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People First, People Always
Dear Delhi, The events that unfolded in Delhi on 08 December 2013 have been truly inspirational. They have turned a bright new page in the political history of our beloved country. Heartfelt congratulations, to both, the Victors and the Vanquished. The Victors, for obvious reasons, and the vanquished for the […]Read Blog ›
By On December 11, 2013
The struggle for meaningful democracy in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, people have been continuing their struggle for democracy through electoral processes since before ‘Independence’. Once again they wait for a peaceful change of power in the next general election pencilled in for January 2014, under conditions in which it is difficult to have any confidence. The Bangladeshi people’s […]Read Blog ›
By On November 22, 2013
Saanjha Chulha: The Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb
In the book Composite Culture in a Multi Cultural Society, Yogendra Singh writes, “India is a society of communities. According to a recent survey (by Anthropological Survey of India in 1992) there are 4634 communities in India, which constitute the fabric of its social structure and culture. India is also […]Read Blog ›
By On November 15, 2013
Patna blasts: The radio silence on a failed assassination
A prime ministerial candidate speaks at a political rally in a state run by a rival party. Nearly a million people attend. A series of bomb blasts take place at the venue. It results in a few deaths and multiple injuries. A catastrophic stampede is narrowly averted. Later, investigations show […]Read Blog ›
By On October 31, 2013
The ignored environmentalists
Most city dwellers wake up to the call of the neighbourhood kabadiwallah (wastepicker). It’s a familiar wake up call. But that is where all familiarity with the kabadiwallah ends. On most mornings, the kabadiwallah pedals through residential colonies with a slow, persistent pace, checking to see if anyone needs to […]Read Blog ›
By On October 31, 2013
Saanjha Chulha: Exploring Delhi’s Sultan Garhi Tomb
Saanjha Chulha refers to a community oven or a common kitchen for the entire community. It’s a word I grew up hearing, though it’s not so common now. Since this is a popular concept in Punjab I asked Vikramjit Singh Rooprai.Read Blog ›
By On October 30, 2013
Yes, Rahul Gandhi is guilty
Yes, Rahul Gandhi is guilty. He is guilty of being honest and forthright. We indeed live in strange times when honesty from a political leader is considered a crime. But this is exactly what a section of our commentators – most of them on the social media – would like […]Read Blog ›
By On October 25, 2013
Kashmir: The Land of Agents
Everybody here is an agent. Pakistani agent, Indian agent, double agent and if you resist any explicit definition then people will stick their own label on you. But you still are an agent. You have to be one. Because, there is no neutral space in Kashmir. When the campaign for […]Read Blog ›
By On October 25, 2013
The invisible cyclists
Noted environmentalist Sunita Narain’s unfortunate cycling accident last week in Delhi has brought back focus on the safety of cyclists in Indian cities. This pressing issue only makes news when someone well-known meets with a cycling accident or when the odd cyclothon makes it to the local pages at the […]Read Blog ›
By On October 24, 2013
Revealing the toxic equation between Western powers and Arab countries
First published in 2005 in Urdu under the name of ‘Yaad-e-Haram’, ‘Zionist Conspiracies in the Citadel of Islam’ reads like an effort by author Syed Zubair Ahmad to unfold what he sees as an ‘unholy’ contract between western imperialists and the Arab countries, long perceived to be the custodians of […]Read Blog ›
By On October 24, 2013
High time India rekindles its relationship with ally Iran
A few years ago, when civil unrest in Syria was just starting and Aleppo was the scene of some of the worst violence in the region, Iran started to become a vital counter-balance for Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Damascus. All this was taking place as the Western powers were turning […]Read Blog ›
By On October 23, 2013
World Food Day: Food security through sustainable food systems
It is well-recognised globally that hunger and malnutrition are serious issues, but even after years of attempts by world leaders to try and solve this complex problem, there has been little change. In 2009, for the first time in history, the population considered to be malnourished exceeded one billion people, […]Read Blog ›
By On October 16, 2013