Opinion

Being an Outsider

Gulistan-e-Ghalib, JMI (Photo: Mostafa Ahangarha/Episteme]

My friend Zahid, a Kashmiri Muslim, once narrated his ordeal to me, one that has been etched deep into his mind. It was about him getting into a verbal duel with his friend Akash, a Hindu Delhiite. Specifying identity in this narrow order must have sounded weird to you but by the end of the story, you will understand my ...

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Tribute to My Teachers

Teachers Shalini and Rishikesh

Teachers are the hands that guide you to the path of education and pluck every thorn off that uncertain path. Teachers are the friends who give you wiser advices and understand you the most. Teachers are the parents who make you walk the second step of life. Teachers are the books that enlighten you. Teachers are the lights that shine ...

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Is Jamia Secular?

[Photo: Courtesy Imran Khan (2014, Faculty of Education)]

Only few years back, Jamia Millia Islamia got the status of a minority institution with 50% reservation for Muslims – a religious minority in the country. One can possibly see innumerable discussions, formal as well as informal, that encircle religion and its understanding in and about this university. Jamia is perceived to be an Islamic institution broadly at the outset ...

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Was Prime Minister Modi Ever Secular?

Opinion

Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister has been marked by numerous instances of anti-minority prejudice. With communal trouble increasing in the country exponentially with places like Moradabad and Saharanpur on the boil, the right wing brigade of the Sangh Parivar too has contributed in soaring the communal atmosphere with other instances of goondaism as witnessed during the murder of a ...

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How I Met AJK-MCRC

[Photo: Khalid Jaleel/ Jamia Journal]

This is a strange story of fate and opportunity coming together. This is the story of being clueless about my future to sitting in one of India’s most prestigious media colleges. This is about my journey to Jamia’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. So let me rewind a little. Year 2013. I had finished my graduation in English literature with ...

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Is AAP Worth My Vote

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An enlightened mind once said: “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” In a democracy, electing a government by casting votes is a fundamental right of every citizen of the nation. Today, when the average Indian is young and is greatly inclined to strive for his betterment, the 16th Lok Sabha election becomes more important to the previously held elections. ...

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Why Men Should be Men?

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While watching an interview of a movie actor, I was struck by something said. He was asked, “what is it that he likes most about women?” He replied, “their warmth, their love, and the way they care and so on.” Then he was asked the same question about men, to which he gave an interesting reply. He said, “Men are ...

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