Fight for justice or fishing expedition?

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has taken charge of the case of the allegedly mysterious death of Special CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya after a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra recused itself over perceived slights from members of the judicial fraternity. It is surprising that the apex court … Read More

Koregoan: A new Subaltern history

  As there was advance information that an annual gathering at a memorial of the East India Company in Pune would be attended by rabble rousers like Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the administration should not have been so unprepared for mischief by agent … Read More

A sorry tale of minorities in Jammu & Kashmir

So alarming is the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir that after failing to hold elections to Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency for over a year, and now again postponing panchayat and municipal elections (terms ended July 2016, March 2010 respectively), Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has inducted brother Tassaduq Mufti into … Read More

Native seeds are key to food security

In recent years, enlightened Indian farmers have begun to rethink the suitability of farming practices that involve injecting poison into the earth via fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides, and create problems of soil fertility, soil texture, soil preservation and erosion. There is a pervasive sentiment that unless the current system of … Read More

No redemption for Hindus in Kashmir

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s inability to handle the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, despite the virtual blank cheque offered by the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party coalition partner, was obvious in April 2017 when bye-elections were ordered for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies. Former Chief Minister … Read More

Baloch abductions scorch Pakistan

Days after being selected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017, Pakistan suffered a huge embarrassment when its growing crimes against the Baloch, especially the phenomenon of “enforced disappearances”, blew up in its face. The dispute centres on Baloch inability to reconcile to the annexation of Kalat … Read More

Sir Syed and India’s Islamic surgery

Recently, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of Aligarh Muslim University (Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College), received fulsome tributes on his 200th birth anniversary. Khan was a devotee of British rule even before the Mutiny (1857) forced the Crown to directly administer its Indian territories, hitherto held in trust by the East India … Read More

Children of a Lesser God

The Supreme Court’s order of 9 October 2017, in Arjun Gopal and Others versus Union of India and Others (Writ Petition, Civil, No. 728 of 2015), banning the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) has set the cat among the pigeons. As the order … Read More

California textbooks improve Hindu content

In the significant development for Hindu American families that have long agitated over the humiliating and demeaning portrayal of India and the Hindu tradition and faith in American school textbooks, the California Department of Education (CDE) on Thursday, 28 September 2017 recommended rejection of two academic programs submitted by the … Read More

The Great Game sears Pathan homeland

Barring perhaps tiny Sri Lanka, the British Empire amputated every non-Christian land that fell under its heel, causing wounds that time could not heal. As meticulously documented by Narendra Singh Sarila, the Partition of India was conceived by Winston Churchill, planned by Archibald Wavell, and executed by Louis Mountbatten (The … Read More