indian dowryAround 800 families in Jharkhand have turned the tides and have returned the dowry amount that they got during the wedding of their sons. While most consider dowry to be a social evil, very few actually do anything about it when it is the wedding time for their sons. And even when some try, they do not necessarily succeed in organising a dowry-free wedding.

Nonetheless, these families from Jharkhand have taken the initiative and are doing their bit to cure the society of this social evil.

israeli in IndiaIn 2009, Indian Railways was looking for security solution for the main Railway station of Calcutta. The budget for the project was around US$50 million or RS 250 Crore in 2009. The station receives around 1.8-2.5 million passenger a day, and around 700 trains pass through it each day. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India.

An old friend from REC Calicut days, now a senior manager in a subsidiary of Railways, asked me to work on this opportunity to find out  the the viability of  an economically and technologically sound  solution from my parent company. He promised his cooperation.

INDIA ISLAMToday, there are over 500 million Muslims throughout the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), making it one of the largest population centers of Muslims in the world. Since Islam first entered India, it has contributed greatly to the area and its people. Today, numerous theories about how India came to be such a largely Muslim land exist.

Politically, some (such as the Hindutva movement in India) try to make Islam seem foriegn to India, by insisting it only exists because of invasions by Arab and Persian Muslims. The truth, however, is far from that.

modi facisThere was politics even during the period when I was in college before partition. But it was not on communal lines as it is today. Then the enemy was the British and all of us were in a struggle to oust them. It was a time when Mohammad Ali Jinnah came to the Law College at Lahore and exhorted all of us to make a joint effort to drive out the British.

Subsequently, things came to such a pass that even water was divided into Hindu pitchers and Muslim pitchers. We, the students, were not contaminated at that time.

Gujarat Riots1A dark blot on India’s reputation for religious equality.

The Indian state of Gujarat should have been the shining example for Hindu-Muslim unity, as the two communities had coexisted in harmony for centuries. Muslims were among the first traders to settle, prosper, assimilate and adopt a strong Gujarati identity. Unfortunately, it was this very success that made Muslims vulnerable to the communal carnage unleashed by Hindu extremists RSS and its deceptive fronts from time to time. 

The worst ever massacre of Muslims, some described it as genocide while others call it crime against humanity, took place on 27 February 2002.