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Ghazwa-tul-Badr anniversary in J&K: A note of caution is seriously required in final days of the holy month

Today, on Ghazwatul Badr anniversary, social media campaigns, mostly in Urdu, are underfoot to promote a willful misinterpretation of the Islamic event in the Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups in Jammu & Kashmir in particular. Classical Islamic historiographers like Ibn Hisaham and Ibn Ishaq report that the Ghazwa-tul-Badr was the first Islamic military expedition which took place on the 17th …

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Hyderabad of the Nizams: Documentation of diplomatic relations

Photography first came to India in the mid-19th century, when British administrators brought their cameras to the country to document the landscape, historical monuments and people. As early as the 1850s, photographic societies were formed in three presidencies: Bombay, Madras and Calcutta. The art form also emerged in the richest cities and courts. “Here, Hyderabad had a double advantage,” says historian and …

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Workshop on Inclusive Education & Its Implementation by Welfare Association for the Handicapped 

Mahfooz Alam for WordForPeace.com A workshop was organized by the Welfare Association for the Handicapped on May 5th, 2019, in which the office bearers of this association, activist and Divyang – attended, whose focal point was inclusive education and its implementation. On this occasion, the General Secretary of the association, Mr. Arif Husain, Chairman Mr. Mahfooz Alam, Treasurer Chairperson Mrs …

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China’s repression of Uyghur Muslims and Pakistan’s shocking silence

WordForPeace.com Edit Desk As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China had been blocking India’s attempts to secure designation against the JeM chief almost for a decade. But now with the removal of objection regarding Azhar’s listing, China seems to have given up its obsession with Azhar. However, one still wonders why the terror ideologue of Jaish-e-Mohammed …

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“A Story of Political Islams in India”: New discourse on Indian Muslims

For the sake of analysis, I find four interesting characteristics of the contemporary Muslim elite – its self-perception as a class, its imagination of Indian Islam, its caste background and its political openness. We must note that the Muslim elite is not at all homogeneous. They come from different regions; they are involved in different professions; and the cultural capital …

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JeM militant, hailing from Pulwama, returned to the mainstream

A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant, hailing from Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday laid down arms and returned to the mainstream, the police said. A police spokesman did not reveal the identity of the militant, saying “the identity stands protected”. “One more youth from Pulwama, who was part of terror outfit JeM, has shunned the path of violence and …

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J&K: Post Pulwama terror attack, the counter-infiltration grid deeper in the hinterland

By comparison, Jammu and Kashmir is currently undergoing relative stability after a fairly tumultuous situation during late winter and early spring. Experience from the past reveals that traditionally when the durbar returns to Srinagar in May, it is the time when the race for infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir into the Kashmir Valley picks up momentum. The launch pads are …

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E-MODESTY: UNVEILING FACEBOOK & WHATSAPP

To maintain the focus on the subject at hand, let us seclude this discussion to one aspect of the internet, a social networking site: Facebook. It is a well known fact that facebook is not very secure but despite these risks, facebook has its social benefits which most of us prioritise. But the focus of this discussion is to use …

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