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  • No progress of minorities during 12th 5-year Plan; no computer centres nor skill development centres opened

    New Delhi: As per government’s plan to make youth belonging to minority communities, particularly Muslims, well trained and skilled during the 12th Five-Year Plan, 11 Degree Colleges and 12,498 skill development centres were to be opened ...

  • ‘Pathological Nostalgic Syndrome’

    The great sociologist MacIver (who collaborated with Page) coined an apposite phrase,’Pathological Nostalgic Syndrome’ in his seminal essay, ‘Evolving and devolving societies’ (re-edited by Dean Rusk, Cambridge, 1974). I...

  • Going beyond conversions

    The recent conversion spree evinced by certain Hindu outfits is an uncomfortable reminder of mankind’s ‘pre-historic clan augmentation tendency’. It’s a throwback to our primitivism when every clan would try to increase ...

  • Deaths dance macabre @ Charlie Hebdo

    Agreed, terrorism cannot be pigeonholed as Islamic, Christian or religion-specific but the latest death’s dance macabre at Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in Paris, again engenders the issue of Islamic terrorism because it happened in ...

  • BJP against plan to celebrate Tipu’s birth anniv

    BJP leaders have criticised the Karnataka government’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of the eighteenth century ruler and freedom fighter Tipu Sulatn. On 22 December 2014, during a book-release ceremony of Tipu Sultan: A Crus...

  • Hindu outfits demand ban on PK

    Amir Khan-starrer PK, which takes a swipe at organised religion and godmen sparked protests by Hindutva organizations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and All India Hindu Mahasabha while police complaints have b...

  • Tension due to anti-Prophet comments

    A case of defamatory comment against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has come to light in Kushinagar, UP. Sangam (22) son of Santosh Madhesia and a member of Hindu Yuva Vahni who runs a tea stall in Hata town at Captangunj inter-section posted his dero...

  • Hindu groups try to communalise UP villages

    Leaders of Hindu extremist group Hindu Yuva Vahni and BJP have been trying to communalise society with inflammatory speeches in Sant Kabir district of UP. These groups are targeting Muslim-populated villages with the help of police. Muslims are...

  • Communal clashes grip Raisen dist, MP

    In the morning of 29 December 2014, riots broke out in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh after some people of two communities clashed over rumours of cow slaughter. State Intelligence chief, Sarabjit Singh said that the cause of clash was rumou...

  • Declare cow “National Mother”: Hindu groups

    A programme was organised in Bhopal on 15 December 2014 by Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch (BGKM) to start a campaign to declare cow as the “National Mother” and to create a separate ministry in all states to save cows. BGKM has already b...

  • RSS is a terrorist organisation: American think tank

    New Delhi: An American think tank (Terrorism Watch & Warning) has included the Hindutva extremist organisation RSS in the list of terrorist organisations. RSS’s name appears on this organisation’s website (http://www.terrorism.c...

  • One in four Indians practise untouchability

    Sixty-four years after caste untouchability was abolished by the Constitution, more than a fourth of Indians admit that they continue to practise it in some form in their homes, the biggest ever survey of its kind has revealed. Going by respond...

  • India ranks 4th in black money outflow

    With a total of $439.59 billion ( Rs. 28 lakh crore), India has jumped one rank to become the fourth largest exporter of illicit money outflow over a ten-year period from 2003 to 2012, Washignton-based research and advisory organization, Global...

  • Gujarat # 1 in sexual exploitation

    New Delhi: Cases of sexual assault, exploitation and rape are daily occurrences and increasing day by day in Delhi, nay all over the country but according to a report in the English daily Indian Express, maximum cases of sexual exploitation of ...

  • 13 year old girl, Nausheen, goes missing on way to school in Malegaon

    Update: 7 January 2015: The girl has been found on a bus coming from Mumbai to Malegaon. Police are investigating how she ended up on the bus. Malegaon, Maharashtra (6 January 2015): 7th class student, Nausheen Shahid Akhtar, she was get...

  • BJP promises 4 percent reservation to 2.5 percent Kashmiri pandits!

    The BJP has promised 4 percent reservation in the state assembly for the 2.5 percent Kashmiri Pandit community. This has been stated on under under “Refugees and Border residents” on page 10 of the party’s manifesto issued bef...

  • Volatile situation in JK due to fractured mandate

    The results of 12th Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir gave a hung verdict with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerging as the single largest party followed by Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). BJP has however, failed to open its account in t...

  • Reactions to Modi rewarding his long time aide Zafar Sareshwala

    Zafar Sareshwala, notorious for siding with Modi, for being face of Modi's "Muslim" support, which Modi badly needed ever since the 2002 Gujarat Anti-Muslim pogrom, has been appointed Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu Unive...

  • How to Analyse Thoughts

    Quality of thoughts determines the level of peace of mind. Negative thoughts result in negative acts which in turn cause distraction in emotions, unstable behaviour, frequent mood swings, family complications, lack of trustworthiness, financial...

  • A Report from ground zero in Agra

    By Nadim Ahmad & Jawed Akhter Agra: Vednagar colony, which was very much in the news during the past few days due to the alleged conversion of some Bengali Muslims to Hinduism, was quiet when we visited the place on 14 December. The ...