Bring political parties under the ambit of RTI

By SM Fasiullah,

With every election in India, influx of huge amount of money into public domain becomes apparent. Police officials and I-T sleuths gear up to nab those politicians and their aides who pump in black money to woo voters ahead of voting dates. Where does all this money come from?

The dark side of Asia with Inspector Singh

By Vikas Datta,

Well-settled around the world, the Indian diaspora has a lively literary tradition but this is somewhat deficient in their depiction of people in a work setting. Overseas Indians write about themselves, but a fictional character in a public role - law enforcement, for example - in the increasingly multi-ethnic societies they inhabit is a rare exception.

We must not vote for those with self-declared criminal cases

By Jagdeep S. Chhokari,

The final episode of Satyamev Jayate, the popular Sunday TV show hosted by actor Aamir Khan, on March 30 focussed on criminalization of politics. It presented data from the Lok Sabha elections of 2004 and 2009. What shocked many viewers was that the number of people elected to the Lok Sabha and who had criminal cases pending against them, as declared in their affidavits, had increased from 125 in 2004 to 162 in 2009.

Where are the peers?

By Vishnu Makhijani,

About a decade ago, 2004 or thereabouts, I found myself at the media launch of a British certifying institute that was offering a staggering 250 courses ranging from Pitman's Shorthand to oil exploration. The two Brits on stage waxed eloquent on how in a changing world, conventional degrees were not worth the paper they were printed on and what school-leavers needed to do was to focus on vocational courses. In the midst of all this, the buffet was being laid out and this was all the more irritating as I had skipped breakfast.


What is wrong in Bukhari's appeal?

By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

Since the appeal in favour of Congress party and Trinamool Congress is made by Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Mr. Ahmed Bukhari, he is under attack from various quarters inside and outside Muslim Community. The criticism of him within Muslim community is un-warranted. Even some of them call him not to interfere in political issues.

‘Since I was nine years old, I wanted to make a movie on Jinn’

By Ras Siddiqui,,

“In the Beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a Third made of fire.” These form the elemental core of Jinn, a movie written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, an American of South-Asian origin with a passion for imagery. Jinn is slated to hit the screens on the first Friday of April, 2014 when it will attempt to capture viewer our imagination and the attention of a worldwide audience. Starring Dominic Rains, Serinda Swan, Ray Park, William Atherton and Faran Tahir, the movie highlights man’s meeting with that elusive third race “born of smokeless fire”, a rare encounter. “Similar to humans in many ways, the Jinn lived invisibly among us and only under dire or unusual circumstances were our paths ever meant to cross.”

An illiterate takes Goa poll road to prove a point

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar ,

Panaji: Upset over an unsolved minor girl's rape, constant police harassment and an inflation-stricken kitchen may have given Goa its only illiterate candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Out of the 19 candidates contesting the general elections from two constituencies in Goa, Balkrishna Salgaonkar, 42, is the only one listed as an illiterate, a rarity in a state, which otherwise likes to flaunt its high literacy rate of over 87 percent.

Ethnic allegiance remains strong ahead of Afghanistan presidential elections

By Mohammad Reyaz,

“I have come here to visit the grave of our champion, the hero of Afghanistan,” says 25-year-old Haroon, at the half-built mausoleum of Ahmed Shah Masood in Panjsher. Haroon is a Tajik now settled in Kabul, who is unemployed and does not mince words in declaring that he will vote for Abdullah Abdullah, a close aide of Masood, in the April 5 presidential elections.

Senior party members from major political parties put forth their economic agenda for upcoming election

By Mahmood Asim,,

In the blink of 14th Lok Sabha election, when everybody is claiming high about his agenda of development as poll plank, Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) organized a panel discussion on ‘Economic agenda of political parties’ to do a reality-check, in School of Social Sciences auditorium, JNU on Thursday, 3rd March. Representative of major political parties including Congress, BJP, AAP, CPI (M) and NCP were invited to put forth the economic agenda of their parties.

Aherkheri residents prefer slums over newly-built flats

By Vanya Mehta,

Rows of newly-constructed four-story buildings stand in stark contrast to the slums around it in Aherkheri area of Indore. One would think that slums are there to serve the people who live in these buildings, but these structures were built for the slum-dwellers themselves. An initiative of Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) these buildings were constructed in late 2012 in one of several slum relocation projects throughout the city.