Articles by Moin Qazi

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An Ode to a Village Postman
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

A village democracy is a microcosm of the national democracy. The villagers themselves are quaint heroes and most bewildering windows with which to view their world. The postman became my lens for gazing the rural horizon. He was an informal rural sociologist and demographer for all visiting government officials.

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Wasting Food in a Hungry World
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

WORLD FOOD DAY: 16 OCTOBER – India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people. It ranks 100th among 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2017, where it has consistently ranked poorly.

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India: Why Don’t We Talk More about Mental Health?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2018

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India’s Native Grassroots Health Revolution
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

25 Sep 2018 – Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all been talking about growth without understanding that development interventions will not be effectual if they don’t benefit all sections of society. The illusion of trickle-down and ripple-effects of growth had kept us on the wrong track for quite long.

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A Madrasa That Promises both Heaven and Earth
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

The South Indian city of Bidar–the northernmost part of Karnataka, 145 km from Hyderabad–is a placid habitation where Hindus and Muslims peaceably coexist to the eternal rhythms of sowing and harvest. It is barely known beyond the subcontinent. However, in recent years, it has built a great reputation in the field of education.

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India’s Missing Women
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

Gender remains a critically important but largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake in advancing gender equality.

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Has Microfinance Missed the Mark?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

30 Aug 2018 – Microfinance continues to thrive despite being under fire from legions of critics. One plausible reason for the lingering faith in the power of microfinance is that it provides a convenient strategy for investors to demonstrate that they are active fighters against poverty and are trying to save the poor while making a substantial amount of money from them. It is built on a false belief that credit is the most vital need of the marginalized.

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India’s Changing Health Discourse
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all been talking about growth without understanding that development interventions will not be effectual if they don’t benefit all sections of society. The illusion of trickle-down and ripple-effects of growth had kept us on the wrong track for quite long.

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Seeds of Discontent
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development. In India, small and marginal farmers—those who work on less than two hectares (five acres) of land—constitute 80 percent of all farm households, 50 percent of rural households and 36 percent of the total of all households. Sadly, the plight of these farmers is very distressing.

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India’s Tryst with Independence
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

15 August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar. It was on this momentous day, more than seven decades back, that we were born an independent and free country. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration.

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Hanging by a Thread
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

India has been home to a variety of arts and crafts which have won it a coveted place in the cultural heritage of the world. Handloom is one of the most exquisite textile traditions of India, and Hand-spun and woven fabrics were for centuries an integral part of India’s rich textile tradition.

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Bridging India’s Skill Gap
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

Globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have increased the pace of change in labour markets, putting a premium on right skills and adaptability. Public policies should now shift to empowering and enabling workers to cope with transition, via income support, and also support incentives and opportunities for deskilling and upgrading skills.

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India’s Thirsty Arguments for Water Woes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

Israel took 70 years to solve its water problem; India won’t need that long, as it can replicate Israeli practices. It needs to summon the political will to act before water runs out. Changing governance, raising money, and experimenting new ideas will all take time and the climatic stresses are mounting fast. The time to act is now.

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India’s Civil Service Needs to Reinvent Itself
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

28 Jun 2018 – The Indian Civil Service represents the crème de la crème of the country’s university graduates who form the backbone of the country’s administration. “The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.” — Brooks Atkinson

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How a Mumbai Couple Is Transforming Lives of the Other 90%
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 25 Jun 2018

21 Jun 2018 – When you flick back through history, you will find that a burst of creativity occurs when people start believing that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the curve of innovation.

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India’s First Urban Women Collective’s Long Road to Empowerment
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

I vividly remember my moment of epiphany. It was a balmy afternoon in early 1996 in Warora, a small township in northern Maharashtra. I was posted as a manager of the local branch of my bank, the State Bank of India.

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What Ramadan Teaches Me Every Year!
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Religious fasting traditions- from Ramadan to Ekadasi to Yom Kippur and Lent -are meant to relieve believers from many avoidable mundane compulsions, helping them replenish their spirituality, remember the poor, give up bad habits, make amends for moral deficiencies and get closer to their faith. The most prominent among these spiritual fasting customs is Ramadan.

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Muslim Zakat: Reigniting the Fire of Camaraderie
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

4 Jun 2018 – The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of their faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its forms of worship. Helping the poor is a religious mandate.

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The Message of Ramadan
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

28 May 2018 – This is the holy month when Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop of water or spittle passes their throats). From dawn to dusk each day this month, Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke, use perfume or apply leeches and abstain from conjugal relations.

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Baba Amte’s Legacy Ignites Granddaughter
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

The world is witnessing a new breed of women leaders and game-changers who are gate crashing and boldly scaling new heights even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing lasting solutions to society to create a sustainable and more equitable world.

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In the Shadows: India’s Mental Health Crisis
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

2 Apr 2018 – India is facing a possible ‘mental health epidemic’. “The number of affected in India is larger than the entire population of Japan. We need to address this gap and ensure that by 2022 at least those who are suffering from severe mental disorders have been diagnosed and have access to treatment facilities.”

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Indian Moneylenders Still Hold the Crown
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

23 Mar 2018 – Almost every farmer in India’s massive rural swathes is tethered, in one way or another, to the sahukar, the Indian variety of the moneylender, the ubiquitous, ravenous loan shark. For centuries, moneylenders have monopolized rural Indian credit markets.

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Thirsty Crops Drain India Dry
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

World Water Day: 22 March 2018 – Water is a crucial part of all societies as it has myriad uses. In India, however, it is of much more importance as over 600 million people make a living off the land. Realising its predicament decades ago, Israel studied the “water equation” and made itself all but independent from Mother Nature. Israel took 70 years to solve its water problem; India won’t need that long, as it can emulate Israeli advances.

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New Momentum to India’s Financial Inclusion
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

8 Mar 2018 – Financial inclusion should not end with just opening accounts. The customer must make this account his financial diary and conduct transactions which can grow into a credit history. Or else all these accounts would remain deadweight. What needs to be done is to make more and more of these accounts actively transactional.

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Women in Rural India: The Long Road to Power
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Mar 2018

Empowering women is the solution to many problems. Societies that take the effort to empower women show better development indices; are better governed; more stable; and are less prone to violence.

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The Heaven’s Caravan
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

16 Feb 2018 – The Muslim world is in crisis and a biased media has added its own biased colour to it. The negative stereotyping has created an impression that everything Muslim is evil.

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz (13 Feb 1911 – 20 Nov 1984): The Fiery Conscience of Our Times
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

As a Marxist, Faiz rejected the notion of “art for art’s sake“. Referring to the poet Keats’s famous lines that beauty is love and love is beauty and a beautiful object is an eternal source of joy, Faiz says that, notwithstanding what Keats may have felt, beauty can only be eternal when it is creative, when it inspires the onlooker’s enthusiasm, thought and action with promoting more beauty.

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How the First Lady of Islam Set an Example for the Generations to Come
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

22 Jan 2018 – The public perception of Muslim women is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights.

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The Madrasa Myth
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

Madrasas across the world have suffered a great loss of reputation recently, primarily owing to a wave of extremism. These Islamic schools have been maliciously projected as incubators of holy warriors or what has been derisorily called as ‘jihad machines’.

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Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

With 17% of the world’s population, India is home to a quarter of the world’s hungry. The dismal health of Indian women and children is primarily due to lack of food security. Food security exists when all people at all times have physical, economic and social access to safe, adequate and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for a healthy and active life.

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The Seeds of Discontent
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

23 Dec 2017 – In India, small and marginal farmers—those who work on less than two hectares (five acres) of land—constitute 80% of all farm households, 50% of rural households and 36% of the total of all households… Within this self-perpetuating cycle of rural misery, wrapping a noose around the neck is the all-too-easy exit for an increasing number of smallholding farmers.

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The Farewell Sermon of Prophet Muhammad
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

15 Dec 2017 – The farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad is one of the most important charters of human rights and symbolizes the inclusive character of Islam. It has great relevance in present times for both Muslims and the humanity at large.

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My Romance with a Village Postman
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

In a village the postman enjoyed a unique status unrivalled by his urban colleagues. His social perimeter straggled the constellation of villages he covered in his official errands which could be anywhere between 4-5 villages depending on the size of each village. No one could dare challenge his credentials about knowing so much of the realities of rural social life.

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Micro Insurance: A Critical Need for India’s Poor
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

27 Oct 2017 – Finance is the cementing force that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right situation. Thus from just being a safety net, micro insurance provides benefits that earlier generations could never imagine – hope in the future.

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India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

20 Oct 2017 – India follows a system of legal pluralism that allows different religious communities to be governed by their own codes of personal law. This has been seen as a way of protecting distinct communal identities and safeguarding the right of citizens to practice their faith, as enshrined in the constitution. But Muslims are governed by the personal law, which came into force in 1937.

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Sufism Can Sanitise Our Planet
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

14 Oct 2017 – The world has changed in many profound ways. Developments over the last two or three decades have been, in many cases, quite remarkable — notably the tremendous reduction in global poverty — and offers hitherto undreamt of opportunities. But all is far from well.

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India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Microfinance is actually a tool in a broader development toolbox, but in certain conditions, it happens to be the most powerful tool. It has all to do with how we are using it and how we are defining the outcomes. It needs to shape a more responsible capitalism. It is certainly not an easy choice by any means, but a right choice for wise investors and society alike.

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India’s Supreme Court Reins in Cow Vigilantism
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

29 Sep 2017 – India has been bedeviled by a spate of gruesome lynchings. And at the epicenter of the country’s violent upheaval is the indolent cow which is considered sacred by Hindus .The targeted communities have lately got some breathing space after being under the grip of lynch mafias only when the country’s highest court stepped into action.

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Mantras for a New India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

25 Sep 2017 – In India, the priorities of village people are constantly undergoing changes. These are, in fact, a result of the changes the development landscape is undergoing… We now have the techniques and resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.

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My Odyssey with Dairy Farmers
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

1 Sep 2017 – When I travelled for my first assignment to a village as a bank manager, I believed the best way I could help the poor villagers was by helping them with loans for purchasing livestock. A cow (or a goat) is a much better medium for income than training a poor family to learn to set up a small business.

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The Dilemma of a Secular Muslim in Present Day India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

24 Aug 2017 – An educated, secular and liberal Indian Muslim is in a bind; he is torn between finding the right balance between loyalty to his faith and adherence to the new tests of patriotism being imposed by certain intolerant groups.

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India’s Muslims at the Crossroads
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

In a larger landscape of increasing communalization, where Muslims continue to face social discrimination and exclusion in education, housing, employment and development schemes, the government should economically and socially empower the community so that it comes out with its own appropriate solutions for overall social reforms.

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India’s Path of Financial Inclusion
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

The opportunity to reach the financially excluded with a new generation of financial services has huge developmental as well as commercial potential. One of the ways for accelerating this path is through digital financial inclusion. It is perhaps the most powerful tool to unlock the most value for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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India’s NGOs Need to Realign Their Focus
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

2 Aug 2017 – India is now all set to frame a law to curb the wild growth of NGOS following a series of strict observations of the Supreme Court. Think tanks shape the social and political conversations that mold public opinion. Money comes with strings that can undermine a revolutionary’s mission. As with any institutional structure the need for transparency and accountability is crucial.

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An Odyssey in India’s Bureaucratic Jungle
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

As Verghese Kurien, the father of India’s Milk Revolution repeatedly emphasized: “India’s place in the sun would come from the partnership between wisdom of its rural people and skill of its professionals “.

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Islam Is Simple: Muslims Make It Hard
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

The theme of moderation in religious practice has been the leitmotif in Islamic literature from the time of Prophet Muhammad. In the Quran and the Prophetic traditions that amplify it, Muslim women and men are called upon to exercise moderation in all aspects of their religious life.

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The Subversion of India’s Pluralist Legacy
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

17 Jul 2017 – Too much of the thinking about Muslim rulers is now being shaped along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship. There is evidence from a number of established scholarly discourses that the public perception about Muslim rulers is being increasingly manipulated to fit into a profile constructed by right wing historians.

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India Set to Forgive Billions of Dollars of Farm Debts
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

10 Jul 2017 – A resurgence of the farm loan waiver culture in India has got many economists and policy makers worried. In a country where a bulk of the farmland is rain-fed, the need to offer some relief to a drought-hit farmer is serious. But it is an acknowledged fact that loan waivers are a wrong practice and have several detrimental long term implications.

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Women in Islam: Beyond Stereotypes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

Too much of the thinking about Muslim women is done along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship .This opinion profiles Muslim women in stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights.

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How One Man Is Changing the Face of Housing in Rural India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

26 Jun 2017 – Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent or that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of knowledge.

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