| 5-minute read
Kalam wasn’t just a political nonconformist. He was a nonconformist in his religion too.
As the Rajya Sabha gears up to discuss the CAB, the polarising nature of the Bill cannot be overlooked.
Admit it is the Muslim-ness of Kashmir which is a problem in a nation that increasingly defines itself as Hindu. But this won't stop at Kashmir. We could all lose our rights like this.
Gujarat's Enduring Muslim Ghettoes: Laws like Disturbed Areas Act (1991) and amendments severely segregate the minority
Certain laws prevent the free intermingling of religious communities in living spaces in Gujarat. The political impact of such social arrangements on Muslim groups has been severe.
| 5-minute read
On June 22 two years ago, Junaid was lynched in a train, targeted in a fight over his skull cap. His family still lives in shock, fear and grief. But they are determined to get justice for Junaid.
Junaid, Akhlaq, Tabrez: Muslims aside, we are also lynching our laws and legal system each and every time
Most of the accused in cases of lynching have either been released on bail or never arrested at all. This is despite the Supreme Court's severe injunction to the authorities to ensure justice.
| 2-minute read
Beyond 36 Chowringee Lane: How once-diverse Calcutta shrunk to Kolkata where secularism now means putting on a veil
The Calcutta I grew up in was truly diverse, home to Parsis, Jews, Armenians, Anglo-Indians and many other communities. Somehow, 'minority' came to be thought of as only one community. Why?
Food Fables | 1-minute read
Iftar and the iconic Qeema Samosa: Celebrating Ramzan in Rampur with the delicacy is one of my fondest childhood memories
There is no other feeling in the world that can match up to the pleasure of breaking your roza with a bite of meaty, sumptuous and delectable Qeema Samosa.
| 6-minute read