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World Humanitarian Summit and Digital Advocates

Maryam Vaziri The first meeting of the Global Humanitarian (world humanitarian summit) was held on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul wherein Nine thousand participants from 173 member countries, including 55 heads of governments and states, private sector representative hundreds, and thousands of people from the community civil and non-governmental organizations participated. UN countries were never together in 70 years on ... Read More »

A cloth merchant in Samarkand (1910)

A cloth merchant in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan) sits in his stall in this photograph taken by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii circa 1910. Between 1909 and 1912, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in a quick succession, using red, green ... Read More »

A candid confession: Hijab is comfort        

Fouzia Snowber Khan Hijab is a veil that covers the body, particularly worn by Muslim women that move over to a certain standards of Modesty .The term Hijab in Arabic literally means “a cover”. It can also be used to refer to the privateness and reclusiveness of women from men in public sphere . It is the last word of ... Read More »


Dear Chetan Bhagat, It is really considerate of you to write a letter to me and many others like me at the time when the valley is going back to a 2010 like situation or should I say like it has always been; on the edge? Your letter is like one of those scoopwhoop listicles that ask give readers reasons for things ... Read More »

Legalising surrogacy is much like legalising paid sex

Is there no other industry where our women earn a decent living without having to go through labour pains? Safina Nabi Freedom and equality for women is a tricky subject. It is interesting to hear when people discuss on it, more so when lawyers talk about it. One day, I was commuting by Delhi Metro and happened to overhear a ... Read More »

  “Modernity and white washing of humanity”

Fouzia Snowber khan Enormous mystery is associated with early man who is labelled as a devotee and genuflection of elementariness ; naturalness , purity , unity , honesty , love hard work and what not!  It won’t be wrong to call him as a “happy camper” of past. His social , cultural and spiritual expressions; his countenance; everything has bought ... Read More »

Nazis, Ataturk and Islam

  Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination (HISTORY) By Stefan Ihrig Harvard University Press, US ISBN 978-067436837 305pp.   Islam and Nazi Germany’s War (HISTORY) By David Motadel Harvard University Press, US ISBN 978-0674724600 500pp.     MUHAMMAD ALI SIDDIQI  Nazi interest in Islam and Turkey, especially in Kemal Ataturk, is nothing to be proud of. But the interest in Islam ... Read More »

The idea of the Hijab

The covering of the head is not a religious obligation in Islam and no such moral value should be assigned to it, writes M Aamer Sarfraz M Aamer Sarfraz  Muslims around the world are battling against everything and everyone at the moment.  This is because they are paranoid, albeit with some compelling reasons, that the world is out to get ... Read More »

Women, a blessing

Fouzia Snowber Khan Let me quote with beautiful lines of Ralph Waldo Emerson “Not Gold but only wo(men) can make people great and strong.  wo(men) who for truth and honour ‘s sake , stand fast and suffer long wo (men) who toil while others flee they build a nation’s pillars deep and left it to the sky “ Woman is ... Read More »

Violence at home

ASMA HUMAYUN AMIDST robust campaigning by liberal sections to activate the feminist lobby and strong criticism by clerics defending Islam’s endowment of women’s rights, there is a risk of overlooking the essence of what is a major human rights and public health issue — domestic violence. Today, domestic violence is recognised as a ‘global’ public health issue that is prevalent ... Read More »