क्या शहादत की आड़ में सेना की जवाबदेही तय नहीं होगी?

नैय्यर इमाम सिद्दीक़ी

18 सितम्बर 2016 को उत्तरी कश्मीर के 'उड़ी' में भारतीय सेना के एक कैम्प पर हुई आतंकी घटना पिछले डेढ़ दशक में सेना पर हुई सबसे बड़ी आतंकी कार्रवाई है, जिसमें 18 सैनिक शहीद हुए. इससे पहले कश्मीर के कालूचक में 14 मई 2002 को हुए आतंकी हमले में सेना के 22 जवान शहीद हुए थे. सेना पर हुए इन दोनों बड़े हमलों के वक़्त केंद्र में NDA की सरकार रही है, जिसका रुख यूं तो आतंकवाद को लेकर तो 'बहुत कठोर' है मगर हमले की कड़ी निंदा करने, पाकिस्तान पर आरोप लगाने और उसे सबूत सौंपने के अलावा इस सरकार ने कुछ ख़ास नहीं किया है.

Is Coimbatore again on Hindutva’s radar?

By Riaz Ahamed for

Violence is not new to the Hindutuva gang. The brutal and unholy attempts that have paid rich dividends in the North are now being tried in Tamil Nadu. The Dravidian tradition and the social harmony prevalent among the different communities here act as the check points for their progress. In Tamil Nadu, the Hindutuva agenda is mostly carried out by the outfit named Hindu Munnani.

Why Bijnor communal villainy did not spread

By Saeed Naqvi

I had the Muzaffarnagar riots of February 2013 at the back of my mind when I drove towards Pedda village on the Bijnor-Najibabad Road where three Muslims had been shot dead by Jats who fired with guns and pistols from the terraces of their homes.

Trouble began when two Muslim girls were harassed at the bus stop. When their men folk protested, the economically stronger Jats decided to teach them a lesson.

Varanasi, Allahabad air over WHO pollution limits on most days in August

By Charlie Moloney

On more than 90 per cent of the days in August this year, pollution levels in Varanasi and Allahabad exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for acceptable levels, an IndiaSpend analysis of data recorded by #Breathe, our 12-city network of air-quality monitoring stations, shows.

'पार्च्ड' यानी एक पुराने विषय में नयी छौंक

सिद्धांत मोहन,

भारत में सिनेमा बदल रहा है और इस तरीके से बदल रहा है कि भारतीय समाज कई दफा उन बदलावों को स्वीकार नहीं कर पाता है. भारत के स्त्री-प्रधान सिनेमा में शेखर कपूर की 'बैंडिट क्वीन' से हलचल आई थी, जिसे एक लहर में बदलने का प्रयास अभी तक जारी है.

लीना यादव की फिल्म 'पार्च्ड'(Parched) उसी कड़ी की एक फिल्म है. जो बेहद तेज़ी से बदलाव बुलाने की कोशिश करती है, लेकिन इतने सीमित आलोक में उसकी गूँज भी बेहद सीमित है.

'पार्च्ड' का मतलब है जला हुआ, झुलसा हुआ या सूखा हुआ.

Front Line Defenders urges India to immediately release Khurram Parvez

By Staff Reporter

Srinagar: International human rights watchdog Front Line Defenders expressed concern on the harassment, arrest and detention of human rights defender Khurram Parvez and demanded his immediate release.

Front Line Defenders emphasized that his arrest is directly linked to his peaceful and legitimate activities in documenting human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including enforced disappearance.

Parvez was arrested last week and later booked under the draconian Public Safety Act a few days after his arrest.

Why appointing more women Qazis is the need of the hour

By Sheikh Khurshid Alam for

Sharif's UN speech a monumental error of judgement

By Hardeep S. Puri

Absent good advice, democratically-elected leaders are capable of making serious mistakes which have far-reaching repercussions on the future of their country. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's address at the UN General Assembly on September 21 will go down in the country's history as a monumental error of judgement and an example of delusional politics.

13 deaths reminder of malnutrition in India's most industrialised state

By Prachi Salve

Widespread malnutrition in Maharashtra was brought to the fore again with the deaths of 13 children in the last two months in the tribal district of Palghar, less than 100 km to the north of Mumbai, Indias financial capital.

Nearly half of all children under five are "stunted" -- short for their age, a sign of malnutrition -- in Nandurbar (47.6 per cent) and Yavatmal (47.4 per cent) districts of Maharashtra, India's most industrialised state, a rate higher than war-torn Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

In Bihar, landgrab does not spare a Bharat Ratna's birthplace

By Imran Khan

Patna : Its the house in Dumraon, some 110 km from here, where shenai mastero Ustad Bismillah Khan was born and lived in for the first six-seven years of his life. Over time, sundry Chief Ministers have promised to preserve the house and develop the town, one of Bihar's oldest municipalities -- but to no avail.