Cricket spat shouldn't hold India-Bangladesh ties to ransom

By Subir Bhaumik,

A huge spat between two cricket officials is threatening to adversely impact India-Bangladesh bilateral relations at a time when these are at their best. Bangladesh Planning Minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal has resigned as the International Cricket Council (ICC) president to protest against the country's “humiliation” when he was denied the opportunity to present the World Cup 2015 to winners Australia at Melbourne.


Misguided empowerment camouflaged as choices

By Zoya Khan for,

A lot has been said about the recent Vogue campaign which claims to empower women by having to make their own choices. Well I have something to say, and I will say it not because I have the choice to but because I have the option to. To exercise that option could be my choice. Most certainly it is not the case. Our choices are driven by the current market situation and are dependent on the dynamics and functioning of the markets. It is amidst this that the choices we make are heavily market-oriented.

Singapore's Lee led the charge against ozone-depleting substances

By Rajendra Shende,

When I landed in Singapore for the first time as a UN diplomat, I quickly realized why the late Lee Kwan Yew, its first prime Minister, made that famous statement about air-conditioning. Asked which invention of the 20th century he considered the most important, he instantly replied: "Air-conditioning!"


Amjadi Begum: "A brave woman"

By Rizwan Lateef Khan,

One name, Amjadi Begum, associated with the Indian Freedom Struggle needs no introduction. Principled, patriotic, self-respecting, honest, dignified, truthful, courageous, determined and committed to the cause are all the attributes which direct us to that great personality whom we all know as Amjadi Begum.

Attacking the cross: Rise in anti-Christian violence

By Ram Puniyani,

Julio Ribeiro is one of the best known police officers in India. Recently (March 16, 2015) he wrote that he is feeling like a stranger in this country. ‘I feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country’. This pain and anguish of a distinguished citizen, an outstanding police officer has to be seen against the backdrop of the rising attacks on churches and rape of a 71-year-old nun in Kolkata. All over the country, the rage amongst the Christian community is there to be seen in the form of silent marches, candle light vigils and peaceful protests.

Can Internet be allowed to spell death for the unborn girl child?

By Satish Agnihotri,

The low and declining sex ratio in the country is no longer a subject matter of debate or doubt. The child (0-6 years) sex ratio has declined from 962 in 1981 to 945 in 1991, 927 in 2001 and to 918 in 2011. If we had the same sex ratio in 2011 as in 1981 we would have had 3.9 million more girls. This is the number of girl children that have been eliminated. The danger is real and present and needs urgent response.


Flood horror haunts Srinagar, people abandon homes, shops

Srinagar: Nisar Hussain, 65, who lives in the Gogjibagh residential area of Srinagar, repents his decision to have come back home after three months. For his 60-year-old wife and 27-year-old daughter, this has been the second uprooting after unprecedented floods hit Jammu and Kashmir last year.

When flood waters rose to the second floor of his house in September 2014, Nisar and his family remained trapped in the attic for three days before the army's rescue team came to move them out in motor boats.

बिखर गया ‘झाड़ू’ का तिनका

By शादाब अहमद मोइज़ी,

….. अभी गर्मी आई भी नहीं और गर्मी की आहट सुनते ही ‘झाड़ू’ मुरझाने लगा. क़रीब 50 दिन पहले ही तो झाड़ू खरीदा था लेकिन न जाने क्यों बरसात के पानी में भींगे बिना ही झाड़ू कमज़ोर पड़ने लगा. एक-एक करके उसके सारे तिनके निकलने लगे, लेकिन अब आप ही बताइये हम क्या करें? इस झाड़ू को खरीदते वक्त पांच साल की गारंटी मिली थी, लेकिन पाँच साल की गारंटी वाला झाड़ू अभी से ही अपना ब्रांड या यूँ कहें कि अपनी ‘हैसियत’ बताने लगा.

Re-probe of Hashimpura killing case

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The conspiracy of silence among the political parties of UP regarding Hashimpura judgement that has acquitted the accused for want of evidence is intriguing. More intriguing is the silence of the social activists and intellectuals barring a few. There is hardly any reaction from the left parties on this issue. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have joined hands with the perpetrators of the Hashimpura crime. By maintaining silence, they have given a clean chit to them.This is disgusting.

Africa's 'mysterious' city and its visitors

By Vikas Datta,

A realm of unimaginable riches or knowledge, or where time stands still and aging stops... mankind always had a penchant for dreaming up places like Atlantis, El Dorado, Shangri-La, Iram of the Pillars and the like and then making huge efforts to find them. Conversely, some actual places achieved fabled status due to hazy information - like this African city, once an unparalleled hub of knowledge and trade but now a forgotten and impoverished backwater, though ending up in the English language as a synonym for any mysterious but outlandish place.