Untold stories from Muzaffarpur

The horrific episode from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UP’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The Azizpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief measures.

By Dr Mohammad Sajjad,

Violence broke out in Azizpur-Bahilwara village near Saraiya in Muzaffarpur district in north Bihar on January 18. It killed at least five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households were looted and burnt. The immediate provocation allegedly was an inter-faith love affair: to the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of ‘Love-Jihad’ in reverse, or a case of ‘Honour Killing’?

Outsiders in party, insiders in institutions

By Amulya Ganguli,

Two contrary tactics are apparently guiding Narendra Modi. On the political front, he is willing to accommodate outsiders in senior positions even if it means breaking the rigid mould of a cadre-based party. Outside politics, however, he is filling crucial posts in what can be called cultural outfits with acknowledged saffronites.

Obama and Modi can change global climate of inaction

By Rajendra Shende,

It was early morning. I was listening to US President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in my farm up in the hills in India when I was distracted by a raucous verbal spat. A farmer's wife was exchanging rough and wild words with other women who had come from down in the valley to collect the cow-dung droppings scattered along the slopes.

Abdullah: Moderate who had to deal with Islamist 'boomerang'

By C Uday Bhaskar,

The demise of the ailing Saudi Arabian monarch king Abdullah is a significant punctuation for the desert kingdom, the Arab-West Asian region and the extended Islamic world, which in turn has larger global implications. The royal transition has been effected and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has taken over the reins of the kingdom. In keeping with local practice, shorn of titles and pomp, Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave.

Dr Ausaf Ahmad, prominent Indian economist, passes away

By Zafar Iqbal for,

Dr Ausaf Ahmad, a prominent Indian economist and known for his pioneering work in Islamic economics has passed away. He was 70.

He died at his residence at Noida, near New Delhi, on Thursday, January 22.

Boycott, not burn: Protest by burning copies of Asomiya Pratidin will only make it martyr

By Aman Wadud,

A lot has been written after the barbaric attack on Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people. In its first edition after the attack, Charlie Hebdo published cartoon of a bearded old man holding a placard which says ‘Jesuis Charlie’ or ‘I am Charlie’, the cartoon is supposedly of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

FDI liberalisation sought in e-commerce in India

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to India, two US lawmakers have asked him to request Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to liberalise foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions on e-commerce sector.

"Such a move would benefit the economies of both India and the United States," wrote senators Mark R. Warner and John Cornyn, Democratic and Republican co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate India Caucus, in a letter to Obama.

Warner is one of the four lawmakers who will accompany Obama on the trip to India.

Politics at the cost of others’ lives

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

In a burst of anti-Muslim violence in a village of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, hundreds of homes have been torched and the occupants made to flee for safety in the biting January cold.

What was Gandhi’s evaluation of RSS?

By Ram Puniyani,

With the new ruling dispensation, Modi Sarkar, attempts are being made to present Gandhi in a light which is favorable to the RSS combine. First, the Swachata Abhiyan (Cleanliness drive) was inaugurated on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), then it was claimed that RSS had nothing to do with Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

Political leadership in the Indian context

By Amit Kapoor,

The Oxford online dictionary describes leadership as: "The action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this."