“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.

हेट स्पीच के बरअक्स सामाजिक समीकरण

By राजीव यादव,

चुनाव आए और गए, पर सवाल उन विवादास्पद बयानों का है जिनसे ‘हेट स्पीच’ के नाम से हम परिचित होते हैं. ऐसा नहीं है कि हेट स्पीच से हमारा वास्ता सिर्फ चुनावों में होता है पर यह ज़रूर है कि चुनावों के दरम्यान ही उनका मापन होता है कि वो हेट स्पीच के दायरे में हैं. हम यहां इस पर कतई बात नहीं करेंगे कि ऐसे मामलों में क्या कार्रवाई हुई? पर इस पर ज़रूर बात करेंगे कि उस हेट स्पीच का हम पर क्या असर हुआ, वहीं उनके बोलने वालों की प्रवृत्ति में क्या कोई बदलाव आया?

Resurrecting the Sardar Patel legacy: Will he have approved?

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

The manner in which the 139th birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (Oct 31, 1875 - Dec 15, 1950) is being celebrated contains within it both a tinge of irony and a reflection of the self-confidence of the Modi-led BJP that it can resurrect a long forgotten Congress leader and thereby tacitly claim ownership of the 'Iron Man' of the freedom struggle.

Patel: The man who forged the Indian union

By Mayank Chhaya,

There was once a time, not too long ago in historical terms, that there may not have been India as it exists today but a fractious collection of nearly 600 princely states. If a nation-state called India emerged in 1947 from the staggering ruins of close to 200 years of colonial plunder, to a significant extent the credit settles on one man - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.