A time of pervasive and lethal paranoia: The Stalin era in fiction

By Vikas Datta,

Some of the most memorable, enduring literature has been inspired by history's bloodiest eras - the French Revolution, trench warfare in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, the Nazi killings, the partition of India and its dangerous dislocations, the Cambodian and the Rwandan genocides and so on. But these are not only intended as harrowing records of those turbulent times but a warning against their recurrence. So is it about the Stalin era with its pervasive paranoia and fear, violent purges, mass repression, 'justice' dealt on torture-achieved confessions and denunciations, historical manipulation - and an over-arching personality cult.


Sir Syed Mosque: Where Religion means Tolerance

Metaphor for Muslims: The kind of tolerance practiced here is, possibly, unparalleled in the world with green, white and black caps shining together, five times a day.

By Mujahid I Mughal,

The greatest tragedy that Muslims today are facing is not their poor socio-economic conditions, least educational advancement and insignificant technological development but acute disintegration and vanished Muslim brotherhood.

Bihar’s capital should be shifted out of Patna

Patna from no angle appears as the capital of India’s one of the poorer state. There is an urgent need to de-congest Patna in order to bring sanity to the madness there. No amount of urban planning will de-congest Patna.

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Just back from the ‘republic of Bihar,’ visiting its capital Patna. Very great feeling to be back home and nostalgia and fond memories of childhood haunted all through my stay there.

India and US: The best is yet to be

By Amulya Ganguli,

President Barack Obama’s presence at the Indian Republic Day celebrations Jan 26 will mark the highest point in Indo-American relations.

What lends special significance to the occasion is that the US president will spend nearly two hours in the open with his Indian hosts. Normally, the US Secret Service is wary of such a long exposure for their chief executive. The maximum time which he generally spends outdoors is a little over an hour during the oath-taking ceremony.

Between Saapnath and Naagnath

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Whom would you prefer to be with, if given a chance: Saapnath or Naagnath? Will you prefer one over the other, or would you avoid their company in any case? After all, both are cobras, unfriendly creatures.

Humans are killing machine with or without religion

By Md Sharique Anwer,

On December 7, 2015 some extremists attacked Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine office in Paris, France killing at least 12 people for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Wanted: a 73rd-like amendment to Constitution

By Parveen Qamar,

India is included among developing nations. Of course, there are areas where we have achieved much better results than expectations but there are areas which, even after 68 years of Independence, remain neglected.

Make in India but Make it Green

By Rajendra Aneja,

A century back, on January 9, Mahatma Gandhi made his determined journey to India with a singular goal to Make in India. He wanted to make in India a movement of freedom from foreign oppression, discrimination, and social apartheid. The capital needed for this was in the form of bold assets of non-violence and civil disobedience.

Kashmir at cross roads: What’s in store for Kashmiris if BJP is part of the government?

By Ram Puniyani,

The recent (December 2014) verdict of Kashmir elections has been fractured, so to say. While the PDP has emerged as the single largest party, the BJP is a close second with substantial percentage of votes. Interestingly, the BJP has secured most seats and major vote share from the Hindu majority Jammu region of Kashmir. Now the dilemma for the other parties, National Conference, Congress is in which direction to go as far as the government formation is concerned.

Extremists amongst us

Time for ordinary Muslims to stand up: While religious leaders avoided talking about worldly issues and muslibs (liberal Muslims) shied away from talking about religion; extremists moved into the vacuum that existed at the intersection of modern technology and religious identity.

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

“They are not Muslims,” was how many reacted as heart wrenching photos and videos started coming in last month from Peshawar where terrorists had attacked a school and killed over 130 children. I identify with the helplessness and anger that forces some of us to say such words. This is a way for normal, ordinary Muslims to distance themselves and their religion from terrorists capable of committing such a heinous crime. But this posturing offers no long-term solution to the problem of extremisms.