It was never about the cow, it’s the Muslims they are after

The Hindutva-backed polarisation almost resembles a real-life adaptation of The Wolf and the Lamb story. Here, the only difference is that the wolf pretends to be vegetarian, though its thirst for blood is rising with enforced saffronisation of the otherwise secular country. While a forensic report has recently said the meat taken from outside the […]

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Love and Revolution

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistan’s pre-eminent poet, has been wrapped in the consciousness of those who love his verse as a romantic, anti-authoritarian communist. He was indeed all of that, but in his own gentle, almost conformist, way. This “authorised biography” by his grandson Ali Madeeh Hashmi uncovers without flourish the many layers of his activities, […]

What the media calls people who kill policemen

Nobody knows what to make of them, this army of people who rose up in the heart of a populous city and turned on state forces. Elsewhere – in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, the chowks of the Kashmir Valley or the hills of Manipur – they would have been called terrorists, militants, insurgents, leftwing extremists. […]

‘Dog Menace’: Some Facts

I hate press conferences. I always manage to talk myself into controversy. The problem is that I am always trying to think of better ways to do something. In my current job it is ways to get rid of malnutrition by feeding our children better, or how to stop putting medical people into jail while […]

Israeli occupation cause of shooting: Tel Aviv mayor

The mayor of Tel Aviv says a deadly shooting attack in the Israeli capital on Thursday is a natural consequence of Israel’s 49-year-old “occupation” of Palestinian lands, which needs to come to an end. Ron Huldai told Israeli army radio Thursday that Israel is the only entity in the world which has another nation under […]

US set to launch large spy satellite from Cape Canaveral

The United States is set to launch a giant “eavesdropping satellite” using the most powerful launch vehicle available. In a scheduled blastoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday, the classified satellite will be taken into the Earth’s orbit by the United Launch Alliance (ULA)’s powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket. Featuring […]

India ranked 141 in global peace index, Syria least peaceful

India was on Wednesday ranked 141 on a Global Peace Index — making it less peaceful than countries like Burundi, Serbia and Burkina Faso — with violence taking a 680-billion dollor toll on its economy in 2015. In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria […]

Ban raps Saudi ‘pressure’ over abuse list

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has disclosed that he made the “painful and difficult” decision to temporarily remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from a blacklist for violating child rights because of “undue pressure” from its supporters who threatened to stop funding many programmes being run by the global organisation. The United Nations […]

Seven Indian embassy websites hacked by group ‘supporting’ Pakistan

Seven Indian embassy websites have been hacked by a group who purportedly support Pakistan, The New Indian Express reported. The hackers, who call themselves ‘Intruder’ and ‘Romantic’, have posted messages saying, “Embassy of India in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Has Been OWNED, Hey Indian Government, Do not Mess With Us  Pakistan Army Zindabad,  Aata Majhi Satakli? Do […]

Teleprompter: The secret behind Modi’s fluent English

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been known to prefer giving public address in Hindi, but nowadays he is speaking equally well in English. On June 8, the Prime Minister addressed the US Congress for over 45 minutes in English which gathered nine standing ovations and more than 50 rounds of applause. During his […]

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