धर्मनिरपेक्ष ‘महागठबंधन’ और साम्प्रदायिक गुत्थियां

By राजीव यादव,

बिहार उपचुनाव में नीतीश-लालू के महागठबंधन को ६ सीटें और राजग को ४ सीटें मिलने के बाद पूरे देश में इस किस्म के गठबंधन बनने-बनाने के गुणा-गणित शुरु हो गए है. महागठबंधन को मिली सफलता से उत्साहित शरद यादव ने कहा कि “भाजपा को रोकने के लिए अगले चुनाव में अब देश भर में महागठबंधन करेंगे.” सांप्रदायिक ताकतों को शिकस्त देने वाले इस महागठबंधन के मद्देनज़र इस बात को जेहन में रखना चाहिए कि इस महागठबंधन के दोनों मुस्लिम प्रत्याशियों - नरकटिया गंज से कांग्रेस के फखरुद्दीन और बांका से राजद के इकबाल हुसैन अंसारी - की हार हुई है. बांका में कड़ी टक्कर देते हुए इकबाल मात्र ७११ मतों से हारे हैं पर इससे यह भी साफ़ है कि जातीय समीकरणों से ऊपर उठकर भाजपा को हिंदू वोट मिले हैं. महागठबंधन ने मुस्लिम वोटों को तो समेट लिया पर हिंदू वोटों को अब भी समेट नहीं पाया, जो एक जेहनियत है, जिससे लड़ने का वायदा महागठबंधन कर रहा है.

Modi should speak out more on sports in India

By Veturi Srivatsa,

One wonders how Narendra Modi could draw a parallel between India winning a cricket match and the Mars achievement of space scientists when he himself and his alter ego Amit Shah controlled Gujarat cricket till the two shifted to Delhi.

अस्मानामा : मैं तो चार से निक़ाह करूंगा, लेकिन तुम्हारा क्या?

By अस्मा अंजुम खान,,

(अंग्रेज़ी पढ़ाती हैं और ढेर सारी बातें करती हैं.)

शनिवार का दिन मेरे लिए एक मशक्क़त से भरे हफ़्ते के अंत का सूचक होता है. पिछले छः दिनों के भीतर किए गए कामों के बाद मिलने वाला आराम मुझे अपने आगोश में लेने लगता है. इसी बीच एक शनिवार को एक बहन आती है और मुझे गले से लगाकर फूट-फूटकर रोने लगती है. उसने बताया कि आयशा और अन्य उम्माहतुल मोमिनीन के बारे में मेरी बातों ने उसके दिल को छू लिया. लेकिन अपनी उस रुलाई के बारे में पूछे जाने पर उसने जो बताया, उससे मैं न सिर्फ़ चकित हुई बल्कि अगले कुछ हफ़्तों तक मेरे भीतर डर बैठ गया था.

Magic, heroism and redemption: C.S. Lewis' Narnia tales

By Vikas Datta,

Fantastic beings and worlds have always been key elements of literature and works containing them have always relished by readers across ages and cultures. But while these motifs are present in a broad gamut of cross-cultural myths, fables, and epics both sacred and profane, fantasy as a literary genre in itself emerged much more recently than we think. Not even a century has elapsed since the appearance of two of its most famous, path-breaking works - which further burnished their credentials by the standards of our spectacle-oriented society by successfully making the transition to the big screen - as well as inspiring a host of other writers like J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan Philip Pullman, Lev Grossman and Neil Gaiman. These are the chronicles of the Middle Earth and of Narnia.

A new Modi doctrine for Indian foreign policy?

By Arul Louis,

Marking a decisive break from the slowly eroding traditional underpinnings of Indian foreign policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his United Nations speech set out a new framework marked by two elements: replacing the polemics of a bipolar era with a policy centred on dialogue and engagement and the vestiges of anti-colonialism with a focus on democratisation.

Attack on Sarath has hidden agenda of breaking Dalit – Muslim unity

By Kaneez Fathima,

Ethnic cultures and their manifestations in the public sphere has become target for authoritarianism. BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi has been trying to efface the multiculturalism and secularism from the society. Fascist authoritarianism never tolerates the democratic and secular nature of the people’s constitution.

Indian Americans call for an end to growing repression of minorities and erosion of civil liberties in India

Prime Minister Modi's visit should be an occasion to discuss the current state of human rights and religious freedom in India, Coalition Against Genocide (CAG) argued.

By TCN News,

Can US motivate Modi government to restore equitable polity in India?

By Kaleem Kawaja,

The visit of a Prime Minister of India to the United States on the invitation of the US President is a significant event for the people of India. It raises hopes that with help from US things will change for the better for the billion plus Indians. India has been a burgeoning democracy since it became a free and sovereign nation sixty-seven years ago in 1947. Twenty-three years ago in 1991 India began a tryst with the western style system of free enterprise and global economy.

Saudi nightmare: What if ISIS plans for Eid in Mecca?

By Saeed Naqvi,

In President Barack Obama's initial list of the coalition against the Islamist State (ISIS) are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain and Jordan. Others are being cajoled, tempted, lured but are not quite there.

India too was sounded. Mercifully, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarked on a mission of economic diplomacy. He will tiptoe out of this one.

The catastrophe finally arrived in Kashmir

By Abdul MajidZargar,

Kashmir has been devastated by raging floods. While the human toll is yet to be ascertained, the over-all loss to property, infrastructure & business is estimated to be one lakh crores of rupees. Our ruling class has lost no time in urging New-Delhi to declare the tragedy a national calamity, but their tribe andadministration cannot escape the blame of inviting this fury and in that respect it can legitimately be called a man-made calamity.Two MLAs are fast emerging as facilitators, if not architects, of the whole tragedy.