In Bihar, landgrab does not spare a Bharat Ratna's birthplace

By Imran Khan

Patna : Its the house in Dumraon, some 110 km from here, where shenai mastero Ustad Bismillah Khan was born and lived in for the first six-seven years of his life. Over time, sundry Chief Ministers have promised to preserve the house and develop the town, one of Bihar's oldest municipalities -- but to no avail.

A response to Shaibal Gupta on the ‘Unimportance of Shahabuddin’

By Mohammad Sajjad for

This is a response to Shaibal Gupta’s column, “Unimportance of Shahabuddin”, which was published in the Indian Express on September 21.

Shaibal Gupta is quite a respected academic. His studies and articulations about the contemporary Bihar is enviable. However, in this particular column, he seems to have acted more as a spokesperson of the incumbent Chief Minister and less as an independent academic.

As population rises, UP's healthcare system collapses

By Sushree Panigrahi and Jeet Singh

In Uttar Pradesh, the number of public health centres (PHCs), the frontline of the government's healthcare system, decreased 8 per cent over the last 15 years to 2015, a period when the state's population increased by more than 25 per cent. Smaller sub-centres, the first point of public contact, increased by no more than 2 per cent over the 25 years to 2015, a period when the population grew by more than 51 per cent.

Ghost of the ‘social’ at the neck of Muslim students’ politics

By Saidalavi P.C. for

A number of interesting and important questions have been raised in the context of Muslim students’ engagements with bahujan politics in the context of the spectacular performance of BAPSA in JNU. My intent here is to critique some of the arguments with the hope that there is furtherance of debates on the issues raised.

मोदी सरकार में बढ़ती बेरोजगारी

जावेद अनीस

पिछले लोकसभा चुनाव के दौरान नरेंद्र मोदी ने हर साल 2.5 करोड़ नौकरियां देने का वादा किया था, लेकिन अभी तक ऐसा हो नहीं पाया है और नौकरियां बढ़ने के बजाये घट रही हैं. इसके पीछे का मुख्य कारण निर्यात क्षेत्र में लगातार आ रही कमी को बताया जा रहा है. निर्यात के क्षेत्र में पिछले अगस्त में ही 0.3 फीसद की गिरावट आई है.

Disregarding court orders to set him free, Khurram again detained by Kupwara Police

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: Prominent human rights defender Khurram Parvez was again detained on Tuesday evening by Kupwara police even after a local court in Srinagar set aside a detention order issued by executive magistrate and had passed directions for his immediate release.

According to JKCCS legal team who along with his family had rushed to Kupwara sub-jail to serve the court order to the concerned officials, police personnel from Kupwara police station arrived and refused to allow his release.

Under Modi, record rise in unspent funds for Dalits/tribals

By Nikhil M. Babu

In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while addressing a gathering of Dalits and backward classes in Kerala, had described himself as a victim of untouchability. "The next 10 years are going to be yours," he had said, to loud cheers.

ये चेहरे यूपी चुनाव में भाजपा के लिए मुसीबत का सबब बन सकते हैं

सिद्धांत मोहन,

उत्तर प्रदेश का विधानसभा चुनाव अब चंद महीने ही दूर बचा हुआ है. समाजवादी पार्टी को छोड़कर लगभग सभी दलों ने प्रदेश में चुनावी बिगुल फूंक दिया है और वोटरों को रिझाने के लिए जी-जान से जुटे भी हुए हैं. लेकिन इन सभी के बीच देश के बीते दो सालों के घटनाक्रम को देखें तो कई ऐसे चेहरे सामने आते हैं, जिन्हें भाजपा की विचारधारा से आमना-सामना करने के कारण सुर्ख़ियों में जगह मिली. और सुर्ख़ियों में जगह ही नहीं, समय के साथ उन्हें एक व्यापक जनाधार मिला, जिसकी बिना पर वे विधानसभा चुनावों में भाजपा के लिए परेशानी का सबब बन सकते हैं.

We see plurality of voices against Indian state in Kashmir...this is the beginning of a revolution: Khurram Parvez

By Mohammed Sirajuddeen for

Khurram Parvez was forbidden from boarding his flight to Switzerland at the behest of the orders from Intelligence Bureau even after his possession of a valid VISA and official invitation. He was scheduled to attend a session organized by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and while his colleagues were allowed to travel, he was detained by the local police in Kothi Bagh and subsequently shifted to Kupwara sub-jail on 16 september 2016 evening.

Unspent money for Dalits/tribals, $42.6 bn = 8 times agri budget

By Nikhil M. Babu

It was raining heavily last monsoon when Heerabai's youngest child, Seshkumari, 4, collapsed with a fever. The family could only watch helplessly as her temperature soared and she turned delirious late night.

The nearest primary health centre for Pachkol, Heerabai's village in Chhindwara district in south-west Madhya Pradesh, is 25 km away. And every monsoon, the swollen Bhagbhel river floods the road linking the village to the health centre. If you fall sick, said residents, you have very little hope of finding any medical help.