Not all Muslim women in India are affected by triple talaq. But triple talaq continues to be an issue where misogyny is deep-rooted, is practised in areas where fundamentalist organisations are strong and where women are not educated.
Reports in a section of the media last week that when the Congress organisational elections are held at the end of the year, Sonia Gandhi may continue as president since her health has improved, can be taken with a pinch of salt.
The problem today is that none of the parties in the Opposition has enough numbers to command authority. The Congress leads but more due to inertia than any real strength in the grassroots. Its performance in UP has failed to shake its complacency.
When for the hundredth time I heard somebody tell me that Modi was assured of a second term, and that his successor was going to be Yogi Adityanath, I started watching what was going on in the Congress party more carefully.
Wherever I go, I hear that education loans have dried up. The average growth rate in the last years is just 5.3 per cent. When a programme winds down, the worst affected will be the poor who do not have any influence or connections.
The Supreme Court, too, has been amenable to Special Leave Petitions which then lead to extended litigation in the apex court. All this defeats the basic purpose of the reforms — to expedite resolution of river water disputes.
Pakistan is sincerely trying to get rid of terrorism but the way of life made possible over decades by privatising war stands in the way of self-correction despite the realisation that private jihad has shifted “the monopoly of violence” from the state to the nonstate actor.
Swachh Bharat has garnered international support and emulation, and NGOs, national and international development agencies have mobilised across India’s least well-off districts.
There is one way to curb the gendered distribution of childcare management: Gender-neutral family leave. From the first month of a couple’s life as new parents, when the father goes back to work (usually within a few days), and the mother stays home for months, the cleavage between their roles begins.
Unless we quickly get our act together, we must be prepared to face the consequences. In any food crisis, it is the top of the food chain that suffers the most. In the case of farmer’s distress, the top of food chain is us — the end consumer.
Market forces, changed tastes and the televisual media alike have ensured that the salwar kameez, and “mehndi” and “sangeet” ceremonies, have marched into our lives, but these are at least colourful and relatively inoffensive. We cannot say the same about life-threatening cow nationalism.
The mess in West Asia owes much to the “different” interpretations of the Quran. Muslims recognise it as the “Word of Allah”.The writer rightly argues that this view need to be changed. If Christianity could be modernised 500 years ago with “cherry-picking”, it is high time that Muslims did the same.
All this is going to have an effect on the polity and the way we will go about our democratic or undemocratic ways. If the state is slack on issues of social cohesion, the nation will pay for it. Nothing subverts law like lynch law.
In the guise of entertainment and news, a lot of talking down to women. During the IIFA Awards, star scions of Bollywood guffawed at their own witticisms at the expense of Kangana Ranaut louder than the assembled audience.
The trouble for the BSP is that a much younger and energetic Dalit leadership has started shaping the discourse within Dalit politics. The BSP’s future in Indian politics depends heavily on what Mayawati chooses to do in the coming months.
In Kashmir, even today, there is recognition of the Sufi tradition in which a Muslim ascetic becomes Nund Rishi and a Hindu poet gets recognition as Lal Ded or Lalla Arifa. But in all parts of India — not just Kashmir — resources drawn from composite heritage are being used to create rifts between communities.
Questioning the timing of the attack, the editorial asks: “Why this act of terror now, where [did] things go wrong and what should be our response are the key questions”.
Government is not paying heed to people’s concerns on GST. It is too important a reform to be left to whims of jingoistic politicians
Can passages of the Quran be cherry-picked — to embrace what is appealing and to skirt around what is not ? That is the question
UP’s ambitious plans may pull down Centre’s 24x7 ‘Power for All’ scheme
Current India-China standoff bears a resemblance to the dispute that sparked the 1962 war. But let’s not stretch the analogy
Malabar-17 demonstrates enhanced interoperability among the navies of Japan, India and the US — and a shared determination to safeguard a free and open Indo-Pacific
If it continues, India-China stand-off could test Nepal’s equal-distance policy
Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again
Naresh Chandra never allowed himself to be captured by his job. He shaped it into his preferred mould
Ramanuja and Martin Luther underline how religion evolves by debating with scriptures, not by being beholden to them.
Amendments to the Monuments Act threaten historical structures.
Naresh Chandra was a believer in the capacities of the Indian state, while being aware of its failures.
We need to look at corruption through the lens of law, economics and psychology. The design of corruption control mechanisms is important.
The assault wasn’t on the pilgrims alone, but on all Kashmiris and our ethos.
Many agreements were signed between the two countries during his visit, including significant agreements in the fields of defence and security. Vital steps have been taken regarding partnership in water and agriculture...
Questions about the transparency and accountability of autonomous bodies must be answered.
The selection of India’s cricket coach played out as a roast that lampooned the stalwarts of the game and the system they are a part of.
After Amarnath attack, a question: Is it only politicians who play politics?
In the first half of this year, the state lost 17 policemen as against 23 between September 2015 and August 2016 and 24 in the corresponding period in 2014-2015. The figures were 13 and 16 in 2012-2013 and in 2013-2014, respectively.
A hyphenated foreign policy, not just in West Asia, had handicapped India’s ability to forge pragmatic ties that help our national interests. The Modi government is making an important break from the past.