Rana Safvi

OPEN TO OPINION

The writer is the author of 'Where Stones Speak' and other books.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

Why Mughal-E-Azam's legacy remains evergreen in the age of shunning Nehru, Akbar and Urdu

The film bears testimony to a belief in India’s pluralistic past, its syncretic culture and a future full of hope.

Rana Safvi
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POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

No, Mughals didn't loot India. They made us rich

They remained as Indians, not colonists.

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POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Why Prophet Muhammad is said to be the first Sufi

It's our ego and our insecure minds that are hurt, not God or his messenger.

Rana Safvi
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LIFE

 |   6-minute read

How interpretation of the word maula caused the Shia-Sunni schism

Dispute over whether Ali was declared 'wali' which means friend or 'khalifa' which means successor persists.

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LIFE

 |   5-minute read

Eid Al-Adha isn't just a festival of sacrifice

It is a reminder to the faithful to submit to the will of Allah.

Rana Safvi
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VOICES

 |   5-minute read

Instant triple talaq struck down: Fight for personal laws has just begun

So many social evils like dowry and child marriage, though outlawed, still prevail because of ignorance and blind faith.

Rana Safvi
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VARIETY

 |   5-minute read

Abhorrent practice of Nikah Halala is not sanctioned in the Quran

I wonder if the men who are prostituting themselves this way are even aware of the words of the holy book.

Rana Safvi
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ART & CULTURE

 |   4-minute read

Inqilaab Zindabad: How Urdu poetry shaped 70 years of India's glorious freedom

We stand to lose the verse of revolution if we remove the study of its poets and writers from our curriculum.

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@iamrana

VARIETY

 |   4-minute read

Pitfalls of erasing Mughals from Indian history

The State, especially in a democracy, cannot play a partisan role without the danger of alienating entire communities.

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VARIETY

 |   4-minute read

How a Hindu woman came to tie a rakhi to a Mughal emperor

This is a tragic story of love and loss, and at the heart of it is India’s Ganga-Jumni culture.

Rana Safvi
@iamrana