National

  • Supreme Court on Art. 370

    The Apex Court has said that only Parliament can take a call on scrapping Article 370 that accords special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to this, the Jammu &Kashmir High Court had observed that Article 370 is a “perman...

  • Killing, crackdown as PM visits the Valley

    A youth, Gowhar Ahmad Dar, was killed after CRPF fired tear gas shell on demonstrators against curbs placed to foil a ‘Million March’ called by Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’...

  • Let us be veggies

    Salman Sultan In India, even in the 21st century, one comes across large-scale protests, vandalism, loss of property and precious human lives on the issue of dietary habits. Of course, one must take care of religious sentiments of fellow c...

  • Looking for the marginalised in Parliament of World Religions

    I was invited by the Board of the Parliament of World Religions to speak at the Valedictory function of its 2015 session held in the third week of October at Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States - the home city, incidentally, of the Churc...

  • Outreach projects and workshops in J&K

    In a previous column I had mentioned that anti-BJP feeling holds out in the Valley .Those sentiments have turned to rebellion after the petrol bombs attack by right wing goons on two Kashmiri truckers, Zahid Rasool and Showkat Ahmad. Zahid Raso...

  • Of flesh and blood

    (Knock, knock … those midnight knocks) ‘Who’s there?’ ‘Hindu Sena and BJP Sena … along with thanedars and seepahis.’ ‘Knicker-wallahs! But why here?’ ‘To check what’s c...

  • Signs of the times

    Humra Quraishi   Pakistan’s Abdus Sattar Edhi  In this mess spreading out ever so swiftly, the only positive is Geeta’s home coming. It carries a bunch of messages. Foremost - humanity is still alive. And ...

  • He never went to college but helps brick-kiln children enter colleges

    Dr Sandeep Pandey There may be many examples like Super 30 of Patna where children of daily-wage earners are being trained to make it to elite higher educational institutions of India. These centres are mostly run by qualified people. B...

  • Epilogue to Dadri

    As the dust settles on Dadri it is evident that the overall objective of the right wing Hindutva really was to demonstrate that a sleepy hamlet could be enthused at someone’s beck and call to kill the chosen quarry, Akhlaq in this case. T...

  • CBSE to implement Maulana Azad’s edu mission

    New Delhi: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a few days ago had held an essay competition on Deen Dayal Upadhya, an ideologue of RSS in order to promote the agenda of RSS and its outfits like BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Mahasabha et...

  • Some recent communal riots

    Kanpur: Communal tension, followed by riots in Kanpur on the night of 24 October on the minor ground of drinking water from a Sabeel (arrangement of drinking water by Muslims) and tearing of a poster in connection with a religious function the ...

  • Three murders and a lynching

     Laws of nature cannot be applied to human society directly. Still sometimes these have been used to explain and justify social catastrophes, “When a big tree falls. Earth shakes” (in the aftermath of anti Sikh massacre 1984) a...

  • Check Muslim, Christian population: RSS

    New Delhi: The RSS on 29 October passed a resolution asking the government to “reformulate” the population policy to check “demographic imbalance” by checking the population growth of Christians and Muslims. “T...

  • Govt doesn’t know the meaning of ‘Hindu’

    New Delhi: Chandra Shekhar Gaur, a social worker of Madhya Pradesh city Nimech had asked union home ministry under RTI ‘what is the meaning of the word ‘Hindu’ according to or under the Constitution and laws of India. He said ...

  • Muslim flour-mill owner bears temple expenses

    Lucknow: In these days of growing communal tension, violence and intolerance, in some rare cases examples of unique religious cooperation and help are also found. In one such case in Lucknow’s Alam Nagar locality there is Sidheshwar Hanum...

  • Hundreds of “Geetas” go missing every year in the national capital

    New Delhi: When Geeta, in search of her relatives, was brought to India after spending about 12 years in Pakistan, people everywhere rejoiced. From prime minister  to Delhi chief minister and many others not only heard from Geeta but also ...

  • Ahmedabad Muslim locality is “Mini-Pakistan”

    Ahmedabad: Hindu and Muslim localities of Ahmedabad town have been described in a typical style in this city of mixed population. Hindu localities have been notified as “Hindustan”, while Muslim localities have been termed as &ldquo...

  • Indian Muslims feel vulnerable

    New Delhi: Renowned Muslim scholar and  Indian civil society activist, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said that Muslims all over India, including Jammu & Kashmir, are concerned about the situation which has worsened after Narendra Modi became P...

  • Muslim agarbatti suppliers of Gaya blame Modi rule, price-rise for slump

    Gaya:  Hundreds of Muslim agarbatti (incense sticks) suppliers of Gaya who produce fragrances in our lives are facing unpleasant odour of slump and closure of their businesses. The policies of Modi government, lack of protection and price-...

  • “Lalu is the biggest hero of social empowerment in Bihar”: Srikant

    Patna: Director of Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research (Patna), Srikant is a noted author, journalist and activist. His books, dealing with social and political dynamics of Bihar, continue to guide both policy...