Banking on Muslim votes

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

In about 45 days, we will know which collection of parties is going to form the next government in India. Indian elections are less about issues and more about voting blocks. While most voting blocks are tied to political parties organized on the basis of caste or regional identities there is one vote block that is up for grabs in every election or so it seems. Muslims who have been loyal Congress vote banks for a long time since Indian independence have for some time made it known that they will vote strategically at the local level that best serves their interests.

Party Change during Elections: A Danger to democracy?

By Staff Reporter,

Guwahati, Assam: With the 16th Lok Sabha election nearing, many political leaders including MPs have been seen changing parties at the last moment in Assam and elsewhere in the country. They have even explicitly said that the reason is their not getting a ticket as they desired. But this trend which has been on the rise is being termed as ‘danger to democracy’ by many.

Keen tussle on the cards in Ajmer for Pilot

By Anil Sharma ,

Ajmer (Rajasthan): Ajmer, home to the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, will see state Congress chief and union minister Sachin Pilot squaring off against prominent Jat leader Sanwar Lal Jat of the BJP.

Sanwar Jat is a minister in the state cabinet of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

No other prominent leader is in the fray in the election to the Lok Sabha from the constituency.

Indian Mujahideen: From small beginnings to South Asian footprint

By Rajnish Singh ,

New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen, whose alleged India head Tehsin Akhtar and four other operatives were arrested this week from the India-Nepal border and Jodhpur, began as a small group of radicalised Muslim youth called `Usaba' and now has operations spread through South Asia, investigators said.

Officials studying their operations and antecedents say IM took the present name only after it carried out its first strike in 2007 through simultaneous bombings in three cities of Uttar Pradesh.

And what about us, men ask political parties

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow: An organisation working for men's rights and issues has prepared a "men-i-festo" and said that if political parties do not accede to their demands, they will exercise the None of the Above (NOTA) option on the ballot papers.

Their credo - No Men's Right, No Votes.

These men have decided that if political parties do not commit on their demands, they will exercise the NOTA option.

Is Modi rattled by AK-49?

By Amulya Ganguli,

Narendra Modi's rather unusually harsh criticism of Arvind Kejriwal can raise the question whether the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has been unnerved by the challenge posed by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader in the contest for the Varanasi seat.

MJCET Students Invent A Solar Powered Charkha!

By: Syed Khaled Shahbaaz,

A solar-powered Charkha was inaugurated by Mr. Khan Lateef Khan, Chairman, Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society during the Annual Day celebrations of Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology on 27th March. Developed by students Farhan Ali Khan and Aditya Mekala of B.E 4th year, the solar-powered spinning wheel aims at easing worker burden, doubling yield and promoting employment in rural areas of India where poor women use these Charkhas to earn their livelihood.

Entertainment Industries' So Called Open Approach, a Reason for Crime Against Women

By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

Commenting on the Editorial "The Message from Speedy Trials" of The Hindu dated 22nd March 2014 in the context of Mumbai Sessions Court's judgment in the Shakti Mills gang-rape case in which 4 accused got life imprisonment, Mr. Siddharth, an ordinary Indian man, raises valuable points. He says that these kinds of incidents will continue to happen unless we realize that the basic cause is the commercialization of lust brought about by films and pornographic industry. "Who dares to oppose them?"

Elections 2014: Between Wave and Reality, the Shadow of Figures

By Saeed Naqvi ,

Anil Trivedi, tall, with an unkept grey beard, settles down over a cup of tea in my Indore hotel room, putting aside his AAP cap. His companion, Gaurav Chandak, a younger man, is an Indian Institute of Technology graduate and a committed social worker. He "had to vote" for the BJP in the December elections, he complains, because the Congress has not offered much of a contest in Indore in recent years.

Bihar's 'Osama bin Laden' is now an untouchable

By Imran Khan,

Patna: A Muslim man whose uncanny resemblance to Osama bin Laden made him actively woo Muslim votes for Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan years ago now feels shunned by everyone in Bihar.

The times have changed, and Meraj Khalid Noor admits that no one wants him any more in their campaign meetings.

Patna-based Noor was once the darling of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former chief minister Lalu Prasad and the Lok Janshakti Party's (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan.