Minorities budget 2009


By Aariz Mohammed,


Muslim women in the slums: poorest of the poor

A study of the maternity care and births in Mumbai slums

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

A large number of Muslims of India live in poverty and they are the majority of the poorest of the poor living in slums. This is according to a study conducted in 2006 in Mumbai. The details of the study were published earlier this month.

APCR brings out a guidebook to save common man from police ‘power’

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,

Act on Liberhan report, now

By Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Soon after we became a republic, governments of the day started using a standard (and by now, too familiar) a ploy to wriggle out of sticky situations like massive anti-Muslim riots and financial scandals. That ploy was, and continues to be, the appointment of inquiry commissions “to look into the matter”, the officialese for a probe.

Why does the world weep for Michael Jackson?

By Rajendra K. Aneja, IANS,

My cook Kundan was heart-broken. "Michael Jackson is gone," he told me in anguish. Kundan hails from a remote village in India. He has never heard a Jackson song nor seen him perform. Yet he was shattered. I wondered why?

Then it dawned on me that Michael had over the last three decades become a part of our lives, through his music, songs, dance, episodes. We had assumed he is always there - like the clouds, stars, rivers, flowers. And then suddenly, he is gone. And suddenly now, we feel older, more vulnerable.

The next health tsunami: Non-communicable diseases

By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS),

Geneva: The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) called today on the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to take immediate action to avert the fastest growing threat by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to global health.

Agenda for India: Sports presents “Agenda for India”. Series editor is Charu Bahri.

Challenges & Solutions

According to Noor Mohammad, Director, Physical Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, “The government must look into improving and expanding the sporting infrastructure at the college and university level. At present, as institutions have to rely on their own resources, the infrastructure offered is very basic. The government should offer grants for this purpose.”

Extremism: The responsibilities of the Ulema and Muslim intellectuals

By Maulvi Yahya Nomani,

(Translated from Urdu by Yoginder Sikand)

A tale of two encounters: Dehradun and Batla House

By Manish Sethi and Adeel Mehdi

Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group extends its heart-felt condolences to the family of Ranbir Singh, the youth who was killed in a police encounter in Dehradun last week. This encounter again brings to the fore the trigger happy ways of the Indian police who kill and torture for medals and promotions. We demand exemplary punishment for the guilty policemen.

India's budget places common man above fiscal responsibility

By Sushma Ramachandran, IANS,

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has pleased the "aam aadmi" (common man) but made the "khaas aadmi" (the elite) unhappy in his 2009-10 budget proposals. Constrained by the global recession and domestic economic strains, he has provided a much awaited further stimulus to the economy by raising plan expenditure by as much as 25 per cent in real terms.