New ‘EWS quota’ riddled with many ambiguities

Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr About a decade ago, at a former young colleague’s wedding in New Delhi, the priest in an informal chat said, “We (the Brahmins) need an Ambedkar today.” It was a stunning revelation that reflected the unfathomable complexity of an ancient civilisation like India, especially north India, where the future clashes with […]

2 Muslim women in US Congress make history, break a stereotype

Rafia Zakaria Nearly every newspaper around the world covered the history-making event. On Thursday, January 3, 2019, two Muslim-American women were sworn into the United States House of Representatives. Together, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women in the history of the US to become two of over 400 House representatives. Cameras […]

Halt toxic discourse… Our politics is at its nadir!

Surendra Kumar According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Delhi is the world’s most polluted city with its ambient air pollution (AAP) levels on certain days rising to as much as a hundred times acceptable levels, thus causing serious health hazards to millions of citizens, especially young children and the vulnerable. On the other hand, […]

Dowry is not a mere evil, it is mother of many evils

  Suhail Amaan Mir Dowry is a social evil in the society that has caused tortures and crimes towards women. The evil has taken lives of women in society be it poor, middle class or the rich. However, it is the poor who succumbs and fall prey to it, more due to their lack of […]

Getting ready for another wet weekend

Getting ready for another wet weekend

Weatherman predicting yet another spell of rain and snow on weekend in Kashmir has put the entire official machinery in the state on alert. People at the helm have chaired high level meetings during the past two days to ensure that people don’t face any difficulties. On papers everything has been put at place and […]

Another setback in offing for PDP

Another setback in offing for PDP

Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and former Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari endorsing the views of the National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has upset the people in the PDP camp. Till date Altaf Bukhari continues to be the active member of the PDP and he has not resigned yet. Despite that he has seconded the idea […]

India-Japan ties will get closer if civil society groups are involved

Pradeep S Mehta India’s relations with Japan are one of the most unique ones covering trade, infrastructure and strategic issues in a wide sweep. Its gravitas was visible during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan in October for the 13th annual bilateral summit, along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. Of the many […]

Norway intervenes again

Norway intervenes again

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg stating that her country is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir is an indication that international community is watching the developments in Kashmir keenly. In 2018 the former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik conducted a whirlwind tour of New Delhi, Kashmir, Muzaffarabad and Islamabad. In Kashmir […]

418 yrs after John Company, new trade imperialists eye India again

Abhijit Bhattacharyya Just over 418 years ago, on December 31, 1600 was formed a company (in London) by the name of “Governor and Company of Merchants of London, trading into the East Indies”. The company, later known by its simplified title “East India Company”, secured from Queen Elizabeth the First a “royal charter”. The charter […]