1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]
Social media on Friday erupted in outrage at the callous manner in which an accident involving BJP MP Hema Malini’s car was covered by the media
New Delhi: In an attempt to create a broader platform for issues affecting the transgender community in India, the Delhi-based India HIV/AIDS Alliance organised the Third National Hijra Habba 2015 in New Delhi on June 30. The event was intended to not only welcome the formal status of […]
To be gay in the US is to feel happy and proud, but why can’t the transnational Indian feel the same at home?
Court puts Mohalla Assi release on hold Facing accusations of hurting religious sentiments, the Hindi film Mohalla Assi featuring Sunny Deol has been “restrained from release” all over India by a Delhi Court on Tuesday. The movie which was scheduled to be released on July 3 will now have to wait till further […]
Make Sanskrit available to the world not as a disinfectant but a great new energiser of the human intellect
Syed Ali Gilani calls ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban un-Islamic Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani described ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban and other similar organisations as un-Islamic. In the statements given in Srinagar Geelani expressed concern over the growth of sects and other sub-divisions within Islam. He described the actions […]
Hemangi Kadu brings us pictures of the interiors of the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai which was given a heritage tag by UNESCO 11 years ago today
A new policy document from ICANN asks if it can eliminate private domain registrations
Both too radical and too conservative, Jindal is the awkward embodiment of deeply lived NRI contradictions and anxieties, perhaps giving us a sense of why he fled from that identity in the first place.
In a landmark decision, the nine justices of the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees marriage as a right for all, including gay and lesbian couples. And when the US Supreme Court rules on an interpretation of the US Constitution, that ruling is final. Although […]
Today is the 76th birth anniversary of the great Rahul Dev Burman or Pancham as he was called by one and all (and by his fans), one of the most innovative music directors in Hindi cinema. Though he often used to be derided during his life time for lifting songs, […]
In a world obsessed with beauty, living with a facial disfigurement can be hard. Neil Steinberg explores the past and present to find out what it’s like to look different.
1. Govt will now celebrate Rakhi In a bid to further its idea of India’s ‘soft power’ a little more after International Yoga Day, the government is now planning to officially celebrate Raksha Bandhan. The state-sponsored celebration of the festival, centred around brother-sister relationships, will be supervised by […]
The powerful Indian Prime Minister brought ‘poverty’ centre-stage, but her rule was responsible for setting off the decline of institutions
Rajeev Sharma has received hate mail too but believes those who sent him such messages ‘cannot belong to any religion, because no religion in the world is opposed to peace’
They were dark days, but even those who didn’t go to jail had to be careful
The police were called in to find out who had placed the ad. But they got nowhere.
“The orders were coming from people like Sanjay. The way Sanjay treated people was horrible. Even I.K. Gujral, who was then I&B minister, would be ordered around by him, and insulted too.”
“When there were loud knocks on the gate, Imam Mohammed had thought that the police were trying to scare them in opening the door. But a loud crunch on the door dispelled his illusions. The police were using a battering ram.”
1. Japan trumps China for Bangladesh port In a setback to China which had plans of building a port about 25 km away, Japan is all set to start construction of the 18m-deep port at Matarbari on Bangladesh’s South-East coast by January 2016. China is trying to develop closer economic and military […]
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1. Lalit Modi drags in NaMo, Amit Shah, Omita Paul Lalit Modi, the fugitive former IPL commissioner is currently embroiled in a controversy over alleged favours extended to him by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, has sent out tweets in which he accused Omita Paul, secretary to […]
New Delhi: The well-known journalist and commentator Praful Bidwai – whose syndicated columns on politics, foreign policy, the environment and political economy provided a critical, left-wing perspective on national and international developments for over four decades – passed away in Amsterdam on Monday night, The Wire has learned. […]
Creating an event like International Yoga Day was brilliant, institutionalising it would be disastrous
Fifty-five years after Mughal-e-Azam was made, India still loves this great film about forbidden love.
The Carnatic musician will be the recipient of the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi this year, awarded annually by the Music Academy, Madras, since 1942.
1. Trouble for the NDA in Bihar Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) – a part of the BJP-led NDA – has declared party leader and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha as its Chief Ministerial nominee, leaving the BJP embarrassed. In […]
The eleventh hour withdrawal of a UNESCO bid to consider Delhi as a heritage city smacks of arbitrariness and prejudice
He was murdered over his refusal to withdraw a court case against the sand mafia, the police said on Sunday.
The students of FTII should be lauded for drawing their line in the sand about the need for a proper consultative process through which people are appointed to high public office in this country
The mass drill mode will make for headlines and photo-ops, but will have little or no lasting value unless there is a sustained programme and the infrastructure to go with it.
Yoga is the coming together of body, breath and mind, but it is also a very personal practice, not an exhibitionist one
Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?
For those of us who have grown up in the Ahmedabad before the collapse of the mills, before the advent of the nouveau riche who now guide or bully the city, Amrita Shah’s lyrical book only reflects the changing tides of the last four decades.
Hindus, who explode in anger when images of their Gods are misused or abused in other cultures, should be able to understand that Muslims are devastated by cartoons of their Prophet, and enraged that those who drew them are lionised for it.
When I look at my country today, irrespective of whether I am Pakistani or Indian, truthlessness and insincerity stare me in the face, writes the musician T.M. Krishna
The AG was approached by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to seek the opinion after the Home Ministry denied security clearance to the network
Two recent papers throw some light on how the revolutionary development of smaller and more fine-boned humans influenced the growth of cooperative culture, the birth of agriculture and human dominance of the planet
Seen any women speaking at a public event lately? And was that enough?
1. AAP leads counter attack in ‘degree wars’ The Aam Aadmi party has taken the fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party in what are now turning out to be ‘degree wars’ between the political rivals. The AAP has alleged that a minister in BJP’s Goa coalition, Ramkrishna Dhavalikar […]