How J&K Roshni Act Was Stripped Off Of ‘ROSHNI’

On June 18, 2016 Minister for Revenue, Syed Basharat Bukhari, informed J&K Legislative Assembly about status of allotments made under Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to Occupants) Act, 2001 amended upto date (commonly known as Roshni Scheme)  in response to question asked by BJP member Rajiv Jasrotia. The subject has been again […]

The Dark Side of LED Lightbulbs

INDEED, LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right now, given the mercury content and light quality issues with the current king-of-the-hill of green bulbs, the compact fluorescent (CFL). LEDs use significantly less energy than even CFLs, and do not contain mercury. And they are becoming economically competitive […]

The historiography of early Islam

IN the case of pre-Islamic society, the Arabs were divided into different tribes. There was no state, or its institutions, or legal system that could unite and bind them. Therefore, each tribe had a history, culture, customs, traditions, rituals, and a past which maintained the continuity of its identity. The common events remembered were tribal […]

Solace in Memories

When I was a little kid, my mother used to sing a song and even though I am all grown up today, the song still lingers on in my mind. I yearn to lay my head in her lap and ask her to sing that song for me. I want to listen to her melodious […]

Amjad Sabri —who carried forward the legacy of the inimitable Sabri brothers

Amjad Sabri’s had one of the most power-packed voices in contemporary qawwali music. Unlike another Pakistani vocalist hailing from a qawwal family Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who opted for mainstream film music, Amjad carried on with the legacy of this distinct genre of devotional music popularised throughout the world by the inimitable duo of his […]

The Obligatory Prayers and the Broader Command to Remember Allah

WE all each now and then meet and hear about people who perform the daily obligatory prayers for a period of time then abandon it, then start again, just to stop praying after a while, and so on. The same happens with fasting. Some Muslims who do not observe the obligatory prayers still observe the […]

India’s Born Again Nationalists

OUR nationalist icons are often dragged into current political debates, mostly by those who have little to do with them – or with their politics during the freedom struggle. Two of them, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Shaheed Bhagat Singh, have been invoked by the right wing political groups during the past two years. The […]

Genetically MODIfied Babies In Gujarat?

“If there are two daughters born in the home, and the third child born is also a daughter, then she is told, now I want a son, so get another wife. Even if the fault is with the man, the entire burden of the fault is on the woman’s head, and so our government and […]

Did we used to have two-periods-of -sleep rather than one?Should we again?

Throughout history there have been numerous accounts of segmented sleep, from medical texts, to court records and diaries. Around a third of the Australian population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While night time awakenings are distressing for most sufferers, there is some evidence from our recent past that suggests this […]