Seema Chishti

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The Urdu Press: Gauri’s murder
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Inquilab, on September 10, writes: “A large section of the media, if not the entire media, has been terrified by this murder. But some sycophants, in the garb of being journalists, are detached from this situation and were busy finding a rationale for the murder".

Across faiths, personal laws debated in courts and Parliament
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that instant triple talaq illegal, the question has been so frequently discussed, in fact, that it would appear as if Muslim law is the only such personal law that, despite being at variance with other Constitutional laws, is accorded "protection".

On the Shores of Time: Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba offers a multi-layered way of seeing the world
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba in Spain offers a peek into a past where civilisations cleaved and coalesced in equal measures. It offers multi-layered way of seeing the world -- Visigoth, Roman, Byzantine, Caliphate, Arab, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, all under one roof.

Gauri Lankesh murder: The enemy within
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, which followed the murders of Rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and Prof MM Kalburgi, is a signal that dissent won't be tolerated in the world’s largest democracy

Simply put: Over the years, major questions on institutions of minority education
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The government has decided it does not agree that Jamia is a ‘minority’ institution. Why has a constitutionally given right caused prolonged conflict? The Indian Express explains

Why memory
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Hindutvavadis saw Gandhi’s eclecticism and abhorrence of the two-nation theory as a threat to their ideas. The communal hate fuelled by Partition and the quick turn of events between August 1947 and January 1948 created an enabling climate for them to kill Gandhi.

Right to Privacy: ‘My priority is to balance competing interests’, says Data panel chief
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The apex court on Thursday called on the government “to examine and put into place a robust regime for data protection”.

Right to Privacy: ‘Verdict ensures everyone is born and dies with this right’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

"This historic, unanimous judgment was triggered by the preposterous claim by the government that the “right to privacy” was not a fundamental right."

In balanced verdict, golden window for progressive reform everywhere
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The Supreme Court verdict in the case, on the question of the amount of maintenance to be provided to a divorced Muslim woman, was overturned by Parliament through enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986

How to Be More: 70 defining moments in Indian history
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Seventy moments that defined the journey of the world’s largest democracy.

The Urdu Press: Nawaz Sharif’s Exit
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

“It is being said that in Pakistan what the (military) establishment wants is done. The army there was not happy with the politics of Nawaz Sharif and his efforts for better relations with India. There has been slow progress in the legal action against other people whereas the judiciary showed extreme promptness in the matter relating to Nawaz Sharif.”

Hamid Ansari interview: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.

Rhodes scholar to Carnatic singer, meet 4 young lawyers in privacy fight
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Prasanna believes that technology ruling lives can only be deemed as fair if it is “proveably so and nothing in Aadhaar has been able to convince me of that”.

Deeply saddened by events in Bihar: Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate added; “So if JDU MPs vote for me as a result of their own assessment of the option, that would be a sign of their independence from NDA in the national context.”

Pranab Mukherjee, the President who didn’t go beyond the copybook
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s President till Tuesday morning has been in all senses a copybook one, with a keen sense of what is right, appropriate and proper in the Constitution.

Earlier, in Rashtrapati Bhawan: Scholar, Teacher, Scientist, Diplomat
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

After being elected as President of India, Kovind said, "I never aspired to be the President. My win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity. My election as the President is an evidence of the greatness of Indian democracy.”

What we see in India is the difference between formal and real citizenship: Historian Vinay Lal
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

UCLA professor discusses recent lynchings in India, sees the state as 'somewhat thuggish'

Lynch mobs seem to know nothing will happen to them, they’re implicitly meeting approval from higher-ups: UCLA scholar
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

UCLA professor sees recent lynchings in India as decentralised but with an aspirational quality

Dalits going off welfare agenda, suggest falling Budget allocations
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Scavengers’ rehabilitation fund is down 100 times since 2013-14, BJP spokesperson says lower amounts are due to greater devolution to states

Scales of Love
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Director Feroz Abbas Khan adapts the epic Mughal-e-Azam into a musical, with elaborate stage sets and costumes, which has the scope of cinema and the soul of theatre

Unlike earlier, violence (against Dalits) now by community as a whole, says Sukhdeo Thorat
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Scholar speaks about persisting discrimination against Dalits, tells The Indian Express why he accepted Amdedkar Award with a ‘heavy heart’.

Ex-officials sign ‘petition’ against ‘majoritarianism’
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The retired officials have questioned the idea that “those in authority should not be questioned”, and have expressed concern over “growing hyper-nationalism that reduces any critique to a binary: if you are not with the government, you are anti-national”

In Indira Centre for Arts, vision for ‘cultural reform’
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

IGNCA head says it is guided by tenure of former PM, denies thrust on single line of thought

Directive principle, not right: How cow protection became part of Constitution
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Seema Chishti traces history of Constituent Assembly debates leading to Article 48

Babri Masjid demolition case: What L K Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh are charged with
Wed, May 31, 2017

Babri Masjid demolition case: A look at CBI chargesheet leading to special court framing conspiracy charges against top BJP leaders in Babri demolition case

UGC ex-chief gets Ambedkar award, flags ‘atrocities on Dalits’
Sat, May 27, 2017

Thorat, who received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan, did not get a chance to speak at the event.

An empty promise: What a totally vacant minorities’ panel indicates
Wed, May 24, 2017

The NCM is supposed to have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and 7 members, at least 5 of whom should be from minority communities.

New rules bar instant triple talaq, set 3-month window
Tue, May 23, 2017

In case of a relationship breaking down irreconcilably, it reiterates three methods of divorce it sees as Islamic and adviseable.

On March 30, Dar ul Uloom issued fatwa against triple talaq practice
Fri, May 19, 2017

It said, that enhanced dower could be seen as a disincentive for breaking this clause, “eg of Rs 50,000 may be deemed multiplied 10 times, upto Rs 500,000” in case this condition is violated.

Case file: Background of the triple talaq matter, and key questions before apex court
Thu, May 18, 2017

On October 16, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, which was amended in 2005, could not be held to apply retrospectively. (Prakash and Ors versus Phulavati and Ors)

Triple talaq exception rather than rule: Survey
Wed, May 17, 2017

The Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP) surveyed 20,671 individuals — 16,860 men and 3,811 women — across India between March and May this year.

Fringe Benefits
Sat, May 13, 2017

How different sections of society were seduced by the Hindutva narrative and an elaborate division of labour in its ranks paid off

Love in the time of the ‘Holy Shiver’
Tue, May 09, 2017

Nehru and Ambedkar broke taboos with personal ties that challenged prejudices. Such acts now attract lynch mobs. Worse, there are attempts to sanitise violence, making it seem the new normal.

In invoking Limaye, search for unity, relevance against a rampaging BJP
Mon, May 08, 2017

The socialist leader was a lynchpin of Janta's anti-Congressism; in a changed time, socialists and Congress seek to rally the Opposition against the day's dominant power.

We live in a fear-based industry. That is the motivator, the prime mover, says Saif Ali Khan
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

At the Express Adda held in Mumbai last week, actor Saif Ali Khan spoke to Deputy Editor Seema Chishti on the changes in Hindi cinema, censorship and being boxed in by identities.

The cow test
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

Is India on its way to acquiring Pakistan-like blasphemy laws?