LGBT community unclear about my project: Monica Dogra

By Siddharth Jha

New Delhi : After facing criticism on social media for asking fans to crowdfund Rs.50 lakhs for her art project titled "Shiver", singer-actress Monica Dogra thinks people aren't clear about the details of her project.

'Brick kilns turn hazardous for Kashmiris, violate environmental laws'

By Shamshad Ali

Srinagar: With most brick kilns in the Kashmir Valley not implementing the measures specified for minimizing pollution levels, the areas where they operate are virtually facing an environmental catastrophe, affected citizens and at least one prominent doctor have said.

Like other areas in the vicinity of these brick kilns, their presence in Budgam, on the outskirts of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, too is posing a danger for the biotic environment as the district alone has nearly 230 out of around 300 brick kilns in Kashmir.

Inspired village headman now focuses on nomadic tribes

By Priyanka

New Delhi : Sunil Jaglan, a Haryana village headman whose online drive for the girl child went viral on Twitter after Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed it, is now determined to take it to the nomadic tribes so that they can spread the message to other parts of the state and beyond.

An inspired Jaglan, 33, the sarpanch of Bibipur village in Jind district, some 120 km from the national capital, has a string of other ideas to spread awareness about the rights of the girl child.

Asma Nama: To earn or not to earn? Should a Da’ee be financially independent?

By Dr Asma Anjum Khan

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was persistent in doing one thing prominentlythroughout those 23 years of his Prophethood. He preached, propagated and practiced Islam. In those hostile times, initially his advocacy of the new religion was largely individualistic or with a closed circle of trusted friends.

SelfieWithDaughter: Can India save 23 million girls?

By Prachi Salve

New Delhi: India’s child sex-ratio (below six years) is now the worst in 70 years, possibly the worst ever. The latest decline was from 927 (girls per 1,000 boys) in 2001 to 918 in 2011.

The child sex-ratio, if it does not improve, will lead to a deficit of 23 million women in the 20-49 age group by 2040.

Urbanisation is worsening the child sex-ratio: it is 905 in towns and cities, 923 in rural areas.

A day of Ramadan in Mominpura, Nagpur

Photos by Nivedita Khandekar

Nagpur: Mominpura in Nagpur is the place to be during Ramadan. People from across the city and at times, even from surrounding rural areas, flock to Mominpura ahead of Eid during the Ramadan month for purchasing clothes, footwear, ornaments, trinkets, basically anything and everything.

The place is also known for many of its eateries and as happens with other Muslim dominated area of any other city, Mominpura’s biryanis, not to mention sevaiyaan during Ramadan, are famous with the foodies of all faiths.

Can Greece make history again?

By Jaspal Singh

Bobby Jindal to comply with same-sex marriage ruling

By Arun Kumar

Washington: Louisiana's Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal is still not reconciled with the US Supreme Court's ruling to recognize same-sex marriage, but for now his state agencies will comply with its decree.

Even though the apex court ruled Friday in a 5-4 decision in support of same-sex marriage, the Republican presidential candidate said on Fox News Monday, he will "continue fighting" over his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Few people understand Sufi music: Piyarelal of Wadali Brothers

By Ankit Sinha

New Delhi : The spiritual and devotional path of Sufi music has enchanted humankind for centuries but nowadays the genre is hogged by people who don't know or understand Sufism at all, says Piyarelal Wadali of the famed Wadali Brothers.

"The songs performed in films are not Sufi. Nobody sings Sufi music in films," the veteran singer told IANS over phone from Mumbai to a query on what he thought of the Sufi music trend in Bollywood.

The untold story behind ‘political Iftaar parties’

By Tanvir Salim

Ramadan is here, and there will be a mad rush to organize Iftaar parties in New Delhi. Most likely Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also organize one along with Sonia Gandhi and the rest.

The practice of political Iftaar parties started in early 1970s by Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, who was a junior minister at that time in New Delhi. And where did he conceive the idea? No other than my grandfather Istafa Husain was the one who inspired him.