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  • Truth about tolerance~I

    Truth about tolerance~I

    Despite the many superficial differences, all our deeper and more permanent values are similar. The respect for knowledge, justice, compassion towards the less privileged, healthy family life, and the need to improve the here and now are commonalities that can be explored

    March 21, 2022
  • Veil as a symbol

    Veil as a symbol

    While our jurists deliberate on the essential religious practices doctrine, perhaps a case may be made to buttress the need to recognize the interdependence of religion and secularism in our democracy too. If it is legit for some girls in Udupi college to insist on putting on a hijab, Aroosa Parvaiz who topped this year's 10+2 board exams from J&K choosing not to wear one is legit too. Hijab is a dress in which national and liberal identities overlap, exposing the paradox that while it may be an affront to liberal values, its suppression is equally illiberal. The shallowness of the debate risks running into a rather illiberal liberalism

    February 23, 2022
  • Women in Islam

    Women in Islam

    It is true that in societies trapped in poverty, illiteracy and ignorance, women continue to receive abominable and oppressive treatment. But then, this is true of all societies. Muslims cannot be singled out for such a flawed social order. This distortion, however, should not deflect our focus from some path-breaking and stellar contributions of Muslim women not just to Islamic civilization but the secular society as well

    November 25, 2021
  • Illegal religious conversion racket operating in several states

    Illegal religious conversion racket operating in several states

    The investigators are reaching out to the families who were lured into converting to Islam, Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Law and Order, Prashant Kumar, said.

    June 25, 2021
  • Love and jihad

    Love and jihad

    Before 1955 when the Hindu Code Bill came into being, Hindu men could marry as many women as they liked, and some rich ones went on until they had even 13 or 14 wives all in the same house

    December 20, 2020
  • Combating extremism

    Combating extremism

    Blaming the rise of extremism on the continent on the failure of migrants to integrate, the statement issued at the weekend highlights the need for greater social cohesion. It notes: “Integration is a two-way street. This means that migrants are expected to make an active effort to become integrated, while help in this regard is important.”

    November 16, 2020
  • Liberty and blasphemy

    Liberty and blasphemy

    But by declaring war on Islamic separatism, and choosing a conservative to lead his campaign, President Emmanuel Macron might have bitten off more than France might enjoy chewing in terms of responses from the Muslim world.

    October 30, 2020
  • Identity & Nationalism

    Identity & Nationalism

    Of the other two supranational forces, Judaism has lasted long, although at a shrinking pace. Islam, on the other hand, has shown all signs of vigour, although along the way, it has aroused a great deal of resentment. By now, it has clashed with non-Muslims on all the continents of the globe except South America. Muslims have made Europe almost an embattled continent.

    March 7, 2020
  • Bihar mosque opened for non-Muslims amid growing anti-CAA protests

    Bihar mosque opened for non-Muslims amid growing anti-CAA protests

    The main objective of the initiative is to bridge the gap between the rival communities and promote communal harmony.

    February 2, 2020
  • Democracy & Intolerance

    Democracy & Intolerance

    It does not help matters that the ruling dispensation has a very thin skin. Anyone not supporting the Government is seen as an enemy. The Government cannot countenance anyone holding a view different from their own, a dangerous trend because economists and civil servants are appointed to give unalloyed advice. Of course, the Government is free to reject any advice tendered to it but shooting the messenger delivering unpleasant tidings is not expected of a mature government.

    January 19, 2020
  • Philosophy of Religion

    Philosophy of Religion

    The Abrahamic religions, we have seen, are deductive in their logic. They begin with a premise and work downwards. On the other hand, the Hindu view is inductive in its logic, which moves from facts on the ground upwards till it reaches a conclusion. Hinduism does not have a book as its fountain of belief, there is no premise and therefore no corollaries which a follower can refer to, or a commandment or guidance.

    January 1, 2020
  • A Visit to Kashmir~II

    A Visit to Kashmir~II

    In the highly nuanced political discourse in the Kashmir Valley, one factor that is often overlooked is the rapid indoctrination, radicalisation, Arabisation and Islamisation of a liberal Kashmiri society which had carefully nurtured a syncretic Sufi tradition throughout history and achieved a rare assimilation between Shaivism and Islam, making the society a truly liberal, secular and progressive one.

    October 26, 2019
  • Punjab CM offers to help Sikh girl forcibly converted to Islam in Pak

    Punjab CM offers to help Sikh girl forcibly converted to Islam in Pak

    There were reports that the girl had been sent back to her parents and Pakistan's Punjab province Nankana Sahib police had arrested eight persons in connection with the case.

    September 3, 2019
  • Reports of Pak Sikh girl returning to parents wrong, no arrests made, claims family

    Reports of Pak Sikh girl returning to parents wrong, no arrests made, claims family

    The family has once again appealed to Pakistan PM Imran Khan, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar to ensure justice.

    August 31, 2019
  • Sikh girl ‘abducted, forcibly converted to Islam in Pak’; family seeks Imran Khan’s help

    Sikh girl ‘abducted, forcibly converted to Islam in Pak’; family seeks Imran Khan’s help

    In a video shared by SAD MLA Manjinder S Sirsa, the family of the girl alleged that she was forcibly converted into Islam under the threat that her brothers and father would be shot otherwise.

    August 30, 2019
  • Vande Mataram against Islam, cannot follow it: Samajwadi Party MP in Lok Sabha

    Vande Mataram against Islam, cannot follow it: Samajwadi Party MP in Lok Sabha

    There was an immediate uproar in the Lok Sabha as some MPs raised “Vande Mataram” slogans.  

    June 18, 2019
  • Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted in blasphemy case, leaves Pakistan: Reports

    Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted in blasphemy case, leaves Pakistan: Reports

    Asia Bibi, a 47-year-old mother of five, was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam in a row with her neighbours.

    May 8, 2019