Seema Chishti

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What Lies Between Us
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

A clinical evaluation of what the 2016 version of nationalism could do to India, with a distorted and selective idea of the past

Why Kalburgi Was Killed
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar melded modern sensibilities with tradition.

Confusing history with myth: Why ICHR should stick to history
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Scholars have written copiously on the foolishness of discounting the role that myths play in understanding life and society, and the value of fiction, stories and tales passed on.

One stroke of midnight and two futures: India and Pakistan chose differently
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Historians conclude that while the Muslim Right succeeded in getting its own country, the Hindu Right lost the argument in India at the time

PM in Azad’s hometown: Why BJP cashes in on nationalism
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

The current BJP-led dispensation has made it clear that a ‘Congress-mukt’ Bharat is its end-goal.

Najeeb Jung interview: Things have to improve, the law has been laid down
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Najeeb Jung said, "It was very clear to my mind that whatever we were doing was as per conventions, rules, transactions of business rules and so on."

Except education, nothing comes to mind: Najeeb Jung on AAP
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

CM Kejriwal doesn’t agree with what others say or what may be right.

Their Lives Matter
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Ramnika Gupta chronicles Adivasi and Dalit lives through their histories, literature and experiences.

Why the triple talaq case before Supreme Court is different from Shah Bano’s in 1986
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

New set of petitioners in Shayara Bano reflect the change in issues and attitudes from three decades ago.

Zakiya Soman, Muslim Mahila Andolan: Why should Muslim women leave the fold to be treated as equals?
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan has filed a new plea saying it is not calling for a uniform civil code but wants triple talaq declared un-Islamic.

India drought crisis: Situation dismal, says SC food panel member
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

In an interview to Seema Chishti, despite Monsoons having come to south-west India, Biraj Patnaik speaks on the details of how millions of lives remain impacted by little or no action.

As Indian as Biryani
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

Since the British rule, Hindi and Urdu have constantly been communalised.

In fact: Why calling India’s disabled ‘divyang’ won’t enable them
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

At a meeting in early December last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he thought persons with disability should be renamed as people who are “divyang”, or possessed with divinity. He repeated the divyang thought in his radio address on December 27, and the Railway Budget this year became the first official document […]

‘A mother’s tears’ bring rival Sunni sects together
Mon, May 30, 2016

Barelvi’s top cleric visits Darul Uloom Deoband to take up cause of young Muslims being arrested.

Modi government’s second year: Too many controversies, too little governance?
Wed, May 18, 2016

The biggest worry for Modi sarkar is the state of the economy which has shown signs of worsening decline in the past few months.

Between the lines of Tina Dabi’s IAS success story: Individual excellence and social change
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

The story of Tina Dabi is also one of deep and complex social change in India that has made her the first ever Dalit girl to top the UPSC examination.

As Harish Rawat faces Uttarakhand floor test today, recalling use, misuse of Art 356
Tue, May 10, 2016

The decades of the 70s and 80s were especially notorious for its misuse — and almost all dispensations have used the provision during their time in power at the Centre.

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.