articles by Hasan Suroor

Politics

'An Indian Christmas': How Diwali in the UK has become a secular symbol of diversity

I can't think of any other non-Christian festival that the UK celebrates with the same gusto and community-level participation as Diwali

World

Why David Cameron's decision to tackle racism in employment with 'name-blind' policy is significant

Britain has come a long way from the days when landlords put up notices on their front doors warning, "No Irish, no dogs". To which they later added "Blacks and Pakis".

World

Quoting Dadri and rising intolerance, Cambridge University scholars say Modi visit will bring 'disrepute'

Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is still weeks away but it has already become a subject of heated debate in Cambridge University with the vice-chancellor facing pressure to withdraw his invitation to the Indian prime minister to address the Senate, its most important academic body.

World

It’s official: Obama’s drone programme is killing more civilians than terrorists

In a recent five-month period in Afghanistan 90 percent of those killed in drone attack operations were not the intended target, reveals new leaked documents.

World

Britain's JNU may lose its specialism: Indian languages, yoga studies face the axe at SOAS

the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), which has been home to generations of South Asian and African scholars, is at risk of losing its hard-won and well-deserved reputation as the premium centre of specialised research. Because it is running out of money following unprecedented government funding cuts.

India

Rajdeep’s loaded question and Naseeruddin’s answer are 2 sides of same coin: Inability to see beyond religious identities

More and more Muslims believe that their religious identity makes them vulnerable to attacks. Rajdeep’s loaded question to Shah suggesting whether he thought he was being picked on because of his name and Shah’s answer are two sides of the same coin. Both the interviewer and the interviewee are known and respected for their secular and liberal worldview; and, yet, both can’t seem to see beyond religious identities.

World

UK Muslims And Extremism - Part 4: Denial and ignorance fuelling Muslim radicalisation

studies have revealed an extraordinary level of ignorance in the Muslim community on the issue with parents, invariably, the last to find out what their seemingly happy-clappy, fun-loving children have been up to.

World

UK Muslims and Extremism - Part 3: There is no anti-Muslim 'conspiracy', threat from radicals is real

The threat posed by Muslim extremism is real; it’s growing; and the notion of an anti-Muslim “conspiracy’’ as alleged in some quarters is a load of nonsense. The wave of British Muslims heading for jihad, for example, is not anyone’s invention.

World

UK Muslims and Extremism - Part 2: MI5 pays 'good' Muslims to snoop on 'bad' Muslims

A new row is over the revelation that MI5 is paying Muslim informants - having links with the Islamist “underworld” — to snoop on their co-religionists.

World

UK Muslims and Extremism - Part 1: Teachers to spy on Muslim pupils under new counter-terror law

The law, which is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy innocuously called, “Prevent, places a legal obligation on educational institutions to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’’. This includes ensuring that children are not able to access extremist material on the internet “including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering”.

India

Gandhiji was a racist, says new book endorsed by Arundhati Roy

An explosive new book portraying Gandhi as a rabid racist and an unashamed flag-bearer for the British Empire has provoked a heated debate, pitting his admirers against his critics, even before it is out.

Politics

Partners in crime: How Bihar politicians hushed up a Dalit massacre

Between 1994-2000, 144 people, including women and children, were killed for demanding their basic right to be treated with dignity and for supporting the CPI(M-L)’s campaign on their behalf.

India

Amend Muslim Personal Law, else govt should do it: Muslim women's welcome missive to mullahs

If the community doesn’t act, the government should step in and force the necessary changes.

Politics

Narendra Modi's Hamlet moment: To talk or not to talk to Pakistan?

From a belligerently hawkish refusal to talk to Pakistan until it had brought the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice (anyone favouring a different line was called anti-national) to embracing it while nothing has changed on the ground.

Politics

Lok Sabha adjourned: Disrupting Parliament a valid strategy but what next for Congress?

Simply creating hungama in parliament and holding protests in its own backyard will not help it win an election even in 2024 -- let alone 2019.

India

Why RSS is wrong on minority educational institutions

Granting minority status is about acknowledging that an institution was established by a particular community and is managed by it. And to bring in the issue of numbers is to completely misunderstand the logic behind it.

Business

UK employment visa row: Is India Inc protesting too much?

The current row between Indian businesses and the British government over proposals to impose further restrictions on UK employment visa rules for non-EU countries, including India, is a classic case of mutual interests temporarily going awry. Hopefully, it will be resolved with a bit of face-saving “give-and-take” on both sides but, meanwhile, it is not looking good and threatening to overshadow a high-level conference on India-UK trade in London next week.

World

Want to keep Islamic State out? Address Muslims' grievances, London think-tank tells PM Modi

A leading London-based counter-terror think- tank has urged Narendra Modi to take "swift" and "pro-active" steps to address Muslim grievances and allay their fears in order to reduce the appeal of Islamist militant groups.