Analysis

  • 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...

  • Unequal in death, unequal on death row

    + Pix The din and bustle of Anna Hazare’s fast last fortnight muffled and pushed to the margins the stunning discovery of mass graves across four districts of Kashmir with 2,156 unidentified bodies. This piece of news, which deser...

  • Hazare-drama with Saffron Support!

    Even though the saffron brigade’s support for Anna Hazare’s “show” at Ramlila Maidan was an open secret, the BJP and other groups linked with Sangh Parivar refrained from making too much noise about this, while it lasted...

  • Is “Aggravation” a Muslim word?

    + Pix  Novelist Philip Roth thinks that aggravation is a Jewish word. He also admits that he has a “Masada complex, and a Hitler complex.” Aggravation, in simple English, is getting bad to worse. A man like that, haunt...

  • Hazare Team Lacks Democratic Legitimacy

    Notwithstanding all the attention attracted by Anna Hazare and his team’s call against corruption, several hard-hitting legal, political and social realities cannot be ignored. Undeniably, Hazare team has succeeded in gathering thousands ...

  • Moradabad violence: report of the fact-finding committee

    Fact finding report on Moradabad Police-Public Clash of 6 July 2011 by Association for protection of Civil Rights, New Delhi. This year 6th July was a black day for residents of Asalat Nagar Wagah, Dingarpur, Nankar and Asadpur villages of Moradab...

  • 45% of UP rape cases in 2010 were of Dalits

    Lucknow: Almost half of the women who were raped in Uttar Pradesh in 2010 were Dalits, reveals data given by the state to the Centre in a review meeting on April 8. Of the 1,290 rapes that took place in UP last year, 588, about 45.58%, were of ...

  • Reservation & Caste Hindus

    By Tej Singh The provision for reservation of 22.5% to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are there in the Constitution of India which came into force way back in 26 January, 1950. Since then the Government remains in the hands of Ca...

  • Kashmiris need more attention!

    Just when it seemed that life in Kashmir was heading towards “normalcy,” tension has rocked the area again. Earlier this month, death of Nasim Rashid (28) in police custody in Sopore town of Baramulla district provoked Kashmiris to ...