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Liberal Dogmatism | Irfan Engineer

March 28, 2018 - 11:10 am in Faiths, Reforms

One must agree with the advice of Ramchandra Guha (‘Liberals, sadly’, IE, 20/3/18) that the “liberals must have courage to take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists”. Guha misses many Muslim liberals who take on both communalists. We could name dozens…

Visions of Secularism: Triple Talaq Judgment

September 8, 2017 - 5:54 pm in Faiths, Reforms

Secularism is once again being debated after the 5 member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of India set aside by majority of 3:2 Judgment in…

Can Madrassas be compared with RSS run Schools?

March 6, 2017 - 10:51 am in Education

Digvijay Singh’s tweet ‘Madrassas and Sarswati Shishu mandirs (SSM), both spread hate’ (Feb 23 2017) has evoked lot of response from diverse sections.…

Madrasa Discourses: Reconciliation between Islamic theology & modern science

January 9, 2017 - 1:35 pm in Education

Recently, University of Notre Dame of Indiana, USA has introduced an extensive program “Madrasa Discourses” aimed at advancing scientific and theological literacy among the Madrasa graduates. This program for capacity-building and academic engagement is…

Whither Justice for Religious Minorities

October 19, 2016 - 12:40 pm in Reforms

Retired Justice of Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju wrote (26 September 2016) to the Supreme Court judges, “You are aware that one Ikhilaq was brutally lynched by cow vigilantes in Dadri. Instead of severely punishing the perpetrators of this heinous…

Political class is fragmenting Indian Social Fabric

July 20, 2016 - 1:06 pm in Governance

No one is interested in finding the truth. The truth sometimes becomes Hindu, sometimes Muslim and sometimes Christian or else. The facts and circumstances are interpreted as per the convenience of the concerned persons or the authorities. Sometimes the concept…

Muhammad Ali : The man who shook the world

June 6, 2016 - 11:46 am in Faiths

Conversion as a powerful statement against segregation and subjugation Muhammad Ali is no more but his death has revived him more than ever and his popularity transcended nations and nationalities. One thing is certain that there is no one like him and its…

Growing Intolerance

November 27, 2015 - 9:36 pm in Culture

Recently in an interview at an award function, Amir Khan, mentioned that his wife, Kiran asked him whether they should leave the country. To Amir Khan, the statement of his wife was disastrous and indicated growing intolerance in the country. Though we condemn…

STOP Demonizing Islam

November 26, 2015 - 3:28 pm in Faiths

Perhaps, no religion of world permits destruction and violence; instead they all preach for peace and harmony among human beings. However, western countries belonging to a particular color of skin think themselves as superior from others, have grouped together…

Emperor Aurangzeb: A Victim of false propaganda

August 31, 2015 - 1:30 pm in Society

Aurangzeb is victim of false propaganda against him. Fact is that he was a pious person, despite being the mighty emperor of wealthiest empire in the world, he did not lead luxurious life.   As per instructions of Islam, he led a frugal life.  He ate very…