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Having graduated from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in 2006, Shahidur Rashid Talukdar moved to USA for higher studies. After completing MS (in Mathematics) from Youngstown State University, he joined Texas Tech University as PhD student in Economics. His wide range of interests include reading, blogging, economics, social and human development. Mr. Talukdar originally hails from Assam, a North-Eastern state in India and currently lives at Lubbock, Texas, USA with his wife Mumtaz.
Mr. Talukdar maintains a couple of blogs. http://blog.srtalukdar.com and http://glimpsesofatraveler.srtalukdar.com.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Justice and Secularism - No Minority Appeasement
Justice requires secularism of state. Justice also entails affirmative actions for the weak, oppressed, and marginalized. In a welfare state, there are affirmative actions, remedial measures, and rehabilitation efforts. But there is nothing like minority appeasement.
(1 comments) Saturday, February 1, 2014 Why There Is Nothing Like Minority Appeasement!
If you think minorities are enjoying "minority appeasements" by the Central/State Government(s), you need to wake up. Because, there is nothing like Muslim/Minority appeasement because the affirmative actions aimed at benefiting the minorities are just compensation towards what they have already lost in terms of lives, livelihoods, their houses, and their right to live a dignified life!
Monday, January 27, 2014 Why Aam Aadmi Party deserves a chance!
Aam Aadmi Party deserves a chance because it has brought about some refreshingly new changes in Indian politics, because it is pro-people, because it does not follow the usual dogma of divide and rule. The AAP derives its strength from the people and directs its energy and efforts to serve people.
(3 comments) Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Could It Be: Privatization of Education in India Helps the Poor
Privatization of the Indian educational system can help improve the quality of education and reduce costs. But to ensure access to education for all, the government must design an effective transfer-payment system.
(3 comments) Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Joining the Missing Links: Towards Shaping a Better Indian Muslim Community
Muslims must accept the fact that we, the Indian Muslims, are responsible for a large part of our plight and need to make active efforts to ameliorate the situation. Else, there can be no way out. We have to take the initiative to break the vicious circle and come out of the constant state of decline and deprivation.
(5 comments) Saturday, July 30, 2011 The Media Should Be Restrained
Immediately after any incidence of terrorist activity, the mainstream media's immediate reaction - pointing the finger towards Muslim extremist groups - shows the media's inherent bias against the Muslims.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Divisive Communal Politics in India
The polarized mentality of certain sections of Indian politicians, coupled with the embittered communal history of the land, seems to shake the edifice of Indian democracy. Repeated attacks on the "freedom and existence" of minorities in India, unless effectively checked, pose not only a challenge to democracy, but also a threat to the existence of minorities.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 The Bitter Sweet Story of Indian Muslims
Besides the ceremonial or celebrity status, Indian Muslims occupy a prominent space in the electoral landscape; not as influential leaders, but as a vote bank, in reserve, for the secularist political parties. However, the "feel good" situation from these occasional prominences does not last long because the majority of India's Muslims have long been suffering -- quite severely so -- economically politically, and socially.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 India on a Divisive Track?
Indian minister asks all those who don't support imposition of a Hindu religious script should leave the country!
Thursday, July 14, 2011 Indian BPL Census 2011: Its Irrelevance and Futility?
At its present format, without the necessary modifications in the definitions of "who is a poor" and "who can be considered as socio-economically backward," the census does not promise much in terms of effectiveness to determine the socioeconomic backwardness of the people.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 How Poor in India is Poor Enough?
In India poor people are dying because of the lack of basic amenities of life, however, the planning commission's poverty line criteria is too narrow to include them into the list of poor.