Indian Muslim

Shocking reversals in the struggle for justice mark Gujarat pogroms anniversary

A season of "clean chits" for the guilty and hounding of activists since the new government came to power.

By TCN News,

The Indian American Muslim Council ( IAMC ), an advocacy group based in the United States has expressed its dismay over, what it called, “the brazen mockery of justice” in cases related to the 2002 Gujarat pogroms, since the new government came to power in May 2014.


BJP-PDP alliance a historic opportunity: PM

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir was a "historic opportunity" to take the troubled state to "new heights of progress".

"The PDP-BJP government is a historic opportunity to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and take the state to new heights of progress," Modi said in a tweet.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday, more than two months after elections produced a hung verdict.

No change in BJP stand on article 370: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad : There is no change in the BJP's stand on repealing article 370 of the constitution which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said Sunday.

He replied in the negative when asked if the BJP had compromised on the issue to form a coalition government with the People's Democratic Party (PDP). "We stand where we were and we will be."

The minister said repealing article 370 required a two-third majority in parliament as the constitution would have to be amended.

‘SC/ST left out of pro-corporate budget,’ rights group alleges

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Dalit and tribal groups do not seem very happy with the union budget, which they claimed is pro-rich.

“Pursuing unabashedly and openly a pro-rich policy, the Modi Budget outlines a corporate vision of India that unashamedly eats into the budgetary allocations meant for the millions of its poorest and neediest citizens, the Dalits and Adivasis,” said the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) - Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA), which works towards the elimination of caste-based discrimination.

National Science Day celebrated at Techno City

By TCN News,

Guwahati: Around eighty Science models based on technology & innovation were displayed by young and budding engineers of Regional Institute of Science & Technology at the Techno City campus of 9th mile in Meghalaya on the occasion of National Science Day on Saturday, February 28.

Mufti Sayeed: He went for scholarship - and embraced politics

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who took charge of Jammu and Kashmir for a second time Sunday, developed a passion for politics in his teens when he met then Kashmir "Prime Minister" Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad in the mid-1950s to seek financial help for higher studies.

Omar congratulates Sayeed, takes a dig at BJP

Srinagar : National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Sunday wished new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed "all the very best" and used the occasion to take a dig at Sayeed's ally BJP.

"Congratulations to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib on assuming the office of chief minister. I wish you all the very best for your term," tweeted Abdullah, a former chief minister.

"Congratulations to the newly sworn in ministers. All good wishes for the discharge of your duties," he added.

BJP's Nirmal Singh sworn in deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmal Singh was on Sunday sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's national president Amit Shah and senior leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi attended the swearing in ceremony of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Sayeed Kashmir CM again, BJP shares power on peace agenda

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called for peace Sunday after taking oath as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, heading a coalition that brought the BJP to power for the first time in India's only Muslim-majority state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders Amit Shah and L.K. Advani were among the 1,400 guests who witnessed the ceremony, over two months after the PDP and the BJP won 28 and 25 seats respectively in a hung verdict that exposed deep divisions between the Muslim and Hindu areas.

Sajad Lone rushes to Jammu to be sworn in as minister

Jammu: Sajad Gani Lone, former separatist leader and chief of the Peoples Conference, rushed to Jammu to join the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir as a cabinet minister Sunday, a source said.

"He received a call from the senior BJP leadership at the centre to reach to Jammu," a source close to Lone told IANS on phone from Srinagar.

The source added Lone had flown back to Srinagar a day before, but decided to rush back to Jammu late Saturday by road.