सरेआम हो रहा है कश्मीर में लोकतंत्र का खून

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

मीडिया का काम दबे-कुचलों की आवाज़ बनना है, लेकिन जब मीडिया खुद ही दबा दिया जाता है तो लोकतंत्र के लिए इससे ‘काला दिन’ और क्या हो सकता है? मीडिया को दबाने का काम कश्मीर में सरेआम हो रहा है. जम्मू-कश्मीर की हुकूमत केन्द्र सरकार के इशारों पर आम कश्मीरियों के दुख-दर्द को समझने के बजाय उस दुख-दर्द को बढ़ाने वाली हर आवाज़ को दफ्न कर देने पर आमादा है.

Why Multi-sectoral development programme for minorities moves at a snail’s pace

By Amjad Suri and Mohammed Imteyaz Ahmed for

Foreign student enrolment in Indian varsities drops 6% over 2 years

By IndiaSpend Team

About 200,000 Indian students stream out of the country seeking a foreign education, but no more than 31,126 foreign students sought an Indian education in 2013-14, according to ministry of human resource development data quoted in the Times of India. This means the enrolment of foreign students in India declined by 2,030, or six per cent, over two years, according to government and United Nations data in a 2014 report.

However, the Times of India said the number of foreign students had risen by 11,000, although it was not clear over what period.

Killing the Kashmir story: A Blog entry

By Gowhar Geelani for

Day 8. Kashmir is curfewed. At least 43 civilians are killed. All of them have been identified by the local media. More than 2200 persons are seriously injured, out of which at least 100 on the verge of losing their eyesight permanently after being hit by the lethal pellet guns.

Yes, it is a war-like situation in curfewed Kashmir. Despite strict curfew, the young and angry Kashmiri protesters across the length and breadth of Kashmir are in defiance. They are defying curfew to stage protest demonstrations.

It is time we raise our voice for Kashmiris, not India

By Sana Khan for,

Three years ago while working on my M.Phil dissertation on the violence of partition, I had decided to dedicate it to the dead. I wrote:

To the dead
Who must wake up;
To teach the living
how not to die.
Life is fragile

Today when I am working on my PhD thesis on non-violence, and reading news of turmoil and violence almost everywhere in the world, I wrote:

I have differences with Dr Zakir Naik but supporting him is a need of the hour

By A Mirsab,,

Dr Zakir Naik emerged in the 1990s, dressed in suit and a skull cap talking about Islam in English. It was a departure from traditional Muslim preachers who dressed in kurta-paijamas and spoke difficult Urdu. Two decades later, there are innumerable people who he has inspired to their increased understanding of Islam, many who converted to Islam and there are a number of people who not only dress like him but also imitate his style of work and use his debating styles.

The Zakir Naik controversy and liberal hypocrisy

By Umair Azmi for

For Assamese media, every Muslim is a potential terrorist

By Aban Abrar Biplob for

कश्मीर हमारी और आपकी कल्पना से कहीं अधिक मुसीबत में है

सिद्धांत मोहन, @siddhantmt

कश्मीर में चल रही हालिया समस्याओं के बीच एक बात तो साफ़ हो गयी है कि कश्मीर और बाकी के भारत में एक बहुत बड़ा अंतर पसरा हुआ. बाक़ी का भारत, जो धीरे-धीरे राष्ट्रवादी होने के उन्माद में डूबता जा रहा है, कश्मीर को अपना मानता तो है, लेकिन कश्मीरी लोगों के प्रति शायद उसके ज़ेहन में उतना प्रेम नहीं है. प्रेम के उलट कहें तो कश्मीरी लोगों के प्रति उसके मन में द्वेष और गुस्सा भरा हुआ है.

एक लम्बे समय का इतिहास देखें तो यह बात कहना आसान हो जाता है कि कश्मीर भारत के लिए हमेशा से भूखंड रहा है, ज़मीन का महज़ एक टुकड़ा.

‘Gujarat Files’ is a finest example of investigative journalism

By Mohammad Rafay Qadri for,

Inspired by the character of Manisha Koirala in the Bollywood film Lajja, Rana Ayub decided to transform into Maithili. Surname Tyagi was also added to give an insight of perplexing Brahmin identity. It was to hide various caste-based statuses among Hindu religion and to do dubious proof investigation.

For this reason, Maithili Tyagi was born who was unaware that one day she will become the nightmare of Modi-Shah regime in power.