"We are walking skeletons"

By Somnath Mukherji,

As we stood talking to a woman in the village of Madanpur in Murshidabad, her 6 or 7 year old girl used her body weight to pump water out of the handpump and drank from a bowl.

Why have you come here?” a man rushed towards us.

“We are trying to understand the issue and see what we can do,” we explained.

Javed Habib: A Character of Greek Tragedy

By Urdu Media Monitor,

جاوید حبیب : ہجوم سے تنہائی تک

Javed Habib: Hujoom se Tanhai Tak

Compiled by: Masoom Moradabadi

Reviewed by: M Ghazali Khan

Published by: Khabardar Publications, Z-103 Taj Enclave, Gita Colony, Delhi 110031, Email, Mobile: 09810780563

If you were asked to name a personality who studied at AMU, was a selfless activist, fearless and gifted orator as well a writer, launched a newspaper but had to stop it, lived an austere saintly life and could not earn even as much as to be able to buy a basic four wall residence, you would be excused to think of Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar or may be Maulana Hasrat Mohani.

जर्मन बेकरी धमाका : सवालों के घेरे में न्यायपालिका व जांच एजेंसियां

[किस तरह जांच एजेंसियों ने बेबुनियाद तथ्यों और गवाहों की आड़ में भारतीय न्यायिक प्रक्रिया को खेल का विषय बना दिया?]

By अबू बकर सब्बाक़ सुबहानी (एपीसीआर),

साल 2010, तारीख 13 फरवरी : पुणे एक बड़े बम धमाके का निशाना बना. यह धमाका कोरेगांव पार्क स्थित जर्मन बेकरी नामक रेस्तरां में हुआ था. इस दुर्घटना में 17 लोग मारे गए और 58 लोग घायल हुए थे. जांच की जि़म्मेदारी से एटीएस को सौंप दी गई. एटीएस ने 7 सितम्बर को पुणे रेलवे स्टेशन से हिमायत बेग की गिरफ़्तारी दिखाई. यूएपीए कानून के तहत हिमायत बेग को एक माह की रिमांड पर एटीएस को दे दिया गया. एटीएस ने 4 दिसम्बर 2010 को हिमायत बेग के खिलाफ़ पुणे सेशन कोर्ट में चार्जशीट दाखिल कर दी. इसके उलट हिमायत बेग के अनुसार उसकी गिरफ़्तारी 18 अगस्त 2010 को उदगीर से हुई और उसे 20 दिनों तक गैरकानूनी हिरासत में टार्चर किया गया.

A budget for the United Federation of India

By Amit Kapoor,

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28 delivered a budget that will go down as one of the best since liberalization began in 1991. It took stock of India’s present set of challenges and accordingly adjusted the priorities and solutions. Six salient points reflect the government’s economic thinking and strategy.

Falling cotton prices: Need to combine 'Tech with Mech'

By Vivian Fernandes,

Kanhaiyyalal Patel, 52, cannot hide his disappointment as he contemplates a cheque for Rs.76,154 given to him by Saksham Industries for 1,800 kg of cotton. A farmer of Tunda village, in Mehsana's Unjha taluk in Gujarat, renowned for the wholesale market for cumin, flaxseed and fennel, Patel's cheer at getting a better rate at another mandi a stone's throw away, is clouded by a feeling of relative deprivation.

Nehru's 'Mann ki Baat'

By M.R. Narayan Swamy ,

Title: Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (1947-1963); Author: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Publisher: Allen Lane/Penguin Books; Pages: 334; Price: Rs.599

India has highest religious social hostilities: Pew study

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: India had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion in 2013, while China had the highest level of government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, according to a new study.

Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, according to the Pew Research Center's latest annual study on global restrictions on religion released here Thursday.

The great Indian land theft

By Jaspal Singh for,

I have been following the debate in parliament and outside about the land theft bill in India. Thousands of farmers marched to Delhi on foot to protest this land theft and land grab by the corporates shielded by the state and government. It reminded me of earlier stories, that when invaders and marauders would raid India they would forcibly take women and children with them, to enrich themselves. Their logic was the same what the proponents of land theft are giving that they need them and they can put them to a better use and that otherwise they are just idling away.

IT gains a strong foothold in Pakistan

By Azka Naeem,

Analysing the growth that has taken place in Pakistan since its inception in 1947, a lot can be said in terms of infrastructure development, agricultural growth and progress in education. However, it is important to shed light on one sector that barely existed at the time of independence and has now grown to be a deep-rooted and well-established part of the economy, and one upon which many of us greatly depend.

Open letter to PM on his ‘action for auction’

By Ravi Nitesh,

Dear Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Damodardas Modi,

I am writing this letter to you as citizen of India, who is witnessing the leading media reports about the ‘auction’ of your suit. It is also said in these reports that the suit is controversial one as it attracted criticism for its high cost, while you wore it during your meeting with USA president Mr. Obama. However, I am not worrying with these criticism or media reports, reason of my letter is something else. I had seen the division of thoughts on this action of auction , people supported and opposed the move. Even, I found such an action of auction is inappropriate and I opined it in social forums with my right to constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression. I found people who threw logics in your favor as a comment in oppose of my opinion. They also did with the same constitutional right that I enjoyed. Even these things of ‘for and against’ opinion are common and healthy for any democracy, so there is nothing to worry about, not at my end atleast. But, the reasons of my worry is about the logics of these comments and the whole action of this auction.