Articles by: Badre Alam Khan

The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

  Just a few days ago the NHRC (National Human Right Commission) has released its report on ‘Jamia Violence’ which took place on 15th December 2019 night.  The Commission in its report has largely blamed students and said that they indulged in violent protests without permission from concerned authority.  The report while giving some ‘soft criticism’ to the Delhi police,[Read More…]

July 1, 2020 India
Online Education cannot be a substitute for the ‘Inclusive Classroom’ Education in post Covid-19 World

Online Education cannot be a substitute for the ‘Inclusive Classroom’ Education in post Covid-19 World

  After the announcement of strict lockdown by PM Modi from 24th March 2020, Public Universities, Colleges, and Schools had been completely closed down and supposed to follow the guidelines and advisory issued by Central governments that led to the suspension of classroom teaching in India. Meanwhile, universities and colleges teachers have got instructions from concerned authorities to take online[Read More…]

June 25, 2020 India
Stand in Solidarity with Harsh Mander:  A Tireless Defender of Human Rights

Stand in Solidarity with Harsh Mander:  A Tireless Defender of Human Rights

  Just a few days back, the chargesheet was filed by the Delhi police against a well-known Human Right activist and committed Gandhian   Harsh Mander along with other activists.  The Delhi police alleged that Mander had incited violence (mainly to those people who were protesting against anti-constitutional Act like CAA). As a result, Delhi riots took place in the month of February 2020,[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 Communal Harmony
 How can Indian Economy become “Self-Reliant” without having an Alternative National Economic Policy?

 How can Indian Economy become “Self-Reliant” without having an Alternative National Economic Policy?

  Just a few days back on 11th June 2020, PM Modi has addressed 95th annual plenary session of Indian Chamber of Commerce, (ICC) via video conference in Kolkata. While addressing the members of the ICC, he stressed the need for building a Self-reliance economy in India including in the case of Kolkata in the post-COVID-19 world. Our Prime Minister[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 India
Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

The World Environment Day (henceforth WED) was initially started by the UN General Assembly in 1972, on the first day of the Stockholm Conference. The objective of this conference was primarily based on, to connect the human with nature and promote the interactions, so that harmony between environment and human could be realized. The WED is being celebrated on 5th[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 Environmental Protection
After one year of Modi-2.0:  Some Critical Reflections

After one year of Modi-2.0:  Some Critical Reflections

 After the completion of one year of Modi-2.0, several supporters of the BJP are now busy in underlining the huge success and achievements of the Modi-Shah duo in the public domain. They claim, PM Modi with a landslide victory in 2019, has done historic job after passing legislation (like triple talaq, the abolition of Article 370, and Citizenship Amendment Act).[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 India
Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Recently history of a medical science professor Frank M. Snowden (who is emeritus professor at Yale University, USA) in his book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, which appeared in 2019 has reminded that if we look at epidemics from the historical and political economy perspective view, most of the epidemics (like tuberculosis, plague, and Spanish[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
How Can We Fight The Threat of Communalism, Casteism and Racism in the Post Covid-19?

How Can We Fight The Threat of Communalism, Casteism and Racism in the Post Covid-19?

 Amidst Covid-19 national lockdown, our country is passing through the most difficult times, perhaps since India’s partition. The current threat of lethal virus (the curve is still not getting completely flatten as expected earlier) has not only pose serious threats in the public health system but has also created huge challenges and crises in the socio-economic realm too. Till now,[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 Communal Harmony
Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Crisis of Neo-Liberalism and Bourgeois Democratic Order: Return of ‘State Socialism’

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar                                             ‘[The] Virus is a product of nature; the crisis is a product of neo-liberalism’ [(Salas and Silverman, 2020); Cited by Vijay Prasad, EPW, March 2020].             The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (followed by the stringent national lockdown in India and elsewhere) is not only posing huge challenges in health[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
We need Sufi’s Legacy of ‘Communal Harmony’ and not Communalism during the COVID-19 

We need Sufi’s Legacy of ‘Communal Harmony’ and not Communalism during the COVID-19 

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Dastagir Khan   It is to be noted that South Asia  is the  land  of  several  Sufis and Saints (like, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Amir Khusro, Dara Sikoh and Kabir, etc,) who taught us human and universal values like love, devotions, compassion, brotherhood, social equality and of course spread out the message of communal harmony among religious[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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The Relevance of Ambedkar’s Idea of ‘State Socialism’ in the Time of COVID-19

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan  & Dastagir Khan In spite of educated from prestigious university like Columbia and Landon School of Economy (LSE), Babasaheb Ambedkar (1891-1956) had struggled a lot in his entire life and faced caste discriminations, humiliations and experienced untouchability during his lifetime. After the 129 years of his birth, still the larger conditions of India’s Dalits in[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 India
Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   The scholars have expressed that the pandemic like novel coronavirus that followed by the national lockdown (which was announced by our PM on 24th March) is adversely affecting both sectors like economic and health. Given the week welfare measures and PDS (public distribution system), lives and livelihoods of millions of people mainly[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 India
Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Amidst Lockdown, Socio-economic Implications on India’s Poor

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Dastgir Khan  Currently, most of the countries are passing through the critical phase because we are confronting huge risks and challenges from the lethal disease coronavirus (medically known as Covid-19, which initially started from China, city of Wuhan), has now spread out at the global level. As a result, several thousand people have died[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 India
In the wake of Covid-19, We Must Reclaim our Secular and Inclusive Legacy

In the wake of Covid-19, We Must Reclaim our Secular and Inclusive Legacy

     Faizan Mustafa in his recent piece, appeared in The Indian Express, March 21, 2020 titled, “Let us be frank on Secularism” argues that some kind of Hindu Rashtra (which will bring out values like liberalism, modernity, equality and cultural freedom) would help to bring out ‘peace’ and protect the rights of minority communities including Indian Muslims. For him, this[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 India
The perspective from ‘Below’ and Feminist Literature in the Social Sciences

The perspective from ‘Below’ and Feminist Literature in the Social Sciences

  “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved”.  (BR. Ambedkar) In the remembrance of the International Women’s Day, Sarojini Naidu Centre for women’s studies, Jamia Millia Islamia has organized 6th Sarojini Naidu annual memorial lecture on the theme of “Creation and Dissemination of Feminist Knowledge” on 3rd March 2020 at Jamia,[Read More…]

March 8, 2020 Patriarchy
Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

Democracy, Development and Political Under Representation of Muslims in India

It is crucial to note that Jamia Millia Islamia, a ‘Lusty Child’ of the Non-Cooperation, the Khilafat movements and product of anti-colonial struggle, as mentioned by Prof. Mushirual Hasan and Rakshanda Jalil in their book, “Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia”, has now completed its 100 years in 2020. To celebrate and commorate100 years of Jamia, several programmes, seminars, conferences[Read More…]

February 29, 2020 India
Amidst Protests, Masses are Getting Politicized and Energized

Amidst Protests, Masses are Getting Politicized and Energized

 It is a historic moment for all of us that Jamia is among the first Central University in our country which has now completed its hundred years of an academic journey. This august institution and its stalwarts had vehemently participated in the anti-colonial struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi. And its founding members like Zakir Husain, Mohammad Mujeeb and Maulana Mohammad[Read More…]

February 22, 2020 India
Vibrant ‘Education System’ for doing Social Science in India  

Vibrant ‘Education System’ for doing Social Science in India  

It is a historical moment to remind us that Jamia Millia Islamia, is a ‘Lusty Child’ of the Non-Cooperation and the Khilafat movements (which were launched under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and supported by Jamia’s stalwarts to fight against the colonial rule) has now completed its 100 years in 2020. To celebrate 100 years of Jamia, several programmes, seminars[Read More…]

February 17, 2020 India
Role of Public Intellectuals in Civil Society Protest

Role of Public Intellectuals in Civil Society Protest

Attack on public intellectuals is no longer limited to any specific group as a state response to protests against the number of government policies. Indian political scene witnessed several protests on many issues beginning from demonetization, Rohit Vemula’s suicide at HCU and Una agitation in Gujarat and attacks on JNU students. However, it has taken an unprecedented rise on the[Read More…]

February 15, 2020 India
From Shah Bano Case to Shaheen Bagh:  Challenges to Majoritarianism

From Shah Bano Case to Shaheen Bagh:  Challenges to Majoritarianism

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Wasim Ahsan In a just concluded Assembly Election (11th Jan 2020), the AAP (Aam Admi Party) has got ‘Landslide Victory’ by securing 62 out of 70 seats and defeated the BJP with a huge margin. In this election, Shaheen Bagh protest site was the center of discourse amidst electoral campaign. Most of the BJP’s[Read More…]

February 12, 2020 India
Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

 Before engaging with Professor Partha Chatterjee’s essay published in the Wire, 18th January on the anti-CAA protests going on at nation-wide, let me briefly give his academic background and kind of works produced by him. He is one of India’s leading scholars who have produced large volume of the literature on themes like Nationalism as derivative discourse, Secularism, debates around[Read More…]

February 10, 2020 India
 The Return of Gandhi in the Indian Public sphere

 The Return of Gandhi in the Indian Public sphere

   On the occasion of 72th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to save his  dream  of ‘Secular India’ from the current onslaught of Hindutva forces,  a long march ( from Jamia to  Rajghat on 30th January 2020)  was organized by Jamia’s students to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and register protest against the CAA–NPR-NRC at his Samadhi, Rajghat. However,[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 India
Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

While celebrating the Republic Day, a public lecture on the topic of ‘Citizenship’ (which now has become a contentious issue after the passing of the CAA, and which has also triggered massive protests at the nation-wide,) was organized by a group of students and activists, teachers (mainly associated with JNU, DU and Jamia) under the aegis of Shaheen Ki Taleem[Read More…]

January 28, 2020 India
 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

Co-Written by Badre  Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”  (BR Ambedkar)   Since the BJP government has passed the anti-constitutional CAA in Parliament on 12th December 2019; massive protests triggered and as a result currently, India is witnessing unprecedented protests in the history of Independent[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
 Dissenting voices:  CAA and NPR-NRC

 Dissenting voices:  CAA and NPR-NRC

  Recently majority of the countries are witnessing massive protests and agitations world over on the issues of economic inequality, public corruptions, political freedom, and suppression of dissenting voices by the state agency such as police and army. The ongoing protests on the said issues in the countries like, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, India and other West Asia[Read More…]

January 17, 2020 India
Amidst the darkness we are living in the age of Protests

Amidst the darkness we are living in the age of Protests

 Presently most of the countries are witnessing massive protests, agitations, and public demonstrations across the world around the issues of economic inequality, corruptions, political freedom, and suppression of democratic rights including the police brutality. The ongoing protests on said issues in the countries like, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, and other West Asia regions could be cited as cases[Read More…]

January 12, 2020 India
India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

Co- written by, Wakeel Ahmed, Badre Alam Khan and Wasim Ahsan   After the passing the unconstitutional CAA by the Indian Parliament on 12th December, 2019;  it has created a massive unrest at the nation-wide and as a result, students, Left and secular forces have started opposing the said Act on the grounds of violating the basic tenants of our[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Co- written by Badre Alam Khan, Wakeel Ahmed and Wasim Ahsan The Delhi Police have forcefully entered Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) university campus without the any permission of university administration (as the Chief Proctor of Jamia has officially tweeted) and started fired tear gas inside campus and even students studying in the library of JMI. Some students were severely injured.[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
Ambedkar, Constitutional Morality and the Question of Minority Rights in Today’s Indian politics

Ambedkar, Constitutional Morality and the Question of Minority Rights in Today’s Indian politics

  “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)  “Until 1990, Ambedkar was untouchable to all[Read More…]

December 8, 2019 India
 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…]

November 27, 2019 India
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…]

November 20, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

November 16, 2019 India
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…]

November 5, 2019 Book Review
 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…]

October 31, 2019 Book Review
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…]

October 21, 2019 India
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…]

October 16, 2019 India
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…]

October 12, 2019 India
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…]

October 2, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

September 4, 2019 Book Review
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…]

August 16, 2019 Life/Philosophy
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…]

June 7, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

May 27, 2019 India
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…]

May 16, 2019 India
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…]

April 25, 2019 India
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…]

April 23, 2019 India
A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128th anniversary in the times of rising the neo-liberal Hindutva

A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128th anniversary 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…]

April 15, 2019 Annihilate Caste
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…]

April 1, 2019 Book Review
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…]

March 22, 2019 Life/Philosophy
 ‘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…]

February 27, 2019 Life/Philosophy
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…]

February 12, 2019 Book Review
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…]

January 25, 2019 India
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…]

January 8, 2019 India
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…]

January 2, 2019 India
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…]

December 24, 2018 Communal Harmony
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…]

December 10, 2018 Life/Philosophy
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…]

December 6, 2018 Annihilate Caste, Book Review
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…]

November 11, 2018 Book Review