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  • Beef offenders fed cow dung to cleanse them

    New Delhi: A shocking video of the Gau Raksha Dal volunteers forcing two alleged beef smugglers to eat cow dung and drink cow urine went viral on 29 June. Soon Gau Raksha Dal chief Dharmendra Yadav not only admitted that his group committed the...

  • July 4th, India & the USA

    By Mike Ghouse Upon declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776, the first three states in the world to recognize the sovereignty of the United States were the kings of the Dutch Republic, Morocco and Mysore (India). According to D...

  • Where will our sectarian differences take us?

    By Qasim Sayyid An important lesson that history has taught us is that foreign invaders won wars when the gates of forts were opened from inside. Floods enter houses if and when no preventive measures are taken or arrangements made to ward...

  • Negotiating with undeclared Emergency

    Last month, Hyderabad Police registered a case against Prof. Kancha Ilaiah for writing an article in a Telugu daily, entitled “Is God not a democrat”? The article questioned inequality in society and discussed the concept of god. Th...

  • IB’s preposterous claim

    Nirbhaya rapist sparks fresh intel alert! The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a fresh alert over suspected jihadi links of the youngest perpetrator of 2012 fatal gang rape in Delhi who was released in December as he was a minor when the cri...

  • A sycophant’s reward

    M J Akbar’s elevation as a cabinet minister in Modi’s BJP vindicates that sustained sycophancy pays dividends. That a man of Akbar’s calibre, who chastised and castigated the same Narendra Modi following the 2002 pogrom in Guj...

  • Hogwash or rays of hope?

    Two news items may gladden the hearts of sane-thinking people: Smriti Irani shunted out of HRD Ministry and former tainted IPS officer D G Vanzara’s son Arjun Vanzara caught while taking bribe worth Rs. 75,000 from a farmer. They’re...

  • Judiciary’s myth busted

    The depressing news has it that the High Courts of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay will soon be renamed. Judiciary was the last bastion to be unpolluted by the name-changing spree of this government and even that has suffered a jolt. The question i...

  • Muhammad Rafi’s magnanimity

    The world knows how great Muhammad Rafi was as a singer and is also aware of his magnanimous character. Very few are aware that he simply gave away film Gumrah’s (1963) songs to his friend and shaagird (sort of a student in Urdu) Mahendra...

  • Caste is India’s cancer

    Kollam: A nation comes into existence because there are a group of people who believe that they are one, Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and chairman of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, said here in a seminar here. “When the...

  • Bring cow protection groups to justice: Amnesty

    New Delhi:  Taking cognizance of increasing violent attacks by  vigilante cow protection groups on minorities, Amnesty International on 1 January urged the Indian government and state governments to bring these groups to justice. It s...

  • Attempt to spoil peaceful atmosphere of Delhi

    New Delhi:  In north-east Delhi’s Sunder Nagri area, which is an old Hindu-Muslim mixed habitation, miscreants of late have started sowing the seeds of hatred between the communities. During the holy month of Ramadan, as the time for...

  • Desecration of Holy Qur’an in Malerkotla

    Chandigarh: A case of tearing off pages of the Holy Qur’an on 25 June created tension in Malerkotla, the only Muslim-majority town of Punjab. After hearing the news of the discovery of Qur’an’s pages scattered in a graveyard, ...

  • Most business school students not fit

    Lucknow: A study conducted by Assocham (Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industry)’s Education Committee has come to the startling conclusion that most of the graduates of Business Schools, except those of IIMs and other top and famou...

  • What is India’s annual Zakat collection? Depends on who you ask: HT report

    Mumbai: Zakat, or compulsory charity, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The amount is calculated as 2.5 per cent of a family’s annual cash savings, 10 percent of irrigated agricultural produce and 20 percent on un-irrigated agricultura...

  • Apex Court rejects indefinite AFSPA, orders probe into more than 1500 fake encounters

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 8 July said that indefinite deployment of armed forces in the name of restoring normalcy under AFSPA “would mock at our democratic process,” apart from symbolising a failure of the civil administratio...

  • Settlements on Israeli pattern will not suit Pandits

    In the conflict-ridden regions truth has many sides and everyone tries to construct his own narrative around his version of truth.  To delineate the circumstances that induced the Kashmiri Pandits to flee the valley is an uphill task. Musl...

  • Shahjahan’s perpetual contribution to Indian economy

    I have been to Taj many times: in childhood as a curious visitor just to tell friends that I, too, had seen one of the “wonders of the world”, later as an appreciative keen observer noting its special features like symmetry, sense o...

  • Kashmir: Scratching the Wounded Valley continues

    Kashmir has been bleeding for a solution to the conflict which will fulfill the aspirations of its people, a solution that can satisfy their 'collective conscience' a term India understands more.

  • Indecent comment on WhatsApp

    Loni: A local Samajwadi Party leader has made an indecent comment on the Prophet of Islam and his daughter, which created tension among the people of the area. Another SP leader has given a notice to the police station to register a report agai...