किस पर बरसेंगे ये बाण?

By उमंग कुमार,

८००० मिसाइलों का कोई क्या कर सकता है​ ​? कहाँ-कहाँ तैनात होंगे इतने मिसाइल​ ​? किन-किन दुश्मनों के सिरों, ज़मीनों, घरों, अस्पतालों​ इत्यादि ​पर गिरेंगे यह अस्त्र? ​कितने बड़े या व्यापक युद्ध की आकांशा की जा रही है​ ​? ​यह पूछना वा​जिब ​​​ है ​क्योंकि अभी हाल ही में, अक्टूबर की खबर के मुताबिक़, भारत ने इस्रायल से ३२,००० करोड रुपयों की लागत से ८,००० से अधिक "स्पाइक" नामक मिसाइलों की खरीद पक्की की है | वैसे, यह ८,००० मिसाइल तो पूर्ती मात्र हैं - भारत के सेना की ज़रूरत ४०, ००० मिसाइलों की बताई गयी है | आप ही अंदाजा लगाइए की कितना भारी इंतज़ाम है यह |

Nuclear deal with Iran to be concluded in Oman next week?

By Saeed Naqvi,

The picturesque Sultanate of Oman was set to make history. It was to be the venue where the West would conclude its nuclear deal with Iran. But control of both the Houses of Congress by Republicans has swelled the ranks of anxious busy bodies darting around the world's chanceries to sow doubts about the deal.

Lessons from Guru Nanak’s teachings on Guru Nanak birth anniversary

By Jaspal Singh,

Today is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. A popular saying states Baba Nanak Shah Faqir, Hinduan Da Guru, Mussalmanan Da Peer (Baba Nanak is Supreme Faqir, He is Guru of the Hindus and Peer of Muslims).

Better Back to Bukhara? A Take on: No Invite for PM Modi?

By Asma Anjum Khan for,

The phone was ringing. Absorbed in my daily dose of ,’noisy news of Indian TV channels’ I chirped, Hello, Shivani! Long time?

What do you think of this shahi Imam… everyone is talking about.

Varanasi, India's oldest city, desperately needs a makeover

By Karishma Saurabh Kalita ,

You would be forgiven if you thought that Varanasi, one of the oldest cities known to man, which is now Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency, would be a sight for sore eyes. Sadly for me, what lies in "the city of Shiva" only managed to make the soreness worse.

Doctoring History for Political Goals: Origin of Caste System in India

By Ram Puniyani,

Caste hierarchy is a major obstacle to the goal of social justice and it continues to be a major obstacle to social progress even today. There are many a theories, which have tried to understand its origin. The latest in the series is the attempt of RSS to show its genesis due to invasion of Muslim kings. Three books written by RSS ideologues argue that Islamic atrocities during medieval period resulted in emergence of untouchables and low castes. The books are ‘Hindu Charmakar Jati’, ‘Hindu Khatik Jati’ and ‘Hindu Valmiki Jati’.

There is history behind Tendulkar's revelation

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Sachin Tendulkar hardly ever spoke out of turn as long as he played for India. He always measured his words without betraying his emotions. The only time he was rattled and decided to react was when Greg Chappell tried to tinker with his batting order during the 2007 World Cup.


Muslim women in Indian politics, not backward but marginalised

Dr Parveen Qamar,

Demographically, women constitute an equal part of the population, but not even a single indicator shows their equal status with men in any stream, be it social, economic or political. In the case of minority women, it becomes a double disadvantage.

India largely lacks innovation skills

By Amit Kapoor,

Entrepreneurship and innovation are intrinsically linked with growth and development of any economy. Newer ways of competing define not just innovation but are also intrinsic to the very idea of capitalism. India of late is realizing this paradigm of innovation. How real is it? There are several organizations (the likes of ISRO, DRDO, various CSIR labs, L&T) that are engaged in and are doing path-breaking work. These are in several areas like space science (the Mangalyaan mission which has been described by China as the Pride of Asia) amd technological innovations (weapon systems co-developed by L&T and Indian Navy). A grassroots innovation movement has also taken strong shape in India. Newer frameworks like ‘jugaad innovation’ have become buzzwords. There is also a paradigm of ‘Reverse Innovation’ in which companies are innovating in India or a developing world context and once the innovation has taken proper shape, introducing it to the developed market.

India needs to act with Indonesia for Indo-Pacific security

By Saroj Mohanty,

"This is the time to return to Jalesveva Jayamahe (in the ocean we will triumph). For too long, we've neglected the seas, oceans, straits and bays... We must possess the soul of Cakrawarti Samudra (emperor of the sea)," Joko Widodo, the newly sworn-in president of Indonesia said in his inaugural address last month, outlining his vision of turning the archipelagic nation the world's "maritime axis".