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.

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?

Dynastic politics, bickering may derail BJP in Bhagalpur

By Brajendra Nath Singh,

Bhagalpur: It's BJP-versus-BJP in Bhagalpur, and this may once again prove lucky for the Congress.

The mass of leaders and activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party here are up in arms against the party's official candidate Arijit Shashwat, son of BJP MP Ashwini Choubey.

Almost en masse, they are backing Vijay Prasad Sah, the Bhagalpur Mahanagar unit BJP president who sought but didn't get the party ticket for the Bihar assembly elections. He is now an independent candidate.

Please don't turn India into a communal cauldron!

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed

Having witnessed the grisly news of the Mohammed Akhlaq killing in Dadri via media, I am reminded of Ameer Khusro, the inspired Sufi poet of northern India. These days, it is sad that we look not for a human but for a Hindu or a Muslim in each other's eyes. Khusro declared: "There is neither Hindu nor Muslim, but only man as the embodiment of the Divine!" This, in fact, is the basis of day-to-day secularism in India. We have dumped these voices of sanity somewhere.

The path from Dadri

By Sana Khan for,

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un - From Allah we came, and to Allah we shall return.

The pain of Dardpora: Kashmiri half-widows living in a state of limbo

By Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi

Dardpora (Jammu and Kashmir): Lying near thick deodar forests, terraced cornfields, apple orchards and jagged mountains, the hamlet of Dardpora looks idyllic. But this Kashmiri village nurtures deep wounds from decades of conflict and hides within its fold a substantial number of what has come to be known as "half-widow".

Upper castes, Pappu Yadav: Decisive factors in Bihar poll?

By Amitava Mukherjee

Upper caste voters and the Jana Adhikar Party of Pappu Yadav may significantly influence results of the coming Bihar assembly elections. While the JD(U)-RJD-Congress combine has been leaving no stone unturned to give the electoral battle a forward versus backward caste character, recent voting patterns, however, indicate that the BJP-led NDA enjoys an advantage on this count too.