Love Jihad and targeting of religious minorities

By John Dayal,

The recent outpouring of support for the “development” agenda of the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, by several leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches may possibly stave off the immediate attention of the Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of Home affairs, but it is not likely to reduce the deep and seemingly abiding distrust the Indian political and social system has of what is popularly called the “Missionaries”. Nor will it mitigate the hate that is now erupting in India against religious minorities.

Blind dancers of Articulate Ability perform in Boston

From Darkness Unto Light, they lead us all ...

By Umang Kumar,

Boston: They ended their performance by dancing to a piece which took its title from a Sanskrit sloka, “Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya,” - “Lead me from Darkness unto Light,” - urging the powers Almighty to lead them towards light - and yet it seemed that it was they who were leading us in the audience to ever-increasing light and vision.

‘Bharat Ratna for Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’

By Jasim Mohammad,

Emergence of Sir Syed Ahamd Khan on Indian horizon was not an ordinary incident but has proved to be a mile stone in the history of the Indian sub-continent.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan began his life and work when the Mughal empire was on decline and the sun of British empire was rising fast. At that time Indian Muslims were standing on a cross road from where they were not getting any direction or guidance. In this bleak and dark scenario, emerged Sir Syed Ahmad Khan like a shining star.

Realising Sir Syed’s Dreams

By Dr Shakeel Samdani,

As we prepare to celebrate in 2017 the 200th anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, there are moves to belittle his invaluable contribution. There is no denying of the fact that Sir Syed contributed immensely in the field of education, agriculture, legislation and journalism but for many, his main mission represented by the Aligarh Movement has not achieved desired result.

‘Rather than increase number of schools, necessary to improve educational standard’

By Mohammed Saleem Khaleefa,

I would like to pay my respectful tributes to a great scholar and a noble soul on his 197th Anniversary with some memorable quotes and facts from the life of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. He gave us a beautiful gift, the gift of modern education and his work has helped and inspired millions of Indian Muslim and non-Muslims.

कैप्टन अब्बास अली- एक शख्स जिसने सियासत के मेयार को बुलंद रखा

By शेष नारायण सिंह,

कैप्टन अब्बास अली 94 साल की उम्र में अलविदा कह गए। कप्तान साहेब एक बेहतरीन इन्सान थे। आज़ाद हिन्द फौज का यह कप्तान जब अपनी बुलंदी पर था तो उसने किसी तरह का समझौता नहीं किया। और यह बुलंदी उनकी ज़िंदगी में हमेशा बनी रही। उनकी एक ही तमन्ना थी कि ज़िंदगी भर किसी पर आश्रित न हों। उम्र के नब्बे साल पूरे होने पर उनकी आत्मकथा को दिल्ली में प्रकाशित किया गया था। शायद इस किताब का शीर्षक यही सोच कर रखा गया होगा। शीर्षक है, “ न रहूँ किसी का दस्तनिगर” और 11 अक्टूबर को कप्तान साहेब ने आख़िरी सांस ली उसके एक दिन पहले तक अपने हाथ पाँव से चलते रहे और शान से चले गए। 94 साल की उम्र में कप्तान साहेब जब गए तो किसी के सहारे नहीं रहे। उनके बेटे कुर्बान अली हमेशा उनको अपने साथ दिल्ली में रखना चाहते थे लेकिन कप्तान साहेब अपनी कर्मभूमि अलीगढ़ और बुलंदशहर को कभी नहीं भूलते थे। मौक़ा लगते ही अलीगढ़ चले जाते थे। उनकी ज़िंदगी के बारे में शायद बहुत कुछ नहीं लिखा जाएगा क्योंकि वे डॉ राम मनोहर लोहिया की उस राजनीतिक परंपरा के अलमबरदार थे जिसमें सरकारी ओहदे के लिए राजनेता को कोशिश न करने की हिदायत है। लेकिन इस बहादुर इंसान की ज़िंदगी को कलमबंद होना चाहिए ताकि आने वाली नस्लों को मालूम रहे कि खुर्जा कस्बे के पास के गाँव कलंदर गढ़ी में एक ऐसा इंसान भी रहता था जिसने मानवीय आचरण की हर बुलंदी को नापा था।

Reforming India's higher defence management: Will Modi bite the bullet?

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

Former Indian Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi, who had resigned in February this year after a number of accidents on naval platforms, has dwelt on the background to his unprecedented decision in an extended media interview and in the process shed much needed light on the deeply embedded institutional flaws that plague India’s higher defence management.

If I were a Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo

An Open letter to Mr Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir by Abdul Majid Zargar

Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo, the editor of Greater Kashmir was issued a notice earlier last week for an article ‘Tragedy of Errors’. Zargar takes cudgels on behalf of Kaloo to write the following letter:

Strong case for deleting Presidential Order of 1950: A response to Social Justice Minister Gehlot

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

Plato has once again been proved right: politics is the art of gaining power and the craft of retaining it. Media has reported the current central government saying that opening up the list of Scheduled Castes beyond Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism - would encourage religious conversions. He said this in the context of the demand of Muslims & Christians that the definition of 'scheduled caste' should be made religion-neutral by deleting para 3 from the presidential order of 1950. That's what has been stated a couple of days ago by the union Social Justice Minister Thavar Chand Gehlot, "Allowing SC status (to converts to Christianity & Islam) would provide a fillip to religious conversions. The demand is not constitutional and we want to work within the parameters of the statute for the welfare of 'these communities' (read Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists)."

मेरी लड़ाई पूरी व्यवस्था से है – कैलाश सत्यार्थी

नोबेल पुरस्कार विजेता कैलाश सत्यार्थी से TCN की बातचीत

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

अभी हाल ही में भारत के समाजसेवी एक्टिविस्ट कैलाश सत्यार्थी और पाकिस्तान की बेटी मलाला युसुफजई को शांति के क्षेत्र में योगदान के लिए नोबल पुरस्कार से नवाज़ा गया है. कैलाश सत्यार्थी को यह पुरस्कार उनके ‘बचपन बचाओ आंदोलन’ के कार्यों के तहत दिया गया है, और मिल रही खबरें यह कह रही हैं कि कैलाश सत्यार्थी ने बाल मजदूरी के खिलाफ़ काम करते हुए लगभग 83,000 बच्चों की ज़िंदगी सुधारने का काम किया है. पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश वह इलाका है, जहां कैलाश सत्यार्थी ने अपने काम का एक बड़ा हिस्सा समर्पित किया है. यहां के मुख्य कालीन निर्माण के क्षेत्र मिर्ज़ापुर में कैलाश सत्यार्थी ने बाल मजदूरी उन्मूलन के लिए काफी काम किया है.