Curious case of a “secular Muslim”

By Abul Kalam Azad

Congress' plight: Dynasty is to blame

By Amulya Ganguli,

The imprecations directed at Rahul Gandhi - "joker" - and at his advisers - "rootless wonders and spineless creepers" - by sections of Congressmen and the recent signs of organizational disarray in several states suggest that it is still a far cry for the Congress where recovery is concerned.

Annals of a meat eater

Editor’s Note: In debate over Uniform Civil Code or on eating habits of Indians, the debate in north-Indian dominated debate often ignores the rich diversity of our country and its people. An Assamese ‘caste Hindu’ who has a penchant for non-vegetarian items, here writes how he not only loves beef, but has tried even dog meat with his Naga friends as well as snake.

By Joydeep Hazarika,

The Islamic State and the “Caliphate” of Al Baghdadi – Of Power, Politics & Legality

By Dr.Ajmal,

The pace of the developments, in terms of religious awareness, political turbulence, social upheaval in the Muslim world has surprised many, the likes of which has not been seen for centuries. One of those, have been the announcement of Caliphate by the organization that calls itself Islamic State of Levant.

Indian Parliamentarians: Hitting a new low

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

The august Parliament’s dignity and honour have recently been brought to a new, record low by its own members. The decline in it has been steady for years. The present Lok Sabha has members with a criminal record not in their tens but hundreds.

Katju must reveal more to carry conviction

By B.R.P. Bhaskar,

Press Council of India chairperson and former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has alleged that one of his brother-judges in the Madras High Court was corrupt and that the patronage of a party belonging to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition and "improper compromises" by three successive chief justices of India helped him to keep the job.

What does it take to go cashless?

By Dharmarajan Krishnan,

In the past, it passed for a moment of instant fun. In shops, behind the busy payments counter, you saw this advisory on bold display: "In God we trust, others pay cash!" This was their way of telling the customer that you’d better pay for the purchase cash down, no running after in case you default! Long after those times, you are perhaps inclined to believe that the cash-only obsession has withered away. Think again!


Anti-Israel protests are futile

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Jummah khutba: a missed opportunity

By Sheikh Khurshid Alam,

Ramadan has instilled a sense of piousness in many netizens. People keep forwarding all sorts of “Islamic messages” to all their contacts in this month. Whatsaap, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and all those social networking sites, which you know better, are abuzz with such “Islamic messages”.

I am from northeast... but I am not Mowgli!

By Prantick Majumder,

"Does the Rajdhani Express go to Assam?" I thought I had heard something wrong. When the question was repeated, I knew I heard it right. My blood came to a boil. But my conscience got the better of me as I realised that the person may genuinely not know much about Assam.