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Seema Chishti


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.

Constitution Day: The many reasons why the BJP decided to celebrate it
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The marking of November 26 as 'Constitution Day' is significant: It presents the BJP with an opportunity to try and use a powerful symbol to establish control over parts of the narrative of the creation of a modern and independent India.

The Urdu Press: The Bihar way
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The daily Inquilab, in its editorial, writes: “We have full confidence that the movement of secularism that has started in Bihar will spread all over the country."

Opposition to Parliament, how Bihar results will echo outside state
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

With anti-BJPism a defining marker of opposition politics now, the Bihar results are being seen as the “mainstreaming” of the idea of the Third Front.

The Big Takeaways from the grand victory of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

The results are in. But what do the numbers mean? What indications do they give? Here are the biggest takeaways:

BJP: Casting reservation in a different light
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

The Finance-I&B Minister Arun Jaitley lent more weight to this by saying, “the idea of reservation for religions is fraught with danger” and accused the Mahagatbandhan of trying to do this.

Two months on, not a call from Sahitya Akademi: Kalburgi son Shreevijay
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

Says family kept in the dark about investigations, slowly losing patience.

V K Singh’s Dalit killings remark highlights a government dogged by ‘small’ things
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

V K Singh has offered a clarification but his central argument that 'small' is somehow insignificant or too small a matter to involve the central government is what has been damning in the government’s response to many issues.

President Mukherjee is clearly trying to say something beyond cliches about ‘brotherhood’
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

The President is clearly trying to say something beyond the cliches about “brotherhood”. He has asked a rather provocative question: “Is tolerance and acceptance for dissent on the wane?”

Negating discussion negates the Indian philosophical tradition: Romila Thapar
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

Historian Romila Thapar, 83, whose essays feature in the recently released anthology, The Public Intellectual in India, speaks about the growing intolerance in India, the need to dissent and what defines a public intellectual.

Writers protest: government should respect The Word
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Why should unarmed writers, singers and dancers worry a government that has been voted to power through a popular mandate of proportions not seen in 30 years? History tells us they need to worry.

PM Narendra Modi’s Doosra
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

The PM is no district magistrate and cannot be expected to personally look after a family in Dadri. But he ought to do what leaders must.

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.