Divided by the Clergy

Divided by the Clergy

By Fasil Hussain Rather It can be argued that in the contemporary world, Muslims have failed in developing a positive dialogue with other communities. Then, there is also a conflict within Muslim society as well. Muslims are divided into many sects and organisations. However, this in itself is not a problem, but the way each […]

Azadi, in word and deed

Azadi, in word and deed

By Shahnaz Bashir Changing social realities determine changes in their languages of expression. The liberal narrative in India on the practices, properties and definitions of nationalism is direly needed Azadi – from that of the conservatives. For being “controversially” in vogue, the sensitive word Azadi was automatically cherry-picked in JNU to provoke the right-wingers on […]

Azadi to deny Azadi

Azadi to deny Azadi

By Muhammad Faysal   WTO se Azadi” echoes in our dark living rooms after India’s neo-colonial version of East India Company, NHPC takes the liberty to switch off the power grid. The chant of Azadi, that anthem of Kashmir’s freedom struggle, the song instinctively learnt and memorised by Kashmiri children born during the 1990s, like […]

Science is a low priority in India

By Muzafar Jan The website of the Indian Department of Science and Technology says, “India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research”. But an objective analysis of scientific knowledge production in India during the past 50-60 years guides a conclusion that it is remarkably almost non-existent, uninspiring and mediocre by […]

Getting Kashmir’s Priorities to the Table

Getting Kashmir’s Priorities to the Table

With India and Pakistan engaging in small talk, holding hands and contemplating (maybe) a discussion of their differences over Kashmir, there is an exigent need for Kashmiris to weigh carefully and review again any opportunities to participate in such discussions as proprietors of their own nation. Most importantly, who will represent them at the negotiating […]

Streamlining Coaching Centers

Streamlining Coaching Centers

By Gh Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh Even though there is a mushrooming growth of private coaching centers in our state, a majority of them do not accomplish the basic requirement of preparing students to excel in competitive examinations. These centers are usually run by government and private school teachers. Most of them lack the passion to achieve […]

Purifying Intention

Purifying Intention

By Sajad Ahmad Mir Many a great deed is dwarfed by ill-intention and many a lowly deed is extolled by sincere intention —(Abdullah Ibn Mubarak RA) Of all the faculties a man is blessed with, intention [Niyyat] occupies a significant place. If the parable of Islam with reference to intention is to be understood as […]

Jamaal Kak, Ahad Kak and a tale of Cricket

Jamaal Kak, Ahad Kak and a tale of Cricket

“In our mohalla, we have two renowned supporters of cricket who love to watch every match of any team. And they have been doing this for ages” By Rameez Bhat Cricket is a win or lose game. And quite a lot of people are admirers of this majestic game. This game is also meant for […]

The logic of gauging God

The logic of gauging God

By Mir Uzair Farooq In the 8th century CE a debate happened in the city of Baghdad between Imam Abu Hanifah, one of the four major scholars of Islamic jurisprudence, and an atheist. Imam Abu Hanifah arrived late and as is obvious he was questioned about it. Abu Hanifah explained, “I was standing for a […]

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