Attempt to undermine secularism: testing waters!

Words Socialism and Secularism missing in BJP Government ads

By Ram Puniyani,

Is BJP nervous about Delhi polls?

By Amulya Ganguli ,

Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to pip the Aam Admi Party (AAP) at the post in the Delhi assembly elections, doubts remain as to how much ahead it will be of its rival.

In the last election, too, the BJP won more seats than the AAP although it fell short of the half-way mark in the 70-member legislature. In the forthcoming contest, therefore, the BJP's first wish will be to win at least 35 seats although its combative president, Amit Shah, is predicting success in two-thirds of the seats.

‘Clashes between lumpens-criminals often degenerate into communal tension’

By M Reyaz,,

Dr Mohammad Sajjad is an Assistant Professor of History at the Aligarh Muslim University where he teaches late-colonial and Post-Independence Indian History. He recently published two books Muslim Politics in Bihar: Changing Contours and Contesting Colonialism and Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur since 1857. His articles and columns have appeared in several newspapers, magazines and journals.

'Obama's India trip a perfect example of positive foreign policy'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Calling President Barack Obama's India trip "a perfect example of positive foreign policy" noted Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria has advised Washington to be similarly engaged elsewhere.

"Obama's trip to India was strategically important, symbolically resonant and deftly executed," he wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post

"Obama's trip highlights an opportunity and a problem," Zakaria wrote in the piece titled "Will Washington allow the pursuit of positive foreign policy?"

Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

By Saeed Naqvi,

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi’s victory in May 2014.

The forgotten Mahatma

By Brij Khandelwal,

We remember Mahatma Gandhi only on October 2 and January 30. The symbolic spinning of the charkha, recital of bhajans and selling khadi at a discount are the only activities that remind us of him.

For the rest of the year, Gandhi remains a forgotten Mahatma, deified like one of our numerous gods and his teachings reduced to mundane rituals.

‘The Road to Mecca’ that I took

A book review that seeks to decipher two pilgrimages on the same path separated by a century

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Spirituality is what separates humans from other living beings. I have been a seeker for the last few years. I have read a number of books, visited graves of saints, made ablutions at Haridwar and toured the ghats of Banaras; I have sat in the qawwali mehfils and even seen dervishes dance.

‘The Court of Last Resort’

It is made clear that the ‘Court of Last Resort’ will not really be a Court in the judicial sense but only a fact finding body whose aim will be to secure justice for all.

By Justice Markandey Katju,

I have felt for quite some time that injustice is being done to a large number of people in India who have been languishing in jail either as under-trials whose cases have not been heard for several years, or who have unjustly remained incarcerated, either because:

WACA pitch is not what it used to be

By Veturi Srivatsa,

There was a time when the very mention of Perth used to unnerve the batsmen -- even the Australians when they had to face the fearsome West Indies pace men. However, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground, like many others in the world, has lost some of its viciousness in recent years.


Modi-Obama striking a right chord

What diplomats were struggling to achieve over the years, Narendra Modi and Barack Obama did so by striking a common chord

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The visit of US President Barack Obama during India’s 66th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi has injected a new vitality into the economy and foreign relationship of the two countries. Inspite of skeptics calling it a ‘sell out’, Obama’s visit has turned a new leaf in the otherwise sulking Indo-US relationship.