

At the Summit of American nations held at Trinidad recently, the U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, an ardent critic of the United States.  Mr. Obama has also promised to soothe the decades-old of … More

Report

Rights Panel Voices Concern on Incidents of March 26-27...

An Independent committee of senior national human rights activists, in its Preliminary Report released on April 16, expressed its deep concern at the government handling of the beating up of 22 inmates of the Sabarmati Jail on March 25, and … More