Bilal Ahmad – The Unheard Voice Of Indian Muslims

As I was discussing with a Hindu friend the state of affairs in India today she suggested that I should convey to the Muslim community that terrorism would soon be an organised crime, and also sent me a link to an interesting cover story in Mumbai Mirror. She was right in a sense – it has already become one! Continue reading Bilal Ahmad – The Unheard Voice Of Indian Muslims

Rays Of Hope In Ways Of Humanity

FlowerI was one of the founder trustees, the framer of Constitution and Chairman of the first Board of the local NGO – “The Guardian Trust, Kanodar”. I worked for first seven years in team spirit with my fellow trustees to achieve the goals of the Trust and now I am retired. Here, I am pleased to disclose one of the objects of the Trust which will be self explanatory to my Readers and particularly those NRIs and PRs of Kanodar residing elsewhere representing young generation to know about this village, its community, its culture and many other aspects of its heritage descending from the ancestors for the last half millennium since the foundation of this village by Kaano (Kanji) Patel whose name reflects in the word ‘KANODAR’. Continue reading Rays Of Hope In Ways Of Humanity

Jammu and Kashmir: At Crossroads!

In the aftermath of the Amarnath shrine board land transfer and then reversal of the same, the matters in the state are going from bad to worse. One was witnessing a gradual decline in acts of terror and increase in the democratic space, democratic patterns, despite the heavy presence of the army in the state. With the Shrine board issue being used by the separatist elements and communal elements, the things seem to be heading in the direction which will have far reaching adverse impact on the politics of the region. Continue reading Jammu and Kashmir: At Crossroads!

US State Department Confirms Modi Will Not Be Given Visa

Narendra ModiFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2008

Washington D.C.: The US State Department has confirmed in a letter to Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) that Modi will not be granted a US visa for the upcoming World Gujarati Conference in New Jersey being held on the weekend of August 29-31, 2008. Amidst lobbying efforts by his supporters to get his US visa reinstated, Modi was invited to attend the World Gujarati Conference by its organizers. Continue reading US State Department Confirms Modi Will Not Be Given Visa

A Real Encounter

Jammu Kidnap EncounterWe have read a number of stories of fake encounters and though less prevalent now, but it is a powerful extra judicial tool for police officers and therefore it will continue to be used. We as common citizen should be watchful of these excesses and develop awareness to distinguish between the fake encounters and the real one. Continue reading A Real Encounter

Muslims In Europe: Perceptions Of Discrimination And Islamophobia – II

Syed Arif Ahmad

Understanding of Islam

Most of the respondents in the survey suggested that there is limited recognition of the contribution that Islamic civilization has made to the world civilization and to Europe. Furthermore, they also feel that there is no recognition of the contribution Muslims have made to the communities in which they live. Continue reading Muslims In Europe: Perceptions Of Discrimination And Islamophobia – II

Need For Equitable Representation Of Minorities In The Administration Of Indian Government

The essential requirement of good governance in a country is the welfare of all its citizens. This is the paramount ideal of constitutional democracies. India is a constitutional republic based on a very good and robust constitution. Continue reading Need For Equitable Representation Of Minorities In The Administration Of Indian Government

Indian Olympic Performance

Vijender KumarVijender Kumar lost in the semi-final of 75 kg middle-weight boxing at Beijing 2008 but still secured a bronze medal. That was the third medal for India at Beijing after Abhinav Bindra won a gold in 10m rifle and Sushil Kumar won a bronze in freestyle 66 kg wrestling. Continue reading Indian Olympic Performance

Muslims In Europe: Perceptions Of Discrimination And Islamophobia – I

Grand Mosque, Paris

Syed Arif Ahmad

In the late 1950s and 60s labour migration led to the establishment and growth of new Muslim communities in several EU Member States. Initially these immigrant communities were composed mainly of working age males and were defined primarily in terms of their economic function (as ‘guest workers’), their colour or nationality. With the restriction of primary economic migration in the 1970s a process of settlement and of family reunification began. Continue reading Muslims In Europe: Perceptions Of Discrimination And Islamophobia – I

Rethinking Kashmir Politics

Dal Lake, Kashmir

Many Kashmiri Muslims vociferously insist that the demand for independence of Kashmir has nothing to do with religion. Instead, they argue, that the conflict in and over Kashmir is essentially ‘political’. What is conveniently ignored by those who make this claim is that religion and politics, particularly in the case of the Kashmir dispute, involving as it does the rival claims of Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-dominated India, can hardly be separated. Continue reading Rethinking Kashmir Politics