Independence Day Mushaira-Kavi Sammelan in Washington

By Zafar Iqbal,

"The future of Urdu and Hindi is tied together and both depend upon each other," said Professor Asghar Wajahat at the third bi-lingual poetry recitation program held Sunday 16th August 2009 at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, Maryland. Professor Wajahat, a noted Hindi fiction writer and chairman of Hindi Department, Jamia Millia Islamia was presiding the bi-lingual “Yaum-e-Azadi” mushaira-kavi sammelan.

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Jaswant episode demonstrates BJP's lack of evolution

By Mayank Chhaya, IANS,

It is tempting to describe Jaswant Singh's unceremonious expulsion from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a glaring example of the culture of intolerance of independence of thought that runs through India's political class. In reality, it is merely one political party's inability to define itself.

Dissecting the ‘reprieve’ to Saffron ‘terrorists’

By NM Sampathkumar,

Dropping of all charges under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the suspects in Malegaon Blasts case has gladdened several hearts beating for militant Hindutva. There have also been vociferous protests from Muslim groups, crying hoarse at what they think is “kid-gloved treatment to culprits.” For, they stand accused of the insane crime that left six innocents dead and dozens injured.

Of the freedom to revel and to abstain

By Shobha Shukla, CNS,

The Supreme Court of India has ordered a closure of all slaughter houses and eateries serving non vegetarian food for nine days, starting 15th August, all over the country. This has been done in deference to the wishes of the Jain community during the holy period of their Paryushan Parva.

"Jinnah Jaswant Bhai Bhai"

By Shafee Ahmed Ko

“Jinnah-Jaswant, Bhai Bhai” seems to be the new slogan since Jaswant Singh sings a new song on Mohamed Ali Jinnah, Father of Pakistan eulogizing him in new political biography, 'Jinnah: India-Partition, Independence’.

Jaswant Singh committed ideological heresy

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

Just as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) idea of India is that of a Hindu nation and not a multicultural one, Jaswant Singh's interpretation of Mohammed Ali Jinnah's pre-1947 role is at odds with the widely held perceptions in India.

By arguing that the founder of Pakistan has been unfairly demonised for partitioning the country, Singh not only went against the BJP's views, which has now expelled him, but also against an overwhelming majority of public opinion in India.

Victim as the culprit

By Ram Puniyani,

Why Diarrhoea does not Matter in Malegaon

By Mubasshir Mushtaq

L.K. Advani: loneliness of the long-distance runner

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

L.K. Advani's decision to continue as leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha for the next five years underlines remarkable physical and mental stamina for an octogenarian. It also shows that he is not daunted by political setbacks.

A less resilient person would have preferred to gradually withdraw from public life after the kind of reverses the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered in the recent general election. The defeat was compounded by the shattering of his own ambition to become prime minister.