By Asma Anjum Khan
Look, when you are trapped, do they ask you which sect you belong to while if you raise your hands up to your shoulders (or not – doing Rafiuddin) as you mischievously pray your Jumma in a park? Or do they ask if you practise the typical Islamophobic Islam that the world loves to fear or are you a teetotaler?
By J Aslam Basha
Though India can rightfully be proud that a massive 170 million people have been uplifted from poverty since 1990, it has been found by researchers from the Dartmouth University and MIT that those from the most vulnerable sections have lagged behind for various reasons.
By Mohammad Farhan
If we can’t handle discussing sex or sexual abuse, then how will we handle cases of misogyny, homophobia, casteism and in the last decade or so the rise of Islamophobia, which has certainly moved from our drawing rooms to the classrooms and school corridors?
By Roshni Sengupta
The death of dissent of the media therefore seems on the ascendance, while the invisibility of the marginalized communities – especially that of the Muslim – is enhanced by the failure of the media to adequately reflect their social, economic, and political reality.
By Inamul Haq
Babar, Akbar, and Aurangzeb are evoked to divert the people’s attention, so that they forget the promises made when the government came to power. The agenda is to keep alive animosity between communities for electoral benefit.
By Absar Ahmad and Aafiya Siddiqui
WHO ascertains that there are no health benefits of this regressive practice and it is even termed as human rights violation by the United Nations. Besides causing serious physical and mental trauma to the innocent girls, FGM also leads to severe pain, haemorrhage, tetanus, infection, infertility, cysts and abscesses, urinary incontinence, sexual & psychological problems, complications during childbirth and maternal deaths.
By Kouser Fathima
The repeated attack on the Muslim community has resulted in many Muslims now openly flaunting their religious identity. While these ‘liberal icons’ speak against identity politics, they push people towards it. There is a sudden surge in the number of hijabis and bearded Muslims.
By Sadiq Zafar
A procession of Dalits was attacked by a group of upper caste men in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra. In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, a Dalit was beaten and forced to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’. On any given day, a few news anchors reveal a new geographical setting, where a Dalit has been subjected to violence, threat or abuse. Many a time, such incidents are filmed by the abusers and circulated over social media, which becomes the news later.
By Mosarrap H Khan
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the demolition of Babri Mosque, let me assert that the calamitous events on 6 December, 1992, have crippled Indian Muslims irreversibly just when many Muslims seemed ready to take off like their Hindu counterparts.
By Sanjay Kumar
As rightly depicted in the movie, it is the power of Muslim women which is in the process of becoming a force multiplier. Three generations of women but all of them one way or the other resent the hold of patriarchy and associated claustrophobia.
By Arif Khan
The lynching and the anti-Muslim rhetoric for now have led to not just a feeling of siege but have also exposed hidden prejudice among friends and families. This is certainly true of my friends and family. Some uncles and cousins now find it acceptable to forward hate-filled posts against other religious communities on WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social networking sites.
The London-based human rights organization South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG) has launched an online petition urging the UN Special Rapporteur, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye to investigate the growing human rights violation in India, particularly the attacks on religious minorities and Dalits.