Indian Navy ignored during tsunami for want of media policy

By Saeed Naqvi,

Boxing Day reminded me of Dec 26, 2004, the day the tsunami trampled Aceh in Indonesia, Galle and Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and devastated the east coast of India. An air force plane enabled me to be in Galle that fateful day.

Is religious fanaticism dragging India the Pakistan’s way?

By Mohammed Naseeruddin for,

When Indian media paid no attention to the repercussions of Narendra Modi’s leadership, it was a section of international media which predicted, during the general election campaign, that if a hardcore Hindu nationalist like Modi became the Prime Minister of the most religiously diverse country of the world, Hindu nationalism and religious fanaticism would increase with strident anti-Muslim sentiments. This could lead to communal and ethnic violence, instability and catastrophic incidents. Are these dire predictions turning into a reality now?

Religion, terrorism and media coverage


The heavily armed members of banned outfit, fired on unarmed women and children, killing at least 70 persons in cold blood, and yet this is not termed as a 'terrorist attack'!

This has happened once again in India. On Tuesday, as details began emerging--the death toll rising from 11 to 34, and later crossing 50, most of the TV channels avoided the story.

Of beards, police and ‘communal biases’: Some plain speak this!!

Saga of two student activists who were humiliated by Hyderabad police over beard

By Bidyut Sagar & Diwakar Upadhyay for,

My friend Diwakar Upadhyay and I were entangled in an event on December 18 late evening. Should I say it was ‘educational’; I do not know. But, yes, we got some advices not to keep long beard. Following is what Diwakar said, in his words. I’ve just added a section on what we ‘learnt’ more afterward in the police station and what we wish to do on the basis of it.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A proud Hindu who exemplified Indian ethos

By Mayank Chhaya,

As Atal Bihari Vajpayee turns 90 on Dec 25, he remains one of the finest practitioners of India's enlightened pluralism as embedded in its ancient civilization rather than an obligation as mandated by the constitution of a young nation-state.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Apostle of peace, humanity personified

By Ashok Tandon,

A 28-year-old dhoti-kurta clad young man was jostling to push his blanket-wrapped baggage into the unreserved compartment of a passenger train at Delhi Railway station on May 8, 1953.

It was a send off for Shyma Prasad Moookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party), on a mission to enter Jammu & Kashmir defying the entry-permit order of the government and demanding full integration of the state into the Indian Union.

What drives prosperity?

By Amit Kapoor,

One of the fundamental questions in the realm of economics is: What drives prosperity? One may ask prosperity of ‘what’? The ‘what’ can be described as a region, which could be a locality/city, region/state, nation/country or an international free trade area. Framed differently, the question can also be put as why some (cities/regions/countries) become rich while others remain poor? The question appears to be quite broad and has fundamental implications for all the peoples of the world. This is because fundamental questions like these if properly answered can impact the lives of all the 7 billion inhabitants of the world. It is not just a theoretical academic question but has a bearing on economic growth, which is imperative for improving the quality of life of all peoples of the world.


Election outcome: Has 'ghar wapsi' hurt BJP?

By Amulya Ganguli,

While the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) failure to achieve "Mission 44 plus" in Jammu and Kashmir is understandable because of the party's generally unfavourable image in the eyes of the Muslims, there are two aspects of the elections in Kashmir and Jharkhand which must be a cause of concern for the ruling party at the centre.

Sony hacking: Cyber vandalism or cyber terrorism?

By Monish Gulati,

As South Asia was watching the terrible tragedy at Peshawar unfold another drama was coming to head in Hollywood. At the eye of the storm was ‘The Interview’, a comedy by Sony Pictures Entertainment that depicts a fictional assassination of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.


Vajpayee and Modi: Scarred inheritance

By Tarun Basu,

Over a decade after Atal Bihari Vajpayee relinquished power -- and in many ways withdrew from public life -- after an electoral defeat that his party never foresaw but he seemed to have, the present government is seeking to appropriate his legacy by hailing him as an icon of good governance -- and may even confer on him the Bharat Ratna, the nation's highest honour.