Opinions

  • Reflecting On Rahul Gandhi And Cow Belt – With Eyes Closed

    The new Congress President, Rahul Gandhi in his new Hindu avatar, swam into my ken, wearing an unconvincing janaeu over his jacket and temple hopping with frenetic frequency.

  • Dr King Jr. was indebted to India's philosophy of nonviolence

    A day after Dr Martin Luther King Jr's assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, US, a team of doctors and sleuths of FBI found a piece of paper in his wallet. Inscribed on that piece of paper were two quotes. One of Gautam Buddha and...

  • India: Right-Wing political goons on the prowl everywhere

    The fact is that fascist forces are worried and apprehensive: What if Rahul, Akhilesh, Tejashvi, Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh, Chandrashekar and other budding leaders come together.

  • Will Urdu be exiled from India?

    Recently, Urdu poet Gauhar Raza wrote an article in a premier English daily. He ruefully mentioned in the article how on Delhi metro, a man was harassed because he was carrying an Urdu book! A year ago, in Delhi, a few young artists were forcib...

  • India: Muslims are unsafe under BJP rule

    What good is this commission for the Muslims and also for the other minority communities of this country? The majority of its members were seemingly handpicked by the BJP-RSS.

  • Leaving behind a rather turbulent year

    The year passing by has heaped much pain on us, on our nerves, on all our sensitivities. A rather turbulent year. News reports of killings, violence, torture, rapes, molestations and injustices have been on …an ongoing feature.

  • The last week of the year is the time of introspection

    Someone aptly said that the last week of the year, beginning from December 25 to December 31, is a time of deep introspection and assessment of how the year has been thus far, rather than indulge in mindless revelry and merriment. Agreed, looki...

  • Gujarat: Sonia Gandhi’s political gamble!

    Gujarat assembly elections have delivered nothing short of a political bombshell to the party in power and key leaders. Of course, BJP was not prepared for such a fight.

  • Mother of All Paradoxes: Muslims Indispensable For The Hindutva Project

    Even token visits to Muslim enclaves in the walled city or Juhapura were taboo for Rahul. The trick obviously worked. It drove the Hindutva think tank to distraction. They began to invent dark conspiracies with Pakistan.

  • India under Hindutva: there is light at the end of the tunnel

    Even as we sit dissecting the actual losers or winners in the Gujarat elections, few aspects hit. For one, the 2002 pogrom stood so very dimmed as though in these fifteen years we seem to have forgotten those killings and rapes...

  • Exit Polls: The Blaze of Superstition

    Even if Congress wins in Gujarat it will not make a difference to the ongoing nexus of neo-liberalism and communalism. The chief minister will not be able to get along with RSS-BJP. See Nitish Kumar in Bihar.

  • Jerusalem: A moment of reckoning

    A summit is the top of a mountain. In diplomacy, a summit is a meeting of the top persons of countries–presidents, kings or, at the minimum, prime ministers. At the extraordinary session of Organisations of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Ist...

  • Modi, why did you kill our boys?: Gujarat poll survey

    This time it is going to be different. Modi has messed up big-time. He is going to be punished. The survey below was built by talking to more than 10,000 respondents. I posted the first, 'guerrilla opinion poll' in October 2017.  ...

  • Finding positivity around December 6 Anniversary

    Secular Indians have displayed no inhibitions in thousands gathering with anti-communal posters, banners and other signs in different parts of the country. They have used Facebook, WhatsApp and other means to spread their messages.

  • Left, Right, Centre? Or Does AAP Defy Simple Definitions?

    I probably move in the wrong circles, because nobody I know has a good word for the Aam Aadmi Party. You mention AAP and they begin to whine. This is not the response I get from neighbourhood drivers, other workers and their friends. There is a...

  • Hadiya: no one has the right to separate a married couple

    Imagine, in this day and age, an educated adult woman is pleading to be united with the love of her life - her husband. Why do we have to punish her! Why? Simply because she fell in love with a Musalman?

  • Gujarat Elections and Padmavati movie controversy — Struggle between Secular and Talibani Hindus

    With an awful record of governance in Gujarat for over two decades, and not even the Muslim card to play with, BJP strategists are gambling on invoking the falsified account of a historical Bollywood movie, 'Rani Padmavati'.

  • Gujarat Elections: Litmus Test for Modi & Rahul!

    A key factor responsible for a better performance of Congress may be the party leader Rahul’s campaign proving to be more energetic than before. It seems he has finally come to grips with what Indian politics demands

  • Padmavat was Jayasi's fictitious spiritual conduit

    The unnecessary controversy regarding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati must be seen and understood against the backdrop of Persian mysticism, spirituality and poetry to get a comprehensive picture of the whole issue. The ...

  • National dish debate — a case against Khichdi, for Idli-Dosa

    I don't understand who are those overenthusiastic people who want to make khichdi the national dish of India? First of all, khichdi is not an Indian or even a sub-continental dish. It came to India 2200-2500 years ago from China. Asiatic So...