Government schemes, microfinance can go a long way in empowering Muslim women

By Moin Qazi for

“Wujood-e-zan se hai tasveer-e-kainaat mein rang,”
(The colours of the universe are there because of the existence of womankind)

-- Allama Iqbal

A mother is a school. Empower her and you empower a great nation.
—Hafez Ibrahim, Egyptian poet (1872-1932)

Mumbai order on Surya Namaskar is interfaith discrimination and curtailment of fundamental rights

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood for

The municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC) has made Surya Namaskar mandatory for all students in its 1200 schools. A petition challenging the order is now pending before the Bombay High Court whose division bench has, however, refused to stay its operation saying 'don't go on the name, it is just an exercise which is good for the body'. Even at the introduction stage the High Court had asked 'what's the harm if the BMC has made Surya Namaskar compulsory?' Let us analyse the merits of this judicial stand.

Who gets to decide the boundaries of madrassa curriculum?

By Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi for

A self-effacing Litterateur: Professor Najmul Hoda

By Mohammad Sajjad for

हम ऐसे समय में जंग की तैयारी कर रहे हैं जब देश में बेरोज़गारी अपने उच्चतम स्तर पर है

नैय्यर इमाम सिद्दीक़ी

बहुत पहले कहीं पढ़ा था कि शांति के लिए युद्ध ज़रूरी है और हर देश के पास सेनाएं इसीलिए ही होती हैं ताकि उनकी बदौलत उनके देश में शांति क़ायम रह सके. देश में शांति के लिए ही सैनिक अपना सर्वोच्च बलिदान तक देते हैं. हालिया भारत के उड़ी में आतंकी हमले के बाद भारतीय सेना द्वारा LoC पार PoK में ‘सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक’ के बाद सरहद पर युद्ध का माहौल देखा जा सकता है. पंजाब में सीमा से सटे 10 किलोमीटर क्षेत्र तक के इलाक़ों को ख़ाली करा लिया गया है ताकी वहां बारूदी सुरंगें बिछाई जा सकें. बारूदी सुरंगें बिछाने का मतलब है युद्ध की तैयारी.

'Surgical strike' needed on dengue, chikungunya

By Rajat Arora

The "surgical strike" on the terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has been considered a mature and unrivalled move by the Indian Army. For a country that is able to handle terrorists brilliantly, shouldn't handling mosquitoes be only child's play?

Protests of Sri Lankan Tamils must not be dismissed as extremism

By Dharsha Jegatheeswaran and Gajen Mahendra for

All pictures courtesy Tamil Guardian

एक फिल्म जो कैराना की असल हकीक़त दिखाती है

सिद्धांत मोहन,

वाराणसी/ दिल्ली: बीते चार महीनों में पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश के जिले कैराना का नाम साम्प्रदायिकता के नए गढ़ के रूप में कई बार उछाला गया है. सबसे पहले तो हुकुम सिंह के कथित पलायित लोगों की सूची से इस कस्बे का नाम लोगों ने जाना.

Follow the Gandhian path to overcome intolerance

By Anil K. Rajvanshi

A whole book can be written on how Mahatma Gandhi's ideas are relevant today. He was a visionary and possessed a very powerful mind and hence thought deeply and wrote on basic human issues and problems facing India in those times. Those issues are as relevant today as they were in his time.

I will touch on the area of intolerance which is dividing our society and tearing into our social fabric and show how Gandhi's teachings can help us.

Triple Talaq: Turning a mole hill into a mountain

By Moin Qazi for

O People, it is true that you have certain rights over your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under God’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.

Farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)