• Remembering Guru Dutt with killings in Kashmir and lynchings elsewhere

    Guru Dutt was a little too sensitive, a little too different, and a little too passionate cum humane for the Bollywood world. So obviously how could such an emotionally sensitive man survive long in Bollywood or just about anywhere!

  • Was Emergency in India akin to Hitler’s Regime?

    On the eve of 43rd anniversary of the Emergency, which was imposed on the country in 1975, BJP has come out strongly condemning the event, has issued half page advertisement and Modi said that it was imposed to save the power of a family. There...

  • Modi’s Political Gamble!

    By promoting communal touch, Modi is placing the very 'secular' mask he had donned as a part of his 2014-campaign at a grave risk. Can he afford to do so?

  • Kashmir: betrayed by both BJP and PDP

    BJP’s political games writ large in the Kashmir region soon after its pull out from the PDP coalition government in J&K. In fact, to go a step backwards , it was more than obvious the BJP-PDP pairing was more of a mismatch yet power h...

  • Visiting countries alone does not raise status, Mr. Prime Minster!

    Hopefully, sooner than later, the forces of power will return to sanity and allow India to remain a truly secure and secular country recognizing religious morality preached by the religions but not discriminating on the basis of religious identity.

  • Why did Jean Paul Sartre turn a believer prior to his death?

    This might sound shockingly upsetting to the legions of admirers of the doyen of Existentialism or Western Alienation but to quote T S Eliot from his 'Burnt Norton': 'Humankind cannot bear very much reality.' We indeed can't...

  • The Myth of Modi Wave

    The so-called Modi Wave in 2014 was nothing but an anti-Congress wave generated by the corruption charges against the UPA government. Anna Movement galvanised the masses. The two leaders who cashed in on this wave were Arvind Kejriwal and Naren...

  • Mangal Pandey: The New symbol of Non-BJP cultural Politics

    In all countries, statues of their national heroes are erected in front of their Parliaments and assemblies. It is only in India, that freedom fighters 'live' in parks.

  • In independent India, Mewat still lives in the dark ages, buries woman alive to cure of evil spirits

    This morning as I was going through the day’s newspapers what caught my attention was this shocking incident coming from Haryana’s Mewat region, where a young woman was buried neck deep, in a five feet deep pit, by a village witch d...

  • Police Sub-Inspector rises, while chairman of National Minorities Commission sleeps and Pranab hides

    Foremost, my salam to Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh who not just saved a human life in Uttarakhand’s Ramnagar but also showed that a cop’s first and basic duty is to protect, no matter what the ruling political mafia is up to! If th...

  • Increasing Divisiveness: Modi Sarkar’s Communal agenda

    The coming to power of Modi in 2014 gave a signal to the so called fringe groups that now it is their Government and they can get away with their hate speeches and action with ease. It was a total uninhibited show by the RSS Combine as for as s...

  • Dark clouds over India and Gaza

    With fascist powers controlling the world and our subcontinent, each day brings along news that hits the very soul, but May 15 was particularly bad; loaded it was with depressing news. One after another. First the numbers of Palestinians killed...

  • Fascists in full control, nothing shocks in India now

    And when I had asked the namazis why do you pray in the open, in the midst of the afternoon heat and sun, they told me, “Where are masjids in Gurugram? Only two mosques! And we are not permitted by the administration to construct any mosque!

  • Tagore's Gitanjali is influenced by Deewan-e-Hafiz

    Tagore didn't know Persian. But his father Maharshi Debendranath Thakur did. He could read and write Persian and would sleep with Hafiz Shirazi's Deewan-e-Hafiz (Compilation of Hafiz's poetry) on his bedside.

  • The situation in Kashmir is becoming intolerable

    The mess is getting compounded in the Kashmir region. The situation has been getting worse in these recent years, ever since PDP joined hands with the BJP to rule the state. One of those thoroughly mismatched combinations which Mehbooba Mufti i...

  • Jinnah: An avoidable controversy

    An avoidable controversy over Mohammad Ali Jinnah has caused tension in the campus of Aligarh Muslim University and in Aligarh town. If not resolved soon it may take shape of a communal strife.

  • 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...