Understaffed, underserved: Human problems of India's public health system

Prateek Mittal & Vartika Singh

On August 15, 2016, in his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a safety net of up to Rs 100,000 for families who lived below the official poverty line. This programme, however, may do little for people who lack access to qualified medical personnel.

Triple Talaq controversy shows how confused Muslims are over the issue

By Dr Kouser Fathima for

Triple Talaq is in news again and the way Muslim community has reacted to it speaks volumes about how confused we are as a community. The various answers given by the All India Personal Muslim Law Board (AIMPLB) has only added to the confusion. Although many Muslim men condemn Triple Talaq, they are reluctant to let the practice go. They are not sure why they are supporting a practice which is unfollowed in most of Muslim-majority countries.

Redefining OBC 'creamy layer': Modi government eyes UP polls

By Nirendra Dev,

New Delhi: The BJP-led central government has initiated the process of reviewing the definition of "creamy layer" as applicable to Other Backward Classes (OBCs), which have a sizable presence in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

The move comes amid efforts by the BJP to build a broad caste matrix in the crucial state that is expected to go to the polls early next year.

बिहार टॉपर घोटाला : तिरस्कार नहीं सुधार की ज़रुरत

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Amnesty Report on Kashmir is an attempt to uncover a narrative of denied justice

By Neha Dabhade for

(Secular Perspective September 1-15, 2016)

An FIR was recently registered against Amnesty International India (AII) on charges of sedition and other IPC sections. Amnesty International India had organised a panel discussion which included Kashmiri Pandits and others in Bangalore. This discussion was a part of the campaign supported by AII to promote justice for victims of human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ek Aur Chiraagh Bujh Gaya: The death of Dr. A. R. Kidwai

By Saba Syed Hafeez for

Last Wednesday morning, I got the news about the passing away of Kidwai Saheb (Dr A. R. Kidwai).Inna lillahe wa Inna elayhi ra'ajoon (To God we belong and to Him we will return). May Almighty grant him forgiveness and a high place in the heaven.

The Mahatma's murder: Battle lines drawn between Rahul, RSS

By Amulya Ganguli

A Belgian admirer of India's saffron brotherhood, Koenraad Elst, said in his book, "Mahatma Gandhi and His Assassin", that the murder caused a huge setback to the Hindu nationalists.

Sundar Singh Bhandari, a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who was the governor of Gujarat at the time of the 2002 riots, said that the "propaganda related to Gandhi's assassination went on for 50 years. In the same way, people will continue to talk of Godhra", which is a "black stain on the BJP".

Hate crimes against Sikhs: SGPC reaches out to other countries

By Jaideep Sarin

Chandigarh : With scores of attacks being reported against Sikhs abroad, especially in the West, the religion's mini-parliament, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), has decided to reach out to governments and people in other countries to point out that Sikhs should not be confused with Muslims.

Mulayam Singh’s Firing

Masoom Moradabadi,

Launching a book on himself the leader of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that he was definitely sorry for the firing on Karsevaks ordered by him in 1990 but, he said, for the sake of the unity of the country if it had taken 30 lives, instead of 16, even then he would not have held back.

कश्मीर मसले पर फर्जी खबरें भेजने के दबाव में पत्रकार नसीर अहमद ने IBN-7 से दिया इस्‍तीफा

पिछले दो साल से आइबीएन-7 में ब्‍यूरो प्रमुख रहे कश्‍मीर के सबसे पुराने टीवी पत्रकारों में एक नसीर अहमद ने 29 अगस्‍त को संस्‍थान से यह कहते हुए इस्‍तीफा दे दिया कि पत्रकारिता करने की जगह उनके ऊपर फर्जी खबरें चलाने का दबाव संपादकों की ओर से बनाया जा रहा है. उन्‍होंने एचआर को भेजे अपने इस्‍तीफे में उन ख़बरों को भी गिनवाया है जिन्‍हें संस्‍थान ने प्रसारित नहीं किया.