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No Diwali for them

By Mosarrap H. Khan
In this crumbling, decaying metropolis – Mumbai – where every moment is an assault on your olfactory lobes, people are always ready to share their stories. You also realize that this restless city doesn’t have listeners to their stories. People are ready to share bits of their life, their despair, their hope with you.

Book Review: Josy Joseph’s ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’

By Karthik Venkatesh
The doings of Naveen Jindal of Jindal Steel in Chattisgarh to lay his hands on its precious mineral resources and Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways to control the skies above us is to be read again and again. It is a telling lesson in the serious consequences of unbridled capitalism.

The Drama about Triple Talaq and Instant Triple Talaq

By Kouser Fathima
The sudden interest of the present government may be new but the bigger question is: Why hasn’t anything been done about the TT issue in all these years? Why were no efforts made to reform the laws? Why were no efforts made to hear the voices of women and of educated Muslims who wanted to have a say in the way the laws were made and implemented? The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) must answer these questions.

Uri Attack: No Country for “Peaceniks”

By Avanti Chhatre
How does a perceptive individual from India, or even Pakistan, respond during such volatile times? By reflecting, thinking, and ultimately forming (and voicing) an informed opinion that supports the common good and humanity at large? Or by getting angrier by the day, creating hysteria, demonising the Pakistani people, and aggressively silencing those who may beg to differ with this strategy?

Book Review: Romila Thapar, A.G.Noorani, and Sadanand Menon’s ‘On Nationalism’

By Mosarrap H. Khan
On Nationalism is a timely intervention in the ongoing debate about nationalism in India. In moments of national crisis, we must revisit the past ideals of inclusivity and pluralism on which Indian nation was conceived. However, just as the Hindu nationalists continuously reinvent the past to suit their exclusionary nationalist project, the contributors of this collection, too, seem to lapse into a nostalgia for an elusive inclusive past.

Sufi Islam: An interview with Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

By Shafeeq Muhammed
The nefarious killing of Hazrat Ali, the 4th Caliph of Islam, by Ibn Muljim was the worst and foremost evidence of religious extremism. Sufism, which was strengthened by Hazrat Ali R.A., has always been an antidote to extremism. In the entire history of Islam, this spiritually inclined mainline Islamic path has been rescuing Muslims from all forms of extremist tendencies.

Book Review: Do you Remember Kunan Poshpora?

By Adil Bhat
Despite all the attempts by the Indian state to obliterate the horrific facts and erase the public memory of that dreadful night, five courageous women from Kashmir – Essar Batool, Irfah Butt, Samreena Mushtaq, Munaza Rashid, Natasha Rather – decided to come together to the forefront to fight for justice and articulate the stories of men and women of Kunan Poshpora in this compelling book, Do you remember Kunan Poshpora?

Farasdanga, Chandernagor, Chandannagar

By Nishi Pulugurtha
At the end of the Strand is the Patalbari, so called because its lowest floor is submerged under the river; ‘patal’, meaning underground and ‘bari’, house. Rabindranath Tagore visited the house many times, as did the social reformer, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar.