Analysis

  • Is Democracy merely rule by majority?

    By Syed Khurshid Anwar Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the dominant political system in contemporary world. It has the ability, if it is inclusive, to address and reconcile the conflicting interests of different social, economic an...

  • Muslims “scared” of “Modi-government?”

    By the time this piece gets published, suspense over electoral results will probably be over. And it shall be clear, whether India is headed for a BJP-led government run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi or not. Political suspense, linked wit...

  • Praveen Swamy is back!

    Praveen Swamy on 21 May published a story about a new “terrorist organization” which was reported a day earlier in a DNA report. Mr. Swami is India’s most prominent terror journalist whose reports have helped Indian govern...

  • Cry Beloved India

    M Hasan Jowher     1. 16th LOK SABHA 2014 a. Parliamentary elections were held at the end of the UPA’s 2nd term in the background of sweeping anti-incumbency sentiments and wide-spread accusations of corruption w...

  • Caste-Card Helped BJP Win Hindi-Belt!

    Should Modi-wave really be credited for having ensured Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a stunning victory in elections to 16th Lok Sabha? As the new government takes charge, now is the time to reflect on factors that may have contributed to BJP&rs...

  • Modi authors victory, Congress mere spectator

    Muslims on their part needs to reexamine its strategies afresh. Rather than looking only towards the government, they will have to learn to work for their own empowerment.

  • Elections end but Muslim-bashing continues

    Elections have ended. Exit polls have already positioned Narendra Modi in the Prime Minister’s seat. Within a couple of days, the new government will take the office. But if the post-poll events are any indication, we may be heading for a...

  • Debating Elections, Debating Development

    The Gujarat growth model was criticized for being conducive merely for big businesses and pointed out the slide in the Human Development Index and the poor quality of health and education in Gujarat

  • Gujarat in the light of the CAG report

    Atul Sood and Kalaiyarasan A Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) reports and data on economic and social development from various sources make it evident that the much-touted “Gujarat model” of development is non-inclusive,...

  • Indian Christians & 2014 Polls!

    The secular aspect of India has assumed a new importance for the country’s Christian community. They are apprehensive about the communal and extremist nature of Sangh Parivar’s agenda against them if Narendra Modi succeeds in becomi...

  • Political Over Reach By Election Commission, Reserve Bank Governor

    Governor of RBI has ventured the unacceptable proposition that granting bank business is not in any way a political process. This stand is totally unacceptable both in principle and in law.

  • Why Moral and Social Vices no issues in Indian Elections?

    Abortions 60 lakhs a year; AIDS kills 2 lakhs, Alcohol 5000, Road accidents 1.4 lakh, Murders around 35000 every year, prostitutes approx 30 lakhs, human trafficking industry in India is estimated at $4 Billion a year

  • Modified Agenda of Trouble, Terror & Turbulence finally out

    The balloon of “development” has finally burst. What has come out is the flame of terror and turbulence. There is of course a lot for the selected few to roast their bread in the flame. The corporate agenda is in full show; but in b...

  • Bias is a core characteristic of Indian media

    In the pre-globalisation era the mainstream media was operated by its owners for the upperclasses and uppercastes to serve their objectives. In the seventies and earlier, it was pretty difficult for those who did not have connections with the r...

  • Raising Communal Temperature

    Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam Of late the BJP has suddenly created another, more powerful, hate wave. Vasundhraraje Scindia has announced menacingly that there will be a lot of “cutting people to pieces” after the election. Last wee...

  • BJP’s Communication Error!

    The nature of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s election manifesto for the ongoing parliamentary elections clearly highlights a major communication lapse, leading to communication error in this party’s understanding of Indian socio-pol...

  • Indian Muslims' Resolve Against Modi/BJP - Rare Instance of Unity

    2014 parliamentary election is the first time that Muslims are experimenting with 'tactical voting'. Two days before polling in north India, the Joint Committee of Muslim Organizations sent out its recommended 'tactical voting' list of candidates.

  • India Votes: Shahabuddin’s Appeal to all Secular/Democratic Parties

    For the first time, violating the undertaking given to the then Home Minister Sardar Patel in 1949, the RSS has come out into the open to guide its political party, the BJP, at every step.

  • The real story behind the corruption charges against activist Teesta Setalvad

    By Mridula Chari The Gujarat government wants activist Teesta Setalvad to be interrogated in custody about charges of embezzling donations collected to build a communal violence museum. But the charges against Setalvad seem to be an attemp...

  • BJP Chasing a Mirage

    How closely should communal and/or secular cards being used during the ongoing electoral campaign be linked with their popularity? There is no guarantee that voters give them the same importance that politicians and their parties try to display...