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Bangla language ‘martyrs’ of Assam and the fight against linguistic aggression

Utsa Sarmin, TwoCircles.net  Guwahati: A two-week commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of a turbulent and bloody moment in Assam’s history culminated at Silchar on May 19. The events, which began on May 4, saw thousands thronging the streets to join rallies and seminars and to create alpona (Bengali folk art). On May 19, 1961, 11 Bengalis in Silchar, including a 16-year-old schoolgirl, lost their...

How two sisters’ commitment scripting Moradabad’s brass industry’s future

Anushka Kogta and Namya Jain, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: “This work not only supports our family but also sustains the entire Uttar Pradesh,” claimed 52-year-old Rashida Parveen, who has been working in Moradabad’s brass industry since her early teens. Popularly known as “Pital Nagri” (Brass City), the western Uttar Pradesh district is famous for its brass handicrafts industry. It is home to...

Unsung heroes of Kashmir: A peep into the lives of socially outcast, untouchable and underprivileged Sheikhs

Sualiha Zubair, Irshad Fayaz, TwoCircles.net Srinagar: In the valley of Kashmir, amid the snow-capped mountains and lush green plains, exists a disadvantaged community historically overlooked and marginalized — the underprivileged sweeper community. For decades, the Sheikh (traditionally sweepers) community has remained the backbone of sanitation maintenance, yet their struggles continue to be unnoticed and their stories untold. According to Adil Ahmed,...

Hijab Ban at Chembur College in Maharashtra: Girls Asked to Wear ‘Non-revealing’ Dress, But Not Veil, Headscarves

Shahzeen Khan, TwoCircles.net  Mumbai: “If the college implements a change in the dress code, I might have to withdraw my admission,” said Parveen (name changed), a 20-year-old student at Acharya Marathe College at Chembur in Maharashtra, reacting to the new rules, disallowing students to wear “religious attire” on the campus. As per the latest regulations, the students, who are pursuing bachelors,...

‘False’ Narrative, ‘Concocted’ Stories: A Closer Look at Power Play of Propaganda Films

Devanshi Batra and Syed Ahmad Rufai, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: As India is witnessing its general elections for the year 2024, the big screen has become a tool to drive political narratives. In recent times, a slew of movies inundating theaters has drawn attention not just for their entertainment value but for their unabashed alignment with political agendas — particularly those of...

Aligarh: Cross-cultural communication specialists, ELT experts discuss teaching methodologies in interdisciplinary context at AMU

TCN News Aligarh: English is the language of the world, whoever and in whichever part it is to be taught, it has to be taught in the way they speak the language, said Professor Suresh Canagarajah, Department of Applied Linguistics and English, Penn State University, USA, while sharing his experiences of language teaching and learning at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). At a...

‘Muslims Aren’t Good’: Religious Bullying Becoming a New Normal in Posh Schools

Sumaiya Ali, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: “They tease me by saying Allah, Allah,” a fifth-grade student who studies in a popular girl’s school in Meerut, complained about her fellow students. Instead of lodging a complaint with the class teacher, her mother advised her to take it lightly and better not react. “Complaining about it won’t help. It will further make the children talk...

Train beggar to an acclaimed transgender photojournalist: Touching story of Zoya Thombs Loboo — who is still forced to survive on alms

Tauseef Ahmad, TwoCircles.net Mumbai: “Every cloud has a silver lining”, as the saying goes, a 20-minute delay in train arrival changed the life of Zoya Thombs Lobo — a transgender person who used to earn a living by asking for alms in local trains of Mumbai. The third gender, who uses she as her pronoun, after coming to know about the train...

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Why migrant workers in Bihar returning to different states without participating in voting

M I Khan, TwoCircles.net Patna: Rajesh Kumar was keen to cast his vote in ongoing Lok Sabha elections but had to leave his native village in Bihar’s Saran district to go back to work in faraway Maharashtra. The young migrant worker won’t be able to exercise his right to franchise on May 20 unlike last Lok Sabha elections. “Yahan koi kaam-dhandha...

‘Consider us human’: Stigmatised, vulnerable sex workers at Kolkata’s Khidderpore, Bowbazar urge world

Atika Sayeed, TwoCircles.net  “Vaishya aur ba-ismat aurat ka muqaabla hargiz-hargiz nahi karna chahiye. In dono ka muqabla ho hi nahi sakta. Vaishya khud kamaati hai aur ba-ismat aurat ke paas kamaa kar laane waale kaee maujood hote hain.”  (One should never compare a prostitute and a chaste woman. These two cannot be compared at all. A prostitute earns a living on...

How a ‘footpath pathshala’ in Rajasthan is transforming the lives of children of Dalit migrant labourers

Deep Mukherjee, TwoCircles.net Jaipur:  Sitting amidst a loose cluster of children, 10-year-old Rajesh (name changed) flashes a grin as he looks at the blackboard and successfully identifies the names of animals written in English. A year back, he was unable to do so and would spend his days picking up waste and recycling it to earn Rs 40-50 at the end...

Suffering in the Swelter: Delhi’s Homeless Battle Extreme Summer Heat

Md Kaifee Alam, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Sabina, 19, who prefers to go by her first name, has lived on the footpath near Sabz Burj in Nizamuddin for the last two years. She said in peak summers, the heat becomes unbearable. “It seems like the body is burning, we have to struggle in order to find shade under any tree and have...

Lok Sabha elections 2024: What people say about Modi’s ‘hate’ speeches and Nitish Kumar’s ‘atrocious connivance’

Sami Ahmad, TwoCircles.net Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar often claims that he never compromised on three ‘Cs’ — crime, corruption and communalism. But in recent times, a ‘D’ (duplicity) has crept into his approach as he is completely ignoring unabated “hate” speeches being delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, Kumar used to refute and denounce such Muslim “bashings” but in...

Despite it being a hot-button, why the BJP avoids talking about caste census

Shriya Koul, TwoCircles.net  New Delhi: Like every election, caste is the hot button of the 2024 Lok Sabha election as well. Political parties have already announced their nominees, keeping in mind their caste arithmetic. Addressing a rally in Jharkhand’s Ranchi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remarked that if the INDIA bloc (an alliance of the Opposition Congress and other regional parties)...

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: ‘Dull’ campaign to voter’s disinterest — what people in MP said after 3rd phase of polling

Huneza Khan, TwoCircles.net Bhopal: The third phase of ongoing general elections 2024 concluded with polls conducted across 93 seats in 11 states and union territories. People exercised their right to franchise in Madhya Pradesh’s nine Lok Sabha constituencies, including closely-watched Vidisha, Guna and Rajgarh. Voting was also held in the capital city of Bhopal, which witnessed its highest voter turnout in...

From Kairwan’s meadows to poetic pages, how Kashmiri woman attempting to revive native language

Tauseef Ahmad and Nuzhat Masoodi, TwoCircles.net Kupwara: Each sunrise in Lolab, also called Wadi-e-Lolab (the land of love and beauty), gives the valley a golden hue. The sunset here casts a spellbinding array of colors across the horizon — leaving spectators in awe of nature’s grandeur. Beyond its visual allure, it captivates the heart with its palpable sense of peace...

Algorithm, Biryani and Chalis Futa Road — the culinary facelift of Shaheen Bagh

Roopashi Semalty, TwoCircles.net Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) — a haven for the juiciest meats and most buttery kebabs? That sounds like old news. Lately, Shaheen Bagh’s 40-Feet Road (popularly referred as Chalis Futa Road) has managed to provide sawab (heaven) through its potpourri of savory meats from cultures (both Oriental and Persian), but of course, with one bite at a time! Be it...

From madrasa to university in US — an inspiring journey of Mohammad Furqan

Sami Ahmad, TwoCircles.net Patna: At a time when eyebrows are being raised on the kind of education being imparted in madrassas across the country, Mohammad Furqan from Madrasa Alia Arabia, Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi, has been selected by the University of Notre Dame at Indiana in the United States to pursue masters in Global Affairs in Peace Studies. Hailing from Darbhanga in Bihar,...

Broken promises, political disillusionment: The struggle of slum dwellers in Faridabad

Shriya Sharma, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Despite flagship missions such the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U) or the Mukhyamantri Shehri Awas Yojana being in place to provide pucca houses to eligible urban households, the promise of a dignified abode remains elusive for many in Faridabad. The district in Haryana epitomizes the intricate dynamics of urbanization, population growth as well as socio-economic disparities....

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: With 50% Muslim population, know who is better placed in Sambhal

TCN Special Correspondent New Delhi: Sambhal is one among the Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where polling will be held on May 7 — third phase of ongoing general elections. Muslims constitute nearly half of the population here, yet the constituency has so far sent only one leader from the community to Parliament. Shafiqur Rahman Barq was elected as an MP...

Telangana Police files closure report in Rohith Vemula suicide case, claims research scholar wasn’t a Dalit

TCN News New Delhi: Doubting Rohit Vemula to be a Dalit and speculating that he ended his life out of fear that his true caste identity would be uncovered, the Telangana Police filed a closure report in the alleged “institutional murder” case of the PhD scholar of the University of Hyderabad (UoH). Investigators exonerated all prime suspects, including Bandaru Dattatreya, the then...

‘Muslims are just voters’: Community asks ‘secular’ parties what happened to their ‘hissedari’ promise

M. I. Khan, TwoCircles.net Patna: The popular slogans of “jiski jitni sankhya bhari, uski utni bhagidari” (the greater the number, the greater will be his participation) or “jitni abaadi, utni hissedari” (the greater the population, the greater the share) seemingly went for a toss when the time came to walk the talk. Muslims in Bihar are upset after they were denied...

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: What Led BJP to Abandon ‘Development’

Anwar ST. TwoCircles.net Eighty-eight constituencies across 13 states went to polls on April 26 in the second phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections. With the exception of Kerala, the lone southern state, where it did not register an electoral victory in 2019, the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have the majority of these seats. What is noteworthy is...

Giving a Damn to EC Notice, BJP’s ‘Star’ Campaigners Continue to Echo PM Modi’s Overtly Communal Remarks

TCN Special Correspondent New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that it is confident of winning third consecutive national elections, and this time with more than 400 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament). It appears to have adopted a ‘divide and conquer’ approach — presenting Modi as...

‘Chinar Man’: Transforming Mountains and Minds in Kashmir’s Frontier

Bhat Yasir, Umar Farooq, TwoCircles.net Srinagar: Nestled within the rugged terrain of Jammu and Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara lies a remote village where a man’s commitment to conserve nature is reshaping the landscape. Abdul Ahad Khan, a daily wage earner, has taken it upon himself to plant Chinar trees in an effort to restore the region’s natural beauty and...

Amroha: In the Razor Sharp Triangular Contest, Did the Politics of Hate and Polarisation Work?

Special Correspondent Amroha/New Delhi: The western Uttar Pradesh city of Amroha cast ballots under the cloud of communally offensive remarks made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The region has a significant Muslim population; and therefore, two of the three primary candidates are Muslim: the Congress fielded incumbent MP Kunwar Danish Ali, while the Bahujan Samaj Party...

Why First Time Voters Are Choosing To Abstain From Voting This Election Season

By Shriya Sharma and Devanshi Batra, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: As India votes to reconstitute 18th Lok Sabha (Parliament’s lower house), a growing trend has emerged among first-time voters: abstention from casting their ballots. The practice of voting is now being questioned by a significant portion of the electorate — particularly by those who are exercising their right to franchise for the...

How a Mosque in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur is Serving as a Centre for Learning for Students Belonging to Different Faiths

By Sobiya Inamdar, TwoCircles.net Ichalkarnji (Maharashtra): Naazim Latkar aspires to become a doctor and is preparing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). He lives in a small house and doesn’t have the much-needed separate place to study. Realising the insufficiency of space and unsuitable conditions at his home that disrupt his study routine, he was provided a room in the premise...

Modi’s Islamophobic Speech: Is BJP Anxious About 2024 Despite Tall Claims?

TCN News New Delhi: It is reasonable to assume that the outcry following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overtly anti-Muslim speech in Rajasthan, where he warned people that “the Congress would distribute people’s hard-earned money and property to infiltrators” and “those who have more children” and that it would not even leave gold and mangalsutra of mothers and sisters”. Even though the prime...

‘We Don’t Employ Jai Bhim Walas’: Mumbai-based Event Management Firm Owner Tells Dalit Employee, Booked

TCN News New Delhi: In a shocking incident of alleged caste discrimination and that too in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, a 23-year-old Dalit boy was told by his employer they don’t employ Jai Bhim walas. “Tu Jai Bhim wala hai kya?” the man was asked. When he reverted in affirmation, he received another WhatsApp message from his employer Neha Dutt who reportedly...

Congress Would Distribute Nation’s Wealth to ‘Infiltrators’, ‘People with ‘More Children’, Says PM Modi in Rajasthan

TCN News New Delhi: Ahead of the second phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his most controversial speeches said on Sunday (April 21) that the Congress would give the nation's wealth to people with "more children" if they were elected to power. Calling leaders of the grand old party "urban naxals" while addressing...

‘We Can’t Stay Silent’: New Delhi’s Ladakh Policies Fan Flames of Discontent

Zaid Bin Shabir, TwoCircles.net Ladakh: For decades, Buddhists and other non-Muslim communities in Ladakh had desired for the day when they would be constituted as a territory separate from the predominantly Muslim region of Jammu and Kashmir. Among them was 75-year-old Chering Dorjay who had been eagerly waiting for the day. However, when the special status and partial autonomy of erstwhile state...

Iqra Hasan: A Century-Old Struggle and the Ascent of ‘Brave’ and Consistent Daughter

Special Correspondent/ TwoCircles.net New Delhi: “I don’t comment on numbers, but it’s for sure that I got blessings of people who want me to represent them in Parliament,” said Iqra Hasan who seemed confident of her victory after her fate was sealed in electronic voting machines (EVMs) following first phase of the ongoing general elections that was held on April 19. What...

Giving a Damn to EC’s Directions, BJP Appeals for Vote Invoking Religion Displaying Ram Idol as ‘Power of One Vote’

TCN News  New Delhi: A day before the first phase of polling (April 19) of the general elections 2024, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is heading the government in the Centre, appealed for votes invoking religion. From its official handle, the saffron party shared an image of Lord Ram’s idol in Ayodhya on microblogging website X (formerly Twitter) and referred...

‘Targeted Attack’, ‘Religious Bias’: Closure of Maulana Azad Education Foundation Leads to Outcry

Mohsina Malik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: In a recent decision by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA) of closing down the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) on February 7 without providing any substantive rationale, it defended its decision in front of the Delhi High Court, saying, “It’s continued operation was ‘obsolete’ when there is a dedicated ministry, holistically executing schemes for...

Ramadan Special: Women Of All Faiths Attend ‘Iftar’ in Masjid in Aurangabad

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net  Aurangabad (Maharashtra): “I stepped into the mosque for the first time. We were welcomed by the host with great love and respect. We witnessed how namaz (prayers) and other Islamic practices are carried out here,” said Renuka Kathar, a municipal corporation employee, sharing her experience of attending iftar (meal to break fast) at a mosque in...

Ramadan Special: Bandipora’s tribal girl promotes cultural heritage during the holy month of fasting

Tauseef Ahmad, TwoCircles.net   Bandipora: Shabnum Bashir, a 21-year-old tribal girl from Bandipora in Kashmir valley, is reviving a forgotten tradition of breaking fasts in open meadows during the holy month of Ramdhan. It is aimed at bringing communities together. "My objective is to revive our tradition, culture and attire. Our lifestyle is different from others. These days, the young generation prefer...

‘He is a Muslim’: Nuh communal riots accused Bittu Bajrangi, who is out on bail, assaults Hindu man in police presence

Special Correspondent TCN News: The violence was carried out at the cow vigilante's house at Faridabad on April 1. The police have registered an FIR and are in search of the accused.   New Delhi: Suspecting him to be a Muslim, cow vigilante Bittu Bajrangi beat up a Hindu man black and blue, accusing him of sexually harassing a minor girl on the...

Ramadan Special: Fasting and Mustafa Idrisi’s Journey as a Cloth Vendor

KK Ahmed, TwoCircles.net Mumbai: Despite having the privilege to work in air-conditioned offices in a professional environment and access to nutrient-rich diets, many Muslims conveniently skip fasting during the holy month of Ramadan on one pretext or the other. They must learn from daily wagers how to keep faith unshakable. This underprivileged section has no other option but to work to...

Exclusive: What led to Mukhtar Ansari’s death in Banda prison? Here’s what his son Umar Ansari revealed

Special Correspondent, TwoCircles.net Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh): Former MLA Mukhtar Ansari, who represented eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Mau constituency in the state assembly for five consecutive terms from 1996 till 2017, did not die of “cardiac arrest” (as being claimed), but “institutionally murdered by jail administration on the instructions of mafia dons Brijesh Singh and Tribhuwan Singh who enjoy the blessings of...

Ramadan Special: A fruit seller’s story of hard work, dedication and unwavering spirit

K K Ahmed, TwoCircles.net Mumbai: Shaikh Rafiuddin is a familiar face on the bustling streets of Mumbai. For 14 years, the 43-year-old resident of Govandi has been bringing fresh produce to the city, no matter if it is raining or there is sunshine. His story is a testament to hard work, dedication and the unwavering spirit of a small businessman. The day...

2010 Bareilly Riots: Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Declared Absconding by UP Court, May Lose Properties

Tarique Anwar/ TwoCircles.net The cleric-turned-politician has been described as the “mastermind” of the violence in a controversial order passed on March 5 by Additional District Judge-Fast Track Court Ravi Kumar Diwakar, who hailed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his religious belief and blamed Muslims for communal riots in the country. New Delhi: A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district declared Ittehad-e-Millat Council...

Sevens Football: Throbbing Soul of Kerala’s Sporting Fraternity

Grace Mubashir, TwoCircles.net The December weather in Northern Kerala is humid and soakingly sizzling. Askar Vandithodi, a 33-year-old IT official by profession and loyal fan of football attends a peculiar Kerala version of football.  All passages to the make-shift stadium in Malappuram district are decorated with life-size posters of rival teams and players. The gallery is filled to the brim and...

Thousands of Almond Workers in Delhi Are Fighting To Get Better Wages

Adnan Ali, TwoCircles.net On a warm March morning, Rinku Devi, 36, sits outside the Government Senior Secondary School in the narrow lanes of Karawal Nagar, a neighbourhood in northeast Delhi, with over a hundred other people, mostly women covering half of their faces with the ghoonghat (veil) of their sarees with one hand and holding red flags and placards in...

Heritage Times Celebrates the Glorious Past of Bihar on Bihar Diwas

TCN News By Syed Amjad Hussain Bihar Diwas or Bihar Foundation Day celebrated on 22nd of March every year was organised earlier owing to the upcoming month of Ramadan, by the team of Heritage times a website dedicated to exploring the forgotten and lesser-known aspects of Indian history. The event was organised in Government Tibbi College, Patna on 9 March 2024 by inviting...

Exploring the Rich Legacy and Future Challenges of Urdu Journalism: A Workshop by Karnataka Urdu Academy

TCN News In the heart of Bangalore, amidst the vibrant culture of Karnataka, Urdu journalists gathered for a two-day workshop hosted by the esteemed Karnataka Urdu Academy, Bengaluru on 28 & 29 February 2024. Stepping into KMDC Bhawana, the air was filled with the soulful notes of Geet, setting a tone of reverence and anticipation for the days ahead. Dr. Mazuddin...

Meet Ayesha Qureshi, a resin artist from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut

Nikhat Fatima /TwoCircles.net Ayesha, 31, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut town was born with a passion for drawing and painting and displayed it from the time she was in school. However, she initially did not regard her God-given gift as exceptional and concentrated on her education. One day, while browsing the internet, she came across a video on resin art...

Police Brutality and Fear Grips Muslim Neighborhood in Haldwani

Nuzhat Khan, TwoCircles.net On the evening of February 10, Mehreen, 21, and her husband Arif, 24, who works at a local hardware store, were startled by screams from the street outside in their small neighbourhood of Malik ka Bagicha in Banbhoolpura, Uttarakhand's Haldwani. Moments later, at least four policemen forcefully entered through the front door.  The police began detaining Arif for...

Interview with Zeyad Masroor Khan on his book ‘City On Fire: A Boyhood In Aligarh’

Arshad Ahmed | Two Circles As a four-year-old boy, Zeyad Masroor Khan did not know the pitfalls of living in Aligarh, a city he called his, but only in fragments as he lived in a Muslim ghetto.  So much removed from the communal realities lurking around him, Khan’s first encounter with the truth of the city crystallised when he first turned...

‘God Has Finally Answered Our Prayers’: Fresh Snowfall Revives Dying Business in Kashmir

Irshad Hussain / Mubashir Naik , TwoCircles.net After a months-long dry spell, the Kashmir valley finally received the much-anticipated first snowfall of the season in both the upper and lower elevations. The snowless winter hampered winter tourism and farmers and interrupted winter sports activity. The delayed snowfall harmed Kashmir's key economic sectors, leaving thousands of people involved in winter sports...

Class 11 Student From Hyderabad Publishes Her First Book Chronicling the Syrian Conflict

Tauseef Ahmad | Two Circles A class 11 student from India hopes to bring a new level of awareness to the Syrian Civil War with her debut novel, 'When the Sky Wrote Back'. The book has been published by Delhi-based Bluerose Publishers and is 341 pages long. The author, Mariyam Imbisat, is a 16-year-old student at Azaan International School in the...

A Physics Project: Two 11th Graders Build Affordable Electric-Powered Car

Imran Inamdar | Two Circles Mohammad Sehab Beig and Muhammad Shaan Sheikh, two classmates from Shantadurga Higher Secondary School in Goa's Bicholim town, were assigned a 20-mark physics assignment for 11th grade. The two youngsters, together with their friend Moun Mamlekar, a commerce student, worked for a month to develop an electric car powered by a lead acid battery. The car...

Muslim Women Study Circle: Reclaiming Agency of Muslim Women in India

A Kolkata-based collective Muslim Women Study Circle is working towards reclaiming the agency of Muslim women at a time when Islamophobia has been reared into the country’s social and political fabric.  By: Tasneem Khan and Nuzhat Khan New Delhi:  In April 2019, a collective of Muslim women predominantly belonging to Metiabruz, a suburb in Kolkata, came together to understand the Quran,...

Meet the ‘Harijans’ in Assam Sweeping a Small Town for Generations

Arshad Ahmed, TwoCircles.net When the clock ticks 5 a.m., 32-year-old Savita gives one more look in the mirror, fixes her bindi (a red dot on the forehead), and leaves home in a hurry for work.  She is a municipality sweeper in Hojai town in central Assam’s Hojai district. “This is what I have been doing for the last 15 years,” she said,...

66-Year-Old Jharkhand Man a Beacon of Hope for Abandoned Girls

Tauseef Ahmad/ TwoCircles.net Hari Ram Pandey, a 66-year-old man from Deogarh in Jharkhand, has been raising abandoned girls on his own for the past two decades. He recently made news after appearing on television in October after being invited to participate in a reality show hosted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Silent Guardian and Saviour of 35 ‘daughters’ Pandey discovered a baby...

Interview With Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan on His New English Translation of the Quran

Hasan Zia Rizvi/ TwoCircles.net Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, a 75-year-old Indian scholar, has published a new translation of the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims. It is the first significant contribution to the English translation of the Quran by an Indian scholar since the popular 1930s translation by Indian barrister Abdullah Yusuf Ali, which has long held sway in...

Bakerwal Children Still Struggle for Education

Shaizan Nadaf and Kaisar Ali/ TwoCircles.netAashiq Hussain Chopan, 14, and seven other children in tattered clothes sit on a mat under open sky while a government teacher instructs them in Doodhpathri, which is located at an elevation of 2,730 metres and 42 kilometres from Srinagar in Kashmir. Chopan, a fifth-grade student who barely understands any written alphabet,...

Telangana Assembly Elections 2023 : Congress emerges the winner toppling BRS

TCN Staff Hyderabad After making its mark in Karnataka in May 2023, India’s grand old party INC (Indian National Congress) has now won the Telangana Assembly Elections held on 30th November 2023, the results of which have been declared yesterday, 3rd December. With this win, the INC has gained power in two southern states of India. A Clear Lead for Congress The INC has...

A Muslim Woman Is Helping Patients of Sickle Cell Disease Get Treatment in MP’s Chhindwara

By Shaba Manzoor and Nuzhat Khan  At the age of two and a half years, Swaleha Naaz Khan fell down the stairs while playing and broke her hand. This incident marked the first time she visited a hospital. However, for Khan, a patient of Sickle cell disease, it set off a cycle of sickness, incorrect medications, hospital visits, and unsuccessful...

Two Circle Network’s Seed Fellow Sufi Parween Wins Laadli Media Award

TCN News We are happy to announce that TCN’s SEED Fellow Sufi Parween has won the 13th Laadli Media Award for her exceptional contribution to gender-sensitive reporting.  Her award-winning story, “Bihar: These Muslim women break taboo by learning Madhubani painting – TwoCircles.net,” focuses on a transformative initiative among Muslim women in Bihar who have broken social norms by learning Madhubani...

Meet Saima Noor, a Wheelchair-Bound Woman Artist in a Kashmir Hospital

Ilhak Tantray and Mohsin Mushtaq | Two Circles Network There is a profound sense of melancholy in the dimly lit ward number six of Srinagar's Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital. The once-pristine walls have faded with time, much like the woman who lives here. Saima Noor, in her twenties, wears once-white clothes, now tinged with a ghostly grey. Her hands,...

‘Going Back Is a Dream’: Kuki Women in Assam Now Cope New Fear of Going Back And Making a New Home

Arshad Ahmed | Two Circles Since she left her home with her family in strife-torn Manipur’s Jiribam District in May and reached Assam on a boat, Ngaichong Singson, a 20-year-old Kuki girl, has not been able to put the trauma of leaving her native land behind. “It was so sudden, so abrupt that the only thing we were allowed to carry...

Meet the Tribal Girls From Jammu & Kashmir Who Cracked Neet

Tauseef Ahmad | Two Circles.net Several girls from the Bakarwal community, a nomadic ethnic minority in India's Jammu and Kashmir area, recently cleared the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, also known as NEET, for admission to undergraduate medical courses in all Indian medical institutions.  Aasiya Choudry, 20, of Jasrota village in Jammu's Kathua district, is one of the Bakarwal girls who...

Ashraful Madaris Urdu medium school of Hyderabad bags the K-12 WOW award

TCN News At the recently concluded Global K-12 Summit, organised by Business Reconnect in Hyderabad on 8th September 2023, Ashraful Madaris High School, an Urdu Medium High School of Hyderabad was awarded for “Excellence in imparting value education and spirituality”. Global Business Reconnect, is an event management company based in New Delhi. Started in 2000, it has executed corporate events PAN...

‘It Destroyed His Five Years’: Drug Addiction Shatters Dreams of Countless Families in Kashmir

Tauseef Ahmad/ Abdul Basit | Two Circles Five years ago, Hanan Majeed (name changed), 21, a Kashmiri youth from Baramulla district fell victim to addiction to Cannabis and heroin, a highly addictive drug made from morphine which destroyed his life. Majeed dropped out of school and his drug addiction led to issues with his family.  A year and a half ago,...

‘The Little Muslims Gift Factory’: An Indian Muslim Woman’s Islamic Gift Shop Is Going Places

Nikhat Fatima | Two Circles In 2015 at the age of 27, Madiha Basheer started her business with her first product a beautiful box curated with a handcrafted prayer mat, an Islamic storybook, prayer beads (tasbeeh) and an alphabet toy laptop.  Her company, The Little Muslims Gift Factory, has grown significantly over the last eight years, serving thousands of consumers. The Origin...

From Designing Clothes To Designing Cakes: The Journey of a Hijabi Cake Artist From Panjim

Sobiya Inamdar/ TwoCircles.net Nadia Aslam, a resident of Panjim, Goa has always had a love for baking cakes. She used to bake delicious cakes for get-togethers and her close friends, but that changed when she went to college to study textile designing. She started a boutique business for a few years after college before having her first child. Nadia returned...

Mohammad Areeb Of Jamia Contributes To The Success Of Chandryan-3, A Proud Moment For Family And Friends

Staff reporter/ TCN The people of Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar are overwhelmed with pride as Areeb from their town contributes to the success of Mission Chandryan-3. Areeb is currently working with the ISRO and was part of the team responsible for the success of Chandran-3. Mohammad Areeb hails from a middle-class family in  Khatauli. His father is a businessman. Celebrations in Areeb’s house continue...

In Assam, Mob Lynchings of Muslims Follow the Same Pattern and Template

Arshad Ahmed | Two Circles.net Rahima Begum, 50, had not slept in a long time and had not eaten well because her 25-year-old son Hifzur Rahman had gone missing for the past two weeks. Hifzur was mentally sick and had a habit of wandering out of the house on occasion, but he always returned to his mother.  On 13 August, Rahima...

‘Where Will We Bury the Dead?’: A Muslim-Dominated Neighbourhood in Mumbai Grieves

K K Ahmed/ TwoCircles.net When Meeraj Ansari, 34, went to recite Al-Fatiha, a Quran verse, at a grave in Mumbai East's Rafi Nagar graveyard in April 2023, he discovered that multiple graves had been dug to bury a dead body because the earlier bodies were only partially decomposed even after 18 months, the minimum time required for decomposition. Meeraj recorded...

‘Working as Ola Bike Rider’: Students After Fee Hike at Osmania University, Seek Repeal

Md Zamir Hasan, Twocircles.net Bhavani Prasad, 24, enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme in 2019 at Osmania University, a century-old state-funded university in India's Hyderabad city. Since then, Bhavani has paid an annual fee of 5,460 rupees. However, when one of his cousins attempted to enrol in the same programme this year, he was asked to pay fees...

Delhi Cop’s Unique Initiative Helps the Underprivileged; Provides Them Education

Sanjana Chawla/ TwoCircles.net Than Singh, a resident of Rajasthan, started his very own little school called “Than Singh Ki Pathshala” in 2015 to help students deprived of education. Than Singh works at the Kotwali Police Station in Old Delhi, runs this school in the courtyard of a temple in the Red Fort parking area. For children who are born and brought up...

‘Administration Failed To Take Timely and Appropriate Action’: Fact-Finding Report on Nuh Communal Violence

TCN News An 11-member fact-finding team from the Association for the Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) visited communal violence-affected areas in Haryana to present the ground realities and prevailing tensions in the areas, as well as the roles of law enforcement and the administration. The fact-finding team recorded statements of responsible residents working in the area as well as the accounts...

Mumbai: Girl Students Asked To Remove Hijab At The College Gate Introducing New Dress Code

By K K Ahmed / TwoCircles.net NG Acharya & DK Maratha College in Mumbai's Chembur area has been in the news from the last few days ever since the management has banned the hijab in the college premises and forced the girls to stand outside the College gate for several hours telling them 'you are not allowed to enter the...

‘We Are Hiding in Forests’: Fear in Uttar Pradesh’s Rohingya Camps After Anti-Terrorism Squad Arrests 74

Mohsina Malik | Twocircles.net Sajida Begum, 26, had just finished fajr prayers when the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) barged into her shanty in the Rohingya refugee camp in Allapur village in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district on July 24 and asked for her husband Mujib Ullah who was asleep. Mujeeb was forced into a police van and driven away. “We have not done...

Ecokash: Creating Sustainable Clothing Line in Kashmir

Sabha Khan | TwoCircles.net In the Padshahi Bagh neighbourhood of Srinagar, a young entrepreneur named Insha Mir, 30, has launched Kashmir's first sustainable apparel line and hopes to revive centuries-old crafts of the region. For years, Mir searched the valley for skilful artisans who could breathe new life into the ordinary fabric and transform it into designer apparel, and in 2021...

‘Are We Lesser Humans’: Inside a Relief Camp in Assam Housing Over 300 Muslim Families

– Arshad Ahmed | Twocircles.net The approach to 12-year-old Jamal Islam's make-shift home in Changmajhi, a revenue village in central Assam's Nagaon district, becomes impassable when it rains. Jamal’s family—which includes his elder brother Rafikul Islam, 24, Rafikul's wife Jahanra Begum, 19, and both his parents— reside in a shanty measuring 20 by 20 feet in Changmajhi Village Grazing Reserve.  “We lived...

AI’s Transformative Impact on Indian Education: Unveiling the Pros and Cons of Modern Tools

By Farooq Siddiqui Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer in various spheres of life, and its influence on education is revolutionizing the Indian landscape. With the Indian education system facing unique challenges, the integration of AI and modern tools offers immense potential to reshape teaching and learning methodologies. However, it is crucial to assess the advantages and disadvantages...

SEED, Quran Foundation, Award Scholarship Worth 73.9 Lakh to MANUU Students

Maulana Azad National Urdu University students receive a scholarship worth 73.9 lakh from SEED  Musheera Ashraf, TwoCircles.net Support for Educational & Economic Development (SEED), a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting and uplifting the underprivileged, has awarded scholarships totaling 73,90,000 rupees to students at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), a central university in Hyderabad, India known for providing higher education opportunities...

Daughter Of A Tyre Puncture Repairer Cracks NEET, Scores 633

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net Jalna, Maharashtra: Misbah Anwar Khan, a resident of Jalna city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, has become an inspiring example for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with her remarkable performance in the NEET Exam 2023, scoring 633 out of 720 marks. Misbah hails from a humble working-class family, with her father running a puncture repair shop...

Solar Bike Creation by Asad Abdullah: A Testament to Innovation

Asad is a 23-year-old resident of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, who has been innovative since childhood. Recently, he built a seven-seater solar bike. Impressed by his creation, IIT Kanpur has invited him for a discussion. If IIT Kanpur likes Asad's idea, he may receive financial assistance to improve his product. Asad's dream is to build a solar plane as well. Md...

30 Years On, Mumbai’s Ideal Educational Movement Is Still Helping Muslim Students Pursue Their Dreams

Khan Kafeel Ahmed and Nikhat Fatima | TwoCircles.net Zeeshan Shaikh, 28, recalls searching for a coaching center that would coach him for a lower fee when he was in eighth grade in 2008 and his parents' financial situation was not good. Shaikh heard about the Ideal Educational Movement, a charitable organization, which was offering tutoring for free in Govandi, Mumbai....

Meet Wani, the 82-Year-Old Man Who Runs Kashmir’s Last Traditional Oil Mill

Faizan Mir, TwoCircles.net Inside a dimly lit old two-story mud and timber house patched with tin sheets, 82-year-old Ghulam Mohammad Wani guides an old angled wood beam with his frail hands. The wooden beam is drenched in oil as the mustard seeds get crushed.  In the Kashmiri tongue, this occupation and the people involved with it are referred to as Teli...

Hafiz e Quran Abdul Rahim achieves outstanding success in NEET

Hafiz e Quran Abdul Rahim has scored 670 out of 700 marks in the NEET exam, securing an All India Rank of 2,702. Hafiz Abdul Rahim is a resident of Talab Katta, Bhavani Nagar Police Station, Hyderabad. He did his early studies in Urdu medium. The story of Hafiz Abdul Rahim, who ignited the flame of hope in the family...

18 year old Syed Amjad keen on presenting prominent Urdu writer Akhtar Orenvi to the youth

Nikhat Fatima, TwoCircles.net Syed Akthar Ahmad, also known as Akthar Orenvi, was a Bihar-born Urdu writer who produced exceptional literary works, devoted his life to Urdu, and died in 1977 after suffering from a severe illness. Now, almost 35 years after Orenvi’s death, Syed Amjad Hussain, an 18-year-old aspiring writer, is writing a book about him in Hindi, an extraordinary task...

A Dalit Groom Rides a Horse Under Police Protection in MP, Challenges India’s Caste Status Quo

Akansha Deshmukh, TwoCircles.net A wedding procession moves along a kaccha road of Bharatpura, a remote village in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur district. On both sides, humble huts stand silent witnesses to the procession, with many people choosing not to join the baraat, an Indian celebratory wedding procession that escorts the groom, but instead peering out their doorways, their curious gazes fixed...

Maulana In Aurangabad Gifts Kiddy Banks To Get Children To Read Books

Nikhat Fatima, TwoCircles.net Maulana Abdul Qayyum Nadvi, 47, opens 'the Mirza World Book House' on Jinsi Road in Aurangabad, Maharashtra at 10 am every day, with children lined up outside to rent and buy books.  Nadvi sits at the counter and politely asks one of the children which book he wants. Nadvi's bookstore offers books on Urdu literature, and Islamic history for...

हाफ़िज़ कुरान अब्दुल रहीम ने नीट परीक्षा में शानदार सफलता प्राप्त की

देश की सबसे कठिन परीक्षाओं में से एक नीट का रिजल्ट पिछले हफ्ते घोषित कर दिया गया है। हाफ़िज़ अब्दुल रहीम ने नीट परीक्षा में 700 अंकों में से 670 की बदौलत, ऑल इंडिया रैंक 2,702 हासिल की है। महज 12 साल की उम्र में हाफ़िज़ बनकर परिवार में उम्मीद की लौ जगाने वाले हाफ़िज़ अब्दुल रहीम की कहानी बेहद दिलचस्प...

Junagadh: Week after violence, Muslims still live in fear

Huneza Khan, TwoCircles.net Several hundred Muslims gathered outside a 100-year-old dargah in Gujarat's Junagadh city on the night of June 16 to protest a demolition notice. The rally quickly turned violent, with police baton-charging demonstrators and shelling tear gas on them. Following the violence, at least 174 people were arrested for stone pelting and setting a vehicle on fire. During the...

India’s Lithium Discovery Triggers Worry for People of Jammu

Gafira Qadir | Twocircles.net “We thought it was our chance to become rich, so we celebrated the news but the happiness did not last for long,” says Karan Singh, 62, a resident of Salal village in Jammu’s Reasi district.  In February this year, the union government found 5.9 million metric tonnes of lithium reserves for the first time in the country...

Mazdoor Kitchen: A melange of love, salt and labour

By Aatika S | TwoCircles Nida Ansari, is a Delhi based development practitioner and consultant with over 12 years of experience in working with national and international non-profit foundations, grassroots organisations and funding agencies in the field of youth centric development, organisational development, agency and ending violence, community development and social entrepreneurship. She describes herself as a community campaigner, and...

Homes Demolished, Lives Torn Out in Delhi’s Priyanka Gandhi Camp Ahead of G20 in Delhi

Shruti Sharma, Twocircles.net "I've lived here since 2005. Where will we go with our family now?" Anjali, 35, a construction worker, said while the authorities demolished her home in South Delhi's Priyanka Gandhi Camp, near Vasant Vihar. On 16 June, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) demolished around 95 dwellings belonging to labourers leaving over 500 people homeless.  Anjali has a family...

‘Don’t Think We Can Go Back’: Muslims Fleeing Purola

Mahwish Asim, TwoCircles.net “Humko nahi lagta ab hum kabhi waha wapas ja payenge (We don’t think we can go back there again),” says Mohammed Zahid, a shopkeeper in Uttarakhand’s Purola. Zahid is the district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) minority cell in Uttarkashi. The lives of approximately 200 Muslims in Purola changed overnight on 26 May.  They became the target...

Burqa-Clad Auto Driver Defies Norms in Chennai

Syed Ali Mujtaba, Twocircles.net Chennai: Meet Bhiyari Fatima a burqa-clad Muslim woman auto-driver on the busy streets of Chennai. She has broken two myths, one that she is a female auto rickshaw driver, a profession reserved for men, second, she is a burqa-clad woman auto-rickshaw driver who gleefully asserts her identity in this southern megapolis. Fatima says many passengers are surprised...

Meet Kaneez Fatima, Karnataka’s Only Muslim Woman MLA

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net  Kaneez Fatima, the hijab-clad politician who won in the recent assembly elections in Karnataka is currently very popular with her videos and reels circulating on social media platforms and getting thousands of likes. Fatima is the only Indian National Congress Muslim woman candidate who stood up for the Muslim girls who fought for their right to wear...

TCN – SEED APPRENTICESHIP 2023-24

The TCN-SEED Apprenticeship offers aspiring journalists an opportunity to build their communication skills and professional network under the guidance of experienced mentors. The vision of the program is to provide training and capacity building for authentic voices from communities traditionally absent in mainstream Indian media. The goal of the apprenticeship is to provide employment, tell news stories of marginalized communities...

Teaser of Film on Savarkar: Lies Galore

Dr. Ram Puniayni Currently as the right-wing wing ideology is gaining ground many a film have already come to promote divisiveness, to glorify the icons of communal nationalism or to demonize the particular communities. In recent times we have seen films on these lines, be it Padmavat, or one on Prithviraj Chauhan, ‘Gandhi Virudh Godse’, ‘Kashmir files’ and ‘Kerala story’....

Manipur Violence: Tribal Groups Stage Protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Demand Centre’s Intervention

Mohsina Malik | Twocircles.net Hundreds of Manipuri tribals gathered at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on May 31, demanding an end to the violence in Manipur, which has claimed 71 lives and displaced over 35,000 people. On May 31, hundreds of tribals from Manipur's Kuki, Zomi, Mizo, and Hmar communities gathered at Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding government intervention to end the ongoing violence...

“Plight of Ad Hoc Teachers at Delhi University: Years of Service Disregarded, Livelihoods Shattered”

Mohsina Malik | Twocircles.net Thousands of ad hoc teachers at Delhi University, who have dedicated years of service to various colleges under the university's umbrella, now find themselves in a distressing situation. As the process of hiring them as permanent faculty members began in April 2022, many have been displaced or simply shown the door. The crisis of ad hoc teachers...

Owning a House Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Is Still a Distant Dream for Many in Kashmir

Abdul Basit | Twocircles.net Launched in 2015, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), promised to provide affordable housing to the poor. However, owning a house under the scheme is still a distant dream for many in Kashmir.  Bagha Hassan Khan, 40, and his seven-member family — including his wife and 5 sons all under the age of 14 — live in a mud...

“Young Trailblazer Maryam Mirza Ignites a Reading Revolution with 31 Mohalla Libraries in Aurangabad”

By Nikhat Fatima |Twocircles.net Books have been Maryam’s passion ever since she learnt to read. She turned her passion into a mission of starting a library for children with the books from her own collection. Two years ago, Maryam had amassed nearly 150 books of her own when she started her very first library in the balcony of their home in...

International wrestling body UWW release statement in support of Indian wrestlers

TCN News The United World Wrestling (UWW) released a statement on Tuesday, May 30, condemning the treatment meted to the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar on 28 May. The United World Wrestling, which is the international governing body for amateur wrestling, in their statement said it has been following the situation in India wherein the wrestlers have been protesting from...

The plight of Meitei Pangals or Manipur Muslims remains unheard

Syed Ali Mujtaba Manipuri Muslims or Meitei Pangals are not jumping into the current tribal war between Meitei and the Kuki. They are not ready to align with the 'Manipur Tribals’ Forum' even though they are being persecuted by the Hindu Meitei community. Muslim Meitei views Hindu Meiteis as their co-brothers with whom they have a running feud that needs to...

Unveiling the Truth: Women of Kashmir Break Silence on social media to confront molestation

By Fahim Mattoo, TwoCircles.net  The safety and protection of women in Jammu and Kashmir hang in the balance following the dissolution of the State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights. This quasi-judicial organization, formed in 1999 to ensure the protection of women and their rights, was dissolved in 2019 after the repeal of Article 370. "I don't understand why...

Lucknow Zardozi Artisans Are Hanging By A Thread

Hasan Zia Rizvi | Twocircles.net Lucknow has carved out a niche for the world-famous art form of Zardozi. In recent years, the art form has gained significant commercial popularity on the big screen and at fashion shows. Just a month ago, American model Gigi Hadid rocked a sequin and lavishly embroidered Chikankari saree that was exquisitely hand-embroidered by artisans of...

Meet Mubeena Ramzan, the trailblazer in imparting women’s education and property rights

By Sadaf Shabir, TwoCircles.net “In today’s world, if something goes wrong in our household, women are held responsible,” said Mubeena Ramzan, an iconic figure for women’s rights and upliftment in Kashmir. Featured in “The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims of 2019” and born in the ‘apple town of Kashmir’, Sopore, she had always been a “sensitive” child who always looked...

‘We have buried the 4,500 precious books in a pit’

TCN revisits Madarsa Azizia and its library after it was attacked during Ramadan Sufi Parween, Twocircles.net A goldmine of Islamic literature, spread over 4,500 books, including rare manuscripts, is now reduced to a heap of soot and ash. A few burnt pages are the only giveaway that the powdery, flaky heap was once a stack of weighty tomes that belonged to...

Meet Imtiaz Jalil, MP from Aurangabad, recipient of the News makers achievers award 2023

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net  Imtiaz Jalil,MP, Aurangabad was honoured with the ‘15th News makers Achievers Awards 2023’ in the ‘Best Working Politician’ category on May 1st 2023 at Yashwant Rao Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai.Jalil was conferred with the award at the hands of Afternoon Voice's founder and Editor in Chief Vaidehi Taman. The award was bestowed to Imtiaz Jalil in recognition of his significant contribution to Indian...

Unmasking the Shadows: Unveiling the Dark Side of the IPL – Betting, Suicides, and many more Troubles Tied to the League

By - Mohd. Ziyauallah Khan If you move around late evening in and around your residential neighborhood, seeing young boys in groups with their smartphones in their hands enjoying IPL matches. On the face of it, they may be seen enjoying the exotic matches between the IPL teams, however, as you dig in deep, you realize that they are somewhere...

The man who fought for Babri Masjid in court is no more

Senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani passes away Ubair Ul Hameed Zafaryab Jilani, the renowned advocate who played a pivotal role in the historic Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, passed away in Lucknow on Wednesday. The 73-year-old was battling medical complications after he suffered a brain hemorrhage two years ago. Jilani's rise to prominence can be traced back to the mid-1980s, a time when a...

The Return Of Wild Boars in Kashmir Pose A New Threat To Agriculture And Biodiversity

In the world's most militarised zone, the Kashmir valley, experts warn of a new threat to the region's already fragile biodiversity: a rising population of wild boars. Tauseef Ahmad| Twocircles.net Mohammad Shaban is a small apple farmer from Uri in the Baramulla area of Kashmir. Shaban has been farming for 20 years and makes a good livelihood. However, as of the...

इनोवेशन | एक माह में सोलर बाइक बनाने वाले असद की कहानी

फिल्म देखकर सात सीटर सोलर बाइक बनाई, आईआईटी कानपुर से बुलावा यह कहानी है 23 वर्ष के असद की, जो बचपन से ही काफी इनोवेटिव है। उसने हाल ही में सात सीटर सोलर बाइक बनाई है। उसके प्रयोग को देखकर आईआईटी कानपुर ने उसे बुलाया है। अगर असद का आइडिया पसंद आईआईटी कानपुर को पसंद आता है तो उसे...

No Men Beyond This Point: The ‘Women’s Only’ Cafe In Jamia Nagar, Delhi

Café Sheeru seeks to offer a ‘safe and comfortable’ space for women customers By Simeen Anjum & Arbab Ali, TwoCircles.net Sarah (who goes by her first name), 21, is strolling towards a bangle shop in the bustling streets of the Batla House market in Jamia Nagar, a Muslim ghetto in southeast Delhi. Delhi. Sarah is a physiotherapy student who lives in...

The Kerala Story: A Frustrated Attempt to Silence Vocal Muslim Women

Snobar | Twocircles.net Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues in the BJP are promoting the film “The Kerala Story,” but a large number of women residents of Kerala Two Circles talked to said that the film seemed like the response of right-wing Hindu men who don't know how to respond to vocal Muslim women. Rehna Shajahan, a resident of Kerala...

I Feel Unmistakable Sense of Belonging: Rishab Dahiya, the Photographer Behind  Powerful Photographs of Dalits

Aatika S | Twocircles.net Aatika S. interviews Rishab Dahiya, a dalit photographer and a filmmaker who is famous for clicking powerful pictures of members of his community. Q: Why do you click Dalits? How are they different from your usual subjects? RD: As a photographer from Dalit community, I find immense beauty in capturing the essence of my community. When I shoot...

‘It is our curse & tears’: Hijabi students on BJP’s loss in Karnataka election 2023

Snobar Khan and Syed Mueen, TwoCircles.net Basavaraj Bommai, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, conceded defeat on May 13, 2023, as the Congress took the lead after defeating the BJP and winning 137 seats in the Assembly elections. He stated that his party had failed to make an impact and would return in the Loksabha election of 2024 with more power. However,...

J&K: CPW workers on the verge of committing suicide over delayed and meagre wages

Arjumand Shaheen, TwoCircles.net Srinagar J&K: While the world celebrated the International labourers' day on 1st May, the Contingent paid workers/Sweepers (CPWs) in the department of Education across Jammu and Kashmir are pushed to the walls due to the delayed meagre salaries. The Contingent Paid workers working in different districts of Kashmir, mostly females belonging to the poor family backgrounds are not...

कर्नाटक चुनाव में एससी और एसटी 51 सीटों पर भाजपा की करारी हार, सिर्फ 10 सीट मिली

कांग्रेस ने इस बार 14 मुस्लिम प्रत्याशी को मैदान में उतारा, 8 जीते जेडीएस ने सबसे ज़्यादा मुसलमान प्रत्याशी उतारे, पर एक प्रत्याशी भी नहीं जीता मोहम्मद ज़मीर हसन| twocircles.net कर्नाटक चुनाव में कांग्रेस ने जबरदस्त वापसी की है। उसने एससी और एसटी समुदाय के लिए रिजर्व सीटों पर भी जबरदस्त प्रदर्शन किया है। पार्टी ने 51 रिजर्व सीटों में...

400 साल पुराने उर्दू और फारसी के  लाखों दस्तावेजों की मरम्मत करवा रहा टीएसएआरआई, 200 वर्ष बढ़ जाएगी जिंदगी

टीएसएआरआई के पास शाहजहाँ और औरंगज़ेब के समय के मुगल-युग के दस्तावेजों का सबसे बड़ा संग्रह मौजूद है। इन दस्तावेजों की मरम्मत के साथ-साथ इनका डिजिटलीकरण भी किया जा रहा है। इससे लोगों को देश के इतिहास से जुड़े अनछुए पहलुओं को जानने में मदद मिलेगी। अब तक 80 हजार दस्तावेजों को संरक्षित किया जा चुका है। पढ़िए खास...

Meet Ariba Khan: A Young Municipal Councillor from Shaheen Bagh

Aatika S. | TwoCircles.net Ariba Khan from the Indian National Congress, and Municipal Councillor from Abul Fazal Enclave in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, speaks to Aatika from TwoCircles on her political journey, challenges for minorities in India and the similarities between the politics of BJP and AAP. Background & Political Journey Ariba is the daughter of Asif Mohammed Khan, a former congress...

Equity Question of Muslim is a Myth India Finds a Report

Syed Ali Mujtaba An audit report on the marginalization of Muslims in minority concentration districts in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, and UP tears apart the slogan sab ka sath, sab Vikas and says the equity question of Muslims remains a myth in India. The audit focused on ten districts that have a significant Muslim population of approximately 14.1 million, representing 52% of the...

Why was the right arm of Dr. Ambedkar’s statue broken in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar?

Aatika S | TwoCircles As the internationally celebrated event of Dalit History month comes to an end, the Indian subcontinent is reeling with an increased appropriation and attack on the thoughts and figure of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar-the modern intellectual and statesman. One such incident of desecration happened 100 kms away from the national capital, in Neemka village situated in Gautam...

‘द केरेला स्टोरी’: फिल्म बनी दुष्प्रचार का हथियार

-    राम पुनियानी केरल का नाम सुनते ही हमारे मन में उभरता है एक ऐसा राज्य जहां शांति और सद्भाव का राज है, जहां निरक्षता का निर्मूलन हो चुका है, जहां शिक्षा एवं स्वास्थ्य सूचकांक बहुत अच्छे हैं, और जहां कोविड-19 महामारी का मुकाबला सर्वोत्तम तरीके से किया गया। हमें यह भी याद आता है कि राज्य में ईसाई धर्म का आगमन सन् 52 ईस्वी में संत...

How Popular is the PM Mann Ki Baat? A Glimpse after its 100th Episode Comes out

By Mohd Ziyaullah Khan PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat program is a monthly radio address that has been a part of his public outreach since he took office in 2014. The program is aired on All India Radio, as well as on various digital platforms, and is meant to be an opportunity for the Prime Minister to directly address the...

How Three Muslim Women of Northeast Delhi Were Caught In A Legal And Financial Nightmare

By Arbab Ali, TwoCircles.net On her wedding day, Tabassum was issued an arrest warrant for missing a court hearing. The previous day, November 10, 2022, she skipped the hearing as she had to prepare for her wedding. The 25-year-old was terrified, but her lawyer intervened to prevent her from being taken into custody. On March 14, four months later, TCN met...

Sahidul Alom Award-2023 for Habibur Rahman Choudhury

TCN News Shahidul Alam Choudhury, who had a very humble background, came to limelight in 1985 when he was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the AGP government of Assam. He was the lone minister from the Barak Valley in the cabinet. He shone over the political sky of Barak valley for nearly three decades until his death in...

Ashraful Madaris – An Urdu medium school fighting for survival

By Nikhat Fatima, twocircles.net Building character and integrity and not just building careers is what the teachers strive for, in this 110-year-old school ‘Ashraful Madaris’ located in Yakutpura, one of the oldest localities of the historic city of Hyderabad. Founded in 1918 by Janab Ashraf Ali, who came to Hyderabad from northern part of India, in search of employment in the...

सच्चा इतिहासः गांधीजी की शहादत, गोडसे और आरएसएस

-राम पुनियानी हाल में (अप्रैल 2023) में एनसीईआरटी ने स्कूली पाठ्यपुस्तकों में से बहुत सी सामग्री हटाने का फैसला किया। हटाई गई सामग्री में मुगलकालीन इतिहास, गुजरात दंगे, वर्ण व्यवस्था के उदय के साथ-साथ गांधीजी की हत्या से संबंधित कुछ विवरण भी शामिल है। ‘‘हिन्दू-मुस्लिम एकता के लिए उनके (गांधीजी) निरंतर प्रयासों से हिन्दू अतिवादी इस हद तक भड़क गए कि उन्होंने गांधीजी की हत्या...

Knowledge is power and the government controls it

By Saundarya Verma India is a country so vast that even after inhabiting the worlds’ largest population, we have space for more people. We make babies, build schools, hospitals, airports, cultural centres that Zendaya and Gigi come to visit. We have space for the Himalayas and eight huge rivers, we have space for art galleries, museums, and we make more space for...

Operation Samadhan-Prahar and the Changing Nature of Indian State

Syed Ali Mujtaba Operation Samadhan-Prahar is the new initiative of the Indian government to combat Maoist insurgency in the tribal pockets of the country. Under this operation, lethal weapons are used to eliminate the tribal resistance to steal the “right to life” of the Adivasis of the country. This new strategy is based on robber Robin Hood’s maxim to rob...

डेटा स्टोरी | केंद्र सरकार द्वारा आदिवासी समुदाय के लिए चलाई जा रही 250 योजनाओं का हाल

आदिवासी समुदाय के लिए चल रही 250 में से 54 स्कीम पर एक भी रुपए खर्च नहीं हुआ  - इन 54 योजनाओं का कुल बजट 1313 करोड़ रुपए, 14 का बजट ही शून्य - वित्तीय वर्ष 2022-23 के लिए इन योजनाओं के लिए 87,544.66 करोड़ आवंटित हुए, सरकार ने 91,413.83 करोड़ रुपए खर्च किए विशाल वर्मा | twocircles.net देश के आदिवासियों को...

इंजीनियरिंग छात्रों की अनूठी पहल, रमजान में लोगों को घर का खाना खिलाने के लिए शुरू की सहरी डिलीवरी पहल

चार छात्रों ने मिलकर sehri۔in की शुरुआत की, विधवा महिलाओं को काम पर रखा मोहम्मद ज़मीर हसन|twocircles.net रमजान के मौके पर हैदराबाद में इंजीनियरिंग के छात्रों ने एक अनूठी पहल की।  रमजान के दौरान सहरी और इफ्तार के वक्त लोगों को घर का खाना मिले, इस उद्देश्य के साथ इंजीनियरिंग के छात्र आदिल ने अपने चार दोस्तों के साथ sehri.in नाम...

MEET NAZIR MUNSHI : UPLIFTING PEOPLE THROUGH SOCIAL WORK

Imran Inamdar | TwoCircles.net Solapur (Maharashtra): The main purpose of Zakat, as per Islamic guidelines, is to empower and stabilize people around you. It is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease people's suffering.   Nazeer Munshi, a 72-year-old railway officer (RTD), has set an unexceptional example before the community. He provided educational assistance to 327 Muslim students to pursue...

Why does a group of women walk at midnight in Delhi?

Aatika S. |TwoCircles.net It's been seven years that the group- Women Walk at Midnight has been walking in various cities. For Mallika Taneja, the person who initiated “Women Walk at Midnight”, the group is not a collective but rather an artistic practice. “We are a completely voluntary act.” She was trying to do a twenty-four-hour walk in the city six...

RAMADAN SPECIAL SERIES: A DAY ON THE ROAD WITH A FASTING FOOD DELIVERY EXECUTIVE

Shehzad Ahmad drives 120 km, delivering food in southeast Delhi, and breaks his fast on the road  Ubair Ul Hameed It’s 6.15 pm and the clock is furiously ticking away towards sunset, but there is no chance that Shehzad Ahmad, a delivery partner working with food delivery app Swiggy, can make it to home for iftaar. His vehicle parked in one...

Media-shy Rumman Ashraf, the SSC topper from Sheikhpura aims to join the Indian Army

Sami Ahmed & Nikhat Fatima, TwoCircles.net “It was Friday and we were preparing for Iftar. We got a call from the school that Rumman has secured the top position among more than 12 lakh successful candidates in the matriculation examination,” shared Rumman’s father with Twocircles.net. Bihar Board Class 10 topper Mohammad Rumman Ashraf is being lauded with appreciation and sought...

Blue is the warmest colour: How Ambedkar Jayanti was celebrated at Parliament Street in Delhi

Aatika S, TwoCircles.net Every year lakhs of Dalits, Bahujan and Adivasi gather at Parliament Street in Delhi along with their allies to celebrate the birth date of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar- the revolutionary Indian statesman and intellectual. Thus, 14th April marks a moment of assertion, solidarity, and love for all the subaltern communities and is celebrated around the globe. From book...

RAMADAN SPECIAL SERIES: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SALESMAN DURING THE EID SHOPPING SPREE

Between attending to customers and praying in the mosque, Shakeel Ahmed Khan is on his feet after iftaar  UbairUlHameed As the night begins to draw to a close, at 10 pm, Shakeel Ahmed Khan’s work picks up top speed. In the last hour before the shutter goes down at Sufia Cloth House, where 58 years old Khan works as a salesman,...

लाखों मुस्लमानों ने अदा की रमजान उल मुबारक के चौथे जुम्मे की नमाज

TCN News रमजान शरीफ का महीना अल्लाह ताआला से इश्क और मोहब्बत का महीना : मौलाना उसमान लुधियाना, 14 अप्रैल ( 2023) : कल पवित्र रमजान शरीफ के चौथे जुम्मे के मौके पर फील्डगंज चौंक स्थित ऐतिहासिक जामा मस्जिद में हजारों मुस्लमानों ने नमाज अदा की। नमाजियों की संख्या को देखते हुए शाहपुर रोड पर नमाज के लिए विशेष प्रबंध किए...

एनसीईआरटी की 11वीं की किताब से मौलाना आजाद का नाम हटाया गया

संविधान सभा की समिति के मेंबर्स में से मौलाना आज़ाद के नामों को हटाया गया एनसीईआरटी की पहले किताब में जवाहरलाल नेहरू, राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार पटेल, मौलाना आज़ाद और अंबेडकर का नाम शामिल था। नई एनसीईआरटी किताब में संविधान सभा की समिति के सदस्यों को कयास के तौरपर पेश किया जा रहा। पिछले साल मौलाना आज़ाद के नाम...

Meet Manjeet Sarkar: The Anti-caste Comedian

Aatika S. | TwoCircles.net Humour is often associated with comic enjoyment. The question of whether that enjoyment comes from subjugation or incongruity is rarely spoken about. Manjeet Sarkar, an anti-caste comedian, talks to TwoCircles about similar themes in comedy in India like conflicting humour, dangerous consequences of comedy in today’s era, and much more. Born in Jamrunda, a village on...

Ramadan special series: A day in the kitchen of a fasting cook

How Rafiq cooks for 100 people while going without food and water Ubair Ul Hameed, TwoCircles.net As the sun sets over the bustling streets of Delhi’s Zakir Nagar locality on a hot April day, Mohammad Rafiq takes his position behind a gas burner, surrounded by pots and pans of steaming hot food. The air of the kitchen is thick with the aroma...

Mosque and Madarsa Partially Demolished in ‘Anti-Encroachment’ Drive in Delhi

By Arbab Ali Ahmed*, an 11-year-old boy, scrambles through the rubble of his madarsa, managing to pull out the mangled blades of a ceiling fan weighing nearly 4 kilograms. He, and other students, all wearing colourful caps, some with “786” stitched into them, search for parts of their almirahs, beddings, books and whatever else they can retrieve from the pile of...

Bihar: Muslim girl students increasingly secure first division in state, madrassa board exams

Sami Ahmad, TwoCircles.net Muslim students in Bihar show upward trends in topping board examinations if their performance of the last five years is tracked. Data collected from the Mukhymantri Vidyarthi Protsahan Yojna (MVPY, Chief Minister Students Incentive Scheme) shows interesting outcomes regarding the performance of girls and boys, revealing significant facts about the district-wise performance of Muslim students. A cursory study...

डेटा स्टोरी: देश में दलितों के खिलाफ हिंसा के मामले लगातार बढ़ रहे हैं

देश में 8 साल में दलितों के खिलाफ हिंसा के 3.65 लाख से ज्यादा मामले, यानी हर रोज 125 केस     सबसे ज़्यादा दलित के खिलाफ हिंसा के मामले उत्तर प्रदेश में, 4 साल में करीब 50 हजार दलित हिंसा के शिकार हुए   मोहम्मद ज़मीर हसन| twocircles.net भारत में दलितों के खिलाफ हिंसा के मामलों में लगातार इजाफा हो...

Hindus are in real danger of losing their faith to lunatics and fanatics

By Mushtaque Rahamat hai raam ke vajud pe hindostan ko naaz ahl-e-nazar samajhte hain is ko imam-e-hind (Allama Iqbal)  This year again like previous years the festival of Ram Navami has been turned into venom-spewing and hate-filled, against Muslim, processions. For more than a century, certain elements in Hindu society have been using religious festival processions to harass, demean and demonize Muslims. Such...

Commemorating 93rd anniversary of Salt Satyagrah

By A.K Merchant The 93rd anniversary of the Salt Satyagraha that lasted for 24 days can provide important lessons for appreciating India’s pluralism of religions, castes, languages, cultures, governance ideologies, and host of other diversities. The 78 trusted volunteers who accompanied Mahatma Gandhi came from various backgrounds and cultural sensibilities. As a commodity of everyday use, Gandhiji was convinced that salt...

Meet Sadiya Shaikh, emerging community leader from Mumbai

Nikhat Fatima|Twocirlces.net Born in Bihar, Sadiya’s family shifted to Mumbai when she was 4 years old. Sadiya, eldest of her 5 siblings has recently been awarded with the Fatima Bi Savitri Bai Award in 2023 for her contribution to society towards education and community upliftment. At the age of 21, Sadiya’s tremendous efforts towards social work has won her accolades from...

PWD Conducts Encroachment Removal Drive At Dargah In South Delhi

Arbab Ali| TwoCircles.net  Amir Hussain Siddique had barely slept after eating the pre-dawn meal when he was woken up by a frantic call from Yusuf Beg at 9 am on April 1, the ninth day of Ramadan. Beg, a caretaker at the dargah of Syed Abdullah urf Bhure Shah, informed Siddique that a bulldozer had arrived at the shrine. A half-asleep,...

‘We’ll Keep Opposing:’ – National Protest of Dalit Christians & Dalit Muslims organised by NCDC after a three-year gap

Riya Talitha | TwoCircles.net NEW DELHI –On March 28, around 1,500 demonstrators gathered at Jantar Mantar to demand the inclusion of Dalit Christians in the Scheduled Caste (SC) category, and to protest against the formation of the Balakrishnan Commission by the Central government. The three-member commission, set up in October last year and headed by former Chief Justice of India...
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