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Islam and the Media


  • To Arshad Alam.
    You should put your bit of research existing amount Hindus rather than vague statement. 
    Just realase the SoSha and work is done, Arshad Alam is doing that through this website.

    Indian Muslim hardly use polygamy as method of living so do Hindus, it is not widespread practise as in Arab countries, and there are always fringe case in any part of the world.

    Ulemas and mullas take part in media discussion to make it this practise work again a  Arab Culture( one my NAI comentators admires it), they are Saudi Arabia funded, more they discuss more they can slowly start to introduce polygamy in minds of Muslim as normal practise.

    India had widespread problem of triple Talaq not polygamy.
    By Aayina - 2/15/2017 3:38:51 PM

  • This article raises a crucial question! Rather than owning a separate media house, Muslims need to sensitise mainstream media on how to deal with issues concerning them.  By Meera - 2/15/2017 7:56:56 AM

  • There are hardly any media outlets of integrity, as it is. People like Seema Mustafa and Siddharth Varadarajan are now on the internet with small operations. One might approach some of the liberal Muslim philanthropists such as Azim Premji and Yusuf Hamied to set up a commercial media house that stands for integrity. It would fill a real need, and not just for Muslims.   By Syed A R Zaidi - 2/15/2017 1:48:46 AM

  • This is as stupid as saying that Hindus must have their own mainstream newspaper, Sikhs must have their own, Dalits must have their own, Jains must have their own - mainstream newspaper! Or that there should be a mainstream news organisation from mainly a women's point of view! For sector specific news we have niche publications. You have tonnes of newspapers and news and entertainment channels catering to muslim audiences. You have Al Jazeera. In Indian media, the Muslim community is over-represented. The editor of IE, if I am not mistaken, is a Muslim person. The rest of the media has pro-Muslim leanings and handles it with kid gloves. As far as possible, it avoids giving coverage to atrocities committed by Muslims. Now if Muslims do stuff and if it gets reported in media, you are complaining? What do you want - that muslim bad behavior should not be reported? If you want good reports about you do good things. Azim Premji, Abdul Kalam, all get/got good press. Even that Muslim girl who topped a Gita competetion. In fact, media jumps upon any good stories concerning muslims. Too bad you do not provide enough of them. By secularlogic - 2/15/2017 12:59:48 AM

  • The article is good and points towards a reality. But the issue is that in the quest to be liberal the (new) medium/media should not start playing the anti-Islamic card. At present exactly this is happening. Most writers and columnists who claim to be liberals start their writings by condemning certain facets of Islam and Muslims. Especially, they are highly critical to Ulema & religious educational institutions. That creates imbalance. Ulema have their own place in the Muslim society. But they should not be portrayed as the sole guardians of the Muslim society/community. Others should get equal importance.
    Another issue is that Muslim thinkers should not feel guilty of being Muslim. I find most of them starting with the theme that they are not 'fundamentalists'. There is nothing wrong in being fundamentalist. The word has been given a 'meaning' which it does not deserve. It actually means "a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture in a religion.". Obviously, nothing wrong in it. But we try to become defensive as soon as the term is used and we start condemning the Ulema and religious institutions.
    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 2/14/2017 11:58:00 PM

  • The moral duty in journalism has more or less been a matter of history as the media is now-a-days working under the influence of the political leaders or the current governments. They are broadcasting the news that is widely being liked and watvhed by the majority population anywhere in the world. The ISI connection of the BJP leaders is hardly shown on any news channel and if any news channel shows it, then there comes VijayVarghese's denial that it's ISI organisation which is hiring the Hindus now. The Muslims need to run their own media which may bring the facts and figures in their true sense.  By Raihan Nezami - 2/14/2017 10:45:44 PM

  • we already have al jazeera. By hats off! - 2/14/2017 7:13:43 PM

  • As soon as a newspaper is identified as a "Muslim" publication, it ceases to be "mainstream" (except perhaps in Kerala). Even non-mainstream newspapers have a useful role to play, although we wish they were more liberal/progressive in their outlook.

    As far as the major mainstream media are concerned, liberal/progressive Muslim writers should more aggressively submit their articles to them. Such media should also be encouraged to appoint liberal/progressive Muslims as assistant editors or senior correspondents who should then be given a reasonable degree of autonomy.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 2/14/2017 11:29:27 AM