Nominations for The Brass Crescent Award

Our blog has clinched two nominations in the Brass Crescent Awards. It has been nominated under ‘Best South Asian Blog’ and in the ‘Best Post or Series’ categories.

Last year it won the ‘Best Group Blog’ award. In the ‘Best South Asian’ blog category the citation mentions it as

Readers found this blog “absolutely essential” for its coverage of Indian Muslims with a “neutral perspective” and “reasonable, balanced and humanistic views”.

A post written by Mirza Faisal, Who were the Indian Prophets, has been nominated under the ‘Best Port or Series’ category. The category is for “Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?”

The citation for the nomination mentions as below

‘Mirza’s controversial post on exploring Prophethood in pre-Islamic India is “thought provoking” and “well researched”.’

Please vote at Brass Crescent Award site.

Remembering The Mumbai Heroes

The city of Mumbai is slowly recovering from the terrible shock of the Wednesday gone by. Many of the dead have been buried. Families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai siege are slowly coming to terms with the reality. The firing is over but the lives of Mumbaikers transformed forever.

This is the time to pray for the deceased souls and a time to remember the brave people who saved many. Some of those brave men are lucky to be alive today, othere were not so lucky. Continue reading Remembering The Mumbai Heroes

Bombay: You Mourn, I Mourn With You!

Mumbai Terror Attacks Mourning

Dr. Abdul-Majeed Azad

Guns, grenades and shoulder-slung assault rifles AK-47
Afloat on the sea of blood, in search of a ride to Heaven
Few yet-blossoming young men, misguided and obscure
Troubled and angry, nevertheless slay two hundred for sure
Still innocent in the ways of the world, not yet out of age
Witnesses said ‘they’re smiling’, ‘fore going on rampage Continue reading Bombay: You Mourn, I Mourn With You!

Press-Release: Condemnation of Mumbai Terror Attack


November 28, 2008 

As a broad-based coalition committed to promoting justice, peace and human rights, we denounce in strongest possible terms the dastardly terror attacks in Mumbai and demand that the highest echelons of  political decision makers in India, be held accountable for what seems to be widespread and escalating trend of abject failures in protecting precious lives of ordinary citizens and preserving the pluralistic fabric of India.

We express our deepest gratitude to the thousands of security personnel for their courageous and selfless service in fighting these well-planned and coordinated attacks. We are deeply moved by still-emerging stories of the heroism and professionalism of the staffs at the affected hotels. Our hearts go out to the families of fallen heroes and the civilian victims.  We also note with a sense of great pride and satisfaction, that Indian citizens have by and large maintained harmony, understanding and resolve  in the face of successive acts of terrorism, thereby foiling the perpetrators’ principal objective.  We have no doubt that it is this unique strength of ordinary people which keeps India resilient, vibrant and united in the face of mounting internal and external challenges.  We call upon all political forces in India to build upon this unique character rather than foment divisive agenda for short term gains.

We are alarmed by the reports of foreign groups being involved in the attacks. We urge the government of India to identify these foreign groups and to reassure the nation that such threats are being dealt with in an effective manner.

Recent years have witnessed an alarming growth in the number of groups committing highly orchestrated acts of terrorism and violence against innocent civilians and public institutions.  As evident from this still unfolding tragedy,  a coordinated and open attack on this scale by a handful of people, completely paralyzing Mumbai – India’s largest city -  points to major and multiple break downs across the internal and external intelligence agencies, center-state coordination on law and order, as well as political-bureaucratic-civil society continuum.

 As non-resident Indians, we note how India has come to be recognized as a rising world class power as a result of successive recent governments assiduously pursuing and successfully accomplishing programs to advance the country’s profile on the international stage.  However, we also note with dismay and frustration that similar single minded focus and resolve seems to be lacking in successive governments, when it comes to ensuring the life, liberty and livelihood of ordinary citizens. We therefore call upon leaders across political spectrum towards a renewed sense of single minded focus on this very fundamental and basic purpose of government.

 While acknowledging the complexity of the situation and concerned about frequent terrorist attacks in recent months,  we feel nevertheless compelled to request Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh to make  much needed changes in the senior ranks of the government officials and the government security apparatus to ensure that the citizens and institutions of India are fully protected from acts of terrorism.

COALITION AGAINST GENOCIDE – A Coalition of Concerned Indian-Americans


Gautam Desai []
George Abraham []
Kaleem Kawaja []

Endorsing Organizations:

Aligarh Alumni Association, Washington, DC
American Muslim Physicians of Indian Origin (AMPI), Chicago. IL.
Association of Indian Muslims in America (AIM), Washington DC; (
Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH); (
Friends of South Asia (FOSA), San Jose, California; (
Gujarati Muslim Association of America (GMAA), Chicago, IL
India Foundation, Michigan
Indian Minorities Advocacy Network (ImanNet), New York
Indian Muslim Council (IMC), Morton Grove, Illinois (
Indian Muslim Education Foundation of North America (IMEFNA), Chicago, IL
International Service Society, Michigan
Muslim Youth Awareness Alliance (MYAA), Michigan
Non-Resident Indians for a Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI), Michigan
Sikh American Heritage Organization, Wayne, IL.
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Vancouver, Canada (
Supporters of Human Rights in India (SHRI), Minnesota.
The Coalition for a Secular Democratic India (CSDI), Chicago. IL
Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, Michigan
Individual Endorsements:

George Abraham
Habeb Ahmed
Dr. Syed S. Ahmed
Dr. Waheeduddin Ahmed
Girish Agrawal
Rasheed Ahmed
Dr Shahid Ali
Khalid Azam
Dr. Chinmoy Banerjee
Dr. Angana Chatterji
Nasir Chippa
Gautam Desai
Shalini Gera
Sapna Gupta
Kaleem Kawaja
Attaulla Khan
Dr. Fazal Khan
Dr. Hyder Khan
Dr. Shahid Ali Khan
Dr Wasim Khan
Alex V. Koshy
Dr. Kursheed A. Mallick
Ghulam Mansuri
Biju Mathew
Saeed Patel
Shrikumar Poddar
Syed Azmatullah Quadri
Raju Rajagopal
Ravi Ravishankar
Dr. Shaik Sayeed
Dr. Hari Sharma
Ramkumar Sridharan
Raja Swamy
Dr. Shaik Ubaid
Firoz Vohra

A Letter To The Last Standing Terrorist

Taj Hotel BurningLast Standing Terrorist,

I hope you get to read this letter at the gates of hell where your fellow murderers are awaiting you. I would love to see the look at your face when you will be told that you are not a martyr as your valiantly claimed on the phone call but just a cowardly murderer who killed innocent people. Talking of phone calls, whom were you trying to fool by speaking in a Punjabi/Kashmiri accent while claiming to be from Hyderabad? Continue reading A Letter To The Last Standing Terrorist

O My Country

It is almost a frontal attack on our country. Around 25 terrorists entering in the heart of Mumbai and indiscriminately killing more than a hundred people and injuring almost a thousand is shocking and reprehensible to say the least. With many top cops dead in shootouts and grenade attacks this is no less than urban warfare. It is a moment for us to stand together as One irrespective of our differences. Continue reading O My Country

Mumbai Terror Attacks

Updated: No, I don’t think the saffron brigade is behind the attacks nor I was alluding to that in my original post. I leave conspiracy theories to my friends who can always concoct one that includes USA, UK, Israel, Jews, Sangh Parivar, Neo-cons and the Western Media. There is one email already doing the rounds. As a matter of fact it is immaterial what I think in view of the tragedy that is unfolding. Continue reading Mumbai Terror Attacks

Terror is Terror is Terror

I am both amused and terrified as the ” Hindu Terror ” and “Muslim Terror” debate rages on.  Emotions sway between laughter and tears when some leaders talk of  ” Hindu persecution in India” and make a distinction between terror crimes allegedly committed by members of the majority community and those by Muslims. Continue reading Terror is Terror is Terror

Iqbal, Jinnah And The Lost Glory Of The Muslims Of India

 Muslim Boys' in IndiaThe fierce controversy that raged in the minds of the Muslims of India over the issue of pan-Islamism and nationalism in the decades preceding India’s independence and partition in 1947 was profoundly influenced by three pre-eminent leaders of India’s Muslims of that time. These were Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Abul Kalam Azad. Continue reading Iqbal, Jinnah And The Lost Glory Of The Muslims Of India