Malegaon 2008 Blasts: HC and SC accepted MCOCA then why did NIA drop it?

By A Mirsab,,

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday dropped sections of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) against 10 accused in Malegaon 2008 blasts case and provided clean chit to six accused including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

While revoking stringent charges under MCOCA, NIA simply said it has been established during investigation that no offence under MCOC Act is attracted in the instant case.

Erasing tolerance? HAF’s changes can only be described as ahistorical edits to history books

The HAF and its allies may have PR machinery and hundreds of thousands of dollars in their war chest to selectively change textbooks, but they are still on the wrong side of history and humanity.

By Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Abdullah Momin, Harjit Kaur and Anasuya Sengupta,

Kerala, Somalia and the myth of Semitic bounty

By Umar Nizar for,

स्कूलों से महरूम दलित-मुसलमान बच्चे

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

दिल्ली: देश में ‘शिक्षा का अधिकार’ कानून 2010 से लागू है, जिसके तहत 6 से 14 वर्ष के बच्चों के लिए नि:शुल्क व अनिवार्य शिक्षा का प्रावधान किया गया है. इसके साथ ही सर्व शिक्षा अभियान जैसी महत्त्वपूर्ण योजना भी इस देश में चल रही है. लेकिन इन सबके बावजूद चौंकाने वाला तथ्य यह है कि दलितों और मुस्लिमों की शिक्षा का बड़ा हिस्सा आज भी प्राइमरी शिक्षा से वंचित है.

From Ayodhya to AMU

By Aqib Shah for,

दिल्ली: गुमनाम मदरसे, 'अनपढ़' बच्चे

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

दिल्ली: लगता है कि सरकार और सर्वे एजेंसियों के लिए मुस्लिम तबकों के बच्चों की पढ़ाई का कोई महत्त्व नहीं है. सरकारें ही क्यों, मिल्ली तंजीमों ने भी मुस्लिम बच्चों की पढ़ाई पर अंकुश लगाने का काम किया है. एक सर्वे के मुताबिक़ दिल्ली में 6 से 13 साल तक के उम्र के लगभग 85 हज़ार बच्चे स्कूली शिक्षा नहीं पा रहे हैं. इस संख्या का तकरीबन 62 फीसदी हिस्सा मुस्लिम बच्चों का है.

यह आंकड़ें न सिर्फ़ चौंकाने वाले हैं, बल्कि देश के मुस्लिमों की शैक्षिक बदहाली का सच बताने के लिए भी काफी हैं.

The problem of Rape: Why India is still failing?

By Aabid Ali Haider for,

The brutal and harrowing rapes in Kerala have revealed that women in India are unsafe when it comes to crimes of rape. The rape and death of 30 year old law student has prompted an extraordinary public unrest in Kerala. People are vehemently protesting and demanding for more severe punishments for the culprit. They hold that this heinous crime demands a death penalty.The protest has indeed raised a glaring question for everybody in the system, on how to tackle this shameful yet becoming increasingly frequent case of ‘rape’.

Unlike Sadhvi NIA's clean chit to Muslims in 2006 case was not before brain mapping and lie detector tests

By A Mirsab,,

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday gave clean chit to six Hindu accused in Malegaon 2008 blasts case saying prosecution is not maintainable against them. This was not the first time that it has given clean chit to accused in blasts case. Earlier, in 2011 NIA provided clean chit to nine Muslim accused in Malegaon 2006 blasts case.

However, there is a huge disparity between these two clean chits although both pertain to blasts taken place at the same textile town of Maharashtra in a difference of two years.

Women as a vote bank: Not a win-win for politicos

By Amulya Ganguli

Women are now being courted by some politicians who sense that their appeal to Dalits, backward castes and Muslims is dwindling in the absence of providing more and more sops, or that their rivals are more successful in cultivating these vote banks.

In the Hindi belt, for instance, the support base of the Yadavs, the most dominant of the backward castes, has become the monopoly of Laloo Prasad Yadav in Bihar and Mulayam Singh Yadav in U.P.

सत्ता-माफिया के तंत्र के निशाने पर पत्रकार

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

पत्रकारिता के मौजूदा परिवेश को लेकर यूपी, छत्तीसगढ़, हरियाणा के बाद अब झारखंड और बिहार से सामने आई तस्वीर जितनी दर्दनाक है, उतनी ही सोचने पर मजबूर करने वाली भी है. घटनाक्रम से यह साफ़ है कि लोकतंत्र का चौथा खम्भा खतरे में है.