Editorial

The passage of the anti-rape bill or the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 by the two houses of the Parliament should go down as legislative milestone in India’s history. Something that stirred the nation’s conscience deserved speedy legislation and the lawmakers rose to the task to place an effective instrument to deal with the most […]

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Muslims in India do not lack resources. What they lack is a mission statement and a vision for the community. It is tragic that some nouveau riche Muslims make ugly show of pomp and pageant by spending their money on marriages, while the projects like schools, libraries, media and hospitals suffer from paucity of resources. […]

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The recent report about a mother beating her seven year old son to death in Pontcanna, Cardiff, Wales, because she was distressed as he could not by-heart some verses of the Quran is indeed extremely shocking. This could be a case of a woman suffering from a mental illness, and while such incidents may not […]

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Mr. Narendra Modi-led BJP’s hat-trick in Gujarat should set us thinking. His third victory—and the BJP’s fourth straight—has come about in a state that is seen as the most industrialized and fast urbanizing (if not already sufficiently urbanized) one. Despite having toned down his Hindutva rhetoric, he remains remorseless about the communal mayhem Gujarat witnessed […]

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Tampering with Charminar A make-shift temple at the north-eastern corner of the hoary Charminar in Hyderabad seems to be the latest weapon in the arsenal of the right wing extremists to stoke communal embers. Evidently, they are eyeing the issue for communal polarization of voters in Andhra Pradesh. While it will be too far-fetched to […]

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Nearly 17.5 lakh foreign pilgrims, 46 % of them women, performed Hajj this year, it was announced by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Ahmed, who is chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee. He said, 1,752,932 foreign pilgrims have arrived for Haj this year, including 801,126 women. He said the number was 4 percent (77,968) less than […]

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The need of the hour for the Muslim world is introspection. This alone will help it come  out of the woods which they have got  themselves in. Much of the world is cursing the religion, Islam, which has been an abode of peace, brotherhood and equality. Rather than leaving it to God, we Muslims have […]

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Self-righteousness—be it among individuals or communities—is disastrous. It is a deadly affliction if it affects a person. It turns into a scourge if it takes a community into its grip. It is a trait of personality that the victim is hardly able to distinguish, hence has to be made evident to him or her by […]

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Arab Spring and overthrow of autocratic regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya has heralded the democratic era in the three states. Islamists having been the leading opponents of the erstwhile regimes were generally seen as the main alternative. Consequently, they have won scrapethrough to modest majorities in the three countries. The past rulers have left no stable institutions […]

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Reports emanating from states in western Africa make a disturbing reading. Extremist outfits like Boko Haram in Nigeria and Ansar Deen in Mali and Niger have rendered the region a huge magnet for Islamic militants from all over the Middle East and AfPak region. Internal strife and perpetual famine had long sapped the vitality of the people here. […]

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