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).

FDI liberalisation sought in e-commerce in India

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to India, two US lawmakers have asked him to request Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to liberalise foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions on e-commerce sector.

"Such a move would benefit the economies of both India and the United States," wrote senators Mark R. Warner and John Cornyn, Democratic and Republican co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate India Caucus, in a letter to Obama.

Warner is one of the four lawmakers who will accompany Obama on the trip to India.

Politics at the cost of others’ lives

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

In a burst of anti-Muslim violence in a village of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, hundreds of homes have been torched and the occupants made to flee for safety in the biting January cold.

What was Gandhi’s evaluation of RSS?

By Ram Puniyani,

With the new ruling dispensation, Modi Sarkar, attempts are being made to present Gandhi in a light which is favorable to the RSS combine. First, the Swachata Abhiyan (Cleanliness drive) was inaugurated on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), then it was claimed that RSS had nothing to do with Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

Political leadership in the Indian context

By Amit Kapoor,

The Oxford online dictionary describes leadership as: "The action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this."

Post Paris - Let some of us stand apart

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

The unfortunate attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine of Paris in January 2015 has brought to the fore a man-made cataclysm that has been threatening to shape up in the world for over two decades blatantly defying the existential necessity of 'maintaining an inter-community relationship balance' that's needed for the welfare of humanity and everything else in the multiverse. Like a clap it needs two hands.

India's can make distinctive contribution to Paris climate conference

By Sujatha Byravan, Amit Kanudia and Arushi Sen,

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) meeting to be held in Paris (COP-21) in December 2015 is expected to establish a new international agreement on climate change. The main bone of contention lies in the differentiation and sharing of the remaining carbon space in order to avoid catastrophic warming. China and the US, which are the world's largest CO2 emitters, have recently announced an agreement to restrict emissions by 2030.

Palestine in the ICC: Game changer for peace process?

By Hardeep S. Puri and Omar El Okdah,

The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year's eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, Palestine will formally become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1, 2015.