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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
No case for terrorism in Islam
Terrorism has no place whatsoever in Islam. It is not acceptable or justifiable under any circumstances. Terrorism is a form of violence undertaken by non-state actors. Using violence can be the prerogative only of duly-established state authorities, and that too, if the need so arises and under certain conditions. It […]Read Blog ›
By On September 30, 2013
The problem is not with Manmohan Singh but with Rahul Gandhi
Have differences between the Congress old guard and the youth brigade led by Rahul Gandhi come out in the open? Certainly seems so. The party vice-president took everyone by surprise on Friday, gate-crashing a press conference organised by the Press Club of India for Congress Spokesperson Ajay Maken and announcing […]Read Blog ›
By On September 28, 2013
Revisiting the 2012 attack on Israeli target in New Delhi
In February last year, amidst Delhi’s balmy winter season, the national capital became an unexpected venue of the extensive game of cat and mouse being played for decades between intelligence agencies of Iran and Israel. This brought to public sphere the knowledge of an extensive campaign between Tel Aviv and […]Read Blog ›
By On September 27, 2013
Individual reform is the key
Some people argue that social problems can be solved only through ‘social activism’, particularly through demonstrating against the state or the authorities. This is nothing but ‘protest activism’, and experience shows that this kind of activism is completely futile in terms of results. We find that it always ends in […]Read Blog ›
By On September 23, 2013
‘The intent and severity of crime must be considered while dealing with juveniles’
I might be late in writing about the verdict on the Delhi gangrape case but as author Nilanjana Roy argued: “In all conscience, how can we look away?” We can’t look away from the topic of sexual harassment just because it makes us uncomfortable. We also can’t look away from […]Read Blog ›
By On September 20, 2013
My Muzaffarnagar on the boil
I wanted my small town to become well-known on the map. I had often dreamt of this and believed that someday, either I or someone else, would do something to make Muzaffarnagar famous. Instead, two weeks ago, it was politics that reared its ugly head to do so. Once better […]Read Blog ›
By On September 16, 2013
James loved Jesus, but he loved men too
As a homosexual man in India, I was close to losing my faith in God. First, there was James*. When he turned 19, his parents discovered a naked picture of a man in his drawer. James loved Jesus, but he loved men too. His parents, well educated, genteel folk in every […]Read Blog ›
By On September 11, 2013
Fear and loathing over Syria
As the G-20 group of countries meet in St Petersburg, Russia, an 18th century town also known as the Venice of the north, the normal agenda of the conclave which revolves around  global economics has taken a back seat as debate rages over the on-going crisis in Syria. As US […]Read Blog ›
By On September 6, 2013
The business of opposition
(Updated on 29, October, 2013) When Shakespeare wrote “What’s in a name?”, he didn’t have to contend with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After all, India’s principal opposition party takes the ‘opposition’ part of it much too seriously. Not only have its MPs constantly disrupted parliamentary proceedings and held up […]Read Blog ›
By On September 4, 2013