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Mohammad Sajjad

Professor Mohammad Sajjad teaches history at the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University. You can e-mail the author at Sajjad.history@gmail.com

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What is the way out for Muslims now?

What is the way out for Muslims now?

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

Muslims need to get out of their Isolation Syndrome, argues Mohammad Sajjad.

Why the Hindu right-wing targets AMU

Why the Hindu right-wing targets AMU

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

'Besides electoral opportunism, a sustained vilification of AMU on one or the other pretext helps them sustain their 'everyday communalism', the new strategy of the BJP of the Narendra Damodardas Modi-Amit Anilchandra Shah era,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

How best to remember George Fernandes?

How best to remember George Fernandes?

Rediff.com31 Jan 2019

'A fierce crusader against communalism, George joined hands with majoritarian forces, never to revisit or re-assess his saffron association.' 'He was a Union minister in 1998-2004, a time when people like Graham Staines were lynched in Orissa.' 'On the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, George went on to kind of justify the slashing of pregnant women, by saying in the Lok Sabha that this was nothing new for India.' 'Thus, he was in sharp contrast to what he had himself stood for in the heyday of his political career in the 1970s and 1980s, says Mohammad Sajjad.

Karpoori Thakur and the power of street politics

Karpoori Thakur and the power of street politics

Rediff.com23 Jan 2019

'Karpoori Thakur must be remembered by people today who are tired of witnessing fractious politics where corruption, bigotry, hatred and violence seems to have become distressingly recurrent,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

Brave Mind, Fearless Conscience-Keeper

Brave Mind, Fearless Conscience-Keeper

Rediff.com17 Dec 2018

Mohammad Sajjad profiles Professor Riazur Rahman Sherwani, 94, versatile mind, intrepid intellectual.

Rest in peace, Mushir sahib!

Rest in peace, Mushir sahib!

Rediff.com12 Dec 2018

Mohammad Sajjad salutes the memory of Mushirul Hasan -- historian, thinker, academic, institution builder, -- who passed into the ages this week.

Why J B Kripalani needs to be remembered

Why J B Kripalani needs to be remembered

Rediff.com24 Nov 2018

In an era when the misguided youth of today are trying to build political careers by subscribing to divisive ideologies, they need to look to independent thinking icons such as Acharya Kripalani, says Mohammad Sajjad.

Why the BJP 'worships' Congressman Patel

Why the BJP 'worships' Congressman Patel

Rediff.com5 Nov 2018

'This is basically aimed at vilifying Nehruvian ideals.' 'Why?' 'Because, Nehruvian leadership is seen by Hindutva forces as the one which did not let them have their Hindu Raj.' 'The Hindutva proponents have always assumed that had Sardar become the first prime minister, India could never have become a secular State,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

Constitution, not faith, is supreme

Constitution, not faith, is supreme

Rediff.com30 Oct 2018

'The jurisprudence of a modern secular State has to be strictly rational.' 'Rather than aastha and aqeedah, our jurisprudence as well as the executive and legislature have to act in accordance with Constitutional rationality,' argues Mohammad Sajjad.

Is Yogi scared of the Mughals?

Is Yogi scared of the Mughals?

Rediff.com19 Oct 2018

'The Mughals became completely Indian in every sense and united the vast Indian subcontinent, not only territorially, but also the hearts and minds of people with multiple religio-cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversities' 'The Mughals, arguably, made India an enviable superpower in the then world.' 'Are the Hindutva rulers of today scared of acknowledging Mughal accomplishments?' asks Mohammad Sajjad.

Why do TV channels play the divisive game?

Why do TV channels play the divisive game?

Rediff.com17 Oct 2018

'Embedded with the divisive regime, they administer heavy doses of the opium of religion and nationalism day in and day out,' observes Mohammad Sajjad.

The shocking silence of Muzaffarpur

The shocking silence of Muzaffarpur

Rediff.com2 Aug 2018

Articulate segments of Muzaffarpur have been at the the forefront of all anti-establishment mobilisation, which makes their silence over the atrocities in a shelter home in the town puzzling. Could it be that if those accused of horrific crimes belong to dominant castes and if the victims belong to the vulnerable groups, then the middle classes become mute, asks Mohammad Sajjad.

Why Rahul was right in keeping conservative Muslims out

Why Rahul was right in keeping conservative Muslims out

Rediff.com17 Jul 2018

Rahul Gandhi has not erred by not engaging with Muslim conservatives. After all, they had misled his father in 1986 to legislate a misogynistic law after the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case, which helped the BJP rise at the cost of the Congress, says Mohammad Sajjad.

Ulema as Hindutva's foot soldiers

Ulema as Hindutva's foot soldiers

Rediff.com12 Jul 2018

'The Ulema have come out as villains against Indian secularism, impeding the secular united resistance against violent Hindutva that is backed by ministers in the government,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

Now a Dalit quota stick to beat AMU with

Now a Dalit quota stick to beat AMU with

Rediff.com6 Jul 2018

'The brazen politics, in this series of bullying of AMU by functionaries of the Union and provincial governments, utterly disregarding the fact that the matter is sub judice, is quite obvious.' 'One needs to see through the desperate politics of the BJP which governs both Uttar Pradesh and the Centre, especially its woes over its Dalit support base,' says AMU Professor Mohammad Sajjad.

Learning Partition's history from Amit Shah... What next?

Learning Partition's history from Amit Shah... What next?

Rediff.com5 Jul 2018

'Amit Shah and his fellow travellers need to realise that India was divided because of competitive communalism of forces like Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League, prodded, aided and abetted by the colonial power,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

Oh, these self-appointed custodians of Islam and AMU!

Oh, these self-appointed custodians of Islam and AMU!

Rediff.com15 Jun 2018

The hounding of former AMU students by some alumni over their 'wining and dining' during Ramzan is deeply disturbing, says AMU Professor Mohammad Sajjad. 'Intolerance, irrationality, bigotry, religious/sectarian hatred, and all such pernicious tendencies must be fought and resisted, more particularly by university campuses, in order to build a better society.' 'Have we, as academics, failed, and that too, quite miserably?' he asks. 'I feel like confessing and saying yes, we have indeed failed.'

The Message from Kairana

The Message from Kairana

Rediff.com1 Jun 2018

'In Kairana, the grand coalition was able to transfer its votes to a Muslim candidate in supposedly an era of anti-Muslim ambience.' 'Given this perspective, the Kairana result seems more significant than that of Gorakhpur and Phulpur a few months ago,' says Mohammad Sajjad.

The real culprits behind India's Partition

The real culprits behind India's Partition

Rediff.com24 May 2018

AMU has once again been pulled into a crossfire of crass political opportunism. In these post-truth times, that the university also had political stirrings not subscribing to the Muslim League is chosen to be forgotten, says Mohammad Sajjad.

The BJP's politics over Jinnah's portrait at AMU

The BJP's politics over Jinnah's portrait at AMU

Rediff.com2 May 2018

Using the Jinnah portrait as an issue, and by demonising AMU and consequently Indian Muslims, the politics of communal polarisation is sought to be played out ahead of the Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll and to sustain it till the next Lok Sabha election, says Mohammad Sajjad.

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