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Urdu Newspapers in India

The declining fortunes of Urdu newspapers seem to be reversing as major media houses are beginning to invest in Urdu media. Largely catering to the Muslim population in the country, its impact in terms of representing Muslim interests and shaping Muslim opinion is enormous. Domestically, almost all Urdu media outlets regularly highlight the theme of Muslim victimhood at the hands of the Indian state. Internationally, these outlets are consistently critical of Israel, the United States and the West for their propaganda vis-à-vis international Islamic terrorism and adverse foreign policy towards Muslim nations.

POTA: Freedom to Terrorise

In more than 19 months of its existence POTA has established itself as a piece of legislation that is meant to terrorise precisely those sections of the population that are vulnerable and are victims of gross injustices. Not surprisingly, the maximum numbers of those charged under POTA are landless or land-poor dalits and adivasis accused of being Naxalites, Kashmiris fighting against oppressive Indian rule or Muslims accused of working in tandem with Pakistan's ISI.

Foreign Policy Options

Events in the past year, while making Pakistan a frontline ally in the 'War against Terror' have had a dramatic impact on its foreign policy. The changing situation in Afghanistan has had repercussions on the domestic political set-up, with hardline Islamic elements increasingly critical of Musharraf's seeming capitulation on the Afghan as well as Kashmir issues. While the army remains a predominant force in the nation's polity, the unfolding domestic balance of power will very likely have a key impact in redefining Pakistani foreign policy.

New 'New War' and an Old Problem

Islamisation in modern times is not simply a throwback to the past. It evolved in the schools in Deoband as a form of Islamic revival to form trans-regional identities under colonialism. And jihad may seem like a reasonable option in establishing these identities.

How Media Manipulates Truth about Terrorism

The mainstream western media projects Islam as inimical to civilised values. The demonising of Islam fits in well with the western geo-political interests in arms and oil Today, after the demise of communist states, when Islam is being seen as a security threat to the west, the media in the Muslim world needs to devise ways and means to reduce the dependency on western news sources.
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