BY: Javid Rather Everyone would probably second me if I say that no system here is systematic. Coherence and symmetry seems to be missing from the very DNA’s of our systems. Almost every second person of the overall populace here sheds tears and wails loud at the malfunctioning of the systems & every soul wants […]
By: Khalid Shah Junaid Mattu is an outsider in politics. The conventional politics cannot own him, for many reasons. One, he is a non-conformist — a dissident on every table, in every conversation. But that is not what makes him an outsider in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir. Mattu is an intellectual — that is his best strength […]
Hashimpura verdict highlights the bias within police against religious minorities.
By: Vrinda Grover It is a chilling coincidence that on October 31, a date that marks the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and the unleashing of state-engineered violence against the Sikhs, the Delhi High Court held 16 policemen of the 41st Battalion of UP Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) guilty of “the targeted […]
Progressive interpretations of Islam guarantee women substantial rights. This needs to be underscored by responsible scholarship, judicial processes, and social work
BY: Dr Nyla Ali Khan The acquittal of Asia Bibi, who, several years ago, was accused of having committed blasphemy, portends well for civil society in Pakistan and paves the way for human rights. This judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan could, potentially, diminish the potency of militarised interventions. I emphasise that I have […]
In South Asia, regimes are destroying democratic institutions to push illiberal ideologies.
BY: Latha Jishnu SOME decades ago, as an expatriate journalist in West Asia, I found the newsrooms from which the two leading English dailies of the region were published to be an ideological melting pot, an excellent index of the politics of South Asia. Most of the editorial staff came from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and […]
Khashoggi evidently suspected he might be detained although he never expected to be murdered on site
By: Lal Khan The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi Consulate at Istanbul has intensified the diplomatic rows on a world scale due to capitalism’s protracted crisis internationally. After repeated denials the kingdom finally confessed that Khashoggi ‘died’ in a “fist-fight” inside the consulate, without disclosing the whereabouts of his body. Bruce Riedel, a […]
So how should we understand the latest pronouncement from the Supreme Court which upheld the Ismail Farooqui judgment stating that a mosque was not an essential feature of Islam? The qualifying rider being that if and only if the mosque would hold a special significance in the formative history of that religion, then that could […]
After six months of protests sparked off by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces, joint resistance leadership of the Hurriyat issued a statement in December 2016 informing the people that “Now it is time to consolidate our gains and build upon them in order to move […]
Some knaves and fools did become CECs.
“THERE is no use making the tenure of the election commissioner a fixed and secure tenure if there is no provision in the constitution to prevent either a fool or a knave or a person who is likely to be under the thumb of the executive. My provision — I must admit — does not […]
From Khashoggi's brutal murder to the killing of Daphne Galizia, crimes against journalists still go unpunished.
By: Thomas Hughes The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is extraordinary, not because of the brutal way he was killed, nor because those who did it are unlikely to be held to account. It is extraordinary because it has become international news in a world where violence against journalists is increasingly the norm. In […]