The pain of Dardpora: Kashmiri half-widows living in a state of limbo

By Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi

Dardpora (Jammu and Kashmir): Lying near thick deodar forests, terraced cornfields, apple orchards and jagged mountains, the hamlet of Dardpora looks idyllic. But this Kashmiri village nurtures deep wounds from decades of conflict and hides within its fold a substantial number of what has come to be known as "half-widow".

Upper castes, Pappu Yadav: Decisive factors in Bihar poll?

By Amitava Mukherjee

Upper caste voters and the Jana Adhikar Party of Pappu Yadav may significantly influence results of the coming Bihar assembly elections. While the JD(U)-RJD-Congress combine has been leaving no stone unturned to give the electoral battle a forward versus backward caste character, recent voting patterns, however, indicate that the BJP-led NDA enjoys an advantage on this count too.

India home to most poor, but poverty rate lowest: World Bank

By Arun Kumar

Washington: India was home to the largest number of poor in 2012, but its poverty rate was one of the lowest among those countries with the largest number of poor, according to a new World Bank report.

A new methodology applied to household surveys in India also suggests that its poverty rate could be even lower, the report noted.

For 2011-12, India's poverty rate using the so-called "uniform reference period" (URP)-based consumption was 21.2 percent.

Hindu philosophy and Dadri lynching


By Namrata Chaturvedi for

The mob at Dadri could lynch as they knew they have Impunity

Violence is very much part of Hindutva politics, and sadly large number of BJP voters seem to have no problem with it.

By M Reyaz,

'Swach Bharat drives draws inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi'

Jakarta : Mahatma gave high priority to cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene and the Indian government had thus launched its Swachch Bharat nationwide cleanliness drive on his 145th birth anniversary last year, Indian ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh has said.

He was addressing the 800-odd guests who attended the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the Gandhi Memorial International School here on Friday, Gandhi's 146th birth anniversary.

मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश यादव के नाम खुला पत्र

मोहम्मद ज़ाकिर रियाज़,

माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव,

Modi's domestic barbs abroad could undermine his dignity

By Amulya Ganguli

It has now become almost a routine feature of Narendra Modi's trips abroad to take a dig or two at his opponents back home. True, he generally does so while addressing the Indian diaspora who are able to understand his references to a controversial "damaad" (son-in-law) or the sarcastic linking of Sanskrit with secularism.

How did Mina Stampede happen - Who is Responsible for it - Saudi Arabia or Africans or Iranians or God or No One..?

By Dr.Ajmal

769 Haj piligrims died in the Mina Stampede, and the preceding week around 107 died in the Crane Crash in Mecca - tragedies which have marred the recent history of uneventful Haj. This year is considered to be one of the worst in the last 25 years of Haj history. The toll is to expected to raise as hundreds more are critically injured.

How not to fight Hindutva forces

Activities of communal forces have increased but there are hardly any organization to challenge them

By Imteyaz Husain for,

In the last baithak of RSS in Delhi, where PM Modi put up his / his cabinet’s report-card before The Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat in which Mr. Bhagwat sermon the PM of India to improve relations with Pakistan and declared that Pakistan and Bangladesh as their brothers. But at the same time Sangh Parivar is not ready to accept Indian Muslims as their brother. What does it show?