• An avoidable operation

    The British government has rejected a petition by the Sikh community in London to make public all papers concerning Operation Blue Star. Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister, was close to the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and reportedly helped her to plan the Indian military action at the Golden Temple in Amritsar between June 1 and 8, 1984, to oust militant religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers from the Harmandir Sahib Complex.

  • The lingering consequences of partition

    There is a grain of truth in Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah's statement that Muhammad Ali Jinnah was not responsible for partition.

  • Where did we go wrong?

    I have always wondered where we went wrong. After adopting a constitution which was secular in letter and spirit, we have strayed into the territory where every pebble is an impediment to the journey towards pluralism.

  • Asma Jahangir as I knew her

    Asma Jahangir, who passed away last week, was a popular human rights lawyer and social activist.

  • Security for all not feasible

    Two more policemen died in the valley. This is not the first time that there is casualty in Kashmir. But the disconcerting aspect is that

  • The economics of politics

    It's understandable that this year's budget should have an eye on rural India which constitutes some 70 percent of voters.

  • Awards losing their sheen

    When the constitution has banned awards why should they be there. They violate the spirit of the constitution and the general understanding.

  • Crisis in the Indian judicial system

    Whether it was a prover-bial storm in a teacup or something else, the fact remains that the judiciary has been exposed. The impartiality with which it is known has been shaken.

  • 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.