Big Show, Small Substance

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

After five days of continuous media hype and hoopla about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, finally we have got a pause to catch our breath and consider the gains from the much-hyped visit.

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के समानांतर

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

साल 2012 के अक्तूबर महीने में तत्कालीन केन्द्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्री जयराम रमेश ने कहा था कि देवालयों के निर्माण से ज़्यादा ज़रूरी है कि शौचालयों का निर्माण कराया जाए. इस बयान के परिणामस्वरूप हुए विरोध प्रदर्शनों को भारतीय लोकतंत्र बेहद अचकचाई निगाहों से देखता है, जहां कुछ भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं को जयराम रमेश के आवास के मुख्यद्वार पर नारेबाज़ी के साथ पेशाब किया.

Clean India movement should also clean the air

By Rajendra Shende,

The most crucial inclusion in the India-US Joint statement issued on Sep 30 is the strategic partnership on energy and climate change. The actions agreed will have far reaching impacts on India's poor, neo-middle class and youth. They will also enhance the image of an India as a steward in international negotiations on environment.

Leaders at UN invoke Gandhi's message for nonviolence

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: At an observance of International Day of Nonviolence, leaders at the UN invoked Mahatma Gandhi's message of nonviolence Thursday as a force that transcends time and place for finding peace in a world wracked by terrorism and violence.

The invisible Korean hand in injustice to Sarita

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi and her cousin Devendro Singh justifiably feel cheated, robbed and deprived of possible gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games.

Ever since the decision went against her, Sarita Devi was only seen crying inconsolably and she obviously took it to heart. That was evident from the way she refused to accept the bronze awarded to her for her semi-final loss in the lightweight division.


How my head hangs in shame

By Faraz Ahmad for,

What happened to the three African students is a shame and a disgrace for any civilized society, having pretensions of being modern and democratic. It was horrible to witness the three young boys being beaten up mercilessly by a lynch mob. The police and security personnel are being blamed for not saving them and rightly so, though eventually it did reach belatedly to rescue them and take them to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Gandhi: A Hero for All Times

By Dr.Mohammad Nazrul Bari,

For us Indians, there is no dearth of inspiring historical personalities to feel proud of. One of them is Mahatma Gandhi, the Prophet of peace, social justice, non-violence and humanity. The famous scientist Albert Einstein rightly said in 1939 on the 70th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday, “Generations to come will scarcely believe that such person as Gandhi ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”.

India, US to strengthen cooperation in every sector (Document)

India and US have pledged to strengthen and deepen cooperation in every sector for the benefit of global stability and people's livelihoods over the next ten years.

A US-India joint statement issued after the first summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in Washington said they had "committed to a new mantra for their relationship, "Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go."

Modi’s lost opportunity towards reconciliation

By Ayub Khan,

The Indian media and a section of the American media as well, have been showering fulsome praise over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public speaking skills. His Madison Square Garden speech has been especially highlighted as ‘inspiring’ and ‘rocking.’ Anyone disagreeing with this assessment is subjected to heaps of abuse including doubts about the critic’s sanity, ancestry, and in some cases even humanity. Perhaps the Modi’s fans have taken a cue from his controversial ‘puppy under the car’ remarks in categorizing those opposed to their leader in the canine species. Regardless of the fan outrage it cannot be ignored that Modi has failed to inspire confidence and hope. He had no healing touch to offer. His speeches were full of clichéd and vague remarks which can muster past the copy writer’s desk but are hardly befitting a leader who has just won elections with a thumping mandate. Modi disappointed the hopeless optimists with both what was said and what was left unsaid.

National Judicial Appointment Commission compromises independence of Judiciary

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill, 2014 that is passed by the Parliament is mired in controversy regarding the selection procedures of the judges in higher judiciary. This bill seeks to replace the collegiums system of selection process and give the executive an equal role in judicial appointments. Being a Constitutional Bill it has to go through the motion of seeking consent of different States before getting President’s assent.