Prashanth loved kids, a lot!

Follow the author on twitter @lubnaurifat As he looked around, he began to feel satisfied with his plans. There was no place for errors in the way he worked. A hard task master, he expected perfection in most if not everything that he did. And today he had done everything by himself. Deepali, the beautiful … Read more

Pay day or pain day: How world’s fastest growing economy fell down like house of cards

The timing was perfect. With Deepawali just gone by, people were done with the giving and receiving of gifts. Salaries had been disbursed. People had started getting over the festive mood, settling down in their mundane routines. On the fateful night of 8th November 2016, PM Modi declared a surprise attack on black money, counterfeit … Read more

New RBI guidelines on Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal: Better to cancel wedding and remain bachelor for ‘country’

It seems a clueless Narendra Modi government has spectacularly lost the plot on the planning and execution of demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. If one ever needed to find a suitable example to illustrate just how directionless this government has been on its ability to grasp anything related to the country’s … Read more

Triple Talaq: Modi’s comments would provide Jashodaben good examples to teach her students what hypocrisy and irony mean

Triple Talaq is an oppressive system as it leaves a women vulnerable to the whims and fancies of her husband, without any say in the painful process of separation. No modern democracy, which values rights of women, should have place for the practice, which makes a mockery of women’s dignity and equality. Thus when Prime … Read more

Surgical Strikes: Modi’s firm message but can war mongers be kept at bay?

In the universe of the 24×7 media, there is literally no place to hide. Which is why it should come as no surprise that a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking out as Gujarat chief minister against the then UPA government’s Pakistan policy went viral last week. The video shows Modi mocking the Manmohan … Read more

Massive Maratha unrest, millions rise against misgovernance in Maharashtra, Media’s silence baffling!

The gigantic Maratha rallies in Maharashtra have flummoxed everyone. Neither the politicians nor the media know what to make of them. Unprecedented crowds thronged the Pune Maratha Kranti Morcha on 25th September 2016. Even if the claims of 25 lacs are exaggerated, it is undoubtedly the largest gathering Pune has seen. In each city the … Read more

“Modi’s sudden burst of love for Dalits may not be enough to save what now appears to be a sinking ship for the BJP”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently grabbed unprecedented media headlines after his extraordinary condemnation of a group of right-wing militants masquerading as cow vigilantes. On 6 August, while addressing a ‘town hall’ style interaction with an invited audience in Delhi, Modi rebuked the so-called ‘gau-rakshak’ groups branding them as “anti-social” elements, who, according to him, were … Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Is transformation of BHU into an RSS campus complete under Modi’s man as VC

Universities across the country are being witness to a growing trend of infiltration by the right-wing RSS. Educational institutions used to be known as places where students can openly discuss, debate and disagree on various topics. In these educational institutions, students have always been allowed their democratic right to dissent. But, in like most other liberal, democratic … Read more

Yes you heard it right, Arnab Goswami ‘blames’ Manmohan Singh for Uri attacks

On Monday Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, became the 18th solider to fall victim to the terror attack in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir. Two other critically injured soldiers have also been airlifted to the military hospital in Delhi. 17 soldiers were killed in the attack on Sunday, while about 23 others injured. The terror attack in … Read more

Is India paying price of a secret deal between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif?

India should know what all has been discussed and decided in meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif. Immediately after winning the Lok Sabha elections, the first shock that Modi ji had given to nation was by inviting Sharif as a guest of honour during the oath taking ceremony. The love and warmth … Read more

Questions that Arnab Goswami forgot to ask about the Dengue and Chikungunya outbreak

Watching Times Now and Arnab Goswami can be an intellectually risky proposition – this is something we all know. No other journalist, except Lord Goswami, can say with a straight face that she/he knows more about an illness or medicine than a trained medical doctor. This is what Goswami suggested when he was debating the … Read more

Modi govt’s plan to make Muslims pay for choosing India over Pakistan

Richard Perle, once an advisor to Libyan Dictator, Gaddafi had said “Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces.” Sound familiar? From the day, the Sangh has come to play center-stage in our politics, creation of enemies has become our national … Read more

Open letter to Lalita Kumaramangalam who acts on blogs but not on gangrape by gau rakshaks

Disclaimer: ( For all hyper-ventilating pseudo nationalists who are likely to give me Maa-Behen ki gaali ironically while claiming to defend the honour of women) 1) I am NOT insulting women. I am merely pointing out, using facts , how the NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam, a former Loksabha candidate, National Executive member and spokesperson of … Read more

JNU elections: Umar Khalid writes on what students must consider before casting their votes on Friday

All through the (JNU) Presidential Debate, I was bemused initially with all candidates from different organisations claiming to have fought and raised slogans for me. Later, it increasingly turned into discomfort. Did those who were saying this to score brownie points against each other realize that they were doing an extreme disservice to the Stand … Read more

Read what nude monk had said on love jihad and Islam’s alleged relation with terrorism

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday took to Twitter to ask people not to show disrespect to the naked monk, who had delivered a special lecture inside the Haryana assembly on Friday. Although, the Haryana government’s decision to invite a religious guru to deliver speech inside the House caused a huge social media outrage … Read more

Kashmir, a shopping complex with stakeholders in competition to merchandise death and destruction

Kashmir has become a big shopping complex in the subcontinent where countries bordering it are in tough competition to merchandise death and destruction for its people. India and Pakistan who claim ownership of Kashmir, are again engaged in the war of words. The recent escalation, instigated by jingoistic media, can lead these countries into a … Read more

Operation Editors’ Exit: Frightening time for independent journalism in India. Blog by Rifat Jawaid

The decision by the publisher, Indranil Roy, comes only days after the magazine carried an expose on RSS and its alleged role in trafficking tribal girls to convert them to Hinduism.   Roy’s ‘all staff’ email read, “Dear all, This is to inform you that Mr Rajesh Ramachandarn is appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of Outlook … Read more

What’s more dangerous? General Bakshi’s despicable comments on Mahatma Gandhi or media persons supporting this right-wing poster boy?

On the eve of our 70th Independence Day we are being told by Sanghi intelligentsia (yes, I know it’s an oxymoron) that Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Lokmanya Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru and countless other leaders and freedom fighters were at best buffaloes and had no role in getting our freedom. This charge is made by one … Read more