The poetic physician: Momin and his art

By Vikas Datta,

It is an unfortunate occurrence that if there are many outstanding literary figures in any era, only one or two will figure in the general public consciousness. Elizabethan England had no shortage of dramatists but can you think of anyone except Shakespeare? Russian literature flourished in the 19th century but the only names that register now are Tolstoy and, maybe, Dostoyevsky. Likewise, mid-19th century Delhi could boast of a galaxy of accomplished poets, but all have been overshadowed by Mirza Ghalib, though some were much more popular then and just one couplet of one of them had sent him into raptures.

It's not only beef and pork politics; and not a division of TISS students

By Yogesh Maitreya,

On August 9th 2014, a local tabloid paper called Mumbai Mirror based in Mumbai published a news that could only be seen as wrongly interpreted idea about what has the issue regarding food and Beef and Pork flared up in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai for three weeks now.

Israel and Saudi Arabia in a jam in Gaza

By Saeed Naqvi,

The US decision to launch limited air strikes to check the ISIS in Iraq and the Gaza initiatives in Cairo are obviously linked.

To understand the collective Arab panic over the Gaza ceasefire, an overview is required.

Book review: Urdu Literature and Journalism: Critical Perspectives

By Mohammed Anas for,

After gifting us insightful glimpses into geniuses of Rabindranath Tagore, Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Raghupati Sahay Firaq Gorakhpuri, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and first Dalit Urdu poet Jayant Parmar, Professor Shafey Kidwai of Aligarh Muslim University has explored journalistic conquests of greats like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulvi Mohammed Waqar, etc in his book masterfully written Urdu Literature and Journalism: Critical Perspectives.

Will Britain’s powerful Zionist lobby forgive Sayeeda Warsi?

By M Ghazali Khan,

The first ever female Muslim Minister in the history of Britain, Sayeeda Warsi, has displayed extraordinary courage by resigning as a Foreign Office Minister over David Cameron Government’s “morally indefensible” stand on Israeli barbarism in Gaza.

Seek consensus against communal violence

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Within the next few hours Parliament will be debating one of the most burning issues the country faces: recurrent communal violence. Let us hope that the debate does not end up in a brawl like in recent past. Parliamentary etiquette is in constant decline and this august House of national debate and lawmaking has become an arena for rouwdyism, fisticuffs and spraying of powerful pepper extract straight into the eyes of fellows MPs.

The Modi Sarkar: Initial Symptoms

By Ram Puniyani,

It is already over two months that Narendra Modi has taken over as the prime minister of the country. While some may call it as a ‘honey moon period’ others will say that its actions during last few months are an indication enough of shape of things to come. It goes without saying that Modi is the Pracharak of RSS, which is aiming at converting the secular democratic India into a Hindu Rashtra. Modi came to power with many planks, many factors went into his victory, one of that was the catchy phrase’ “Acche Din Aane Wale hain” For the people, who have been restless due to rising prices and inflation, there has been no respite and many of them have started feeling the regret of being taken in by the propaganda of Acche din… As such this was a major propaganda point so a large section of people are disgruntled.

Foreign equity can flag next leg of Indian rail's journey

By Arvind Padmanabhan,

A momentous decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi government late Wednesday, allowing 100-percent foreign equity in big-ticket projects of Indian Railways for the first time, can prove a game-changer for the 160-year-old network in India that was seen floundering in recent decades due to a mix of issues, notably political populism, lack of clarity in executing its social obligations and paucity of funds.

India's religious minorities and Dalits weep alone

By John Dayal,

India’s several religious minorities weep alone when they are in pain. So to do the Dalits and the Indigenous people, called Tribals or Adivasis.

There are a few vibrant human rights groups, who organize factfinding missions, go to the media and demonstrate before parliament. But there has seldom been a national outrage, cutting across ethnicities, languages and caste barriers, which would force policy and judicial reforms, or change the mindset that has fueled so much violence since independence.

Killing with medicines

By Jaspal Singh,

mareez-e-ishq par rehmat Khuda ki,
marz barhta gaya joon joon dawa ki
--- Meer

Almost forty years ago I visited an old Baba in Arizona.He hailed from the Doaba in Punjab and had come to the US in the twenties of the last century.When I met him he was in his eighties.He had married a Mexican woman and had several children and grand children.Those days because of the racist immigration laws men from India could not marry white American women and they were not allowed to bring their families,meaning wife and children to the US.So many Punjabis married Mexican women.