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Editorial

In India, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi remains contradictory and complicated. We live in a time of immense political upheaval, where the ruling dispensation has begun to excel in the deployment of the discourse of decolonialism and anti-imperialism to rename iconic...

The Narrative of Nationalism

First published in Urdu in Zindagi e Nau, September 2022 |Translated by Shayma SThe most important and fundamental narrative of Hindutva is the narrative of nationalism. I have made it clear that Hindutva nationalism is an extremist concept of nationalism. This...

Face to Face with Father Cedric Prakash SJ

We are living as the German poet Bertolt Brecht said in the times of Nazism “in dark times.” The situation has never been as bad as this in India. Fascism seems to have come to stay. We have reached abysmal depths on every parameter: be it social, economic and...

A Temporary Gift- Asmaa Hussein

A Temporary Gift is the record of journal entries written by Amr's widow, Asmaa Hussein during the two years following his departure from this world. This book is about re-learning how to live in the face of immense grief. It is a reminder that beyond the pain and...

Suicide Prevention: Know the Signs

According to NCRB 2021 report, there was a sharp rise in number of deaths by suicide. In absolute terms, there were 153,052 deaths by suicides, the highest number since 1967; the earliest period for which data is available.Suicide is death caused by self-inflicted...

Being Calm in a Storm

Anger is a powerful emotion. But do you believe a wave of well-managed anger can be a favourable emotion that motivates you to make positive changes? Wondering how? What happens when someone declares us worthless? They may blame us, scold us, shout at us, make fun of...

When the buried baby girl is asked…

A human heart looks like a piece of flesh but when it is hardened it will become harder than a rock. Springs can break out from a rock, but we cannot expect even a small portion of mercy from a hardened heart.A human heart looks like a piece of flesh but when it is...

Named Antim in A Twisted Hope, Brings Laurels

In many local Indian traditions, children are given names in the hope that the meaning would hold some influence on the life of the child. Antim Panghal’s name, an 18 year old Haryana wrestler too holds a similar story. Antim means final or last. “We named our...

Syeda Falak, the Golden Girl of Hyderabad

Falak is currently pursuing an LLB from Sultan Ul Uloom College, and has won 20 national and 22 international championships so far. She has participated in the Commonwealth Karate Championship 2022 in 68kg Senior Female Individual category. She cites her sister as a...

81 Certificates in a Day – meet Rehna Shahjahan

Rehna Shahjahan is a 25 year old from Kerala who has made it to the International Book of Records for achieving the maximum number of certificates in a day - 81 in total. Brought up in Bahrain but originally from Kottayam, the courses she mostly took were in the...

Know Him, Love Him

In the world of advancements and achievements, I am introducing an apostle of God, known as Muhammad (peace be upon him) to you, to think. He belongs to every human, more than what these advancements are meant for individuals and the societies. The utilitarian aspects...

Nonviolence and Islam

A husband-wife relationship is based on mutual trust and responsibility. The first duty of the husband is to pay mahr to his wife and to treat his wife well by providing maintenance. Allah has commanded the husband, "to live honestly with them (wives)". If the...

How to delete stress from your lives?

In today’s hectic world, the workplace often seems like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines and ever increasing demands can leave you feeling worried, drained, stressed and overwhelmed. Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you...

What We Neglect When We Talk About Health

English Translation of Selected Articles from Assa'ada written by Dr. Jasim Al Mutavva.We mostly talk about diet, physical fitness or workouts. But there are larger and broader aspects of health. Apart from physique, there are other aspects too which have to be taken...

The Dawn

In the silence of the night,While the whole world is asleep.A seeker seeks answers from the Lord, He seeks love and peace.He is looking for hope, To hold on, to travel from darkness to light.From darkness of hate, to light of Love.From darkness of tyranny, to light of...

The Hearts of Birds

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “People whose hearts are like the hearts of birds will enter Paradise.” {Source: Sahih Muslim 2840} Al-Nawawi said, “It is interpreted to mean they are those who rely upon Allah, or those who have soft hearts.”...

WAR

Shouts and shrieks everywhereBodies lying here and thereAgonized faces amongst the crowdLoved ones waiting to be shroud Cursing destiny for their fateAmidst the days of horror and hateCitizens fear to be found and seenReporters horrified by the scene (After 2...

Piety, Aid, and Islamizing Development

Righteousness does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or towards the west; true righteousness consists in believing in Allah and the Last Day, the angels, the Book and the Prophets, and in giving away one’s property in love of Him to one’s kinsmen, the...

Poverty Eradication: Beyond Rhetoric & Apathy

Despite it all, as the adage goes, ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ and poverty can lead to some extreme social and moral consequences. Sadly, the global pandemic has aggravated the existing poverty issues. The number of people living under the...

Rethinking Violence and Nonviolence

One example of latent violence is that of modern urban spaces. High-rise buildings and gated housing societies exist side by side with slums and makeshift settlements. Some people get to live in well-ventilated and spatially comfortable houses, whilst the people upon...

Fun Riddles!

1. Choose the correct sentence: “the yolk of the egg iswhite” or “the yolk of the egg are white.” 2. It’s as light as a feather, but the strongest person can’thold it for more than five minutes. What is it? 3. It’s at the center of gravity and you can find it in...

The Story of Wisdom!

One day, an old man came to Madina. At the time of prayer, he began to make wudhu but was doing it incorrectly. Two little children, Hassan and Hussain (grandsons of our Prophet PBUH), saw the old man making wudhu incorrectly and wanted to correct him. They did not...

Media Roundup

It seems that the foreign minister is unaware that the subsidy at the fair price shop does not come from the PM’s pocket, instead, it is possible only because of taxpayers' money.The Hunger Index and the Second Richest In September 2022, the Indian tycoon Gautam Adani...

Editorial

In We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change, Paolo Freire, the revered Brazilian educator wrote: “The teacher is of course, an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What...

A note to the teachers: Don’t make it easy!

In the contemporary world, a huge premium is placed on one’s marketing skills. Even an otherwise unqualified individual gains fame by his/her communication and presentation skills. Owing to the sparkling stories of success of TRP-hungry media, there is no critical...

The Qualities of a Good Teacher

Politeness, Patience, Perseverance and Assertiveness are all hallmarks of a great teacher. Teachers should rise up to these challenges, and take them in their stride to make a difference and bring about a change in society as a whole.Teaching, a noble profession...

Life Skills Development: Importance & Methods

Everyone was very excited to meet each other. They were meeting after 25 years of student life. They were students of the same class. It was their promise to each other that they will meet on the same campus after 25 years where they shared all their hopes and...

Face to Face with Sajid Hussain, Founder, Schoolasium

1) Tell us a little bit about your background and current engagements. I completed my early schooling from Darsagah Islami Chitarpur, then high school from the government school of Chitarpur village in Ramgarh district, Jharkhand. I did my graduation from India’s...

Aura Readers Club – UP West

On 20th August 2022, Aura Readers Club UP West organized the monthly Review by Experts program online. It was an enriching program with constructive feedback and critique of the magazine being offered and discussed. The experts commented upon the various aspects that...

Book Review

"Political parties and interest groups strive to make their concerns become current triggers of your moral modules. To get your vote, your money, or your time, they must activate at least one of your moral foundations. "The Righteous Mind; Why Good People Are Divided...

Book Review

A journey through medicine and myths in a man-made (emphasis intended) world.It certainly was one hell of a ride. I know you will excuse me for the rough language but seriously! This book is just “phenomagnificient.” Yes, I had to coin a new word (phenomenal +...

Baby Kamble, Writer and Educator

A leader of the Ambedkarite movement in Maharashtra who passed away in 2012; author of ‘The Prisons We Broke’.Born in 1929 in Veergaon, Pune, Baby Kamble belonged to the Mahar community, considered ‘untouchable’ in the caste hierarchy in India. Like many women of her...