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POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Muslims, Hindu-Muslim divide, UAPA, Kashmir

Kashmir Valley asks us: Do we all want to give up our constitutional freedoms eventually?

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.

POLITICS

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Gujarat, Muslims, Godhra Riots, Disturbed areas act

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.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Muslims, Lynching, Junaid

'Junaid was lynched. But we'll live and die as Indians'

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.

POLITICS

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Muslims, Jai shri ram, Lynching in jharkhand, Tabrez ansari

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.

LIFE

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West Bengal, Muslims, Mamata Banerjee, Aparna Sen

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?

LIFE

 |  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

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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.