The Owaisi factor in the coming Bihar Assembly Elections

The “Unity of Muslims” can never defeat the BJP but Owaisi’s sudden landing in Bihar with exclusionary rhetoric will communalise the electioneering rather than keeping the election discourses confined to the concrete economic issues.

Dr Mohammad Sajjad,

Modi’s leap of vision: Is India ready for a larger role?

I-Day speech: Sartorially subdued Modi softens fiery rhetoric

By Ranjana Narayan

New Delhi : There was no eye-catching bright colourful flowing turban this year, that had made as much an impact as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech last year.

Modi, whose sartorial preferences have been much written about, chose a subdued creamish-yellow turban this year, matching with his simple cream coloured churidaar-kurta and jacket.

Matching his dress sense, the fiery rhetoric which had galvanised his supporters through elections and governance in the first year has undergone a change.

Saluting Courage: Memorial for Vasant Rajab

By Ram Puniyani,

30 years later, Assam Accord back in focus

By Aroonim Bhuyan

New Delhi : As the country celebrated Independence Day on Saturday, the historic Assam Accord, signed on this very day 30 years ago to detect and deport illegal immigrants in the northeastern state, has returned into focus.

Though the accord was signed to end a six-year-long mass movement demanding detection and deportation of illegal immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh, who threatened the culture, identity and economic future of the indigenous people of Assam, successive central and state governments have failed to implement key clauses of the agreement.

Patriotism beyond communalism, religion sans sectarianism

By M. Rajaque Rahman,

With the Indian tricolour fluttering everywhere from the Red Fort to the neighbourhood school to the bonnet of a swanky Mercedes to a hand-pulled rickshaw, patriotism seems to know no barrier.

However, with vested interests trying to pit patriotism against religion and vice versa, the innate feeling of national pride will be under siege of manipulation as the nation celebrates its 69th Independence Day.

Role of Muslims in freedom struggle

By Shaik Amer Arafath,

The freedom movement of India was not the sole agenda of a particular political party but it had moved aam aadmi in the form of masses in his/her own capacity. The history of Indian national movement would be biased and incomplete without the presentation of the actual role of Indian Muslims in it, right from the revolt of 1857 to the day of Independence in 1947.

Why polygamy should not be encouraged?

Need to repeat and reassert that polygamy is only an option not a compulsion in Islam.

By Dr Kouser Fathima

How Iran's nuke deal could boost India

By Chaitanya Mallapur

New Delhi: India hopes for a new business bonanza from Iran after the international community agreed to release a nine-year-old sanctions and trade embargo.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visits India on August 14, the first ministerial visit to India after Iran signed a historic and controversial nuclear deal with the West on July 14. India has welcomed the nuclear deal.

Zarif is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

RISE and shine: opportunity for Kashmiri students to be IITian/NITian

A bunch of dedicated, zealous IITians have set out to coach and empower poor talented Kashmiri students to get into prestigious educational institutions

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: Like any other Kashmiri student with non-medical stream in Senior Secondary, Faizan Sofi was also planning to appear for state level common entrance test (JKCET) for admission in state sponsored engineering colleges.