SBI’s Sharia compliant MF: Time for a review of the decision

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

As we approach the fag end of the financial year, it is time now for the Union government to have a fresh look at its decision to defer a Shariah-compliant mutual fund that was to be issued by the State Bank of India (SBI).

​VIPs, dime a dozen, want their photo taken at Bhagat Singh’s village but carry on the deeds of the British

By Jaspal Singh,

Today (March 23, 2015) is the 84th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. These names have been part of my mental make-up as long as I can remember. I can remember their pictures in my grandfather’s house along with the pictures of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak. Chandarshekhar Azad and Kartar Singh Sarabha were the other two portraits in the house.

Dabholkar to Pansare … Connecting the Dots !!!

By Advocate Sachin Godambe,

We witnessed killing of two social reformers – Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Comrade Govind Pansare recently in Maharashtra. Both were rationalist, dedicated to removal of cultural terrorism from our society in a democratic and constitutional manner.

12 years on, Nadimarg massacre still rankles

By Aadil Mir,

Srinagar: Nadimarg in Shopian district, like other small hamlets elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir, was once known for bonhomie among Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits. Both communities would together celebrate festivals and weddings, and join in funerals - till one fateful night 12 years ago.

The bulk of the Pandits had moved out of the village in 1990, like those from other parts of the Kashmir Valley, as Islamist militancy reared its head in the state. Only four extended families, comprising 52 people, stayed back in their traditional lands.

Nietzsche, Hashimpura & children overboard

By Dr Irfan Ahmad,

(Editor’s note: Sixteen Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel were acquitted by a court in Delhi on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case. A total of 19 PAC personnel were facing trial for allegedly killing 42 people in Hashimpura Mohalla of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on May 22, 1987, of which three died during the trial. Below is the reaction of noted Anthropologist Dr Irfan Ahmad. This is the note taken from his Facebook wall, with due permission.)

Maharashtra bans but Goa 'beefs up'

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji: Carmen Athaide, 49, slices a few slivers of beef into a broth that's just beginning to simmer on her old kitchen stove. As the soup comes to a boil, the warm, wholesome aroma cuts through the predominant, sharp smell of vinegar-based red-chilli masala, commonly used in Christian homes in the former Portuguese colony.

That's the first beef soup, Carmen, a housewife from Anjuna village, 20 km north of Panaji, has cooked for two weeks now.

India's corruption and competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor ,

The Aam Aadmi Party's electoral success in the Delhi assembly polls is a reflective of how the people of capital rate corruption as an important criterion that has to be bettered over time in India.

Lessons from Hashimpura

By Rebecca M John,

Editor’s note: Sixteen Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel were acquitted by a court in Delhi on Saturday in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case. Around 19 PAC personnel were facing trial for allegedly killing 42 people in Hashimpura Mohalla of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on 22 May 1987, of which three have died during the trial. Below is the response of Rebecca M John, senior counsel of defence in the case that she wrote on her Facebook wall.

Asma Nama: So What Are You Doing This Weekend?

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan for,

#HasratMohani#BegumNishatunnisa#Sarojini Naidu#LordMontagu#Moulana Azad

A guest from Romania was asking me,
So what do you do for a living?

I was attending a literary seminar, somewhere in the South of India.

Israel's election: A lot at stake in region and beyond

By Hardeep S.Puri and Omar El Okdah,

In contemporary politics, the flow of historical forces cannot be understood by glimpsing a mere snapshot. The unprecedented fourth-term election of Benjamin Netanyahu is indeed a significant event in itself. He will now go down in Israeli history as the longest serving head of government. It is the kind of policy positions he took in the run-up to the election, however, which have far-reaching implications on the future of Israel and its relationship with the United States and the Middle East as a whole.

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