Bakrid and the fight over choice of food

By Kouser Fathima for

As if we don't have enough reasons to fight.

For short-cut to sainthood, consult journalists of Bihar

By Soroor Ahmed for

There is a unique short-cut route to sainthood in Bihar. Vatican must learn from it.

There is no need to wait for five years or so after death for a person to be declared as saint.

Just join the Rashtriya Janata Dal and after a few unlawful and criminal acts leave it. You would automatically become saint: instead of any Pope, it will be the media persons who will formally ‘declare’ the said person as a saint.

A Kashmiri activist arrested, a Dalit leader detained, a Muslim killed by Gau Rakshaks: Happy Birthday, PM

By Amit Kumar,

The lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was a gruesome incident. But that was last year. Now, Dadri has become just a reference point: every state is clamouring it seems, to have its own Dadri Moment, and since Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob for “consuming beef”, similar incidents have been reported in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and of course Gujarat. Remember Una?

बिजनौर मामले में हिंदूवादी संगठनों के साथ 'दैनिक जागरण' भड़का रहा है आग

पत्रकारिता के बुनियादी प्रशिक्षण में जब ख़बर लिखना सिखाया जाता है तो किसी घटना के संदर्भ में धार्मिक समुदायों का नाम लेने को मना किया जाता है. मसलन, किसी साम्‍प्रदायिक दंगे की ख़बर में यह नहीं लिखा जाना होता है कि समुदाय कौन से थे, बल्कि इतना भर लिखा जाता है कि दो समुदायों के बीच दंगा हुआ. ऐसा इसलिए करते हैं ताकि पाठकों के बीच नफ़रत न फैलने पाए और एक-दूसरे समुदायों के बीच स्थिति और तनावपूर्ण न होने पाए.

Failure of governance - from Kashmir to Karnataka

By Amulya Ganguli

Be it Kashmir or Karnataka, poor governance has been responsible for making a bad situation worse.

Such administrative lapses are true of minor incidents of lawlessness as well like the antics of the "gau rakshaks" or the cow vigilantes, who have been running amok from Mewat in Haryana to Bengaluru in Karnataka.

Similarly, the inept rulers have let down Delhi at a time of dengue and chikungunya outbreaks.

Why BAPSA's support to Muslim Right is problematic: Part One

This is a first in a three-part series on how Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Organisation (BAPSA) has, while effectively countering Savarna politics espoused by the Hindu Savarnas, accepted support and help from Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), the student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami, an organisation that can be termed casteist, patriarchal and sectarian. Khalid Anis Ansari, Assistant Professor (Sociology) in Glocal Law School, Glocal University (India), explains why this must be questioned too.

Alliance on the rocks, Kashmir may be heading for Governor's Rule

By Sanjeev Srivastava

With the Peoples Democratic Party's Srinagar MP Tariq Hameed Karra quitting the party as well as his Lok Sabha seat, the countdown may well have begun for the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

The coming together of the PDP-BJP in February last year was like an inter-community, inter-caste and inter-religious marriage which was not exactly fawned upon by the elders and hardliners on either side, but compulsions of realpolitik and an element of romantic optimism solemnised a union of opposites amidst much hype and fanfare.

Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez arrested

By Staff Reporter

Srinagar: Two days after Khurram Parvez was stopped from travelling to Geneva, Switzerland for a UN Human Rights session, the prominent human rights defender has now been arrested and detained in Srinagar.

Religious riots down in 2015, but other riots rise

By Abhishek Waghmare

Religious tension in Ballabhgarh, Haryana, when 150 Muslims sought refuge in a police station; clashes between Hindus and Muslims during Ganesh festival processions in Belgaum, Karnataka; and riots over the birth anniversary celebrations of medieval ruler Tipu Sultan in Madikeri, Karnataka, represented Indias religious volatility in 2015.

However, communal rioting cases in the country declined by a third, from 1,227 in 2014 -- the year that Narendra Modi was voted Prime Minister -- to 789 in 2015, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.

India to miss target for universal upper-secondary education by 50 Years

By Silvio Grocchetti and Charlie Moloney

India will not have universal upper secondary education (covering the age group 14-17 years and 9th to 12th standard) till 2085, over half a century late, according to the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 by Unesco.

This has to be viewed against the recent improvements in education in India, most notably that there has been an overall increase in gross enrolment ratio (GER, or student enrolment as a proportion of the corresponding eligible age group in a given year) at almost every level of education as of 2013-14.