Articles by: Syed Ali Mujtaba

File photo of Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army soldiers in September 2019 | Photo: ANI

India- China doing Handstands on Edge of a Ladak Cliff

The Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso remains poised on a razor’s edge. India- China animosity is high, mutual trust is nonexistent, and all past agreements and mechanisms that provided the basis for managing the border dispute have gone for a toss. The situation is slipping fast towards a point of no return, but a war that looks[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 India
Division Bench Acknowledges Injustices against Indian Muslims

Division Bench Acknowledges Injustices against Indian Muslims

Injustice against Indian Muslim by the BJP government is a quite talk in many quarters in India, but never among those sitting in judgment and delivering justice. This silence is broken by a division bench of Justice Tanaji V Nalawade and Justice Mukund G Sewlikar of Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court who on August 21, 2020 made some[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 India
 Report Card- One Year of Direct rule in Jammu and Kashmir

 Report Card- One Year of Direct rule in Jammu and Kashmir

The Forum for Human Rights, an informal group of 21 concerned Indian citizens have come up with a report of the one year direct rule in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The informal group comprises six top level judges of India, six high level bureaucrats, three members from Indian armed forces, two members from human rights organization ,[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 India
Watching God vs No God Media ‘Dangal’ in Tamil Nadu

Watching God vs No God Media ‘Dangal’ in Tamil Nadu

There is a media ‘dangal’ going on in Tamil Nadu between those who believe in god’s party and those who do not. A fictitious pro god party is created with a mission to attack godless parties, as a devised political strategy in an attempt to capture power in the state. How far such political strategy to divide people between on[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 India
COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of Journalists in India

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of Journalists in India

The suicide by a scribe jumping from the roof top of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on July 6, 2020 was shocking. Journalist Tarun Sisodia (37) was working with Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar and hailed from Bhajanpura locality of Northeast Delhi. He was admitted to the AIIMS with specific symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. He ran[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 India
China achieving its Military Objectives in Ladak de-escalates tension

China achieving its Military Objectives in Ladak de-escalates tension

As news reports are coming that China is disengaging its forces from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the words of former National Security Advisor Shivsankar Menon comes as a handy quote. The former Ambassador to China says; China moves two steps forward and then takes one step backward, having a net gain of one step, each time it withdraws[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 India
TN Custodial Killings- Police Officers to be charged for Murder

TN Custodial Killings- Police Officers to be charged for Murder

Chennai: The Madras High Court judges, Justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi, hearing the custodial deaths of Jayaraj and his son Bennix on June 22-23 has observed that prima facie, it appears that there are sufficient material to make out a case for murder against the police officers stated to have been involved in these custodial killings. Jayaraj and his[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 Human Rights
Tamil Nadu Muslim group conducts funeral service of Corona victims

Tamil Nadu Muslim group conducts funeral service of Corona victims

Chennai June 24 – A Muslim group in Tamil Nadu is actively involved in conducting proper funeral rites of dead bodies mostly of Corona victims belonging to different faiths. The volunteers of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), a Muslim non-governmental organization have performed the last rights of about 139 dead bodies belonging to different religions commencing from March 25,[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 Communal Harmony
2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

The woe of the victim families of the Gujarat riots of 2002 continues unabated. Even 18 years after that horrendous communal program the victims are living in utter neglect. Close to two lakh people were displaced in the 2002 Gujarat riots. These people remained displaced for more than a year then some Muslim relief organizations, along with a few local[Read More…]

by June 14, 2020 India
Elephant Killing in Kerala has nothing to do with Malappuram Muslims

Elephant Killing in Kerala has nothing to do with Malappuram Muslims

Anti-Muslim propaganda fails to die in India. After the Tabligi Jamat now Muslims of   Malappuram district of Kerala is being targeted for killing of a pregnant elephant that was apparently done to death by eating pineapple laced with explosives. According to forest officials, the wild elephant had left the forests of the Silent Valley in Palakkad district and wandered into[Read More…]

by June 4, 2020 India
Why do Indian Media Detest Muslims So Much?

Why do Indian Media Detest Muslims So Much?

Indian Muslims always get a bad press and the blame is put on the community for not doing anything spectacular that may give them positive coverage. This is a hackneyed narrative that is going on since independence against the largest minority of the country. Muslims has been on the receiving end, searching souls, looking for faults within themselves which aren’t[Read More…]

by May 19, 2020 India
 Live with the Corona Virus – PM says to the Nation

 Live with the Corona Virus – PM says to the Nation

Every Indian had few questions in their mind, when they turned on their TV sets at 8 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to listen to the Prime Minister Narandra Modi. Their questions were; will there be extension to lock down 3.0? What government has achieved in containing the Covid-19 and what are its future plans? What efforts government is making to revive[Read More…]

by May 14, 2020 India
In the Shadow of Covid-19, the Story of illegal Arrests in Delhi

In the Shadow of Covid-19, the Story of illegal Arrests in Delhi

In the shadow of Covid- 19 locked down, there has been a spate of arrests being made in Delhi, mostly against the peaceful anti-CAA protesters and also against alleged instigators of communal riots in North-East Delhi. This is an alarming development happening in the national capital that too under the watchful eyes of the Home Minister and the National Security[Read More…]

by May 9, 2020 Human Rights
Home Guards the Unsung Heroes of the Corona War

Home Guards the Unsung Heroes of the Corona War

Chennai April 15, 2020: On March 22, at 5 PM when the nation clapped and beat the vessels to cheer up those fighting the Corona war did anyone thought about Home Guards who are on the forefront to take cudgels with the unseen enemy? In a candid interview, Mr. Manjit Singh Nayyar, Assistant Commandant General for the Home Guards, listed[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 India
Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Guru Nanak College provides succor to stranded laborers in Chennai

Chennai April 13, 2020:  Guru Nanak College at Velachery here has opened its doors to migrant workers from across the country stranded due to COVID-19 lock down. Most of these migrant works were stranded at the Central station and caught in a situation of nowhere to go due to the sudden announcement lock down in the country. In such crucial[Read More…]

by April 13, 2020 India
India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hate Muslim Media Factory- Case Study of Hindi daily ‘Dainik Jagran’

India’s Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, once the world’s largest read daily, with close links to the right wing Hindu outfits called “Sangh Parivar” is hate Muslim media factory. The vernacular newspaper with wide circulation in the communal tinderbox, Uttar Pradesh indulged in creating Islamophobia and communal polarization of the society when Covid- 19 pandemic‘s curve is steeply rising in the[Read More…]

by April 12, 2020 India
Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

Action Plan for Muslims to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

The government’s response to the global Covid19 pandemic has been the best so far. But it would be futile to look at the government to come to the rescue when the impact of this pandemic will be at its peak all over the country. In such a case individuals, groups and communities need to support each other to overcome this[Read More…]

by April 12, 2020 India
We Won’t Go Back to Normal, Because Normal Was the Problem

We Won’t Go Back to Normal, Because Normal Was the Problem

It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago; our country was in motion, a moving anarchy that is how many westerners call India. There were protests all over the country over citizenship issue CAA, NPR and NCR. There was communal riot in Delhi where Hindus killed Muslims and vise-versa. Human divided themselves into religion and gunned for[Read More…]

by March 28, 2020 World
“Visit My Masjid” Programme gets a warm response in Tamil Nadu

“Visit My Masjid” Programme gets a warm response in Tamil Nadu

Chennai March 3, 2020: In wake of discretion of mosques and killing of ‘Imam’ at the recent riots in Delhi, some Muslims in ‘Vaniyambadi,’ a town about 200 km from Chennai, organized a ‘Visit My Masjid’ programme at Masjid-e-Khaderpet on Sunday March 1, 2020. This was done to strengthen inter-faith relations and build a constituency of peace and communal harmony[Read More…]

by March 3, 2020 Communal Harmony
In post Article 370 Phase few Q&A on Kashmir

In post Article 370 Phase few Q&A on Kashmir

Indian government by abrogating Article 370 has put the entire population in Kashmir valley in deep pain and agony. Since October 5, 2019 the people of the valley are subjected to untold hardship and they are silently suffering the pain without any hope of redemption. In the post Article 370 abrogation phase some uneasy questions are being asked about the[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 India
Some Dominant Features of Contemporary India

Some Dominant Features of Contemporary India

There are some dominant features of the contemporary India that needs to be narrated to understand the nature and direction of change that our country is making in a push to redefine nationalism and the bench marks of patriotism. A short summery is that these dominant features of contemporary India, screams loudly that the words like humanity, democracy, justice are[Read More…]

by September 24, 2019 India
In Tamil Nadu, Hindus Observe ‘Allah Festival’ on Eve of Muharram

In Tamil Nadu, Hindus Observe ‘Allah Festival’ on Eve of Muharram

Muharram is first month of the Islamic New Year. This month holds special place for the Muslims all over the world due to killing of Imam Husain in the battle of Karbala (Iraq) on the 10th day of Muharram. Husain was grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and son of Caliph Ali. Muslims mourns the first 10 days of Muharram month[Read More…]

by September 14, 2019 Communal Harmony
Hindu Villagers Protects Mosque in Bihar

Hindu Villagers Protects Mosque in Bihar

In a heartwarming instance of communal harmony, the Hindu residents of Mari village, in Nalanda district of Bihar have given their heart and soul to take care of an old mosque left abandon by the Muslims in their village. According to media report, in Mari village, due to scourge of unemployment Muslim population has slowly eased themselves out of the[Read More…]

by August 31, 2019 Communal Harmony
Some incoherent thoughts on abolition of Article 370

Some incoherent thoughts on abolition of Article 370

The abrogation of Article 370 that binds India to Jammu and Kashmir by the current BJP government has come as a rude shock to those who believed in the famous slogan “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat” as a road map to tackle the problems of alienation in the restive state north of India. The BJP government with a sledge hammer of brute[Read More…]

by August 8, 2019 India
Hindu Son Cries for Muslim Mother –A Tale of Communal Harmony in India

Hindu Son Cries for Muslim Mother –A Tale of Communal Harmony in India

A Facebook post by Sreedharan that “my Umma (mother) has honored the summons of Allah, please pray for her soul…if there is heaven, my Umma will surely find a place there,” has caught many eyeballs. It appeared it was a cry of a Hindu child for her Muslim mother. There was definitely curiosity raised through the FB post. In deeper[Read More…]

by July 14, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

by June 15, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

by June 3, 2019 India
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…]

by May 26, 2019 India
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…]

by March 30, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

by March 20, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

by March 11, 2019 Communal Harmony
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…]

by March 2, 2019 South Asia
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…]

by February 23, 2019 Kashmir
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…]

by February 20, 2019 Life/Philosophy
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…]

by February 17, 2019 India
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…]

by February 12, 2019 India
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…]

by December 19, 2018 Communal Harmony
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…]

by October 19, 2018 Communal Harmony
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…]

by October 12, 2018 Patriarchy
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…]

by August 25, 2018 India
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…]

by August 17, 2018 India
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…]

by August 12, 2018 Communal Harmony
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…]

by August 6, 2018 Human Rights
‘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…]

by July 20, 2018 India
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…]

by June 21, 2018 Kashmir
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…]

by June 10, 2018 India
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…]

by April 2, 2018 Communal Harmony
 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…]

by February 24, 2018 Communal Harmony
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…]

by September 23, 2017 South Asia
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…]

by August 21, 2017 Uncategorized