Opinions

  • 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...

  • Kashmiris will not forget Najma Ji

    Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Former Union Minister, has issued the following statement to the press, today. 31st May, 2017 “Fellow Kashmiris, Today, I want to invite your attention to a situation that you would describe as something s...

  • Anniversary Appeal to PM Narendra Modi

    An irresistible, self-aggrandizing Hindu majoritarian wave which is not just dismissive but positively hostile to minority concerns is sweeping the land. There is a volcano seething below the surface.

  • Capital punishment is no deterrent to crimes

    People are rejoicing that the four convicts of Nirbhaya Case, that took place on December 16, 2012 in Delhi, will now be hanged after the SC's verdict on May 5. While it cannot be condoned what these guys did to a helpless young woman, send...

  • Two spoons but one plate — Brotherhood beyond faith which scares India’s right wingers like anything

    I really don't know why I was much more comfortable with Abhishek from Mumbai than Dilshad from Karachi or Samer Kawaam from Egypt. Uncle Tiwari's guidance has always stayed with me, I just happen to be Muslim.

  • Vinod Khanna got disillusioned with spirituality

    I don't exactly recall the year, an article by Vinod Khanna The Asian Age first carried in. It was perhaps 1986/87. The article was first published in the 1980s and I got to read it in the London edition of The Asian Age in 1...

  • Why Ramayan & Mahabharat cannot be true accounts

    I was reading B R Ambedkar's The Riddles in Hinduism (my 10th reading!) and its associated commentaries, published by Columbia Press on his 100th birth anniversary in 1991.

  • Relevance/Irrelevance of Azaan

    This is a very important aspect of Islam because an evolved Muslim or for that matter, any evolved worshipper needs no azaan or a call for prayer.

  • These are times, When nothing rhymes

      These are times When nothing rhymes Thought is crime Lost in time Hoping for sign Stars to align Heart of kind Had stayed behind Hate is fine Which is mine For these times Hate only rhymes ...

  • International Collaboration to End Violence

    While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this v...