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Articles by: Syed Ali Mujtaba

100 years old Mosque stands tall in Punjab

100 years old Mosque stands tall in Punjab

The 100 years old mosque in village Hedon Bet, Machhiwara Tehsil in Ludhiana still stands tall, despite zero Muslim population in the village. The Mosque that was built in 1920 lies abandoned for want of worshipers. Thanks to village elders the mosque has not been demolished or being encroached upon by the land grabbers. The elders of the village refuse[Read More…]

Why the new BJP Government is called EVM Sarkar

Why the new BJP Government is called EVM Sarkar

The 2019 parliamentary election mandate is shrouded in suspense, mystery, uneasiness and unhappiness among large section of the people in the country. The clean sweep by the BJP is not accepted by many people and there is a clamor all around, that the BJP has won the polls through EVM manipulation calling the new government as EVM Sarkar . The needle of[Read More…]

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Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

The results of the 2019 general election have dissatisfied a large number of Indians. The message that has come out from the mandate 2019 is that the secular democratic and socialist forces have been marginalized in the country. There are few clear cut narratives that come out from the mandate 2019. The way people have voted for the BJP in[Read More…]

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Muslims getting Visible at Punjab’s Landscape

Muslims getting Visible at Punjab’s Landscape

Punjab faced the full fury of the communal violence in 1947 during the Partition of India. The state witnessed an extremely turbulent and traumatic situation in the run up to the independence and Partition of the country. The transfer of power from British to the dominion of India and Pakistan accompanied large scale transfer of population from both sides of[Read More…]

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Mahatma and his Mock Assassins Visual Text Analysis

Mahatma and his Mock Assassins Visual Text Analysis

              A Professor from Madras University was describing the background of Champaran Satyagrah of 1917, at an International Conference on India Vietnam Relations through the Prism of Gandhian and Ho Chi Minh Philosophies at Centre of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies Sri Venkateshwara University Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh on March 18, 2019. As the learned Professor was speaking why Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

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Will Ayodhya Panel Break the Jinx? 

Will Ayodhya Panel Break the Jinx? 

Ayodhya issue is an explosive mix of history, religion and politics. Can the Ayodhya land dispute mediation panel make any dent in crafting a compromise among the disputing parties is the fundamental question? This method of arbitration has made the case too simple, because if any such compromise has to have reached, it could have been done long ago, and[Read More…]

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India Pakistan after Playing ‘War War’ calls for Truce

India Pakistan after Playing ‘War War’ calls for Truce

 India and Pakistan seem to have just got over playing “War War” on the February 26 and 27, 2019 testing aerial capabilities of each other and in the end declaring victory. In the absence of hard evidences and credible sources, both the sides have sold their own version of the story to save their faces and let the people make[Read More…]

Kashmir Situation – Some Views from South India

Kashmir Situation – Some Views from South India

There are two significant opinions on Kashmir situation expressed by two eminent personalities from Chennai whose opinion matters in the aftermath of the Phulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed 42 security personals, gives a southern perspective to the Kashmir tangle. The first comment came from actor-turned-politician, Kamal Haasan who when  asked to comment on the Pulwama suicide attack[Read More…]

A Lady Muslim IAS Officer Heal Pulwama Wounds

A Lady Muslim IAS Officer Heal Pulwama Wounds

At a time when venom against Indian Muslims is being splashed all over in the Social Media holding them responsible for the terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019, in which 42 CRPF Jawans were martyred in a dastardly terror attack, a Muslim lady IAS officer in Bihar has silenced such ‘Indian vultures’ by adopting[Read More…]

Pulwama Terror Attack: Time for Introspection

Pulwama Terror Attack: Time for Introspection

The terror attack on the CRPF convoy at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir is the most ghastly among all such attacks that so far has happened in the restive state. Every Indian’s heart goes out to the families of the security personnel who were killed or injured in that dastardly attack. The family members of the victims of this barbaric[Read More…]

India Remains a Corrupt Country Under Modi Rule 

India Remains a Corrupt Country Under Modi Rule 

The damaging report published by The Hindu Newspaper provides the clinching evidence that PMO was hobnobbing with the negotiations in the purchase of Rafael aircraft from France. In other words it’s the PM who was presiding over the act of corruption using his high office. ‘The Hindu’ reportage by N. Ram that “Government waived anti-corruption clauses in Rafale deal” and[Read More…]

Reflection on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot in Delhi

Reflection on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot in Delhi

The jail for life conviction of Delhi Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case is too little and too late judgment by the Delhi High Court. The Sikh’s killings occurred a day after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards October 31, 1984. There were other Congress leaders, besides Sajjan Kumar like HKL Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and[Read More…]

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Media Trial in Ayodhya Case Must be Carefully Watched

Media Trial in Ayodhya Case Must be Carefully Watched

The Ayodhya case is now ready for hearing by the Supreme Court from October 29, 2018. This is happening after a hiatus of almost eight years when the legal proceedings was last heard with a shoddy judgment pronounced by the  Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court in 2010. This time when the uninterrupted hearing is going to happen, it’s for[Read More…]

The Girls Do YELL! – A Season of Sexual Allegations in India

The Girls Do YELL! – A Season of Sexual Allegations in India

  Indian media has few pet topics that come with its own season. The universal themes for such season are Indian Muslims, Kashmir and Pakistan. Rape is another topic that has its own season though it comes in daily doses. Breaking the monotony of seasonal news feed a ‘new season’ has now in Indian media. This is allegation of sexual[Read More…]

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India’s New Social Justice System has Resonance in Bihar

India’s New Social Justice System has Resonance in Bihar

India’s new social justice system through lynch mob that’s making hay while sun shines, has resonance in Bihar as well. This time their target was a helpless woman who was stripped and paraded naked on the streets of Arrah town. The most conspicuous part of this justice system was the mood of the lynch mob that was captured in their[Read More…]

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PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech a Damp Squib

PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech a Damp Squib

  Prime Minister Narandra Modi’s 72 Independence day speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort was a damp squib affair. It was just a talk the talk with no meaningful take away. Millions of Indians were expecting that he will come up with pointed achievements that have been made under his rule. However, the high sounding words of[Read More…]

Hindutva terrorism on the Prowl in India

Hindutva terrorism on the Prowl in India

The ugly face of Hindutva terrorism has once again come to limelight with the arrest of three persons in Maharashtra for conspiring to carry out “terror activities” in several of places of the state. According to Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), it has recovered 22 items from the accused home in Pune. These include; 20 crude bombs, two gelatine sheets, a note[Read More…]

Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

Muzafarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities

The horrifying news from a state sponsored shelter home at Muzafarpur town in Bihar has lowered the national esteem beyond imagination. All over the country there has been shock and dismay at this shameful news. No one believed that even such kind of ghastly act can take place in a state run shelter home. Now, when the heat and dust[Read More…]

‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

‘Fake News’ is turning India into ‘lynchocracy’

There is spate of lynching incidents reported from different parts of India. Many of them are attributed to fake news that is discovered much after the damage is done. The Supreme Court of India has become agog to such frightening reality and had ordered the Centre and the States government to take immediate steps to stop the dissemination of misinformation[Read More…]

Kashmir Story and the battle of David vs Goliath

Kashmir Story and the battle of David vs Goliath

  The withdrawal of Bhartiya Janata Party’s support from its ally the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir has plunged the state into a quandary. The Governor’s rule and the promulgation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) have pushed the state into uncertainties. Where do we go from here is story for another day to tell here[Read More…]

Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

In an era of profound distortion of news and storytelling, the most pertinent question that is being asked is; ‘what is News now’? Notwithstanding the debatable facts, the fact remains that we are witnessing new trends and upheavals in the media industry particularly transformative issues in the business of news. Today we are facing an increasing focus on the intersection[Read More…]

Rama Navami Clashes & Rise of Hindu Militancy

Rama Navami Clashes & Rise of Hindu Militancy

Rama Navmi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama. The festival is a part of the Hindu calendar that typically occurs in the months of March or April every year. The festival is an occasion for moral reflection for many Hindus. Traditionally, a Vashnavite’s, day is marked by reading of Ramayana and other stories of Lord[Read More…]

 Shanker Shambhu Qawwal, The Epitome of Indian Plurality

 Shanker Shambhu Qawwal, The Epitome of Indian Plurality

  Two snapshots of visual communication haunt me all the time. One is of the lynch mobs calling themselves as neo patriots and other the You Tube Videos of two Brahmin saints who were sunk deep into Islamic music and epitomised the syncretic cultural tradition of India. The first need no explanation as they are staple diet in the Indian[Read More…]

A Peep Into Rohingya Refugee Life In Chennai

A Peep Into Rohingya Refugee Life In Chennai

There is much attention on the plight of the Roghingas in the media these days. Rohingas are an ethnic population of over one million Sunni Muslims living in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state. They are being persecuted by their own government and the United Nations has called them as the world’s most persecuted community. Since last one decade, scores of Rohingyas[Read More…]

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Hadiya Case: A Potpourri of Conversion, Marriage And Security Case

Hadiya Case: A Potpourri of Conversion, Marriage And Security Case

  The case related to annulment of interreligious marriage between a Muslim groom and Hindu turned Muslim bride by the Kerala High Court has caught the imagination of the entire nation. This national interest in this case is because it has reached the Supreme Court where some high profile lawyers of the country are arguing for and against, bringing out[Read More…]