Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arrests of BJP activists for Imam’s murder shows how the party is looking to replicate “UP Model” in Kerala

By Shafeeq Hudawi, Twocircles.net The murder of an Imam in Kasargod and the subsequent arrests of three BJP activists has once again highlighted the growing attempts by the Sangh Parivar to disturb the communal harmony in the region. Riyas Moulavi, a 34-year-old Moulvi who had been teaching at Issathul Islam Madrasa in Choori for nine years, was found murdered with his...

Two killed, 10 injured in communal violence in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, (IANS): Two persons were killed, one of them in police firing, and 10 others injured while around 50 houses were ransacked and set ablaze along with many vehicles following a communal clash in a village in Gujarat's Patan district on Saturday evening, police said. Patan Superintendent of Police Ashwin Chauhan said a minor altercation between two students over some...

There will no discrimination based on religion, caste, gender: promises UP CM Aditya Nath

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), March 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Saturday said his BJP government will implement Prime Minister Narendra Modis development agenda in the state and there would be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and gender. "It is not just a position for me, it is a very big responsibility. I will...

Jamiat’s efforts to unite Muslim sects gathers pace from Khwaja land

By Brajendra Nath Singh  Ajmer, (IANS): The BJP's stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and the elevation of firebrand Hindutva leader Aditya Nath Yogi as state Chief Minister appears to have lent an added urgency to efforts to unite different sects of the Muslim community, from the land of Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, one of the biggest Muslim organisations...

Aditya Nath promises no bias on religion; no harassment of couples

Gorakhpur, (IANS): Promising that there will be no bias in the name of religion and caste, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Saturday also assured that couples would not be harassed by anti-Romeo squads in the state. The 44-year-old BJP leader said that National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions were being followed in the crackdown on illegal abattoirs, in...

Yogi may be senior in age, but still backward in work: Akhilesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, saying he "may be senior in age but is still backward in work". Akhilesh also said the SP will come back to power in the state in 2022. "He may be senior in age but is still backward in work. Now,...

बूचड़खानों पर तालाबंदी के साथ मुसलमानों के बड़े रोजगार पर संकट

आस मोहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश के कई जिलों से : मेरठ के रहने वाले हाजी तौफ़ीक कहते हैं, 'हम पुश्तों से इस कारोबार को करते चले आ रहे हैं, जिससे हमारे परिवार का पेट भरता है. अगर हमारा यह कारोबार बंद हो जाता है तो हम लोग क्या खाएंगे और हमारी जीविका कैसे चलगी? सरकार हमें रोजगार मुहैया...

VHP reiterates demand for law to construct Ram temple

New Delhi, (IANS): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday reiterated its demand for the enactment of a law to facilitate the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. VHP Working President Pravin Togadia said he was sure Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP's new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will bring in the...

So far, only anti-Romeo squads, brooms in UP: Akhilesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the new state government, saying only "anti-Romeo squads and clean-up drives" have been witnessed so far. The SP leader accused the new government of targeting officials of a certain caste. "I am waiting for the new Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Yogi Adityanath to come...

Jews, Muslims, Indian Americans join hands against hate crimes

Washington, (IANS): People from the Jewish, Muslim, and Indian American communities gathered on the steps of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in northwest Washington and stood in solidarity against rising hate crimes in the US. "This is about having peace throughout all communities and religions and races," said Rochelle Berman, who was present at the event on Friday night. The slogan "We Stand...

क्या मरहूम हाशिम अंसारी के बेटे इक़बाल इस जंग की रिवायत को बरक़रार रख पाएंगे?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net बाबरी मस्जिद-राम मंदिर मामले में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने भले ही आपसी समझौते की बात की हो, लेकिन मामला अब धमकी पर आ गया है. भाजपा सांसद सुब्रमण्यम स्वामी ने खुले शब्दों में कह दिया है, ‘मुस्लिम संगठन सरयू नदी के उस पार मस्जिद बनाने का हमारा प्रस्ताव मान लें, नहीं तो साल 2018 में राज्यसभा में...

Kashmir-based environmental film wins ‘Palmdale Vision Award’ in USA

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Srinagar: Kashmir-based documentary filmmaker-Jalal Ud Din Baba  documentary on Wullar lake has won a special “Palmdale Vision Award 2017” at 5th Annual “Water Take One” film festival held at Ventura, California, USA on March 22. The documentary titled, “Saving the Saviour”  won the ‘Palmdale Vision Award’, sponsored by the Palmdale Water District, for best representing its mission...

Uniform code won’t help, says women’s Jamaat founder

New Delhi, (IANS) : The uniform civil code won't help Muslim women as majority of them won't approach a court if it's violated, the founder of Women's Jamaat Sharifa Khanum has said. Khanum had started the Tamil Nadu Women's Jamaat (Mosque). She feels that Muslim women don't enjoy any Islamic rights or any constitutional rights in India, but bringing in the...

Adityanath as CM is shocking, says New York Times

New York, (IANS): The decision to pick Hindutva leader Adityanath Yogi as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh shows the BJP thinks "nothing stands in the way of transforming a secular republic into a Hindu state", the New York Times said on Friday. In a hard-hitting editorial, the daily said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had played a cagey game since taking...

Beef ban affecting people’s health, says Telangana official

Hyderabad, (IANS): A District Collector in Telangana on Friday said that beef ban due to "bad Brahminical culture" is affecting the health of people, especially scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes and advised them to eat what they had been eating for centuries to remain physically fit. Jayashankar Bhupalapally Collector A. Murali made the controversial remarks while addressing a rally...

Muslim women and children beaten, asked to leave community park in Meerut

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net Meerut: With the appointment of Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister, events and actions have started adversely affecting the Muslim community of Uttar Pradesh. In a recent event on March 19, a Muslim woman was asked to leave a playground park with her daughter. Also, a group of Muslim women was thrashed by men. Baccha Park...

Five Muslim journalists win Laadli Media Awards for work on gender sensitivity

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Five Muslims journalists were announced as winners of the prestigious Laadli Media award on Thursday for Gender Sensitivity 2015-16  among 37 others from across the country. Now in its 8th edition, the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for gender sensitivity has been supported by Colors TV channel as the ‘cause partner’, United Nations Population...

Adityanath government asks sugar mill owners to pay arrears to farmers

Lucknow, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked sugar mill owners in the state to pay arrears of the previous and current crushing seasons to sugarcane farmers within a month. The instruction came after a high level meeting on Thursday night. "The Chief Minister in a meeting with the Chief Secretary and Sugarcane Commissioner along with other high level...

BJP march to Telangana assembly against Muslim quota foiled

Hyderabad, (IANS): Police arrested BJP leaders to foil their march to Telangana assembly on Friday to protest the state government's move for hiking the quota for Muslims in jobs and education. Tension prevailed near the assembly as police stopped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and activists and arrested them for violating prohibitory orders in the high-security area. BJP floor leader...

Do you need an eye? Take one of mine: How Mohammed Reshi is trying to help pellet victims of Kashmir

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Kakapora: As a common Kashmiri, what can you do to bring peace in the region? Protest? Keep quiet? Donate? Participate in the peacebuilding process? Remain silent? For most, the answer remains lost amidst all these propositions; and never revealed fully. In July 2016, within hours of the encounter of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, the Kashmir valley,...