Revisiting the creation of Israel

By M Reyaz,

In the history of creation of Israel, the holocaust under Nazi Germany when about 6 million of Jews, almost two third of over 9 million population in whole of Europe were killed, is often pointed to justify the establishment of a Jewish national home. Of course, there can be no justification of such heinous crime, but it should be pointed here that the persecution of Jews in ‘Christian’ Europe had not really begun with Hitler.

“Netanyahu you will see, you will see, Palestine will be free"

Thousands chant In London

By M Ghazali Khan,

London 27 July: At least 60,000 protestorsfrom amazingly and admiringly multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-ethnic backgroundsrallied yesterdayin front of Israeli Embassy and from where they marched to the British Parliament to demand lifting of siege of Gaza and freedom for Palestine. “You don’t have to be a Muslim to stand for Palestinians. Just be a human” read a placard raised by a marcher.

Chinese gambit: On an ancient route to modern greatness

By Tarun Basu,

People's Daily, China's iconic newspaper known to the world as the voice of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), is constructing in the heart of Beijing a 32-storey office tower that will have 140,000 square metres of working space with new-media ventures alone occupying seven of its floors. Its concave glass facade sits somewhat oddly in its steel and terra cotta-girded frame that its Chinese architects proudly proclaim will give the traditional touch to a very modern edifice.


CWG is beyond the reach of smaller nations

By Veturi Srivatsa,

What is the relevance of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the 21st century? This question pops up every four years, more so in the last two decades.


Let not competitive politics get constitutional sanctity

By Parmod Kumar,

Sikh politics is on the boil in Punjab and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is insisting that Haryana roll back the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 2014, creating a separate body to manage the gurdwaras in the state.

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.