Kashmir Pandits, yet again

Why is it that whenever Kashmir returns to normal, a contentious issue is deliberately introduced to tip it back into turmoil. Over the past some years, there are many such issues that have become a staple of Valley’s conflict discourse. And whenever the situation appears peaceful, one or two of these issues stage an entry, […]

From ‘Mother India’To ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ Nari Mangay ‘Azadi’

WOMEN in India do not appear to be active participants in the debate around the chanting of the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Even the debate in the media is dominated through discourse by men.The chanting of this slogan– necessary to prove ‘patriotism’ – is an obsession only of the so called ‘patriotic’men. Generally men […]

Kashmir’s got Talent!

WHILE SPEAKING to Martin Ney, the German ambassador to India Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called upon the international community to recognise the huge potential and talent of the youth of J&K. What Ms Mehbooba has said isn’t a hollow claim and the proof of this is that 15 Kashmiri students have ‘cracked’ the all India […]

The History behind the Heavenly Journey

THE DATE of the Mi’raj of the Prophet of Islam (S) has been recorded by two major Muslim historians, Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Hisham, as being in the 10th year of Bi`sath (appointment to Prophethood). The great Muslim historian, Baihaqi has recorded this event as occurring in the 12th year of Bi’sath. Others have mentioned […]

Jerusalem: Model Of Coexistence

FOR us, Mecca is the heart of the world of existence and Medina is the center of civilization while Jerusalem is a model of coexistence for diverse religions and beliefs. Mecca and Medina are forever forbidden to polytheists and non-Muslims. Jerusalem is the abode of peace (Dar al-Salam) where three religions can coexist. Peace relies […]

Bangladesh JI leader set to hang for war crimes

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of top religious party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes, paving the way for his execution within days. Nizami, head of Bangladesh’s biggest religious party Jamaat-e-Islami, was convicted of murder, rape and orchestrating the killing of intellectuals during the country’s 1971 independence struggle. “We’re […]

Israeli warplanes pound Gaza Strip, injure four

At least four people have been injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in new acts of aggression against the blockaded coastal territory. Palestinian sources said the first airstrike struck a metal workshop in the southeastern Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City on Thursday morning, injuring a 65-year-old man, Ma’an news agency reported. Three other […]

World Muslims celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath

Muslims in Iran and across the globe are holding celebrations to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Mab’ath — the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as God’s messenger. Iranians are holding ceremonies in the capital, Tehran, and other cities on Thursday to mark the occasion, which falls on the 27th of […]

Russia says bolstering forces to counter NATO

 Russia’s defence minister said on Wednesday that Moscow will set up three new divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of the year to counter NATO forces close to its border. “The defence ministry is taking a range of measures withthe aim of countering the build-up of NATO forces in […]

Turkey PM quits as Erdogan tightens grip

ANKARA: Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he was stepping down as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock resignation set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing powers. Divisions between Davutoglu and Erdogan that had been rumoured for months erupted into the open on Wednesday, with the two leaders holding […]

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