Ramadan: A month of personal changes

By Mahmood Asim,,

Ramadan brings about many changes at the personal front. Day-long fasts have impact on students as well as worker. How do then Muslims adjust to Ramadan while still going about their lives.

Get full advantage of the holy month

Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

We are moving quickly towards the end of the first ashrah (ten days) of the holy month of Ramadan. See, how quickly time passes. It passes more quickly if you are busy praying and reading from the Quran.

India's Deficits

By Amit Kapoor,

Over the past few years, we have heard of all sorts of deficits that have been ailing India. The most recent one has been a ‘rain deficit’ with monsoon expected to be less than normal according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). While the lack of rains has generated fear amongst farmers, it has generated broader concerns for the union and state governments in containing inflation, which is expected to rise even further with this latest declaration from the IMD.

Between Badaun and Muzaffarnagar

There is an imminent need to think along the lines of how to build a ‘wider solidarity’ among Bahujan community cutting across faith, argues the writer.

By Abul Kalam Azad,

"As the media and civil rights groups shifted their focus to the hanging of two dalit girls in Badaun, the riot affected families' do not know what lies ahead of them", read the curious editorial in The Hindu on June 24, 2014.

Vindictive ‘democracy’

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

A priest was found to have ‘sacrificed’ his wife to please the God in Indore, a story revisited the gory “tandoori murder” of Naina Sahni by her politician husband Sushil Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in the jail and wanted to spend time with his mother to perform his ‘sonly’ duties. Girls are being hanged to deaths after being gang raped and political class as a whole speak of controlling time and choices. It is not that we suggest here that all the ills of the country began with the current government but there are certain trends.

Is BJP fishing in choppy waters of communally sensitive UP?

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow: Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fishing in choppy waters for electoral gains in Uttar Pradesh? Activities of the saffron leaders in the last few days suggest that the party's state unit was not only in overdrive to consolidate its gains in the April-May Lok Sabha elections when it won 71 of the state's 80 seats.

On its part, the Akhilesh Yadav government alleges that BJP leaders were taking "law in their own hands and whipping communal passions."

Why is the world in grip of jehadist menace?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Three momentous events, all in November-December 1979, are the genesis of a great deal of chaos the world faces today.

Schoolgirl writes to Chief Minister, gets road constructed to the village

By IndScribe,

Maimoona Khan, 14, who studies in ninth standard, lives in a small village in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Why a Plethora of Soap Operas in Ramadan?

By Mohammed Abdul Jawad,

Alas! When Ramadan begins, then those who take delight in watching television dramas get more excited because in Ramadan alone there are dozens of soap operas. It’s not that people neglect the reverence of Ramadan or discard fasting. But, besides fasting in Ramadan, they stay tuned, with punctuality, to watch soap operas and special shows that are broadcasted on different channels.

Was Delhi University fiasco avoidable?

By Abha Dev Habib,

The high drama over FYUP (Four Year Undergraduate Programme) rollback at Delhi University has raised many pertinent questions. Delhi University has become a case study that educators and policymakers must understand before any other educational institution follows the same trajectory knowingly or unknowingly.