• India’s Centennial in 30 years: Greatness through Knowledge-based Industry is within reach

    As we approach the hundredth anniversary of India independence, let us remind ourselves of our key strengths: a can-do spirit, a composite pluralist society, a democracy and a secular nation.

  • Signs of the Times — U.P. CM Yogi should go

    Yogi's government is accountable for these Gorakhpur deaths. Also for the callousness that followed… He should not manage to get away by hoodwinking the people, telling them that an inquiry is on!

  • BJP-RSS are playing full time games against Muslims, no need to apologise

    Let’s stop being apologetic to the sarkar of the day! Let’s stop giving long and short explanations to their lop-sided accusations and allegations... There seems no end to their bullying strategies.

  • What Does this Story say about the 70th Anniversary?

    This is a true story. I am revisiting it with a purpose, so that it collides head on with the nation’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Absolute, undiluted joy on this occasion would require total amnesia of that which accompanied independe...

  • Ahmad Patel Barely Survives to Keep Sonia’s Rahul Hopes Alive

    Parties fight to advance their mission or when parties face adversity. The Congress fights when chosen leaders are in trouble. A reversal for Ahmad Patel in Gujarat would have been an enormous loss of face for Sonia.

  • Saira Bano & Dilip Kumar; Ustad Dagar; Why does Uttarkhand have so many Langurs?

    It was obvious that Dilip Kumar hated this intrusion, and in chaste Urdu he said that I should have come only and only with a prior appointment, and they being so very busy here in New Delhi, did not have the time to say even a word.

  • Pope Francis’ efforts to promote inter-religious unity: A lesson for current day India

    In mid July 2017, the Interfaith Coalition for Peace organized a talk at India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), New Delhi by Prof. Father Michael Calabria, Director of the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure Universityof USA...

  • Palestine: Loving resistance calls us to dare more than words

    We begin this issue with wise words from an apostle of peace- Mahatma Gandhi. It was 78 years ago when Mahatma Gandhi called on the Jews to abandon military domination and work, instead, towards peaceful co-existence based on good will. It is s...

  • Hardcore Right-wing might prevailing; Who will take on China?

    New Delhi: I try and avoid going for meets, seminars and conferences on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley and also the grim realities facing the Muslims in India. The ‘why’ to this is rather simplistic: everyone is well...

  • GST: Have Uniform tax on Accumulated Wealth, not on Income and Expenditure

    Having a uniform tax at the national level is a welcome move. But the problem is that the world philosophy of Taxation based on taxing Income and Expenditure rather than accumulated wealth is so much tilted in the favour of the rich that it end...

  • Racism and slavery in India: Clubbing exclusiveness

    Delhi Golf Club is in the news for not giving entry to a lady, Tailin Lyngdoh, from Meghalaya because she was not properly attired. In other words, her attire was not in sync with the club's sartorial protocol.  This reminds me of ...

  • Not In My Name — Beware when the faceless citizen resists tyranny

    If tyranny comes, can freedom be far behind?

  • My sweet memories of Eidul-Fitr

    My Muslim lady professor of Urdu, who guided and assessed my M. Phil and PhD thesis on Urdu poet Raghupati Sahay Firaq Gorakhpuri's poetry at Islamabad University, Pakistan, still sends me Eidee and new clothes.

  • The unfailing law of the Universe

    A few days ago, I bought four mangoes from a famous mango trader in Poona. His mangoes are famous all over Maharashtra and he also exports mangoes to the Gulf and European countries. But as luck would have it, all four mangoes turned out to be ...

  • Kudos to Pakistani cricket team

    Pakistani cricket team has done it again! In 1992 World Cup, even an incorrigible optimist didn't give a ghost of a chance to Pakistan to clinch the World Cup. Yet it won under the efficient stewardship of Imran Khan Niyazi and stunned...

  • Fear and love cannot co-exist, but what does the Quran say, Love Allah or Fear Him?

    It gets my goat when someone says that he or she's a god-fearing person. 'To be god-fearing is to be god-unloving because fear and love can't co-exist,' said Jiddu Krishnamurthy. Yours truly has been an eternal non-believer, yet...

  • How to solve the Kashmir crisis

    There is likelihood of Kashmir facing increased unrest and major violence this summer. Government of India should without delay initiate a dialogue with civil society and moderate groups.

  • Qatar in the crosshairs of the American expansionist, extortionist plans

    I have fond memories of Qatar. Nah, not that I ever travelled to that Gulf state but in the mid-1980s its envoy to India, Dr Hassan Al Nimah, hosted a series of baithaks at his Tees January Marg home here in New Delhi. It wasn’t any of th...

  • Gau Rakshaks and Mob Justice

    The emergence of Gau Rakshaks was a sort of trial made by BJP to check whether the implementation of the ultra-right ideology and violent means would prove successful for the party in the near future.

  • Uttar Pradesh is having a government of questionable validity: need for impartial probe

    Selecting small samples to estimate the true value or quality or behavior of a large group has been a widely accepted practice for many years. Over the years, sampling techniques have been improved and made scientific to ensure reliable estimat...