A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Without a doubt, Ansari was the target of the prime minister’s wrath because he is the senior-most Muslim in public life.
Vinod Dua and Hamid Ansari discuss the history, relevance and importance of Urdu in India at the launch event of The Wire Urdu.
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‘You spent most of your time in West Asia, in that single circle, that way of thinking, among those people. After retirement, be it in the minorities commission or Aligarh Muslim University, your circle remained the same.’
In conversation with Karan Thapar on his last day as vice president, Hamid Ansari talked about growing intolerance, aggressive nationalism, the government’s political inaction on Kashmir and more.
In our plural secular democracy…the ‘other’ is to be none other than the ‘self’. Any derogation from it would be detrimental to its core values.
The Wire brings you a breakdown of what’s going on in parliament – up front and behind the scenes.
The timing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and the disappearance of a retired Pakistani army officer from near the Indian border has led many to speculate about an imminent swap.
Over 175 prominent citizens have signed a statement asking Vice President Hamid Ansari to intervene on the “illegitimate” use of money Bills by the government.
Today we are again in a climate that questions the value and scope of academic freedom. The freedom of our universities has been challenged by narrow considerations of what is perceived to be ‘public good.’
“Since the allegations involve the chief justice and another sitting judge of the Supreme Court, to protect the independence of judiciary, it should not be investigated by any investigative body controlled by the government,” she says.
The key to dealing with internal security is to keep the focus on both the people and society, and on the rule of law that, regrettably, ‘has been undermined by the rule of politics,’ says Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Parliament must address the flaws in the current process of removing judges from office, which is riddled with systemic flaws such as the inquiry committee becoming invalid if a member retires or is elevated to the Supreme Court, or if the accused judge resigns or retires.
There is no bust of Fidel Castro in Cuba, but he has earned his place in history.
The vice president’s remarks came against the backdrop of India raising its concerns at various international fora over Pakistan’s support to cross-border terrorism.
Pakistan has been ranked as one the most dangerous countries for journalists. Shahzadi is one among several thousand ‘enforced disappearances’ in the country.
A study has found that tribal rights granted under the Forest Rights Act are increasingly being denied.
The independent MP and liquor baron quit one day before the Ethics Committee of the Upper House was set to recommend his expulsion.
After having done some legwork on the connectivity front, India needs to take ownership of its ideas and articulate them cogently, making it clear to regional partners that it is not vying for influence against China or other powerful actors.
While editorial independence faces challenges in the traditional media environment, the digital medium today provides space for independent thought and contrarian views, says Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of discussions between India and Thailand on a number of issues as he concluded his three-day visit to the South East Asian country, which he described as a close neighbour in which New Delhi had some permanent interests. […]
Bilateral cooperation between the two countries, which have civilisational links, can be increased in several areas.
Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei): Adding a deeper strategic dimension to its ‘Act East’ policy, India on Tuesday agreed to conduct joint military exercises with Brunei and encourage cooperation among the defence industries of the two countries as part of initiatives to boost their role in the security architecture of South East […]
India is looking to also set up a fertiliser plant in the tiny, oil rich nation
As the NCP leader turns 75, his birthday celebrations may be setting the stage for new political journeys.
New Delhi: Taking a leaf from the Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government has packed the board of an ‘autonomous’ Prasar Bharati with four part-time members who are either members or fellow-travellers of the ruling dispensation. The new appointments announced on Friday are: Ashok Tandon, who was media […]
I am doing this in memory of the Indians who have been murdered, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty.
In a democratic society, the need to accept difference of opinion is an essential ingredient of plurality. In that sense, the right of dissent also becomes the duty of dissent since tactics to suppress dissent tend to diminish the democratic essence.
Like dalits, large numbers of Muslims also suffer from background inequalities that impede the attainment of full citizenship rights. Why are these sections not candidates for affirmative action?
3 dead due to violence in Manipur Three people died and many others sustained injuries in Manipur following mob violence that erupted over the passing of three bills in the state assembly, officials said on Tuesday. The violence took place on Monday night in Churchandpur, where an indefinite […]
The attack on the Vice President came not from the intemperate fringe of the sangh parivar but from Ram Madhav, a responsible leader who serves as a vital link between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.
Senior BJP leader also attacked Rajya Sabha TV for allegedly blacking out the yoga day event, a charge that viewers, and the channel head, said was untrue.