Seema Chishti

Consulting Editor

How to Be More: 70 defining moments in Indian history
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Seventy moments that defined the journey of the world’s largest democracy.

The Urdu Press: Nawaz Sharif’s Exit
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

“It is being said that in Pakistan what the (military) establishment wants is done. The army there was not happy with the politics of Nawaz Sharif and his efforts for better relations with India. There has been slow progress in the legal action against other people whereas the judiciary showed extreme promptness in the matter relating to Nawaz Sharif.”

Hamid Ansari interview: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.

Rhodes scholar to Carnatic singer, meet 4 young lawyers in privacy fight
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Prasanna believes that technology ruling lives can only be deemed as fair if it is “proveably so and nothing in Aadhaar has been able to convince me of that”.

Deeply saddened by events in Bihar: Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate added; “So if JDU MPs vote for me as a result of their own assessment of the option, that would be a sign of their independence from NDA in the national context.”

Pranab Mukherjee, the President who didn’t go beyond the copybook
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s President till Tuesday morning has been in all senses a copybook one, with a keen sense of what is right, appropriate and proper in the Constitution.

Earlier, in Rashtrapati Bhawan: Scholar, Teacher, Scientist, Diplomat
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

After being elected as President of India, Kovind said, "I never aspired to be the President. My win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity. My election as the President is an evidence of the greatness of Indian democracy.”

What we see in India is the difference between formal and real citizenship: Historian Vinay Lal
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

UCLA professor discusses recent lynchings in India, sees the state as 'somewhat thuggish'

Lynch mobs seem to know nothing will happen to them, they’re implicitly meeting approval from higher-ups: UCLA scholar
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

UCLA professor sees recent lynchings in India as decentralised but with an aspirational quality

Dalits going off welfare agenda, suggest falling Budget allocations
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Scavengers’ rehabilitation fund is down 100 times since 2013-14, BJP spokesperson says lower amounts are due to greater devolution to states

Scales of Love
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Director Feroz Abbas Khan adapts the epic Mughal-e-Azam into a musical, with elaborate stage sets and costumes, which has the scope of cinema and the soul of theatre

Unlike earlier, violence (against Dalits) now by community as a whole, says Sukhdeo Thorat
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Scholar speaks about persisting discrimination against Dalits, tells The Indian Express why he accepted Amdedkar Award with a ‘heavy heart’.

Ex-officials sign ‘petition’ against ‘majoritarianism’
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The retired officials have questioned the idea that “those in authority should not be questioned”, and have expressed concern over “growing hyper-nationalism that reduces any critique to a binary: if you are not with the government, you are anti-national”

In Indira Centre for Arts, vision for ‘cultural reform’
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

IGNCA head says it is guided by tenure of former PM, denies thrust on single line of thought

Directive principle, not right: How cow protection became part of Constitution
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Seema Chishti traces history of Constituent Assembly debates leading to Article 48

Babri Masjid demolition case: What L K Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh are charged with
Wed, May 31, 2017

Babri Masjid demolition case: A look at CBI chargesheet leading to special court framing conspiracy charges against top BJP leaders in Babri demolition case

UGC ex-chief gets Ambedkar award, flags ‘atrocities on Dalits’
Sat, May 27, 2017

Thorat, who received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan, did not get a chance to speak at the event.

An empty promise: What a totally vacant minorities’ panel indicates
Wed, May 24, 2017

The NCM is supposed to have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and 7 members, at least 5 of whom should be from minority communities.

New rules bar instant triple talaq, set 3-month window
Tue, May 23, 2017

In case of a relationship breaking down irreconcilably, it reiterates three methods of divorce it sees as Islamic and adviseable.

On March 30, Dar ul Uloom issued fatwa against triple talaq practice
Fri, May 19, 2017

It said, that enhanced dower could be seen as a disincentive for breaking this clause, “eg of Rs 50,000 may be deemed multiplied 10 times, upto Rs 500,000” in case this condition is violated.

Case file: Background of the triple talaq matter, and key questions before apex court
Thu, May 18, 2017

On October 16, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, which was amended in 2005, could not be held to apply retrospectively. (Prakash and Ors versus Phulavati and Ors)

Triple talaq exception rather than rule: Survey
Wed, May 17, 2017

The Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP) surveyed 20,671 individuals — 16,860 men and 3,811 women — across India between March and May this year.

Fringe Benefits
Sat, May 13, 2017

How different sections of society were seduced by the Hindutva narrative and an elaborate division of labour in its ranks paid off

Love in the time of the ‘Holy Shiver’
Tue, May 09, 2017

Nehru and Ambedkar broke taboos with personal ties that challenged prejudices. Such acts now attract lynch mobs. Worse, there are attempts to sanitise violence, making it seem the new normal.

In invoking Limaye, search for unity, relevance against a rampaging BJP
Mon, May 08, 2017

The socialist leader was a lynchpin of Janta's anti-Congressism; in a changed time, socialists and Congress seek to rally the Opposition against the day's dominant power.

We live in a fear-based industry. That is the motivator, the prime mover, says Saif Ali Khan
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

At the Express Adda held in Mumbai last week, actor Saif Ali Khan spoke to Deputy Editor Seema Chishti on the changes in Hindi cinema, censorship and being boxed in by identities.

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.