Social media helps bring aid to Assam's flood-affected

By Azera Parveen Rahman

Jorhat (Assam) : In this age of social media, no event can remain ignored for long and the floods in Assam are no exception.

Every year, floods hit the northeaster state, ravaging districts and affecting lakhs of people. This year, the devastation was on a bigger scale, with many calling it the worst floods in the last two decades. Even as people and animals grappled to survive, help came from across the country. And social media played a big role in that.

Let’s enjoy our freedom

By Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi for,

What Makes Modi Angry

While Modi’s belated rebuke to the cow brigade is welcome, it is unfortunately selective and is motivated by the upcoming polls in UP, Punjab and Gujarat

Aijaz Zaka Syed for,

Narendra Modi is seldom known to lose his cool. Indeed, this one quality, the unruffled serenity in the face of multiple storms, often has the combined opposition and pundits all worked up but to little effect. So if the Prime Minister has lost his famous composure, there must be a good reason for it -- and there is.

UP politicians give chameleons a run for their money

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : Changing their hues comes naturally to politicians. They switch parties -- and ideologies -- with bewildering ease. And as the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections draw close, they are changing colours so fast as to give chameleons tough competition!

Modi: Facing up to the threat within

By Amulya Ganguli

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has given its guarded approval to Narendra Modi's criticism of the cow vigilantes.

Notwithstanding the caveat that Modi should not have said that 80 per cent of the "gau rakshaks" were fake, the endorsement marks a giant leap forward for the Hindu supremacist organisation since its note of consent can be interpreted as the sanctioning of a "pseudo-secular" position vis-a-vis the holy cow.

Cow vigilantes should be declared terrorists: Vemula's online diary

Preetha Nair

New Delhi : Back in December 2015, well before politics over bovines took centrestage in India, the late Rohith Vemula, the Dalit scholar from University of Hyderabad, wanted cow vigilantes to be declared terrorists and sent to rehabilitation, according to his online diary published by Juggernaut Books.

In the book "#CasteIsNotARumour: The Online Diary of Rohith Vemula", collated and edited by journalist Nikhila Henry, Vemula, comes down heavily on cow and caste politics in the country.

Indian Muslims! Wake up and unite or you will be eaten up by wolves

By A Mirsab,,

There is a famous story that many might have already heard. It is an excellent parable for the Indian Muslims irrespective of their affiliation with different political or social parties, different Islamic groups, different Madhahabs and or their different interpretation of Islam. I would repeat the story here as there are some very important lessons that can be learned from it. The story goes like this:

Una agitation can usher a new brand of Dalit-Bahujan politics

By Badre Alam and Sanjay Kumar for

मज़हब की राजनीति में गायब होते मुस्लिमों और दलितों के सवाल

आसिफ़ इक़बाल

यह अजीब मज़ाक़ है कि राजनीतिक नेता न केवल विभिन्न धर्म के मानने वालों के मार्गदर्शक बने हुए हैं बल्कि समाज भी आमतौर पर उन्हें इसी रूप में देखता है. इसके बावजूद कि उनका व्यावहारिक जीवन धर्म से दूरी का बहुत बड़ा सबूत है. कुछ यही बात आजकल देश की बहुसंख्य आबादी हिन्दुओं के संबंध में है. वहीं अल्पसंख्यकों की स्थिति भी कुछ अलग नहीं है.

No more skinning of dead cows, say Dalits marching from Ahmedabad to Una

By Amit Kumar,

Ahmedabad: The Azaadi Kooch (Azadi March) oragnised by Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti from August 5 to August 15, starting from Ahmedabad and ending at Una, Gujarat, entered its second day, with protesters reiterating their demands of not skinning dead cows anymore, apart from demanding compensation for the victim families.