Modi again shows his word is law

By Amulya Ganguli,

But for the drama of the Shiv Sena’s boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi’s expanded council of ministers, the occasion - the first expansion of his five-month-old government - passed off as a routine event.

Greek gods, demigods and quests in modern America: The Percy Jackson series

By Vikas Datta,

Be it the exploits of Hercules, Perseus or Odysseus or their ilk, the warrior kings of the Indian mytho-religious ethos, the knights of King Arthur, Persian princes, Arabian chieftains (Hatim Tai) and merchants (Sindbad), Russian bogatyrs Dobrynya Nikitich and Ilya Muromets, the old Spanish gentleman (of magnificent imagination but a tenuous grip on reality) of La Mancha, or the expeditions of a whole raft of European sailors and explorers, quests -- and more importantly, the accounts of the quest -- never stop fascinating us.


Wagah attack aimed at derailing Indo-Pak, SAARC processes

By Saroj Mohanty,

The retreat ceremony at the Wagah land crossing, the main immigration and trade point between India and Pakistan, has been taking place daily since 1959. Soldiers on both sides stomp around in a synchronized drill that climaxes in a shutting of the double gates, while crowds gather on either side to watch the show. Their increasing numbers signify the curiosity to see each other in person and connect as travel and trade between the two neighbours remain highly restricted, despite some opening in recent years.

Incredible life of Rubina Patel

By Nivedita Khandekar,,

Nagpur: Incredible! That is how Rubina Patel’s life story is.

She came from a well to do, educated, business family, married to a teacher, blessed with two children. She wanted to study and help the community through her social work. But her life went on an unexpected trajectory.

Modi, Jaitley, BJP and black money

By Faraz Ahmad for,

Way back in 1987 V P Singh launched his campaign against Rajiv Gandhi describing the Rajiv regime as most corrupt and charged Rajiv with having compromised the security of the nation by buying inferior quality Bofors guns from Sweden in return for kickbacks worth millions of dollars.

The feverish politics of Ahmad Bukhari

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Without holding any brief for Prime Minister Narendra Modi one can say that the action of Maulana Ahmad Bukhari is not only absurd and illogical but totally against the basic tenets of Islam. The question is not just why he is inviting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and not his Indian counterpart.

Chattargam killings: Questions to ponder upon

By Abdul Majid Zargar,

Kashmir’s tryst with peace has proved short lived yet again, thanks to the vacuous & barbaric killing of two young men Meraj-ud-Din Dar and Faisal Yusuf. As if the recent floods were not sufficient to devastate Kashmiris physically, emotionally & economically, the killing was thought necessary to notify them that besides God there is also a demon on earth to batter them.

UN Human Rights head criticises Sri Lanka's attacks on probe of violations

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations:UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has condemned Sri Lanka for attacking his organisation's investigations into human rights violations there and "creating a wall of fear" to prevent people from providing evidence.

Journalism in India: In all seriousness

By Sameera,

The nation watched in horror as the son-in-law of a political party, high on arrogance and drunk on power, brutally attacked a reporter with words so vicious they made the hair on virtuous necks stand up - "Are you serious? Are you nuts?"

किस पर बरसेंगे ये बाण?

By उमंग कुमार,

८००० मिसाइलों का कोई क्या कर सकता है​ ​? कहाँ-कहाँ तैनात होंगे इतने मिसाइल​ ​? किन-किन दुश्मनों के सिरों, ज़मीनों, घरों, अस्पतालों​ इत्यादि ​पर गिरेंगे यह अस्त्र? ​कितने बड़े या व्यापक युद्ध की आकांशा की जा रही है​ ​? ​यह पूछना वा​जिब ​​​ है ​क्योंकि अभी हाल ही में, अक्टूबर की खबर के मुताबिक़, भारत ने इस्रायल से ३२,००० करोड रुपयों की लागत से ८,००० से अधिक "स्पाइक" नामक मिसाइलों की खरीद पक्की की है | वैसे, यह ८,००० मिसाइल तो पूर्ती मात्र हैं - भारत के सेना की ज़रूरत ४०, ००० मिसाइलों की बताई गयी है | आप ही अंदाजा लगाइए की कितना भारी इंतज़ाम है यह |