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Secularists, Muslims need to accept Yogi
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Secularists, Muslims need to accept Yogi

Will he take Modi's 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' route? Or will he turn UP into Egypt under Morsi, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. When Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday many secularists and Muslims in my circle exclaimed, "This is it, this is the end of secular India!" Some Muslim friends called it the end of the Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb (composite culture) they were brought up in. Another friend commented that the Muslim vote has become irrelevant in India if you ... Rediff.com, 3 days ago
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Trailer Watch: Baahubali 2 disappoints

Syed Firdaus Ashraf gives his reasons for disliking the trailer of the most anticipated mega movie of the year, Baahubali: The Conclusion. Indians are most passionate about discussing three things: Bollywood, Cricket and Politics.  But since 2016, when the first part of the film was released, everyone has gone crazy discussing why Kattapa killed Baahubali.  The mystery has kept movie lovers on tenterhooks ever since Baahubali: The Beginning released in July 2015.  So much so, ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago Ghazi trailer worth a watch!  Rediff.com2 months ago
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A tale of two Akbars, and of Muslim women

Have Muslim women taken to the BJP even as their menfolk cling to 'secular' politics, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: The Bharatiya Janata Party's Muslim supporters celebrate the BJP's victory in the UP assembly election at the party office in Lucknow. Photograph: PTI Photo Over the Holi weekend, as the rest of the nation animatedly discussed the Uttar Pradesh assembly election results (and not so much over the one from Punjab), I watched the Israeli animated film, Waltz With Bashir. But only ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago 'Modi certainly doesn't exclude Muslims from governance'  Rediff.com1 week ago
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Why using cash can be risky these days

Syed Firdaus Ashraf reveals dual encounters when he regretted dealing in cash. Digital India, Virtual Reality In the last three months I have fallen in love with cashless transactions. The payment procedure is so easy, it takes just three simple steps. Swipe your credit card. Enter the password. Check SMS. And you are done. I have forgotten what cash means to me. Last month, I withdrew Rs 20,000 from my bank account, which I got in Rs 2,000 notes. Being in a hurry, I didn't check each and ...
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What was Salman Khan charged with?

Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf explains the charges against the Bollywood star. Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit has acquitted Salman in the Arms Act case linked to the poaching case.  So what was Salman Khan charged with? Salman was charged under two sections of the Arms Act: Arms Act 3/25 and Arms Act 3/27. Under the Arms Act 3/25, he was charged for possessing a pistol and rifle without a valid licence. If he was convicted under this Act, Salman would have ...
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'Don't forget there are 180 million Muslims in this country'

'Muslims are depressed and disillusioned.''The safety valve is that we still have a multicultural mosaic in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.' At the height of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi agitation, journalist and author Saeed Naqvi posed a question to a packed audience at Allahabad University. 'Have the Hindus in this audience ever seen the inside of a Muslim home?' he asked. None of them had. The response was similar when he asked if any Muslim in the audience had ever seen ...
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'Babri Masjid is not an ego issue for Muslims'

'If you prove that a mandir was demolished and a mosque was constructed there, we will leave the place.' IMAGE: A Babri Masjid Re-Building Committee demonstration in Ayodhya. Photograph: B Mathur/Reuters On Tuesday, March 21, the Supreme Court said the Ram temple in Ayodhya is a 'sensitive, sentimental issue' and should be sorted outside the court through discussion. S Q R Ilyas, joint convener, Babri Masjid Action Committee and a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, tells ...
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Review: Govinda's Zero No 1 act in Aa Gaya Hero

If Govinda wants to give Bollywood's filmmakers a wake up call, he needs to do a film that showcases his acting talent, writes Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Let me tell you a story about a Bollywood struggler I met about 10 years ago, when I was waiting to interview director Imtiaz Ali. He had come with his photographs and the hope that Imtiaz would cast him as a hero in his next movie. "Five years," said the lad from Jharkhand, defining his struggle. "And six films." Not a single one had been released, ...
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Karan Johar sounds like Sakshi Maharaj!

What's the difference between Sakshi Mahraj asking beef-eaters to 'leave' and Karan Johar asking Kangana Ranaut to 'leave'?' asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com On March 3, 2015, the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra issued a diktat banning the slaughter and consumption of beef in the state. The punishment for those caught eating beef would be five years in jail. Worse, mere possession of beef would get you five years in jail. When people like me protested ...
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'Modi may have lost confidence in Varanasi'

'After his road shows, the people of Varanasi are debating what forced the prime minister to move around in the narrow lanes of Varanasi.''If he had taken out one road show, no one would have objected.''But what was the need to do it thrice?' IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his road show in Varanasi, March 5, 2017. Photograph: PTI Photo 'Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi!' chants have been heard loud and clear in Varanasi during the final days of the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh as ...
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