Opinions

  • 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.

  • India Under Hindutva: What standards? Double standards!

    Double standards all the way, even where as serious a crime as rape is concerned. Different treatment meted out to the rapists if they are from the corridors of power or if they rape whilst communal rioting is on.

  • On Justin Trudeau and Indo-Palestine relations

    Needless for me to add that a man who can take care of his wife and children is sure to take care of his nation and its people.

  • Valentine's Day has dehumanised love

    'February is the month of love because spring is on us Yet it seems that there's a futile and unnecessary fuss Valentine Day also comes along with message of love But there remains love which's different and far above ...

  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali throws Indian women under bus with ‘Padmaavat’

    From the beginning, the basic purpose of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavatwas to promote the right-wing Hindutva agenda. Part of that agenda is to show that most Muslim rulers, who ruled significant parts of India for more than...

  • BJP Ideology and Future of Scientific Enterprise in India

    The Bharatiya Janata Party and its leaders, who are currently ruling and dictating the direction of scientific research and development, putting things in the reverse gear.

  • WHO KILLED ANKIT SAXENA — a new pattern of Hindutva terror?

    Was Ankit linked with Bajrang Dal? Perhaps, not directly--but Deepak, Ankit's friend, is known as a Bajrang Dal member. Locals say Deepak even has a case registered against him--but this could not be verified as the Police Station refused to co-op...

  • India too needs a ministry of loneliness

    Now that UK has appointed the country’s first ever ‘Minister for Loneliness’, I’m certain the political lot here will be thinking in terms of setting up a ministry along the same lines.

  • Indian Vs Pakistani chhole-bhatoore

    Recently, a Pakistani Urdu daily carried a light-hearted article written by a culinary expert, who loves to gorge on Indian delicacies. He wrote that one gets to relish the tastiest chhole-bhatoore in Pakistan, esp. in Sahiwal (southern Punjab,...

  • 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...