How President Pranab Mukherjee hit the right notes on India’s core values of ‘diversity’, ‘plurality’ and ‘tolerance’
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Today, during a book launch function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Pranab Mukherjee spoke extempore on the importance of preserving the 'diversity’ and 'plurality' in the country and the need for the spirit of `tolerance’.

Error 404: File on national language cannot be found
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

India does not have a ‘national’ language; it has 22 ‘official’ languages.

Reserved or wait-listed? Why RSS wants ‘review’ of quota policy
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Caste-based reservations have been resisted bitterly by the RSS in the past, as they acknowledge social discrimination as coded into the Indian social system and it allows for more than one identity to flower.

M M Kalburgi murder: Kannada poet, Hindi writer to return awards
Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Kannada writer Professor M M Kalburgi, was gunned down by unidentified persons in Dharwad last month.

Such a long journey
Sat, Sep 05, 2015

Economist, philosopher, thinker, Sanskrit scholar and activist, the tireless Sen wears many hats.

Modi must respond to VP Ansari’s concerns
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

Hamid Ansari asked Muslims to candidly introspect why ‘modernity’ was given a bad name and how it was bad that the “instrumentality’’ of adaptation to change – Ijtihad – is "frowned upon or glossed over."

After MM Kalburgi, tweet names next target: K S Bhagwan
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

In July, Bhagwan had said that all old texts must be debated and insisted that the Gita must be questioned.

A short history of quota: Story that predates Mandal
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

Princely states, even the Raj, had recognised the need to correct social disadvantage.

MM Kalburgi killing: The Silencing of Reason?
Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Kalburgi had backed Karnataka eminent litterature UR Ananthamurthy, and in a seminar last year on the anti-superstition bill in Bengaluru, he had spoken out against idolatory.

Census 2011 religious data: Why it is tough to use these numbers for identity politics
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The politics of what these figures could mean or what they could be 'spun' to mean is something to ponder.

Palmyra: Why history must be pulled down
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

West Asia, the crucible of three important faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has witnessed centuries of competing claims to buildings, land and people.

From where it began in Muzaffarnagar, a march to end lingering unease
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Mehraj, 40, who lost her husband Nazar Mohammed that day and now does manual work to provide for her son and two daughters, is quiet when asked about the meeting.

The Politics of Inequality
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

A look at the chasms created by urbanisation in modern India and what that means to a developing nation

Pranab Mukherjee’s role in deciding Yakub’s petition raises fresh questions on powers of President’s office
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

If former president Kalam’s death revived the idea of a ‘People’s President’, Mukherjee’s role in deciding the mercy petition of the Yakub Memon raised fresh questions on the powers of the office.

‘Yakub hanging is justice, wish same zeal shown in 1993 riots cases’: Judge who probed Mumbai riots
Sat, Aug 01, 2015

Justice Srikrishna said, “It is distressing that instead of being looked at as incidents of crimes, the two sets of acts got dealt with disparately depending on the communal inclinations of the state apparatus.”

Can you make a river come alive? The long, dry quest to find the Saraswati
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

The quest to find the Saraswati is up against historical evidence, but the government has pitched in with a lot of enthusiasm.

New proactive group within unsettles Muslim law board
Mon, Jun 29, 2015

The last time a committee was tasked with protecting the constitutional rights of Muslims was in 2010.

In inoculation and irony, the Emergency’s lasting lessons
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

One lesson of that time turned out subsequently to be a blueprint for Opposition success. It learnt that the adage about Strength in Unity was not just a cliché.

Study shows NCR homeowners turn away Dalits and Muslims
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

In both the methodologies, the home-seekers had the same credentials but for their names that indicated their caste and religion.

It is a myth that you are more efficient under an emperor: Coomi Kapoor
Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Coomi Kapoor, contributing editor, The Indian Express, and author of The Emergency: A Personal History, on the turbulent 21 months, the courage of the press at the time and the similarities between Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi.

The Urdu Press: Two incidents
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

A muslim boy denied job, a muslim girl denied flat - what is the Urdu Press take on this?

Inch for an inch: Govt works out a metre-to-paise rate
Mon, Jun 01, 2015

Manufacturers protest as fees to certify measuring tapes raised five times to 50 paise for 5 metres.

‘Shariah’ MF scheme deferral: Is govt prejudiced with the word, ask MPs
Thu, May 28, 2015

SBI Mutual Fund, after detailed studies, internal reports and due procedure, was set to launch the Shariah-compliant scheme on December 1, 2014.

Why Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Kedarnath does not surprise
Mon, May 04, 2015

Over the years, the Congress and its first family have harnessed personal faith to their politics.

Explained: Why Congress, BJP are fighting over Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Nehru, despite disagreeing with Gandhi on several occasions, was ultimately happy to surrender to whatever Gandhi wanted; Bose was not willing to bend.

Book Review: The Crown Prince, The Gladiator, The Hope
Fri, Apr 17, 2015

An insider’s assessment of the 2014 elections goes beyond the obvious.

V K Singh’s presstitutes comment: The O have a problem
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

‘We are fighting to replace abusive word prostitute, along comes a Minister who uses it as insult,’ says Bharati Dey.

Babri Masjid demolition case: Courts are ‘the only way ahead when accused are in govt’, says Haji Mehboob
Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Notices having been issued, the petition is to be heard in three weeks in the matter.

The return of Lohia as every party’s idea of socialism
Mon, Mar 30, 2015

The BJP too has gone back to Lohia to taunt socialists and remind them to focus their anger on the Nehru-Gandhi family.

The Man Who Became King
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

An enjoyable analysis of Narendra Modi’s winning election campaign last year.

Nun gangrape: What is happening to us as Indians, our system and society? ask top cardinals
Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Over the implications of recent incidents, Cardinal Cleemis said they were ‘disfiguring the whole secular fabric’.

24 yrs ago, another ‘snooping’ case that shaped history
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

On March 2, 1991, two Haryana constables — Prem Singh and Raj Singh — were arrested for ‘snooping’ outside Rajiv Gandhi’s home at 10, Janpath.

At Aapravasi Ghat, echoes of suffering, a fight for recognition
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

An Indian and Mauritian recall struggle to get World Heritage Site status for the landing point of indentured labour.

‘They gave us a window, then went back to 1894’
Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Bhatta-Parsaul’s agitation and Congress’ championing of farmers impacted by the acquisition, which had a context then, remains a test case today.

Return present
Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Seema Chishti unpacks SC order which says that a ‘re-convert’ to Hinduism from Christianity would be entitled to quota benefits.

I’ve received no salary or remuneration from Nalanda University… It’s been a labour of love, says Amartya Sen
Sat, Feb 28, 2015

In an interview with IE, Sen speaks on some of the questions that have been raised about his relationship with the university. Excerpts.