Must India follow the US blindly?

By Rajiv Dogra, IANS,

Sometimes, to save lives and to gain precious time, it is wise to benefit from the experience of others. But if the intention is to ape them blindly, then you run the risk of being taken for a ride. For the last one month India has been led blindfold on just such a merry-go-round.

Pakistani jehadis didn't foresee global fallout of Mumbai massacre

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

The patrons of terrorism in Pakistan seem to have miscalculated the impact of their murderous attack on Mumbai. It is unlikely that they anticipated the immense diplomatic pressure which the US would put on Islamabad.

They probably expected that like other major acts of terrorism which India experienced at least five or six times in a year, the Mumbai incident too would evoke nothing more than expressions of sympathy from the outside world and a sense of impotent rage in India.

Requiem for Purity

By Shobha Shukla,

The shocking news of the alleged gruesome death of Dr Iffat Kamal has benumbed my senses. She, a doctor by profession, was allegedly assaulted by her husband in her house at Dundee, Scotland on 10 December 2008, and after battling for ten days, succumbed to her injuries. That she, a professionally qualified and financially independent person became a prey of the brutality of her husband, has once again put a question mark on all the so called shining progress made by Indian women in recent times.

A vaccine against terrorism - inter-faith harmony

By M. Rajaque Rahman, IANS,

One thing for which the world would like to forget 2008 is the rise of fanaticism and religious terrorism. Though the world has lived with terror for years, it became more pronounced in 2008 with acts of terror linked to religion or belief system. The perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage targeted Jews for their faith.

India, Indians and all things Indian permeate everywhere

By Fakir Hassen, IANS,

I am now convinced that India, Indians and all things Indian permeate almost every corner of the globe, influencing everyone and everything.

Stitching a new "Pheran" : An agenda for the Omar Abdullah Government

By Prof. Amitabh Mattoo,

Bihar government jobs bringing happiness but with pain

By Abdul Wahid Azad,

During the last few years some positive changes took place in the Indian province of Bihar which was earlier dubbed as BIMARU state of India. The changes on the development front brought by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of JD-U are being appreciated within and outside the state. But chronic corruption continues to plague the state machinery despite change of guard.

Nitish govt vs. Lalu-Rabri regime

Communal riots during the year that was (2008)

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

When the year 2008 began it appeared it might be riot-free year for the first time in 60 years after independence. However, soon this hope was belied and riots began to take place as every year. Though again most of the riots were not major towards the end of the year even that hope was belied. Also as usual police behaviour was totally partial though with few exceptions and minorities received drubbing.

Compassion in Islam- Theology and History

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

Islam is generally associated with Jihad. But it is more due to its history than its theology. It is interesting to note that while jihad in Islam is more historical than theological, compassion, on the other hand, is more theological than historical. The very opening of Qur'an, the holy book of Islam is with Bism Allahir Rahmanir Rahim i.e. I begin in the name of Allah who is Compassionate and Merciful.

Women farmers fighting for their rights and identity

By Amit Dwivedi,

"I am the first woman farmer in my block who started cultivation 15 years back," said 45 years old Aisha Begum Khatoon of Hridaypur village in Ambedkarnagar district. When she picked up the hoe for the first time, all the villagers rebuked her for treading on a man's domain. However, she decided to move forward, despite all odds, in order to look after her three daughters and one son.