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Can Muslims be cowards or depressed?

By Mansoor Durrani for

Internal strife. Shootings in the US. Bomb blasts in Europe. Middle East in blaze. Media terrorism in India – yes anything that harms us mentally is also a kind of terrorism. Islam and Muslims are in the line of fire. Everywhere.

In this background many Muslims (both young and not-so-young) have written to me about how they feel. Some are depressed. Others are spooked.

Extortion case against JD-U legislator in Bihar

Patna : A case of extortion was lodged against Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Shyam Bahadur Singh on Monday, police said.

Two doctors - Vikram Singh Chouhan and Nawan Kishor Pandey - in Siwan district have alleged that the legislator demanded Rs 20 lakh from them.

In their complaint, the doctors also said Shyam threatened them with dire consequences if the money was not paid.

"A case has been lodged against Shyam Bahadur Singh in connection with alleged demand of extortion from two doctors," a district police official said.

Separatists defy curfew for south Kashmir march, detained

Srinagar : Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were taken into preventive custody on Monday after defying prohibitory orders as authorities enforced a strict curfew in the restive Kashmir Valley to foil a protest march to Anantnag.

Geelani, who has been in detention at his residence in upscale Hyderpora neighbourhood, came out and attempted to march towards Anantnag in south Kashmir.

NIA to investigate IS suspect held in Bengal

Kolkata : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is formally taking over the probe of suspected IS operative Mohammad Masiuddin who was arrested by the West Bengal CID earlier in the month.

Masiuddin, alias Musa, was nabbed by CID on July 4 from a train in Burdwan and his subsequent interrogation revealed his "links with foreign extremists including the Islamic State (IS)".

Una assault lifts lid on atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat

By Darshan Desai

Ahmedabad : The brutal thrashing of four Dalit youths by self-styled cow protection vigilantes is no isolated incident in Gujarat. As many as 409 incidents of atrocities on Dalits were reported till April this year.

And it took the July 11 Una incident and the national outrage it caused for the police to arrest six similar vigilantes who had similarly attacked nine Dalits in Rajula town in Amreli district in May.

Shutdown in Telangana, opposition leaders held

Hyderabad : Police on Monday rounded up leaders of opposition parties heading to Telangana's Medak district to express solidarity against the Mallanna Sagar irrigation project.

Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) chairman M. Kodandaram, Telugu Desam Party's Telangana unit working president Revant Reddy and leaders of other opposition parties were arrested.

They were on their way to meet the villagers who were injured in police baton charge on Sunday.

AAP blames Modi government for action against Mann

New Delhi : AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Monday blamed the central government for initiating a probe against its MP Bhagwant Mann for alleged breach of parliament's security.

"The suspension of Mann from Parliament till August 3 by Modi government is like strangling the common man in a democracy," the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.

"Was allowing (Pakistani intelligence agency) ISI to probe (the) Pathankot terror attack (an act of) patriotism by" Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sanjay Singh asked in a tweet.

Communication with BJP broken: Uddhav

Mumbai : Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Monday admitted to a virtual breakdown in communication with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national leadership.

He attributed this mainly to a "generational shift" in the BJP -- with which the Sena is allied both in the central and Maharashtra governments. Seasoned BJP leaders have been replaced by a younger lot, he said.

For Kashmiri youth, the stone is not an option: it is an outlet

By Bilal A Malik for

हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी का आधार बन रही है 'पवित्र गाय'

आसिफ़ इक़बाल

हम सब जानते हैं कि भाजपा और संघ के तीन मुख्य मुद्दे हैं: राम मंदिर, धारा 370 और कॉमन सिविल कोड. लेकिन चूंकि इन तीनों ही मुद्दों से आम जनता का ख़ास सरोकार नहीं है, इसलिए इनको छोड़कर कुछ दूसरे सामाजिक और राजनीतिक मुद्दे उठाए जा रहे हैं. इनमें गाय का मुद्दा आजकल ज़ोरों पर है. यही वजह है कि देश में आए दिन गाय के बहाने ज़ुल्म व ज्यादतियों का सिलसिला बढ़ता जा रहा है.