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Bihar Election: Do the Means Justify the Ends?

By Mosarrap H. Khan
In case the BJP had won the Bihar election, there would have been another fall-out. People like Anupam Kher would have stood vindicated that the BJP stands for development and prosperity and not intolerance (communal or otherwise), as has been claimed.

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What does AAP’s Victory in Delhi Assembly Election say about Muslims?

By Mosarrap H. Khan
There is a great churning happening with the Indian Muslim community. Delhi assembly elections once again gave us a chance to grasp those changes. If we fail to take note, it will be one more missed opportunity for Indian Muslims and for all Indians.

JNU kaisa hai? AISA hai.

By Asheem Earpona
The miscellaneous graffiti inscribed on the walls across Jawaharlal Nehru University campus tell how the campus is vibrant when it comes to politics and activism. Various political issues ranging from the international to the regional have found space on the walls here, either in the form of cartoons, pictures with captions, quotes, and slogans. The varsity ranks among the top in the Indian subcontinent, having mentored many prominent political figures such as Prakash Karat, Digvijay Singh, Nirmala Sitaraman, and Sitaram Yechuri.

Should Indian Muslims Engage with Prime Minister Modi?

By Arshi Khan
Muslims need the fulfillment of their constitutional rights for which the Republic of India was created. Muslims cannot accept a State worse than the colonial masters as they were not so cruel, dishonest and violent against their subjects. The citizens are not hosts to welcome a government but to watch it and to criticize it if it goes beyond the statutory rim.

Remembering Weaver-Saint Kabir in Varanasi

By Bhaswati Ghosh
For someone who did not renounce the worldly life in search of enlightenment, but rather remained in the thick of it, working hard for a living, Kabir, through his defiant and colourful satire, remains a torchbearer for mavericks. He is the wise fellow who stands in the marketplace wishing everyone well, without affirming friendship or enmity with anyone.

Book Review: Manoj Mitta’s ‘The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra’

By Abu Saleh
The book points out that from the very beginning of the investigation process, the Gujarat Government didn’t follow the standard forensic procedures that are the basic requirements in any criminal case. Mr. Nag corroborates this when he says that the burnt train was kept open and accessible to the public for many days and the forensic experts investigated it only after two months. Also, improper and inadequate record-keeping show a systematic effort to divert the investigation process.

A Letter to Mr. Narendra Modi on His Dog-Whistle Politics

By Abu Saleh
Mr. Modi, may I humbly remind you that you have appeased Muslims in other ways, when you felt the need. Sometimes, quite overtly. Earlier, you have been seen hobnobbing with many maulanas. You have sought out the services of the Pathan Brothers (cricketers) to ‘impress’ Muslims. Most recently, you had Salman and Salim Khan endorse you.