दास्तान -ए- आज़म : “कहाँ से छेड़ूँ फसाना कहाँ तमाम करूँ” !

  आसमोहम्मद कैफ़। Twocircles.net राजनीतिक हलकों में आज भी एक बात आम है कि 1989 में मुलायम सिंह यादव को मुख्यमंत्री चुनी जाने वाली अंदरूनी...

2014: A Year of Disappointments

Can we hope better sense will prevail in 2015? By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, It has been a year of disappointments and worries. The first half of 2014 was last six months of the UPA II government, in which the corporate media did not see any merit. They spent those months ignoring the considerable achievements of the UPA government and building a crescendo of hope and hype about the next government, which they were sure would be the one led by Modi.

Babri Masjid title suit: Muslim petitioners sure of victory

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, TwoCircles.net series: Ayodhya 2009 This coming February 9 Muslims will conclude their arguments in the Babri Masjid title suit in Lucknow before the Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court. Then Hindus will start their arguments which may take about six months to conclude. Muslims are more than 100% sure that they will win the case as they have evidences, not just faith and sentiment – the sole point of Hindus.

Hillary, Tenzing’s Everest feat wasn’t for personal glory

By K. Datta, IANS "It was not glory we sought," Col. John Hunt, British leader of the 1953 Everest expedition, wrote of his team, "unless it be the common glory of man's triumph over nature - and over his own limitations." Neither Edmund Hillary nor Tenzing Norgay, the first men to climb Mount Everest, had come to the world's highest mountain in 1953 expecting personal fame. But because they were the first to set foot on its summit after ten failed attempts, fame had to come to them whether they expected it or not.

Government must put in place a strict anti-terror law

By Joginder Singh, IANS, Terrorists struck in the Indian capital again in a big way Saturday. All blasts were of low intensity. The defused bombs used a cocktail of ammonium nitrate, gun powder, ball bearings and nails, with timer devices. It is the same kind of bombs used in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. They were set off using electronic timers.

Kouachis of Paris and Continental Sagacity

By Syed Zafar Mahmood, There is general consensus in the world, and rightly so, that every terrorist must be given exemplary punishment. Kouachis too have met with their deserved fate. However, the well considered purposes of any punishment include retribution, incapacitation and deterrence. In the case of Kouachis, the first two have been more than fulfilled but what about deterring their kind of persons from committing similar crimes in future? Keeping that in mind if we simply feel content to have quickly caught and brought Kouachis to ‘justice’, we would be lamented by the posterity as short sighted and selfish – not adequately concerned with the welfare of the upcoming generations. What happened in Paris was not an isolated act of terrorism; it manifested a mindset we need to go deep into.

An Indian Muslim, who is not King Khan

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, TwoCircles.net,

Hyderabad incident is a result of a systemic attack on Dalit Intelligentsia

By R Ravi Kumar for Twocircles.net By the time you read this article, most of you would have come to know about the death of...

America deserves Trump!

By Mansoor Durrani for TwoCircles.net Never interrupt your enemy, when he is making a mistake. - Napoleon Bonaparte Although, I had planned to write this article...

An open letter to Salman Khurshid

By Kaleem Kawaja, Honorable Minister Khurshid

‘अल्पसंख्यक अधिकार दिवस’ बीत गया, आपने सुना क्या?

By अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net देश के सबसे बड़े अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय यानी मुसलमानों के लिए ये बड़ा दिन था. जो बग़ैर किसी शोर-शराबे के चुपचाप...

In Kerala, leftists, church attack CBI’s movie-gilded image

By B.R.P. Bhaskar, IANS, Kerala's largest political organization, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), and best organized religious establishment, the Catholic Church, are venting their spleen on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). At stake is the agency's image, which, in Kerala, has been gilded by a series of Malayalam movies. The two powerful institutions trained their guns on the nation's premier investigating agency after it named persons high up in their hierarchy on criminal charges.

Let Sania shine

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Sania Mirza is the highest ranked tennis player from India. India has stood on the sidelines of international tennis for a long time. Even now, the highest ranked Indian in the male ranking is an American, Prakash Amritraj, at 278. Rohan Bopanna is at 292 and there is no other Indian on the ranking list till we move down to the 400s.

Delhi Dispute: Is LG Jung Wrong? Is CM Kejriwal right?

By Kaleem Kawaja Delhi is not a state like any other state of India. It is union territory. In 1991, the Parliament framed some laws...

Ebola: No panic movement by Indians from West Africa

By Francis Kokutse, Accra: There is no panic movement out of West Africa by Indian nationals living in the region following the spread of the...

~Youth Views~ Is war as diplomacy obsolete?

By Stephen Coulthart, CGNews, Five years ago in May, President Bush, standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier, proudly declared "mission accomplished" in Iraq and stated that major combat operations were over. The event comes as a reminder of the limits of American military might, or "hard power". Indeed, the US easily toppled the Iraqi regime in days but it failed to win the peace after the conventional conflict ended. As a result, it is clear that the US must place greater emphasis on soft power than ever before. But what is soft power?

How relevant are madrassas today?

The madrassas around the world were known as fountainheads of religious learning and guardians of tradition and had an increasingly important role in bringing...

Will Mamata bite the FDI bait?

By Anurag Dey, By IANS,

Bad omen for democracy

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, The recent remark of the Prime Minister at the conference of chief justices and chief ministers of Indian states that “five star activists” are driving the judiciary was a clear attack on civil society, putting a question mark on the legitimacy of activism for social causes. To top it all, the language used was highly offensive which, sadly, has become a hallmark of the PM’s style.

Has Vastanvi been wronged?

By Aziz A. Mubaraki

Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

By Ranjit Singh Kalha, Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.

I am like the living dead

By Taslima Nasreen

Where am I? I am certain no one will believe me if I say I have no answer to this apparently straightforward question. They may believe what they wish, but the truth is I just do not know.

And they struck again

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

The terrorists struck again and this time in Delhi at the time and place of their choosing on 13th September in the evening when maximum number of people go out shopping. As usual before the investigations began police officer concluded it is SIMI pattern and hence SIMI is involved. And not only that they also knew the Mumbai based Tauqir the tech-savy bomber who is the mastermind and is at large is behind it.

The heated debate on climate change

By Dmitry Zamolodchikov, IANS

Hurricanes in Russia, scorching heat waves in the US and snow in Argentina... The Earth is being assailed by all kinds of climatic anomalies - indisputable signs of global warming. Nobody knows for sure what is happening with the climate. Scientists continue to discuss the problem and are coming up with new explanations.

Here's the conventional view.

Somalia: Time to pay attention

By Frankie Martin, CGNews, While the world looks elsewhere, Somalia is in flames. The nation just topped a list of the world's most unstable countries by Foreign Policy magazine, and the United Nations has declared the humanitarian situation there "worse than Darfur."

Purifying Your Wealth and Targeting Poverty and Inequality

By Althaf Shajahan, Running regressions and making sense of data is my job. We were working on a sort of data analysis where we had to consider different socio-economic groups and using data on three variables, viz. household income, consumption and assets which would together measure something we may term us material well-being and compute an inequality adjusted index value for each group. As expected, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims fared the worst. Yeah! What’s new in this? Sachar report and every possible report speak about this. Well here, the index needs to be explained. Our index measures household indicators of well. While it aggregates across all the members of the groups, it discounts for the inequality among the members. (Refer the original computations in the figure below ). While searching the data for Muslim cases, I did see observations on Muslim community members who belong to the top percentiles and quintiles of either income or wealth. It is this inequality that makes me mull over. Intra-community inequality is not the concern of the state. While it is possible for Muslims as citizens of this nation to ask for state support and schemes citing their vulnerability as much as Dalits or Adivasis are, public policy may or may not consider it. But the inbuilt poverty and inequality targeting systems needs to be looked at.

Effective utilization of Zakat can transform the “Zakat-takers” into “Zakat-givers”

By Faisal Thakur, How many times do you come across a group of young, dynamic individuals driven by a dream, noble but yet so radical that you wonder with awe at the sheer effort that may be required to achieve it? Seldom.. But that’s precisely what we came across in a small room in Khar (Mumbai) where we met Mr. Javed Syed, who many know as an entrepreneur running a Graphics and Printing Business in Khar. However very few people know that he is also the Finance Secretary of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) - an organization of socially and intellectually progressive Muslims. Mr Syed said “This room, right here has been the hub of all our administrative and promotional activities since the past 7 years. This is where most of the brainstorming happens whether it is for starting a new project or upgrading the existing ones. It all happens right here….”. Many will be deceived by this humble place in the midst of a busy suburb, however when you are introduced to AMP’s body of work that’s when you are truly surprised and intimidated.

लॉकडाउन में गुरूग्राम की अमेरिकी कंपनी ने निकाले 800 कर्मचारी, क्यों चुप हैं खट्टर-मोदी

यूसुफ़ किरमानी लॉकडाउन में जब आप घरों में क़ैद हैं। ऐसे में गुड़गांव में अमेरिकन कंपनी फेयर पोर्टल (Fareportal) ने अपने 800 कर्मचारियों को कंपनी...

Bengal’s misfortune: follies of Mamata and Marxists

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS, It is West Bengal's misfortune that its political fate is in the hands of some of the most short-sighted and petty-minded politicians in recent memory. Nothing brings out this fact more than the fiasco over the Nano plant of the Tatas in Singur. In the normal course of things, all sensible politicians would have welcomed the project, which has attracted worldwide attention because of the technological marvel of so cheap a car.

Terror wears uniform in Hyderabad

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net 26 Muslim youth have been arrested in the aftermath of Hyderabad bomb blasts but none of them have been charged for bomb blast case. If Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee of India (CLMCI), a human rights organization based in Hyderabad is to be believed many more can be arrested. Muslims of Hyderabad are living under a terror where perpetrators are uniformed and all state machinery seems to be against its citizen.

Case for interest-free banking and finance

As many as 75 countries across the world have adopted the system. The operational term in many cases is not ‘Shariah’ but “interest-free” banking. By...

Kashmir’s rock band ‘stormed’

The all-women character of Pragaash is said to have attracted the ire of fundamentalists. But music and dances of local women artistes have been...

I am not a boot-licker: Dr. Ejaz Ali

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Dr Ejaz Ali who was elected to Rajay Sabha in March 2008 by Janata Dal (United) from Bihar has been dismissed from the party. Dr. Ejaz Ali who is also the president of All India United Muslim Morcha is going to hold a program on 1st November in Patna where expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is invited. In an interview with Manzar Bilal of TwoCircles.net, he talked on the reasons of differences with the party and purpose behind holding the program.

Power of one million elected women influencing communities: Maneka

By Arul Lewis United Nations: As India challenges centuries-old biases, the power of one million elected women is influencing communities across India through the local...

These women mountain bikers are on a roll

By Vishal Gulati Shimla : These women bikers are literally on a role as they prepare for the world's toughest off-road cycling event...

Do not shift the goal-post please!

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. – Tacitus By Soroor Ahmed, TwoCircles.net,

Sufi Conference & the Hijacking of Islam -By the West and now by India

Compiled by Dr.Ajmal About the Conference A four-day international “Sufi” conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 17 March....

‘Education is the key to community emancipation’

A Year-long Series on Education, Sponsored by The Aligarh Forum : - A Mirror on our Efforts, our Successes & our Shortcomings ; Stories...

Unless India delivers, world won’t be leprosy free

By Charu Bahri For three years, Uttar Pradesh farmhand Pradeep Kumar, 24, has been treated for a disease that India largely eliminated 11 years ago:...

Being a Muslim in Mumbai

By Daipayan Halder

Election season: The importance of being earnest small parties in Kerala

By Sanu George Thiruvananthapuram: With assembly elections round the corner, small political parties in Kerala have begun scrambling for their place in the sun. During...

Next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be a much improved one

By Kul Bhushan, IANS Most NRIs attending the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conference in New Delhi have some grouse or the other. In the next event from Jan 7-9, 2008, some major changes should be visible.

A tale of two colonies

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN series on Gujarat: Part 6

160 villages electrified last week: Government

New Delhi : The union power ministry electrified 160 villages in the country last week, the ministry said on Monday. "Of the electrified villages, 57...

‘फाशिस्टों के पास जनसंघर्षों में भागीदारी की कोई विरासत नहीं’

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter नई दिल्ली: काकोरी कांड के शहीदों के 88वें शहादत दिवस पर ‘इंकलाबी जन एकजुटता’ अभियान के तहत जामिया नगर के बटला...

Clash of civilisations or calculation of interests: an interview with Anis Baswedan

By Wahyuana, CGNews, Only 39 years old, Anies Baswedan's thoughts have been considered so influential that Foreign Policy magazine has rated this Rector of Paramadina University 60th on a list of the world's top 100 intellectuals. Critical of the dominance of a cultural approach to Muslim-Western conflicts, he believes conflict is not triggered by cultural, religious, or civilisational identity, but by a calculation of interests. He expands on this concept in an interview with Jakarta-based journalist, Wahyuana.

Two Deoband alumni, first time in the elected house of India

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi, After Maulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharwi and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad both India’s stalwart freedom fighters who represented Muslims in the legislature as members of parliament, mainstream ulama were completely out of the elected house in India for the last 60 years. This time around a fresh but solid beginning is made by two Deoband alumni.

अस्पताल की लापरवाही से यासीन की मौत, संगठनों ने लगाया सपा सरकार पर आरोप

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter लखनऊ: जमीनी विवाद में जिंदा जला दिए गए बाराबंकी स्थित हैदरगढ़ के मोहम्मद यासीन की लखनऊ के सिविल अस्पताल में इलाज के...

Safe, Habitable or Smart? India’s 100 Smart Cities must be all three

By Sanjiv Kataria, Each time there is a mention of Smart Cities in India, I get concerned about the safety of women because there is a surfeit of news stemming from the vulnerability of women in our cities. A few incidents that shook India recently, include:

An apology

By Uri Avnery, CGNews, This week, the Prime Minister of Canada made a dramatic statement in Parliament: he apologised to the indigenous peoples of his country for the injustices done to them for generations by successive Canadian governments. This way, White Canada tries to make peace with the native nations, whose country their forefathers conquered and whose culture their rulers have tried to wipe out.

Association of Muslim Professionals visits drought-affected areas, provides financial assistance

By TCN News, Osmanabad: Moved by the plight of families in the drought-affected regions of Maharasthra, the Association of Muslim Professionals, a pan-India social welfare...

From where have all the ‘Bangaldeshis’ come? A brief history of Muslims in Assam

Over four months have passed since violence broke out in the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) in July 2012. In this special series on...

Bihar poll diary: Campaigning in the time of call drops

By Brajendra Nath Singh At least one thing is sure. Call drops don't just affect the common man. Even ministers are victims of the sudden...

Can Modi strike a bargain of decency on Varanasi?

By Saeed Naqvi Ofcourse there will be some sophistry by which the current scramble for Varanasi will be justified, but there are finer reasons...

Pope Francis’ efforts to promote inter-religious unity: A lesson for current day India

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood In mid July 2017, the Interfaith Coalition for Peace organized a talk at India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), New Delhi by...

670 million in rural areas live on Rs.33 per day

By Saumya Tewari New Delhi: Seventy-five percent of rural households in India have a monthly income of less than Rs.5,000 ($79), 51 percent of households...

Islamic declaration on climate change on August 18

Islamic declaration calling Muslims to fulfill religious duty and taking action on climate change to be launched on August 18. "Islamic faith community represents...

Muslim reservation: A dream that never saw the day

By Abu Asim It may not be wrong to say that many of us are victims of promises made by politicians. They pull wool over...

Once shy, Nitish takes to social media with zeal

By Prashant Kumar, New Delhi: For too long, he was shy, unlike most other politicians. But ever since the battle for Bihar began, Chief Minister...

Pakistan’s army: living in a state of strategic denial

By C. Uday Bhaskar, IANS, A two-day international conference on genocide that concluded in Dhaka July 31 exhorted the UN to recognise the mass killings and rape that the Pakistan Army had unleashed in the torturous and tumultuous events that preceded the birth of Bangladesh in December 1971.

Is the recession over for the Indian economy?

By Sushma Ramachandran, IANS, Are the clouds of recession lifting over the Indian economy as they seem to be over the rest of the world? That is the big question everyone is asking today, whether they be economic analysts or policymakers in the central government and the financial institutions.

A Portrait of the Indian as a Young Dalit Girl: Part 7 – Being...

(Editor’s note: This was first published on Yahoo.com as a single piece. We are reproducing the long form report in parts for TwoCircles.net readers.) You...

Remembering Saiyid Hamid

By Naved Masood, The news of the passing away of Sayid Hamid has generated many messages rightly recalling his many contributions for the betterment of the community and his many qualities of head and heart. I notice, however, that so far there are no comments on his personality beyond the stray observations about his suaveness and being a highly cultured individual. I am sure there will be many such reminiscences of a personal nature in the fullness of time - let me set the ball rolling with this tribute which is in the nature of personal recollection of someone who had the privilege of enjoying his affection and confidence for well over three decades without being in his close circle of admirers and followers.

Western media wrong on spate of issues: Time for Indian media?

By Saeed Naqvi Since I had been to the region some time ago, a school invited me for a talk on Syria, particularly Aleppo,...

An emerging generation of socially-engaged Ulema

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net,

Reforms in India’s madrasas are a much talked-about subject today. In discussing the issue, the media tends to give inordinate attention to the views of the older generation of ulema, particularly those who are associated with certain large madrasas or Jamias, especially those that are known to be particularly conservative. Consequently, the voices of younger-generation ulema, particularly those who have also had a university education, tend to be completely silenced.

Iran for developing strategic partnership with India

By Sheikh Manzoor New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) Iran hopes Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his visit to Tehran very soon as this would...

Kabir: An icon of a socio-cultural revolution

By Balraj Puri Kabir’s 612th Prakash utsava was celebrated throughout north India on June 26. He belonged to a galaxy of saints who led a socio-cultural revolution in 16th century which laid the foundation of a unique composite culture of India. It included Bhakti movement of Hindu saints and Muslim saints who influenced one another.

Who is responsible for Nellie massacre?

By Anjuman Ara Begum and Diganta Sharma for TwoCircles.net Part IV: Nellie 1983

Yoga Day: Muslims join in, say they feel rejuvenated

Rahul Vaishnav New Delhi: Like any devout Muslim during the holy month of Ramzan, Irfan Salmani Dehalvi, 42, woke up shortly before dawn, had 'sehari',...

Three vital steps to a more secure India

By Admiral (retd.)Arun Prakash, IANS,

Modi’s 100 days: Has the ‘acche din’ hype boomeranged?

(100 days of Modi government) By Amulya Ganguli, A month after assuming office, Narendra Modi had rued the absence in his case of the customary honeymoon period for a new prime minister. Now, the by-election setbacks and signs of dissonance at the top have cast a further shadow on his first 100 days as prime minister.

Knighthood for Salman Rushdie and Muslims

By Asghar Ali Engineer Knighthood conferred on Salman Rushdie by queen of England a few weeks ago has raised a great controversy throughout Islamic world. Some have conferred, in reaction to this title of Saif Allah (Allah’s Sword) by a group of extremist ‘Ulama in Pakistan. The conferment of knighthood on Salman Rushdie has revived the controversy which raged in nineties on his novel the Satanic Verses.

एक और बंटवारे की राह पर खड़ा है भारत

जावेद अनीस, सआदत हसन मंटो ने अपनी मशहूर रचना ‘टोबा टेक सिंह’ में एक दिमागी अस्पताल का ज़िक्र करते हुए बताया था कि सन् 47...

Finding India in a Sufi Dargah

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Shamans, Communists and Crimes: The Dr Siri series

By Vikas Datta, Devices for travelling instantly to any corner of the world and any time period already exist - they are called books. Though Western Europe and North America may form the most frequent settings for English fiction, there is at least one writer who will use unconventional locales - Africa's arid wastes or trackless bush, Central America's steamy forests, South Pacific's laid-back but isolated islands or elsewhere - and any time of recorded history. Like this author who brings into focus a landlocked Southeast Asian country amid the throes of revolutionary change in a series of mysteries, which incorporate both the unseen world of spirits and an absurd Communist bureaucracy.

Aherkheri residents prefer slums over newly-built flats

By Vanya Mehta, TwoCircles.net Rows of newly-constructed four-story buildings stand in stark contrast to the slums around it in Aherkheri area of Indore. One would think that slums are there to serve the people who live in these buildings, but these structures were built for the slum-dwellers themselves. An initiative of Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) these buildings were constructed in late 2012 in one of several slum relocation projects throughout the city.

Obituary: Qazi Abdullah Maulvi: A traditional Islamic scholar, astronomer, mathematician

By Zubair Hudawi for TwoCircles.net Muslims in North Kerala and South Karnataka accorded a tearful farewell to their great leader and brilliant scholar Qazi C. M. Abdullah Musliyar Chembarikka1, who died on February 14. Commonly known as Qazi, he was an influential social and spiritual leader who was approached by various people to seek blessings, get religious knowledge and solve personal, familial or social problems.

Love Thy Neighbor: Nawaz Sharif’s Visit to India

By Ram Puniyani, India Pakistan relations have always been mired with in various controversies, which have been preventing the friendly relations with our neighbor, who in ‘popular perception’ is seen as an enemy. It is due to this that while all the members of SAARC countries have been invited, the one to draw maximum popular attention has been the coming of Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In a deft move India’s the then Prime Minister designate sent an invite to all the heads of SAARC countries for his swearing in ceremony, (16 May 2014)which was held with great pomp and show.

Why Muslim-dominated seats are reserved for SCs?

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

Retired IPS officer files petition against appointment of cop accused in Ishrat Jahan Fake...

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Gujarat: Julio Ribeiro, former Mumbai Police Commissioner has filed a petition in Gujarat High Court against IPS officer, PP Pandey’s...

मोदी ने किया दशहरे का राजनीतिकरण, ‘जय श्रीराम’ के नारे के साथ दिया भाषण

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net लखनऊ/ वाराणसी : आज पूरे देश में दशहरा मनाया जा रहा है. इसे आम बोलचाल की भाषा में 'बुराई पर अच्छाई की...

Will the n-deal finally go ahead?

By K. Subrahmanyam, IANS The Indian government has completed the negotiation of the India-specific Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and it is now ready to be submitted to the Board of Governors for approval. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is to meet the Left parties Monday to apprise them about the draft safeguards pact.

The common bases for Hindu-Muslim dialogue

By Maulana Waris Mazhari (Translated from Urdu by Yoginder Sikand) The first step in the quest for inter-community dialogue is the search for common ground. Religious and cultural differences divide Hindus and Muslims from each other. This diversity need not necessarily be seen as intimidating, however. In fact, the Quran explains that diversity is natural. The Quran instructs us thus: ‘If God so willed, He could make you all one people’ (16:93).

The world must stop misinterpreting terrorists as Messiahs of Islam

By Aziz A. Mubaraki, If by any means spilling Muslim blood is the deciding factor for Muslims to decide who the community should take vengeance against, then these dissemblers i.e., ISIS, Al Qaeda or geographically more closer, the Talibans, should immediately go into hiding as these organizations have been butchering Muslims for years now.

In memory of Professor Ataullah Siddiqui, a leading figure in multi-faith dialogue and religious...

By Rafat Ali Professor Ataullah Siddiqui passed away on the night of 8 November 2020 aged 66, after battling cancer courageously for six months, at...

Inspired by TV show, Bengal man eats snails, insects

Kolkata: Inspired by 'Man vs. Wild', a survival television series hosted by British adventurer Bear Grylls, a man in West Bengal has changed his...

Saffron brigade dividing Hindus, Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS, The Amarnath land transfer row has come as a godsend to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was looking for an emotive issue after the Ayodhya temple movement fizzled out. The party now hopes to recapture the mood of the "awakening" of Hindus, which was associated with Ayodhya, to consolidate its position in the run-up to the next round of assembly elections.

A history of violence

By Zohra Javed for TwoCircles.net, Something happened a couple of days ago, and the developments since have taken me on a whirlwind tour of not just the past, but the present and a peep into the future too. Let me talk from the past first. Sample this: Children in the primary section of a prestigious school fight over something that is of course as trivial as a mosquito leg on the vast horizon. But for the "warring" camps it is a matter of "honour", so the fight continues and ends with one boy hitting the other. The fight ends in tears.

Malegaon arrests: Elephant in the drawing room?

By C. Uday Bhaskar, IANS, Malegaon has entered the tangled lexicon of the Indian narrative on terrorism but with some distinctive and disturbing features about it. This is the first time that a serving officer of the Indian Army has been arrested along with eight others alleged to have links with Hindu militant groups. This has caused predictable anxiety across the country and the spotlight has been turned on the secular credentials of the army. However, the matter is still under investigation and shrill emotive certitude must be kept on hold.

I have a dream for India …

Martin Luther King Jr. famous "I have a Dream" speech reimagined in Indian context" By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Woes of Indian Muslims: vast resources but to no avail

By M Ghazali Khan In spite of owning 600,000 acres of properties and thus being the most resourceful community, Indian Muslims are one of the poorest sections of the country, a gathering of Muslims, mainly of Indian origin, has been told at the House of Lords.

Political parties wooing Muslims in Uttar Pradesh elections

By AnIndianMuslim.com, Most of the political parties are wooing Muslims, who constitute 20% of the electorate in the state. It is not that other caste groups are not being wooed.

Science And The Islamic World

By Mohammad Tariq Saeed In response to the article published in Outlook magazine by Parvez Hoodbhoy This is a very good article and the author deserves our commendation for its being published in a major national magazine. Serves to clear up quite a few misconceptions, especially prevalent in the sub-continent. Also presents a wealth of contemporary statistics, showing very plainly and truly the intellectual poverty of the Muslim world. However there are a few points which need further discussion:

Do not punish us for choosing a career in academics

By Abu Saleh for Twocircles.net Ever since the Narendra Modi government has taken charge, the students of this country have been in great trouble. It’s...

आरक्षण और जातिवाद पर कंगना को पत्रकार मीना का करारा जवाब

डियर कंगना रनौत, आशा करती हूं कि आप एकदम अच्छी होंगी. कल मेरे सामने आपका एक ट्वीट आया जिसे पढ़कर बहुत दुख हुआ. शुरूआत में...

Some notes on MIM Assembly success in Maharashtra with tales of monkey and rabbit

By Pramod Mandade, One week after the Maharashtra assembly election results I went to my village in Latur district (Marathwada). AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) won two seats one in Aurangabad and another in Mumbai plus they took considerable votes in many other places.

The CIA-ISI axis: India should have no illusions of US support

By C. Uday Bhaskar, IANS, India is maintaining politico-diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to comply with its international obligations apropos the Mumbai terror attack of Nov 26. Home Minister P. Chidambaram would visit the US in the course of this week with a detailed dossier that would include “irrefutable evidence” about the involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Mumbai attacks.

Why fundamental scientific research has not caught on in India

By Narayanan Suresh, IANS, This can happen only in India! Even as the nation continues to celebrate the success of Chandrayaan, the country's first space mission to moon, this is not something one of the seniormost scientists in India, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, is particularly thrilled about.

To be or not to be: The annual session of the Indian History Congress

By Afshan Khan for TwoCircles.net The Indian History Congress (IHC) seems to be landing into a big crisis, arguably on trivial reasons which threaten its...

News channels in India are in adolescent phase: Arfa Khanum

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Television journalism is one of the most glamorous jobs of new India. Arfa Khanum Sherwani as principal correspondent and news anchor for NDTV India holds one of those glamorous jobs. Her home in New Delhi is an example of simplicity. She used to be in front of her camera, but this time she was the subject of the interview. I asked her about television journalism in India which is barely a decade old.

Conflict between conditions and authority

By Jaspal Singh, Demonstrations have been continuing in Ferguson, Missouri against the shooting of a young black man several weeks ago. In the meanwhile another...

Indian women not dictated over dressing: Smriti Irani

New Delhi : Women in India are not told what to wear and how to wear what, union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani...

AMU minority character is a ‘National issue’: Ram Jethmalani

By TCN News, New Delhi: Expressing strong support to defend Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in regaining its minority status, noted jurist and former Union minister...

Activists oppose reintroduction of land acquisition and resettlement bills

By Bobby Ramakant, CNS, The proposed introduction of the Land Acquisition (Amendment) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bills by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on the last day of the Budget Session despite of the objections by struggling peoples movements and one of the UPA key allies Trinamool Congress smacks of a conspiracy and only reflects the government succumbing to the demand of the industries, builders and corporations, said the activists of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM).

Preventing nuclear terrorism worldwide

MOSCOW. (Yury Zaitsev for RIA Novosti) - Starting in 2008, the U.S. defense budget will feature allocations for protection against nuclear terrorism. This will ensure the safe storage of radioactive substances in the United States and abroad, and will facilitate operations against terrorist groups attempting to lay their hands on nuclear weapons.

Rohith Vemula protests: Candle light vigil stopped, people detained at India Gate

By TCN News, The candle light protests for Rohith Vemula, a follow up of yesterday's protests, were thwarted after a majority of protesters were taken...

Communal Polarisation in South India and the Hyderabad Bomb Blasts

By Irfan Engineer Yet another bomb blast in Hyderabad in Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat on 25th August 2007, has left us all shattered. The sooner the culprits are caught and punished, the better for the society. At least the suspense would end as to who is involved and why?

Mob lynching: let us act now

By Irfan Engineer Mob lynching has drastically increased in recent years, particularly since the election of the BJP government. There has been fourfold increase in cow...

Is Coimbatore again on Hindutva’s radar?

By Riaz Ahamed for TwoCircles.net Violence is not new to the Hindutuva gang. The brutal and unholy attempts that have paid rich dividends in the...

बदहाली के कारण दिल्ली में रुकते साइकिल रिक्शे के पहिए

By फ़हमिना हुसैन, TwoCircles.net दिल्ली: कभी रिक़्शे के तीन पहियों के सहारे 45 वर्षीय रहमत अली के परिवार की क़िस्मत घूमती आ रही थी, लेकिन...

A new deal for Gujarat

By Manish Tewari, BJP and Congress are preparing for the big fight in December. Here, Manish Tewari, AICC secretary looking after Gujarat, argues that Modi’s ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ is a myth that will not hold

पत्रकारों की हत्या में मक़सूर होता लोकतंत्र

मोहम्मद आसिफ़ इकबाल सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने उत्तर प्रदेश के पत्रकार जोगेन्द्र सिंह को जिंदा जलाकर मार डालने के मामले में केंद्र सरकार और राज्य सरकार...

Faiz remembered at AMU on his death anniversary

By TCN News Aligarh: The University Debating and Literary Club, in association with University Drama Club, University Fusion Music Club, University Western Music Club and...

Indian economy: Modi government’s claims and the real picture

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Thanks to India’s strong democratic tradition, even Narendra Modi came to power after a regular vote. This tradition requires that new legislators and governments are allowed a fairly long grace period before their performance is evaluated. This is why no legislator is interrupted in his or her maiden speech in assembly or the Parliament.

Iqrar and Habeeb: two different paths to jail

Unheard & Unspoken: Terror stories from Madhya Pradesh: Part 5 By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net

Philanthropy is not charity but a strategic investment in the future: Frank Islam

Foundation stone of Frank & Debbie Islam Management Complex was laid at AMU in February 2016 By TwoCircles.net news Boston: Entrepreneur Frank Islam was honored with...

Another dream of Charlesworth is shattered

By K. Datta, IANS, To many students of Indian hockey Ric Charlesworth's resignation may not have come as a surprise. A long-time coach of the Australian women's hockey team, he was sent out by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to help put Indian hockey on the road to recovery after India's poor showing in the last world cup in Germany, but, it is no secret, that his appointment was greeted with little warmth not only by the K.P.S. Gill-headed Indian Hockey Federation but also by coaches and others outside it.

Why Indian Muslim Community’s English Newspapers fail ?

By Kaleem Kawaja, I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India's Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so. From Radiance, Nation & the World and Milli Gazette of New Delhi to Islamic Voice of Bangalore, to Eastern Crescent of Mumbai it is a long story.

Owaisi advocates for transformation in parliamentary procedures

By A Mirsab, TwoCircles.net, New Delhi: Stressing upon the need of proper utilization of parliament to resolve problems of people, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)...

मोदी के तीन साल: युवा विद्रोह या राजनीतिक जीत?

साक़िब सलीम व शरजील ईमाम प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के तीन साल पूरे होने के साथ ही सब ने उनके अब तक के कार्यकाल का आंकलन...

Rights of Minorities under the Constitution of India

By Irfan Engineer The recent Judgment given by Justice S. N. Srivastava of Allahabad High Court to the effect that, Muslims in UP are not a minority within the state, came as a surprise to many. The media – both electronic and print media gave prominent coverage to the judgment. The Judgment has now been stayed by the Division Bench of the same Court. The legal and Constitutional merits and demerits of the proposition will be gone into by the Appeal Courts upholding or overruling the judgment of the single judge of the Allahabad High Court in the coming days.

Doing business in India very difficult: Kejriwal

Kolkata : Observing that doing business in the country was very difficult, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday called upon industrialists to invest...

TCN special: Misra Commission report excerpts- Part 19

By TwoCircles.net news desk Misra Commission report excerpts- home page CHAPTER 10 RECOMMENDATIONS AND MODALITIES FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION Terms of Reference No. 1 Criteria for Identifying Socially and Economically Backward Classes among the Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

Afghanistan: Democracy with the flavor of narcotics

By Dr Mohammad Nazrul Bari and Milad Alimoradian, Afghanistan has been the core of exhaustive research and analysis. This great landlocked country with an excellent ancient history has seen lots of difficult and different situations, especially in the last century; it suffered massively from several external and internal issues such as political, sociological, religious, etc. However, by looking at the internal issues we see that it’s linked to external interventions, which are not proliferating and productive for the country. This simply means that the external elements created the major devastating issues in the country: exploitation in all various forms can be seen as one of the main issues.

Muslim party: should or should not be

By Asghar Ali Engineer, These days some Muslim leaders are throwing up the idea of forming a separate Muslim party. Recently some leaders from Maharashtra got together and said Muslims should not vote for Congress-NCP Alliance nor for Shiv Sena-BJP and since there is no third alternative hence a hurried conclusion was drawn to set up a separate Muslim party. Will it be a wise move to form a separate party? It has given rise to this debate.

WhatsApp Muslims: Is this your identity?

Social networking applications (apps) like WhatsApp may be creating more anxiety, confusion and divisions, rather than love, brotherhood, and peace within the Muslim community. ...

’14 patients didn’t die in hospital due to power cut’

Chennai : The Tamil Nadu government on Friday categorically denied that 14 patients died at MIOT Hospital located near here due to lack of...

India’s demonetisation scheme has given rise to frustration and anger

By Amjad suri for TwoCircles.net Indian prime minister has a penchant for playing political master-stroke. His sudden impromptu decision on demonetizing old currency...

On sighting the Eid moon

By Rakhshanda Jalil

For upcoming Goa elections, Congress may consider nominating four Muslim candidates

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net Panjim, Goa: As Goa goes to polls in the beginning of next year, the Congress party has said that they would...
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