Repeal the Sedition Law

Recent developments in Jawaharlal Nehru University have vitiated the political atmosphere, most particularly the alleged conspiracy of a section of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the behest of a local BJP legislator. The sinister twists and turns of politics is now a matter of concern. Public opinion is generally against the retention of […]


Many of us interpret the constitutionally protected right to dissent as the right to speak, write and publish our personal opinions.The right to speak, assemble and the explicit right to express our grievances to the government collectively form the right to “dissent” granted by the constitution to every Indian citizen. Beyond written or spoken words, […]

Random thoughts: Security needs or victimhood complex of Kashmiris?

Will Hindutva make monsters out of Indians? The taxi driver that arrived to drop us(me and my family) at the Delhi Airport was a thuggish looking rustic(villager). He looked sullen and complained about the time the moment he arrived at our Delhi home. But it was his demeanor and the expression on his face that […]

Was Nur Jahan a scheming temptress or just an independent woman?

SHE was the 35-year-old widow of a man who had fallen out of favour with the Mughal emperor when she caught the eye of Jahangir. Within years, Mehr-un-Nisa, or Nur Jahan as she is known in history, rose to become the most powerful woman in the Mughal empire – coins were minted in her name, […]

US polls: Trumping of reason

In US, the billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump looks set to get the Republican nomination. To everybody’s surprise, Trump has won one after another state.  On Super Tuesday, Trump and his main Democratic rival Hilllary Clinton won seven states apiece. He has won more primaries since. This has made it highly probable that the Trump […]

Israel razing of homes ‘alarming’: UN

Jerusalem:- Israel is razing Palestinian homes and other buildings constructed with international aid at an “alarming” rate, the UN says, with more demolitions so far this year than in all of 2015. In total 121 structures funded partly or fully by international donors were demolished in the occupied West Bank between January 1 and March […]

Iran tests more missiles, says capable of reaching Israel

Tehran: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, defying U.S. criticism of similar tests carried out the previous day. State television showed footage of two Qadr missiles being launched from northern Iran which the IRGC said hit targets 1,400 […]

Iran charges 22 for Saudi embassy attack

TEHRAN: – Around two dozen people have been officially charged over attacks against Saudi property on Iranian soil, a top Judiciary official says. Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi on Tuesday said that 22 people will soon be sent to court over charges pertaining to damaging the Saudi embassy in Tehran. The assaults on the embassy […]

N.Korea ‘has miniature nuclear warhead’

SEOUL :-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturised nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal,reuters reported on Wednesday. Kim has called for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the United States and South Korea and stand […]

Pak likely to ban Hafiz saeed’s JuD

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in the process of banning Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), a charity that India says is front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group which is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. “There are some legal issues [to put JuD on the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act] but we are getting there,” […]

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