Role of Akram Hussain Saikia in the freedom struggle of India

Remembering the nationalist Muslim leader on the completion of the Birth Centenary Celebration

By Nurur Rahim Majumdar,

The role played by the Muslim nationalist leaders of Assam in the freedom struggle of India cannot be ignored. These Muslim nationalist leaders whether they are from Assam Valley or from Barak Valley have equally played their vital role in India’s struggle for freedom. Every movement whether it is Khilafat Movement or it is Quit India Movement (Bharat Chhodo Andolon or August Kranti) which was started as a Civil Disobedience movement in India in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for immediate Independence, the Muslim nationalist leaders of Assam equally responded to the call of Mahatma Gandhiji.

Dr B S Abdur Rahman: The man who died young

Educationist and founder of B S Abdur Rahman University passed away on January 7 at Chennai at the age of 88. A tribute:

By Dr Jasim Mohammad,

Death of Dr B S Abdur Rahman has not only shocked who knew his mission and lifelong works but also those who have benefited by his devotion and those who took inspirations from him. His untimely death has brought a vacuum in Indian educational scenario and it is almost impossible to be filled up in near future.

Modi magic may face its severest test in Delhi

By Amulya Ganguli,

The Delhi elections next month will show whether Narendra Modi continues to find it difficult to score sweeping victories in states where he faces a modicum of political resistance.

Seven challenges before Narendra Modi

By Ilma Afroz for,

1. Make In India: Zero Defect, Zero Effect?
NarendraBhai announced this initiative from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort during his maiden Independence Day address. He wore a colourful turban and asked the community of nations to “Come! Make in India!”

Why did not Europe anticipate terror attacks?

By Saeed Naqvi,

It challenges credulity that Europe did not anticipate terrorist attacks after its involvement in direct and indirect military action against the people of Libya, Syria, ISIS and so on.

Paris: Peshawar and Boko Haram – Religion, Politics and Violence

The question is; are such acts due to Islam or Muslims as such? How does one understand the association of label of religion with acts of violence and terror?

By Ram Puniyani,

Massacre of hundreds of children in Peshawar by Pakistani Taliban; the atrocities – murders-kidnappings by Boko Haram, an Islamist group and the attack on Paris cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo killing 12 have occurred in a short span of few months. The popular perception of relationship between violence and Islam got a further boost. The phrase ‘Islamic Terrorism’, which was created by US media in the aftermath of 9/11, got a further shot in the arms. It got a booster dose of unprecedented level. The debates regarding freedom of expression, sharia laws, education for girls continued to be in the fore and columns after column either dissociating Islam from these mindless acts or boosting the perception of Muslims being in the business of merciless killing of their own kith and other with gay abandon; dominated the visual and print media in January 2015.

Whither national identity: Mono-culture subsumes all other identities

By Jaspal Singh,

Liberalism forces one into adopting a uni-dimensional mode of being and identity. So your national identity, which was very crucial for bourgeoisie in Europe to establish in opposition to monarchy, was to subsume all other identities. Bourgeoisie wanted undivided loyalty to the nation and not to the king or church as was the case earlier, so it had to privilege nation and national identity and demanded that all other identities be subsumed under it. It allowed the ruling bourgeois elite to monopolize and control all the natural and human resources of a particular area.

Prakash Desai: He was a knowledge storehouse on India

By Sam Pitroda,

Prakash N. Desai, a leading psychiatrist in Chicago and a great mind on Indian thought, died on Jan 5, 2015 at age 74.

His knowledge of India and its rituals, people, customs, festivals, languages, mythology, and traditions was exceptional. He spoke eloquently and wrote frequently on many of these issues related to South Asian immigration, personality and politics, psychological analysis, traditional medicine and Gandhi, and interacted with academics at universities both in the US and in India.

Political kaleidoscope: NN Vohra misfit, PS Gill suited as J&K Governor

By Bilal Bashir Bhat,

With speculation of governor change in offing in Jammu & Kashmir, political kaleidoscope is full of analysis as to who can replace the present Governor N N Vohra, who now does not seem to fit in the present scheme of things. Political Pundits state that considering the nomenclature and policy matters of the present Central government and also what can be the nature of upcoming state government makes Vohra a misfit in this scenario. Analysts are opining that even if the state of J&K remains under President’s Rule for long haul, still N N Vohra does not suit the contours of the overall situations.

If Mohammad, Jesus can be caricatured, why not Marx, Voltaire, Rousseau?

By Soroor Ahmed,,

After the brutal killing of 12 people in an attack on Charlie Hebdo on January 7, it was argued that the magazine not only caricatured Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), but Jesus Christ, Pope and leaders of other religions too. But nobody asked if it ever made any cartoon on the ‘godless’ philosophers such as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels etc.