Seema Chishti


Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: A lot new, a little old in the making of SP 2.0
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Akhilesh Yadav has tried to shake off baggage of ‘goonda raj’ reputation and caste constraints, yet sought to hold on to party’s original support base.

Hoping to reclaim lost ground in UP, Jayant Chaudhary takes charge of RLD
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

The son of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh has been criss-crossing western Uttar Pradesh, and has almost simultaneously effected a generational change in his party.

If there is such an alliance in UP, you will see changes in the country, says Akhilesh Yadav
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

On campaign in western UP, Chief Minister talks about SP's new brand and Congress alliance.

Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance: Together for the ride, with ifs & buts
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

It is something beyond the numbers that has brought together two parties with one of the most uneasy relationships in North India’s history.

UP polls: In western part of the state, renewed interest in Akhilesh plus Congress, minus Netaji
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

The mood is taciturn, floating voters prefer silence.

In western UP, renewed interest in Akhilesh plus Cong, minus Netaji
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Village Chuharpur has 1,100 voters, mostly Muslims, mainly farmers and others engaged in odd jobs around farm activity. Here, the SP is being looked at with renewed interest.

Heavens won’t fall if vote on account now, full budget after polls: S Y Quraishi
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

In 2008, elections to three northeastern states were very close to the presentation of the budget, but at the time no one made it an issue.

Why, 22 years on, the SC’s ‘Hindutva judgment’ remains elephant in room
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Justice J S Verma’s daughter Shubhra Verma recalls how he regretted his 1995 judgment being twisted.

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘quake’ teaser: A new kind of brinkmanship
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

The last time Gandhi spoke out against the PM — on his return from a 56-day break in 2015 — the three words, “suit-boot ki sarkar”.

Triple talaq: ‘All women want this arbitrariness to go’
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Uzma Naheed asked whether only Muslims and their personal laws are to be commented upon.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind calls triple talaq un-Islamic
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

At a rally in UP on October 24, PM Narendra Modi had said “lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined by triple talaq”.

The government does not share the idea of Nalanda: Amartya Sen
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

My efforts are better spent in trying to do things for Harvard University and Trinity College Cambridge, where I can make a difference, Amartya Sen said.

Interview: Demonetisation move declares all Indians as possible crooks, unless they can establish otherwise, says Amartya Sen
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

On the government’s demonetisation move, Prof Amartya Sen, in an email interview to The Indian Express says: “Only an authoritarian government can calmly cause such misery to the people."

Religion v politics: Hinduism and the political project of Hindutva
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Hindutva was a clear political project in the way political Islam was or is.

The big shift: Separation in the changing Indian family
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Their study revealed that where significant rural-urban gaps exist, divorce and separation rates were higher in rural than in urban areas -- for example, states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

The Urdu Press: The Split Within
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

The tug-of-war going on in the SP party for long may have been intensified because of Amar Singh or the pretext of Amar Singh’s presence might have been used to make it public.

Bombay meri jaan
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

We are all stakeholders in its ability to speak, sing and dance

Austere Ahle Hadees opposes triple talaq but sounds caution
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

"We oppose the idea of triple talaq. This is not in keeping with the Quran and hadees ," said Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi.

Why Polls Matter
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

Elections are the only time the poor are centrestage, when they are heard

‘The writer feels more isolated than ever before’: Hindi writer Uday Prakash
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

The first among the many to have returned their awards a year ago, Hindi writer Uday Prakash looks back at his decision that sparked a movement, and what’s changed since.

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.