Asma Nama: P for Preaching; P for Practice?

Are Today’s Muslims Only Talking Toms?

By Dr Asma Anjum Khan for,

Whenever I read George Bernard Shaw saying, ‘Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst people’, it makes me angry. Be it the international scene or our closed communities, does Shaw metaphor stick to us (and stinks too?)

Death of an idea, birth of an institution

By Amit Kapoor,

The past week, apart from ushering in the New Year was also witness to the birth of a new institution in India. The formation of the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has brought the focus back on the country's reforms process.

Time for the world to mend their biased opinion towards Muslims

By Aziz A Mubaraki,

It is although strange, but a fact. Almost a ritual that after every incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator, each and every one of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Asian sub continent (read India), is expected to issue a public condemnation denouncing it in strongest terms.

For readers, simple New Year gifts and thoughts

By Saeed Naqvi,

In recent years, I have been alert to the possibility that I may one day be identified as a Muslim. Instead of pride, this new sense of being has arrived with doubt. Some items of identity are so close to one's skin that one grows up without noticing them. But we are now advancing towards an age of such concentrated focus that we need to narrow our vision.

The imaginary ‘other’

By Ilma Afroz,

The recent action of the Gujarat police to conduct a mock security drill with the faux prototype of a dreaded terrorist as the ‘other’ – the person in a skull cap brings to the floor some timely questions.

Saiyid Hamid: Kuchh Yaadein, Kuchh Batein

By MahtabNama,

Educationist, social reformer, laureate, writer and former-vice chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Saiyid Hamid breathed his last on 29th of December 2014 at the age of 94, after a prolonged illness.

The West's Afghanistan quagmire: Books that tell you why

By Vikas Datta,

US-led NATO forces ended their 13-year-old combat mission in Afghanistan last weekend. Though it may be too soon to gauge its impact, any assessment doesn't seem to be very favourable. Ruling it a success or failure will depend on what objectives are considered. If it was to cripple the Al Qaeda, they may have succeeded, but if it was restoring stability and peace in a country that had not known either for over three decades, then success is hardly the proper word. And this is despite several observers, and even some participants, turning out a range of incisive books since 2010 with warnings about the sorry state of affairs.

Modi & Erdogan: Parallel lives?

By Amulya Ganguli,

The writer Amitav Ghosh has noted "striking" parallels between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "In both cases", he says, "an entrenched secular-nationalist elite had been dislodged by a coalition that explicitly embraced the religion of a demographic majority". Moreover, secularism was seen by the latter as "a thinly veiled means for monopolizing power and discriminating against the majority".

Businessman with dubious credentials as Chancellor of public funded University: Modi govt beats the rational

By M Reyaz,

Over the years, several private universities – Amity University to IIPM and Lovely Professional University – that have mushroomed in country often have the owners, varying from educationist, philanthropist to hard core businessmen or even realtors, appointing themselves as Chancellors while they hire professionals, often semi-professionals, as Vice Chancellors.

Remembering Saiyid Hamid

By Naved Masood,

The news of the passing away of Sayid Hamid has generated many messages rightly recalling his many contributions for the betterment of the community and his many qualities of head and heart. I notice, however, that so far there are no comments on his personality beyond the stray observations about his suaveness and being a highly cultured individual. I am sure there will be many such reminiscences of a personal nature in the fullness of time - let me set the ball rolling with this tribute which is in the nature of personal recollection of someone who had the privilege of enjoying his affection and confidence for well over three decades without being in his close circle of admirers and followers.