Nitish’s another turnaround story: But will it ensure victory?

By Soroor Ahmed,,

The fresh political realignment in Bihar is actually the byproduct of a bitter lesson learnt by the former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in the recent Lok Sabha election. He has come to realize that development works do not get translated into votes. This is the line adopted by his former bête noire Lalu Prasad. It is this belated realization that had forced him into the lap of the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, with whom he broke away exactly two decades back.

Modi sends Advani, BJP old guard into exile

By Amulya Ganguli,

In the Hindu way of life, old age entails exile from home and hearth. As the Manu Smriti says, when a man sees "his skin wrinkled and his hair gray and when he sees the son of his son, then he should resort to the forest".

India's veto doesn't mean collapse of global trade talks

By Arvind Padmanabhan,

India's demand for concessions on food subsidy as a quid quo pro to a pact to simplify procedures on global commerce may have blocked the first major step forward in the 19-year history of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). But that does not mean the global trade talks have collapsed.

Will Gaza truce lead to Hamas-Israel-US meet in Cairo?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Does the 72-hour ceasefire in the three week long conflict in Gaza brokered by the UN and US advance peace? Just as I write this comes news that the Palestinians have captured an Israeli soldier. Has the ceasefire collapsed? I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Relevance of Khudai Khidmatgar today

By Sandeep Pandey,

It would seem improbable today but in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, which is centre of continued violence today dominated by Taliban, there existed an organisation dedicated to non-violence called Khudai Khidmatgar not very long back. The person who founded this was called Frontier Gandhi – Khand Abdul Gaffar Khan popularly known as Badshah Khan or Bacha Khan. The first organisation he founded was called Anjuman-e-Islah-e-Afghania which worked for education of Pathans or Pashtuns. Badshah Khan was not a politician. He was more of a social reformer. He believed in socialism. He worked for empowerment of women, peaceful resolution of feuds between community members known for their short temper, abolition of alcohol, etc. He started the first school in his own village Utmanzai. How difficult his work must have been can be imagined from the 2012 incident when a teenager activist Malala Yousafzai was shot at merely for advocating the right of girls to education. Malala also hails from the Pashtun community. What the Taliban did to Malala, the British did to Gaffar Khan much earlier as they banned his school.

Special Social Development Corridor can ensure inclusive growth

By Sachi Satpathy,

Can the new NDA government break the existing political vendetta in the administrative system and open space for all chief ministers, irrespective of their political affiliation, to collectively work and take ownership of the much-awaited nation building process and help achieve the much needed growth in selected worst performing states on major human development indicators? In this direction, a national program with focus and complete concentration on specific areas and issues can be an option to bring balanced inclusive growth in the country.

Munshi Premchand

By Jaspal Singh,

Today is the 134th birth anniversary of one of the greatest writers of Hindustan,Munshi Premchand.He is referred to as Upanyas Samrat(emperor of the novelists) Munshiji was born in a small village near Banaras in a family of limited means.His father was a Patwari.His earlier education was done in a local Madrasa,where he learnt Farsi and Urdu from a Maulvi.Later on he went to other schools and colleges in Banaras and Allahabad.

Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza is a promotional advertisement of its arms

By A. Mirsab,,

It goes without saying that devoid of an advertisement your products can not be sold in the market and to trade your products you first have to make people know about it. Promotion of the product in the world’s eye is as much important in trading as its quality and effectiveness. It is also the well understood phenomenon of the business that people opt for the things which are already tested and found to be effective in operation.

Ideology as a cover for political agenda: New ICHR Chief is a Communal Ideologue

By Ram Puniyani,

Electoral and political arena is only one of the grounds through which political agenda of vested interests is achieved. Capturing of people’s mind, the ideological propagation, is the foundation on which political agenda stands and perpetuates itself. That’s how the change in History text books or teaching a communal version of History is a necessary part of sectarian nationalism in many South Asian countries. In Pakistan the communal elements teach that foundation of Pakistan begins with the victory of Mohammad bin Kasim in Sind in eight century! One knows that the basic difference in the kingdoms and nation states is too gross to be glossed over like this but any way if communalists have the levers of power, like education, in their hands anything can be manipulated and presented in a form which indoctrinates the large section of population. That’s how when the NDA Government came to power last time around (1999), one of its action was changing the history books to bring in the communal version of the past. This time around with BJP led NDA coming to power with bigger majority, matters are going to be worse off if one looks at what is being planned in the arena of education in particular.

Is a universal Hijri calendar possible?

By Ajmal V,

Would the day of Eidul-Fitr, Lailatul qadr (Shab-e-Qadr), Milad un Nabi, etc be in different dates around the world?

These are some crucial questions which arise in my mind as we celebrated Eid. As a resident of Kerala we had started to observe Ramadan from 29th of June ie., Sunday while the rest of India began from 30th June (Monday). Then the day of lailatul qadr (shab-e-qadr) would be different along the border between Kerala and its neighbouring states (Karnataka and Tamilnadu). But the Quran mentions only any odd night of last 10 days of Ramadan as the blessed night, which comprises of the rewards of 1000 months. Likewise, other important days of Islam also are being observed in different days around the world.