Rethinking the global fight against extremism

By Hardeep Singh Puri and Omar El Okdah,

Between February 17-19, a large conference on 'Countering Violent Extremism' convened in Washington, bringing together political and diplomatic representatives from over 60 countries, law enforcement officials, religious leaders and experts.


Soul of India at peril

By Syed Mohammad Aamir Ali,

“Aryans and non-Aryans, Dravidians and Chinese, Scythians, Huns, Pathans and Moghuls, all have merged and lost themselves in one body. And, this body is India today.” Rabindranath Tagore

Sayings of Gurudev undoubtedly reflect the true India as the cradle of one the world’s oldest civilization, Indian has always been known for its unity in diversity. India is the birth place of four major religions and survives and thrives on its diverse customs, religions and languages embedded in its soul.

Manjhi’s self-interest, political hara-kiri, an alarm bell

By Md. Mudassir Alam for,

Bihar has witnessed a very chaotic crisis in the recent time, which in turn has directly or indirectly affected the common people of the state. With the resignation of Jitan Ram Manjhi, the self-proclaimed political superman of Bihar from the CM’s post all types of speculations came to an end.

A different tourism: Voyages to degradation, exploitation

By Vikas Datta,

Tourism normally entails travel for relaxation or leisure, to some scenic spot or a place celebrated for its cultural heritage - and generates some splendid literature. But there are also contrarians who go to the other extreme - visiting the world's most polluted areas, or where fruits of globalisation have conspicuously turned sour - and present vivid but disturbing accounts of what unbridled "development" and rapacious commercial interests seeking to serve the global consumer society's insatiable demand are doing to the planet and luckless communities.


Hazrat, yeh haiy Lucknow; zara aahista chaliyey

By Kaleem Kawaja,

In my recent visit to India to various cities, I came across a lot of brash people in a hurry to appear modern and in a hurry in general. In their hurry, they forget to be polite and in their talk they are abrupt and forget to nuance their expressions.

An open letter to the PM: a Muslim prayer cap would have been more affective

By John Dayal,,

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, does not take kindly to advice, especially of the unsolicited variety. But let me risk it!

Mr. Prime Minister, you would have done better, achieved a thousand times more; and helped India’s cultural integrity, unity and amity – and therefore its prosperity – by the simple visual action of putting on a Muslim Prayer cap, delicately crocheted in white cotton thread, in front of the global TV news cameras. You need not have gone to a Jama Masjid, or even to a meeting of your favourite Muslim leaders in Gujarat, or a private function at the homes of the three Muslim ministers in the Union government and the Bharatiya Janata party top leadership.

Growing strategic ties see record number of Indians visiting Saudi Arabia

By Fakir Balaji ,

Bengaluru: A record 1.2 million Indians were granted visas to visit Saudi Arabia in 2014, indicating the surge in contacts and diversification of ties between the two countries, the country's top envoy has said.

"Our embassy issued 1.2 million visas in India in 2014, a record for a Saudi mission anywhere," Saudi ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati told IANS here. Similarly, the number of Indian expatriates in the desert kingdom has gone up to a staggering three million - one of the largest Indian diaspora in any country - over the years.

Modi's secular pitch can give BJP a new face

By Amulya Ganguli,

The saffron brotherhood is apparently coming to terms with India's pluralism - and the constitution.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi's observation that his government will act against any religious group inciting violence shows he has realized, albeit belatedly, that he cannot afford to maintain his "dangerous silence", to quote the New York Times, on the intimidation of minorities by Hindu groups affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Coughing Kejriwal: Scary mandate and scary pollution

By Rajendra Shende ,

The day Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, which means Common Man's Party) won unprecedented mandate in Delhi's assembly election, the City Council in Paris, the French capital, was huddled together to approve tighter measures to fight air pollution.

A perverse interpretation of religious neutrality

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Now that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal is the Chief Minister of Delhi, the people, including Muslims, are naturally looking forward to action from him to redress their long-standing problems.