Master, Queen and Slave

By Mubasshir Mushtaq,

Is the Congress only party which works on the basis of master-servant relationship? Sonia Maino Gandhi has challenged that assumption by breaking the sound of silence. All these years, her long and stoic silence was being considered as a sign of acquiescence. Sonia has proved that she is indeed the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi, who dealt her opponents with an iron fist.

A visit to the ruins of magnificent Muslim past in Malda and Murshidabad

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,

TCN Series: Visit to Malda and Murshidabad : Part 3

The cities of Malda and Murshidabad alternatively were the capital of the undivided Bengal (that included Bihar and Orissa also) for about 700 years – from the conquest of Bakhtiar Khilji in 1201 of Bengal till 1881 when Nawab Syed Mansur Ali Khan (known as Feradun Jah), son of Nawab Mubarak Ali Khan (known as Humayun Jah), retired as the last Nawab of the state.

Byline: There is nothing called a dull election

By M.J. Akbar,

The gem dropped in the middle of a convivial lunch when my friend, apropos of nothing, said: “There is some good news and there is some bad news. The good news is that there is no bad news.”

The amazing garbage woman

By Shobha Shukla,

Orrisa: Tragedy Continues

Ram Puniyani,

Why codification of Muslim Personal Law ?

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

Islamic Law or what is called Muslim Personal Law comes under attack not only by Hindutva forces but also is criticized by secular forces who stand for gender equality. The Hindutva forces attack it not for their love for gender justice but out of hostility for Islam. But same cannot be said for secular forces. They find existing Muslim personal law as gender biased in favour of man.

The race for Delhi has begun, but winner is anyone's guess

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

Although marred by Maoist violence, the first phase of the Indian elections can be said to have got off to a reasonably satisfactory start.

In the context of the vastness of the exercise - an electorate of 714 million voting in 180,000 polling stations for 1,715 candidates in five phases for a month - the stray attacks carried out by the Maoist desperadoes are not expected to have much of a demoralising impact outside the affected areas despite the tragic loss of lives.

Minorities in BJP Manifesto – part of serious policy or just paper?

By Dr. Mookhi Amir Ali,

A member of a minority community will want to pinch himself to see if he is not dreaming when he reads the part of the BJP manifesto titled Minority communities: Healthy diet of development.

The manifesto deserves a very warm response from the minority communities especially Muslims.

Obama’s wish for intervention in Kashmir may turn into will, with Lone’s new strategy

By Hem Raj Jain,

The entry of separatist leader Sajjad Lone in 2009 Parliamentary elections has created much profound, gigantic and complicated situation for India than meets the eye.

Most of the Indians including its media are deluding themselves that Lone’s entry means victory of Indian cause in either case. Indians erroneously think that if Lone wins then Indian cause wins and if Lone looses then separatists loose, hence India still wins.

Mazars in Malda reminder of advent of Islam in Eastern India

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,

TCN series on Malda and Murshidabad : Part 2