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.

Can Kirsten and Hussey change South Africa's fortunes?

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Hiring consultants for key games appears to be the new trend. The South Africans have brought in their one time coach Gary Kirsten, who also happens to be the man in charge of the Indian team that won the World Cup four years ago, and the once "Mr Cricket" of Australia - Mike Hussey.


Religious intolerance and NDA policies

By Tariq Hasan for,

President Barack Obama's parting advice to the people of India hours before his departure from New Delhi following his three-day state visit had triggered a debate in India. Obama's mildly-worded counsel served as a timely reminder to the political establishment that divisive politics based on sectarian and communal grounds can derail the country’s ambitious programme for economic resurgence.

कलीम आजिज़ - एक गुमनाम शायर का फ़साना

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

कलीम आजिज़, यानी वह शख्स जो मीर की रवायत को अब तक बनाए रखे हुए था, हमें और उर्दू शायरी छोड़ चले गए. यह छोड़कर जाना सिर्फ़ एक सुखनवर के गुज़र जाने का होता तो कोई बात भी थी, लेकिन यह जाना पूरी उर्दू शायरी और उससे कमोबेश हर हाल में प्रभावित रहने वाली हिन्दी कविता के एक बड़े अध्याय का जाना था.
आपातकाल के वक्त इंदिरा गांधी के लिए कलीम साहब ने कहा था –

Delhi election: Have Muslims abandoned Congress?

By Syed Ubaidur Rahman,

Delhi's voters have given their verdict loud and clear. After months of uncertainty, the electorate has reposed faith in Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP that has its genesis in Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement.

It is not just his victory that is important. What is more significant is the groundswell of support the Aam Aadmi Party got. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have been decimated with just three seats, the biggest loser is the Congress.

The world must stop misinterpreting terrorists as Messiahs of Islam

By Aziz A. Mubaraki,

If by any means spilling Muslim blood is the deciding factor for Muslims to decide who the community should take vengeance against, then these dissemblers i.e., ISIS, Al Qaeda or geographically more closer, the Talibans, should immediately go into hiding as these organizations have been butchering Muslims for years now.

Modi and soft power: No substitute for traditional diplomacy

By Amit Dasgupta,

When the chief minister of gujarat became the prime minister of India, the personal interest he demonstrated in foreign affairs confounded everyone. But what caught everyone by surprise was the ease with which he brought his personal style to bear on his interaction with world leaders. Establishing a one-to-one rapport became his distinctive hallmark.

Man and the universe

By Jaspal Singh,

For last few days I have been thinking about the grandeur of the universe and our own insignificance. A young scientist at MIT made a presentation about the space dust or cosmic dust,that is all over the universe and various means through which it is being detected by Chandra and Hubble telescopes.I was reminded of Baba Farid's Shlokas-Farida Khak Na Nindiye,Khaku Jed Na Koi,Jenvevdyan Pairan Tale, Moinyan Uppar Hoye-( Farid one should not underestimate dust,nothing is comparable to it.In our life it is under our feet supporting us and in death it covers us).

Is it absorbing pressure or mounting it, Dhoni?

By Veturi Srivatsa,

It is not easy to please Indian cricket fans; they are too demanding. Not many seem to be willing to wager on the team winning the 2015 World Cup - they may well settle for a victory over Pakistan in their opening match at Adelaide Sunday.

On the eve of the match, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to assure the fans, saying his players can absorb pressure as they have calm nerves and they have big-match temperament.


Delhi on a platter, hot and sweet

By Bushra Alvi for,

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” George S. Patton

Not too many days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was heard prophesising: Result aaney do, doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jaayega. And that is exactly what happened when the result of the Delhi Assembly election was declared. The milk that had been simmering for long in Delhi, boiled and bubbled until it eliminated all the unwanted elements through its hot vapour…poof! Not even a speck remained.