More girls studying, but 84% drop out after graduation

By Prachi Salve

While more young women are enrolled in higher education than ever before -- and apparently more successful in clearing 10th-standard board exams than young men -- they are either marrying early or not finding or not looking for jobs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various data.

Vitthal Umap: A versatile folk artist who will be remembered for his enthusiasm

By Shiva Thorat,

‘Rasik Maybapa tula bhetav jata jata ani evadhach sangav gata gata maj maran yav majh gan marananhi eikav’ (Audience you are everything for me, I should meet you before going. My only request is that should I die while singing a creation that should be heard by the death) he said in an interview in a local newspaper

From the complaining eyes of Azamgarh

By Sadiq Zafar for,

Indian media's code of silence on Kashmir

By Aijaz Zaka Syed for

The Indian media boasts an illustrious history. Born under the British rule, it quickly mastered the rules of the game, working around the stiff curbs and acute sensitivities of colonial masters.

If the Independence movement saw popular newspapers provide intellectual leadership and direction to the country, the post-independence era saw them really thrive, mirroring the aspirations and dreams of a young nation.

Can Muslims be cowards or depressed?

By Mansoor Durrani for

Internal strife. Shootings in the US. Bomb blasts in Europe. Middle East in blaze. Media terrorism in India – yes anything that harms us mentally is also a kind of terrorism. Islam and Muslims are in the line of fire. Everywhere.

In this background many Muslims (both young and not-so-young) have written to me about how they feel. Some are depressed. Others are spooked.

For Kashmiri youth, the stone is not an option: it is an outlet

By Bilal A Malik for

हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी का आधार बन रही है 'पवित्र गाय'

आसिफ़ इक़बाल

हम सब जानते हैं कि भाजपा और संघ के तीन मुख्य मुद्दे हैं: राम मंदिर, धारा 370 और कॉमन सिविल कोड. लेकिन चूंकि इन तीनों ही मुद्दों से आम जनता का ख़ास सरोकार नहीं है, इसलिए इनको छोड़कर कुछ दूसरे सामाजिक और राजनीतिक मुद्दे उठाए जा रहे हैं. इनमें गाय का मुद्दा आजकल ज़ोरों पर है. यही वजह है कि देश में आए दिन गाय के बहाने ज़ुल्म व ज्यादतियों का सिलसिला बढ़ता जा रहा है.

Just break the silence over child labour: Kailash Satyarthi

By Pragya Kashyap

New Delhi : Kailash Satyarthi has been a campaigner for child rights nationally and internationally for three decades. His Bachpan Bachao Andolan has had particular focus on freeing children who are forced into exploitative labour or servitude.

His work has been amply recognised and honoured, particularly internationally. In 2014, Satyarthi shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.

While top awards have crowned his efforts, they have not capped them. His campaign against child labour continues.

Volatile Srinagar: An island of relative peace in Kashmir

By Sarwar Kashani

Srinagar : Streets are silent, police and paramilitary troopers patrolled the deserted roads and residents remained caged inside their homes on Saturday -- the 15th day of a ceaseless curfew in this densely populated old city of Srinagar.

The region, once called the "Venice of the East" because of the now virtually non-existent network of fresh water canals, has always been politically volatile and a hub of separatist politics and war.

Muslims at bottom of higher education ladder, alongside backward tribes

By Charu Bahri

Despite almost trebling in the decade ending 2010 -- from 5.2 per cent to 13.8 percent -- the rate of Muslim enrolment in higher education trailed the national figure of 23.6 per cent, other backward classes (22.1 per cent) and scheduled castes (18.5 per cent). Scheduled tribes lagged Muslims by 0.5 per cent.