Rahul banking on perpetuating poverty to revive Congress?

By Amulya Ganguli,

From being caught snoozing in parliament to spending time in a mysterious hideout to the current photo-ops with tillers of the soil, Rahul Gandhi has been acquiring a whole range of political experience. The problem with his present frenetic pace, however, is that the question is bound to be asked as to how long he can keep it up, not the least because any slackening will provoke sceptics to reiterate the charge against him of being a part-timer.

Teaching crisis remains after $95 bn spend on basic education

By Prachi Salve,

In February 2015, Maharashtra held its annual evaluation tests for teachers of government-run schools. Only one percent of more than 245,800 primary teachers who took the test passed. Upper-primary teachers did better, somewhat -- 4.9 percent cleared the tests.

Why the specific mention of ‘Secularism’ in the Indian Constitution matters?

By Jamal Khwaja,

Let me begin by recalling what an eminent Muslim leader from Hyderabad, Bahadur Yar Jung, said in 1946—after the transfer of power to India the Nizam of Hyderabad should become the constitutional monarch of his dominions. Highly responsible Indian quarters rejected this stand on the ground that almost 90% of the Nizam’s subjects, were likely to have other ideas about their future. Unfazed, Bahadur Yar Jung (perhaps in all sincerity) replied that there was no reason for the Nizam’s non-Muslim subjects to feel insecure or apprehensive of their future, under Muslim rule, since Islam stood for the full protection of the life, property and welfare of peaceful non-Muslim subjects (dhimmis) in an Islamic state.

राहुल की वापसी कितनी असरदार

By जावेद अनीस,

किस तरह राहुल गांधी की वापसी कांग्रेस को उसके पुराने स्वरूप की ओर ले जाने में कारगर हो सकती है....

यह राजनीति में ब्रांडिंग और ‘निवेश’ का युग है, जहां ब्रांड ही विचार है और विज्ञापन ही सबसे बड़ा साधन है. मोदी ने 2014 की गर्मियों में इस बात को साबित किया था और अब राहुल गांधी इसे दोहराने के लिए कमर कस रहे हैं. समस्या यह है कि आभासी दुनिया के बल पर गढ़ी गयी छवियों के बनने और बिगड़ने में ज्यादा वक्त नहीं लगता है, अब नये मतदाता को लम्बे समय तक वफादार भी नहीं बनाये रखा जा सकता है. उसे तो अपने वोट (निवेश) का कम समय में रिटर्न चाहिए या कम से कम इसकी फीलिंग तो होती ही रहनी चाहिए.

In a radicalised region, a face of modern Islam

By Tarun Basu,

The Arab world is in a bloody ferment. The Yemen conflict is just the latest in the upsurge in regional unrest, compounded by the spread of extremist forces with their violent ideologies, that threaten to take the region and beyond into a vortex of uncertainty.

This may have unpredictable - and possibly dangerous - consequences.

Life sentence for Tariq Qasmi, bail for Sadhvi Pragya

By Masoom Moradabadi,

A court in UP has sentenced the accused of Lucknow and Faizabad bomb blasts, Maulana Tariq Qasmi, to life imprisonment. A fine of Rs100,000 has also been imposed on him. Another co-accused in this case, Maulana Khalid Mujahid, had already died in 2013 while in police custody.

Net neutrality: Wrong medicine will not remedy digital divide

By Archana G. Gulati,

It is easy to get swept away in the maelstrom of views and counter views, but difficult to arrive at an informed decision on the subject of net neutrality -- the uninhibited access to legal online content without broadband service providers (BSPs) being allowed to block, degrade, or create fast/slow lanes to this content that rides over the internet (OTTs).


Indian farmers face harder life ahead: Studies

By Max Martin,

The unseasonal rain and erratic weather -- which are unsettling the Indian farmer and the nation's agriculture, economy and politics -- are no aberrations, according to global studies. Extreme rainfall in central India, the core of the monsoon system, are increasing and moderate rainfall is decreasing, as part of complex changes in local and world weather.

Can Majlis unite Muslims AND become an all-India party?

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

There was a lot riding on the Aurangabad civic poll results – All India Majlis Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) or Majlis, which until recently was considered only a regional party in and around Hyderabad, was hoping to score big. The spectacular performance of Majlis was important for its attempt to true to its name become an “all India” political party and to politically unite all Muslims.

Muslims should emulate Sikhs by donating 100,000 meal packages to Nepal quake victims

By Kaleem Kawaja,

The Sikh community in India has pledged to donate 250,000 packages of ready- to- eat meals daily for next few days to the victims of the recent horrible earthquake in Nepal. This is an awesome example of how the Sikh community always helps the suffering in their hour of need. When floods hit Kashmir in September 2014, the Sikh community donated 100,000 meal packages.