Kashmir challenge: Modi could write history or blot it

By Saeed Naqvi,

A principal reason for Narendra Modi being swept to power in May was disgust with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh - indecisive, short on ideas, bereft of charisma and supervising a government of scams. In a house of 543, the Congress had 209 seats. The shortfall of 63 was made up of coalition partners.

Ban on "India's Daughter": Don't shoot the messenger

By Arun Kumar,

India’s ban on a BBC documentary on the gang rape of an Indian woman has drowned out the real issues in a chorus of righteous protests over the “wrongs” done by foreign media - the plight of women in India.

Without even watching the documentary “India’s Daughter” about the Dec 16, 2012, rape of the woman who has come to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’ or ‘Braveheart’ in a bus in New Delhi, critics have accused BBC of “voyeurism” and worse for interviewing one of the convicted rapists.

'Dirty politics' in AAP ?

By Amulya Ganguli,

For the Aam Admi Party (AAP) to begin falling apart less than a month after its famous victory in the Delhi election will be a cause of surprise and disappointment to its legions of followers in the national capital and outside.

Surprise will be felt because it was believed that the party had learnt the right lessons from the suicidal tendencies which it displayed after its electoral success last year. The need for piping down was evident from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's call for eschewing arrogance during his speech after being sworn-in.

On the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan,,

O, Malcolm, My Malcolm:
You are present when you are away.

Dearest Malcolm,

You were just a name for me from my history books; until I read Maya Angelou’s account of meeting you at Harlem. That day something changed.

Eid-e-Gulabi: The unifying colour and spirit of Holi

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed,

Holi has a Muslim history as well. Revered Sufi saints like Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Ameer Khusro have, in their chaste Persian and Hindvi poetry, adored the 'pink' festival generously.

The last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, allowed his Hindu ministers to smear his forehead with gulal on Holi. He believed that his religion would not be affected by this social ritual.

Political history of Muslims of Muzaffarpur since 1857

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

History should not be merely recounting of exploits of famous people or important conflicts. It should also be about changes happening at the grassroots level and how these local changes shape the course of communities and nations. Mohammad Sajjad’s Contesting Colonialism and Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur Since 1857 falls into the latter category of History narration.

Crisis shows AAP, Kejriwal in poor light

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

There are no winners in the ugly spat that was in full play at the AAP leadership meet which saw the exit of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the party's highest decision making body. But there is one sure loser: the Aam Aadmi Party.

Paramhansa Yogananda: India's first yoga guru in the US

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

If India's idea of an International Yoga Day has found easy acceptance in the UN, much of the credit must go to Paramhansa Yogananda, India's first yoga guru in the US whose 62nd death anniversary falls this Saturday.

Unlike Swami Vivekananda, Yogananda is not that widely appreciated although he played a huge role in laying the foundation for yoga in the United States a century ago.

Budget 2015-16 - Short on real(ty) expectations

By Vinod Behl,

The progressive and forward looking budget for 2015-16 demonstrating pro-growth and pro-investment themes scores high on revitalizing the economy but is low on realty revival, with the real estate sector being only an indirect beneficiary.

Jitan Ram Manjhi: Will he succeed in his gamble?

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Though the outgoing Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi earned political martyrdom, yet it is debatable who inflicted more wounds on him. True, the last bullet was fired by his mentor-turned-tormentor Nitish Kumar, the injuries caused to him by the BJP in the first seven months of his nine-month regime proved no less fatal.