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Syed Shahabuddin

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Reality of Pakistan after 60 years

IT is not surprising that after 60 years of existence, Pakistan has not been able to develop a sense of common nationhood or even social cohesion. It remains fragmented, as it is, among five or six different ethnic groups.

December 25, 2012

A vision of a Muslim corridor

Another popular Muslim theory was propagated that Muslim concentration areas in the north, in Punjab, UP and Bihar, could form a corridor between East and West Pakistan.

December 21, 2012

Muslims in subcontinent: 60 years after partition

Though Allama Iqbal, a renowned philosopher, poet and politician in British India, had a limited concept of a Muslim homeland in the subcontinent as enunciated it in 1929 (the North West only), partition was conceived in 1940 for the benefit of the Muslim majority living in the northwest as well

December 20, 2012

Finding solution to Assam’s Bodo-Muslim problem

The heart of the problem in Kokrajhar is the ancient rivalry between the ancient Bodo tribes settled for ages on the northern banks of eastern Brahmaputra and the relatively recent arrival of Bengali-speaking (Muslims and Hindus) immigrants. The Bodos speak their own language.

August 10, 2012

India needs a strong law to combat communal violence

ON its formation, the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in India had set up a body to draft a comprehensive law to deal with communal violence with a community or group as

August 05, 2012

Underutilized assets of Muslim waqfs in India

Through centuries, Muslims of India, as elsewhere, have been dedicating their properties to Allah in perpetuity for charitable and religious purposes.

July 20, 2012

Status of Urdu in the land of its birth

The 2011 census results in India have not been published yet.

July 13, 2012

Babri Masjid demolition

In January 1993, the federal government of India passed a law to take over 69 acres of land surrounding the masjid

July 06, 2012

Babri Masjid: From construction to demolition

The story begins in 1526 when Babar, the founder of the Mogul dynasty, invaded India and his general Mir Baqi

June 29, 2012

Tactical voting strategy has come of age

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly election in March is a historic event for the Muslim community.

June 20, 2012