An index to measure development and diversity at the district level

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Detroit: “It’s a logical extension of Sachar Report’s methodology to highlight differentials in human development for indices for each socio-religious communities at the district level,” Dr. Abusaleh Shariff told me while explaining DDDIx, a new index that he is going to launch later this month to measure development and diversity at the district level in India.

Why BJP lost? No anti Gandhi anger to harvest

By Saeed Naqvi ,

Recent by-election reverses for the BJP are early intimations of mortality for the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duet. As a senior BJP leader whispered: "They must come down to earth." In other words, a degree of realism may now be introduced into the proceedings.

The May parliamentary elections were peculiar in some ways. The outcome was expected and yet the scale of the BJP victory was something of a shock.

Sachin Pilot silences detractors with Rajasthan victories

By Anil Sharma,

Jaipur: With the Congress winning three of the four assembly seats in the recently held byelections in Rajasthan, state party president Sachin Pilot has silenced his detractors and proven his political acumen - and is now eyeing the civic and panchayat polls later this year or early next year.

Minorities at Cross Roads: Comments on Judicial Pronouncements

By Fali S Nariman,

The elections in April-May, 2014 this year have put a strong majoritarian Government in power at the Centre. I welcome it.

Whilst I welcome a single-party majority government, I also fear it.

I fear it because of past experience with a majoritarian government in the nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies: when the then all-Congress Government had unjustifiably imposed the Internal Emergency of June 1975. And rode rough shod over the liberties of citizens.

The Islamic State and the "Caliphate" of Al Baghdadi – Implications for Indian Muslims

By Dr. Ajmal,

In the last article - The Islamic State and the Caliphate of Al Baghdadi – Of Power, Politics & Legality , we had discussed briefly, the origins, politics and also the legality of ISIS.

To sum up, ISIS started as an Iraqi Resistance Movement against the Shite Maliki Regime, which, with active support of Saudi and others went on to become a major force. They supported ISIS in order to derive political benefit i.e. to overthrow Maliki and to reduce Qatar’s influence in Middle East, even if it meant strengthening Assad.

Lest we Forget: The Batla House Case, six years on

By Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association,

19th September marks the sixth anniversary of the Batla House ‘encounter’. Six years ago, on this day, the Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have hit upon the perpetrators of the serial blasts that had struck the capital city the previous week. The so-called encounter resulted in the death of Inspector Sharma, a veteran of dozens of encounters and two young men, Atif Ameen and Sajid.

Why both love and Jihad are misinterpreted by Saffronised Indians?

By Shadab Ahmad Moizee,

Kabhi masjid pe ja baithe Kabhi mandir pe ja baithe
Parindon me yaha firqa parasti kyu nahi aati….

This poetic verse expresses the freedom of birds, but in 21st century love birds need to define their love according to self-confessed contractors of religion.

SAI, not federations, raises Incheon hopes

By Veturi Srivatsa,

If Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson confidently says India will win 70-75 medals at the Incheon Asian Games, one has to take the figure seriously. Normally, it is the national sports federations that make tall claims about their chances, not the sports ministry or any of its agencies.


India crisis of competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

The title of this article draws from a section in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 that looks at the reasons for India’s Lucifer like fall from 48 in 2007-08 to 71. It is the worst rank in the BRICS economies (Brazil-57th, Russian Federation-53rd, China-28th, South Africa-56th). Last year, one of the authors of this piece had written an article in which he talked about India being at a stage where there is the clear and present danger of losing its competitiveness. India's fall is despite the fact that the number of economies in this year’s ranking (144 countries) is lesser than last year’s 148 countries considered for the report.

BJP’s defeat is seldom analyzed deeply

By Soroor Ahmed,,

When the Bharatiya Janata Party performed badly in the August 21 by-polls in Bihar––it could win only four out of 10 seats––it was attributed to the coming together of RJD, JD(U) and Congress. But how will the BJP explain losing three out of nine seats in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, three out of four in Rajasthan and eight out of 11 in Uttar Pradesh. After all the BJP-led alliance had won 124 out of 131 Lok Sabha seats in these three states in the parliamentary election held in May 2014.