Now, the women have turned their veil into a parcham (banner) of revolt. They are pushing back against patriarchy like never before. "Enough" is their war cry.
In the academic session 2002-03, I was an MA student at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Aligarh Muslim University. Over jokes and smokes under the giant banyan tree that overlooked our department.
It plays to a trite script all the time. Some obscure loony will say something about the Prophet and the self-professed defenders of the honour of the Prophet of Islam go berserk in rage. Protests, calls for the head of the "offender", mob fury, destruction of public property - pandemonium follows.
Vice President Hamid Ansari's stellar address at the golden jubilee of All India Majlis-E-Mushawarat, a deliberative body of Muslim organisations and institutions, has led to much debate.
The sight of a 21-year-old breathing fire, rallying lakhs and raising slogans such as "agar hamara haq pyar se nahin doge to chheen ke lenge (if you don't give us our rights with love, we will snatch them by force)" is a picture of both a revolution that is about to come and dangerous mob thuggery depending on the way one looks at it. The question in the slogan is "ki...
It was past midnight. I was just settling in my bed with my three-year-old. My lawyer wife was sifting through some case papers and we were pestering her to switch off the lights. My phone rang. It was an my childhood friend Rashid, who has lived in Dubai for some years and works as a salesperson with a bank.
Asma Javed is being denied dignity in death, just as she was in life, says Mohd Asim.
The government and media have to be adversarial in a healthy way for democracy to survive, says Mohd Asim.
So the Shiv Sena is deeply concerned about the well-being of Muslims in India. And the party has an instant solution for all that plagues the community: strip Muslims of their voting rights.