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 |  Food Fables  |  1-minute read
Keema samosa, Fasting, Roza, Muslims in India

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.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Muslims, Hindu, Lok Sabha elections 2019, Religion

The manufactured myth of Hindu terror – Part 2

The growing proximity between Muslims and non-Muslims has bred Islamophobia in the West. India sees the opposite happening, despite its politicians.

POLITICS

 |  8-minute read
Lok Sabha 2019, AIUDF, Muslims, Secularism

Why BJP could win Assam in 2019's Lok Sabha polls

The BJP's victory could depend on the Congress party’s ability to polarise the Muslim vote by invoking its favourite weapon, 'secularism’.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Lynchings, Muslims, RSS, Mohan Bhagwat

Will Mohan Bhagwat's statement on Muslims change the RSS attitude towards the community? Highly unlikely

With the Congress increasingly wooing Hindus, the Sangh wants to help the BJP tap into the minority vote bank.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Secularism, Language, Muslims, Urdu

Why Urdu poetry is anti-Islamic

Many Muslims think Urdu is their jagir, though they know little of this great language.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
NRC, Assam, Muslims, Minorities

Why the new identity politics of nationalism hates the outsider

At one time, the country had the folklore, the myths, of coping with the outsider. Our culture was open and plural, but today he is seen as a threat.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
BJP, Muslims, Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan Assembly polls

Rajasthan: Will changing 'Muslim names' of villages help BJP consolidate Hindu votes?

With not much to show in terms of achievements, Vasundhara Raje seems to be resorting to polarising measures.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Muslims, Alwar lynching, Rajasthan assembly elections, Vasundhara Raje

Raje's desperate measures: Renaming Muslim villages in Rajasthan shows a CM feeling the heat

Recent by-election drubbing showed BJP how disenchanted people on the ground are with the party. Its response to lack of development? Renaming 'Muslim-name' hamlets.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Narendra Modi, Muslims, Sharia court, Hamid Ansari

The BJP doesn't mind khap panchayats, but is politicising Hamid Ansari's Sharia court remarks

No, these courts are not a 'parallel legal system', and the SC had earlier rejected a plea to ban them.

ART & CULTURE

 |  14-minute read
Sterlisation, Muslims, Sanjay Gandhi, Emergency

'Do you think we're mad... to create another Pakistan?' How Sanjay Gandhi's Emergency drive terrorised Muslims

[Book excerpt] Journalists John Dayal and Ajoy Bose recount the horrors of Turkman Gate demolitions and sterilisations.