PDP, BJP fight it out

PDP, BJP fight it out

National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav asking the Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference to reconsider their decision to stay away from forthcoming municipal and panchayat polls has triggered a war of words between the PDP and BJP. Senior PDP leader and former finance minister Altaf Bukhari has hit out at BJP […]

At last, Delhi asks Rajapaksa for a dance

Padma Rao Sundarji A 10-member parliamentary delegation from Sri Lanka has begun an official visit to India, but another group under the man it fears the most has quietly checked into a five-star hotel in central Delhi at the same time. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, current leader of the Joint Opposition (JO), and the near-certain […]

Equality within communities the key, not between communities

Flavia Agnes A motley group of legal scholars who have consistently advocated the view that a uniform civil code (UCC) is neither feasible nor desirable for a pluralistic nation such as India, and that gender justice must be woven into personal laws in a gradual manner by adopting a step-by-step approach, today stand vindicated as […]

Imran Ansari left guessing

Imran Ansari left guessing

One of the rebel leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party Javed Hussain Baig returning to the party fold is an indication that efforts to put the new dispensation at place have not materialized. Former Minister and senior PDP leader Imran Raza Ansari, who along with his uncle Abid Raza Ansari had raised the banner of […]

Colour me right: It’s time to end colourism in India

Muna Beatty My name means “wish”, but over the years I have been called many other names that mean “black”. This is because I’m a dark-skinned woman from India. My father is dark-skinned, while my mother has fair skin. I took after my father. My skin tone is neither “wheatish” nor “dusky”, as some beauty […]

Serving air marshals join the Rafale dogfight

Mohan Guruswamy We have a tradition in India, actually a discipline, that officers in uniform don’t take part even in political discussions, let alone debates, which are mostly about scoring points. But we recently saw that tradition breached when two senior Indian Air Force officers spoke to television channels about the ongoing contretemps over the […]

Polls on cards

Polls on cards

  National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party refusing to participate in the forthcoming municipal polls is making Jammu and Kashmir government toy with the idea of holding these polls on non-partisan basis. The decision of the major political parties of the state to stay away from the polls has put the question mark over the […]

A Shrinking Table

  Shruti Lakhtakia During my childhood, we had a rather strict rule about having dinner together as a family. My grandparents were close to my father, and he to them. The cacophony of cross-conversations between grandparents, parents, cousins bore testimony to filial responsibility that had been deeply internalised by every generation. For a society in […]

Drabu’s refusal blow to Mehbooba

Drabu’s refusal blow to Mehbooba

Desperate attempts being made by the president of the Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti to keep her party intact seem to have gone in a vain. Recently she nominated two senior PDP leaders Altaf Bukhari and Haseeb Drabu as the members of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party. However, Drabu turned down the […]