Contemporary issues in an ancient setting: A band of Gauls and their exploits

By Vikas Datta,

Can humour continue to work its magic across translations? Can key contemporary issues figure - and even be deliciously satirised - in a comic book, and that too when the setting is far in the nearly unrecorded past? Can stereotypes evoke laughter, not xenophobia?


After foreign equity, realty industry needs funding reforms

By Vinod Behl,

The government's recent policy initiative to ease foreign equity norms in construction by reducing the minimum capital requirement from $10 million to $5 million and built-up area from 50,000 sq mts to 20,000 sq mts may well provide a lifeline for fund-starved, debt-ridden property developers. Yet, more reforms to boost credit flow are needed to provide a long-term solution to the funding crisis faced by the realty industry.

Modi moves ahead with reforms, RSS cries sound hollow

By Faraz Ahmad,

The relationship between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi is symbiotic. Modi fulfills the basic agenda of the Sangh in successfully converting India into a majoritarian Hindu Rashtra. Essentially breaking the quarter century old Dalit-Muslim / Muslim-OBC alliance in the Hindi heartland, particularly UP, Bihar and Jharkhand, through Hindu-Muslim communal polarization to re-impose Aryavrat rule, lost to the subalterns by the B team of the Brahmanical order, the Congress party in 1991.

“Communal violence in India is actually state terrorism and has definite aim”

By Jaspal Singh,

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of assassination of (former Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi. She brought death and destruction during her life and she brought death and destruction in her death.
Thousands of people across India were killed by the goondas led by Congress leaders. In Delhi alone, right under the nose of seat of power, thousands of Sikhs were massacred by the gangs led by Congress leaders such as Kamal Nath, Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and others. These massacres were well organized and premeditated. Needless to add, guilty have not been punished to this day.

एकता से पहले विविधता के लिए दौड़ें

By रवीश कुमार,

राजनीति में जो लोग परिवारवाद में लिंग-आधारित प्रगतिशीलता खोज रहे हैं, उन्हें इस मसले को ठीक से देखना चाहिए. राहुल गांधी के उपाध्यक्ष बनाए जाने पर कई लोगों को लिखते बोलते सुना है कि सोनिया ने भी बेटे पर ही भरोसा किया. बेटी प्रियंका को आगे नहीं बढ़ाया. जैसे प्रियंका गांधी वाकई किसी हाशिये पर रह रही हों. सोनिया गांधी प्रियंका गांधी को ही कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष बनातीं तो क्या परिवारवाद प्रगतिशील हो जाता? लोकतांत्रिक हो जाता? सिंधिया परिवार के नाम पर तो वसुंधरा राजे और ज्योतिरादित्य दोनों हैं. गोपीनाथ मुंडे की दो-दो बेटियां राजनीति में हैं. उसी बीजेपी के टिकट पर जो परिवारवाद को अपनी सुविधा के अनुसार मुद्दा बना देती है मगर इस चतुराई से कि वो सिर्फ गांधी परिवार तक सीमित रहे. महाराष्ट्र चुनाव में एक बेटी को विधायक का टिकट और एक को सांसदी का टिकट देती है. सवाल कांग्रेस को गांधी परिवार से आज़ाद कराने का तो है ही लेकिन क्या इससे कांग्रेस वो कांग्रेस बन जाएगी? क्या हिन्दुस्तान की कोई पार्टी आज़ादी के पहले की कांग्रेस बन सकती है? किस पार्टी में तब की कांग्रेस की तरह नेतृत्व और विचारधारा के स्तर पर इतनी विविधता बची है?

Judicial directions sought for establishing winter shelters in J & K and Uttarakhand

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

The Supreme Court on October 31 directed the governments of five northern states (UP, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh) to build sufficient number of shelter homes for homeless people ahead of the winter season.

Federer as good as India's brand ambassador

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Now two back-to-back tennis leagues will be taking the country by storm on a whirlwind tour and their organisers insist the two are totally different -- the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) has Asia-based franchises while the Champions Tennis League (CTL) is for the six city-based teams in India.


The feverish case of Ahmed Bukhari

By Aaqib Raza Khan,

In the middle of the seventeenth century, a Mughal ruler in a jovial mood sealed the fate of a generation. And of a whole country and community. Around 1650 AD, Mughal ruler Shahjahan laid the foundation of the Jama Masjid, in then Shahjahanabad, now Old Delhi. The mosque took six years to complete.

Do the Owaisi brothers have a pan India potential?

By Saeed Naqvi,

The two successes of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) of Hyderabad in assembly elections in Maharashtra may not affect government formation in Mumbai but reverberations will be felt in the nation's politics for a long time.

Maharashtra Dalit Murders: Demonstrations continue as triple murder mystery remains unsolved

This is second of the two part series report about the brutal killing of a dalit family in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district and the subsequent agitation it has sparked because police is yet to arrest anybody for the ghastly crime.

By A. Mirsab,,

Mumbai: It’s been more than a week that three members of a dalit family were killed in Jawkheda Khalasa under Pathardi tehsil of Ahmednagar district but the police are still clueless about the perpetrators. It has resulted in Maharashtra witnessing an increased protest from various community organizations demanding immediate arrest and harsher punishment.