Assam flood vs. Bihar flood: Why different treatment?

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi,

The floods have been rampaging since eons for the people of Assam, Bihar, Bengal and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The point is that north Bihar is visited by floods every year and routinely devastated by its river systems, led by the Kosi, which originate in Nepal and eventually flow into the Gangetic plains.

Ongoing attack on Christians is attack on Indian secularism and democracy

By Madhu Chandra,

"The expertise to read the signpost of the attack on secularism and democracy in India and monitor accordingly is the need of the hour," said, Ms. Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief at her concluding press conference after a three-week mission trip to find the religious intolerance in India early this year.

"The Fascism will come to India, in the form of communalism," warned, Jawaharlal Nehru, first Indian Prime Minister.

Radicalisation of Muslim youth: wages of minority alienation

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

One communal party, the Muslim League, was responsible for the partition of India. The provocative role of another group of communal outfits, the Hindu supremacist Sangh Parivar led by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and its fraternal organisations like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal, has been alienating the minorities as never before.

Mushawarat: sensible Muslim leadership for a trouble time

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Just hours after a social activist is arrested in Delhi, a press release by All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) alerts rest of India about this arrest and puts pressure on the government to release him. Similarly, soon after Jamia Nagar encounter in which two Muslim youths were killed, a delegation of Muslim leaders under the leadership of Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, president of Mushawarat visits the area and plans their next course of action.

Uphold public health over corporate interests

By Bobby Ramakant,

It is a pity that India's robust smoke-free policies have been challenged by those with vested interests neglecting the immense and undisputed proven public health benefits of implementing such policies for people at-large.

India is to ban smoking in public places nation-wide from October 2. However the ITC Limited and the Indian Hotel Association are among those who have challenged these public health policies in the court of law. The hearing by the honourable court is due.

Book review: Islam in Post-Modern World

By Yoginder Sikand,

The title of this book is, admittedly, somewhat misleading. What exactly is 'post-modern', a term that the book purports to address, but nowhere does it define what the author means by it? Can one talk of a 'post-modern' world when for vast numbers of people 'modernity' (whatever that may mean) itself seems far out of reach? That said, this immensely absorbing set of essays, the latest of Asghar Ali Engineer's writings on socially engaged understandings of Islam, is a must for scholars of Islam as well as for the general reader.

Ahmedinijad – Playing with fire

An Apology

Heartfelt reflections on the passing of a legendary Black American Muslim leader

By Azhar Usman,

Jamia Nagar: Very Muslim, very cosmopolitan

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Jamia Nagar may be under a shadow after the terror attacks in Delhi that left 24 people dead and 124 injured. However, few know that the overwhelmingly Muslim area in south Delhi is as suave as any other middle class neighbourhood in the Indian capital.

Indian hockey is drifting rudderless

By K. Datta, IANS,

Things were never so bad, even during the dark days of the power struggle in Indian hockey in the 1970s when the country's participation in the 1975 Kuala Lumpur world cup itself was in danger. There was no set-up as the Sports Authority of India then; so on a request by Raja Bhalindra Singh, the then president of the Indian Hockey Federation, Giani Zail Singh, the then Punjab chief minister, took the responsibility of preparing the World Cup team in Chandigarh. The rest, as they say, is history.