Does only commemoration of birth anniversary of Sir Syed fulfil the message?

Mere words without action will be “dishonesty”, claims a doctoral student of AMU

By Mumtaz Ahmad Numani,

On October 17, 2014, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) celebrated the 197th birth anniversary of its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. The celebration is always meant to be symbolic to recall and remind ourselves his powerful vision and mission. Can we exactly recall what is it that we commemorate? Most probably yes. It is after all, ‘education’. It is/was the education of political, social, economic and cultural studies to enlighten the citizens, but more than that ‘Muslims’ of the sub-continent.

Some notes on MIM Assembly success in Maharashtra with tales of monkey and rabbit

By Pramod Mandade,

One week after the Maharashtra assembly election results I went to my village in Latur district (Marathwada). AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) won two seats one in Aurangabad and another in Mumbai plus they took considerable votes in many other places.

Biodiversity and Islam

By Dr Mohammad Iqtedar Husain Farooq,

Biological diversity, or the shorter term ‘biodiversity’, means the variety of life forms like human beings, animals of all sorts and plants of different categories in a region or on the globe. Any harm to biodiversity may increase diseases on Earth or in other words less of biodiversity means more of infections.

Know thy World: Communication, transportation and energy

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahamtullah everybody. I am back to you with this column a little earlier than I usually do. The previous piece, ‘Know thy World’ is being completed with this piece. The earlier piece said we have to practise our faith as best as we can here in this world only, for the next life, in the Hereafter, will be a place for harvesting what we have sown here. And to practise Islam in this world, we have to know this world.

State of SEZs is warning for land acquisition

By Prachi Salve ,

New Delhi: There is strong evidence that past acquisitions of land for development have gone awry. That should serve as a warning, as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government enters the second year in office and proposes to continue its battle for a new, controversial land acquisition law.

A 2012-13 report of the Comptroller and Audit General of India, the official auditor of the central government, revealed these key findings:

Why PM Modi is wrong in saying that Indians felt ashamed before 2014?

By M Reyaz,,

In 2008 during my final year of BA (Honours), I went to Lahore, Pakistan to participate in an inter-college drama festival. The hospitality of our host at GC University as also general Pakistanis had left us Indians humbled. They went an extra mile in making us feel comfortable. I remember at Anarkali market, how shopkeepers would insist on not taking money once they realized that we are Indians, or generously gave discounts. “Aap Mehman Ho Hamare,” they would often say.

Languages, libraries and legacy of hatred

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed a beautiful and thoughtful gift to the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. It was a copy of the earliest illustrated Persian work on the history of Mongol tribes. The book called ‘Jame at-Tawarikh’ (Collection of Histories) was authored by Rashiduddin Fazlullah Hamdani [1247-1318CE], who was the Vazir of Mongol king Mahmud Ghazan Khan [Reign 1295-1304].

Assessing one-year's performance of the Modi Government

(One Year of Modi Government)

By Amit Kapoor,

The Narendra Modi government, which completes a year in office on May 26, had won last year's general elections on the plank of development and its promise to bring in ‘Acche Din’. Here is a performance snapshot of the major initiatives undertaken by the government in various broad areas. These include the economy, foreign engagement, agriculture, infrastructural development, social security schemes, urban development, industrial development, health and environment, education and entrepreneurship and employment.

Safe, Habitable or Smart? India's 100 Smart Cities must be all three

By Sanjiv Kataria,

Each time there is a mention of Smart Cities in India, I get concerned about the safety of women because there is a surfeit of news stemming from the vulnerability of women in our cities. A few incidents that shook India recently, include:

Chinese Puzzles: Qiu Xialong's Inspector Chen and his cases

By Vikas Datta,

"When I am satisfied questions of state security are not involved, then you begin," a secret police operative tells homicide investigator Arkady Renko in Martin Cruz Smith's "Gorky Park", stressing order, not justice - the basic objective of policing not only in authoritarian polities, but frequently in free, democratic societies too. It is especially prevalent in a country where economic liberalisation has led to prosperity, and even affluence, but also crime and corruption as governance remains opaque and autocratic. It is in such a setting that Shanghai's Inspector Chen Cao has to work.