Sunday, October 17News That Matters

Opinion

Increase in cases of joint pain in times of Covid

Increase in cases of joint pain in times of Covid

Opinion
The prevalence of joint pain is not new and uncommon these days, as a higher proportion of young and middle-aged population have been reporting this condition. Covid has been a major threat to overall health, and people afflicted with the infection have been immobilised for long either due to home quarantine or hospitalisation. The ill-effects of the virus have also triggered weakness in the muscles and joints. Joint pain is attributed to a plethora of reasons, including family history, age-related degeneration, obesity, physical inactivity, acquired infections like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and other inflammatory ailments. In association with Covid complications, these can be triggering factors for the onset of joint pain. Nutrition deficiency including of Vitamin D3 and B12 seve...
A conversation with Mohammad Muneem ‘Alif’

A conversation with Mohammad Muneem ‘Alif’

Opinion
Happy birthday (belated), Muneem. This conversation took place between us a year or two ago. I am publishing it now with the hope that your own words will give you the strength to go on – just like your songs gave me reason to be a better person and helped me during some difficult times in my life. I have been a fan of yours since you released ‘Kya Kari Korimol’, and also because my Baba loved that more than I did, I wanted to express my admiration for you. The sheer power of that performance (and everything that’s come after) has had even more significance for me. Thank you for your music all these years, thank you for existing. A part of me would die if you stopped making music. I have only one humble criticism. I wonder if you realise how good you are. The music that you have crafted ov...
A Tale of Two Communities

A Tale of Two Communities

Opinion
“Outsiders are trying to exploit the situation between the two communities in the region”: Jagmohan Singh Raina, local Sikh leader“Sikhs part and parcel of Kashmiri society, no place in Islam for ‘forcible conversion”: Grand Mufti Muhammad Tahir  AS the dust settles, it has become clear that the Zoya (Manpreet Kaur) affair was an orchestrated political drama whose purpose was to polarize communities and prepare ground for the upcoming elections in Punjab and Delhi. This was Shiromani Akali Dal’s experiment with the right-wing model of electoral success. The main protagonist of this political drama flew from New Delhi with a bunch of his supporters, sat in a protest in Srinagar against a fabricated case of forcible conversion of Sikh girls and went away, for his supporters,...
Mathematics in the medieval Islamic world

Mathematics in the medieval Islamic world

Opinion
The rapid expansion of Islam took place between the time of Muhammad’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) return to Mecca from his exile in Madina in 630 AD and the Muslim conquest of lands extending from Spain to the borders of China by 715 AD. Not long afterwards, Muslims began the acquisition of foreign learning and by the time of the Caliph al-Mansur (died 775), Indian and Persian astronomical material such as the Brahma-Sphuta-Siddhanta and the Shah’s tables had been translated into Arabic. The subsequent acquisition of Greek material was greatly advanced when the Caliph al-Ma’mun constructed a translation and research centre, The House of Wisdom, in Baghdad during his reign (813-833). Most of the translations were done from Greek and Syrian by Christian scholars but the impetus and suppor...
Words alone will not end anti-Muslim terror in Canada

Words alone will not end anti-Muslim terror in Canada

Opinion
The killing of a Muslim family on June 6 in Ontario, Canada, again presented an opportunity for Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to brand himself as a voice of reason and communal harmony. However, Trudeau’s amiable and reassuring language is designed to veil a sinister reality which has, for many years, hidden the true face of Canadian politics. “This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” Trudeau told Parliament, two days after a Canadian terrorist, Nathaniel Veltman, deliberately struck a Canadian Muslim family at an intersection in London, Ontario. Only a young boy survived the attack which killed his parents, sister and grandmother. The 9-year-old boy remains in critical condition.The Prime Minister, whose brand of friendl...
Forests are not meant for off-roading

Forests are not meant for off-roading

Opinion
We are witnessing increasing activities of off-roading in Kashmir forests, which will have serious ill effects on forest ecosystems and both flora and fauna. It will result in deterioration of soil, damage to vegetation, habitat degradation, and that will ultimately pose a serious threat to the wildlife of the region. Deterioration of soilOff-roading in forests poses a serious threat of soil erosion that causes loss of valuable nutrients and organic matter which are vital to the core functions of a forest ecosystem. The eroded soils also find their way into local streams and rivers which increases both the sedimentation and turbidity of the waterway. This aquatic impact is seriously detrimental to the organisms living in the aquatic environment, including fish which depend on clear...
Meat of the Meet

Meat of the Meet

Opinion
Muhammad Tahir FOLLOWING the all-party meeting between New Delhi and J&K’s unionist parties on June 24, a flurry of political commentary ensued on the causes and outcome of this historic conference. Broadly, three arguments have been offered: firstly, that the Modi government took a U-turn on its hardline Kashmir policy after facing external pressure; secondly, that the BJP decided this new move on Kashmir to get the J&K parties (particularly the Gupkar Alliance) endorse the delimitation process and in view of the upcoming assembly elections in some important states of India; and, thirdly, that the central government through this meeting sought to get the Kashmir-centric parties accept the new order of politics in Kashmir. Writing in Deccan Herald (26 June), Su...
Limits of Naya Kashmir

Limits of Naya Kashmir

Opinion
Nirupama Subramanian BY now, it seems that the stirrings of a political process in Jammu and Kashmir may have less to do with the latest version of the great game that is drawing to a chaotic climax in the region, or with the Biden administration’s gentle reminders about the need to restore normalcy in the truncated and downgraded state, and more to do with the BJP’s push to further its ideological and electoral projects in Kashmir and elsewhere in the country. The June 24 meeting, by all accounts, was about getting the regional parties of J&K to endorse and participate in the delimitation exercise. The task of redrawing electoral boundaries is a fraught exercise anywhere in the democratic world. In J&K, it carries the additional burden of a communal divide between the t...