Muslims celebrate birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra

By Imran Inamdar Since past a few years, Maharashtra is experiencing a big social change as Muslims are participating in Shiv Jayanti Celebrations in a large number. Every year on February 19, the birth anniversary of King Shivaji is observed as Shiv Jayanti. History has revealed that Maratha King Shivaji was loved and respected by Muslims during his reign. State President of Chhtrapati Shivaji Muslim Brigade Akif Dafedar said, “When we look at the history of Shivaji Maharaj, it clearly appears that he was a secular Maratha king. He never…

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Popular Front condemns UP STF raid at Delhi state office; calls part of the ongoing vendetta

New Delhi: Social organization Popular Front of India on Sunday  condemned the raids conducted by Uttar Pradesh STF at its  Delhi state committee office in Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi.  Front alleged that the raid is a part of the ongoing harassment launched against the organization by Yogi Govt.  In a statement the Front recalled that “there was a raid at our state office a couple of months back by the Enforcement Directorate and the agency could not find any shred of evidence for anything against the law from our office”.…

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Urdu World This Week ( 14-21 Feb) : A weekly roundup of Urdu dailies

By Quamar Ashraf Several news this week having direct concern with the Muslim community made headlines. Besides articles on Urdu’s future and current state of affairs, several reports raised concern on the reconstitution of the Delhi Urdu Academy’s Governing Council. Instead of filling the body with “unqualified people” having little link with the language, many member got their congratulatory pieces published in different newspapers. Notably, the 21-member Governing Council body got several new faces whose contribution vis a vis Urdu language is known to none. Disappointedly, many news that concern…

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Barbed wire put up to divide cremation ground on caste lines

For years, the Dalits in the village, who make up about 20 per cent of the population, were not allowed to use the cremation ground which was exclusively meant for upper castes BULANDSHAHAR – A barbed wire was set up across a cremation ground, dividing it into two — one portion for the upper castes and the other for lower castes. The administration, later removed the wire. The ‘division’ was done in the Banail village with the ‘consent’ of Dalits who even contributed to the cost of the fencing. Ved Priya…

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Modi govt rolls out red carpet for Ghulam Nabi Azad, Cong stalwart moves closer to BJP

New Delhi:  Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was seen taking one more step in a direction that will bring him much closer to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. In what appeared to be a rare occasion, the Modi government on Saturday rolled out the red carpet for Azad while inviting him to a gala cultural event organised by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. Colourful posters and banners of the Congress stalwart were put up all around the Ambedkar International Centre, the venue of the event, where Union minister…

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