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  • Anthem has to be respected

    When I was in Sialkot City, now a part of Pakistan, I used to visit cinema halls in the cantonment regularly. What I resented then was that I had to stand up for the British national anthem, “God Save the King…

  • Trumping up a new warning

    There may be a grain of truth in the statement by US President Donald Trump that his country has “foolishly” given USD 33 billion in aid to Pakistan in the last 15 years.

  • Another lost opportunity

    Nothing seems to work between India and Pakistan. The meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian prisoner in a Pakistani jail, with his wife and mother could have been an opportunity to foster better understanding between the two countries.

  • BJP staves off strong Congress challenge

    In the rumble-tumble of election, the role of Congress President Sonia Gandhi has not been recognised. No doubt, the contest was

  • No alternative to dynastic rule

    There is no surprise. It was well known that the Congress Party is hopelessly dependent on the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president was along the expected lines.

  • Mandir and masjid can coexist

    On December 6, the demolition of the Babri Masjid would be 25 years old. Instead of making amends for what the Congress government did in 1992 with the connivance of then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government is bent upon building a temple at the site where the masjid once stood.

  • Challenge before Rahul Gandhi

    Political parties all over the world have come to be closed shops. What is known as the “High Command” usually dictates on who will be installed as the president. Rahul Gandhi has been “elected” as the Congress president.

  • Can Padmavati be a rallying point for press freedom?

    The press has been able to consolidate its freedom after several struggles. And today it is generally free from government pressure. There are still other forces which do not allow it to be completely free. Yet among all the democracies in the world, the Indian press is considered independent.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Reopening the Gandhi assassination case was long overdue

    I think the Supreme Court's order to appoint an amicus curiae in Mahatma Gandhi's assassination case is important. More about how it happened and why are two points which need to be pursued.

  • Boundaries that divide us

    The government of India has appointed Dineshwar Sharma, former Intelligence Bureau Chief as interlocutor to find a solution to Kashmir's problems.

  • EC's reputation is on the line

    The Election Commission has never done it before and had developed an independent status since TN Seshan. He had given it a stature which was admired by the electorate.

  • The supreme courage of Gauri Lankesh

    A gathering for a memorial a few days ago turned out to be disappointing. I thought that the meeting held to bring attention to the murder of Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, would draw many journalists, particularly the senior ones, to the venue.

  • A part-time chief minister

    Utttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said that he would be taking five days off in a month to attend to his duties as head priest of the Gorakhnath Temple. Television networks ran this part of his speech only once.

  • Are refugees outsiders?

    Communist leader Jyoti Basu ruled West Bengal for two and a half decades. He fought relentlessly against the communal forces. It is surprising how the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has penetrated and practically taken over the state.

  • Steps to empower women

    For some reasons, mainly male chauvinism, the Women's Reservation Bill has not yet been passed by parliament. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 when the then Prime Minister, Deve Gowda, was in office.

  • Dynastic politics in India

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is wrong when he says that all of India runs on dynasties.

  • The harrowing prospects of soft Hindutva

    By "Hinduising" a secular society, the integrity of the country is in danger. Religion can never integrate a nation as the example of Bangladesh cutting itself asunder from Pakistan shows. The attempt to impose Urdu forced the same Muslim East Pakistan to become independent, sovereign republic of Bangladesh.

  • The ugly side of 'god-men'

    The problem arises when they indulge in fraudulent and illegal activities, going to the extent of committing rapes and murders. What gives the whole thing an ugly shape is the support of the political parties for their own gains.

  • Triple talaq has no place in a secular India

    The Supreme Court's judgment is harsh and unequivocal. There could be no compromise on the basics of the Indian Constitution, freedom to women and men to lead their lives as they wanted. I wish the Muslim community had accepted the bar on triple talaq, which goes against the spirit of the constitution. But it looks as if the fundamentalists have been having their way.

  • How unsafe are Muslims in India?

    In a farewell message the outgoing vice-president Hamid Ansari said that Muslims do not feel safe in the country. Instead of introspecting on what he said, the RSS and the BJP have denounced him. Some have gone to the extent of saying that he could migrate to a country where he would feel safe.

  • Seven decades of joy and pain

    My father, who practised medicine, was stopped from migrating whenever he thought of moving out of Sialkot. One day, my mother and he decided to travel without letting people know. They boarded the train unnoticed.

  • Together, we can

    I vainly search for my favourite television anchors like Karan Thapar and, more recently, Barkha Dutt. I am told that they have been taken off.

  • Hindi spread requires patience

    Whenev-er a state language wants to spread itself to the national sphere, it naturally meets with some resistance.

  • The tragic death of Kashmiriyat

    When terrorists attack from the front, it means that they are not afraid of consequences.

  • Courageous civil servants

    The goverment of Narendra Modi is not about promoting one man and his idiosyncrasies. It is more about ideology, the Hindutva. That makes it much more ominous.

  • Modi's Trump card

    President Donald Trump in a joint statement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following their first meeting at the White House, made terrorism the cornerstone of mutual cooperation between the two countries. The statement went beyond the usual American position and while criticising Pakistan it also echoed Indian concerns regarding the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Emergency should never be forgotten

    Strange, in the process of selecting who should be the next President of India, the nation has forgotten the emergency which was imposed some forty-two years ago.

  • What is the criteria for nominating Indian presidents?

    Instead of building consensus behind the candidature of Hamid Ansari for president, the party has appointed its top three leaders to

  • A trumped up charge

    The government has been using sedition laws to silence dissenting voices. And there are over 51 freedom of information activists who have been found murdered since the law came to force in 2005.

  • These are beefy issues

    The demolition of the Babri Masjid and the ban on cattle sale for slaughter are two sides of the same coin. They reflect the prejudice of

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