Indian Mujahideen: From small beginnings to South Asian footprint

By Rajnish Singh ,

New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen, whose alleged India head Tehsin Akhtar and four other operatives were arrested this week from the India-Nepal border and Jodhpur, began as a small group of radicalised Muslim youth called `Usaba' and now has operations spread through South Asia, investigators said.

Officials studying their operations and antecedents say IM took the present name only after it carried out its first strike in 2007 through simultaneous bombings in three cities of Uttar Pradesh.

And what about us, men ask political parties

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow: An organisation working for men's rights and issues has prepared a "men-i-festo" and said that if political parties do not accede to their demands, they will exercise the None of the Above (NOTA) option on the ballot papers.

Their credo - No Men's Right, No Votes.

These men have decided that if political parties do not commit on their demands, they will exercise the NOTA option.

Is Modi rattled by AK-49?

By Amulya Ganguli,

Narendra Modi's rather unusually harsh criticism of Arvind Kejriwal can raise the question whether the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has been unnerved by the challenge posed by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader in the contest for the Varanasi seat.

MJCET Students Invent A Solar Powered Charkha!

By: Syed Khaled Shahbaaz,

A solar-powered Charkha was inaugurated by Mr. Khan Lateef Khan, Chairman, Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society during the Annual Day celebrations of Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology on 27th March. Developed by students Farhan Ali Khan and Aditya Mekala of B.E 4th year, the solar-powered spinning wheel aims at easing worker burden, doubling yield and promoting employment in rural areas of India where poor women use these Charkhas to earn their livelihood.

Entertainment Industries' So Called Open Approach, a Reason for Crime Against Women

By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

Commenting on the Editorial "The Message from Speedy Trials" of The Hindu dated 22nd March 2014 in the context of Mumbai Sessions Court's judgment in the Shakti Mills gang-rape case in which 4 accused got life imprisonment, Mr. Siddharth, an ordinary Indian man, raises valuable points. He says that these kinds of incidents will continue to happen unless we realize that the basic cause is the commercialization of lust brought about by films and pornographic industry. "Who dares to oppose them?"

Elections 2014: Between Wave and Reality, the Shadow of Figures

By Saeed Naqvi ,

Anil Trivedi, tall, with an unkept grey beard, settles down over a cup of tea in my Indore hotel room, putting aside his AAP cap. His companion, Gaurav Chandak, a younger man, is an Indian Institute of Technology graduate and a committed social worker. He "had to vote" for the BJP in the December elections, he complains, because the Congress has not offered much of a contest in Indore in recent years.

Bihar's 'Osama bin Laden' is now an untouchable

By Imran Khan,

Patna: A Muslim man whose uncanny resemblance to Osama bin Laden made him actively woo Muslim votes for Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan years ago now feels shunned by everyone in Bihar.

The times have changed, and Meraj Khalid Noor admits that no one wants him any more in their campaign meetings.

Patna-based Noor was once the darling of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former chief minister Lalu Prasad and the Lok Janshakti Party's (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan.

Women in elections: Haryana continues discrimination

By Jaideep Sarin ,

Chandigarh: Having a skewed sex ratio, one of the worst among Indian states, is not the only blot on Haryana. The state discriminates against women even in elections.

For the Lok Sabha elections in the state, only 10 women candidates from the overall 230 contestants have been left in the fray for the 10 parliamentary seats, for which voting will be held April 10.

Modi is Neither Loyal to Hindus nor Muslims rather to Corporate, says a Report on Gujarat Development

By Mahmood Asim,,

Gujarat model of development is much-talked about and much-hyped in the mainstream Indian media especially after the projection of Modi as a PM candidate of NDA. Apart from lip service against Modi (when needed for their own vested interest) elite and ruling class has always given their full hand to Modi because of his weight and clout thrown behind them in order to make the hay while the sun shines. However, the real projection of Modi is basically for two reasons as professor of IIT (Delhi), V.K. Tripathi mentions “One, he let 2000 helpless countrymen burn alive and did not even blink an eye, i.e. he is brave. Two, he provided lands to Tatas, Reliance and other industrialists for peanuts”.

Development, Environment and the Tribal of Maghuwapara

By Abdul Kalam Azad,

The history of human civilization is same as the history of change and development. The advent of renaissance and industrial revolution in seventeen century opened up the scope of change and development beyond imagination. The science and technology played a vital role in this whole journey. But history also tells us that a certain section of society always remains outside the ambit of such change and development process. This alienation is sometimes deliberate as well as forceful. We observe such alienation of tribals of northeast region of India from development process. During colonial period British Raj distinguished the tribals from the people living in the valleys. The colonial rulers were less bothered about development interventions in tribal dominated areas as most of those areas were not economically viable as far as revenue collection was concerned. Sociologists opine that such alienation is one of the major reasons for the current unrest in this region. But today we are going to discuss another aspect of exclusive development model and its impacts on the marginalized tribal groups.