Fascist war against humanity

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

The slaughtering of over 140 children by the Pakistani Taliban is a grim reminder of how religious rights have no faith in democracy and its order. That they can kill anyone at their own will and the authorities are left to react once they have done their ‘duty’ shows how powerful have they become so far. Further, this reflects that the war on terror has failed on all counts. Just a day before this incident, we saw the infamous Sydney siege where a gunman kept hostage to so many visitors of the café keeping the authorities guessing his motives and resulting in killings of a few of the hostages. The killing spree of the gangs and thugs in the name of religion continues world-over and it is a matter of great concern as at the end of the day as it is the common person who is becoming the victim of their hate mission.

Sultanpur Lodhi: the site where Guru Nanak attained enlightenment

This is first part of a two-part Travelogue. Read here Part Two Sultanpur Lodhi: the site where Guru Nanak attained enlightenment

By Jaspal Singh,

It has been an amazing day. For years I have been planning to go to Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak lived for 15 years and where, as the legend goes, he achieved enlightenment and felt the need to travel and inform himself, learn and teach.

How is Ghar Vapasi Different from Forcible Conversions?

By Ram Puniyani,

Propaganda around conversions has been one of the major political tools during last few decades. It was Niyogi Commission report which investigated the conversions in Adivasi areas in 1950s, then the Meenaxipuram conversions of Dalits into Islam, the and then the gruesome murder of Pastor Graham Stewart Stains on the charges that he was doing the conversion; are few amongst the big spectrum related to the phenomenon of conversions. As such the regular propaganda by communal forces that Muslim Kings converted people into Islam by sword has been made the part of ‘social common sense’ by now. On regular basis around Christmas time one saw the anti Christian violence in Adivasi areas a decade ago, and in that context rather than focusing on the violence against religious minorities, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called for a National debate on Conversions.

Can Modi really take on the Hindu hawks?

By Amulya Ganguli ,

The sudden cancellation by the saffron hotheads of the religious reconversion programmes to welcome the minorities into the Hindu fold suggests that Narendra Modi has finally decided that enough is enough.

India says sanctions against terrorists ineffective; Pakistan vows to go for their 'jugular'

By Arul Louis,

United Nations: The killing fields of Peshawar inspired anew an international resolve at the Security Council to combat terrorism by adopting Friday a resolution urging nations to choke the flow of resources to the extremist organisations and to increase cooperation to fight them, even as India criticised the ineffectiveness of sanctions against them.

Peshawar school song: Where have all the flowers gone?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Ever since US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan to the stone age unless it joined the post 9/11 global war on terror, Pakistan has faced an existential tragedy of choice. It was being called upon to kill the very mujahideen it had trained to become hardened Islamic fighters, also at America’s behest, to help expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan.

Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

By Amit Dasgupta,

Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur Beijing's inevitable wrath. Earlier the meeting was to be held in Cape Town to commemorate the first death anniversary of Nelson Mandela.


Muslims should join hands to eradicate evil influence of terrorism that is staining Islam

By Kaleem Kawaja,

In Qoran, the holy book of Islam, God says very clearly that He sent the religion of Islam through Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as a mercy to mankind, to remove oppression, injustice, mayhem, violence and anarchy from the earth.

India warns of foreign-backed terrorist threats to Afghanistan

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning of the support extremists get from abroad and tying together the this week's deadly attacks in Kabul, Peshawar and Sydney.

Kashmir Elections: High voter turnout not an alternative to Kashmir imbroglio

By Liyaqat Nazir,

Promises and pledges are manufactured and the cliché of ‘change’ is being broadcast from the political podiums in the chilly days of Chillai Kalan. Kashmir is again in the grip of election fever. The enthusiasm among the electorates, political parties, both traditional as well as seasonal are distressing and auspicious.