Which way will Bihar vote?

By Mohammad Sajjad for

“Once the numbers of BJP MLAs increase in the Bihar Assembly, their numbers in the Rajya Sabha will also go up, and then, you all will lose your lands to be reduced to mere landless labourers, as the Union government of Modi will push through the Land Acquisition Bill”. This was one of the assertions of Nitish in his one of the recent public meetings. This created genuine alarm among the relevant sections.

Hinduism is about love, unity, not divisive ideas: Author Mani Rao

By Bhavana Akella

New Delhi : With attacks by fringe Hindu outfits on writers and intellectuals for their views and assaults and murders of those with different religious and cultural practices, author Mani Rao, who has done extensive research on Hindu holy scriptures and classical texts, says Hinduism is about "love and unity" and not "divisive ideas".

Oscar-winning British director wants to explore India for stories

By Natalia Ningthoujam

New Delhi: He has never had a "direct experience" in India, but wants to visit the country, which has an "interesting relationship" with his native Britain. Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh says he would love to visit India some day to find a story.

Marsh has creatively used films as a medium to tell stories of renowned people, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

"The Theory of Everything" director even won an Oscar for helming "Man on Wire" – a documentary based on the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit.

मरे हुए लोगों के रखवाले – भोलानाथ एंड कंपनी

सिद्धांत मोहन,

वाराणसी: भोलानाथ बनारस में रहते हैं. कबीर के मोहल्ले कबीरचौरा स्थित मंडलीय चिकित्सालय के मुर्दाघर के पास भोलानाथ और उनके सहयोगियों से दिन के किसी भी वक़्त मिला जा सकता है. भोलानाथ मुर्दा लाशों को ढोते और उनका क्रियाकर्म करते हैं. उनके साथ उनके दो सहयोगी नानक और कौशल हैं. एक ऑटो चालक बलराम यादव भी हैं जो उन्हें मुर्दाघर से लेकर घटनास्थल, फिर पोस्टमार्टम हाउस और आखिर में श्मशान तक का सफ़र करते हैं.

Almost 60 years later, Deekshabhoomi continues to draw Ambedkarites

By Nivedita Khandekar

Nagpur (Maharashtra): Hemlata Sontakke, 60, was too young to remember the epoch making event she had attended with her family in 1956. But that has not stopped her from remembering it every single day of her life as it was indeed a life-changing experience for lakhs of those who attended the ceremonial Dhamma Deeksha that day.

Will return award if Sahitya Akademi fails to protect writers' rights: Vikram Seth

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi: Famed author Vikram Seth says that he would return his award, if the Sahitya Akademi fails to protect the lives and rights of writers.

"I will return the award almost certainly if this institution fails to protect or robustly defend free speech or lives of writers. I didn't want it to sound like a threat. However, I fully expect this institution do something worthy of their name and history," Seth told IANS after the launch of his book, 'The Summer Requiem' here on Tuesday night.

Bihar poll diary: Campaigning in the time of call drops

By Brajendra Nath Singh

At least one thing is sure. Call drops don't just affect the common man. Even ministers are victims of the sudden disconnect or silence at other end of the mobile connection.

Nepalese thorn will only get worse for India

By Amitava Mukherjee

Among the chattering diplomatic community of New Delhi, Nepalese Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay is certainly one of the exceptions. A suave, but no nonsense personality, he is also known for his economy of words.

Youm e Ashura : A Sunni perspective

By Mohamed Ajmal for

The month of Muharram, is an evidently an historical month for Muslims, and also which highlights the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam. Keeping in view the obvious one sided narrative seen in the media, it is important to know the Sunni Islam's perspective on Muharram and Ashura.

Youm-e-Ashura, or the day of Ashura, is the 10th Muharram. Its meaning is derived from the word ‘asha nura’ which is translated as ‘enlightened day’.

Actions, not speeches are important

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Actions speak louder than words, goes the saying. This is truer in case of serious politics.