WACA pitch is not what it used to be

By Veturi Srivatsa,

There was a time when the very mention of Perth used to unnerve the batsmen -- even the Australians when they had to face the fearsome West Indies pace men. However, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground, like many others in the world, has lost some of its viciousness in recent years.


Modi-Obama striking a right chord

What diplomats were struggling to achieve over the years, Narendra Modi and Barack Obama did so by striking a common chord

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The visit of US President Barack Obama during India’s 66th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi has injected a new vitality into the economy and foreign relationship of the two countries. Inspite of skeptics calling it a ‘sell out’, Obama’s visit has turned a new leaf in the otherwise sulking Indo-US relationship.

Politically Incorrect! Political satire in Urdu poetry

By Vikas Datta,

"Here richly, with ridiculous display,/The Politician's corpse was laid away/While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged/I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged", was prolific English author Hillaire Belloc's caustic send-off to an unnamed politician. The verse also exemplifies the vibrant, universal tradition of political satire that exists alongside organised government - from the plays of Aristophanes in ancient Athens to TV shows like "Yes Minister" and "Saturday Night Live" now. And closer to home, both Hindi and Urdu literature used it to devastating effect.

R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man passes into history

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : A story in the media goes that one day a few decades ago, The Times Of India (ToI) cartoonist and creator of The Common Man, R.K. Laxman, retired. The following day, the legend's cartoon was not to be found as readers rubbed their disbelieving eyes over their morning cuppa.

Untold stories from Muzaffarpur

The horrific episode from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UP’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The Azizpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief measures.

By Dr Mohammad Sajjad,

Violence broke out in Azizpur-Bahilwara village near Saraiya in Muzaffarpur district in north Bihar on January 18. It killed at least five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households were looted and burnt. The immediate provocation allegedly was an inter-faith love affair: to the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of ‘Love-Jihad’ in reverse, or a case of ‘Honour Killing’?

Outsiders in party, insiders in institutions

By Amulya Ganguli,

Two contrary tactics are apparently guiding Narendra Modi. On the political front, he is willing to accommodate outsiders in senior positions even if it means breaking the rigid mould of a cadre-based party. Outside politics, however, he is filling crucial posts in what can be called cultural outfits with acknowledged saffronites.

Obama and Modi can change global climate of inaction

By Rajendra Shende,

It was early morning. I was listening to US President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in my farm up in the hills in India when I was distracted by a raucous verbal spat. A farmer's wife was exchanging rough and wild words with other women who had come from down in the valley to collect the cow-dung droppings scattered along the slopes.

Abdullah: Moderate who had to deal with Islamist 'boomerang'

By C Uday Bhaskar,

The demise of the ailing Saudi Arabian monarch king Abdullah is a significant punctuation for the desert kingdom, the Arab-West Asian region and the extended Islamic world, which in turn has larger global implications. The royal transition has been effected and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has taken over the reins of the kingdom. In keeping with local practice, shorn of titles and pomp, Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave.

Dr Ausaf Ahmad, prominent Indian economist, passes away

By Zafar Iqbal for,

Dr Ausaf Ahmad, a prominent Indian economist and known for his pioneering work in Islamic economics has passed away. He was 70.

He died at his residence at Noida, near New Delhi, on Thursday, January 22.

Boycott, not burn: Protest by burning copies of Asomiya Pratidin will only make it martyr

By Aman Wadud,

A lot has been written after the barbaric attack on Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people. In its first edition after the attack, Charlie Hebdo published cartoon of a bearded old man holding a placard which says ‘Jesuis Charlie’ or ‘I am Charlie’, the cartoon is supposedly of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).