Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021

Yoginder Sikand

Foot In Mouth?

Jan 25, 2011 Yoginder Sikand

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

'Government Mullah'

Jan 24, 2011 Yoginder Sikand

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 New Turn In The Internecine War

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’

The Maulana From Gujarat

Jan 21, 2011 Yoginder Sikand

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

'It Is Undoubtedly A Religious Issue'

'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'

26 September, 2010

The Face Of 'Azadi'

Yoginder Sikand

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

20 January, 2011

Beyond Sachar

Yoginder Sikand

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

14 January, 2011

And Now The Mullahs

Yoginder Sikand

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

10 August, 2010

Trapped By Competing Narratives

Yoginder Sikand

The continuing violence in Kashmir is likely to persist under conflicting claims and demands of nationalism and of religion

24 May, 2010

Unveiling Deoband’s Fatwas On Women

Yoginder Sikand

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.

14 May, 2010

A Flurry Of Fatwas From Misogynist Mullahs

Yoginder Sikand

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?

14 November, 2005

Lashkar's Jihadist Agenda

Yoginder Sikand

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

31 October, 2005

If Not Now, Then When?

Yoginder Sikand

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

15 June, 2005
Ameerul Hind Maulana Seyed Asad Madani, President of the Jamiat-Ulama-I-Hind with Sonia Gandhi at the 28th Jamiat-Ulama-I-Hind all India General session, in New Delhi, May 29, 2005.

'Enemy Of Islam'

Yoginder Sikand

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'

31 May, 2005

The Arbiters Of Hindutva

Yoginder Sikand

'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

26 May, 2005

An Outrageous Proposal

Yoginder Sikand

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

12 May, 2005

A Flawed Model

Yoginder Sikand

Advocates of reform are sorely disappointed by the AIMPLB's much touted 'model' Nikahnama that hardly meets any of their long-standing demands.

05 May, 2005

Listen To The Women

Yoginder Sikand

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.

Photo Gallery

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 Acuña, 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

Outlook Latest Issue

Subscribe Now
Cover Story

Class Of The Future Has India As Global Education Hub

India is poised to become a global education hub with the government introducing major policy changes

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2021

Top 50 State Private Universities

Outlook's annual ranking of India’s top 50 State Private Universities in 2021 will help students make an informed choice.

Top 50 State Private Universities


A Patel Over Rupani: A Safer Bet in Gujarat?

Jain to Patidar. Was caste a decisive factor in the BJP’s choice for CM during the recent change of guard in Gujarat?

Bhavna Vij-Aurora
A Patel Over Rupani: A Safer Bet in Gujarat?


Virat Kohli’s Abrasive Leadership Style Gave Indian Cricket A New Dimension

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

Sep 20, 2021 Arijit Ghosh

Taliban: What’s Next For The International Community?

With all foreign soldiers out of Afghanistan, the Taliban is now in a position to do pretty much what it wants.

Sep 13, 2021 Seema Guha

Rising Challenges Of Plagiarism In The Era Of Online Education

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.

Sep 12, 2021 Chaitali Moitra

Vaccine Mandates Harm Long-Term Public Health

One can be pro-religion, but against coerced religion; one can be pro-vaccines, but against coercion and mandates

Sep 12, 2021 Kameswari Chebrolu