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Articles by: Badre Alam Khan

 The Decline of the “Constitutional Morality” in the Current Political Scenario

 The Decline of the “Constitutional Morality” in the Current Political Scenario

On 26th November 2019 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of our Constitution Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that we should celebrate the Constitution Day with pride and enthusiasms. It is to be noted that on 26th November 1949, the Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in accordance with the recommendation of the Cabinet Mission plan.[Read More…]

Democracy, Hindu Majoritarianism and Question of the Socio-economic Rights

Democracy, Hindu Majoritarianism and Question of the Socio-economic Rights

  The public lecture in the memory of Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer has been organized by the Department of Political Science, Jamia, Millia Islamia in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (Mumbai) on the theme of “Democracy versus Majoritarianism” on 18th November, 2019 at JMI. The keynote of memorial address was delivered by the eminent left-[Read More…]

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The Relevance of Nehruvian ideals of Secularism, Socialism and Minority Rights in the contemporary Political Scenario

The Relevance of Nehruvian ideals of Secularism, Socialism and Minority Rights in the contemporary Political Scenario

 Barring the Hindu Right, the Left-liberals and secular oriented academics and civil society groups have time and again emphasized that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s secular legacy needs to be remembered in the current political scenario. While remembering the contributions of Nehru on the occasion of his 130th birth anniversary, at New Delhi, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi vividly reminded us that[Read More…]

The Rise of the Hindu Majoritarianism: A Threat to Secularism, Pluralism and religious minorities  

The Rise of the Hindu Majoritarianism: A Threat to Secularism, Pluralism and religious minorities  

While discussing the rise of the Hindu nationalism, a noted French scholar Christophe Jaffrelot has reminded in his recent study that the sole purpose of the RSS-BJP combine is to capture state power and transform the Indian democracy into the ‘Hindu Rashtra’ ( the Hindu Nation). After 2014 and more importantly in 2019 general elections, the dreams of building the[Read More…]

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 The relevance of Gandhi and Jamia’s Stalwarts: ‘Inclusive Vision’ in the Current Political Scenario

 The relevance of Gandhi and Jamia’s Stalwarts: ‘Inclusive Vision’ in the Current Political Scenario

 It is happy moment for all of us that Jamia Millia Islamic, a ‘lusty child’ of the non-cooperation and the Khilafat movement, is going to soon complete its 100 years in 2020. To celebrate birth contrary, several programmes, seminars and conferences are scheduled to be held in the next one year. Currently, Jamia fraternity is celebrating, 99th ‘Foundations Day’ on[Read More…]

Remembering the ‘Secular Legacy’ of the Builders of Jamia on the occasion of Centenary celebrations

Remembering the ‘Secular Legacy’ of the Builders of Jamia on the occasion of Centenary celebrations

  It is a historic moment for all of us to note that Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the first nationalist universities in our country which is going to complete one hundred years in 2020. To celebrate its (Jamia) centenary, several seminars, conferences, exhibitions and public meetings are scheduled to be held in the upcoming months which will be continued[Read More…]

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Urdu and its contemporary relevance in the Indian society:  A note on contributions of Jamia Millia Islamia

Urdu and its contemporary relevance in the Indian society:  A note on contributions of Jamia Millia Islamia

 It is glad to note that Jamia is going to complete 100 years in 2020.  To celebrate one hundred years of the centenary, several seminars, programs, exhibitions are going on in Jamia campus. In this respect, different centers and departments are organizing academic programmes and cultural activities which will continue till mid- 2020. To commemorate hundred years, Department of Urdu[Read More…]

Gandhiji on the Indian Muslims and Jamia: Some Reflections

Gandhiji on the Indian Muslims and Jamia: Some Reflections

  On the special occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an exhibition has been organized by Dr. Zakir Husain Library (from 2 October to 12th October), in Jamia Millia Islam. On this occasion, several books and photographs and manuscripts related to Gandhi works, life, contributions and his positive role towards Jamia including Indian Muslims has been displayed for[Read More…]

The significance of Gandhi’s idea of ‘Communal Harmony’ in times of cultural intolerance

The significance of Gandhi’s idea of ‘Communal Harmony’ in times of cultural intolerance

Today on the occasions of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Jamia Millia Islam has organized a public meeting on the theme of, “Gandhi- his life, work and contribution to society”. On this special occasion, several eminent academicians and renounced Gandhians and social activists have expressed deep solidarity and affections towards Gandhi’s contributions and underlined that in today’s political and[Read More…]

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Rise of Hindu majoritarianism, making Indian Muslim ‘Invisible citizen’   

Rise of Hindu majoritarianism, making Indian Muslim ‘Invisible citizen’   

     A noted Indian Muslim politician and Supreme Court Lawyer, Mr. Salman Khurshid has authored a book recently with the title “ Visible Muslims, Invisible citizenship: Understanding Islam in Indian democracy” (2019), he has been an ardent follower of Congress Party and its secular ideology throughout his political life. He has also served earlier in the Ministry of external[Read More…]

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Remembering the late historian Prof. Mushirul Hasan’s ‘Secular Legacy’ on the special occasion of his 70th birth anniversary

Remembering the late historian Prof. Mushirul Hasan’s ‘Secular Legacy’ on the special occasion of his 70th birth anniversary

         It is to be remembered that the late Prof. Mushirul Hasan who was born on 15th August 1949 and passed away -after four years of his serious accident- on 10th December 2018 at Delhi.  At the outset, let me admit that Prof. Hasan had cherished and epitomized the rich heritage of India’s secular and plural legacy. Prof Hasan’s academic[Read More…]

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Will Nehru’s Secular India Survive post- 2019 Elections?

Will Nehru’s Secular India Survive post- 2019 Elections?

 The secular minded academics and civil society have reminded us once again that Nehru’s secular legacy needs to be remembered in a given political context, on the occasion of his 55th death anniversary on 27 May, 2019. It is not wrong to say that Nehru’s ‘National Philosophy’- which broadly emphasis on values and principles like secularism, socialism, scientific educations, inclusive[Read More…]

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

After the landslide and historic victory of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP in 2019 parliamentary polls, political pundits and scholars have critically reflected on and wrote several articles in the mainstream newspapers and elsewhere to understand and explain the second avatar of PM Modi-2.0 in the Indian politics with absolute majority. This time, the Modi led BJP has[Read More…]

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

As the last phase of 2019 election campaign is just going to be concluded within a few days,political parties are now busy in scrambling for the votes of gullible masses including Indian Muslims. To be precise, the issues which are dominated during the 2019 elections campaigns are such as corruptions, muscular nationalism, bad governance, terrorism, (to note that this time,[Read More…]

Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

Development, Democracy and Welfare under UPA and NDA: Comparative analysis

  The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia has organized 2nd Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Annual Memorial Lecture on 23 April 2019, entilled, ‘Democracy, State & Welfare Under UPA & NDA: The Regime Effect’, which has been addressed by Prof. Zoya Hasan, a noted Political scientist and currently an emeritus Professor at Centre for[Read More…]

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New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

New churning in ‘Bahujan politics’ in UP and Maharashtra

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar Ever since the Hindu nationalist forces led by PM Modi came to power in 2014, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the range of violence and atrocities against Dalits, religious and gender minorities have increased. And a new trend infamously known as mob-lynching, in which mostly Muslims including Dalits[Read More…]

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   Badre  Alam Khan- A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128thanniversary in the times of rising the neo-liberal Hindutva

   Badre  Alam Khan- A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128thanniversary in the times of rising the neo-liberal Hindutva

             “If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country No matter what the Hindus say. Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost.”  (Dr.  BR Ambedkar)  The political parties, civil society intellectuals belonging[Read More…]

Lynching, everyday communalism and demonizing the Indian Muslims

Lynching, everyday communalism and demonizing the Indian Muslims

It is crucial to note that after the rise of the Hindu nationalist forces and under the new leadership of Shah-PM Modi, the contours and forms of communalism have now taken a different shape. It has to be noted that everyday forms of communalism and violence like mob-violence, lynching, hate crimes, in the name of cow protection, against minorities and[Read More…]

Remembering the Bhagat Singh’s revolutionary legacy in the times of cultural intolerance

Remembering the Bhagat Singh’s revolutionary legacy in the times of cultural intolerance

Let me remind that we are living in the era of the deep crisis of thought and ‘age of cultural intolerance’ across the world because of the Right-wing conservative forces has captured the power in most of the countries. For instance, the rise of Donald Trump in the USA, Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and PM Modi in India etc. could[Read More…]

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 ‘De-colonizing’ Indian Political Thought: Some Reflections

 ‘De-colonizing’ Indian Political Thought: Some Reflections

Last evening on behalf of the Political Science department (25th Feb, 2019), Jamia Millia Islamia, has organized a public lecture on “Political Thought and Historical Difference”, by Prof.  Sudipta Kaviraj, currently Professor of Intellectual history and Indian politics at the Columbia University, USA. The lecture was chaired by well-known political theorist Prof. Rajeev Bhargava, (Centre for study of developing societies,[Read More…]

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Muslims have now become ‘Neo- Dalits’ in Indian Society

Muslims have now become ‘Neo- Dalits’ in Indian Society

 Just few days back, a book titled ‘Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims after the Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission reports’, authored by Mr. Abdur Rahman who is currently civil servant (IPS) of Maharashtra cadre, was released by the Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha, a renowned academician and currently Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha from RJD at the Indian Islamic culture[Read More…]

The new Bahujan alliance in UP:  A challenge to the neo-liberal Hindutva forces

The new Bahujan alliance in UP:  A challenge to the neo-liberal Hindutva forces

 Co-Written by Badre Alam and Sanjay Kumar The recent press conference which was addressed by jointly the BSP chief Mawawati and the SP president Akhilesh Yadav in the Lucknow on 12th Jan 2019 is to be considered as a historical and futuristic in nature, ahead of the 2019 general election. This alliance tries to put-forward the new phase of radical Dalit-Bahujan[Read More…]

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Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

As reported in the media that the BJP led Union Cabinet on Monday 7th Jan 2019 has approved 10 reservations for economically weaker upper castes in the government jobs and education.  For giving the reservation, the government has underlined the criterion for deciding economically weaker section, would be based on the size of ‘land holdings’ and the income of the respective[Read More…]

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Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

 Since the BJP government came into power in 2014, it has initiated and purposed to make legislation on Muslim women mainly around the instant Triple talaq. Just few days back, Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha where BJP has majority. However, opposition’s parties belonging to the Left, Congress and including Muslims political parties (AIMIM) led by Mr. Asaduddin[Read More…]

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The Parameters of Cosmopolitan Ethics: Search for ‘Global Ethical order’ in the age of inequality

The Parameters of Cosmopolitan Ethics: Search for ‘Global Ethical order’ in the age of inequality

Recently under the aegis of Institute of Social Sciences(established in 1985), a new 7thchapter has been opened namely, Centre For Ethics, Politics & Global Affairs, headed by the Prof. Ashok Acharya, a prominent political theorist at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. The inaugural event took place on 19th December 2018, which included public lectures by two eminent[Read More…]

Mushirual Hasan Passes Away

Mushirual Hasan Passes Away

     Mushirual Hasan was born on 15 August 1949 Bilaspur in Uttar Pradesh. He studied at Aligarh Muslims University, and did his M. A. in1969.  Later he went to the Cambridge University for higher education. He was an eminent academic historian of modern India.  He passed away early morning (10 December, 2018) at the age of 70 years. Hasan[Read More…]

Book Review: Search for a‘Real Ambedkar’ in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva

Book Review: Search for a‘Real Ambedkar’ in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan and Sanjay Kumar The Republic of Caste: Thinking equality in time of Neoliberal Hindutva by Anand Teltumbde, Delhi: Navayana, (2018), pp 432, Rs,600. Anand Teltumbde is a prominent public intellectual and civil rights activist. He is presently general secretary of the committee for protection of democratic rights.  He is also associated with the All India forum for[Read More…]

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Beyond Secular vs. Communal: Quest for an Egalitarian Society

Beyond Secular vs. Communal: Quest for an Egalitarian Society

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar The historians of modern India have been consistently arguing for many decades about India’s colonial legacy, like elsewhere, of communal consciousness evoked by colonial census. While doing so, historians and social anthropologists have emphasized as to how colonial state had become ‘ethnographic state’. Communalism versus secularism has been fiercely debated and discussed[Read More…]

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