Actions, not speeches are important

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Actions speak louder than words, goes the saying. This is truer in case of serious politics.

Modi is no more a holy cow

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal human character has come to fore on the silence of the killing of the Kannada writer, scholar and rationalist Dr MM Kalburgi (77), the Dadri beef incident, and blacking of the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, a BJP luminary and LK Advani’s aid, in Mumbai. The tech savy PM who shouts loud from his back mouth through his twitter handle, chose to shut it up for a long time on these many issues of Indian concern.

In Samajwadi Party, is Azam Khan on a downslide?

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : Is Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party finally getting tired of its senior leader and minister Mohd Azam Khan?

While the party is yet to pronounce a judgement, public posturing of its senior leaders suggests that it might be running out of patience as far as Khan and his utterances are concerned. Khan, often a source of embarrassment to the state government, has triggered a storm by saying that he will petition the UN against what he said were "atrocities" on Muslims.

Writers as refuseniks - BJP's blind spot

By Amulya Ganguli

After being flummoxed for a few days by the decision of several Sahitya Akademi award winners to return their medals, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally been able to gather its wits together to respond.

If it was initially taken aback, the reason was not only the unusual nature of the protest, which is vastly different from the political brouhaha which it usually faces, but also because the party has never had much to do with culture since its defining characteristic is Hindu nationalism with its religious and xenophobic components.

Caste major factor in Bihar second round voting

By Imran Khan

Patna: Forget development... It is caste factor that will play the dominating role when 32 of the 243 constituencies go to the polls in the second round of assembly elections on Friday.

About 8.58 million voters will be eligible to elect 32 legislators from among 456 candidates. Six districts will see balloting, including poverty-stricken Kaimur and Rohtas.

Most of the 8,849 polling booths on Friday are in rural areas.

Manipur’s woes find no echo in Delhi

By Ninglun Hanghal

More than a month has passed since the public uprising and subsequent agitation in Churachandpur district of Manipur after three controversial bills were passed by the state government on August 31. The three bills are the Protection of Manipur People's Bill 2015, the Manipur Shops and Establishment (Second Amendment) Bill 2015, and the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015.

‘Rationalists and progressive people should be vocal against regressive-aggressive Hindutva’

Ajay Garkal, author of  Making The Gods Dance

By Mohammed Anas for

Prime Minister needs to speak up on beef killing

By Tajinder Bains

The brutal killing of a man in Bisada village in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, not far from the Indian capital, on suspicion that he consumed beef after killing a cow was more than a murder. It was an attack on one of our most cherished values, protected by the constitution: secularism. It was an assault on the very tenets of Indianness, a value we profess to cherish.

The Indian constitution guarantees every citizen the right to practise his or her religion, without any interference of the State that is mandated to maintain its secular character.

On forgiveness

By Jaspal Singh for

Every society has developed a notion of forgiveness. Every major religion also has a concept of forgiveness. It implies that there is an understanding that in the complex web of relations that humans are entangled in with each other, humans are bound to make mistakes, hurt each other by their actions, words and glances. Yet they must carry on living with each other, accepting each other and moving on with their lives.

Once shy, Nitish takes to social media with zeal

By Prashant Kumar,

New Delhi: For too long, he was shy, unlike most other politicians. But ever since the battle for Bihar began, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has embraced social media like never before, answering, to the delight of his fans, tens of thousands of questions.

As one challenging the might of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bihar, Nitish Kumar, 64, is now one of the most familiar names on Facebook and Twitter, connecting a huge mass of admirers and supporters both in the country and abroad.