Opinions

  • Why do Indians Visit Libya for Employment despite Travel Ban?

    Appeal to Indians to leave On 19 April, 2019, I received a message on WhatsApp from one of my relatives in Dubai. Normally he does not bother to forward messages. Curiously, I opened the link. The headline of Khaleej Times read thus: &ldquo...

  • Azam khan deserves a second hearing

    Lucknow: Muhammed Azam Khan was banned for 72 hours from campaigning, from April 16, alongwith Yogi Adityanath, Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati by the Election Commission. He was served with ‘no-notice’ by EC. Azam was sentenced for his ...

  • Priyanka Preparing UP For 2022, Rahul The Congress For 2024

    It is true that there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics. But this Machiavellian law is clearly not applicable when a coalition of parties is in the midst of an existential battle. No one can grudge the Congress party&rsq...

  • Hindutva march from India to the American shores

    As election time nears, violence accelerates. The latest, of course, is this horrifying video on the social media, of an eatery-owner in Assam, 68-year-old Shaukat Ali who is not just brutally attacked by gau-rakshaks but also forced to consume...

  • Progressive Manifesto Gives One Signal, Fighting Left In Kerala Another

    Rahul Gandhi’s choice of Wayanad as his constituency in South India has set tongues wagging. Is this an insurance just in case there is a shock reversal in Amethi? Since he is fighting the BJP in the company of regional parties, is the Am...

  • From Christchurch to India: How India's RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence

    White Nationalist Terrorism “I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” says Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old white Australian terrorist who gunn...

  • Kashmir: need for serious dialogue with its civil society

    An unfortunate fallout of the recent incidents in Pulwama and other regions of Kashmir is the targeting of Kashmiri students in different parts of the country. Several colleges in Dehradun, for instance, have been forced by right wing activists...

  • Cherishing Jacinda Ardern as NZ ushers in new world order of high public morality

    I cherish Jacinda Ardern as my daughter. At her very young age she has catapulted herself to the likes of Martyn Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi and has changed the course of recent history through Ahimsa, that is non-violence. After the infamou...

  • Time New Delhi started talking to Hurriyat leaders

    What is the Modi-led government’s policy on Kashmir? Instead of the much needed talks with the Hurriyat leaders, for trying to find that crucial wayout from the ongoing mess, there is a complete u-turn. What, with several of the Hurriyat ...

  • Thanks To Ardern, New Zealand Today Soothes The Soul

    Those who have rushed to psychoanalyze 28 year old Australian, Brenton Tarrant, for the outrage in Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques killing 50 people, are concealing the reality, possibly without their knowing it. This line of inquiry will no...

  • Elections 2019: India at Cross roads

    Elections in a democracy can rightly be called as festival of the masses. They determine the course of the country in times to come. That is generally the case and Indian democracy has been steering this path, deepening the democratic process s...

  • The Return Of The Brahmin?

    It must never be forgotten that, of the 72 years since independence, the Prime Ministerial seat has been occupied by Brahmins for almost 51 years.

  • Why minority politics in India?

    India is a rainbow nation. The convergence of diversities is the very essence of this kaleidoscopic nation with continental dimensions. India is microcosm of the world. The Brokpa tribe, inhabited in the northernmost territory of India, Ladakh,...

  • Lynching is planned and premeditated

    Lynching is on in our country. Yet we aren’t in that mood to react fiercely enough for it to be halted. Why this eerie quiet? Why this thick hide on us?

  • Congress Dilemma: Neither Ekla Chalo, Nor Whole Heartedly In Coalition

    Pulwama or no Pulwama, my impression is that the Congress was never in the fight full throttle. Basically the Congress is all at sea, balancing its self-interest against the larger interest – that of the coalition and the nation.

  • Don’t alienate Kashmiris, unka abhinandan karein!

    With due respect to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) being very much of Indian territory, it is indeed paradoxical that little importance has been given to Kashmiris being citizens of this country. Why have they been targeted for terrorists’...

  • Kashmirs venturing out of the Valley must be protected

    This entire week I have been sitting and recollecting those words and phrases from prime minister Narendra Modi’s lengthy speeches where he had spoken of kashmiriyat, insaniyat, jamooriyat, in the context of the Kashmir crisis.

  • War Cry Only Cripples the Soul and Strengthens Imperialism

    Occasional terrorist attacks and communal riots have been a fate of developing nations for a long time. The prime movers and beneficiary of these acts have been the imperialist powers, and now the corporate classes.

  • Why Modi will still lose 2019!

    This is the title of my new book, which will be out by March end. More about it later. For now, I am not going to ask Government of India to show '300' dead bodies of militants etc. This is no political slugfest. Our air-force h...

  • Post-Pulwama jingoism is dangerous

    Why do the rulers of the day go on those flying visits? Why don’t they spend days or weeks or months up there, along the border areas, and interact with them? Why that rush to fly back?