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Rethinking the Dalit Muslim Movement

By Khalid Anis Ansari The Pasmanda Movement (PM) refers to the contemporary caste/class movement among Indian Muslims. Though the history of caste movements among Muslims can be traced back to the commencement of the Momin Movement in the second decade of the twentieth century it is the Mandal decade (the …

Caste in Pakistan: The Elephant in the Room

By Shahbano Aliani  A pregnant woman from a remote rural village in Tharparkar goes to a private hospital in Hyderabad. The medical staff refuse to attend to her, saying they do not want to pollute their instruments and dirty their hands. Feeling humiliated and angry, she returns to her village …

Reservation always on religious grounds

By Rizvi Syed Haider Abbas Lucknow: Reservation for Muslims has now started echoing in UPs political circles too, the state, wherein reside the largest number of Muslims in India. The queer pitch for reservation of seats for Muslims in government jobs comes in the wake of the recent Andhra Pradesh …

Muslim Khatik, Khandeshi Bakar Kasab Samaj demands scrapping of discriminatory Presidential Scheduled Caste Order of 1950, stop religious discrimination

IMO News Service Shamsuddin K. Shaikh, Chairman Legal Cell, Muslim Khatik, Khandeshi Bakar Kasab Samaj (MKKBKS), Kalyan (Dist. Thane, Maharashtra), recently filed a petition before President Pratibha Patil and the Supreme Court of India demanding the scrapping of discriminatory Presidential Scheduled Caste Order of 1950. Shaikh provided details about the …

PIL lodged in Supreme Court seeking SC/ST status to Dalit Muslims

IMO News Service Akhil Maharastra Khatik Samaj has lodged a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking “parity based constitutional relief for the Muslim counterparts of the Hindu Scheduled Castes”. The PIL has challenged the vires and constitutionalism of the para 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled caste) Order, 1950, which denies …

For Muslims, graveyards become an election issue

By Danish Ahmad Khan Come elections – whether parliamentary of assembly – Muslims in India firm up their girdles and become ready to rake up their pet issues such as Babri Masjid, Gujarat riots, status of Urdu etc. This time even graveyards have become election issue, particularly in a Delhi …