Modi's praise of Mulayam stokes rumour mills in UP

By Mohit Dubey ,

Lucknow: In middle of last year's high-octane Lok Sabha campaign, Narendra Modi had thumped his "chappan inch ka seena" (56-inch chest) and had taken pot shots at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying he did not have it in him to make Uttar Pradesh a developed state like Gujarat.

Where is the Hindu’s compassion?

A peace caravan at Kumbh to spread message of Hindu-Muslim unity

By Namrata Chaturvedi for

Would Kashmir's autumnal grandeur be lost to urbanization greed?

By Sheikh Qayoom

Srinagar : As ripening paddy fields impart a magical golden-brown magnificence to the countryside, the soothing autumnal sun shines to confirm that the season of plenty has arrived in Kashmir - as an environmental disaster looms.

From paddy, maize, apples, grapes and pears - all the yearly labour of local farmers and orchardists is readying to be harvested.

The real story of Muslim under-representation in Bihar

By Soroor Ahmed,,

There is a perception among some Muslims that except riot-free Bihar they did not get much in the last 25 years of the government led by Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and Nitish Kumar––the last named ran the government in alliance with the BJP in the first seven and a half years. Often the example of under-representation is highlighted to create the impression that nothing has been done in this period for the largest minority of the state.

OROP: Demand or redress of injustice ?

By C Uday Bhaskar

The long festering OROP (one rank-one pension) issue that goes back to 1973 has acquired disturbing visibility in recent months due to the protest mounted by the retired veterans at Jantar Mantar and the ignominy of the Delhi Police manhandling the country's retired soldiers a day before Independence Day.

The matter found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the Red Fort on August 15 and to his credit he made a solemn commitment to resolve the matter at the earliest.

Return of the Angrezi Raj

Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

The circular issued by Maharashtra’s BJP government late last month has raised concern in liberal, informed sections all over India regarding its potential misuse by the police and administration to crush dissent and the perfectly valid democratic right of free speech.

The circular carries guidelines for the police before invoking sedition charges under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code. Successive governments at Centre and in the states have misused IPC over the decades to silence the opposition illegally and unconstitutionally.

भागलपुर दंगे से संबंधित 11 तथ्य, जिसे आपको ज़रूर जानना चाहिए...

By Staff Reporter,

1. सरकारी आंकड़ों के हिसाब से भागलपुर दंगों में मृतकों की संख्या लगभग एक हजार दर्शायी गयी है, जबकि नागरिक अधिकार संगठनों, अख़बारों व स्थानीय नागरिकों के मुताबिक मृतकों की संख्या तकरीबन 2000 है. भागलपुर के गांधी शांति प्रतिष्ठान व जमात-ए-इस्लामी द्वारा 1256 मृतकों की सूची जिला प्रशासन को सौंपी गयी थी. इसके उलट जितने भी जांच आयोगों की रिपोर्ट सामने आयी है, उनमें मृतकों की वास्तविक संख्या को सामने लाने से बचना, उन जांच आयोगों की रिपोर्ट पर सवालिया निशान खड़ा करता है.

Communalizing Census misses India’s real crisis: female feticide

By Masihuddin Sanjari for

Religion based census data has recently been released by the central government of India sparking a debate along communal lines1 . Exploiting the data for communal reasons, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) vice-president, and party in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Om Mathur declared recently that, “By making religion-based data public, our govt. has given a befitting reply to political parties creating hue and cry over the release of caste-based data”2.

Delhi varsity polls: It's between ABVP-AAP youth wings

By Ashish Mishra

New Delhi: This year the high-profile Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) election - which routinely defaces the capital’s walls and public utilities every year with ugly posters - is expected to witness a direct fight between the incumbent Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Aam Aadmi Party's debutant student wing, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS).

Who will ostracise ghosts of the Sept. 6, 2014 Kashmir floods?

By Sheikh Qayoom

Srinagar : Few Kashmiris can forget the night of September 6, 2014 and the horror that continued for nearly a month after unprecedented floods hit Jammu and Kashmir this day last year. Summer capital Srinagar bore the brunt of nature's fury on that day.

As scores of houses collapsed in Srinagar's posh residential areas, so did the state government and the capacity of the administration to organise timely rescue and relief operations.