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 Aijaz Zaka Syed

Modi and the southern challenge

Modi and the southern challenge

Nothing succeeds like sweet success. And it is doubly sweet when it is snatched from the jaws of defeat as it has been in Karnataka. Working with the Janata Dal (S) and other secular parties, an alert Congress for once has upstaged and outsmarted a power-crazy BJP at its own game, setting the agenda for […]

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Nature’s instinct is integrative, holistic. Let us learn from this

Nature’s instinct is integrative, holistic. Let us learn from this

Mashobra musings: What will India be like at 100 — in 2047? In Mahatma’s bicentenary in 2069? We don’t know. But our social, intellectual, ethical and ecological investments today will help determine the answers

By: Ram Nath Kovind At 5 am this morning, I went for an early morning walk with my grandchildren to the Shimla Water Catchment and Wildlife Sanctuary. This is just outside Mashobra, where I have been staying for the past five days. The Sanctuary is so close and yet so far from the noise of […]

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Why the NYT is really wrong about Kashmir

Why the NYT is really wrong about Kashmir

A recent editorial by the New York Times demonstrates little understanding of what is actually going on in Kashmir.

By: Hafsa Kanjwal & Mohamad Junaid On May 18, the New York Times published an editorial entitled “A long shot in Kashmir”. The editorial completely misrepresents the nature of the Kashmir issue and reinforces the false notion of it being a “territorial dispute” between India and Pakistan. In addition, it raises the bogey of “Islamism” […]

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Challenging the gun culture

Challenging the gun culture

By: Kamila Hyat The tragic death of 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh, during what should have been a 10-month-long academic term at a US high school in Texas as an exchange student, has in one way or the other shaken all of us. For many, the idea that a vivacious, talented young girl who had won the […]

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How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south

How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south

BJP's recent electoral upset in the Indian state of Karnataka could be the beginning of a Congress comeback.

By: Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Never has British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s quip about a week being a long time in politics appeared more apt. A week ago, leaders of India’s ruling party, the Hindu nationalistic Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), fed sweets to one another on live television to celebrate “victory” in India’s southern state of Karnataka. […]

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The currency of shame

The currency of shame

By: Rohit Chakraborty Zadie Smith has called shame “quite a useful emotion”. But as I stood before Tipu’s Tiger at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I did not find my shame particularly useful. The V&A, especially its South Asia wing, is awash with a sizeable loot from India that is on display without […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Hurriyat and the Ramadan Ceasefire

Hurriyat and the Ramadan Ceasefire

Ceasefires concern warring factions and thus, when the center announced the Ramadan ceasefire one had expected that it would be the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) which would respond and either accept or reject this proposal. However, while the HM remained silent on this issue, it was the joint resistance leadership (JLR) of the Hurriyat that immediately […]

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What a governor must do

What a governor must do

Supreme Court must now address itself to protecting the institution from political machinations.

BY: Kapil Sibal Had the governor played by the rules, the nation would have been saved an unsavoury spectacle. There was no doubt that the post-poll Congress-JD(S) alliance had the numbers. The BJP, with only 104, could not have manufactured a majority except through dubious means. In such situations, it is important for constitutional authorities […]

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After Karnataka

After Karnataka

The assembly poll may have reset the field for the political contest in 2019.

By: Chandan Gowda Local ethical traditions had rarely been invoked in an assembly election in Karnataka before. During this election, however, it was different. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi struggled to pronounce the ethical maxims of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat dharma in the 12th century: Nudidante Nade (Let […]

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Muslim unity?

Muslim unity?

The sound and fury of the OIC meeting highlights our challenges.

  By: Huma Yusuf OUR (Pakistan) prime minister on Friday joined leaders from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to condemn the recent violence in Gaza, the “brutal” and “criminal” actions of Israel, and the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Our prominent role in the special meeting fits the religio-nationalist mood that […]

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