Can national anthem really instill patriotism?

By Shiba Aamir for,

On November 30, the Supreme Court of India ordered all the cinema halls in India to play national anthem to ‘‘instill committed patriotism and nationalism’’. It said, ‘‘all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem.”

Muslims cannot, and should not, surrender their claim on Babri Masjid

By Mudassir Ahmad Qasmi for

On the 24th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, we appeal to the Supreme Court of India for a speedy judgment so that political mafia would not continue to play their political games with the sentiments of the people in the name of religion

How Modi changed (and changed) the demonetisation narrative

By Praveen Chakravarty

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on November 8, 2016 to announce the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The speech (in English) lasted 25 minutes. The Prime Minister uttered the phrase "black money" 18 times in this speech. He mentioned "fake currency" or "counterfeit" five times in the same speech.

It was unambiguously clear from the Prime Minister's speech that the primary motivation for the sudden withdrawal of nearly 86 per cent of the country's currency was the evil of black money.

राष्ट्रगान : क्या ये अनिवार्यता सिर्फ़ आमजन के लिए है?

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Demonetization in India: Who will pay the Cost?

“Everyone will adjust. And while it can hurt some small businesses and individuals, it is better to do it than not.”–Mauro Guilin

By Maryam Khan

The ‘demon’ in demonetization is in the beginning. The demonetisation of ₹500 ($7.40) and ₹1000 banknotes was a step taken by the Government of India on 8 November 2016, ceasing the usage of all ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes issued by the Reserve bank of India till November 8, 2016.

More proof that irony rules the universe

By Nury Vittachi

I think all journalists should end every report with IDK THO LOL ("I don't know though laugh out loud") so people can't sue them in case all their facts are wrong. Clever, no?

Legal matters are on my mind thanks to news reports sent in by readers. First up, police officers in India were thrilled to have tracked down and jailed the Forgery Kings, a sneaky duo reputed to be able to fabricate any document. The forgers then showed officers a document instructing them to immediately let them go -- and they did. The penny didn't drop until almost a month later.


If you Sexist me, I will Feminist you!

By Sabrina Iqbal Sircar for

Hmm. Let me see now. I am a little tired actually trying to tell the world that Feminism is for equality. Oh well equality, they tell me; we have equality in jobs, education, political representation (well, almost!), and in all other aspects one can think of. Okay I retort, and sigh I pause.

‘Islam is spiritually against divorce’

By Faiyaz Ahmed Siddiquee

The “triple-talaq” is a form of divorce practiced among Hanafi Muslims, under which a man at any point of time may divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” There isn’t any such reference of divorcing one’s wife in the Quran and Sunnah or claimed found by any Islamic high-brow. What the text says is that each talaq utterance should be followed by a waiting period of three menstrual periods for women.

Demonetisation has taken every Indian on a rollercoaster ride, and it is not an enjoyable experience

By Nishat Ara for

In this season of demonetisation, it is common to see the Aam Aadmi asking for change of the new Rs 2,000 notes; that is if they are lucky to get one after standing in queues for hours.

Many small and mid-scale traders are meanwhile worried about the losses they incur on unaccounted cash they may have. ‘Aapka Kitna gaya’? (How much did you lose?) is the common refrain among them.

In a first, NHRC recommends commutation of death sentence of 4 death row convicts of the Bara massacre

By TCN News