The law is finally catching up in Gujarat

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

Seven years after the Gujarat riots, the sins of omission and commission of the Narendra Modi government are beginning to catch up with it.

So far, only a deputy superintendent of police, K.G. Erda, has been arrested in connection with his role during the outbreak while the Special Investigating Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court has declared a minister, Maya Kodnani, a proclaimed offender.

Bangalore: aircraft and missiles

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik) - Russia pins special hopes on the Aero India-2009 show opening in Bangalore.

Aside from being a good selling pitch for Russian producers, such airspace exhibitions, and particularly the present show in Bangalore, give them an additional chance to show off - which is important, considering a current tender to supply 126 fighters for the Indian air force.

Will Obama go further than Reagan in Reykjavik?

(RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Fedyashin) - Moscow as well as other capitals expected U.S. President Barack Obama to be more explicit on foreign policy issues at his first news conference. Apparently, because of the financial crisis, America needs time to collect itself.

Indian Muslim media of 2008

A review of English publications

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

This is the third year of our review of periodicals published by Muslim in India. The idea is to have a yardstick that can be used to measure the quality of publications by readers and also people associated with these magazines.

Hindutva outfits are threat to India

By Madhu Chandra,

Be it the post-Godhra violence in Gujarat 2002 or ethnic cleansing of Christians in Orissa 2008 or Mangalore pub attack on women, the non-action of concerned ruling state governments in dealing with fanatic outfits is grave threat to Indian secularism.

The Karnataka BJP Governments' Home Minister deciding to wait and watch the Sri Ram Sene outfit to commit the crimes on "couples celebrating Valentine's Day will be forced to marry in temples" is the clear sign of ineffectiveness of the concerned state government.

Children of a lesser God? Abandoned and stricken too!

By Anjali Singh,

In the first ever incident of its kind the state of Uttar Pradesh is struggling with its growing disabled population. As grim as that sounds the fact remains that a single seven year old blind and deaf destitute child has become a huge challenge for not only the government of UP but its citizen's at large as well.

Kalyan Singh, apologise to the nation!

By Abdul Hannan,

Parliamentary election is on head; all political parties are trying to bring new stunts to catch the public votes and the politics in U.P has reached its peak.

In UP, former Chief Minister and Samjwadi Party leader Mr. Mulayam Singh and party general secretary Mr. Amer Singh are trying to bring Kalyan Singh in their party to get some votes. Muslim leaders and Muslim groups are very angry and are opposing, their clear demand to Mulayam Singh that he and his party distance themselves from Kalyan Singh.

Ayodhya holds communal harmony convention on Martyrs’ Day

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

This past 30th January, the Martyrs’ Day when the Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi, some dozens of noble souls gathered in Ayodhya from across the country to organize a convention on communal harmony – their way to pay homage to the messiah of peace who was assassinated by a Hindutva extremist on the day in 1948.

Yoga is a part of holistic Islam

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed, IANS,

Let me inform you that I am a staunch Muslim following all the Islamic tenets in the right interpretation and spirit and there is no such thing as yoga being 'haram' (disallowed) in Islam. In my case, I have found that Islamic yoga is a reality. It is possible to employ the skills of yoga to worship Allah better and be a better Muslim.

Indian Muslims: A reflection

By Iqbal Ahmad,

With Parliamentary elections around the corner, Indian Muslims have become vocal in putting forward their grievances and demands. More aggressively and forcefully than ever before.

Last few weeks witnessed a lot of activities – ranging from protest against fake encounters to demand reservation for Muslims in jobs and education.