Dangerous social engineering in Delhi ahead of assembly elections

By M Reyaz,,

What had started from Meerut to Moradabad has come to play out in Delhi neighbourhoods. From Trilokpuri to Bawana to Okhla, a unique and dangerous kind of social engineering is at play. Drum up a riot, no casualty only some people injured but you have the desired impact – communal polarization.

Is Japan in bubble territory again?

By Vatsal Srivastava,

With another round of a massive bond buying program unleashed by the Bank of Japan (BoJ), Nikkei bulls are most likely having the best time of their lives since the late 1980s. It is easy to ride in a sea of liquidity. Although, Currency Corner fears that the BoJ exit from its quantitative easing program will be a more complex scenario than the US Fed’s exit, the current upward bias towards Japan is likely to remain for the coming few quarters at least.


Is Kejriwal drifting away from old friends?

By Alok Singh ,

New Delhi: Is AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal slowly drifting away from his old associates and gravitating towards a new set of aides for advise and consultation in order to project a new image for his two-year-old party? His recent public appearances and press conferences seem to suggest so as some of the key leaders who have been with the party since its inception are no longer seen close to Kejriwal.

The MIM narrative: For or against Muslims?

By Raoof Mir,

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) registered its first impressive debut performance in a region outside its area of influence i.e. Hyderabad by bagging two seats in the recently held Maharashtra state legislative elections. It has stirred up a contentious debate across various circles in the country.

BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms

By Amulya Ganguli,

It has long been said that the economic reforms are irreversible. Moreover, the Left claims that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are on the same page on this subject since they both pursue what the Communists call "neo-liberal" policies.

Reformer and ruler: No need to mix the role of two

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Taking up a broom and asking the people to do the same may bring about some cosmetic changes in the society, but it would not be a lasting solution.

When Raja Ram Mohan Roy raised his voice against sati, child marriage and stood for widow re-marriage etc he did so because he has his limitations. He was not in power to enact laws against these social evils and get them strictly implemented.

Mudgal Report a big blow to Srinivasan

By Veturi Srivatsa,

The exiled Indian cricket board president Narayanaswamy Srinivasan was just praying that his name should not figure in the Justice Mudgal Committee report on betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). His prayers went unanswered and his name figured prominently among the four individuals identified in the report submitted to the Supreme Court.


Can Owaisis give their politics a non-sectarian twist?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Unlike the Aam Aadmi Party which overestimated its potential after an outstanding debut in Delhi, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) led by Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi is expanding cautiously.

During recent state elections in Maharashtra, they ventured outside the confines of Hyderabad. They made measured forays in 26 constituencies which were once part of the Nizam’s state. The experiment succeeded. They won two and in the remaining 24 they performed with honour intact.

AMU library row: Media sensationalism or deep seated bias?

By M Reyaz,,

A university started by a Muslim, it not only has the word ‘Muslim’ in its name, but also has a predominantly ‘Muslim’ character. And, it bars girl students from entering the University library premises as it would purportedly ‘attract’ more boys.

From Gandhi to Nehru: RSS-BJP’s shifting blame game

By Ram Puniyani,

India’s partition, Gandhi murder and policies of Nehru have been a matter of ceaseless debates. Each political tendency has its own interpretation of these events, which in a way are landmarks of sorts in modern Indian History. As such the phenomenon of Partition of India and assassination of Gandhi are interwoven in the sense that Godse (Mahatma Gandhi’s killer) held Gandhi responsible for appeasement of Muslims. Godse constructed his story around warped understandings of the events of the time to create the ground for murder of the Mahatma.