National

  • Bangalore Blast: Police quiz two Patna bombing accused

    The Bangalore Police on February 27 received the custody of two alleged SIMI operatives-Haider Ali (28) and Umed Siddiqui (37) in connection with last year’s blast of 28 December at Bangalore Church Street in which a woman was killed. It ...

  • Surya namaskar: a walkover to superstition

    By Abdul Rashid Agwan First in Madhya Pradesh, and then in Rajasthan, surya namaskar has been made obligatory in schools. While in MP this peculiar form of yoga has been prescribed only for government schools, in Rajasthan private schools ...

  • Religion, Politics and Violence

    Massacre of hundreds of children in Peshawar by Pakistani Taliban; murders, kidnappings by Boko Haram, an Islamist group, and the attack on Paris cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo, leading to the death of 16, have occurred in a short span of a few...

  • A Crisis In Governance

    Rajindar Sachar A deep somnolence, lack of direction and absence of commitment to the constitutionally directed philosophy of social justice seems to be enveloping the major existing political parties enhancing the danger of BJP policy of ...

  • Communal tension in Gorakhpur on Holi day

    Gorakhpur: Communal tension erupted in Rasoolpur here due to playing Holi. The dispute started when colours were hurled at people going to mosque for Friday prayers. It soon converted into a clash during which the miscreants hurled stones at Mu...

  • VHP rejects fresh proposal to resolve Ayodhya dispute

    In a fresh effort to resolve the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute, the main litigant, Hashim Ansari, on 23 February met Akhara Parishad Mahant Gyan Das to formulate a new proposal to be put before the Supreme Court. The proposal, based on o...

  • Muslim families flee UP village

    Tension grew in Madhupur village near Kushinagar of east UP after 150 Muslim families fled their village. It is said that Muslims left the village fearing attack by the cadres of Hindu Yuva Vahini, led by the BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, after a...

  • “Jihadi-John”: A victim of circumstances?

    ‘Every man’s a victim of circumstances. Only a few overcome the adverse circumstances. Most of the human beings yield to them and act as circumstances want them to’ (Leo Tolstoy in War & Peace). I’m quoting Tolstoy n...

  • Ban on cow-slaughter: A sectarian dietary idiosyncrasy

    Maharashtra government’s blanket ban on cow-slaughter reeks of Hindutvavad because it’s a general perception that Muslims and also Christians eat beef. From a pure humanitarian point of view, killing any animal, not just a cow or bu...

  • Question of the hour

    The lynching of an alleged rapist in Nagaland is a sign that the rest of the country may soon emulate the example of Naga people if the government and judiciary keep dithering over the dubious rape laws and not punishing the perpetrators of rap...

  • Gujarat riots: All 70 acquitted in Sesan Nava attack

    On 13 February, a local court in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district acquitted all 70 accused in the Sesan Nava attack after witnesses turned hostile and retracted their statements and the police failed to produce material evidence against the...

  • Maharashtra govt scraps Muslim-quota in education

    The BJP-led government in Maharashtra on 3 March scrapped an ordinance issued by the previous government providing reservation for Muslims, despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the community in educational institutions. The Devendra...

  • Over 2.6 lakh infants in Guj. malnourished

    The Gujarat government has admitted to the state assembly that malnutrition levels among children across the urban and rural areas are high. Over 2.66 lakh children were found malnourished according to their weight-to-age ratio by officials of ...

  • Adityanath spews venom

    BJP MP Yogi Adityanath recently claimed that the main problem of the country was not hunger or poverty but “jihadi politics”. He was speaking at a Maha Hindu Sammelan organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal at Roh...

  • Another convict in Naroda Patiya riot gets bail

    The Gujarat High Court on 27 February granted bail to one of the 31 convicts of Naroda Patiya riot case of 2002. As many as 97 people were killed at Naroda Patiya during post-Godhra riots. The division bench of Justices RR Tripathi and RD Kotha...

  • After Amit Shah, Kataria discharged from Sohrabuddin case

    A special CBI court on 26 February discharged Gulab Chand Kataria, former home minister of Rajasthan, and marble trader Vimal Patni from the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter killing cases. For its verdict, the court cite...

  • Rihai Manch demands high level investigation of custodial death

    The Lucknow-based civil rights organisation Rihai Manch on 1 March demanded at Kandhla to set up a high-level enquiry committee to investigate the custodial death of Nuni Ram of Bareilly and Afzal of Gonda. Shahnawaz Alam of Rihai Manch said th...

  • Kerala Muslims to set up 100 schools in UP

    The Kerala-based organisation Sunni Yuva-jana Sangam (SYS) on 3 March announced plans to open nearly 100 primary schools in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The drive, estimated to cost nearly Rs.100 crore, will be funded by donations collected by t...

  • Over 180 million Muslims in India but they are not part of global terror groups: Govt

    The government might not have officially released the religious data of Census 2011, but in a presentation before an international delegation in the United States it said that over 180 million Muslims were living in India, constituting 14.88 pe...

  • Guj. police under scanner

    The Panchmahals police have arrested a sub-inspector under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for “willfully” neglecting his duty and allegedly altering an FIR on a complaint of gangrape by a Da...