We must learn to respect people of other sects and religions: Khalid Saifullah Rahmani

By Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani,

Based in Hyderabad, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani is one of the leading present-day Indian ulema. Author of some 50 books, mainly on Islamic jurisprudence, he is a senior member of numerous important Islamic organizations, including the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, the Islamic Fiqh Academy, the Bahrain-based Association of Islamic Banks and the Council for Inter-Sectarian Dialogue, Tehran, Iran.

Atif's place in hockey history is assured

By K. Datta, IANS,

Brig. Manzoor Hussain Atif, who died battling cancer in Rawalpindi Saturday at the age of 80, belonged to a bygone era of hockey when India-Pakistan matches were classic exhibitions of the game; when play spread out from wing to wing, when wingers sent in spanking centres for the inner forwards to provide the finishing touches to moves after faking their way past doughty defenders with deceptive feints.


Election results bode well for Congress

By Gilles Verniers, IANS,

With election results in five states in, it appears that the Congress party will be quite unaffected by the recent economic slowdown and the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. This could bode well for the party for the next general elections which are due in April/May next year.

News channels and coverage of Mumbai terror nights

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

These were horrendous scenes on all news screens for as long as 60 hours. Our two kids- Bushra and Ammar were asking childish questions. We wanted them away from these scenes for which we did not have much to reply. Yet I couldn’t help keep my eyes off the TV screen.

Poll outcome: the BJP loses its terror plank

By Amulya Ganguli

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Prima facie, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not fare too badly in the recent elections in north and central India. It beat the anti-incumbency factor in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to retain power and its vote share in Rajasthan, where it lost, was marginally less than the Congress'.

Jaipur public tribunal on terror in the name of countering terror

By Yoginder Sikand,,

Last month, the Rajasthan unit of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, along with several other human rights' groups, organised a two-day public hearing in Jaipur on the theme State Responses in the Name of Countering Terrorism and Religious Conversion. It was attended by a large number of activists from various parts of Rajasthan and beyond.

Tackling terrorism: A call to Hindu and Muslim religious leaders

By Maulana Waris Mazhari,

(Translated by Yoginder Sikand)

A history of terrorism in Hyderabad

How Babri Masjid demolition gave birth to violence among Muslims in Hyderabad and how police fanned it further

By Mohammed Siddique,,

Hyderabad: As the country marks the 16th anniversary of the black day when the centuries old Babri Masjid was razed to the ground by the Hindu-militants, for the city of Hyderabad it is an important milestone for another reason. The day also marks the dawn of the era of militancy among the Muslim youth.

'I am an agonized police-wife fearing for my husband's life'

By Sharmila Banerjee, IANS,

The aftermath of the terror attack on Mumbai raises fundamental questions: Is our police, which is the first line of defence, equipped to face such trained terrorists?

The death of policemen on the fateful night of Nov 26 is a glaring example of political anarchy prevailing in this country. Mumbai Police lost three of its best officers. Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and Sub-Inspector Vijay Salaskar were massacred by the fidayeen militants.

Recalling the Babri Masjid movement

By Syed Shahabuddin,

Babri masjid was attached in 1949 and Hindus and Muslims were legally barred from offering prayers there. In 1986 doors to the gates were opened by a court order and regular puja started taking place. It was done on the demands of VHP that Babri Masjid was built on the birth place of Rama and it should be handed over to the Hindus.

In February 1986, on the petition of a local advocate, sessions judge at Faizabad without consulting or hearing the Muslims who were party to this case, passed an order opening the locks of the Babri Masjid.