Nehru's 'Mann ki Baat'

By M.R. Narayan Swamy ,

Title: Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (1947-1963); Author: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Publisher: Allen Lane/Penguin Books; Pages: 334; Price: Rs.599

India has highest religious social hostilities: Pew study

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: India had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion in 2013, while China had the highest level of government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, according to a new study.

Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, according to the Pew Research Center's latest annual study on global restrictions on religion released here Thursday.

The great Indian land theft

By Jaspal Singh for,

IT gains a strong foothold in Pakistan

By Azka Naeem,

Analysing the growth that has taken place in Pakistan since its inception in 1947, a lot can be said in terms of infrastructure development, agricultural growth and progress in education. However, it is important to shed light on one sector that barely existed at the time of independence and has now grown to be a deep-rooted and well-established part of the economy, and one upon which many of us greatly depend.

Open letter to PM on his ‘action for auction’

By Ravi Nitesh,

Dear Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Damodardas Modi,

I am writing this letter to you as citizen of India, who is witnessing the leading media reports about the ‘auction’ of your suit. It is also said in these reports that the suit is controversial one as it attracted criticism for its high cost, while you wore it during your meeting with USA president Mr. Obama. However, I am not worrying with these criticism or media reports, reason of my letter is something else. I had seen the division of thoughts on this action of auction , people supported and opposed the move. Even, I found such an action of auction is inappropriate and I opined it in social forums with my right to constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression. I found people who threw logics in your favor as a comment in oppose of my opinion. They also did with the same constitutional right that I enjoyed. Even these things of ‘for and against’ opinion are common and healthy for any democracy, so there is nothing to worry about, not at my end atleast. But, the reasons of my worry is about the logics of these comments and the whole action of this auction.

Rethinking the global fight against extremism

By Hardeep Singh Puri and Omar El Okdah,

Between February 17-19, a large conference on 'Countering Violent Extremism' convened in Washington, bringing together political and diplomatic representatives from over 60 countries, law enforcement officials, religious leaders and experts.


Soul of India at peril

By Syed Mohammad Aamir Ali,

“Aryans and non-Aryans, Dravidians and Chinese, Scythians, Huns, Pathans and Moghuls, all have merged and lost themselves in one body. And, this body is India today.” Rabindranath Tagore

Sayings of Gurudev undoubtedly reflect the true India as the cradle of one the world’s oldest civilization, Indian has always been known for its unity in diversity. India is the birth place of four major religions and survives and thrives on its diverse customs, religions and languages embedded in its soul.

Manjhi’s self-interest, political hara-kiri, an alarm bell

By Md. Mudassir Alam for,

Bihar has witnessed a very chaotic crisis in the recent time, which in turn has directly or indirectly affected the common people of the state. With the resignation of Jitan Ram Manjhi, the self-proclaimed political superman of Bihar from the CM’s post all types of speculations came to an end.

A different tourism: Voyages to degradation, exploitation

By Vikas Datta,

Tourism normally entails travel for relaxation or leisure, to some scenic spot or a place celebrated for its cultural heritage - and generates some splendid literature. But there are also contrarians who go to the other extreme - visiting the world's most polluted areas, or where fruits of globalisation have conspicuously turned sour - and present vivid but disturbing accounts of what unbridled "development" and rapacious commercial interests seeking to serve the global consumer society's insatiable demand are doing to the planet and luckless communities.


Hazrat, yeh haiy Lucknow; zara aahista chaliyey

By Kaleem Kawaja,

In my recent visit to India to various cities, I came across a lot of brash people in a hurry to appear modern and in a hurry in general. In their hurry, they forget to be polite and in their talk they are abrupt and forget to nuance their expressions.