Lucknow's oblivious Urdu shayar?

By Vikas Datta

Poets can be divided into two broad categories - those who are sometime, somewhere influenced by the world outside and 'prosaic' concerns like politics, or at least reference what is happening, while on the other hand, there are those whose entire oeuvre may not bear the slightest indication of the times of tumult or rapid change they lived in. Like this noble-born flag-bearer of the Lucknow School of Urdu poetry.

"मैं हर चीज़ पर नहीं बोल सकता" – कन्हैया कुमार से ख़ास बातचीत

सिद्धांत मोहन,

नई दिल्ली: कन्हैया कुमार से यह बातचीत कुछ दिनों पहले जेएनयू में हुई. अनिर्बन भट्टाचार्य और उमर ख़ालिद से हुई बातचीत आप पहले पढ़ चुके हैं. मौजूदा वक़्त में कन्हैया कुमार को जान से मारने की धमकी मिली हुई है. उनके साथ उनके दो-तीन साथी लगातार मौजूद रहते हैं. वामपंथी संगठनों ने कहा है कि कन्हैया उनके लिए चुनाव प्रचार करेंगे, लेकिन कन्हैया किसी भी विश्वविद्यालय में वक्तव्य देने जाते हैं तो हमलों के शिकार हो जाते हैं. नीचे पढ़िए कन्हैया कुमार से बातचीत -

Excellent relations with Bangladesh demand tolerant societies

By Saeed Naqvi

We have grown accustomed to receiving greeting cards at the end of the year.

That is why BJP stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi’s beautifully inscribed New Year greetings marked April 14, the first of Baishakh, always registered with me as no more than an eccentric attachment to his pre-historic agenda. But this year, upon my return from Dhaka, when I found his annual greetings awaiting me in my office, it had a meaning, a context - my abiding differences with him notwithstanding.

I suspect, he himself will find celebrations in Dhaka an eye-opener.

Good monsoon can shower 'achhe din' on Indian economy: Experts

By Bappadiya Chatterjee and V. Jagannathan

Kolkata/Chennai : Higher crop output will be just one of the many gains from a good monsoon season, as it will also stimulate rural demand, so crucial today for lifting the fortunes of the Indian economy, experts maintain.

Besides the agriculture sector, industry, too -- especially farm-based ones and those in consumer goods space -- are hoping for "achhe din" after both state-run and private agencies predicted above normal rains this year, after two straight years of drought.

Faith and fire light up Kashmir hillock on Sufi saint's Urs

By Sheikh Qayoom

Aishmuqam (Anantnag) : It is a rare spectacle of faith and fire that lit the hillock leading to the shrine of 15th century Kashmiri Sufi saint Zainuddin Wali, in this otherwise sleepy hamlet of south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Every year on the Urs (death anniversary) of Zainuddin, whose following cuts across religious and sectoral denominations, dozens of devotees carrying 'mashals' (fire torches) line up the zig-zag hilly track leading to his Shrine.

देश में सूखा: मरते इंसान, बेबस सरकार

मोहम्मद आसिफ़ इक़बाल

In the lanes of Batla House, a mission to empower women

By Sadia Suhail for

New Delhi: The narrow, dingy lanes of Batla House in Delhi may not look the most appealing for a walk. But for hundreds of women, the maze created by these lanes unravels at a small house, otherwise known as the office of Shikhar Organisation for Social Development (SOSD). Since 2001, Shikhar, founded by Nadeem Akhtar (CEO), has been working to empower the vulnerable sections of the society by cultivating skills in them through vocational training, educational programmes, computer training, health camps, safety camps, etc.

Celebrating Hazrat Ali in Bangalore

By Nigar Ataulla for

Here is the evidence against Purohit in Samjhauta blasts

By Special Correspondent,,

Even at a time when the strong evidence exists and the custodial interrogation of Col. Shrikant Purohit is pending, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has declared he is not involved in Samjhauta blast case.

“There is no proof against him in Samjhauta blast case. He was never an accused. I wonder why his name is being linked to Samjhauta blast case,” NIA Director General Sharad Kumar said on Tuesday.

Primed for change, but only 3.2 percent Assamese have Aadhaar card

By Chaitanya Mallapur

A 65-year-old citizenship issue, reflecting the strains of migration, has resulted in no more than 3.2 percent of Assam's population being enrolled in Aadhaar, India’s biometrics-based unique identity system, the world’s largest.

Voting in Assam has concluded (results are scheduled for May 19th) and the new government will inherit a state with some of India’s lowest development indicators – the country’s highest maternal mortality, the worst infant mortality; low literacy ranking (26th of 35 states/union territories) – and growing aspirations.