How my head hangs in shame

By Faraz Ahmad for,

What happened to the three African students is a shame and a disgrace for any civilized society, having pretensions of being modern and democratic. It was horrible to witness the three young boys being beaten up mercilessly by a lynch mob. The police and security personnel are being blamed for not saving them and rightly so, though eventually it did reach belatedly to rescue them and take them to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Gandhi: A Hero for All Times

By Dr.Mohammad Nazrul Bari,

For us Indians, there is no dearth of inspiring historical personalities to feel proud of. One of them is Mahatma Gandhi, the Prophet of peace, social justice, non-violence and humanity. The famous scientist Albert Einstein rightly said in 1939 on the 70th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday, “Generations to come will scarcely believe that such person as Gandhi ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”.

India, US to strengthen cooperation in every sector (Document)

India and US have pledged to strengthen and deepen cooperation in every sector for the benefit of global stability and people's livelihoods over the next ten years.

A US-India joint statement issued after the first summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in Washington said they had "committed to a new mantra for their relationship, "Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go."

Modi’s lost opportunity towards reconciliation

By Ayub Khan,

The Indian media and a section of the American media as well, have been showering fulsome praise over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public speaking skills. His Madison Square Garden speech has been especially highlighted as ‘inspiring’ and ‘rocking.’ Anyone disagreeing with this assessment is subjected to heaps of abuse including doubts about the critic’s sanity, ancestry, and in some cases even humanity. Perhaps the Modi’s fans have taken a cue from his controversial ‘puppy under the car’ remarks in categorizing those opposed to their leader in the canine species. Regardless of the fan outrage it cannot be ignored that Modi has failed to inspire confidence and hope. He had no healing touch to offer. His speeches were full of clichéd and vague remarks which can muster past the copy writer’s desk but are hardly befitting a leader who has just won elections with a thumping mandate. Modi disappointed the hopeless optimists with both what was said and what was left unsaid.

National Judicial Appointment Commission compromises independence of Judiciary

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill, 2014 that is passed by the Parliament is mired in controversy regarding the selection procedures of the judges in higher judiciary. This bill seeks to replace the collegiums system of selection process and give the executive an equal role in judicial appointments. Being a Constitutional Bill it has to go through the motion of seeking consent of different States before getting President’s assent.

Presence of Western fighters in ISIS raises serious questions

By Soroor Ahmed,,

It remains a mystery as to why, and how, thousands of Muslims––some of them women too––from the West, have covered such a long distance to join ISIS to fight war in Syria and Iraq, when we hardly find any example of community members from the US, UK, France etc. joining any war against Israel, or against NATO-led forces. For Muslims––cutting across sectarian lines––a war against the Jewish state should have been much more holier than taking up arms against Assad and al-Maliki, as it had occupied Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, the third holiest place after Mecca and Medina. This is so in spite of the fact that attacks by Israel on Arabs always evoke a lot of anger and street protests in Paris, London, New York etc.

Emerging issues in competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

An emerging theme in the area of competitiveness is the importance of regional competitiveness as the right unit of analysis. It includes not just the endowments one has like natural resources but also how one is able to utilize endowments and build infrastructure that is a critical enabler in gaining competitiveness.

Afghanistan sees first democratic transition amidst ‘sigh of relief,’ hope from the new government, and nostalgia for Karzai era

By M Reyaz,,

Afghanistan is all gear up for the first peaceful transition in over four decades – and in fact first democratic transition in its history - with a “sigh of relief” after months of impasse due to electoral related fraud allegations, and optimism for future amidst mixed reactions for the democratic strides in last 13 years.

By elections outcome: Wake-up call for secular forces to re-work their strategy

By Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Results of the by elections for 36 seats across 10 states have exploded the myth of the BJP riding high on the promise of development and good governance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP lost 13 of the 23 seats it held in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Modi-Obama summit: A new way of doing things?

By Saroj Mohanty,

Personal relations between leaders have a long tradition in international diplomacy. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi readies to take part in his first summit with US President Barack Obama, pundits and the media have focused a good deal of attention on their encounter, billed as one that would seek to detangle the relationship and reenergize the strategic partnership.