Terrorism

Living Next to Hell

Living Next to Hell

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar’s statement that ‘Pakistan is Hell’ has become quite popular and controversial. Whilst the BJP sympathisers celebrate this candid pronouncement, former Karnataka MP and actor Divya Spandana’s statement that she has been to Pakistan recently as part of an MP contingent and that ‘Pakistan is not hell. People there are quite friendly […]

Death Penalty

Death Penalty

For the past two weeks, I have been noticing posts for and against death penalty in India. I didn’t participate in any of them as I myself was torn between the two sides. I needed to confront my own conflict before I could clearly address the question. There is no doubt that death penalty is […]

The Lure of the ISIS

The Lure of the ISIS

On the day of Eid, a group of Tamil Muslims in Ramanathapuram district proudly wore t-shirts with the logo of ISIS printed on them and took a group photo. And then someone decided to post it in Facebook. That’s when troubles began. The photo went viral and soon the law and order began knocking the […]

Lessons From Batla

Lessons From Batla

Today, a crucial judgement passed has been passed in one of the Delhi courts on a controversial encounter case. The controversy and the verdict have far-reaching consequences. Just a bit of refresh to understand the background. Based on an alleged tip off, seven officers from Delhi Police stormed an apartment building in Delhi’s Batla House […]

For Islam and the Umma

For Islam and the Umma

Dear Adnan Rasheed It was heart-warming to see you writing to Malala, especially in English. In this day and age when even the political leaders in India blame English for destroying our culture, you have dared writing in the Satan’s language. I don’t know what prompted you to write in that language. Did you want […]

Can we have some privacy?

Can we have some privacy?

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a villain? Is he in the right in exposing the ‘evil’ programmes by the US who is tapping into every second American house and collecting gazillions of data? This debate has crossed the shores along with Snowden and is now being asked everywhere. Expectedly, the human rights activists in India […]

Ishrat Jahan

Ishrat Jahan

Wherever Modi’s name is mentioned favourably, several objections are thrown at us. Many people don’t use the 2002 riots anymore. Although that is perhaps the most effective offensive against Modi, apparently they have all grown tired of it. Among the several other problem areas they point out in the Modi narrative, the key incident is […]

Hanging Woes

Hanging Woes

On Saturday, 8th February 2013, India proved that it is a very weak and insecure republic. Probably it is, but it was made public by the central government’s decision to secretly execute Afzal Guru. The reason for the inordinate delay for rejecting the mercy petition was politically motivated vote-bank calculation. This quick and hurried execution […]

7500, 15000, or 20000?

When Bob Dylan wrote ‘How many people will it take till he knows that too many people have died?’ he would not have known how many times this question is going to be raised till we realise it is people we are talking about. Such was the plight last week when UN, Amnesty and the […]

The broken cyanide chain

‘It’s a tragic incident, that’s all’ was all Prabhakaran had to say about Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination twelve years after he executed it. He, however, didn’t have much say about the numerous Tamil leaders whom he ruthlessly eliminated. That’s notwithstanding the hundreds of Indian soldiers, Sinhalese civilians, and thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who died in […]