Irom was in her late 20s when she started her fast in November 2000 protesting against the “atrocities” by the armed forces under the controversial AFSPA. The 1958 law has been severely criticised as draconian, and provides complete impunity to the armed forces in initiating actions against suspected insurgents.
Blasphemy is the verbal avatar of heresy.
The issue of triple talaq in one sitting has once again become a subject of heated discussion. Many Muslims continue to oppose the argument that uttering the word talaq in one sitting cannot dissolve a Muslim marriage. This is because triple talaq in one sitting as constituting an irrevocable divorce has been the position of many (though not all) of the scholars affiliated with the four major schools of Sunni jurisprudence for centuries.
Can you imagine the Prime Minister with his 56-inch chest sitting down to write an essay on being a feminist? Though Narendra Modi in his first Independence Day speech asked why parents don’t put restrictions on their sons rather than their daughters; has given important ministry portfolios to women; and launched the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, it still seems improbable.
The Government’s intent to transform childhood would have been meaningful had it banned child labour in totality. The recently passed child labour Bill has left unanswered questions as it allows children to work in family enterprises.
In Punjab, there is pervasive gender bias despite high levels of economic growth and per capita income bias. There is a 10-point difference in the under-five mortality rate of boys and girls, compared to only a two-point difference in the under-five mortality rate at the all-India level.
The idea of Dalit empowerment, which found lip service for 60 years, is today an idea whose time has come, an idea that needs to be propagated by us, cutting across political affiliations so as to ensure that the term ‘Dalit’, does not mean oppressed or marginalised
Thiruvananthapuram-based artist N.N. Rimzon is known to reflect his socio-political concerns through his works. Inspired by eminent Indian artists like Ramkinker Baij, he is exaggeratedly naturalistic and uses distinct figures of human vulnerability to present a larger picture to the viewer through his simplistic artwork.
"An organiser of a prominent Literary festival once said " Dhondy? yes, we can invite him, but he's not an intellectual!" To which Farrukh Dhondy replied " Thank God! Only Frenchmen and Bengalis are intellectuals, I am just a professional writer, which means I don't do blogs and try and get money for whatever I write. I live in London where 'intellectual;' denotes the common man a person who beats his wife."
Pokemon Go is a window to how augmented reality will blend into the real time world and nudge our movements. How did a game become a cultural phenomenon? Does this success ride on 21st-century civilisation’s over dependence on technology or does it have to do with the gamers and innovators milking childhood nostalgia and fantastical aspiration of every human being? Perhaps, it offers a social experience.
An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...
This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...
The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...