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71 years on, frosty relations continue

It was August 12, 1947, three days before India became free. My father, a practicing doctor, summoned us, the three brothers, and asked what our plans were. I told him that I wanted to stay in Pakistan just as the Muslims would in India.

Lynching to nowhere

More gruesome details about the Alwar lynching have come to light. Rakbar Khan, the victim, could have been saved if the police had acted in time. In fact, the force stopped for tea and wasted three and a half hours in reaching the victim to the hospital. He bled to death. If one were to put all the pieces together, one would come to the conclusion that the police delay was deliberate.

Can Imran Khan be the man of the people?

The army in Pakistan seems to have devised a way where a particular person is elected even without a valid cause. Imran Khan is a product of such phenomena. Long before the latest elections, his name was tossed around.

Impeachment, a serious matter

It's sheer arrogance. True, Chief Justice Dipak Misra denied permission to Allahabad High Court judge Narayan Shukla to prosecute a Lucknow-based Prasad Education Trust, which runs a medical college. But this is not such a violation of law which should invite impeachment of the Chief Justice of India.

It's Modi's BJP!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now all in all in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has installed his close lieutenant Amit Shah as the party president. However, people's memory is short. The founder was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who subsequently occupied the office of Prime Minister to lead the NDA government, a coalition of several parties.

Kashmiri Pandits' Dilemma

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that the Kashmiri Pandits should visit their place of origin, meaning thereby the Valley.

February 19, 2018
February 19, 2018

Asma Jahangir as I knew her

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

February 9, 2018
February 9, 2018

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

February 6, 2018
February 6, 2018

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.

January 28, 2018
January 28, 2018

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.

January 19, 2018
January 19, 2018

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.

January 12, 2018
January 12, 2018

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…

January 4, 2018
January 4, 2018

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.

December 29, 2017
December 29, 2017

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.

December 22, 2017
December 22, 2017

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

December 7, 2017
December 7, 2017

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.