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What’s in store for Kashmiris if BJP is part of the Government?

What’s in store for Kashmiris if BJP is part of the Government? By Ram Puniyani The recent (December 2015) verdict of Kashmir elections has been fractured, so to say. While PDP has emerged as the largest single party, the BJP is a close second with substantial percentage of votes. Interestingly BJP has secured most seats […]

Abul Ala Maududi: An existentialist history By Nadeem F. Paracha To most Pakistanis and to those who have been associated with various Islamic political outfits in countries like Egypt, Indonesia, Syria and Malaysia, Abul Ala Maududi is to ‘Political Islam’ what Karl Marx was to Communism. Both western and South Asian historians have described him […]

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By Ram Puniyani Propaganda around conversions has been one of the major political tools during last few decades. It was Niyogi Commission report which investigated the conversions in Adivasi areas in 1950s, then the Meenaxipuram conversions of Dalits into Islam, the and then the gruesome murder of Pastor Graham Stewart Stains on the charges that […]

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By Ram Puniyani Those resorting to communal politics have not only perfected their techniques of polarizing the communities along religious lines, but have been constantly resorting to new methods for dividing the society. On the backdrop of Muzzafar nagar, where ‘Love Jihad’ propaganda was used to enhance the divisive agenda, now in Aligarh an icon […]

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By Dr. Muqtedar Khan 15th of August, India celebrated its independence from British Colonization. Congratulations to India. For nearly 200 years the British occupied and exploited India and its resources. But we all know this aspect of the British culture first hand and it does not need much elaboration here. India too has emerged as […]

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By Syed Ubaidur Rahman Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has amazed almost everyone by grabbing more seats than Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the just concluded elections in Maharashtra. MIM has won two seats and was narrowly defeated in three others. On many seats the party led by firebrand leader and Parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi […]

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By Ram Puniyani Fali S Nariman recently made a very significant observation on the current political situation in India. The distinguished Constitutional jurist noted: “Hinduism has traditionally been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But, recurrent instances of religious tension, fanned by fanaticism and hate speech, have shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance […]

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Eid al Adha 2014 is round the corner. But we must understand that killing the satan within is as important as sacrificing lamb By Syed Ubaidur Rahman It is the day of sacrifices. The whole world seems to be full of happiness, gaiety and joy. Everyone is in celebratory mood and everyone seems to be […]

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By Saurabh Kumar The focus of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week should be on tangibles – on mutually beneficial diversification and intensification of economic and cultural ties, tapping of all possible complementarities through imaginative arrangements and programmes. Not on political documentation, which there is a surfeit of already. This is […]

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By Saeed Naqvi As soon as President Barack Obama Wednesday announced his intention to lead a Coalition of the Willing to “degrade and destroy” the ISIS, his core coalition partners began to fidget and reach out for the exit door. British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond said “UK will not be taking part in the air […]

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New Delhi: They anchored the rise of the BJP in the 1990s and guided it through the tumultuous years in the opposition but do not appear to have a role in the party’s first full-majority government. L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, both past presidents of the party, now appear to have a largely ceremonial […]

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By C Uday Bhaskar After considerable vacillation that brought little credit to the world’s largest democracy, the Indian parliament is now set to discuss the violence and bloodshed in Gaza on Monday, July 21. Earlier, even as the spiral of violence continued, the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: “We have diplomatic ties with […]

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By Amulya Ganguli When L.K. Advani was dragged kicking and screaming from the post of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president in 2005 under orders from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Delhi to Washington stated that the event “demonstrated the power of the RSS … and will likely […]

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More than just a list of taxes and spending, the first budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is expected to unveil policies that will signal how the new Indian government wants to shape the economy in the years to come and engage with the world. The fiscal budget, to be presented by Finance Minister […]

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