Seema Chishti


Expert Opinion: Why govt is wrong to argue Kohinoor was ‘gift’ to British
Wed, May 04, 2016

A former Permanent Representative to UNESCO says India has always had a principled line on the Kohinoor’s return, and the matter has been in the domain of the MEA, not the Culture Ministry.

Gujarat quota for upper caste poor: some questions of law and politics
Wed, May 04, 2016

Indian Express explains the BJP’s political gamble to douse the fires of the Patidar agitation in Gujarat— and the larger form and philosophy of reservations in India.

Will send all my MLAs abroad as attempts will be made to poach them: AIUDF chief Ajmal
Mon, May 02, 2016

Ajmal is uncomfortable about speculation in the local press about possible talks between his AIUDF and the BJP, like the PDP-BJP arrangement in Jammu & Kashmir.

The churn within
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Thirty-one years on, Shah Bano's shadow is long.

Why govt’s (initial) view on the Kohinoor controversy doesn’t make the cut
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

The government’s initial submission to the Supreme Court was out of sync with the Culture Ministry’s frequent stress on Indian asmita or pride.

Appearance of untouchability can be dated to over 2,000 years ago: Romila Thapar
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Thapar said clearly those who enforced this found it greatly to their advantage to push entire communities into permanent exclusion so much so that successive generations too were decreed untouchable.

What is a fatwa, and who is it for?
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

It pops up in the news every now and then, and people often think of it as a decree, instruction or order — or even something akin to a court farmaan.

A Mother’s worship: Why some Muslims find it difficult to say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

The context of the controversy is political, and for a vast majority among the minority community, this isn’t the most important material or emotive issue.

Why 85 yrs after his hanging, Bhagat Singh remains relevant
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were executed on March 23, 1931, exactly 85 years ago, after a trial that now faces an extraordinary challenge in Lahore High Court.

As BJP try to appropriate Ambedkar, historical inaccuracies creep in
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

PM Modi said Ambedkar was more than a Dalit icon-- he was the equivalent of Martin Luther King. This is not the first time that the PM has tried to find parallels of international statesmen in Indian leaders.

The Urdu Press: Decoding patriotism
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Hasan Kamal, in his column in Inquilab on the same day, writes: “After the incidents at Dadri, and now at JNU, the world has once again started looking at the secular status of India with doubt and misgiving."

Lessons to learn from attacks on institutes of higher learning
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

In 1978, the Establishment raised eyebrows about calling a ‘Pakistani’. However, the Students Union stuck by its guns, Faiz came and was feted by the JNUSU, defying both Indian purists and the Pakistani state.

Reservation in the private sector: a necessity whose time has come?
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Earlier this week the Backward Classes Commission recommended up to 27 per cent reservation in the private sector. The new Clause 5 in Article 15 allows for reservations to be valid for unaided educational institutions but it has not been made into a law which can be implemented in nearly 11 years.

Stop random arrests of Muslim men on IS pretext: Muslim organisations
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

The six groups are Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Ahle Hadees, All-India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council, and the Welfare Party.

Book review: This is Not That Dawn
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Intizar Husain must be read to experience the cost of historical events on those forced to live through them.

The governors and their role, once again at the Centre of things
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

The Seventies and Eighties saw the en-masse sackings of state governments, particularly by the troubled Indira Gandhi regime, followed by others in retaliation.

Quota pie: Another hand goes up, this time in Andhra
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

On Sunday, members of Andhra’s Kapu community resorted to violence while seeking quota benefits, only to call off the protest the very next day.

What is Article 356?
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Article 356, is one of the articles among the Emergency provisions of the Indian Constitution. It is an Article in part XVIII (Articles 352-360).

Why January 26 will always be the most important day for the republic
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

It was on January 26, 1930, that the Indian National Congress at its Lahore session passed a resolution demanding ‘poorna swaraj’ or full freedom.

January 26, 66 Years Ago
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

As India celebrates another Republic Day, a look at how a newly independent country decided to lay its faith in a living document called the Constitution

In nation’s capital, housing bias research turns real for Dalit academic
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

Associate Fellow at Institute of Dalit Studies has had to change several houses, some within 15 days

Simply put: ‘Minority’ status for AMU, Jamia Millia Islamia
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

In the case of AMU, the Attorney General has argued that this is because it was set up by an act of Parliament, not by Muslims.

It is not incidental that Rohith Vemula and his dissent were crushed
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

The great debates in northern India after 1989 over reservation showed how political education was in India — by denying that it was political

Decoding the ABC of 2015: Arhar to Bihar, Jumla to Maggi
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Seema Chishti spells out the alphabet that coined a unique vocabulary for 2015 — and may define the agenda for 2016.

The Urdu Press: Juvenile’s Rights
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

The tears of the mother, Asha Devi, were not only the tears of a mother but a comment on our legal and justice system, particularly in view of the fact that the juvenile involved was said to be the most sadistic.

Those without education, toilets have reason to agitate, to (disqualify) them is unclear thinking: Amartya Sen
Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Amartya Sen says it is not being critical of the SC to say we want a Constitutional Bench (on the Panchayat ruling) and we want the wisdom of the SC to get full play on this

Arab Spring Anniversary: Five years ago a fruit-seller in Tunisia set himself on fire…
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Fruit-seller Mohammed Bouazizi act of setting himself on fire had sparked a ‘revolution’ and it led to imitation-attempts in neighbouring Arab countries resulting in a complex chain of events in Arab countries - what the world came to know as 'the Arab Spring'.

In Their Language of Love
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

A new imprint offers contemporary stories of young love, estrangement and loneliness in Hindi, where he ‘feels like Karawal Nagar’ and she is ‘like South-Ex’.

Look Who’s Going To Pakistan
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

As Pakistan becomes more a domestic than a foreign policy issue

The Urdu Press: Talk the talk
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Looking at the ground realities, there doesn’t seem to be any meaning in the Bangkok talks.

Question Time: The Public Intellectual in India
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

A collection of essays explores the idea of the public intellectual and why questioning is at the heart of democracy

In 2015, voters send out distress signals: Is BJP listening?
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

State elections in Delhi, Bihar, local elections in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, a Lok Sabha by-election in Madhya Pradesh and the latest municipal and panchayat polls in Gujarat saw adverse results for the ruling BJP party.

Bihar setback, pending bills and need to let House run bring down the heat
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Till the last session, the government had aggressively played up the “time wasted” because of the Opposition’s demand for the resignation of Union minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP CMs.

Why ‘settling abroad’ has been an important part of being Indian
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

The outrage against Aamir was odd for a nation and an economy that is so smitten by the NRI dream.

Dr B R Ambedkar’s journey
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

His politics, conditioned by his reflexive anger at what he experienced as the only “untouchable” in the course of his schooling, and life in his village, put upliftment of his community at the centre of his concerns.

The Urdu press: Terror in Paris
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Jamaat-e-Islami’s biweekly, Daawat, in its editorial on November 22, has strongly criticised US President Barack Obama.