Wednesday, June 28, 2017

‘Why have they declared a war against me?’ An open letter from an Indian Muslim

By Syed Junaid Hashmi for TwoCircles.net I am appalled as to why a war has been declared on me? From television studios to the national highways to the lanes and by-lanes, lynch mobs are out to sniff life out of me. They want me dead for being anti-national, anti-animal, anti-cow, anti-India, pro-Pakistan and an ISIS-inspired Muslim zealot. Come what may,...

Prakash Raj gives house as Eid gift to poor family

Hyderabad, (IANS): Actor Prakash Raj gifted a house to a poor Muslim family in Telangana on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Known for mostly playing a villain on screen, Prakash Raj has become a real life hero for the family of Chotte Mian in Kondareddypalli village of Mahabubnagar district. "Celebrated Ramzan at Kondareddypalli by handing over home built for this family by...

Five farmers commit suicide in MP

Bhopal, (IANS): Five farmers committed suicide in different parts of Madhya Pradesh reportedly due to debt and other problems since Sunday evening, taking the total number of such farmer deaths to 27 in over a fortnight. Ghisiya Khan, 70, committed suicide by hanging himself in the well in his farm in Harsud in Khandwa district. The farmer's body was found...

मध्य प्रदेश की शिवराज सरकार में ‘त्राहि त्राहि नर्मदे’

जावेद अनीस हम पुराने समय से ही कर्मकांड करने में माहिर रहे हैं. ज़्यादातर का मक़सद खुद का कल्याण करना होता था. इधर मध्य प्रदेश में शिवराज सरकार भव्य कर्मकांड आयोजित करने में बहुत आगे साबित हुई हैं. इसकी ताज़ा कड़ी “नमामि नर्मदे यात्रा” है. नर्मदा सेवा के नाम से क़रीब पांच माह तक चली यह यात्रा नदी संरक्षण...

Shabnam Hashmi returns award to protest against mob violence against Muslims; says National Commission of Minorities has ‘lost all credibility’

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter One of India’s most well-known activists and human rights campaigner Shabnam Hashmi today returned the National Minority Rights Award conferred to her in 2008 by the National Commission for Minorities. “I am returning it in the memory of the innumerable innocent victims lynched by marauding mobs. Mob Lynching of Muslims and Islamophobia have taken over India. Even...

The House of Quran in Bhatkal: A photo essay

Bhatkal, as we have seen in this series, is a town with a rich history and tradition. It has also been a big centre of learning and as we saw in the fifth part of the series, it has an extremely strong infrastructure for education of youth, both male and female. Religious education is also taken extremely seriously here,...

Gulbarg Society massacre: Gujarat HC grants bail to convicted VHP leader Atul Vaidya

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Gujarat High court on Tuesday granted bail to Atul Vaidya, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad who was convicted in the Gulbarg Society massacre. Vaidya was convicted in June 2016, along with other 23 by Ahmedabad Special sessions court. A division bench led by justice Abhilasha Kumari gave the judgment while granting bail to the VHP...

Why should caste be an issue in presidential poll: Meira Kumar

New Delhi, (IANS): Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Tuesday wondered why caste should be an issue in the Presidential election, and lamented that for the first time caste was being made an issue in the election to the country's highest office. A day before she files her nomination papers, the former Lok Sabha Speaker reiterated that she espouses the values...

Prohibitory orders in MP town after communal tension

Alirajpur (Madhya Pradesh), (IANS): Prohibitory orders were clamped in Azad Nagar of Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur district following communal tension, police said on Tuesday. Superintendent of Police K. Kartikeyan told IANS that security forces have been deployed in the area as a precautionary measure and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code clamped. "The miscreants are being arrested. The...

Free after 16 years, Gulzar Ahmed Wani talks about torture, electric shocks and Guantanamo-like experience

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net On Tuesday, June 6, Gulzar Ahmed Wani, a PhD scholar arrested in July 2001 was finally set free, his shackles uncuffed after 16 years of incarceration. Acquitted on May 20 by a session court in Barabanki for the Sabarmati Express train blast, it took two more weeks for Gulzar to step out of prison as...

काली पट्टी पर दो हिस्सों में बंट गया मुसलमान

आस मुहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net नई दिल्ली/मुज़फ़्फ़रनगर : बल्लभगढ़ में हुई जुनैद की दिल दहला देने वाली हत्या के बाद कुछ उत्साही नौजवानों के ज़रिए काली पट्टी बांधकर विरोध दर्ज कराने का अभियान आज 'किंतु परंतु' में उलझ कर रह गया. देर रात उलेमाओं ने इसको गैर-शरई क़रार दे दिया था, जिसके बाद सोशल मीडिया पर सक्रिय कुछ युवाओं को छोड़कर...

Ramadan 1438: Bisma

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "I just finished taking my Math exam. I practiced for two whole days and forgot one answer in the end," says Bisma, studying in Standard I. "But this is an happy ending because we have a week holiday for Eid." "I love Eid because I get to wear fancy clothes and most importantly, bangles. And...

A contrarian view on #EidWithBlackBand

By Sheikh Khurshid Alam for TwoCircles.net Amidst blaring Bollywood numbers doing a surgical strike through my windows, I am trying to pen down my thoughts on the proposed Black Band Protest against mob-lynching of people in general and Muslims in particular. Agreed, protest is vital to democracy but is there any point in protesting just for the sake of it?...

Ramadan 1438: Aamir Wani

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "I remember, as a kid, I and a few friends of mine would take a Shikara ride from Mujahid Manzil to Khankah." Says Aamir, a freelance photographer and writer. "I don't remember how much it used to cost us but I remember we used to have enough money in the pocket to pay for it....

Ramadan 1438: Ovais Masoodi

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net id ul Fitr signifies the importance of sacrifice. What I always look forward on Eid is to celebrate it with my family as I am away from them on most of the days, in Bangalore,"Says Ovais Masoodi, an IT engineer. "Fasting for a month makes this Eid more fun, as after restraining food habits for...

With lynching and killing of Muslims, India to see a ‘Black Eid’

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter The atrocities of mob are on the rise, and minorities are the chief target of this staged and targeted violence. Last week marked three lynching incidents and one killing by policemen in Jharkhand. These incidents have moved Hindu and Muslim citizen of the country to take a strange path to celebrate Eid tomorrow. Country is going to see...

President, Vice President, Speaker wish people on Eid-ul-Fitr

New Delhi, (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday wished the countrymen on Eid-ul-Fitr, hoping the festival brings prosperity to all and also strengthens "faith in our unity and common destiny" that characterises India's composite culture. Greeting fellow citizens, "particularly my Muslim brothers and sisters", he said: "May this joyous occasion, which marks the culmination of the period of fasting and...

Amid mob lynchings and going hatred, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind cancels its Eid Milan event

By TCN News New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has announced to cancel its Eid Milan event, citing the current deteorating communal atmosphere in the country. The Eid Milan event of JUH stands to be a famous one. JUH has alleged that efforts are being made to create inferiority complex and feeling of being second class citizen among minorities, especially the Muslims and...

Muslims in Southeast Asia mark end of Ramadan

Jakarta, (IANS): Millions of people across Southeast Asia on Sunday celebrated the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei joined in the holiday celebrations that began with a morning ceremony, reports Efe news. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, accompanied by First Lady Iriana, took part in the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest...

Shutdown in Darjeeling to be partially relaxed during Eid

Darjeeling, (IANS): Amid the ongoing indefinite shutdown in the West Bengal hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leadership on Sunday said there will be "partial relaxation for 12 hours" on Monday for the Muslim community to observe Eid. However, the GJM maintained that the relaxation in plying of vehicles would be only for the Muslim community, nor for the general...