Category Archives: National Affairs

Leave Cricket of all the sports alone!

INDIA-PAK cricket showdown was there before also. And those matches were not played during peaceful times either. The matches were prone to hyper nationalism ventilation as well. Just like the present, but with a difference. The sports page handlers of media houses then were sane enough to separate the chaff from the wheat. The winners were given prominent coverage, the perennial hostilities not withstanding. The editorial policies were relatively fair when it came to sports.

Now, we are in a more hyper sensitive era with media playing the three-in-one tone with finesse. Aggrieved, aggressor and the clueless. This two ‘A’ and one ‘c’ mode is incongruous with the five ‘W’ notion that’s the bedrock of journalism. The perfect example is india’s leading English paper’s coverage of Pakistani team. The insiders say the desk hands were told not to give significance to Pak players. Yeah, you heard right! Even if they had the best day on field. Read the rest of this entry

Muslim freedom fighters from Meerut in 1857

List of Meerut soldiers in 1857

Names of the 85 soldiers who refused to accept cartridges and were subsequently court-martialed in 1857. (Pic Courtesy: Siddhartha Ghai)

Babri case: a golden chance for muslims

Babri Masjid prior to its destructionThe Supreme Court’s advice to settle Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi case outside the court is a golden opportunity for Muslims to demand their rights.

The SC’s advice is a clear indication that the highest court of the land is unlikely to decide on this case. That is why, it has suggested consultations between Hindus and Muslims and offered to arbitrate a settlement.

Two, the timing of the SC advice is also a clear indication that Modi Govt is not keen to build a Ram Temple by amending the Constitution despite the legislative muscle it has acquired after winning Uttar Pradesh.

Modi Government’s first choice would be to somehow bring Muslim community — by coercion or persuasion — to the table and negotiate a settlement.

Why the government would wants to consult Muslims?  Read the rest of this entry

Time to change food habits in UP

The picture (taken today in Lucknow) says it all.

Idris Biryani Restaurant and the butcher shops wear a deserted look.

Time for Muslims to deal with the Modi phenomenon

Indian PM Narendra ModiWhichever way you look at it, there’s only one story — one man has overshadowed every thing and everyone in Uttar Pradesh.

Laptops, pension for women, metro, expressway, free uniforms and much more, nothing mattered to the voter of UP. Akhilesh, Mayawati or Rahul, no one mattered to the voters.

They wanted only one thing. They want to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister.

They want him in spite of Notebandi, they want him in spite of LPG and petrol price hikes, they want him in spite of expensive banking and rail travel. They want him even in the absence of tangible benefits his three-year government could have delivered but failed. But that doesn’t matter anymore. They want him more and more. His failures simply don’t matter. Read the rest of this entry

A politician who remains on ground, literally

In a state where there’s no dearth of candidates with a criminal case against them, Alambadi comes across as an exceptional politician. Three times winner from Nizamabad, 73 year old Alambadi travels through his constituency on foot from 9 to 5. His agenda for UP 2017 elections, is toilets for women and improved water availability in his area. This is the beauty of democracy. All you need is a will. Good luck sir!

India-Pakistan and the futility of wars

Gurmehar KaurWhen Gurmehar Kaur said her father was killed not by Pakistanis but by war, she was implicating a bigger organised industry as responsible for the mayhem. To have such a perspective, demands quite a bit of understanding of world politics and arms manufacturing industry.

A friend of mine, who has knowledge on arms and ammunition, had once told me that each kalashnikov bullet costs four dollars. This he told me a decade before. The prices might have gone up now. Even if we ignore the cost of the guns, the cost of the bullets that are being used from training and drills to war and combing up operations alone cost thousands of dollars a day. Remember, bullets are the most cheapest ammunition available! Missiles, fighter jets, radars and other military hardware costs a lot more. There are several credible books available on how wars benefit companies. Read the rest of this entry

इत्तेहाद का नया दूत: प्रो. (डॉ.) तलत अहमद

Talat Ahmad (left), Tanweer Alam (right)

Talat Ahmad (left), Tanweer Alam (right)

नई दिल्ली. हाल ही में मुम्बई में सर सय्यद डे मनाया गया और इसके साथ ही अलिग बिरदारी का 5 साल पुराना बिखराव एकजुटता में बदल गया। ऐसा नहीं था की इन पांच सालों के दौरान मुम्बई के सभी ग्रुप को एकसाथ लाने की कोशिश नहीं हुई या हो रही थी लेकिन कामयाबी हर बार हाथ से फिसल जाया करती थी। मुम्बई में इसबार भी 2 सर सय्यद डे का आयोजन तय था लेकिन ऐन वक़्त पर ‘इत्तेहाद का सफ़ीर’ बन कर खड़े हो गए सीनियर अलिग, भारत के विख्यात भूगर्भ वैज्ञानिक, कश्मीर विश्वविदयालय के पूर्व और जामिया मिल्लिया इस्लामिया दिल्ली के वर्तमान कुलपति प्रो.(डॉ.) तलत अहमद साहेब। मुम्बई में मुख्य अतिथि के तौर पर तलत अहमद साहेब का प्रोग्राम तय होने के बाद मुझसे बातचीत के दौरान उन्होंने अपना मुम्बई का प्रोग्रम बताया। मेरे लिए ये बहुत दुविधा की बात थी क्योंकि दूसरी जगह प्रोग्राम का आयोजन करने वाले मेरे ही साथी थे। जब तलत साहेब ने मुझसे कहा की तुम आओगे न तो मैंने कहा मैं कैसे आ सकूँगा? मैंने कहा एक ही दिन, एक ही समय पर एक ही शहर में 2 स्थानों पर प्रोग्राम है, मैं दूसरे प्रोग्राम के आयोजको में से हूँ। मैंने अपनी विवशता बताई। तलत साहेब ने उस समय कहा ‘विश्व, देश, समाज और अलिग बिरादरी को इत्तेहाद की ज़रुरत है। क्या तुम इसके दूत नहीं बनोगे ? और अगर तुम नहीं बनोगे तो कौन बनेगा ? क्या हम किसी और के आने का इंतज़ार करते रहेंगे और नस्ल-दर-नस्ल बंटकर अपनी क्षमता को नकारात्मक कार्यों में छिन-भिन्न करते रहेंगे। मेरा एक बड़े भाई, सीनियर होने के नाते तुम पर अधिकार है की ये ज़िम्मेदारी दूँ, तुमको कहूँ की मुम्बई का इत्तेहाद करना, कराना तुम्हारा और तुम्हारे साथियों की ज़िम्मेदारी है। सर सय्यद डे मुम्बई में एक ही होना चाहिए तनवीर, कैसे, तुम जानो।’ Read the rest of this entry

AMU condoles demise of Farzand Ahmad

Farzand AhmadALIGARH. The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief on the sad demise of noted journalist Farzan Ahmad. Ahmad breathed his last in Lucknow on the second of October after prolonged illness.

Lt. Gen. Shah said that Ahmad, who also served as State Information Commissioner, Bihar and Adviser to Department of Vocational Education, Uttar Pradesh Government, created a niche for himself in the field of journalism through his hard work and determination. He said that Mr. Ahmad’s death had left a huge void in the media world, which would be difficult to fill. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and solace to the bereaved family. Read the rest of this entry

Indian Media has a Responsibility

This is a recent debate on Zakir Naik on NDTV, a supposedly balanced news channel. While it’s ok to question his ideology but to let Tarek Fatah join the discussion will only mislead the common public. Tarek puts India in the same league as Pakistan with his emotional outbursts.

Indian media needs to be careful when it invites people like him. He may comes across as a liberal but is a confrontationist.