New strand of fundamentalism surfaces in Kashmir

By Amulya Ganguli

With no sign of the unrest in Kashmir subsiding, the state is passing through one of the worst phases of its history. The scene has been made gloomier by the fact that both the Centre and the state government appear to be clueless about a solution.

Although Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti believes that only five per cent of the people in the state are supporting the insurgency, she has been unable to rally the remaining 95 per cent in the government's favour.

Akhilesh's 'Rath Yatra' from Thursday, may spell chaos

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : If Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in Gurugram, Haryana, on Tuesday brought the city to a standstill and several MNCs declared the day off, Uttar Prdesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's 'Vikas Rath Yatra' is set to create similar chaos on Thursday.

Akhilesh is set to embark on the yatra atop a modified Mercedes bus from Lucknow.

All schools in the state capital and Unnao have been shut owing to the "VVIP movement", which is all set to bring the state capital and the Lucknow-Kanpur highway to a grinding halt.

Older MPs declined in BJP, increased in Congress

By Sneha Alexander

The number of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of parliament (MPs) in the current Lok Sabha above the age of 70 declined to 8.8 per cent -- from 14.2 per cent in the 15th Lok Sabha -- and MPs aged 25 to 40 increased from 5.8 per cent to 7.8 per cent, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data released by PRS Legislative Research.

The trend in the opposition Congress is the exact reverse of the BJP. The younger lot of MPs declined from 8.1 per cent to 6.7 per cent, and older MPs increased from 11.9 per cent to 20 per cent.

The surgical overkill may harm BJP’s poll prospect in UP

By Soroor Ahmed,

A good colonialist? The White Rajah of Sarawak's case

By Vikas Datta

Colonialism, even in its heyday, had its detractors as well as defenders, but the view now is of unbridled and universal disparagement, with what were deemed to be its benefits being questioned. This approach's validity may be debatable, but what it definitely does is to obscure some remarkable historical contributions. Like of this prodigious British adventurer who founded a kingdom in Southeast Asia that lasted over a century and saved scores of peaceful people from piracy and decapitation.

SP imbroglio makes it Advantage Modi in UP

By Amulya Ganguli

The fallout from the Samajwadi Party's infighting is clear in Uttar Pradesh.

Till the fratricidal strife broke out, the party had a fair chance, largely because of the relatively clean and forward-looking image of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Then, two things happened. First, the SP's national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav, decided to cut the branch on which he was sitting by favouring his brother, Shivpal, who has a dubious reputation, over his son, Akhilesh, in the party hierarchy.

Jammu & Kashmir's accession to India: Final and non-negotiable

By Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd)

October 26, 1947, is a red-letter day in Indian history since on this day, Jammu & Kashmir -- the crown of India -- acceded to India and became its integral part from a princely state ruled by the Dogras.

Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession (IOA) on this day as was required by the Indian Independence Act 1947. Under this Act, the British Crown decided to grant independence to British India by dividing it into two independent nations -- India and Pakistan.

Dear Fawad Khan, I am your fan; no more: A patriotic Indian Muslim's confession

(Yes, the nation wants ..…err…AIMPLB wants to know your DNA.)

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan,

I am writing this letter to you secretly and sending it tied to the legs of a kabutar, because I don’t want anyone from here to see it and know about my not so healthy patriotism.

[ Note: True patriotism is liking husband of Kajol.]

Love is sublime , bohat azeem but they say loving a Pakistani is a big no no.

[My heart says a big haan haan to their no no]

Ae dil badi hai mushkil….

Shayara Bano case in SC: First understand all forms of separation under Muslim personal laws

By A Mirsab,,

The Shayara Bano case in Supreme Court has ignited a massive debate across the country over the existing Muslim personal laws. Through the writ petition, Bano has challenged the practices of talaq – e – bidat (instantaneous Triple Talaq), nikah halala (bar against remarriage with divorced husband without an intervening marriage with another man) and polygamy as unconstitutional.

The campaign against Triple Talaq: Women's rights or political game?

PM Modi's concern for Muslim women appeared in a BJP rally for UP election

By Mohammed Anwar Siddiqui for