Religious intolerance and NDA policies

By Tariq Hasan for,

President Barack Obama's parting advice to the people of India hours before his departure from New Delhi following his three-day state visit had triggered a debate in India. Obama's mildly-worded counsel served as a timely reminder to the political establishment that divisive politics based on sectarian and communal grounds can derail the country’s ambitious programme for economic resurgence.

कलीम आजिज़ - एक गुमनाम शायर का फ़साना

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

कलीम आजिज़, यानी वह शख्स जो मीर की रवायत को अब तक बनाए रखे हुए था, हमें और उर्दू शायरी छोड़ चले गए. यह छोड़कर जाना सिर्फ़ एक सुखनवर के गुज़र जाने का होता तो कोई बात भी थी, लेकिन यह जाना पूरी उर्दू शायरी और उससे कमोबेश हर हाल में प्रभावित रहने वाली हिन्दी कविता के एक बड़े अध्याय का जाना था.
आपातकाल के वक्त इंदिरा गांधी के लिए कलीम साहब ने कहा था –

Delhi election: Have Muslims abandoned Congress?

By Syed Ubaidur Rahman,

Delhi's voters have given their verdict loud and clear. After months of uncertainty, the electorate has reposed faith in Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP that has its genesis in Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement.

It is not just his victory that is important. What is more significant is the groundswell of support the Aam Aadmi Party got. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have been decimated with just three seats, the biggest loser is the Congress.

The world must stop misinterpreting terrorists as Messiahs of Islam

By Aziz A. Mubaraki,

If by any means spilling Muslim blood is the deciding factor for Muslims to decide who the community should take vengeance against, then these dissemblers i.e., ISIS, Al Qaeda or geographically more closer, the Talibans, should immediately go into hiding as these organizations have been butchering Muslims for years now.

Modi and soft power: No substitute for traditional diplomacy

By Amit Dasgupta,

When the chief minister of gujarat became the prime minister of India, the personal interest he demonstrated in foreign affairs confounded everyone. But what caught everyone by surprise was the ease with which he brought his personal style to bear on his interaction with world leaders. Establishing a one-to-one rapport became his distinctive hallmark.

Man and the universe

By Jaspal Singh,

For last few days I have been thinking about the grandeur of the universe and our own insignificance. A young scientist at MIT made a presentation about the space dust or cosmic dust,that is all over the universe and various means through which it is being detected by Chandra and Hubble telescopes.I was reminded of Baba Farid's Shlokas-Farida Khak Na Nindiye,Khaku Jed Na Koi,Jenvevdyan Pairan Tale, Moinyan Uppar Hoye-( Farid one should not underestimate dust,nothing is comparable to it.In our life it is under our feet supporting us and in death it covers us).

Is it absorbing pressure or mounting it, Dhoni?

By Veturi Srivatsa,

It is not easy to please Indian cricket fans; they are too demanding. Not many seem to be willing to wager on the team winning the 2015 World Cup - they may well settle for a victory over Pakistan in their opening match at Adelaide Sunday.

On the eve of the match, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to assure the fans, saying his players can absorb pressure as they have calm nerves and they have big-match temperament.


Delhi on a platter, hot and sweet

By Bushra Alvi for,

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” George S. Patton

Not too many days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was heard prophesising: Result aaney do, doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jaayega. And that is exactly what happened when the result of the Delhi Assembly election was declared. The milk that had been simmering for long in Delhi, boiled and bubbled until it eliminated all the unwanted elements through its hot vapour…poof! Not even a speck remained.

Is one going to see a more mature and pragmatic Kejriwal?

By Amulya Ganguli,

The first fallout of the Aam Admi Party's (AAP) spectacular victory in Delhi will be a renewed focus on sleaze in public life, as has been borne out by Arvind Kejriwal's commitment to make Delhi India's first corruption-free state in his inaugural address after being sworn in as chief minister for a second time.

What, it is to be a Muslim in India today?

By Prof. Dr. Rameeza. A. Rasheed for,

If your exposure to Muslim lives is through popular media then you believe that Muslim’s main profession is smuggling. Every beard and skull cap wearing men, particularly youth is at least remotely connected with a terrorist group. Neighbors don’t move closely, with the Muslim families who follow their dress code. It is propagated constantly that, every Madrasa is a breeding ground of violent actions. It is believed that, they don’t teach Islamic principles and general education but, implant principles of vengeance and Jihad (most misunderstood word).