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‘Arab has no superiority over non-Arab, nor non-Arab has superiority over Arab’

By Moin Qazi* As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to Prophet Muhammad ahead of the Prophet’s birthday, which falls on 9-10 November 2019. This day, 1,430 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, 20 kilometres east of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It was precisely on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah (12th and last month of the Islamic year -6 March 632) in the tenth year of hijrah (migration from Mecca to Medina) that the Prophet addressed 1,44,000 pilgrims. The sermon, though seemingly addressed to a Muslim gathering, had a universal message. It consists of summarized exhortations based on some core teachings of the Qur’an and sunnah (Prophetic practices). It captures the ethos of Islam and provides a great lens to view the religion through. Some of his advices have become the f

Archives reveal Nehru intended to invade Pak in 1947 to save J&K

By Venkatesh Nayak* The process of manufacturing post facto approval for the momentous changes that the Central Government made to the status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in August 2019, with Parliament’s nod, is in full swing. Apart from the chest-thumping at the recent election rallies in Maharashtra and Haryana and the latest round of military operations launched across the northwestern border , educational institutions are being pressed to organise debates on this issue. A common theme that pervades all these attempts to legitimise recent actions over J&K is the blame game targetting other political parties that governed the Centre and J&K for all that went wrong until August 2019. Arguably, the favourite whipping boy of critics of the Kashmir policy is Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was the Prime Minister at the time of J&K’s accession to the Indian Union in October, 1947. An oft-repeated charge against Pt. Nehru was that he did not show enough courage to beat back th

MHA has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet basic right

By Venkatesh Nayak* It has been more than three months since several parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are without access to mobile telephony and Internet. The shutdown was imposed around the time the Central Government with Parliament’s approval made fundamental changes to J&K’s status under the Constitution of India. A few weeks ago, the media reported the Government’s claim that all landline services across the State and post-paid mobile telephone services in some parts of the Valley had been restored. Speaking at an event organised in New Delhi by the Former Civil Servants Forum, the Union Home Minister (HM) is reported to have said that the restrictions are only in some minds and not in J&K (perhaps he referred to the minds of those opposed to the changes being imposed on J&K including Opposition Parties). The Union Home Ministry has now confirmed the HM’s statement. A few days ago the Home Ministry has given a reply under the Right to Information Ac