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Irena Akbar


Irena Akbar is a Lucknow-based entrepreneur and a former journalist with The Indian Express.

Why I protest as a Muslim
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

When agenda is written into law, the “wisdom” of not resisting won’t save you. When you are pushed to the wall, you can’t be pushed further. You must rise back.

SC’s offer of five-acre plot to compensate for Babri demolition is charity by privileged to the underprivileged
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Charity is given by the privileged group to the underprivileged group. Thank you, India, for reminding Muslims that privilege can only belong to the majority in a majoritarian state.

Secularism is no spectacle: Inclusive India shines through simple, everyday interactions
Thu, Jul 11, 2019

An increasingly majoritarian India, though, seeks to complicate secularism, and burden minorities, especially Muslims, to prove their inclusiveness.

Many Muslims have exhausted their capacity to feel fear
Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Alienating Muslims, of course, has only been an appendage to the government’s larger project of developing a misplaced sense of Hindu pride - one that depends on the demonisation of Muslims.

Let Them Eat Cake, and, Biryani, Too
Sun, Dec 23, 2018

There are ways of returning to one’s roots while blending in. Tweaking the cake and yakhni pulao are some.

Why this liberal Muslim refuses to be patronised by the liberal Hindu
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Comparison of the burka, a symbol of a besieged minority, with the trishul, a symbol of aggressive majoritarianism is callous and insensitive.

Inside the mind of the Indian Muslim
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Cornered and demonised, the Indian Muslim struggles between fear and hope. The Indian Muslim is dealing with a silent, undeclared psychological war that the State has unleashed on it.

Bring on the burkinis: France unleashing its own brand of misogyny-cum-racism
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

In colonial India too, British missionaries campaigned against the “revealing” sari, urged Indian women to “cover up” and “delivered” them from evils such as sati.

A ‘love jihad’ ends in peace for couple but many others feel wounded for life
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

A year later, the love jihad story has fallen flat: the woman and the man, Kaleem, are living together at an undisclosed location in Meerut and are set to get married.

‘Like Lalu steals fodder, people think, the poor Bihari will steal petty cash’
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

In August 2004, Kunal left Sahrara, his village in Daraunda, Siwan district of Bihar, for Delhi with Rs 10,000 in hand.

Her diary: A day in the life of a cow in Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

She is now the subject of intense debates and analyses. But this red-skinned bovine with a snipped off tail isn’t listening. She is just eating – at garbage dumps, at the homes of villagers.

25 years of Mandal protests- I had no idea what reservation was: Self-immolation survivor Atul Aggarwal
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

Aggarwal was then a 12-year-old Class VII student and “had no idea” what reservation was. “It had something to do with child psychology,” he says, sitting in his one-room flat in Noida.

Going school-to-school to sensitise children on abuse, harassment
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

Most complaints are generic — of shopkeepers passing lewd comments when the girls walk back home or go for tuitions.

2006 Meerut fire accident: ‘If my mother is not dead, why can’t they find her?’
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

It took 20 hearings for the lower court to declare Tayal’s mother dead...the district adminis-tration has appealed against the decision.

19 years of protest: The longest one-man dharna
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Singh's demand: Return 4,000 bighas of land in his village Chausana, in Shamli district, UP, from the mafia to the government, so that it can be used for the benefit of the villagers.

‘Burqa rapper’ Sofia Ashraf is face of viral Nicky Minaj parody video
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Ashraf now looks forward to writing content for digital media and television, and rapping on the side whenever she gets a project she believes in.

‘Indian’ Kalam and ‘Muslim’ Memon
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

One was the people's president, the architect of our nuclear programme, and the other was a 'blood-thirsty terrorist' who financed his brother's sinister plans to bomb Mumbai.

A book in hand or size of top?
Mon, Jun 29, 2015

The bigger question is whether there should be any uniform or dress code at all. Should there be any restrictions whatsoever on what one should wear or not to college?

‘Either Allah cures them or takes them back’
Mon, Jun 01, 2015

Tabassum and Mohammed Nazir tell Irena Akbar why they want mercy killing for their six children, suffering from a rare neurological disorder

Muzaffarnagar: Village debates a ‘love story’, two deaths
Thu, May 07, 2015

They were going around for five-six years. Everyone knew it. And so did their families, says one of the villager.

Old head on new body
Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is set to perform the world’s first head transplant — on 30-year-old Russian Valery Spridinov (inset), who suffers from a genetic muscle-wasting disease.

‘Finding’ the ‘lost’ Urdu: But did the language ever really go away?
Tue, Feb 17, 2015

What has been dying is not the language, but the credit given to the language.

538 and smiling
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

IRENA AKBAR follows a Ghaziabad police team in its unique operation, now replicated across the country, to bring missing children back to their families

Terror of hypocrisy
Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Stop demanding condemnation from all Muslims when a few commit acts of violence

Peace by piece
Sun, Nov 16, 2014

A day in the life of: Two police posts in delhi’s Trilokpuri.