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‘Like Iran, if India becomes theocratic, there will be more moral policing of women’
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Ashraf Engineer November 2, 2022 The protests led by women, demanding the right to not wear the hijab and other freedoms, in Iran are being watched with great interest in India. In India, too, women are leading movements asserting their...
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‘As a Dalit, I was ready to die for RSS, but they wouldn’t even touch food I had cooked’
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Ashraf Engineer October 19, 2022 This is one of a handful of episodes during the recording of which I wept. Bhanwar Meghwanshi, a Dalit, was fanatically devoted to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ready to go to war for its...
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The brave, unnoticed fight of Muslim women for reforms
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Tushar Gandhi September 26, 2022 There is a lot of talk about the Uniform Civil Code with the argument centred around the special privileges accorded to Muslim men, polygamy and till recently their ability to get instant triple talaq. Recently,...
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India @ 75: no candles for Bilkis, no tears for Indra, no solidarity with Sayema
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Tushar Gandhi September 2, 2022 India celebrated 75 years of Independence recently. The occasion was branded as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and expertly marketed. It was a momentous milestone, one to be proud of and celebrated. At the same time,...
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Why the Arab backlash against Prophet comments rattled Modi
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Ashraf Engineer June 11, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Normally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, shows no remorse when its leaders indulge in Islamophobia, minority bashing and hate politics. In...
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Audio podcast: ‘Hijab ban is about eradicating Muslim-ness from public spaces’
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Ashraf Engineer March 16, 2022 The hijab ban in Karnataka is only the latest instance of minorities, especially their women, being targeted in India. In this instance, they are being sought to be excluded from education and humiliated for being...
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Audio podcast: ‘It’s under siege, but Urdu can be the medicine for the pandemic of hate’
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Ashraf Engineer October 27, 2021 In the current political climate, Urdu is made out to be the language of Muslims only rather than one that cuts across religious and social groups. It is being used as yet another tool to...
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Heroism and compassion amid the horrors of Partition – Part 2
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Bibi Amtus Salam ending her 26-day fast after the signing of the peace pledge in Sirandi. Photo credit: MK Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence This is the final installment of a two-part series on the acts of courage, which symbolised the...
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Heroism and compassion amid the horrors of Partition – Part 1
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Mahatma Gandhi (above) surveying a post-riot scene in the aftermath of Partition. Photo credits: Gandhi Research Foundation This is the first installment of a two-part series on the acts of courage, which symbolised the syncretic heritage of the subcontinent, amid...
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Audio podcast: Educational marginalisation of Muslims starts early
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Ashraf Engineer September 1, 2021 A study has found that Muslim children face systematic exclusion at the pre-primary level in Delhi’s private schools – less than 3% of those who applied to private unaided schools at the nursery level were...
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