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India cannot remain unaffected by how a minority as big as its Muslim community thinks and behaves. Its liberal ethos and secular practices will change for better or worse in direct proportion to how they conduct themselves both in intra- and inter-community relations. A society riven by communalism cannot sustain a secular state....

Thanks to the work of a small group of human-rights activists, academics, reporters and the Uighur people themselves; Beijing has shifted strategy to try to justify its draconian “Xinjiang Experiment.”...

This shift in political discourse has come at the behest of the Muslim community and was then picked up by students, civil society groups and political parties. The arguments made by the Muslim community – even by Islamic activists – against these citizenship initiatives are mostly articulated in the language of Constitutional rights guaranteed to all Indians....

In a statement to the Seattle City Council denouncing the laws, Seattle-area economist and Indian immigrant S. Charusheela, who studies equity and development in South Asia, said, “Changes in citizenship law have made it easier to seek citizenship based on descent and religious origin and harder to seek based on birth within the country….

The rise of anti-migrant, anti-Semitic leaders in Hungary, Germany, Austria and Poland is a depressing list. By their behaviour, the Trump-Netanyahu duet have only aggravated the situation....

 

Now we have to stop being vote banks and reinforce our status as citizens. I went to Shaheen Bagh today and asked a woman, “What keeps you going? Aren’t you scared?” She replied, “Death comes only once. I don’t wear a Burqa to the protest—I wear a shroud every day...

 

That they have been rudderless and at the receiving end are well-documented, but what has not been explored enough is the ferment they have experienced and what has emerged out of it. If the current tumult has in any way helped communities’ inch closer, that’s welcome….

Kejriwal certainly knew and tapped the insecurity gripping the Muslims. It was as if he did not need their votes, but Muslims needed to vote for him. … This certainly is not new for Muslims; they have voted for the Congress and other regional parties by the same logic. But this is also a reminder that Muslim political representation needs to chart out a new course. A course in which they are able to decide whom to vote for based on some concrete agenda which helps the community….

It’s reasonable to say that the 24/7 news channels have been systematically hostile in their coverage of Shaheen Bagh and the anti-CAA protests, with the odd exception. Opposition parties and their leaders haven’t fallen over themselves to endorse the sit-in....

But when compared to the feeble and unsuccessful efforts at modernization in major Islamic societies like Iran, Pakistan, and Egypt, what Atatürk achieved in a short period was remarkable....

Why does the Board feel that it is its duty to represent Indian Muslims? Has the Muslim community ever elected them to this responsible position? Do they even have the mandate to speak on behalf of Muslim community which constitutes a diverse array of opinions and even religious orientations? Do they have the right to speak on behalf of thousands of Muslim women and men who want to reform such personal law within their community? Certainly not. Then why is that the highest court of this country entertains them as if they are the custodians of Indian Muslims?...

Palestinians remain mute and marginalized, caught between Israeli expansionism, unbidden Western interference and poor internal leadership. The Trump peace plan, quite apart from greenlighting annexation, lays bare the expendability of the Palestinian Authority....

 

By embracing the flag and the Constitution, the women of Shaheen Bagh — and the tens of thousands of men and women, of all faiths, who have joined them — have imbued the notion of Mother India with new meaning…

For the first time in the history of the kingdom, Wahhabis were confronted in the centres of power. This coincided with the escalation of Turkey’s Islamist ambitions to become the leading Sunni imperial power, led by Erdogan. The centre of Sunni Islamism gradually moved from Saudi Arabia to Turkey...

But luck alone is insufficient and will not lead to solutions the Rohingya deserve, and Bangladesh and the international community legitimately demand...

It's not that the clergy did not want to be involved in these protests but the fact is that the Muslims learnt from their experience in Assam where over 5 lakh Muslims have been declared illegal immigrants though the Jamiat led by Badruddin Ajmal is a political force to reckon with....

I will admit from the outset that I cannot write about it with a straight face, considering the absurdity of the last three years of Trump policies towards Israel and Palestine....

There is far too much talk of this kind. It actually ends up demeaning India more than Pakistan, but what should cheer all of us up this Republic Day is that our Constitution is a shining beacon in this troubled time....

Muslims are a worried lot. As soon as I air my concerns, I am bombarded with messages telling me that Muslim citizens living here for ages have nothing to worry about hence I should stop getting paranoid about CAA or NRC….

On maps of the Middle East of 2020, the most important features are the borders — the lines dividing states in conflict, and people in conflict within states. But on the old maps, those from 80 or 100 years ago, different lines stand out: rail, the kind of lines linking people to one another….

 

In some countries, religion or sect (denomination) play a vital role in determining someone’s place (or status) in politics or public life, as well as their right to work and education....

 

At a time when we should have been focusing on female literacy and empowerment, we are wasting our time on discussing distorted messages generated by ‘WhatsApp University’....

 

The images and actions of this protest break the stereotype propagated by some in India that Indian Muslims are susceptible to extremism....

No one knows the fate of the anti-CAA movement. But it is certain that this new Muslim assertiveness will continue to redefine the meanings of inclusive nationalism in the future....

That these women, as a collective, are in the lead has irredeemably dented the Indian Muslim patriarchy. This may be the first time that they have dominated the public space in such a resounding manner....

 


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