Kathua: Justice must be delivered

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder and alleged rape of a nomad child in Jammu’s Rassana village has acquired urgency with the arrest of Talib Hussain, the man who publicly dictated who was guilty and should be arrested for the crime, and instigated the communal polarisation … Read More

Pakistan between Mufti and Mullah

As Pakistan goes to the polls tomorrow (July 25), it appears that the blurring lines between mufti and mullah will converge further, to the detriment of its struggling democracy. The economic crisis, aggravated by unserviceable debts from infrastructure related to the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor, could trigger a complete meltdown, … Read More

Afghan minorities need protection

India’s foreign policy has its task cut out – to ensure the safety of the Hindu-Sikh community within Afghanistan or its safe repatriation to India (or migration elsewhere) with full citizenship and rehabilitation. In a positive move, New Delhi has issued long-term visas to members of Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu … Read More

Rifleman Aurangzeb: For love of country

Two Indians, both Muslims from Jammu and Kashmir, were killed by terrorists on June 15, but only one dominates the political mind-space. The death of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari is often cited by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders as evidence of Mehbooba Mufti’s inability to control the law and order … Read More

Culture is the root of Indian nationhood

The reverberations of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s address at the valedictory session of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Tritiya Varsh Varg (Third Year Course) at Nagpur will doubtless resonate for a long time. Whatever one’s ideological persuasion, there is no denying that Pranabda has made a significant intervention in our political … Read More

Rohingya shadow over Myanmar Hindus

The current Rohingya crisis that has seized global eyeballs is a self-invited calamity in which Rohingya militants attacked 30 police posts and an army base in Myanmar in August 2017, and simultaneously unleashed a reign of terror on their mild mannered Hindu neighbours. Yet it has taken the otherwise in-your-face … Read More

Rohingya threat to Jammu

In an interview with Russia Today on the crisis in Europe, French politician Marine Le Pen said, “Immigration is an organised replacement of our population. This threatens our very survival”. Syria’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, supports New Delhi’s view that Rohingyas are a security threat and not a … Read More

Lacunas persist in Kathua story

If one sad truth emerges from the sensational saga of the death of an eight year old girl child in a remote village of Jammu & Kashmir, it is that Justice for Jammu’s Daughter has been overtaken by the agenda to politicise, communalise, and even internationalise the discourse around the … Read More

Cambridge Analytica path to 2019

In an assessment submitted soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s resounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections of 2017, the now controversial Cambridge Analytica observed that the Congress party needs emphatic wins in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to send out a clear message of change to the rest of … Read More

Two rapes: Howling banshees and their silence

Two rapes are challenging the national conscience today. The reason is not the communal identity of the victims, but the rabid communalisation of the public discourse by the howling banshees of the Lutyens Brigade (a politico-ideological, not geographical entity) who initiate every episode of mass hysteria with admirable constancy and … Read More