REFORMS IN MUSLIM PERSONAL LAW: NEED OF THE HOUR

The Muslim Personal Law reforms are in news nowadays due to the pendency of litigations in the Supreme Court of India. Some Muslim women have filed applications in the Supreme Court wherein they have challenged the legal validity of triple talak and polygamy prevalent in Islamic community. A three judge bench of the Court led by the Chief Justice Mr. Khehar has asked the parties to formulate legal questions to be decided by a Constitution Bench of the Court. The […]

Worshipping False Gods.

An open letter to fellow Indians. My dear compatriots, This letter comes from someone many of you have known, supported in a myriad ways, honoured with high office, sometimes challenged for opinions you found uncomfortably out of the box, but always given a sense of belonging. It was for that reason that I wrote the book,’At Home in India’ and the play ‘Sons of Babur’. But as I watch somewhat helplessly at what is happening to my home I need […]

Legal status for Transgenders

India Supreme Court recognizes legal status for transgender people The Supreme Court of India [official website] issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday recognizing the country’s large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education in the same way as it does with other minority groups. It also ordered that the government take steps to promote […]

Loss of habitat

The staggering growth in the human population throughout tiger range countries means less space for the tiger and the depletion of its prey forcing it into conflict with humans. Tiger habitat is being overtaken by agricultural land, timber cutting, access routes, human settlement and hydroelectric dams – all of which have contributed to a 93% loss of the historic tiger range over the last 100 years. All of this is creating small pockets of land in which tigers now live […]

Uber Banned in Delhi as CEO Vows Justice for Rape Victim

The Delhi state government banned Uber Technologies Inc. immediately from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of raping her two days ago. The company is also “blacklisted” from providing transport services in the future, according to a statement from Delhi’s Transport Department. Uber’s co-founder today joined Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in vowing justice for the victim, 26, who told authorities that she fell asleep in the taxi and woke up to find […]

Kashmir Handicrafts

Kashmir handicrafts are prized everywhere for their exquisite craftsmanship. Kashmir carpets, in both wool and silk with their Persian design, are a lifetime investment and the shoppers’ selection ranges from the simple to the most extraordinary intricate patterns handed down the generations. The papier-mâché items ranges from jewelry boxes to mirror frames, a range of intricately carved walnut wood furniture and accessories, stone jewelry boxes, beautiful woolen shawls, crewel embroidery on furnishing material.

Assam Violence: 36 people killed by Bodo militants in Assam

There seems to be no end to the bloodbath in Assam as nine more bodies have been found in Baksa district today, taking the total death toll to 42 in the last 36 hours. Nine more bodies were recovered in Baksa district in Assam on Saturday in the sectarian violence unleashed presumably by Bodo tribal militants.Tension has gripped the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) comprising Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri since Thursday after gunmen attacked immigrant Muslims after they allegedly […]