Death penalty for child abuse more harmful

Flavia Agnes The delay in making a public statement condemning the gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old child belonging to a Muslim nomadic tribe — Bakherwal in Jammu and Kashmir has become a subject matter of discussion in newspapers, television channels and the social media. Even the New York Times devoted an editorial to […]

Asia’s century: Defining moments in history!

Mohan Guruswamy This is now expected to be Asia’s century, with the balance of world GDP shifting towards it. It now accounts for about a third of it, and is forecast to be over half of it by 2050. In 1950, it was less than five per cent of world GDP. With economic output comes […]

Education and role of a Teacher

Shahnawaz Ali Education is about teaching, learning skills and knowledge. Education also means helping people to learn how to do things and encouraging them to think about what they learn. Through education, the knowledge of society, country and of the world is passed on from generation to generation. Education gives us knowledge of the world […]

Setback for students

Jammu and Kashmir government ordering the closure of coaching centers in the Valley for 3-months is a big setback for students. The decision it seems has been taken to ensure that no student protests take place against the rape and murder of a Kathua girl. The student protests are refusing to die and government has […]

Syria and the beginning of a new Cold War

Yury Barmin Recent US-led coalition strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, had Western analysts hoping for a tectonic change in Washington’s policy on Syria. Russia, on the other hand, was fearful that its previously unchecked influence in the battlefield was coming to an end. The results of […]

Majoritarianism is never inclusive

Aakar Patel The post-colonial tradition of the Indian subcontinent has been one of religious and ethnic majorities ganging up against the minorities. In Sri Lanka, the mostly Buddhist Sinhala speakers fought Lanka’s Tamils over religion and language. In India we wonder how Buddhists and Hindus can hate each other but that is the nature of […]

Dry ATMs: Why the banks are getting the runs

Mohan Guruswamy Automated teller machines in various parts of the country are running dry; and the situation is particularly hard in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which border Karnataka, the land of big bucks elections. The immediate suggestion is that cash is being sucked off to be used by the big parties that are competing to […]

Syria in 2018 is not Iraq in 2003

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad Last Saturday, when the United States, the UK and France launched strikes on three chemical facilities in Syria, the move was met with disapproval in some quarters. The pre-announced spectacle blew up three buildings and took no lives, but some pronounced it a “dangerous escalation”. Some spoke of its “illegality”. All complained […]

Rein in Lal Singh

Ousted BJP Minister Chaudary Lal Singh seems to be on a mission to pit Jammu against Kashmir. He took out a rally in Jammu on Thursday and said no one would be allowed to spread ‘Kashmiri infection’ in Jammu. It’s unfortunate that he believes that Kashmiris are spreading ‘infection’ in Jammu and they won’t be […]

Rape as a political tool in India

Talmiz Ahmad The gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir is a chilling reminder of how sexual assault is used as a tool to instil fear among those belonging to the minority communities in India. There have been many Indians, especially on social media platforms, who have […]