Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims

Excerpts from the “independent and non-sponsored” report, “A New Agenda for the Education Of Indian Muslims in the 21st Century”, by John Kurrien, PhD: No discussion on the education of Muslims in contemporary India can be complete without discussing the role of madrasas. A significant contribution of the 2006 Sachar Committee Report was its frank … More Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims

NITI Aayog’s recipe for bridging gap between minorities, others through affirmative action

Excerpts from the section on minorities in the chapter “Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Other Tribal Groups and Minorities” in the recently-released NITI Aayog report, “Strategy for New India @ 75”: Minorities Objective: To bridge the gap between minority communities and the rest of the population with respect to various … More NITI Aayog’s recipe for bridging gap between minorities, others through affirmative action

Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day

Several civil rights activists attached with the National Solidarity Forum, Ram Puniyani, convener; Dhirendra Panda, coordinator; Ajaya Kumar Singh, founder member/ co-convener; KP Sasi, co-convener; and Kandhamal Survivors’ Association’s Manoj Nayak (coordinator), and Paul Pradhan (convener) have issued Call for Action appeal on completion of one decade of the Kandhamal carnage. Text of the appeal: … More Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day

Tending to the welfare of the less fortunate is a very important tradition during Ramadan

By Moin Qazi* O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwa [God-consciousness]  –  (The Qur’an, Al-Baqarah: 183) Religious fasting traditions- from Ramadan to Ekadasi to Yom Kippur and Lent -are meant to relieve believers from unburden believers from day-to-day compulsions, helping … More Tending to the welfare of the less fortunate is a very important tradition during Ramadan

In 2017 Indian authorities often didn’t prosecute cow vigilantes for violence mainly against Muslims

Executive summary of the “India 2017 international religious freedom report”*, released by the US department of state: The constitution provides for freedom of conscience and the right of all individuals to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion; mandates a secular state; requires the state to treat all religions impartially; and prohibits discrimination based on religion. … More In 2017 Indian authorities often didn’t prosecute cow vigilantes for violence mainly against Muslims

Fear grips Assam as names of lakhs of Indians could be dropped from National Register of Citizens

By Aman Wadud* In a particularly dangerous twist to the citizenship controversy in Assam, lakhs of Indians could lose their legitimate citizenship when their names are excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). A new order issued by the NRC authorities could lead to the exclusion of even legitimate Indian citizens from the NRC … More Fear grips Assam as names of lakhs of Indians could be dropped from National Register of Citizens

Attacks on minorities in the guise of cattle protection are meant to divide people on communal lines

A Fact-Finding Team under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) visited Bharatpur, Alwar, Rajsamand and Udaipur in Rajasthan on 6th and 7th January, 2018 to look into the increasing incidents of lynching and attacks in the name of “Gau-Raksha” (Cow Protection), encounter killings, deliberate communal polarization and attacks on Muslims in the state. The … More Attacks on minorities in the guise of cattle protection are meant to divide people on communal lines