Anwar Alam

Iran N-deal cauldron: Options for India

Saturday, 26 May 2018 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, on May 9, has raised serious concerns in the international community on the stability of West Asia. Emboldened by the US action, the Israeli Government launched a series of missile attacks on...

Jinnah episode: Uniting with secular to remain communal

Saturday, 12 May 2018 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

While AMU flourished under the successive Governments at the Centre, it cannot afford to send an anti-national imagery with unrequited love for Jinnah, whose brand of politics of “two-nation theory” is a polar opposite to our Constitutional and national values: Democracy, secularism, pluralism and the maxim of unity-in-diversity It is a...

Pathology of ‘Islamicist’ Erdogan regime

Saturday, 05 May 2018 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

There were two developments in Istanbul last week confirming the “Islamicist direction” towards which Turkey is fast sliding under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The first was World Muslim Minorities Summit organised by Diyanet (Presidency of Religious Affairs) on April 17-20, 2018, the first of its kind in the history of...

Roots of Islamicist terrorism in modern times

Saturday, 02 Dec 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

Hardly a week passes without Islamicist terrorism related news. The killing of more than 300 Egyptian Muslims in Sinai-based supposedly Sufi mosque last Friday is just another addition to horrific saga of Islamicist terrorism. Harsh condemnations by majority of Muslims as well as counter-terrorist discourses and strategies, including the application...

Saudi Vision 2030: Regional dynamics

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

Of late, the Saudi Vision 2030, a brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (popularly known as MBS), has received considerable attention in the public domain, particularly after the anointment of MBS as Crown Prince with high prospect of succeeding his father, King Salman. What is Saudi Vision 2030? Is...

AMU, Jamia breeding exclusion

Saturday, 04 Nov 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

The recent UGC Academic Audit Report on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has drawn the national attention towards its malfunctioning, notwithstanding the din over its recommendation of dropping the word “Muslim” from its name. While the bulk of secularists and Muslim intelligentsia might see the report as another “Hindutava instance”...

Triple Talaq verdict: Effect on Muslim politics in India

Saturday, 07 Oct 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

The recent 3:2 split SC judgment on the constitutional validity of practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-bidat — practiced mostly among Sunni Hanfi Muslims, the largest Muslim group in South Asia, including India — has brought back the issue of reform among Indian Muslims in the public domain. The...

Qatar crisis: Implications and options

Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

India has deemed it prudent to consider the Qatar–Arab states’ feud as an intra-GCC affair. But if the crisis is not resolved soon, India will have to throw aside this pretense of neutrality and take a position consistent with its counter-terrorism policy It is three months now since the Qatar–Arab states...

Erdogan vs Gülen: Predicament of Indian Muslims

Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

The Indian Government must be cautious in responding to Erdoan’s anti-Glen request from legal and political point of view but also must take into consideration the relevance of the Glen movement for integration of Indian Muslims in the country Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is slated to visit India from April...

Turkey in a bind over war against Islamic State

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

The Erdogan Government is devoid of clear vision as it pursues inherently contradictory goals: to oust the Assad Government, dismantle the PKK, continue peace process with its Kurds, and contain the ISIS At a time when the US-led international community has declared war on the Islamic State (IS) — also known...


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