Verdict 2016: How did the Urdu Dailies report Assembly poll results?

By Mahtab Alam for

While there is a lot of discussion happening around on how ‘Muslim voters’ polled in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states, there is hardly any talk of how Urdu (and Hindi) newspapers reported these results. As Hindi is not the primary language for the non-Muslim population of these areas, so too is Urdu not the primary language of the Muslims in these states.

120 Muslim lawmakers elected in five state Assemblies in India: Can't elected Muslims exhibit leadership qualities, become leaders in true sense?

Over 120 Muslims have been elected as MLAs in the recent Assembly elections.

The five states that went to polls included Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

It was an election to elect 822 members of legislative assemblies [MLAs] in these states.

India has around 14-15% Muslim population. However, three of these states that went to poll had a much higher percent.

Assam has around 37% Muslims, West Bengal has 29% and Kerala has 27%. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have nearly 6% each.

With Assam in bag, time to move forward with reforms

By Amulya Ganguli

Assam has given Narendra Modi a breather. It is now up to him to make full use of the time he has got to recover from last year's drubbings in Delhi and Bihar, and brace for the battles in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa next year.

Assam was a low-hanging fruit for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by an octogenarian who couldn't keep his house in order as the politically damaging departure of an able lieutenant, Himanta Biswa Sarma, from the Congress showed.

Death on India’s roads — same as 2 daily plane crashes

By Kamala Thiagarajan

About 350 people die every day on India’s roads - more than any other country - with those under 18 and two-wheeler riders most vulnerable, according to various data.

An Airbus A-320 carries roughly 180 passengers, so the daily death toll on India’s roads is almost double that figure. “If (two) planes full of people crashed every day, wouldn’t the situation get more attention,” asked Piyush Tiwari, founder and president of Save LIFE, an advocacy that has used Right-To-Information queries to disaggregate traffic-death data.

Maheboob Syed: A life dedicated to caring for birds and animals

By A Mirsab,

Latur: Having a pet at home is a normal habit, but what if a person and his entire family is so affectionate towards animals that even the house is designed according to the needs of the animals, not humans? Maheboob Ishaq Syed is one such person.

Two years ago, Sadhvi was principle conspirator for NIA. What changed now?

By A Mirsab,,

Five years after Ministry of Home Affairs asked National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate Malegaon 2008 blasts, NIA on May 13, 2016 submitted its supplementary charge sheet in the case against 10 accused and gave clean chit to 6 accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur maintaining that sufficient evidences have not been found against them for prosecution.

Poll-humbled Congress, resurgent regional parties could help BJP in RS

By Nirendra Dev,

New Delhi: As the poll verdict from four states saw the Congress decimated in two states and regional parties reasserting themselves in another two, BJP floor managers in parliament were keeping an eye on the general anti-Congress mood and also on the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where crucial legislation needs across-the-spectrum support.

Assam hoping BJP will live up to promises

By Aditya Baruah ,

Guwahati: With the BJP making it to Dispur, people in Assam will now be watching the change that the saffron party has promised to win the hearts of the majority of the people in the state.

Kedarnath to Kanhaiya: Sedition law a tool to muffle the voice of dissent

By Azim Hussain Mazumder,

The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges following the so called ‘Anti-national’ incident at Jawaharlal Nehru University sparked the debate of Sedition Law in India. Based upon a complaint of right-wing student outfit ABVP, Delhi Police arrested JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly organizing a gathering to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru, the prime convict in 2001 Parliament attack, he was accused of shouting anti-India, ant-national slogan at the gathering.

Malegaon 2008 Blasts: HC and SC accepted MCOCA then why did NIA drop it?

By A Mirsab,,

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday dropped sections of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) against 10 accused in Malegaon 2008 blasts case and provided clean chit to six accused including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

While revoking stringent charges under MCOCA, NIA simply said it has been established during investigation that no offence under MCOC Act is attracted in the instant case.