Issues

  • After Decriminalisation of Homosexuality, Criminalisation of Instant Triple Divorce

    Finally, the BJP Government has done what it believes would win them the vote of a certain section of Muslim women and might generate a kind of reaction that suits their plans for the next Lok Sabha elections. What they have done is in accordan...

  • Faiz Ahmad Faiz & and the Urban Naxal label

    Nisaar mein teri galyon pe ai watan ke jahaan Chali hai rasm ke koi na sar utha ke chale Jo koi chaahne wala twaaf ko nikle to sar jhuka ke chale, jism-o-jaan bacha ke chale — Faiz Ahmad Faiz  (I will lay down my ...

  • Do We Care for Our Environment?

    For India the real environmental challenges are elsewhere: how to stop those with power and money from destroying the environment: be it the crony capitalists, the big corporations, the other vested interests — or the Government itself.

  • Is it politically relevant today to ask whether Nehru visited Bhagat Singh in Jail?

    So Mr. Modi on one hand speaks a lie about Congress leaders ignoring those struggling for freedom. On the other he puts Savarkar in the same category as Bhagat Singh.

  • Ramadan Ceasefire in Kashmir Meaningless if Media War Continues

    I have never seen the electronic media so totally defiant of the BJP government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s avowed intention to calm Kashmir by announcing a Ramadan ceasefire appears to have been dismissed as “appeasement of Paki...

  • Hamid Ansari, Jinnah’s Portrait and turmoil in AMU

    With this AMU episode Hindu nationalist politics is killing many birds with a single stone. The ghost of Jinnah will keep visiting us, and RSS combine through its efforts will keep propping up divisive issues one after the other!

  • Attempts Being Made to Puncture India’s Secular Image!

    It is fairly obvious that these elements no respect for law and order as well as humane values. What are the reasons for failure of state authorities, including the police, to check these elements from indulging in such action?

  • What is India heading for?

    It is as yet too early to state as to whether attempts to spread communal tension as well as divert people’s attention from socio-economic problems bothering them is likely to prove politically beneficial for those in power during elections.

  • Minority Space and Majority Muddling – Riding Through the Misadventures of Majoritarian Democracy

    What significance does minority religious, social, and political identity have in a majoritarian democracy? Specifically, what significance does the Muslim Indian community have in the kind of a majoritarian democracy that India is evolving int...

  • Rewriting of History and Sectarian Nationalism

    Leaders of Indian nationalism, Gandhi and Nehru, saw the country belonging to people of all religions, the interaction between religions giving rise to a syncretic plural culture.

  • Who stands behind ISIS murderers?

    As the tragic news comes in of 39 of our men killed in the Iraqi town of Mosul, allegedly by the ISIS, one sits back shaken. One has been left wondering – who set up the ISIS? Who is behind it? Which are the Western powers backing it? Who funds it?

  • Rewriting Indian history in the image of Hindu chauvinists

    The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a right wing Hindu nationalist political party in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, released a Hindu New Year calendar which says that Taj Mahal along with several mosques and monuments from the Mu...

  • India: Farmers need real support, not just verbal assurances

    The much flaunted and more than hyped government’s Minimum Support Price (MSP) carries nil hope, simply because it is not reaching out to the farmer and is not lessening his plight.

  • Encounter killings galore — Who is Terrorizing Whom?

    Shouldn’t an independent apolitical body look into the details of encounter killings? A strong watchdog group to monitor killings by the State force?

  • Can Corporate Media Allied With Executive Oust Popularly Elected CMs?

    Every time AAP walks into a carefully laid trap by the establishment and the media bays for its blood, the effect on viewers is not what the channels expect. A relentless anti-AAP tirade has begun to give shape to an underdog syndrome.

  • Padmavati, Alauddin Khilji: What does the History Say

    The release of film Padmavat has been a roaring success, this after all the protests and opposition to the film. The forces which had opposed the film are and should be happy about the message of the film, as it fits precisely into their agenda...

  • If Padmaavat was a Muslim lady, Khilji a Rajput ruler

    If Padmaavat was a Muslim lady, Khilji a Rajput ruler and Karni Sevaks Muslims, in all probability, the entire scenario would have been of a different nature. Taking the last point first, Karni Sevaks would probably have been declared as terror...

  • Does BJP’s Intend to Change Indian Constitution?

    The whole attempt of Hindu nationalist political formations is to try to pave the way for Hindu nationalism by using the democratic secular space which the present Constitution gives.

  • Haj subsidy gone, India needs to do alot more to prove it is secular

    Now that the government of the day has withdrawn the Haj subsidy, it ought to take another step forward and withdrawn subsidy and support it provides for all the pilgrimages and yatras and melas associated with any religion.

  • BJP: Only those Muslims will stay in India who assimilate into Hindu culture

    Surendra Singh, a legislator of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has said that once India becomes a “Hindu rashtra”, only those Muslims will stay in the country who assimilate into the Hindu culture. “There are a very few...