Reformer and ruler: No need to mix the role of two

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Taking up a broom and asking the people to do the same may bring about some cosmetic changes in the society, but it would not be a lasting solution.

When Raja Ram Mohan Roy raised his voice against sati, child marriage and stood for widow re-marriage etc he did so because he has his limitations. He was not in power to enact laws against these social evils and get them strictly implemented.

Mudgal Report a big blow to Srinivasan

By Veturi Srivatsa,

The exiled Indian cricket board president Narayanaswamy Srinivasan was just praying that his name should not figure in the Justice Mudgal Committee report on betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). His prayers went unanswered and his name figured prominently among the four individuals identified in the report submitted to the Supreme Court.


Can Owaisis give their politics a non-sectarian twist?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Unlike the Aam Aadmi Party which overestimated its potential after an outstanding debut in Delhi, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) led by Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi is expanding cautiously.

During recent state elections in Maharashtra, they ventured outside the confines of Hyderabad. They made measured forays in 26 constituencies which were once part of the Nizam’s state. The experiment succeeded. They won two and in the remaining 24 they performed with honour intact.

AMU library row: Media sensationalism or deep seated bias?

By M Reyaz,,

A university started by a Muslim, it not only has the word ‘Muslim’ in its name, but also has a predominantly ‘Muslim’ character. And, it bars girl students from entering the University library premises as it would purportedly ‘attract’ more boys.

From Gandhi to Nehru: RSS-BJP’s shifting blame game

By Ram Puniyani,

India’s partition, Gandhi murder and policies of Nehru have been a matter of ceaseless debates. Each political tendency has its own interpretation of these events, which in a way are landmarks of sorts in modern Indian History. As such the phenomenon of Partition of India and assassination of Gandhi are interwoven in the sense that Godse (Mahatma Gandhi’s killer) held Gandhi responsible for appeasement of Muslims. Godse constructed his story around warped understandings of the events of the time to create the ground for murder of the Mahatma.

नसबंदी शिविर की लापरवाही में आम सवाल

By मनोज मिश्रा,

शनिवार को बिलासपुर, छत्तीसगढ़ से दस किलोमीटर दूर पेंडारी के नेमीचंद जैन अस्पताल में सरकार की तरफ़ से महिलाओं के लिए नसबंदी शिविर आयोजित किया गया. इस शिविर को लगाने का मक़सद महिलाओं के स्वास्थ्य की चिंता नहीं था. बल्कि शिविर इसलिए लगाया गया था ताकि सरकार अपना एक कोटा पूरा कर सके और सर्वे में यह दर्शा सके कि उसने एक साल में इतनी नसबंदियों को अंजाम दिया है. ऐसा इसलिए ताकि उन्हें पिछले कुछ वर्षो की तरह इस बार भी नंबर एक मुख्यमंत्री का ख़िताब मिल जाए.

Maulana Azad: A fighter for intellectual emancipation

On this day in 1888, Maulana Azad was born in Makkah. Azad is now remembered as freedom fighter and India’s first education minister, his literary contributions to Urdu also acknowledged. His incomplete commentary on Quran received critical acclaim during his life time. Here we present Foreword to the English translation of Maulana Azad’s Tarjuman al-Qur'an first published in 1960.--- Editor

By Syed Mahmud

Jaitley's clout has grown with latest cabinet expansion

By Arvind Padmanabhan,

That the defence portfolio will be taken away from Arun Jaitley was a given. The lawyer-politician, who will turn 62 next month, had himself said in as many words that it was an additional charge he was holding, which would be assigned to someone else at the first given opportunity.

Modi again shows his word is law

By Amulya Ganguli,

But for the drama of the Shiv Sena’s boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi’s expanded council of ministers, the occasion - the first expansion of his five-month-old government - passed off as a routine event.

Greek gods, demigods and quests in modern America: The Percy Jackson series

By Vikas Datta,

Be it the exploits of Hercules, Perseus or Odysseus or their ilk, the warrior kings of the Indian mytho-religious ethos, the knights of King Arthur, Persian princes, Arabian chieftains (Hatim Tai) and merchants (Sindbad), Russian bogatyrs Dobrynya Nikitich and Ilya Muromets, the old Spanish gentleman (of magnificent imagination but a tenuous grip on reality) of La Mancha, or the expeditions of a whole raft of European sailors and explorers, quests -- and more importantly, the accounts of the quest -- never stop fascinating us.