Israel's election: A lot at stake in region and beyond

By Hardeep S.Puri and Omar El Okdah,

In contemporary politics, the flow of historical forces cannot be understood by glimpsing a mere snapshot. The unprecedented fourth-term election of Benjamin Netanyahu is indeed a significant event in itself. He will now go down in Israeli history as the longest serving head of government. It is the kind of policy positions he took in the run-up to the election, however, which have far-reaching implications on the future of Israel and its relationship with the United States and the Middle East as a whole.

US-Israel Relations

What happened in Hashimpura 28 years ago?

By Vibhuti Narain Rai,

There are some experiences that stick with you throughout your life. They always stay with you like a nightmare and sometimes are like debts on your shoulders. The experience at Hashimpura Massacre was such an experience for me, says Vibhuti Narayan Rai, then Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad, UP. On 22 May 1987, in Hashimpura, a locality in the Meerut City, 42 innocent Muslims were killed in cold blood by the personnel of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).

Elemental tales of human history

By Vikas Datta,

Numbering over 100, they, in various simple and complex combinations, are part of us and our world in all senses, making up everything in, on, with or around us - especially the electronic gadgets that seem to have become appendages of certain people. But only a third of these "basic building blocks" of matter are known or encountered commonly and not even half are in their "original" state or even visible! The story of the 118 chemical elements is, however, most fascinating and is in essence a history of humankind - not only its science, but economy, biology, colours, language and culture too.


क्यों हाशिमपुरा नरसंहार पर आए फ़ैसले से उपजी असहमतियां?

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

नई दिल्ली/ मेरठ: सोलह के सोलह अभियुक्तों को दिल्ली की अदालत ने शनिवार को दोषमुक्त करार देकर रिहा कर दिया. ये सोलह अभियुक्त पीएसी के जवान थे, ये सोलह पीएसी के जवान सन् 1987 के हाशिमपुरा क़त्ल-ए-आम के मुख्य अभियुक्त थे और पाठकों को यह भी याद दिला देना चाहिए कि इन सोलह अभियुक्तों पर 40 मुस्लिमों की हत्या करने का आरोप था.

India have to still beat two big favourites

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Almost a month before the World Cup got underway, when most people were writing off India’s chances of defending their title, two of us grey-haired individuls said on a television talk show that it would be an India-Australia final at the majestic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 29.

The others on the panel were not so sure and played safe by predicting a South Africa-Australia final with New Zealand as the dark horse because they are the only side playing all their matches at home, including the semis.


Modi's modernity vs saffron orthodoxy

By Amulya Ganguli,

Historian Ayesha Jalal has writen in her latest book, "The Struggle for Pakistan", that "at the root of Pakistan's national identity crisis has been the unresolved debate on how to square the state's self-proclaimed Islamic identity with the obligations of a modern nation-state".

Sharad Yadav’s comments about women are deplorable

By Shah Alam,

Shahrad Yadav, a Rajya Sabha MP and Janata Dal (United) chief has been in news for some days for his sexist remarks against south Indian women. During a debate in Parliament, Yadav made derogatory remarks against south Indian women and their bodies calling them as ‘saanvli’ (dusky).

He said: “The women of south are beautiful, their bodies...their skin ...They aren’t made like this here. They know dance.”

Bihar education system in dire straights

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The amusing picture of how mass copying is done in a high school board exam being conducted in Bihar has attracted eyeballs all over the world. The visuals graphically show the relatives of the students writing the examination, climbing to the window of the exam halls and provide hand written answer chits to them to copy in their answer sheets.

Beef ban: Another boost to food fascism

The recent comprehensive ban on not just cow slaughter but on bullock and calf as well makes Maharashtra the 14th state to do so, which means half of India has already gone that way.

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

It was Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy of ahimsa (non-violence) in general and his concern for cow protection in particular that is reflected in the Directive Principles of the Constitution making it incumbent on the state to work for cow protection.

How will Netanyahu victory affect Iran deal, Palestinian future?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Just when the US thought it would mop its brow, having tried hard to tame the West Asian rodeo, the Israeli horse has kicked up dirt. Americans, like everyone else, were waiting for Benjamin Netanyahu to lose the March 17 elections, before proceeding with their script of a nuclear deal with Iran towards some conclusion in the coming weeks.