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Is Bhoomi Puja by state a Secular Act?

It is a common sight to see the statues, photos and symbols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in different Government owned public places like police station and other buildings. We have stopped thinking whether it is right. It is a common observation that most of the time Hindu rituals are performed while the construction of state projects, buildings etc are undertaken. The politicians are competing with each other to seek the divine blessing through different well advertised visits, the inaugural ceremonies of state sponsored buildings have the Brahmin priest supervising laying of the foundation stone and undertaking a bhoomi puja (Worship of Earth) and doing his best to get the approval of the supernatural powers though the chanting of Mantras. Such an act of worship violates the basic principles of the Indian Constitution, which is secular and lays the boundaries between the state and the religion. Continue reading

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Can Islam And Secularism Dialogue With Each Other?

It is an undeniable fact that Muslim religious leaders have grossly misunderstood the meaning of secularism in its true sense. They see secularism as wholly opposed to religion. It simply means that the state follows a policy of non-interference in the religious affairs of all its citizens. A vital basis for dialogue between Islam and secularism, and evidence that such dialogue is indeed acceptable in terms of theshariah, is the polity established in Medina by the Prophet. The Constitution of this polity was, in a sense, based on the same princples that secularism is founded on—equality and respect for the religious freedom of all communities. Continue reading

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India, Secularism, Whatever

Dr. Khalidi’s essay is an affront all those Indians whot are fighting for the rights of fellow Indians every day to make India a better country. It is an insult to millions of Muslims who chose to stay in India because they believed in the idea of India. Continue reading

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Is India Really A Secular State?

In reading Dr Khalidi’s article, “Why is India not a Secular State”, I find that he has presented irrefutable points to back his basic premise. My difficulty is largely with the wording of the title and the conclusive paragraph of his meaningful essay. Continue reading

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Journalistic Fascism And Indian Muslims

An extensive interview of Ajit Sahi of Tehelka focusing on role played by Indian media in portraying Indian Muslims as perpetuators of terrorism. Continue reading

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India: A Secular Democracy Strains For Balance

Founders of the modern state of India envisioned a secular democracy and the idea is being tested now as never before. Continue reading

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Rays Of Hope In Ways Of Humanity

Universal brotherhood can be achieved through integrity, peace and tolerance only. Continue reading

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“Begum” Was Waiting, But Master Never Returned

Remembering Ustad Bismillah Khan who was born 92 years ago on this day. Continue reading

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Islamic Shariah In The Western World

Does Islamic Shariah fits into the western society? Continue reading

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50th Death Anniversary Of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his 50th death anniversary. Continue reading

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