Will religious census stir up India's political cauldron?

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow/Patna : Will the religious census released by the central government on Tuesday stir up India's political cauldron? Reports from two states with a sizeable Muslim population suggest that it just could.

In Uttar Pradesh, the answer seemingly is in the affirmative, fear many, as the already polarized polity of India's most politically crucial state is set to be harvested for electoral gains in the run-up to the state assembly elections due in early 2017.

The Mainstreaming of Asaduddin Owaisi

What does axing of NSA talks mean to Kashmiris

By Sheikh Qayoom

Pakistan's decision to call off the NSA-level talks with India proves an old maxim for the people of Jammu and Kashmir: Whether the knife falls on the watermelon or the watermelon falls on the knife, it is the watermelon that gets cut.

There have been nearly 100 violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir since January 1.

Excerpts from the book Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India

This book examines the role of Ulemas in attempting to use the idea of jihad as an instrument for combating colonialism in South Asia as far back as 1914. Excerpts from the introduction to this important work is presented here.

By Tariq Hasan

अफ़रोज़ की 'बिहार डायरी' - बिहार नाही सुधरी

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

गरीबी, बेचारगी, मायूसी, क़त्ल, चोरी, डकैती, भ्रष्टाचार, बात बात पर रिश्वत और नेताओं के झूठे वादे व आश्वासन... कई भोजपुरी धुनों के बीच से उभरती 'बिहार नाही सुधरी...' की सुरीली धुन.

आंखें खुलीं तो नीचे देखा. मेरी सीट पर छः-सात 'पॉलिटिकली मोटीवेटेड' लोगों का जमावड़ा लगा हुआ था. लोग अपनी-अपनी बातों को अपने-अपने अंदाज़ में रख रहे थे. कोई मोदी भक्ति में लीन था तो कोई नितीश के गुणगान में. तो एक दूसरे जनाब लालू राज की खूबियों को बता रहे थे. सोशल सेक्योरिटी और न जाने क्या-क्या?

Hamida Aapa ki yaaden

By Shaheer Khan for

It's anybody's game in Bihar

By Amulya Ganguli,

Notwithstanding the cheers which Prime Minister Narendra Modi received while announcing the Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar at an election rally, he will be making a mistake if he believes that the bonanza will ensure the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) runaway victory in the state assembly elections in October/November.

Who stopped UNESCO from declaring Delhi a Heritage City?

By Saeed Naqvi

I was on the third floor balcony of a friend's apartment in Mehrauli, Delhi's first city. It had a commanding view of green, lush foliage stretching upto the railway tracks where the Delhi Metro glides past at frequent intervals.

"And that on your left is the Qutub Minar," said my friend proudly, pointing towards dark spaces. "Where?" I asked. "There, right there," he insisted. There was only darkness on view.

बीस साल के लड़के का सत्याग्रह

सिद्धांत मोहन,

वाराणसी: दिन भर पीठ पर एक बैकपैक टांगे, पुराने मैले कपड़े पहने, एक साइकिल के सहारे बनारस के मंडलीय अस्पतालों के चक्कर काटते अमन को बनारस में कम लोग ही जानते हैं. अमन यादव, यही नाम है बनारस में रहने वाले इस शख्स का.

उम्र बीस साल और समाजशास्त्र से बी.ए. में सेकण्ड ईयर का छात्र अमन एक बड़ी मुहिम पर निकला है. पहले की बात और थी लेकिन अब सड़क पर कोई भी गरीब, घायल, चोटिल या बीमार यूं ही लावारिस पड़ा नहीं दिखता है. जिसके पास पैसे नहीं हैं, अब उसे भी इलाज मुहैया होने लगा है. उन्हें इलाज मुहैया कराते हैं, अमन यादव.

Foiling a kidnapping: How children are lured away in Delhi

By Ranjana Narayan and Rajnish Singh

New Delhi : But for the alertness of a battery-rickshaw driver, two small boys of a residential society in Dwarka, in west Delhi, would have been kidnapped last week.

In a worrying account of how easily child kidnappers are able to strike, two boys, aged seven and nine, were being quietly whisked away by a young man who had won their confidence over the period of a week of sitting and observing them in the playground in Dwarka's Sector 22.