Seema Chishti


The cow test
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

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

In Fact: Behind tussle between Muslim law boards, a political context
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board was set up in 1973, the trigger being a fear that Muslim identities were being scrubbed

On tribunals, Centre usurping powers… deeply problematic: ex-Chief Justice of Delhi HC A P Shah
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

The Lokpal was meant to tackle corruption in high places. So many years have passed since the law was passed, but a Lokpal has not been established.

The Urdu Press: Yogi as CM
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

"The appointment of Yogi Adityanath is, in a way, making UP the next laboratory after Gujarat. "

Ram mandir: Taken aback, parties to dispute are cold to CJI Khehar’s offer, ask why talk again
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute: “If it comes to that, we will also get our learned people, people concerned with the matter and try and do the needful. But any decision cannot be ek-tarafa or one-sided.”

Hindutva as development
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

In the UP election campaign, all the things usually used to signal ‘vikas’ — welfare schemes, laptops, housing, jobs — were directly connected with Hindutva

Assembly election verdicts: What the Opposition can make of this
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

How Modi and the new BJP is to be fought will preoccupy most of the non-BJP opposition parties.

Living Life To The Lees
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Syed Shahabuddin looked for spades, and upon finding them, called them that.

Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: In new package of vikas, BJP’s old Hindutva rhetoric
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

As the PM invoked graveyards and shamshans, there was a sense of the BJP using a theme thought to have been put on the back-burner after securing New Delhi in 2014.

UP Assembly Elections 2017: Women of new UP weigh Romeo vs anti-Romeo
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

The allusion to “our women” was widely interpreted as an indirect reference to inter-community and inter-caste marriages.

No jobs: Back home, life in cities too costly
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

It is the story of many migrants here — economic slowdown, has brought them back home because they cannot afford their upkeep in cities.

UP Elections 2017: Ready to vote, workers who had to return from city jobs
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Most migrant workers The Indian Express spoke to across this region seem not to expect UP to miraculously yield jobs.

UP Polls 2017: Fighting on two fronts, Mayawati attacks SP to try and hold base in East
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

She reached out to farmers, saying she would waive farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh.

Uttar Pradesh Polls 2017: In make-or-break poll, holding on is Mayawati’s first challenge
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Its core base weaned away in 2014, its Muslim push upended by SP-Cong alliance, BSP looks to regain one section and win over the other

UP Elections 2017: Three political families and the legacy of 1967
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Though 1963 saw the nascent beginnings of opposition to Nehru, it was in 1967 that a sharper, decisive blow was delivered to the Congress as it lost power in some major states, including Tamil Nadu and Bengal.

The Urdu Press: Mayawati’s silent vote
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Many papers are giving indications that Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party could prove to be the dark horse

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.