Al Qaeda’s hijab video aimed at swaying Indian Muslims, dividing India culturally

New Delhi, Apr 12: The recent hijab controversy in Bengaluru was followed by a video by the Al Qaeda which sang praises of the girl who defied the ban. While the Al Qaeda has been largely weakened, it still remains one of the most resilient groups and over the past couple of years, it has focused heavily on India with clear attempts to invoke a culture war.

A recent UN report noted that the Al Qaeda has anything between 150 to 200 terrorists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar who are part of the Al Qaeda in the Sub-Continent (AQIS).

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Drumming up a phobia: Why has hijab become more important than education

New Delhi, Mar 16: India expressed concern as the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to proclaim March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia. India while expressing concern over phobia against one religion being elevated to the level of an international day.

India also said that there are growing contemporary forms of religiophobia, especially anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias. The 193 member UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which was introduced by Pakistan’s ambassador Munir Akram.

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Blown out of proportion, unseen hands at work to disturb harmony: HC on hijab issue

Bengaluru, Mar 15: The Karnataka High Court in an over 100 page order on the hijab issue observed that it was dismayed as to how all of a sudden, that too in the middle of the academic term, the issue of hijab is generated and blown out of proportion by the powers that be.

The way hijab imbroglio unfolded gives scope for the argument that some ‘unseen hands’ are at work to engineer social unrest and disharmony. Much is not necessary to specify.

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What Dr. Ambedkar said about purdah equally applies to wearing of hijab: HC

Bengaluru, Mar 15: Rejecting the challenge to the rules made in some educational institutions with regard to wearing of hijab, the Karnataka High Court in a 129 page order quoted the Chief architect of the Constitution, Dr. B R Ambedkar.

What Dr. Ambedkar had observed over half a century back about the practice of purdah also equally applies to wearing of hijab.

What the Chief Architect of our Constitution observed more than half a century ago about the purdah practice equally applies to wearing of hijab there is a lot of scope for the argument that insistence on wearing of purdah, veil, or headgear in any community may hinder the process of emancipation of woman in general and Muslim woman in particular, the Bench observed.

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Hijab not essential religious practice, school uniforms constitutionally permissible: HC

Bengaluru, Mar 15: The Karnataka High Court has said that Hijab is not an essential religious practise in Islam. The court also said that the prescription of school uniform is only a reasonable restriction and is constitutionally permissible.

The demand by a section of Muslim girls in an Udupi pre-university college to wear Hijab inside their classrooms erupted into a major row after some Hindu students turned up in saffron shawls with the issue spreading to other parts of the state, even as the government insisted on a uniform norm.

While rejecting a batch of petitions, the court said that the prescription of a school uniform is only a reasonable restriction. The prescription of a school uniform is also constitutionally permissible, the Bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice J M Khaz said.

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With Hijab before Kitab, radicals trying to make Karnataka a Kerala

New Delhi, Feb 18: The hijab row in Karnataka has been making national headlines. While the Karnataka High Court continues to hear the matter, the protests continue and many students have been boycotting schools and colleges.

In this backdrop the name of a group called as the Campus Front of India has come to the forefront. It has been accused of trying to radicalise the students and ensuring that this issue spreads nationally.

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OIC raises hijab row: It is clear Turkey is Pakistan’s new playground

New Delhi, Feb 16: India has once again hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after it raised the hijab row in India. New Delhi accused the OIC of worming with a communal mindset. India also said that the organisation has been hijacked by vested interests.

“We have noted yet another motivated and misleading statement from the general secretariat of the OIC on matters pertaining to India. Issues in India are considered and resolved in accordance with our constitutional framework and mechanisms, as well as democratic ethos and polity,” Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson external affairs ministry said.

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The hijab row and how Pakistan’s fake news factories have woken up

New Delhi, Feb 14: The fake news factories are in full flow following the hijab issue that erupted in Karnataka a week back. The court has taken cognisance of the matter and will pass a detailed judgment sometime this week.

In the wake of this, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad-e-Mohammad shot a video of a minor Tajik girl burning a burqa and circulated it widely claiming that the incident took place in India.

Following this the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan launched a campaign to make the hijab compulsory.

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