Hindu-Muslim unity through religion?

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

For democracy, all secularists agree, secularism is a must and unity in diversity in countries like India is possible only through secular polity. Religion, in secular democracy should be at best a private affair and religion should have no role as far as politics and affairs of state are concerned. And Nehruites also maintained that schools supported by the government should not teach religion and education should be strictly secular.

Zafarul Islam on community, politics, and media

By Yoginder Sikand for,

Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan is the President of the All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, a platform of several influential Indian Muslim organizations. He is also the editor of the New Delhi-based fortnightly Milli Gazette, one of the few English-language Muslim news magazines in India. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand he talks about terrorism in India, about how the media projects Muslims and what he feels Muslims should do in the current context.

Washington summit: Expect major showdown between US and world powers

By K. Subrahmanyam, IANS,

Whether it is the ASEM summit in Beijing or the G-20 meeting convened by President George W. Bush in his last weeks in office, it is obvious that the present global financial turmoil is recognised as being an international problem that needs to be handled globally in a cooperative manner. It is difficult to find a precedent for such a cooperative approach towards finding a global solution.

Economy not so bleak, but needs balancing act

By Sushma Ramachandran, IANS,

The economy seems to be looking up since last week with some positive gains for stock markets and moderation in inflation, giving the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sufficient confidence to take more steps to infuse liquidity into the system.

The cuts in the cash reserve ratio and the statutory liquidity ratio are expected to bring about an additional Rs.1,200 billion (around $25 billion) into the market. Hopefully this should pep up commercial banks to reduce lending rates and give a spur to demand growth.


It's a transformational moment for America

By Carolyn Sauvage-Mar, IANS,

New Delhi : Americans love the idea of democracy, and argue all the time about what that democracy should look like. This election gives us a chance to settle the argument, for at least four years, about our vision of America.

I welcome the clear choice before us, as the imperative to change course is stark.

The mortgage meltdown and its impact on ordinary Americans and the global economy have dominated the news for weeks. But as bad as the economic crisis is, the Republican legacy does not end there.

And Now Hindu Terrorists?

By Asghar Ali Engineer

Living on the outside: The impact of diabetes-related stigma

By Amit Dwivedi,

"Who will marry my daughter who has diabetes?" asks Ram Anuj, a native of Ganga Jamuni village, Bahraich district in India. Ram Anuj's 14 years old daughter Munni (name changed) has type 1 diabetes and needs daily insulin injections.

Maharashtra and Orissa: fit cases for President's rule

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

If there is any justifiability at present in imposing President's rule on a state, it is in Maharashtra and Orissa. But governments at the centre have misused this constitutional provision so often in the past that the present regime lacks the moral authority to take the necessary step.

Assam's steady descent into darkness

By Sanjoy Hazarika, IANS,

Pakistan's manifold challenges: Can Zardari-Kayani duo deliver?

By C. Uday Bhaskar, IANS,