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".

A Tale of Two Winners :Indo-Pak Noble Peace Prize,2014

By Dr. Asma Anjum Khan for,

Begum Para is daughter of our Ghafoor uncle. This is her first article. It’s about the, ’joint’ Noble Peace Prize, for the two eternal foes called India and Pakistan.

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Contemporary issues in an ancient setting: A band of Gauls and their exploits

By Vikas Datta,

Can humour continue to work its magic across translations? Can key contemporary issues figure - and even be deliciously satirised - in a comic book, and that too when the setting is far in the nearly unrecorded past? Can stereotypes evoke laughter, not xenophobia?


After foreign equity, realty industry needs funding reforms

By Vinod Behl,

The government's recent policy initiative to ease foreign equity norms in construction by reducing the minimum capital requirement from $10 million to $5 million and built-up area from 50,000 sq mts to 20,000 sq mts may well provide a lifeline for fund-starved, debt-ridden property developers. Yet, more reforms to boost credit flow are needed to provide a long-term solution to the funding crisis faced by the realty industry.

Modi moves ahead with reforms, RSS cries sound hollow

By Faraz Ahmad,

The relationship between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi is symbiotic. Modi fulfills the basic agenda of the Sangh in successfully converting India into a majoritarian Hindu Rashtra. Essentially breaking the quarter century old Dalit-Muslim / Muslim-OBC alliance in the Hindi heartland, particularly UP, Bihar and Jharkhand, through Hindu-Muslim communal polarization to re-impose Aryavrat rule, lost to the subalterns by the B team of the Brahmanical order, the Congress party in 1991.