Analysis

  • Decoding Talibani Psyche

    The news that Taliban beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women, at a late night party in Helmand province in South Afghanistan for mingling and dancing together, calls for the harshest words to condemn this religious massacre. At t...

  • The Lamented Justice Ranganath Misra

    Former Chief Justice of India and first Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Ranganath Misra died at Bhubaneshwar in Orissa on 13 September 2012. Though I had known him earlier too, on 21 March 2005 both he and I had joined the Nati...

  • Kejriwal: A Political Pawn

    Clearly, activist Arvind Kejriwal’s primary agenda is securing an entry into politics. This was revealed earlier this month when he promised a Lokpal bill within 10 days of being elected. Kejriwal said that he will announce the name of hi...

  • Disliking A “Dalit” Name

    + Pic “After mid fifties, very few upper caste Hindus christened their sons ‘Siddharth’ in Maharashtra.” This is a finding of a recent anthropological study on male names in Maharashtra. Do you know the reason? W...

  • Reflections on US concern for religious liberty

    + Pic Proclaimed in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had outlawed religion as a ground for any kind of discrimination between individuals and groups in the enjoyment of human rights. Yet in the coming years religious into...

  • Muslim vote & Gujarat polls

    Speculations are certainly being aired about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being extra-concerned to attract Muslim vote in Gujarat assembly elections. The party may even field a few Muslim candidates for the purpose. The BJP has not had a single...

  • Freedom of Expression or Freedom to Blaspheme?

    Freedom of expression must not be confused with freedom from the consequences of expression. Exercising freedom and abusing it are not the same. The latter forfeits the former. Just because we are free to express ourselves, it doesn’t fre...

  • BJP must respect Indian democracy

    This is not the first time that Indian democratic principles have been flouted by politicking that BJP has indulged in. BJP leaders like LK Advani violated principles of India’s secular democracy around two decades ago. With the aim to co...

  • Gujarat Verdict And Communal & Targetted Violence Bill

    The communal forces can set this country on fire any time they like.

  • Discrimination will cost Congress dearly

    Bhopal: Political parties may be shedding crocodile tears over the plight of Muslims in India but they have done little to address the suffering of the community. There are shocking reports of excesses against the community members in Congress-...

  • Gujarat: Muslims Still Await Justice

    More than 21,000 people are still living in transit relief camps in Gujarat. In other words, 10 years have passed by and they are still awaiting to return to their homes and lands.

  • The Current crisis in “Bodoland”

    The so-called “Bodoland” consists of four lower Assam districts (Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri) which together are known as Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) and are administered by the Bodoland Territorial C...

  • Bangladeshis in India: myth and reality

    The Assam violence between Bodos and Muslims, alleged by some to be Bangldeshi infiltrators, has a long chain of repercussions. The number of dead is nearly ninety. Killings are continuing and the people who have been displaced are over four la...

  • Riot with many contrasts

    Communal formations of both Muslim and Hindu, in turn spread hatred against the 'other' religious community and violence in the name of religion came to be a tragic part of our nation.

  • The Current Assam strife

    An introductory note & reading material compiled by Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette, prepared on the occasion of the dharna and all-party conference on Assam, New Delhi, 6 September 2012

  • Violence in Mumbai – Assam and Burma Killings of Muslims

    The way things were happening for the last few weeks it was not surprising that violence on such scale took place in Mumbai. It was, as if, in store. Large-scale propaganda was going on that Muslims are being killed all over the world. There is...

  • Sangh Parivar’s Anti-Muslim Stand

    Paradoxically, to this day certain anti-Muslim elements are bent on targeting them for reasons that have practically little validity. One of them is objection of Muslims in general regarding singing Vande Matram. Well, whatever are the reasons,...

  • Minorities vs Minorities: The New Right-Wing Gameplan for 2014

    Before joining the Times of India in 1993 as a roving correspondent, I was part of the radical Left movement led then by the CPI-ML (Liberation). However, sufferings of Dalits, Adivasis and the working classes-natural Left constituencies-did no...

  • Urdu Media On Mumbai Police Comm. Patnaik’s Transfer

    The transfer of Arup Patnaik, Mumbai Police Commissioner, is seen with suspicion by the Urdu media. Though Maharashtra Home Minister Mr. R R Patil has maintained that Patnaik, for his good work, was promoted, the media believes otherwise.

  • Exposed: Political Agenda of Hazare & Modi

    The political credentials of two leaders are facing a strong socio-political test. One is Anna Hazare and the other is Narendra Modi. Since last year, through hunger strikes, demonstrations and other means of protest, Hazare had succeeded in dr...