Rajmohan Poised to Stir India as Grandpa Did?

BY JAWED NAQVI THE news that pacifist-scholar Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has joined India’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will further confound political punters. Some of them were already watching the motley group as a dark horse in the arriving parliamentary race. Others were warily seeing in it a spoiler, at least, for […]

No Absolution for Gujarat Massacre

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI Ever since Ahmedabad magistrate BJ Ganatra rejected Zakia Jafri’s petition in the Gujarat carnage case in December and held that Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not part of the “larger conspiracy” behind the butchery of nearly 2,000 Muslims in 2002, the Sangh Parivar has run a triumphalist campaign, and tried to turn […]

Spaces of Counterinsurgency

BY SUVAID YASEEN  The fight by the occupation, and against it, is about decisive control of spaces – physical, territorial as well as those of ideas. In the case of the former, no surprises then that the Indian state spends massively out of its wealth to maintain more than half-a-million armed forces in Jammu and […]

Fair Tax Makes its Mark

BY PAUL MONAGHAN 2012 was the year that the world woke up to the inequities of corporate tax avoidance, with the barefaced tax aggression of Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and others forcing the issue on to the front pages of the newspapers. In 2013 governments began to respond (albeit meekly), with Britain’s pledge to close the […]

Destroying Humanity’s Heritage in Syria

BY CHANDRA MUZAFFAR One of the most tragic consequences of the three year war in Syria has been the destruction of historic architectural sites and the loss of archaeological treasures of immense significance. Severe damage has been caused to all the six world heritage sites in the country. Syria is arguably that one place on […]

Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

BY SABINA KHAN As has been highly publicised, Iran is in the midst of negotiations regarding its nuclear programme with six world powers: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, leads the group of the six countries, and is aiming to reach a deal within half […]

Water Is Not a Human Right

BY JACK DUTTON The Feeding the World 2014 conference took place in the halls of an 18th-century mansion on February 13. It saw industry representatives, politicians and NGOs discuss the food security challenges the world faces in the run up to 2050, when the global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion. The ‘farmer and […]

Creative Writing: Before A Wounded Deer Can Leap High

BY MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI SOME of the most invaluable learning experiences in any creative activity are the doubting and reflection we undergo that leads us to review and rework something we have created, in order to make it better. Needless to say, what raises the doubts in the first place, and help us reflect, are […]

Modi’s Rise, Freedom’s Fall

BY CHANDRAHAS CHOUDHURY Here are three strange but instructive instances of pride, pique and prejudice in modern India at different levels of state and society. To some Indians, they could represent the might and glory of the newly assertive motherland; to others of a perhaps more paranoid bent, they might indicate a creeping new culture […]

Don’t Forget to Write

BY PAULO COELHO “There are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream” says Brian Aldiss, who made me dream for such a long time with his science-fiction books. In principle I believe that every human being on this planet has at least one good story to tell […]