Indian Muslim

“Harassment of Teesta Setalvad continues; investigation be on objective evidence”

By TCN News,

Dublin (Ireland): Pointing out that the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to refer human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation on June 26, 2015, the Front Line Defenders have demanded that any investigation into their or their NGO be grounded on objective evidence and are carried out in proper legal manner, including ending of attempts to open multiple parallel investigations.

Why has Muslim Personal Law Board failed the Indian Muslims?

“When All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) deviated from its chosen path and intruded in other areas, why did it not take up issues of Muslim empowerment through economic development?”

By Dr Jasim Mohammad

Telangana allocates Rs.26 crore for Ramadan celebrations

Hyderabad : The Telangana government has allocated Rs.26 crore for celebrations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Making the announcement here on Thursday, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said the money would be spent on organising iftar dinners in mosques, distribution of clothes among the poor and payment of honorarium to imams and muezzins.

He said the government will host 'dawat-e-iftar' on a massive scale at the Nizam College Grounds here on July 8. Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and Indonesia will be invited for the dinner.

Maharashtra move on madrassas contradicts PM's vision: Congress

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government's alleged move not to treat madrassas as schools in case they failed to teach primary subjects came in for criticism on Thursday from state party leaders of both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.

The move was "diametrically contradictory" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declared vision to bring Muslim youths into the national mainstream, said M. Naseem Khan, a Congress leader and a former minister for minority affairs.

Centre gets SC notice over Swamy's plea against IPC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea challenging the constitutional validity of the Indian Penal Code's sections meant to curb hate speech and activities prejudicial to maintenance of peace.

The plea challenges the constitutional validity of Section 153(a) and Section 295(a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which are meant to curb hate speeches and activities prejudicial to maintenance of peace and harmony.

Kashmir enjoys nightlife this Ramzan

By Ruwa Shah

Srinagar: For years, they've tickled the tastebuds of the national capital's denizens. Now, for the first time, some of New Delhi's well-known food outlets have come together to cheer the people of Kashmir by serving their delicacies during the holy month of Ramzan - and that too late into the night. It's one more sign of peace returning to this troubled land.

Minorities, indigenous people left behind in Asian cities’ progress, Minority Rights Group

By TCN News,

London: Minorities and indigenous peoples have been among the last to benefit from the rapid growth of Asia’s cities, according to Minority Rights Group International’s (MRG) annual report release on Thursday.

This year’s State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 focuses on cities and shows that a shift towards urban life has entrenched discrimination and fuelled insecurity for marginalized Asian communities, a release said here.

Atali on fire once again

By TCN News,

Ballabgarh (Faridabad, Haryana): The riot-hit victims of Atali village – who bore the brunt of the communal riots almost a month ago, prompting them to spend days at the Ballabgarh police station – have been attacked again “with swords, thrones and sticks” despite curfew restrictions, an AIMIM leader claimed.

​From nomads to migrants, J&K Gujjars continue Ramadan fasting

By Raqib Hameed Naik,,

Srinagar: Despite facing various health related ailments, Mohammad Iqbal, 60, a Gujjar, who migrates to Kashmir every year for six months in search of employment opportunities, fasts every day from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.

Iqbal had suffered fracture in his left leg some years back, when he fell from a hill while grazing his cattle. But his health is no deterrent for a proud Gujjar like him to observe fast.

Justice denied over human rights violations in Kashmir: Amnesty

New Delhi: Justice is being denied in cases of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Amnesty International India said on Wednesday.

Twenty five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the state continues to enjoy impunity, said the report "Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir".