'Obama's India trip a perfect example of positive foreign policy'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Calling President Barack Obama's India trip "a perfect example of positive foreign policy" noted Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria has advised Washington to be similarly engaged elsewhere.

"Obama's trip to India was strategically important, symbolically resonant and deftly executed," he wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post

"Obama's trip highlights an opportunity and a problem," Zakaria wrote in the piece titled "Will Washington allow the pursuit of positive foreign policy?"

Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

By Saeed Naqvi,

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi’s victory in May 2014.

The forgotten Mahatma

By Brij Khandelwal,

We remember Mahatma Gandhi only on October 2 and January 30. The symbolic spinning of the charkha, recital of bhajans and selling khadi at a discount are the only activities that remind us of him.

For the rest of the year, Gandhi remains a forgotten Mahatma, deified like one of our numerous gods and his teachings reduced to mundane rituals.

‘The Road to Mecca’ that I took

A book review that seeks to decipher two pilgrimages on the same path separated by a century

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Spirituality is what separates humans from other living beings. I have been a seeker for the last few years. I have read a number of books, visited graves of saints, made ablutions at Haridwar and toured the ghats of Banaras; I have sat in the qawwali mehfils and even seen dervishes dance.

‘The Court of Last Resort’

It is made clear that the ‘Court of Last Resort’ will not really be a Court in the judicial sense but only a fact finding body whose aim will be to secure justice for all.

By Justice Markandey Katju,

I have felt for quite some time that injustice is being done to a large number of people in India who have been languishing in jail either as under-trials whose cases have not been heard for several years, or who have unjustly remained incarcerated, either because:

WACA pitch is not what it used to be

By Veturi Srivatsa,

There was a time when the very mention of Perth used to unnerve the batsmen -- even the Australians when they had to face the fearsome West Indies pace men. However, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground, like many others in the world, has lost some of its viciousness in recent years.


Modi-Obama striking a right chord

What diplomats were struggling to achieve over the years, Narendra Modi and Barack Obama did so by striking a common chord

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The visit of US President Barack Obama during India’s 66th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi has injected a new vitality into the economy and foreign relationship of the two countries. Inspite of skeptics calling it a ‘sell out’, Obama’s visit has turned a new leaf in the otherwise sulking Indo-US relationship.

Politically Incorrect! Political satire in Urdu poetry

By Vikas Datta,

"Here richly, with ridiculous display,/The Politician's corpse was laid away/While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged/I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged", was prolific English author Hillaire Belloc's caustic send-off to an unnamed politician. The verse also exemplifies the vibrant, universal tradition of political satire that exists alongside organised government - from the plays of Aristophanes in ancient Athens to TV shows like "Yes Minister" and "Saturday Night Live" now. And closer to home, both Hindi and Urdu literature used it to devastating effect.

R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man passes into history

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : A story in the media goes that one day a few decades ago, The Times Of India (ToI) cartoonist and creator of The Common Man, R.K. Laxman, retired. The following day, the legend's cartoon was not to be found as readers rubbed their disbelieving eyes over their morning cuppa.

Untold stories from Muzaffarpur

The horrific episode from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UP’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The Azizpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief measures.

By Dr Mohammad Sajjad,

Violence broke out in Azizpur-Bahilwara village near Saraiya in Muzaffarpur district in north Bihar on January 18. It killed at least five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households were looted and burnt. The immediate provocation allegedly was an inter-faith love affair: to the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of ‘Love-Jihad’ in reverse, or a case of ‘Honour Killing’?