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.


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प्रियदर्शन सिंह

आज कर्नाटक अशांत है. कावेरी नदी के पानी को लेकर सोमवार को आए सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसले के बाद से कर्नाटक में बंदी और हड़ताल शुरू हो गए. इस दौरान हुई एक हिंसक झड़प में एक आदमी की मौत हो गयी और कुछ लोग ज़ख्मी भी हो गए.

Peace Party and its curse of Hero worship

By Mohammed Kashif Yunus for

If you go through the advertisement, cut outs, hoardings and pamphlets of Peace Party of India, you will find that in 90% of these displays, there is only one photograph on it: that of its National President Dr Ayub. It is true that other parties like Congress, BSP, SP are also involved in such hero worship but there are three things which Peace Party must mind before toeing such path of hero worship.

Sharad Pawar’s support to Muslim youth wrongly implicated in terror cases reeks of opportunism

By Masood Peshinam for

A politician knows the value of speaking the truth: at least when it gives immense political benefits. Political narratives are fashioned depending on the exigencies of the situation.

The virtue of necessity does not turn it into a vice, as demonstrated by NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar.

What can we expect from the upcoming AMU student elections?

By Dr M. Mohibul Haque for

One last bright spark of Lucknow's glorious tradition

By Vikas Datta

Any literary tradition demonstrates its virtuosity and vitality in how even its last proponents keep up its standards, even as the style itself is declining due to changes in the political and social millieu and norms. The Lucknow School of Urdu Poetry was no exception. But even as we acknowledge change in times and tastes is inevitable, it seems unfortunate for a promising poet so eclipsed.

How students in Maulana Azad University fought prejudices to elect a Kashmiri president

By Anayat Ali Shah for

If you are following campus elections, chances are your attention has remained mainly on the Delhi University elections and the Jawaharlal University elections. But in Hyderabad, the student elections in Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) have given a lot of reasons to cheer too. A Kashmiri student, Tajamul Islam has won the presidential elections in the University, that too with a huge margin.