Chandan Boro: Son of a sweeper from Assam selected for Football training in Germany

By Abdul Gani,

Udalguri, Assam: Harisinga is a sleepy town in Assam’s Udalguri district along the India-Bhutan international border. Handicapped by insurgency till very recently along with poverty, the people of the locality have had to learn to survive in tough conditions.

Father, tell me about Kashmir

By Kay Al for

The protest

“B, We have to go a protest today. Do you want to come too?”
“What is this protest, Acha (Dad in Malayalam)?”
“It is about a place called Kashmir. A lot of people have been killed and blinded there by the police and the army.”
“What happened there?”
“Ok, Let me tell you.....”

मायावती, महाराष्ट्र और गुजरात : दलित समय में मोदी की जवाबदेही

सिद्धांत मोहन,

कल उत्तर प्रदेश भाजपा के उपाध्यक्ष दयाशंकर सिंह के बयान के बाद उत्तर प्रदेश का राजनीतिक माहौल बेहद गर्म हो गया है. बसपा सुप्रीमो मायावती के खिलाफ दयाशंकर सिंह के अभद्र और अपमानजनक बयान के बाद पार्टी ने उन्हें पद और सदस्यता दोनों से निष्कासित कर दिया है. इसके साथ ही अरुण जेटली ने माफी भी मांग ली है. लेकिन इसके बावजूद भाजपा उत्तर प्रदेश में अपनी धार खोती जा रही है.

A world gripped by the cancer of terror

By Ram Puniyani,

सरेआम हो रहा है कश्मीर में लोकतंत्र का खून

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

मीडिया का काम दबे-कुचलों की आवाज़ बनना है, लेकिन जब मीडिया खुद ही दबा दिया जाता है तो लोकतंत्र के लिए इससे ‘काला दिन’ और क्या हो सकता है? मीडिया को दबाने का काम कश्मीर में सरेआम हो रहा है. जम्मू-कश्मीर की हुकूमत केन्द्र सरकार के इशारों पर आम कश्मीरियों के दुख-दर्द को समझने के बजाय उस दुख-दर्द को बढ़ाने वाली हर आवाज़ को दफ्न कर देने पर आमादा है.

Why Multi-sectoral development programme for minorities moves at a snail’s pace

By Amjad Suri and Mohammed Imteyaz Ahmed for

Foreign student enrolment in Indian varsities drops 6% over 2 years

By IndiaSpend Team

About 200,000 Indian students stream out of the country seeking a foreign education, but no more than 31,126 foreign students sought an Indian education in 2013-14, according to ministry of human resource development data quoted in the Times of India. This means the enrolment of foreign students in India declined by 2,030, or six per cent, over two years, according to government and United Nations data in a 2014 report.

However, the Times of India said the number of foreign students had risen by 11,000, although it was not clear over what period.

Killing the Kashmir story: A Blog entry

By Gowhar Geelani for

Day 8. Kashmir is curfewed. At least 43 civilians are killed. All of them have been identified by the local media. More than 2200 persons are seriously injured, out of which at least 100 on the verge of losing their eyesight permanently after being hit by the lethal pellet guns.

Yes, it is a war-like situation in curfewed Kashmir. Despite strict curfew, the young and angry Kashmiri protesters across the length and breadth of Kashmir are in defiance. They are defying curfew to stage protest demonstrations.

It is time we raise our voice for Kashmiris, not India

By Sana Khan for,

Three years ago while working on my M.Phil dissertation on the violence of partition, I had decided to dedicate it to the dead. I wrote:

To the dead
Who must wake up;
To teach the living
how not to die.
Life is fragile

Today when I am working on my PhD thesis on non-violence, and reading news of turmoil and violence almost everywhere in the world, I wrote:

I have differences with Dr Zakir Naik but supporting him is a need of the hour

By A Mirsab,,

Dr Zakir Naik emerged in the 1990s, dressed in suit and a skull cap talking about Islam in English. It was a departure from traditional Muslim preachers who dressed in kurta-paijamas and spoke difficult Urdu. Two decades later, there are innumerable people who he has inspired to their increased understanding of Islam, many who converted to Islam and there are a number of people who not only dress like him but also imitate his style of work and use his debating styles.