Subcontinent’s Cycles

BY HUSSAIN NADIM “The Empire, long divided, must unite: long united, must divide.” The classical quote from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong captures the dynastic cycle: the fall of Han Dynasty, the partition of the empire into three kingdoms, and the eventual reunification of the empire under the Jin dynasty. If anything […]

Why Not Abolish Money! – (I)

BY JANET SURMAN We humans have always worked to support our life; worked to catch, grow and produce our food, to make our shelter, our clothes and our tools, in general to satisfy our needs. In groups tasks were shared and communities developed by dividing labour cooperatively according to expertise and free will. All worked […]

Quality Deficit in India’s Education Politics

BY KALPANA SHARMA Thanks to the unfortunate and virtually relentless reports of sexual violence against women in different parts of the country, the question of women’s safety has found a place in pre-election debates. Every sexist or gender-insensitive remark made by a politician is noted and the individual is asked to explain what he meant. […]

Is the Tide Turning Against Israel?

BY JONATHAN COOK Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond to a shifting political landscape, both in the region and globally. The context for his troubles was his commitment in 2009, under great pressure from a newly elected US president, Barack Obama, […]

When the State Is In Cahoots With Vandals

BY AG NOORANI THE media is a powerful institution with a fragile base. It depends on public opinion for support against the state and any others who seek to stifle it. But it finds itself weak in the face of mob fury whipped up by vigilante groups. Every institution has come under attack lately in […]

Fascists Are Not In Power Yet, and You Have Succumbed?

BY ARUNDHATI ROY Everybody is shocked at what you have gone and done – at your out-of-court settlement with an unknown Hindu fanatic outfit – in which you seem to have agreed to take Wendy Donniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History off the bookshelves of ‘Bharat’ and pulp it. There will soon no doubt be protestors gathered […]

Faiz as Editor

sabhi kuchh hai tera diya hua, sabhi rahatein, sabhi ulfatein kabhi suhbatein, kabhi furqatein, kabhi duuriyan, kabhi qurbatein ….. chalo aao tum ko dikhayein hum jo bacha hai maqtal-e-shehr mein yeh mazaar ahl-e-safa key hain, yeh hain ahl-e-sidq ki turbatein In an intellectual life ranging from religious education, studies in literature, a career as an […]

An Ice Age for Indian Scholarship

BY APOORVANAND These are lonely times for scholarship in India. TheShiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti( SBAS) has claimed yet another scalp in the form of the withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History by its publishers Penguin, India. The author, while ‘angry and disappointed’ by this decision has said that she can understand the plight of her publishers who […]

…fall of Omayyads

Golden Mein: We are getting nearer to the end of Omayyad caliphate, as Yazid-III a son of Walid-I took charge in 744 A.D/126 A.H. From the licentiousness of Walid-II to the puritanism of Yazid-III, it was a welcome change. It did not however last, the Caliph lasted just six months. Even the short period did […]

Fake encounters: The expendable Kashmiri

By Mirza Waheed On January 23, the Indian Army passed a not-guilty ruling in the Pathribal Case of 2000 in which five civilians were executed in Indian-occupied Kashmir by the Indian Army and passed off as dreaded militants. The somewhat resigned silence, even among Kashmiris, over the ruling begs a few essential and profound questions. […]