Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A proud Hindu who exemplified Indian ethos

By Mayank Chhaya,

As Atal Bihari Vajpayee turns 90 on Dec 25, he remains one of the finest practitioners of India's enlightened pluralism as embedded in its ancient civilization rather than an obligation as mandated by the constitution of a young nation-state.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Apostle of peace, humanity personified

By Ashok Tandon,

A 28-year-old dhoti-kurta clad young man was jostling to push his blanket-wrapped baggage into the unreserved compartment of a passenger train at Delhi Railway station on May 8, 1953.

It was a send off for Shyma Prasad Moookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party), on a mission to enter Jammu & Kashmir defying the entry-permit order of the government and demanding full integration of the state into the Indian Union.

What drives prosperity?

By Amit Kapoor,

One of the fundamental questions in the realm of economics is: What drives prosperity? One may ask prosperity of ‘what’? The ‘what’ can be described as a region, which could be a locality/city, region/state, nation/country or an international free trade area. Framed differently, the question can also be put as why some (cities/regions/countries) become rich while others remain poor? The question appears to be quite broad and has fundamental implications for all the peoples of the world. This is because fundamental questions like these if properly answered can impact the lives of all the 7 billion inhabitants of the world. It is not just a theoretical academic question but has a bearing on economic growth, which is imperative for improving the quality of life of all peoples of the world.


Election outcome: Has 'ghar wapsi' hurt BJP?

By Amulya Ganguli,

While the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) failure to achieve "Mission 44 plus" in Jammu and Kashmir is understandable because of the party's generally unfavourable image in the eyes of the Muslims, there are two aspects of the elections in Kashmir and Jharkhand which must be a cause of concern for the ruling party at the centre.

Sony hacking: Cyber vandalism or cyber terrorism?

By Monish Gulati,

As South Asia was watching the terrible tragedy at Peshawar unfold another drama was coming to head in Hollywood. At the eye of the storm was ‘The Interview’, a comedy by Sony Pictures Entertainment that depicts a fictional assassination of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.


Vajpayee and Modi: Scarred inheritance

By Tarun Basu,

Over a decade after Atal Bihari Vajpayee relinquished power -- and in many ways withdrew from public life -- after an electoral defeat that his party never foresaw but he seemed to have, the present government is seeking to appropriate his legacy by hailing him as an icon of good governance -- and may even confer on him the Bharat Ratna, the nation's highest honour.

Forgetting Minorities Rights Day is NOT Good Governance

By Shah Ahmed,,

Ever since Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, the right wing groups including the RSS and those affiliated with the RSS are ruling the roost…not a single day goes by without a provocative statement from the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing fringe groups that threatens the secular fabric of the country.

Isolating Moscow will not help India or the West

By Amit Dasgupta,

By all accounts, the Russian economy is in imminent danger of collapse. After a period of relative economic stability under President Vladimir Putin, the rouble is now in free-fall. The central bank has announced an increase in interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent. It failed to stabilize the rouble. This has reduced the purchasing power and seriously affected ordinary Russians, as the bulk of food and consumer goods are imported.

Hindutva diminishing India’s official ideology

By Mohammed Naseeruddin,

The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. Hence secularism is an essential part of our “official Ideology”.

The secular or communal political parties, whoever is in power, are constitutionally bound to follow this dictum. But for the past six months, it has been noticed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent organization of ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) dictates its own agenda to diminish our ‘Official Ideology’ that relies on participative democracy and religious neutrality.

Fascist war against humanity

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

The slaughtering of over 140 children by the Pakistani Taliban is a grim reminder of how religious rights have no faith in democracy and its order. That they can kill anyone at their own will and the authorities are left to react once they have done their ‘duty’ shows how powerful have they become so far. Further, this reflects that the war on terror has failed on all counts. Just a day before this incident, we saw the infamous Sydney siege where a gunman kept hostage to so many visitors of the café keeping the authorities guessing his motives and resulting in killings of a few of the hostages. The killing spree of the gangs and thugs in the name of religion continues world-over and it is a matter of great concern as at the end of the day as it is the common person who is becoming the victim of their hate mission.