Indian Muslim

Black money cannot be glibly wished away

By Salim David

I remember standing for hours in the queue to withdraw my own cash, and then being told that I would not even get a tenth of what I had been promised. I remember coming away with dignity, saying that my sacrifice was for the greater long-term good of the nation.

I did need the money -- bills to be paid, provisions to be bought, just some loose cash for emergencies, but I did not complain. I knew money was in short supply, notes were being printed and would soon be available to all.

आरबीआई मार्च तक बिहार में खुलवाए बाक़ी की 1640 बैंक शाखाएं - अब्दुल बारी सिद्दीक़ी Staff Reporter

पटना : नोटबंदी को लेकर केंद्र की मोदी सरकार की जमकर आलोचना के बाद अब बिहार के वित्तमंत्री अब्दुल बारी सिद्दीक़ी के निशाने पर बैंक हैं.

वित्तमंत्री अब्दुल बारी सिद्दीक़ी के मुताबिक़ बिहार में बैंकों की काफी कमी है. यहां 17 हज़ार की आबादी पर एक बैंक शाखा है, जबकि राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर 11 हज़ार की आबादी पर एक शाखा स्थापित की गई है. ऐसे में अगर बैंक अपना लक्ष्य पूरा करते तो शायद लोगों को ख़ासतौर पर नोटबंदी के बाद जो परेशानियां हो रही हैं, वो नहीं होतीं.

BJP says it will win 300 in UP

Kolkata : The BJP will win more than 300 seats in Uttar Pradesh, central Power Minister and party leader Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday.

"In UP the BJP is far ahead. We were aiming for two-third majority even before demonetisation. The latest reports we are getting have given us the confidence that our tally will exceed 300 seats," he told reporters.

Malegaon 2008 blast suspects' kin demand probe

Mumbai : The families of the Malegaon 2008 blasts 'missing' suspects -- Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange - on Tuesday sought a probe into a police officer's claims that they died while in custody of Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Kalsangra and Dange, both residents of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, were accused of planting a bomb which went off on September 29, 2008 in what is known as Malegaon II terror strike, killing at least six and injuring over 100 others in the Muslim-dominated town in Nashik.

Rajnath against religion and caste in politics

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the BJP never indulged in polarizing politics and said politics should shun religion, caste and creed.

The comment came a day after the Supreme Court prohibited all political parties and candidates from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste and language.

Rajnath Singh said "secular" parties need to be cautious now.

"We agree with the SC order. Religion and caste based politics should not be done. So-called secular parties should be cautious after the order," he said.


The rut in Samajwadi Party goes back a long way; and no, ticket distribution was not the main reason behind it

By Faisal Fareed,

Over the past week, the Samajwadi Party has bagged a number of headlines, but it would not be wrong to categorise the barrage of ‘news’ around them a result of past warnings that were either ignored, or worse, not deemed important enough.

India's great school education challenge: Crisis in BIMARU states

Khushboo Balani

By 2020, India will have the worlds largest working population-- 869 million -- but an IndiaSpend analysis of indicators on literacy, school enrolment, learning outcomes, and education spending across four states -- with 43.6 per cent of Indias school-age population between the ages of five and 14 -- revealed that India is unprepared to educate and train its young population.

Overall, India's literacy rate has increased 8.66 percentage points to 74.04 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to Census data, but wide variations exists across states.

Don't split your vote, Mayawati tells Muslims

Lucknow : BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday cautioned Muslims in Uttar Pradesh not to split their votes and said Dalits won't be swayed by hollow words.

Mayawati told the media here that Muslims would have to be extra cautious in the coming assembly elections and not waste their vote on the Samajwadi Party which she said was on the verge of splitting.

"The Samajwadi Party has been divided into two. Muslims have to be very careful. They should not divide their votes," she said.

Mayawati rubbished accusations that she believed in caste-based politics.

उर्दू के नाम पर मुख्तार अब्बास नक़वी का धोखा!

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

नई दिल्ली : उर्दू ज़बान को हमेशा से मुसलमानों के साथ जोड़कर मुसलमानों को बेवक़ूफ़ बनाने काम किया गया है. इसकी ताज़ा मिसाल यह कहानी है.

उर्दू अदब की गिरी हालत को सुधारने के बजाए मोदी सरकार भी सिर्फ़ झूठ व फ़रेब का सहारा लेकर अपने नंबर बढ़ाने और मीडिया में अपनी छवि चमकाने की कोशिश पर टिकी हुई है, मगर जो हक़ीक़त है वो बेहद ही तल्ख़ और दुखद है.

Only 7 Muslims employed in Ministry of Minority Affairs; no representation from Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

New Delhi: The office of Ministry of Minority Affairs, a ministry of the Government of India established in 2006, has only eight minority employees-seven Muslims and one Christian-out of total 74 employees.

Out of seven Muslims, one is Joint Secretary, one Deputy Secretary, one ASO, one SRI, one MTS and one senior translator (Urdu).