India: We cannot expect a harmonious Hindu-Muslim relationship while we accept the inequalities of the caste system
- Ajaz Ashraf अजाज़ अशरफ اعجاز اشرف
What Yogendra Yadav, Pratap Bhanu Mehta don’t get about secularism
The bhoomipujan* for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, on 5 August, has spawned a rich vein of analyses on the decline or demise of secularism. Yet, quite surprisingly, the ...
China to close all live poultry markets gradually
- Xinhua News Agency 新华社
BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- China will close all live poultry markets in a step-by-step manner in a bid to reduce public health risks, an official said Friday.
China will crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, ban the consumption of wild animals, ...
What disaster means to garment workers in Bangladesh
- Supriti Dhar সুপ্রীতি ধর
57 percent survivors of Rana Plaza tragedy have remained unemployed, and the pandemic is now taking a heavy toll on Bangladesh, especially on garment industry, which is the world’s second-largest garment exporter. Supriti Dhar recalls a disaster ...
Lockdown may contain Covid-19, but it can’t curb the virus of Islamophobia in India
- Priya Ramani प्रिया रमानी
If 2018 and 2019 were the years India communalised rape, 2020 will go down as the year this country viewed a global pandemic through a Hindu-Muslim lens.
One hate cartoon circulating on social media
Activist Akram Akhtar was home in Shamli, Uttar ...
Coronavirus: Social distancing a cruel joke for slum dwellers in Himalayan cities
- Joydeep Gupta जॉयदीप गुप्ता
Packed inside tiny homes on metre-wide lanes, slum dwellers facing the Covid-19 pandemic wonder how they can distance themselves
What distance is possible in places like Ganj Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh? [image: Alamy]
From 'Shikara' to Shaheen Bagh: a shared tale of pain and longing
- Avijit Pathak अविजित पाठक
These two politico-aesthetic experiences strike at the heart of the violence at play today and offer hope.
A still from 'Shikara' (centre), and right and left, scenes from the protests at Shaheen Bagh. Photos: PTI, official poster
I am not a Kashmiri ...
India, December, 2019: When the Republic found its voice again
- Badri Raina बद्री राएना بدری رائنا
It may not be an exaggeration to say that “we the people” have re-assumed their ownership of India.
Anti-CAA protests at Mangaluru on Thursday. Photo: PTI
If there is one trope in human life that one ought never to be cocksure about, ...
As protests rage on Citizenship Bill, Is India becoming a Hindu nation?
- Jeffrey Gettleman - Maria Abi-Habib ماريا أبي حبيب
Several people have been killed as unrest spreads to new corners of the country. Many see the passage of a new law (Citizenship Amendment Act, CAA) as anti-Muslim.
NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ...
I am Indian; why is the government sending me into exile?
- Aatish Taseer ਮੁੱਢਲੀ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ
The letter from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs arrived in September 2019. My mother sent me a WhatsApp message of the letter, informing me that the Government of India was revoking my Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI). India doesn’t recognize ...
Behind Hong Kong’s black terror
- Pepe Escobar Пепе Эскобар
Deciphering who’s behind the violence leads to a long list of possibilities
A radical protester throws a molotov cocktail at a government building in Hong Kong on Sept. 15, 2019. Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun
“If we burn, you ...