Shining India

Recent events have cast a dark cloud over Mr. Modi’s shining India. Instead of wearing the mantle of being the largest secular democracy—Modi’s India is decidedly nonsecular in an incredible way.

Since Mr. Modi took charge the carefully cultivated image of India being all things Gandhian has taken . . . → Read More: Shining India

Modi’s Incredible India

Last week, a mob lynched a Muslim man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumors that he had slaughtered a calf and eaten beef. This is India—under Modi’s rule. The ethos is being re-defined to take on a narrow, exclusivist vision for the world’s largest democracy. It is a dangerous pursuit—next-door neighbor Pakistan . . . → Read More: Modi’s Incredible India

From “Incredible” to “Extremist” India

Who was Muhammad Akhlaq? He was a young hard working Muslim living in a village in India. One day the village priest told the Hindus of the village that Muhammad Akhlaq had slaughtered a cow and that its meat was in a freezer in his home. Hardly anything to bother about yet the . . . → Read More: From “Incredible” to “Extremist” India

The mother of all ironies

While Pakistan is engaged in an extremely difficult war against terrorism and is making commendable progress in rooting out the menace, few self-proclaimed ‘patriotic intellectuals’ sit comfortably in their offices miles away and spew venom on print media that sabotages the efforts made by those at the forefront of this mission. The narrative . . . → Read More: The mother of all ironies

5 minutes of introspection

Each year on February 5, thousands of people come out on the streets chanting slogans against Indian aggression in Jammu and Kashmir. It’s that one day of the year the state officially owns its stance against the oppression and brutalities meted against Kashmiris for more than six decades.

Parvez Imroz, in his paper Alleged Perpetrators- . . . → Read More: 5 minutes of introspection

Indian court legalizes marriage with minors

DELHI: A court in the country’s capital stirred up controversy when it said on Monday that marraige with an underage girl was permissible under Indian Law.

The city court in Delhi said that provisions of the the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act suggested that where a physical relationship is undertaken with a . . . → Read More: Indian court legalizes marriage with minors

Brahmans take over Cricket in India

By Pankaj Mishra

Since its inauguration in 2008, the Indian Premier League, India’s biggest sporting and television spectacle, has often been on the front rather than the sports page of Indian newspapers. “Rich, fast and powerful,” this abbreviated version of the British sport of cricket became “for many an image of the new India,” . . . → Read More: Brahmans take over Cricket in India

Stand Up for the Real Champions

The fixation we have with comparing ourselves to Incredible India has been served. In news that comes partly as surprise and partly as reconfirmation of extreme-case apprehensions that have found resonance in recent years, total funds amounting to 1,441 million Swiss francs belonging to Pakistani individuals and entities are lying in Swiss banks.

It is . . . → Read More: Stand Up for the Real Champions

How must a rapist be punished?

The power of protests has borne some result in India whose cabinet last week approved stricter punishments for rapists, including the death penalty should a rape victim die, following the death of a gang-rape victim in New Delhi. If approved by President Pranab Mukherjee (and then parliament within six months), the law will see the . . . → Read More: How must a rapist be punished?

Who will provide affirmative action in India?

Consumed with weapon purchases, maritime capabilities and external threats from China and Pakistan, India has it seems neglected to peek at the state of affairs within its own boundaries. In the past few months, multiple incidents infringing the right of freedom of speech have occurred which has prompted writer Salman Rushdie to smear India with . . . → Read More: Who will provide affirmative action in India?