Opinions

  • Uproot the killers of democracy through the weapons of democracy

    The concept of ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ is self-contradicting. A vast population of Indian citizens (about 85-90%) are, on the one hand, claiming to be non-Hindus and, on the other, accepting the Hindus to be the majori...

  • Post Pulwama Strategies: A Journalist and Politician First to Speak Up

    Prem Shankar Jha’s column in The Wire caused my mind to wander in an unlikely direction: Kanpur riots soon after the demolition of Babari Masjid. Jha’s piece headlined “In Pulwama, Narendra Modi has found the trigger he needed...

  • From Dantewada to Awantipor, from Uri to Sunjwa episodes same but attitudes different – A Kashmiri's lament

    In 2010 a deadly attack was made on CRPF in Dantiwada of Chattisgarh in which 84 CRPF and policemen were killed by Naxalites and Maoists. Jawans from various states of the country were killed. In Chattisgarh and other Naxalite-infested areas, s...

  • What’s the Hitch in Congress Leading Post Poll Coalition Opposite BJP?

    There are reasons to believe that the BJP will not be able to repeat its 2014 performance in 2019. The nation is therefore headed for two distinct coalitions, facing each other across the aisle.

  • Rise up to defend democracy, constitutional law, federalism in Bengal! Say no to Modi autocracy!

    Atal Behari Vajpayee, BJP's first Prime Minister, was very upfront on Centre-State relations. He was against New Delhi rough shodding States with the means at its disposable, especially without the consent of the State.  ...

  • George Fernandes—A man of many contradictions

    George Mathew Fernandes was one of the firebrand Socialist leaders of his time. A priest for a short period, a trade unionist, agriculturist, political activist, human rights activist, parliamentarian and journalist all rolled into one. He led ...

  • How is the Electoral Game Shaping Up in Key States

    The BJP in Kerala may have boosted its saffron image on the Sabrimala issue but is unlikely to gain much electoral advantage in 2019. That has been the pattern for decades: it has zero conversion rate even though it has a vote share of 10 perce...

  • Not Rahul Gandhi’s Masterstroke

    Looking at Priyanka Gandhi’s political credentials—except being from the Gandhi family and having earlier campaigned for her brother in Amethi, she has none whatsoever—one fails to understand on what ground her appointment as ...

  • Priyanka Gandhi picks up the gauntelet

    People are shocked. No one expected Priyanka Gandhi to pick up the gauntelet and enter politics from UP, the home turf of her esteemed ancestors, and the State that creates, makes or breaks national Governments, grand ambitions, political grand...

  • Mamata Banerjee will be the 2019 kingmaker

    Mamata Banerjee is indeed a fighter. The latest political developments taking off from West Bengal, where she came up with that piercing shrill cry to halt the BJP-RSS in their tracks, is only a continuation of her determined effort to keep the...

  • J’accuse

    ‘J’accuse’ (or, I accuse) was the name of the letter (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Jaccuse) sent in January 1898 by the famous French writer Emile Zola to the French president, accusing the French government and army for j...

  • Season of false promises beacons us

    What’s the latest gimmick of the Modi Government? Reservations and quotas when it’s time to bid goodbye from the masses who are sitting conned and cheated by the bunch of promises held out to them over four summers back!

  • From Showering flowers to Banning Namaz - Multiple faces of Uttar Pradesh Police

    It was a lovely Christmas morning but a news on the front page ruined it. After Gurgaon, it was now Noida's turn to hog the limelight for a controversy surrounding Friday namaz being offered in public places. In a strange and unpreceden...

  • Options before Kashmiris: A Kashmiri point of view

    Kashmir issue refers to the internationally recognized dispute between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir as regards the geographical entity of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed in 1947 before the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the unio...

  • Election results a relief at last

    The latest election results have brought about such a relief! These results are enough to relay that the fascist forces have been somewhat halted in their destructive moves and that we can hope for better days to come… Needless to add th...

  • Babri Masjid – The Last Opportunity

    “Welcome Syed Shahabuddin Sahab” written on a banner across the road, I saw while coming out of my college. I stopped out of curiosity, what’s going on? It was a crowd of about 500 people gathered there to listen to their lead...

  • Starting the new year with grit and determination

    In the midst of this surcharged atmosphere, two positives held out. On December 17, was Delhi Minorities Commission’s award ceremony for all those who were striving to make a difference in their lives as well as in their very outreach.

  • Modi vs Rahul: Political Race Has Begun!

    Had Modi succeeded in implementing claims made by him during 2014 elections’ campaign, hype about his wave may have still prevailed. And if this had been the case, Congress may not been the winner in the recent assembly elections.

  • Karuna Shukla and the Untold Chattisgarh Story

    Indomitable courage and sacrifice are indispensable for fighting a battle. In 2014, I was instrumental in persuading Karuna Shukla, Atalji's niece, and my relative, to leave BJP and join Congress. Karuna Shukla, who has been an MLA,...

  • “Soft Hindutva” a misnomer! How congress struck quid pro quo in the Hindi belt!

    RSS never dreamt that one day, Rahul Gandhi, whom they had branded Videshi, and Digvijaya Singh, their 'pro-Muslim' punching bag, would turn the tables.