- Written by Aijaz Zaka Syed, thenews.com.pk
It seems nothing will now stop the juggernaut called Narendra Modi. After recent electoral successes, most notably in Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister looks totally unassailable – the lord of all he surveys. Even his worst critics like Aakar Patel and Rajdeep Sardesai have concluded that Modi is the most powerful politician and Prime Minister India has ever had. Not a small feat for someone who had long been haunted by the infamous Gujarat 2002 pogrom and remained an international pariah for years.
- Written by romereports.com
As-salamu alaykum! Peace be with you! I consider it a great gift to be able to begin my Visit to Egypt here, and to address you in the context of this International Peace Conference. I thank the Grand Imam for having planned and organized this Conference, and for kindly inviting me to take part. I would like to offer you a few thoughts, drawing on the glorious history of this land, which over the ages has appeared to the world as a land of civilizations and a land of covenants.
- Written by Christopher Black, Global Research
On April 17, 1500 Palestinian political prisoners, led by Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, who has been held in an Israeli prison since 2002, began a mass hunger strike, the Freedom and Dignity Strike, to protest prison conditions for the more than 6300 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Three hundred of them have been in prison for decades. In an op-ed in the New York Times Barghouti stated that the prisoners have been subject to torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and medical negligence and that 200 of the prisoners have died as a result of this treatment since 1967.
- Written by Sabiha Farhat, Kafila.online
These are tough times for muslims in India. But now that I look back and shed my ‘liberal’ prejudices – muslims were never acceptable as ‘who they were’ in Indian society. I had always blamed my mother for not giving me proper lunch box to carry to school. But the truth is that even in class 5, no student ate from my tiffin and gradually I started going to the play field in recess rather than enjoying a meal under the big Peepal tree. After that I took tiffin only when I prepared it myself, that was class 11 & 12. But even then the girls would hardly eat from my lunch box.
- Written by Kandy Forum, Colombo Telegraph
While emphasizing the need to enhance the social status of Muslim women in particular, the Kandy Forum has proposes changes in the areas of minimum age for marriage, consent of the bride, polygamy, mahar and dowry, divorce, maintenance and exclusion of women as administrative officers in the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA).
In a statement signed by Prof. M A Nuhman, Prof. S H Hasbullah, Prof. M A M Sitheeque, M M. Niyas,, Prof. M S M Anes, J MMubarak, Dr. M Z M Nafeel, Dr. A S M Nawfhal, Dr. A L M Mahroof, J M Niwas and U M Fazil said,
- Written by Faisal Khan, Al Jazeera
Students from various female colleges in Indian-administered Kashmir take part in mass protests against Indian soldiers. A 17-year-old was reportedly shot dead by security forces on April 15 in Indian-administered Kashmir while at least 50 college students were wounded by police officers who fired pellets and tear gas.
Video showing Indian soldiers using physical abuse sparked anger leading to violent clashes between police and protesting students outside Government Degree College Pulwama.
- Written by Ajaz Ashraf, Dawn.com
Four months before the Uttar Pradesh election results sent Muslims in India reeling in shock, former Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb delivered a speech in Lucknow, which, in hindsight, might be called prescient.
“If Muslims don’t wish to have the status of slaves, if they don’t want India to become a Hindu rashtra, they will have to keep away from electoral politics for a while and, instead, concentrate on education,” Adeeb told an audience comprising mostly members of the Aligarh Muslim University’s Old Boys Association.
- Written by News Desk, Timesofislamabad.com
With reference to ongoing movement in the Indian-held Kashmir, Indian journalist Sagarika Ghose writes that ‘Jinnah’s Two-Nation Theory is triumphing in Kashmir’.
In her piece for the Times of India, the journalist talked about ‘De Facto Hindu Rashtra’ in India writing that “the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a brave homeland for all. India was not going to be a mirror image of Pakistan, a land created for a single religion. Instead pluralism was to be India’s creed, and a secular India laid claim to Kashmir by promising justice for all faiths.
- Written by Riza Yehiya, Ceylon Today
The actors were the so-called 'Environmentalists'. Their hyperbolic claim was the 'Rape of the Wilpattu forest'. The outcome was Mawillu being Gazetted as a Conservation Reserve Forest.
Neither has a single alleged offender been apprehended nor have the 'environmentalists' substantiated their claims. Much to their embarrassment, President Maithripala Sirisena later confirmed to the nation that there is no deforestation taking place within the Wilpattu Forest Complex.
- Written by Al-monitor
The 26 members of a kidnapped hunting party that included numerous members of the Qatari royal family and two Saudi nationals have been released after being held for 16 months in Iraq, but questions remain about how that release was negotiated. Summary⎙ Print Various versions of a recent hostage deal are circulating that include, potentially, political motivations, millions of dollars in ransom, exchanged military prisoners and relocated civilians.