Beef ban: Another boost to food fascism

The recent comprehensive ban on not just cow slaughter but on bullock and calf as well makes Maharashtra the 14th state to do so, which means half of India has already gone that way.

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

It was Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy of ahimsa (non-violence) in general and his concern for cow protection in particular that is reflected in the Directive Principles of the Constitution making it incumbent on the state to work for cow protection.

How will Netanyahu victory affect Iran deal, Palestinian future?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Just when the US thought it would mop its brow, having tried hard to tame the West Asian rodeo, the Israeli horse has kicked up dirt. Americans, like everyone else, were waiting for Benjamin Netanyahu to lose the March 17 elections, before proceeding with their script of a nuclear deal with Iran towards some conclusion in the coming weeks.

India seem to have covered all bases

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Two starred questions to Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the World Cup by the itinerant Indian media have been whether the form of Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja is a matter of concern for him.

The Indian skipper's answer ahead of the game against Bangladesh was as if the two players themselves would provide the journos a fitting reply sooner rather than later. As for Suresh Raina, he has become a stock question and he is showing up as a great finisher, batting first or chasing.


Let’s celebrate disrobing of ‘Rekhta’!

By Alim Naqvi,

Scepticism is bound to raise its head as the well-oiled machinery is firing on all its cylinders. There won’t be another such opportunity to act at will.

‘Jashn-e-Rekhta’ has raised a valid question. The vital one is if it was long drawn and well planned attempt to bereft Urdu of its beautiful script. Jashn-e-Rekhta was held at New Delhi on March 14-15 to “celebrate Urdu”.

As US Fed lets party to go on, Indian bulls will need patience

By Vatsal Srivastava,

Janet Yellen gave a classic US Federal Reserve talk when she addressed a press conference after a globally-awaited meeting of the policy committee on Wednesday. "Just because we removed the word patient from our statement doesn’t mean we will be impatient," the chairwoman said.

Doms in Varanasi seek justice through honorable rehabilitation

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

Hundreds of pilgrims seek to see the sunrise on the banks of Ganges in Varanasi and the boatmen go on live commentary of these ghats narrating the mythological details.The most poignant moment come when you see the Manikarnikaghat, Dashashwamegha Ghat and Harishchandraghat reminding you the stories of Raja Harishchandra’s loyalty to his ‘profession’. In an indirect reference, these are the same ‘preachings’ which ask you to do thy duty while ‘result’ is not thy concern.

Jammu and Kashmir: Can PDP’s populist concessions be free of cost?

It’s a fixed match in favor of BJP

By Mehboob Makhdoomi,

After Mufti Sayeed’s controversial ‘Thank you’ to Pakistan, militants and the Hurriyat, I did expect many more gimmicks from the PDP. And we all know what ensued this week. My personal opinion, which I have a right to speak out, is that apart from the ‘Common Minimum Program’ of PDP-BJP, which is for the public consumption and addresses issues quite broadly, there is another text drafted and mutually agreed-upon, between the two parties. They were not on a picnic for more than two-months, and they weren’t even indecisive about their alliance. It was all about this unpublished draft, which is in its implementation-phase these days.

RSS’s visceral hatred towards Gandhi was because of his commitment to composite nationalism and his position on untouchability: Teesta

Teesta Setalvad has written a new book, Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination on Mahatma Gandhi’s murder.


Mumbai: Hansal Mehta, Tushar Gandhi and Kumar Ketkar came together in support of Teesta Setalvad’s book Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination on Monday, March 16.

"If the resources of the States do not increase commensurately, how is the Finance Minister going to protect the social sector from suffering on account of lack of resources?": E Ahmad, IUML

Member of Parliament E Ahamed from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) tore open the budget speech presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Following is Ahamed's speech in the Lok Sabha disapproving various provisions, rather lack of it, on Monday, March 16, 2015.

India's maritime awakening? Modi endorses a Blue Revolution

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

The three island-nation trip that took Prime Minister Modi to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka in mid-March may well mark the beginning of India's long-overdue maritime awakening. For a nation so richly endowed with a distinctive maritime geography, the paradox has been the tenacious indifference, often veering towards inexcusable sea-blindness, that has characterised Delhi's policy orientation as regards the Indian Ocean.