Off-centre | Hydra-headed communalism: Ending double standards is the only way forward
Neither the state nor society can afford to go soft or look the other way when confronted with both militant and ‘constitutionist’ Islamism
Dharma Files | How many lives is freedom of expression worth?
When the concept of freedom of expression was first formulated, it was formulated in opposition to matters of faith. India in general does not have a tradition of such antagonism towards faith
The Farmani Naaz fatwa: How the mullahs got it wrong on bhajan-singing Muslim artiste
If you’re a Muslim, you’re never far away from mullahs telling you how to lead your life — what or what not to eat, how to dress, who or who not to marry. The urge to control your life by invoking often dubious religious doctrines or unauthenticated Hadith extends even to how to remember your dead
As Nupur lives under threat to her life, Rehmani appears on TV debates and Zubair gets liberal support
The slogan, ‘Gustakh-e-Rasool ki ek hi saza, sar tan se juda’, is against the core teachings of Islam; not a single verse in the Quran suggests that someone should be killed for disrespecting the Prophet
Quran verses being targeted by proposed ban need to be read in context to be wholly understood
Ex-chief of the UP Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi's argument for banning 26 verses of the Quran is based on their 'extreme interpretation', which in itself is a very vague term
In South Asia, jihad is a mix of three ideologies
From living rooms to newspaper columns to security gatherings, jihad is a much debated topic.
Triple talaq verdict: Women's wing of AIMPLB say SC judgement is 'contradictory', 'fractured'
The women's wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has termed as "contradictory" and "fractured" the judgment of the Supreme Court on triple talaq.
Fatwas restrict individual's constitutional freedom, India must create laws to insulate citizens
The latest fatwa expelling JD(U) leader Feroz Ahmad from Islam for saying Jai Shree Ram shows how practices such as fatwas impact Constitutional freedoms of Indian Muslims
Equality in Islam is limited to Muslim brotherhood, excludes non-Muslims until they live under Sharia rule
The concept of equality in Islam, as understood by Muslims, has always been 'Islamic equality', or equality between Muslims only. This excludes equality for non-Muslims.
Triple talaq: Kapil Sibal is wrong in making divorce dispute a matter of faith
What the AIMPLB and its counsels do not understand is that by justifying triple talaq as an Islamic practice, they undermine the basic tenets of Islam that confer a lot of rights upon married women.
Yogi Adityanath gets trolled for congratulating Muslims on Hazrat Ali’s birthday: Here's why
Scores of commentators who used to be Yogi Adityanath fans accused the Uttar Pradesh chief minister of acting like a secular, castigating his tweet on Hazrat Ali’s birthday as an unacceptable political gimmick
Triple Talaq: Muslim Law Board's stand in Supreme Court rebuffs Quran, Constitution
If the Supreme Court declares the practice of instant triple talaq, which is given in one sitting, as illegal, the apex court's decision will still be as per the Quran
Travels of a political pilgrim: Mubarakpur sits at the junction of Islamic doctrinal sects divided by Taqleed
Mubarakpur, less than an hour from Azamgarh town by an autorickshaw, is a small town with not even a government-run degree college or a railway station
Ban on Zakir Naik not the end; India needs vigilance to save Muslim youth
Banning Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) will not undo the messages he has preached to youth all these years, there is a need to keep a continuous vigil
Radicalisation of the Muslim women: Here’s why we are losing Islam to the radical Islamists
But the gullible Muslim women take no cognisance of the mullahs’ male-chauvinism and fall prey to their loud claims of being the flag-bearers of the ‘true’ and ‘pure’ Islam.
India's open defecation crisis: Why bring Manusmriti into this?
The issue of open defecation is not a new point in any analysis of maternal and child health. What is wrong is reducing it all to the religious preferences of Hindus and Muslims.