Prafull Goradia

Muslims, theology & democracy

Thursday, 12 Jul 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

India has practiced toleration and at the same time run a successful democracy. This makes toleration a sine qua non of democracy What happened in the Turkish elections last month was a transfer of veto power from the Army to the President. The shift, however, is not as revolutionary as it...

Toll taken by identity politics

Wednesday, 04 Jul 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

Owaisi’s call to Muslims to vote along religious lines may help him score brownie points but beyond that he needs to answer some tough questions In calling for Muslims to vote for Muslims, it is difficult to assess what All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi has in mind. Was it...

Separate electorates redux?

Tuesday, 03 Jul 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

By asking Muslims to vote only for co-religionists in elections, Owaisi has renewed an old debate which has the potential to lead to a national crisis On June 25, Asaduddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen declared that henceforth Muslims should only vote for Muslim candidates in elections. Separate electorates,...

The genesis of One India

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

Those who remained in India after the Partition believed that in the Indian Republic there was to be only one nation, the Indian Nation, and no community could remain a separate entity on the basis of religion A group of Muslim leaders representing Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bombay, with anxiety written...

Politics of minoritism

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

With the creation of Pakistan, Hindustan is not free of the communal question. The only way to make the country homogeneous is by arranging for an exchange of population While presiding over the Muslim League Session in Lahore in March 1940, Mohammed Ali Jinnah declared that Muslims are not a minority...

A historical perspective on Waqfs in India

Monday, 14 May 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Edit

Ever since the institution of Waqfs was established in 1185 AD, no attempt has been made to curb its adverse effects. On the contrary, the law was made more favourable to the stakeholders Whether the Uttar Pradesh Government can reclaim properties which stood on agricultural land or transfer them as Waqf...

A relook at the Constitution

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

There are a number of areas in the Indian Constitution that require correction. It is time that the document is amended to purge it of all defects The Preamble to the Constitution swears by “We the People” which gives an impression that it was approved by popular will. It was, however,...

Shia initiative is laudable

Monday, 14 Aug 2017 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

With the skies darkening with terrorism, it is time that India encouraged its Shia citizens, more so after their warm gesture on Ayodhya. The country would benefit by offering a balance between the Shias and the Sunnis The Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board’s suggestion to the Supreme Court that the erstwhile...


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