Sitaram Yechury: Suave, soft-spoken and dynamic

By Mohammed Shafeeq,

Hyderabad: Sitaram Yechury, who has been elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, has been the most prominent face of the party for decades.

Suave and soft-spoken, he has been associated with the Communist movement since his student days and now at the age of 62 faces the onerous task of rebuilding the party.

Government must not be a tax terrorist: Experts

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai: Even as the central government has decided to review the new norms to file income tax returns barely three days after it was notified, due to widespread angst, experts termed the original proposal nothing but "tax terrorism" unleashed on honest tax payers.

‘One size fits all’ criteria for media teaching needs review

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

India saw media boom since 1990, when the country’s economy opened up and several media outlets were started to keep pace with the communication revolution that taking place around that time in the world.

The demand for media professionals created opportunities and those who aspired to join media profession came from all hues of educational background.

With Love from Obama, a 'Chadar' for Ajmer Sharif

By Quaid Najmi ,

Mumbai: The 803rd Urs (annual feast) celebrations of the revered saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty of Ajmer, starting Monday, will be momentous affair this year - thanks to US President Barack Obama.

A red coloured, richly embroidered 'chadar' (holy cloth) will be offered on Obama's behalf at the mausoleum of the Garib Nawaz on the inaugural day of the weeklong urs, Haji Syed Salman Chishty, director of Ajmer's Chishty Foundation, told IANS.

Has Rahul Gandhi shot himself in the foot?

By Amulya Ganguli,

Unlike the Biblical tale of a prodigal son, the return of a foot-loose family member may not be a cause of great joy to his relatives. In Rahul Gandhi's case, it can be a source of embarrassment and misgivings.

The embarrassment is likely to be caused by speculation about where the not-so-young prince was for nearly two months, what he learnt during the days away from the madding crowd, and whether his ruminations - he is supposed to have taken a course in meditations (vipasana) - have eased the tensions caused by the setbacks suffered by his party from 2013.

Ambedkar’s ideology: Religion, nationalism and Indian Constitution

By Ram Puniyani,

In order to gain larger legitimacy, the RSS has been making claims of sorts. One that was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now, came another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated by RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat. Recently on the occasion of Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary many programmes were held by RSS combine giving a pro-Hindutva tilt to presentation of Ambedkar.

Ganguly in right place at right time

By Veturi Srivatsa,

India’s first cricket captain to win back-to-back series in the West Indies and England, Ajit Wadekar was called lucky. Sourav Ganguly, the other captain who gave the team confidence of winning overseas, is also lucky in a different way.


‘धर्म संकट में’ के बहाने विमर्श

By जावेद अनीस,

भारत एक धर्मान्ध देश है, यहाँ धार्मिक जीवन को बहुत गंभीरता से स्वीकार किया जाता है लेकिन भारतीय समाज की सबसे बड़ी खासियत विविधतापूर्ण एकता है. यह ज़मीन अलग-अलग सामाजिक समूहों, संस्कृतियों और सभ्यताओं की संगम-स्थली रही है और यही इस देश की ताकत भी रही है. आज़ादी और बंटवारे के ज़ख्म के बाद इन विविधताओं को साधने के लिए सेकुलरिज्म को एक ऐसे जीवन शैली के रूप में स्वीकार किया गया जहाँ विभिन्न पंथों के लोग समानता, स्वतंत्रता, सहिष्णुता और सहअस्तित्व जैसे मूल्यों के आधार पर एक साथ रह सकें.

Social media feminist activism – movement for elite by elites

There is an elitism and selectivity in the discourse which happen on the social network. Generally issues related to the lower strata of the society are sidelined in these discussions.

By Mohammad Zakir Riyaz,

In recent years, a new trend of online activism has taken birth where online campaigns against various issues are launched and taken forward to make changes. In this direction the first such campaign in my memory was the Pink Chaddi campaign launched in 2009 as a protest against the right wing extremist group Shri Ram Sene’s attack on women in a pub at Manglore. In this campaign, people were mobilized online and asked to send pink panties to the leaders of this extremist group.

Political ideology and interpretation of history

By Ram Puniyani,

Our sub-continent, which has a common past, shares its history. There are diverse ways of looking at the same history by groups belonging to different political ideologies.

With the change of government in Delhi, the leading institutions are having a major policy shift – including organisations such as Indian Council of Historical Research, National Council for Education, Research and Training among others – as they have got heads whose qualification is not excellence in their respective disciplines but their proximity to the ideology of the ruling dispensation.