Prime Minister needs to speak up on beef killing

By Tajinder Bains

The brutal killing of a man in Bisada village in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, not far from the Indian capital, on suspicion that he consumed beef after killing a cow was more than a murder. It was an attack on one of our most cherished values, protected by the constitution: secularism. It was an assault on the very tenets of Indianness, a value we profess to cherish.

The Indian constitution guarantees every citizen the right to practise his or her religion, without any interference of the State that is mandated to maintain its secular character.

No cakewalk for anyone, Bihar votes from Monday

By Imran Khan

Patna : Some 66.8 million people will be eligible to vote from Monday in staggered assembly polls in Bihar in the biggest popularity test in the country since the BJP was routed in Delhi in February.

After weeks of no-holds-barred campaigning in which the key players hurled real and perceived abuses at one another, the Bihar clash will show if Prime Minister Narendra Modi still retains his charisma or not.

Interview of a JNU student who is a Congress candidate in Bihar polls

By Tanzil Asif and Sneha Dipika for

Tauquir Alam is the son of Mansoor Alam, a RJD leader and three-times MLA from Barari (Katihar) and ex-Minister in the Bihar government. Tauquir is a Congress candidate from Pranpur assembly constituency of Katihar - one of the four Seemanchal districts of Bihar. He is a deregistered Ph.D. student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi and alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Alam is a product of student politics (NSUI) and unsuccessfully contested JNUSU President Election in 2007.

Can gap between Modi's vision and Hindu hyper-nationalists be bridged?

By Amulya Ganguli

Narendra Modi is probably learning the veracity of Stalin's insightful aphorism that while one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. In a country which has seen innumerable communal riots over the decades, and a 25 percent rise in inter-faith violence since Modi came to power, the furore over the death of one Muslim in a village near Delhi must be something of a puzzle and also hugely disconcerting for the government because it cannot quite anticipate what the fallout will be over a period of time.

Worshiping Cow: Killing Humanity

Ram Puniyani,

Just over a decade ago (2002) in Dulina village of Jhajjar in Haryana a mob of over a thousand people lynched five dalits who were skinning a dead cow to sell the hide. A few months ago in Malegaon Mahahrashtra police arrested three Muslims on the charge of storing beef. On the back of this come the news from Bisara that a Muslim was killed and his son injured seriously on the charges of storing-eating beef.

Danish Suhail: Dedicated for the people of misfortune

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Aligarh: Danish Suhail, a Dentist by profession who is currently studying Management from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and aims to study Master in Public Health overseas had never thought that the social work which he has been doing since last several years would be recognized by “The Queen's Young Leaders Program” by selecting him for the Peer Advisory Mentors one among 24 individuals across the globe.


India, US cooperation on mega-city governance growing: Indian envoy

By Arun Kumar

Washington: India-US cooperation in governance of mega-cities is part of a whole new paradigm of working together and forming habits of cooperation between the world's two largest democracies, according to the Indian ambassador Arun K Singh.

"It takes diplomacy beyond the nation-state," he said at an event at Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, on the Megacity Challenge ahead of a conference on Megacity Security in Mumbai next month.

Digital chaos causing real troubles in India

By Wahidul Islam for

The nation has unfolded into a new kind of chaos, digital chaos. Social media like Facebook, Twitter are flooded with unprecedented numbers of posts with abusive languages.

Mandal-II vs Kamandal-II: Social justice and Bihar assembly election

By Sanjay Kumar & Badre Alam,

"For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights."- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

How should we interpret your conspicuous silence, Mr Prime Minister?