Analysis

  • Reservation Issue: Political Hype!

    The political irony linked with voices being raised for and against reservation for Muslims cannot be ignored for several reasons. The issue has never been viewed as an insignificant one but has tendency to hit headlines more for electoral reas...

  • Inventing The Enemy

    By Patricia Mukhim     + Pic Wendy Goldman’s “Inventing the Enemy” describes how, during Stalin’s rule, terror was unleashed by the regime on anyone suspected of being disloyal to the state. In ...

  • Hazare: Only A Protestor

    Anna Hazare is back on the political stage threatening a “jail bharo” protest movement from January 1, if an effective Lok Pal bill is not passed during the winter session of the Indian Parliament. He has also announced his intentio...

  • Divided We Stand

    + Pic A friend, who has sufi leanings and a PhD in Urdu literature, wrote a 200-page book on the 13th century sufi poet Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi last year. That friend, whose scholarship I have every reason to trust, told me recently...

  • Sibal’s “Censorship Agenda”

    There is something amiss in the hype raised on Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal’s intention to censor social networking sites. He favours blocking of material he views as dangerous, which can incite communal ...

  • Are we a pseudo-secular state?

    + Pic By Abdul Khaliq akhaliq2007@gmail.com Last week, that inveterate hate-monger Pravin Togadia made an impassioned plea for a new Indian Constitution that allows for “anyone who converts Hindus to be beheaded.” He w...

  • Anti-Muslim Bias Denies Them Fair Trial

    Who is to be blamed for Indian Muslims being denied a fair trial and their being wrongly accused of being “terrorists”? Consider the irony of the situation, seven Muslims were released on bail earlier this month due to there being l...

  • Establishing Democracy in Libya will be a hard task

    + Pic The atrocious murder of Colonel Gaddafi engineered by the US-led NATO forces, after Saddam Hussein’s hanging in 2006 proves that in the current world order, the United States of America can do whatever it wishes with other n...

  • Media and Democracy in a Globalising World

    + Pix Globalisation is largely good for capitalism, democracy and media, although there is a downside to it as well. One has to keep it in mind that media operations are driven by a business logic and a clear profit motive, rather than ...

  • UP Polls: Muslim & Dalit Votes!

    With Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections less than a year away, strong speculations and calculations are afoot regarding which party or coalition will head the next state government. The UP results are expected to play a crucial role in deciding t...

  • UP Polls: Muslim & Dalit Votes!

    With Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections less than a year away, strong speculations and calculations are afoot regarding which party or coalition will head the next state government. The UP results are expected to play a crucial role in deciding t...

  • Justice Katju interacts with mediapersons

    + Pic I have only recently become the Chairman of the Press Council of India. It is a new job for me as I was earlier in the legal world for 40 years, 20 years as a lawyer and 20 years as a Judge. Now, that I have come into your world I...

  • Advani’s Yatra: Totally Off-Track!

    Notwithstanding the hype raised against corruption by Bharatiya Janata Party and its associates, particularly those belonging to the Saffron brigade, what are these politicians really gaining in the process? A little bit of media coverage, some...

  • BJP in U.P.

    There are reports in the media that the BJP through it’s Muslim showboys is making attempts to woo the Muslim electorate in UP in view of the upcoming Assembly elections. This is a subterfuge indeed. No sane person can expect a Muslim to ...

  • Incorrigible Optimists

    + Pic Over the last 63 years the cause of Palestinian statehood has made a lot of progress. From a “state of the mind” (which, of course, refers to some mental attitude, rather than a sovereign territory), Palestine has move...

  • Bhatt vs Modi: Police Are Not Political Pawns

    In addition to political and media waves created by the arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, it is imperative to look at it from another angle. The irony of his case is that he has been arrested for simply using legal measures against ...

  • Modi's Martyrdom Via Sanjiv Bhatt?

    While everyone was assuming that Narendra Modi will be busy fasting and watching disco dandiya during the Navratri festival, he quietly got his band of stick-wielders to arrest former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. As we all know, Bhatt says he was pre...

  • Cause of Muslim backwardness

    Billionaire Shiv Nadar, IT tycoon, chairman of a software company and founder of HCL, announced his plans to set up a chain of 25 high standard schools from kindergarten to secondary level across the country. On the other hand Muslim showbo...

  • Development as the New Misanthropy

    + Pic “I hate the word ‘culture’, because there is a fascist ring to it,” says the writer Nadine Gordimer. How true! Even the Indian admirers of Hitler and Mussolini call themselves “cultural nationalists.&rdq...

  • Modi’s Fast, A Political Show!

    Should it be seriously assumed that the three-day fast undertaken by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a part of his strategy to enhance his “credentials” as the prime ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections? Conside...