Articles by Tufail Ahmad
Mar 02, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Understanding the Shia-Sunni Muslim divide in the countrySunni Muslims are a majority but they lack education. However, right among this majority there exists a minority of Shia Muslims who are doing exceptionally well in education.
Mar 02, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Farangi Mahal, once a bastion of Islamic education, looks to regain lost gloryVying alongside Islamic centres of Deoband and Bareilly, Farangi Mahal has been competing for space in India's political conversation.
Feb 27, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Tracing the rise of Barelvi Islam in Indian politicsFor more than a decade, the northern Indian town of Bareilly – the seat of the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam – has grown in prominence in national politics.
Feb 21, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Be it Kairana, Muzaffarnagar or Aligarh, India is headed towards multiple 'Partitions'The nature of the partition need not always be territorial. India is heading towards multiple religious partitions in the midst of its cities and regions.
Feb 20, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: How bridging religious, worldly knowledge gap can reform Muslim educationThe fundamental cause of Muslim backwardness in India is rooted in division of knowledge between deeni (religious) & duniyavi (worldly) taleem (education).
Feb 17, 2017
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar bombing: It's worrying that Indian Urdu press allows arguments favouring mosque attacksThe jihadis who bombed the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan have found resonance in India as well. Such arguments don't startle us if they happen in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but they being publicly discussed in the Urdu press
Feb 16, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Should taxpayers be funding AMU’s imams, muezzins, theology department?Intellectually, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is dead at the feet of excessive influence of Islam in its academic and social life.
Feb 15, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Is rise of religiosity on AMU campus a precursor to another 'Partition'?The rise of burqas and skullcaps on Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus could lead to another 'partition' of India, which need not be territorial.
Feb 14, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Secularism versus communalism at election timeAn article on the electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh, published in the Urdu Times of 7 February and written by one Muhammad Jaseemuddin Nizami, interprets the secularism-communalism debate by an interesting analogy
Feb 13, 2017
Travels of a political pilgrim: Separatism and integration in the time of Uttar Pradesh electionsWith Uttar Pradesh in the thick of a tumultuous election it is necessary to decode the mind of its Muslim community - its anxieties, aspirations & impulses.