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No lessons learnt from the past, ‘Military History of India’ makes clear

By Vishnu Makhijani, New Delhi : Sometime in 2001-02, a Group of Ministers headed by L.K. Advani, the then Deputy Prime Minister, had accepted a recommendation of a task force headed by Arun Singh, a former Minister of State for Defence, to create the post of a Chief of Defence …

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The Sarkari Mussalman : Sir Syed Ahmad Khan & Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Book Review)

Book : The Sarkari Mussalman Author : Author : Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah Page : 220, Hardcover Price : 650 Published by Konark Review by Arshad Mohsin Sarkari Musalman mentioned in this book doesn’t mean all Sarkari Muslims. Sarkari is a word borrowed from Persian which means “agent of …

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Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps : Unity, diversity and secularism are the essence of ‘Indians’

Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps by Ziya Us Salam Sage,2018. pp.296. Reviewed by Mohammad Asim Siddiqui Ziya Us Salam’s book Saffron Flags and Skullcaps (Sage, 2018) is the result of his deep love and concerns for India. He loves the fundamental syncretic character of Indian society and its people, their …

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Hindi not our natural, national language: Shashi Tharoor in The Paradoxical Prime Minister

Shashi Tharoor The Push for Hindi The arrival of Modi on the national scene has seen his government pushing Hindi with more enthusiasm than judgement. I got caught up in the undertow of the new zeal for Hindi when in reply to a question on Twitter, in all innocence, I …

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Book Review: Mothering A Muslim By Nazia Erum

In a school in Bhopal mentioned in her research, Nazia Erum’s findings were quite interesting – the curriculum offered students a choice between learning Sanskrit and Urdu as a third language, owing to the sizeable Muslim population in the city. The students would shuffle class only during their third language …

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Tagore and translations: Why his works hold indomitable influence in literature

(August 7 is Rabindranath Tagore’s 77th death anniversary) By Somrita Ghosh, New Delhi : A progressive writer, visionary, a social thinker, a philosopher, an educationist – Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath. And it is this vastness that fascinated author Radha Chakravarty to take translate Tagore’s writings from Bengali to English. …

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Till Talaq do us part: A timely book to understand the Islamic concept of Nikah, Talaq & Halala

By Zainab Ahmed Title: Till Talaq Do Us Part; Author: Ziya us Salam; Publisher : Penguin Books; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 399 Triple Talaq. This term has time and often garnered public attention due to several cases that later dragged this practice to the court. But it came into significant …

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Bourbons, Begums and Bhopal

By Mohammed Shafeeq, Book: The Bourbons and Begums of Bhopal; Author: Indira Iyengar; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Price: Rs 850; Pages: 234 The book is an attempt to relive the forgotten history of Bourbons, who played a key role in the development of Bhopal by serving the ruling Begums of the …

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12 Books for Children Written by Black Muslim Authors

I often get disappointed when it’s Black History Month and Islamic schools and mosques ignore it. Many will shrug it off and not address the significance of this month because they don’t know how to celebrate it with young children. As an educator and mother myself, celebrating Black History Month …

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