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बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस के 25 साल….आखिर परमात्मा का घर क्यों तोड़ा

Irfan Engineer

छह दिसंबर 1992 को मैं वंसाडा (गुजरात) के जेल में बंदी था। हम लोग जंगलों और वन उत्पादों पर आदिवासियों के अधिकार के लिए लड़ रहे थे और हमें अक्सर राज्य के प्रकोप का सामना करना पड़ता था। उस दौर में मेरे और मेरे साथियों के विरूद्ध कई झूठे प्रकरण दर्ज किए गए थे। उस समय मैं लगभग एक हफ्ते …

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भ्रष्टाचार, सांप्रदायिकता व जातिवाद – तीनों ही भारत की जनता के शत्रु हैं

Asghar Ali Engineer was born in 1939, and took a BSc. in civil engineering from Vikram University. From 1980 he edited the journal The Islamic Perspective, and during the 1980s he published a string of books on Islam and communal violence in India, the latter based on his field investigations into the communal riots in post-independence India. By 1987 he was well enough known to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the USA International Student Assembly and the USA Indian Student Assembly. In 1990 he received the Dalmia Award for communal harmony and is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees. 1992 saw the destruction of the Babri Mosque and provided the impetus for the foundation by Engineer in 1993 of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), of which Engineer was the Chairman and which became the organisational focus of his work. He published 52 books, many papers and articles, including those for scholarly journals. He edited a journal, Indian Journal of Secularism, and a monthly paper, Islam and Modern Age. He also published Secular Perspective every fortnight. Through the 1990s, Engineer received a number of awards, including the National Communal Harmony Award in 1997, and the USA Award from the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia in 2003. Engineer was a Bohra Muslim, and an important component of his work was both to promote a better external understanding of Islam and to critique some of its manifestations from the inside (for example, Rethinking Issues in Islam in 1998). He passed away after prolonged illness on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at the age of 73.

Comparative study of casteism and communalism जातिवाद व सांप्रदायिकता का तुलनात्मक अध्ययन, उनके फायदे-नुकसान, उनकी भारतीय राजनीति में भूमिका आदि व्यापक चर्चा व बहस के विषय रहे हैं। मैंने इस पुराने विषय को “सेक्युलर पर्सपेक्टिव“ (Secular perspective) के इस अंक के लिए इसलिए चुना क्योंकि पिछले दिनों, इंटरनेट पर एक जोरदार बहस छिड़ी थी। बहस का विषय था- यह तथ्य …

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