The writer is general secretary, Muslims for Secular Democracy, and co-editor, ‘Communalism Combat’
Javed Anand writes: Secularists must support rights of Muslims in an increasingly Islamophobic world, but they should be wary of strengthening the Muslim right in the process
Javed Anand writes: It is fuelled when they are silent about the unsavoury words and deeds of some Muslim individuals and organisations.
Javed Anand writes: Bitter past experience reveals the yawning gulf between the utterances and promises of the RSS and its affiliates on the one hand, and their performances on the other.
The moderate Muslim must not seek to explain away violence in the name of Islam with whataboutery, but must face up to the problems with lived Islam.
The Tablighi Jamaat is by no means the only body culpable of gross neglect and irresponsible conduct in the current crisis. But it must account for its own idiotic role in the escalation of the pandemic.
The protest this time is not faith-based, there is no gender segregation. Muslim men and women are out there alongside all others. Yes, there are Muslim women in burqas and hijabs. But also there in large numbers are women who “don’t look like Muslims”.
Let’s recognise our own complicity in becoming the convenient ‘Other’ for Hindu nationalists
Alternative legal redress systems are needed and welcome. But, as debate in the UK has shown, sharia councils are the preserves of clerics who are intolerant of women’s equality and rights.
Those opposing Jinnah’s portrait share an ideological heritage with him: An exclusive idea of nationhood.
Liberal democrats owe it to themselves to choose their words and fora responsibly.
New law criminalising triple talaq may not be in best interests of Muslim women. Solution lies elsewhere
But it is not yet clear if the headline-grabbing decrees will add up to reform or mirage
US conservatives made Trump denounce hate. RSS can learn from them
Can passages of the Quran be cherry-picked — to embrace what is appealing and to skirt around what is not ? That is the question
Need to ask, on sidelines of triple talaq debate: Is polygamy constitutionally valid? Is it un-Quranic?
Muslim women opposing triple talaq, polygamy face attack, but are fighting back.
SC stand on triple talaq remains to be seen. But male monopoly over reading of Islam is under serious challenge.
Bombay HC’s verdict upholding the constitutional right of women to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali dargah could serve as a “get real” signal to the custodians of Indian Islam.
Across the Muslim world, Zakir Naik promotes religious prejudice, if not hatred.
Bandukwala dithers. But for many 2002 survivors, the issue is: No justice, no peace.
Those committed to gender parity are hoping for early verdicts from the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court
Let’s talk state responsibility for the lynching at Dadri. PM’s response skirts the issue
No doubt the killers must have prayed prior to the carnage beginning with the words, “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim".
Religion doesn’t need reform, its followers do.
Madani's outburst against the Congress and secular forces articulates growing Muslim frustration. But there is limited room for manoeuvre.