• The Age of Smart Phones and Dumb People

    22 Mar 2015 |
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    AYESHA AMEER holds a mirror up to the modern man in which he can see, quite vividly, how he is losing his future generation to the altar of technological gadgets, and suggests how he can reverse the wind. We are … More

Bring ‘Consensual Sex’ within the Purview of Rape

The 5 March Dimapur lynching has left some questions unanswered. Was it part of a major gameplan in the strife-torn state of Nagaland? The question assumes credence as the detailed, 5-page report submitted by Senior Superintendent of Dimapur Central Jail … More

BOOK REVIEW

Of Ploughs, Paradoxes and Poetry

Sabz Pedon Ke Saye Mohammad Hazim Hassan Al-Huda Publications, New Delhi (India) – 110 002Year 2014Pages 230Rupees 200, Paperback Reviewed by ASIF ANWAR ALIG Bard of Avon, great English poet and playwright of the 16th century, William Shakespeare had humble … More

ATHEISM

Dealing with Deniers of Divine Reality

By DR. MAHBUBUR RAHMAN Freedom of choice is a unique privilege and blessing enjoyed by mankind. This choice is given not without purpose, however. It is central to the divine plan. As the Qur’ān says: “He Who created death and … More

COUNTER-NARRATIVE

BOVINE POLITICS

By ARSHAD SHAIKH The BJP government in Maharashtra has successfully managed to extend the ban on the slaughter of cows to bulls and bullocks, by getting the President’s assent to “The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995”, thereby irreparably damaging … More

DEBATE ON ISLAM

Whistle Blowers and Windcock Politicians!

By MUHAMMAD SIRAJUDDIN Newer cases of naram garam tactics by the right wing hate mongers started hitting the headlines all over again immediately after 2014 general elections. When the issue of forced conversions under the guise of ‘home coming’ was … More

GENDER VIOLENCE

Remembering Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape

AMUSU Flays AFSPA, Gender Violence On 9 March, Aligarh Muslim University Students Union (AMUSU) celebrated International Women’s Day and demanded justice for the victims of Kunan Poshpora mass rape, and a stern punishment for the culprits. In a jam packed … More

SCIENCE

The Pi Day and the Mathematics Day

By SAMEEN AHMED KHAN The number pi is a mathematical constant: the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This ratio is fixed irrespective of the size of the circle. Its value to twelve decimal places is 3.141592653589 and … More

WEST ASIA

Secret History of Cofounder of Hamas

By RAMZY BAROUD This is not my geography teacher, or, more accurately it is not at all how I remember him. A series of APA images published by the British Daily Mail and other newspapers showed Hamad al-Hasanat lying dead … More

FACE-TO-FACE

India Needs More Boxers like Mary Kom

AMJAD KHAN, who has won many state and national gold medals and remained on the National Boxing Team for five years, shares in an interview with MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN his vision and desire to produce world class boxers at his … More

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Everywhere I Looked I Could See God’s Work

By CECILIA MAHMUDA CANNOLLY First and foremost, I would say it was because fundamentally I had always been a Muslim without being aware of it. Very early in my life, I had lost faith in Christianity for many reasons. The … More

INSIDE INDIA

GOVT’S APPEAL AGAINST EX-GRATIA PAYMENT TO KUNAN-POSH...

AIDWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported appeal by the Jammu and Kashmir State Government against the compensation ordered by the Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission in 2012 to the victims of the infamous Kunan-Poshpora gang rape … More

INSIDE INDIA

4 PARTIES FORM UP ITTEHAD FRONT

Targeting the UP Assembly Election 2017, four important Muslim Parties, Welfare Party of India, Parcham Party of India, Rashtriya Ulema Council and Indian National League has formed a united front, namely UP Ittehad Front, to fight election. The decision of … More

INSIDE INDIA

RSS MOUTHPIECE SHOWS POK AS PAK TERRITORY

    The publication of mutilated Indian map in the latest edition of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mouthpiece Organiser evoked strong reaction from the Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha on 13 March. The agitated MPs wanted to know … More

INSIDE INDIA

BOMBAY HC REJECTS HRS CHIEF’S BAIL PLEA

The Bombay High Court on 5 March rejected the bail plea of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai. Desai is facing charges for his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy that resulted in the murder of 28-year-old Mohsin Shaikh … More

INSIDE INDIA

GOVT CAN’T STOP MARRIAGE OF MINOR MUSLIM GIRLS: PLEA

A PIL saying government officials should not interfere with marriages solemnised under Muslim personal law has been filed in the Madras high court on 6 March. A day earlier, the court had disallowed marriage of a 16-year-old Muslim girl. Madurai-based … More

INSIDE INDIA

CAN’T KEEP LIVE-IN RELATIONS OUTSIDE PURVIEW OF RAPE:...

The Delhi High Court has refused to keep live-in relationships outside the purview of rape under the IPC, saying it would amount to giving them the status of matrimony, which the legislature has chosen “not to do”, a report said … More

INSIDE INDIA

DALIT DENIED TEMPLE ACCESS, REVERTS TO ISLAM

Shyam Singh, a member of the Dalit Valmiki community in Moga village of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, reverted to Islam two weeks ago, a national daily reported on 14 March. A landless labourer, Shyam reverted only because the community was … More

INSIDE INDIA

SIRAJ TALIB ELECTED WPI DELHI PRESIDENT

The General Council of Welfare Party of India, Delhi on 11 March elected Siraj Talib as president of Welfare Party of India, Delhi for the next term. The election held in the presence of Dr. SQR Ilyas in which members … More

INSIDE INDIA

DR. YASIR HASAN BAGS SPER YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD

Dr. Yasir Hasan Siddique, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University has received SPER Young Scientist Award-2015 from the Society of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (SPER) in the 4th Annual International Conference and Exhibition organised at DIT University, Dehradun (Uttarakhand). He … More

INSIDE INDIA

NHRC ISSUES NOTICE TO KERALA GOVT. ON ARREST OF HUMAN R...

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that the Kerala Government was targeting human rights defenders and rights activists by labelling them as ‘Maoist sympathisers’. Human rights advocates Tushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison … More

INSIDE INDIA

LAWYERS ALLEGE LIFE THREAT TO BLAST ACCUSED TARIQ QASMI...

The lawyers of Tariq Qasmi, an accused in the 2007 Faizabad and Lucknow court blasts, have alleged that he is facing a life threat. Lodged in Lucknow Jail, Qasmi’s lawyers have accused the jail administration and UP Police of conspiring … More

INSIDE INDIA

LAWYERS ALLEGE LIFE THREAT TO BLAST ACCUSED TARIQ QASMI...

The lawyers of Tariq Qasmi, an accused in the 2007 Faizabad and Lucknow court blasts, have alleged that he is facing a life threat. Lodged in Lucknow Jail, Qasmi’s lawyers have accused the jail administration and UP Police of conspiring … More

MUSLIM WORLD

VIDEO SHOWS UK GIRLS BEING AIDED IN JOINING ISIS BY CAN...

A video has been released by Turkish A Haber news channel showing the suspected spy working for the Canadian intelligence agency helping British girls join ISIS, Daily Sabah reported on 13 March. More details emerged about the Syrian national who … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BOSNIA TO SEND AMMUNITION TO IRAQ

Bosnia is to donate 572 tons of ammunition to Iraq to help the fight against ISIL, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Defence Ministry was reported as saying on 11 March. The ministry said in a statement a shipment of about 15 million … More

MUSLIM WORLD

CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA AROUND 211,000

Around 211,000 people have been reportedly killed in Syria since the civil war began in March 2011, a nongovernmental organisation said in a new report on 13 March. According to The Syrian Network for Human Rights, the Assad regime forces … More

MUSLIM WORLD

SYRIAN REFUGEES RETURN TO KOBANI FROM TRUKEY

The refugees crossed the border from Mursitpinar border gate, located in the southern Turkish district of Suruc, after officials checked their identity papers. A registration system for the refugees was made by Turkey’s emergency body, AFAD. The refugees are allowed … More

MUSLIM WORLD

TIME EXTENDED TO SUBMIT STATEMENTS IN NIZAMI’S APPEAL...

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on 10 March gave time to both the state and defence until 31 March for submitting concise statements on an appeal filed by Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami against his death sentence. The four-member bench of … More

MUSLIM WORLD

JEWISH SETTLERS STORM AL-AQSA COMPOUND

Dozens of Jewish settlers and Israeli police on 11 March forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian official has said. “Around 25 settlers in three groups – backed by Israeli police – … More

MUSLIM WORLD

SWEDEN CANCELS DEFENCE DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA

Sweden on 10 March said it will cancel a defence agreement with Saudi Arabia worth billions of crowns to its industry after criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record sparked a diplomatic row. Sweden’s Social Democrat-led government, which came to power … More

MUSLIM WORLD

IRAN, TURKMENISTAN TO BOOST ECONOMIC TIES

Iran and Turkmenistan have agreed to expand their trade volume from the current $3.7 billion to $60 billion in the next 10 years. The decision was made during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s meeting on 11 March with his counterpart Gurbanguly … More

MUSLIM WORLD

GERMAN HIGH COURT LIFTS HIJAB BAN

Germany’s highest court lifted the ban on headscarves for teachers, correcting a 2003 verdict, on 13 March. The verdict now reads that the headscarf can only be banned if the peaceful situation at the school is in danger – for … More

MUSLIM WORLD

HAMAS TO LAUNCH HASHTAG CAMPAIGN

Hamas media coordinator Taher al-Nounou said the group would launch a weeklong interactive campaign starting Friday on social media under the hashtag #AskHamas. “The campaign is aimed at rejecting the labelling of the Palestinian resistance as ‘terrorists’,” al-Nounou was reported … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MUSLIM DENTIST OPENS FREE CLINIC IN CALIFORNIA

A Muslim dentist on Indian origin, Makbul Patel, who has been serving patients in California and helping the community through his work and volunteer efforts for the last 30 years, founded Al-Shifa Dental Clinic, a free clinic in San Bernardino … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BJI URGES DHAKA TO STOP MURDER, ABDUCTION AND FORCED DI...

Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman on 12 March urged his countrymen to continue the ongoing broad base movement protesting against the murder, abduction, forced disappearance and state-backed terrorism. He also demanded immediate step-down of the incumbent … More

READERS' PULSE

A Serious Threat to National Security

The editorial “Corporate Espionage Scandal a Serious Threat to National Security” (Radiance Viewsweekly, March 1-7) exposes the soft underbelly of the post-liberalisation economy in India. Liberalisation has seen the inexorable march of “crony capitalism” whereby the corporate houses try to … More

READERS' PULSE

Has Religion Become Business?

It is in reference to the article “Has Religion Become Business” (Radiance Viewsweekly, 8-14 March 2015). Mr. Syed Kazim has very well exposed the reality behind these godmen. Till date no Ashram or godman is exposed as experiencing poor and … More

READERS' PULSE

Flawed Economics

This refers to article written by Rajinder Sachar under the heading, “A Crisis in Governance” (Radiance, 15-21March). Justice Sachar has rightly said that if Modi’s economic pattern is allowed to continue, it will become worse. Only socialist-oriented policies can checkmate … More

READERS' PULSE

Atheism is False

Abhijit murder was bad but Muslims cannot praise him as he was an atheist and did anti-Islamic propaganda. Some people are trying to make him an idol or icon which should not be done. Instead of idolising him we should … More

REPORT

Naunihal Juniors Magazine

Naunihal Juniors Magazine published from Vaniambadi in TamilNadu is bilingual (English and Urdu). The magazine, which is basically for small children, has been designed to make children aware of many things which may not be taught in their schools but … More

REPORT

JIH Opens a Week-Long Tarbiyat Camp

By OUR STAFF REPORTER The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind inaugurated its first 7-day session of Markazi Tarbiyat Gah of the current 4-year (2012-2015) term at its headquarters in the national capital on 13 March. The Central Tarbiyat Gahwas formally inaugurated in the … More