Holy cow-beef and Indian political games

By Ram Puniyani,

Can the dietary practices – the animal which is worshipped as a mother by section of a population – be brought in on the political arena? While all this sounds surreal, it is true as far as the role a cow occupies in the Indian political firmament.

Recently, Maharashtra government got the President’s assent to the bill ‘Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill 1995’ which will now ban the slaughter of bulls and bullocks as well. The defaulters will face a prison term of five years and a fine of Rs 10,000.

India needs habitable cities before smart cities

By Sanjiv Kataria,

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his government's plans to create 100 smart cities, there is a rise in the clamour by chief ministers to get the tag. From Ajmer to Allahabad and from Salem to Srinagar, the list of contenders grows, even as India gives shape to a plan and an agreement on what constitutes a smart city.

Rough and ready justice

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Nobody sympathises with a rapist. All of us wish the worst to befall him: let him come under the wheels of a big truck. Or, even worse: let him be run over by a huge goods train and die a horrible death. Or, if we can be patient and wait for a while, let the law award him a life sentence. Better still: let the law hang him.

What really happened in Dimapur?

Anger against illegal Bangladeshi immigrants spills over to take rape accused person’s life

By A Ghyasuddin,,

A lot has been said by many but the fact remains that there was a serious breach of law and order by Nagaland government and the outcome was killing of an under trial rape accused in a most horrifying way for a modern world.

What transformation, from nobody to somebody!

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Where does one put one’s finger on for India staying unbeaten, winning all their five Pool B matches in the World Cup? For once, answers are easy.

The major achievement is that the Indians bowled the opposition out in all matches with all-round performances.


Janseva co-operative credit society: a step in Islamic finance and banking in India

The main objective of the Islamic Finance is to create a society of investors, unlike the conventional banking system, which has made and created the society of borrowers and lenders from the past 800 years.

By Tameemuddin Humble,

Islamic finance activism in India should not be limited to the conferences and meetings, asking government to allow and operate interest-free banking for those whose faith prohibits interest-based transactions; it should also be to challenge the stereotype that the Shariah investment can’t yield the profit, even if professionally managed. We can’t sail the boat of Islamic Finance with the people having such perceptions. We can’t reach to its logical end without building an environment of Sharia compliant investment in the country, availing the limited opportunities in the given regulations.

Recent development in power sector and India's competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

Recent developments within the power sector merit attention.

The first of these is to do with performance of the coal sector and allocation of coal blocks. The second is about the focus on renewable energy and the benefits that can accrue to India. A third and a related point is about the structure of power institutions in the country and reasons why distribution companies (discoms) in particular and the power sector, in general, have under-performed. Also, what can be done to enhance its performance? All the three points are crucial to being understood if India is to enhance the competitiveness of its industry and the well-being of its people.

Will the infighting in AAP leadership disillusion the Aam Aadmi?

By Kaleem Kawaja,

At least twice before in 1977 and 1990 two major political parties that were formed to remove corrupt politics and bring in principled politics fell apart due to intense in-fighting among their senior leaders. In 1977, in the aftermath of the suppression of democracy and imposition of Emergency by the Congress party (Indira Gandhi), senior leaders headed by Jayaprakash Narayan (JP) and Morarji Desai, two highly principled leaders, formed the Janata Party. They had a great vision and a great start forming government at the center in 1977. Yet in three short years the Janata Party fell apart due to much internal bickering; the desire of some leaders to follow principled politics and of other leaders to make shot cuts and promote their own interests.

Captain Abbas Ali: a true patriot and son of the soil

By Qurban Ali,

Captain Abbas Ali was born on 3rd January 1920 at Khurja, Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh in a Muslim Rajput Zamindar family. He belonged to the family of freedom fighters and one of his grandfather Rustam Ali Khan was hanged at Kala Aam in Bulandshahr district of then United Province now Uttar Pradesh after the mutiny of Great revolt of 1857. His father Janab Ayyub Ali Khan was Dafadar in British Army during First World War and served in Aden (Yemen). From his early days Captain Abbas Ali was inspired by the revolutionary ideas and somewhat romanticized towards the freedom movement.

Can India achieve its 100 GW solar target?

By Saptak Ghosh, Pooja Vijay Ramamurthi, Vaishalee Dash and Nagalakshmi Puttaswamy,

When the previous government launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in early 2010, the target of 22 GW by 2021-22 was considered unrealistic by most solar experts. Solar was considered too expensive for large-scale deployment.

However, the last few years have seen a dramatic decline in solar power costs, from Rs. 20 per unit to nearly Rs. 5.5 per unit. This has made the government perceive solar energy as an economically rationale choice for the country. Thus, it has raised the solar targets to 100 GW out of the proposed 175 GW of renewable energy. If these targets are met, India will join the ranks of the world's solar powerhouses in terms of installed capacity.