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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
Is ‘Dehati Aurat’ an insult?
From the time last week when I first heard the buzz on Twitter around the reported use of the phrase, Dehati Aurat by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, I have wondered about the indignation felt over the use of this phrase.  Let us get one thing out of the way […]Read Blog ›
By On October 8, 2013
Persian Ramayanas
The Ramayana, one of the most ancient and sacred stories of India, was originally composed in Sanskrit by Valmiki and later translated to Awadhi by Tulsidas. However, besides the famous Sanskrit and Hindi versions, there are no less than 23 Ramayanas in Indo-Persian Literature. Some of these were translated from the […]Read Blog ›
By On October 3, 2013
‘Free India will be no Hindu Raj’
Today is 2nd October. Gandhi Jayanti. The birth anniversary of the man who roused the nation and led us to Independence. Nothing captures his greatness better than the message from Albert Einstein on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th birthday: “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe […]Read Blog ›
By On October 2, 2013