Friday, March 24, 2017

The BJP won in UP. Can we please get rid of the facade called secularism now?

By Mushtaque Rahamat for Twocircles.net The elevation of Yogi Adityanath to be the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has finally obliterated the oft-repeated differentiation of fringe and main elements of BJP. Although it is quite a sad day for all those who traded politics of secularism while consistently failing to live by that, it is the vindication of Muslim’s political...

Aseemanand granted bail in Mecca Masjid blast case

Hyderabad, (IANS): A city court on Thursday granted conditional bail to former RSS worker Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case. The Fourth Metropolitan Sessions court directed him to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and not to leave Hyderabad without prior permission. Nine persons were killed in the blast during Friday prayers at the historic mosque...

Online petition to Times of India demands front-page apology for linking Najeeb to ISIS

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Delhi: Shehla Rashid, a JNU student leader has started an online petition on Change.org addressed to the newspaper Times of India to issue a front-page apology for ‘fake news’ about missing student Najeeb. The newspaper on Tuesday, March 21 had carried a front-page story about missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, claiming that he was an ISIS (Daesh) sympathiser. “The basis...

Scheduled Castes orders amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, (IANS): The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017 seking to modify the lists of Scheduled Castes in Odisha and Puducherry was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill was introduced by Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Supporting the bill, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge stressed that benefits of the Bill should reach the needy without any...

New commission for socially, educationally backward

New Delhi, (IANS): The Union cabinet has approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes replacing the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and approved amending the Constitution and inserting Article 338B for setting up the new commission. The bill to be introduced in Parliament proposes: Insertion of...

Congress MP alleges caste discrimination in UP

New Delhi, (IANS): Congress member in the Lok Sabha Ranjeet Ranjan on Thursday said Yadavs and some other castes were being targeted in Uttar Pradesh, and questioned the anti-Romeo squads formed in the state. "An IPS officer has said, a particular caste is being targeted. The way hatred is being spread against Yadavs, Muslims and Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, it...

Law enforcement agencies fabricate terrorism cases where Muslims are often targeted: Teesta Setalvad in UN

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter Teesta Setalvad has never been known to mince her words when it comes to speaking the truth, and March 15 was no different. Setalvad was at the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva and was allotted a total of fewer than three minutes to testify in front of member countries about the worrying trends in...

Why the Supreme Court’s idea of out-of-court settlement in Ayodhya is not practical

By Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi for Twocircles.net The demolition of the Babri Masjid was not merely a communal insurgency which claimed hundreds of innocent Muslim lives across India; rather it was a big blow to Muslims’ religious identity. It was also a blatant attack on the secular ethos of the country and the two communities have been at loggerheads ever since...

Despite loss, BSP’s politics of social justice is the only antidote to BJP’s communal agenda

By Sanjay Kumar for Twocircles.net The recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP), one of the most populous states in India, has ushered in a tectonic shift in Indian politics. Many political parties, opposed to the Hindutva politics in India, expected UP to repeat Bihar. They did work hard to achieve a non-BJP government in UP, however miserably failed. However,...

Four meat shops set ablaze in UP’s Hathras

New Delhi, (IANS): Four makeshift meat shops were set afire on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras area by anti-social elements, the town's residents said. Earlier in the morning, three shops were set afire in the Uttar Pradesh town. The shopowners, Raees and Muhammad Sindhi said they came to know about the burning down of their shops by miscreants near Kashiram...

Cabinet approves amendment to Right to Education Act

New Delhi, (IANS): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Right to Education Act to ensure that all teachers acquire minimum educational qualifications. It also extends the period for untrained teachers to acquire stipulated qualifications by four years, that is, up to March 31, 2019. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An...

Indian-American Muslims welcome Teesta Setalvad’s testimony in UN against human rights violations in India

By TCN News Indian American Muslim Council, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has welcomed Teesta Setalvad's hard-hitting testimony at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 15, 2017. One of India's most recognised activists and a strident voice against hate and sectarianism, Setalvad spoke on behalf of The Advocates for Human Rights,...

बाबरी विध्वंस केस : जानिए, सुनवाई से ठीक एक दिन पहले जस्टिस नरीमन को क्यों हटाया गया?

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter नई दिल्ली : पूरे देश में अयोध्या के विवादित बाबरी मस्जिद-राम जन्मभूमि की चर्चा अपने चरम पर है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आपस में बैठकर हल निकालने वाले टिप्पणी को देश के तमाम अख़बारों व चैनलों ने प्रमुखता से छापा और दिखाया है. लेकिन कल की यह ख़बर शायद ही किसी मीडिया ने दिखाया या छापा हो कि बाबरी...

Ajmer blast convicts get life term

Jaipur, (IANS): A local court here has awarded life imprisonment to two men convicted for the 2007 Ajmer Dargah bomb blast in which three persons were killed. Earlier on March 8, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had convicted Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi (now dead). Arguments over the quantum of punishment were completed on March 18 and...

We have been displaced thrice, will not allow it again: Geetha, leader of Adivasi resistance against Athirapally dam

This is the second of the two-part series on the proposed Athirapally dam in the Thrissur district of Kerala, and how it will destroy the livelihoods of thousands of tribals along with having a catastrophic impact on the extremely delicate and important Western Ghats. By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net In the first part of this series, we looked at how the Athirapally...

बाबरी मस्जिद-राम मंदिर : जाने कब क्या हुआ इसके निर्माण से लेकर शहादत तक

प्रस्तुति : अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net 1528 : ज़हीरुद्दीन बाबर ने अपने मंत्री ‘मीर बाक़ी’ के द्वारा 1526 ई. में फ़ैज़ाबाद से पांच किलोमीटर और दिल्ली से सात सौ किलोमीटर की दूरी पर दक्षिण-पूरब में दरिया के किनारे अयोध्या में बाबरी मस्जिद का निर्माण करवाया. 3 ख़ूबसूरत गुंबदों पर आधारित यह विशाल व भव्य मस्जिद उत्तर प्रदेश में मुसलमानों की अज़मत...

Will accept Ram Mandir if Sacchar committee recommendations are met, says Dr Zafar Mahmood of  Zakat Foundation of India

By TCN News Dr Zafar Mahmood, President of Zakat Foundation of India, has suggested an eight-point agenda to the ongoing issue of Babri Masjid, saying that “Muslims can agree to the construction of Ram Mandir at the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya” provided the following eight points are accepted, approved and implemented by the Government: 1.    The constituencies of Lok Sabha...

Imam hacked to death in Kasargod, police clueless

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter Kasargod: Tension prevailed in the district of Kasargod following the brutal murder of an Imam at Choori in Kasargod town. Riyas Moulavi, Imam of the Muhyudheen mosque, was hacked to death by a group of people on Monday night. According to reports, Riyas was sleeping in a room inside the mosque and was hacked by a group...

Muslim religious leaders divided on Ayodhya dispute resolution

New Delhi, (IANS): Several Muslim religious leaders on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) observation for resolving the Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through amicable settlement though the Babri Masjid Action Committee and others did not agree. Welcoming the apex court observation, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said: "We should be ready to solve the matter...

Timeline of Babri Masjid-Ram temple dispute

New Delhi, (IANS): The Supreme Courts suggestion on Tuesday for an amicable settlement to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has yet again rekindled the debate on the subject that has for decades been a religious and political flashpoint. The Babri mosque dates back nearly 500 years when it was built in Ayodhya by Mir Baqi, a commander of...