Opinions

  • Is just garlanding of portraits is honoring Ambedkar?

    This 14th April the 127th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar was marked by a heightened celebrations of the occasion by most of the political formations but more so by BJP. The Prime Minister Modi while paying tributes to Babasaheb...

  • Change from within requires empathy

    When the sense of empathy is emaciated, the individual takes on the character of murderer. Groups or govts 'are able to' commit murders of children and/or rape of women because they cannot become those children and women to experience their feelings.

  • Unnao and Kathua – An Anatomy of Rape of the Collective Conscience

    Rape is being nonchalantly used as a weapon of war against minorities – the same way it was used as a weapon to contain the African slaves and Jewish prisoners of war.

  • A virtuoso's priceless gift --- Today is Yehudi Menuhin's birthday

    "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect." Yehudi Menuhin Listenin...

  • India's new normal: rape of forms, of psyches!

    Yes, today, fascism seems so well seeped in, that even little girls can be raped and gang-raped by men connected to the very system.

  • Judge Loya case: Lack of political focus on RSS gave CJI the opportunity to dismiss petitions!

    I have read the judgement by CJI dismissing an independent inquiry in the Judge Loya case. It is a revelation.  The judgement skirts the major issue of the mysterious circumstances in which Judge Loya died. Instead, the focus ...

  • Belittling Nehru’s Legacy will Harm India’s Democracy

    Last few years there is a concerted attempt on the part of the ruling BJP to ignore and undermine the legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minster of India, the architect of Modern India. In the international meets his name is deliberate...

  • Dr King had a 'prophetic premonition'

    April 4, 2018 was the 50th year of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's martyrdom. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a white supremacist, on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, US. It's said, and also endorsed by Dr King's wife Coretta Scott ...

  • Ebbing away of sporting spirit is the reflection of a universal moral crisis

    'Ebbing away of the cricketing or sporting spirit is the reflection of a universal moral crisis,' wrote the legendary cricket scribe Ray Robinson of Australia in an article in 1981 when Trevor Chappell of Australia bowled underarm to wi...

  • Indian Muslims in search of a new Gandhi

    Being religious along with being a secular patriot is not only a possibility but rather a phenomenon that forms the basis of our Indian history. We don’t need to choose one but need instead to try to be both!

  • Ramachandra Guha, Sadly

    The discourse of 'modernity' has now been fully appropriated by the majoritarian communalists who use it as a stick to beat Muslims with, as seen in the case of triple talaq.

  • BJP’s Political Ego punctured in UP & Bihar!

    Paradoxically, BJP’s defeat also marks its failure to analyse the key factors responsible for its victory from UP last year in the assembly elections as well as in 2014 parliamentary elections.

  • BJP’s Forays in North Eastern States and anti Minority Agenda

    From last couple of decades one is coming across the pamphlets, leaflets and other material containing the propaganda that Christian missionaries are converting the people at rapid pace; the examples mostly given have been...

  • Communist Liberals, Sadly, Islamophobic

    Majoritarianism is a grave threat to the secular fabric of India and Muslim conservatism is an offshoot of this same Hindutva Majoritarianism; not vice versa.

  • "Sonia, Sadly" — but Indian Muslims live like kings

    Harsh Mander's article "Sonia, Sadly" was published by mainstream Indian media this week. The core message of the article was emphasizing on the assumption that the political parties don't want to associate themselves with the...

  • HAATHI-LAATHI-786 — Dalits-OBCs-Muslims: Understanding UP anew through by election results

    2019 cannot be fought on the old plank of electoral politics...Will the Congress rise to the occasion? Are the SP-BSP going to develop an anti-liberalization, pro-poor, alternative?

  • Muslims should strategise their political stepping!

    We owe this to the majority of the Indians, who continue to be secular, and also owe it to ourselves as a community to stop being mere puppets at play, that continue being exploited for political gains.

  • Tripura Ends CPM Tedium By Trading Decency For False Eldorado

    This may sound odd, but the reasons for the rout of the CPM in Tripura are, to some extent, similar to the ones responsible for the decline of West Indian cricket.

  • Thank you, Wonder Woman!

    As 8 March approaches once again, I am simply overwhelmed remembering the many women in my life! I stop and wonder whether it is a mere ‘cosmetic’ exercise, a kind of ‘tokenism’ or is there something more?

  • PM Modi’s Muslim outreach: Ground level follow up can garner support

    Modi's speech on the occasion of the Jordanian King's visit to India in the presence of a thousand plus Indian Muslims evokes an aura of a paradigm shift from his erstwhile perceived policy.