Leveraging Haj savings for community uplift

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

Never in the annals of history were all monetarily eligible and physically robust Muslims of the world able to perform Haj. In future too only a select few would perform Haj; that is as per the divine design. Yet, each one of us enjoys the privilege to constructively aspire to be part of such 'select few'. Keeping pace with the world price index Haj expenses are going up year after year. In India, it takes an average Muslim around seven to eight years to save up for Haj. During this period, many persons often save money in unsystematic and traditional manner. They believe that money kept under the bed, pillow, in the pot or even in bank locker is not only safe but also such methods of saving are free of Riba.

Scrapping of Planning Commission, Is It a Sound Idea?

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Planning commission has been scheduled to be dissolved and shutdown to be replaced by new institution. In his first Independence Day speech in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced scrapping of Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission is an institution in the Government of India, which formulates India's Five-Year Plans, among other functions. It was formally established on 15 March 1950, with then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as the chairman.

Why Indian Muslim Community's English Newspapers fail ?

By Kaleem Kawaja,

I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India's Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so. From Radiance, Nation & the World and Milli Gazette of New Delhi to Islamic Voice of Bangalore, to Eastern Crescent of Mumbai it is a long story.

Vaibhav Chhaya: A maverick voice of dissent into the poetic world

By Yogesh Maitreya,

“With all my baggage gone I can travel light now, forging on deeper into forest” says Haruki Murakami in his Kafka on the Shore. The same feeling can be drawn as soon as one finishesreading ‘Delete Kelela Sarr Aakash’ (Entire deleted sky), the first poetry book by Vaibhav Chhaya. Vaibhav writes poetry in Marathi. And the forest of his poem is equally risky and beautiful, one who could see the life in the underbelly, would certainly remain unsettled after brooding into the forest of his poems.

A surrealist masterpiece for children - and its abiding influence

By Vikas Datta,

What do James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, H.H. Munro 'Saki', Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Aerosmith, Walt Disney and Tim Burton have in common? Some of their most famous creations have been inspired by characters of a supremely enduring work of literature with an impromptu origin.


Early warning: increasing hate crimes alarm religious minorities

By John Dayal,

Several political columnists have in recent weeks noted how elements of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, professing a right wing ultra-nationalist and Hindu majoritarian political ideology, have moved from the fringes where they were for decades, to the centre stage of the national discourse in India after Mr. Narendra Modi came to power in May this year in the wake of a massive electoral victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP.

‘मुस्लिम इस देश के नए वंचित समुदाय हैं’ – अजय गुडवर्ती

By मिशब इरिक्कुर और अभय कुमार,

साम्प्रदायिक ध्रुवीकरण, बीते लोकसभा चुनाव और उसके परिणामों को लेकर एक बहुत व्यापक बहस सम्भव तो है, लेकिन यह भी ज़ाहिर है कि उस बहस से किसी निष्कर्ष पर पहुंचना लगभग असंभव है. किसी भी निष्कर्ष के लिए ज़रूरी है किसी क़ाबिल और जानकार व्यक्ति से इस मसले पर बात करना. देश में साम्प्रदायिक हिंसा की खबरों का दायरा बड़ा होता जा रहा है और सत्ता पर क़ाबिज़ भाजपा पर अन्य पार्टियां इन दुरभिसंधियों में शामिल रहने के आरोप लगा रही है. इन बिंदुओं को समेटते हुए अजय गुडवर्ती से बात की. अजय गुडवर्ती जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय के राजनीति शास्त्र विभाग में असिस्टेंट प्रोफ़ेसर के पद पर कार्यरत है. उत्तर-मार्क्सवाद, उत्तर-औपनिवेशिक अध्ययन, सिद्धांतों में खुद की गहरी रूचि के अलावा भारतीय राजनीति की गति और उसके विकास पर भी अजय की गहरी दृष्टि है.

Inchoate images of Changing India –Tales from Here and There

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

In South Asia Contact Group that I moderate a debate has set been set into motion on issues like religious conversion, Muslim- Hindus marriages, opposition to them, branding them as love jihad and the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration in northeast India particularly West Bengal where there is a fear of change in the demographic profile. Reading the views of the learned members, a plethora of thoughts are flowing into my funnel and I like to randomly pen them down for the consideration of my readers.

Indian coaches have burnt their bridges

By Veturi Srivatsa,

What exactly is the role of Ravi Shastri, the new director of cricket operations of the Indian team now in England to complete a tortuous tour playing five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game after losing the five-Test series 1-3?


Does love know Religious boundaries?

By Ram Puniyani,

Communal politics, communal violence all over used women’s bodies as the site of contestation and community honor. This is the worst expression of patriarchal values inherent in the communal politics. We recall that it was the presentation of a road accident between boys of two religious communities that was propagated as an issue of the honor of ‘our girl’ being violated by the ‘other’. The Panchayats were mobilized; openly flaunting the arms, and Muzzafarnagar violence was orchestrated. And that’s not the end of the abuse of ‘our women-their women’ mind set. Post Muzzafarnagar violence, UP is abuzz with various activities aimed at polarizing the communities using this issue.