The mullahs and their followers have a nasty penchant for concocting bizarre conspiracy theories at the drop of a skull-cap but Vastanvi's naïve and untenable claims about Muslims in Gujarat stoked the agitation that now threatens to displace him
The new Deoband chief faces continued opposition, with the self-styled 'Shahi' Imam stepping in with a bizarre claim that ' Vastanvi was nudged by the Congress to issue his alleged pro-Modi statements'
A campaign of calumny — with much exaggeration, sensation and alarm — starts, accusing Deoband's new vice-chancellor as being ‘guilty’ of the sin of ‘distributing idols’
Darul Uloom's new chief's statements on his home state cause dissensions in, as the Deobandis call it, the ‘fortress of the faith’ and generate heated debate among ‘ordinary’ Muslims
'Hindus and Muslims are totally separate nations. There is no doubt at all about this... India has a secular system, which we can under no condition accept'
An analysis of Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Kashmir: Nava-e Hurriyat (“Kashmir: Voice of Freedom”) that provides insights into the man who has always supported the state’s accession to Pakistan and now finds himself at the centrestage of Kashmiri
It's not just the state. The responsibility of Muslim organizations and leaders who claim to represent the Muslims, and to be spokesmen of Islam, cannot be ignored
It's not just non-Muslims and sensible, liberal, progressive-minded Muslims who have problems with the 'Islamic Media' mogul Zakir Naik. His share of critics is now rapidly expanding to include a growing number of influential ‘Islamic’ clerics
The continuing violence in Kashmir is likely to persist under conflicting claims and demands of nationalism and of religion
Deoband, India’s largest seminary, hastened to announce that the recent controversial fatwa does not forbid Muslim women working outside their homes. A close look.
Is it any wonder if hardly any educated Muslim women take the Deobandi mullahs seriously? That non-Muslims, in general, are forced to think that Islam stands for raw, untamed patriarchy and male chauvinism?
With the arrest of Tariq Dar, alleged to be a member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba, Delhi Police claims to have cracked the Delhi serial blasts case: What's behind the Lashkar's designs of exporting terror beyond Kashmir into the rest of the
This Diwali and Id, as we remember and grieve for the victims of terrorism in Delhi, it is time also to remember that the initial goodwill generated by the efforts of the Army and the few NGOs active in earthquake affected J&K urgently needs to be bu
I have recently earned this epithet after discovering that Hindutva fascists and Islamist radicals need to be opposed equally consistently. Before that truth dawned on me, my denunciations of Hindutva were regularly published in the Jama'at-i Islami'
'It is for Hindu religious leaders and social reformers to talk on the religion,' and not a 'declared non-believer' Karunanidhi, argues RSS mounthpiece Organiser. Why, then, does it present itself as a saviour of Muslim women from the 'tyrann
AIMPLB's recently-held eighteenth national conference in Bhopal received some commentary on its anti-reform stand on the triple-talaq issue and the model nikahnama, but the more controversial revival of talk of establishing a separate system of 'Isla
Advocates of reform are sorely disappointed by the AIMPLB's much touted 'model' Nikahnama that hardly meets any of their long-standing demands.
The temptation to credit the AIMPLB with a monopoly over shari'ah-based discourse must be firmly resisted, for it is not a representative body, nor are its views legally enforceable.
Police personnel and media persons gather at Baghambari Gaddi math as Akhara Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj was found dead, in Prayagraj.PTI Photo
A sniffers dog of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), performs skills during the passing out parade of the Sniffer Dogs squad team, in Ranchi.PTI Photo
People perform 'Tarpan' ritual for the remembrance of their ancestors on the banks of the Ganga river during 'Pitri Paksha' at Assi ghat in Varanasi.PTI Photo
A little girl holds her stuffed animal high above the water as migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande river from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad AcuÃ±a, to avoid deportation. The U.S. is flying...Photo by AP/PTI
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau casts his ballot in the 44th general federal election as he's joined by his son Hadrien in Montreal.Photo by AP/PTI
India is poised to become a global education hub with the government introducing major policy changes
Outlook's annual ranking of India’s top 50 State Private Universities in 2021 will help students make an informed choice.
Jain to Patidar. Was caste a decisive factor in the BJP’s choice for CM during the recent change of guard in Gujarat?
Virat Kohli will step down as T20 captain of India and RCB but that will not take away the fact that he remains a unique leader
With all foreign soldiers out of Afghanistan, the Taliban is now in a position to do pretty much what it wants.
It can be a crucial stepping stone to develop young minds to appreciate the importance of practising honesty throughout their academic journey and lay the foundations for successful professional careers.
One can be pro-religion, but against coerced religion; one can be pro-vaccines, but against coercion and mandates