Hope vs fear in 2019: Jobs may hold the key

  Sandeep Bamzai In May 2014, the plates of history were shifting before our eyes. The aggregation of the Hindu vote behind BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi brought him a mandate unprecedented in recent Indian history. The policy of appeasing minorities, practised for years by the Congress, was replaced by a spanking new era […]

What’s behind Sidda’s Lingayat move

K N Bhat In the 2005 Bal Patil case, the Supreme Court had observed: “Differential treatment to linguistic minorities based on language within the state is understandable, but if the same concept for minorities on the basis of religion is encouraged, the whole country, which is already under class and social conflicts due to various […]

Threats to India grow, but do our netas care?

  Shankar Roychowdhury As Shri and Shrimati India sit in front of the television set in their living room and surf the evening television channels for their daily fix, they could perhaps be forgiven for being left speechless at the utter boorishness of their elected representatives, which is more or less on daily display in […]

Don’t be fooled by the withdrawal of I&B guidelines

Sanjay Kumar On April 2 at 9:03 pm, the Information and Broadcasting ministry posted a communiqué on the website of the Press Information Bureau, entitled ‘Guidelines for Accreditation of Journalists Amended to Regulate Fake News.’ By the following afternoon, strategically responding to full-throated protests from the journalist community as well as some media owners, the […]

Engage youth

The security agencies have changed their strategy to tackle the militants. Now the anti-militancy operations are launched in the night and the efforts are made to complete these operations before the first light of the day. Police top brass believe that new strategy would keep the people away from the encounter spots and would help […]

Gaza’s Passover massacre

Bhopinder Singh For decades Zionists have blamed the Palestinians for Israel’s ongoing colonial project. “If only the Palestinians had a Mahatma Gandhi,” many Israeli liberals have exclaimed, “then the occupation would end.” But if one truly wished to find Palestinian Mahatma Gandhis all one needed to do is look at the images of protesters on […]

Cong seems to have an early edge in Karnataka

Sanjay Kumar The Assembly elections in Karnataka are important both for the Congress as well as for the BJP. More than a month before voters cast their vote to elect a new government, the Congress seems to have an edge over the BJP. Its much deeper roots, a longer electoral history and the ground situation […]

Allow law to take its course

The alleged rape and murder of a minor nomad girl in Jammu’s Kathua district has returned to haunt the PDP-BJP coalition as the women of Rasana village and other adjoining areas have sat on a chain hunger strike to press for their demand to get the case transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation. The women […]

Why is Malala such a polarising figure in Pakistan?

  Bhopinder Singh Malala has returned to Pakistan for the first time after she was shot almost six years ago. While many, including state officials, have welcomed her, there are also some who remain suspicious, even celebrating “anti-Malala day”. It seems she has as many detractors as she does fans. In October 2017, she was […]

Gaza is Soweto revisited

Andrew Mitrovica One of the conventions of column writing is that you’re not supposed to write “angry”. More polite, agreeable writers who write polite, agreeable columns, often dismiss “angry” columns as “rants”. So, fair warning to polite, agreeable columnists and their obsequious readers: You best stop reading this column now since you’re about to digest […]

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