Minority status will not help Muslims but may open Pandora’s box

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Since the government has done away with the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a debate has set in for and against the minority character and reservations. Recently, at a conference at Delhi’s Constitution Club, one heard several so-called Muslim leaders very generously voicing their lip-service concerning the minority character of AMU. It… Read more »

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India’s minority problem is everywhere in South Asia

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India’s minorities, particularly the Muslims, are facing tough times. The matter has received great attention for the anti-beef agitation mounted by a section of Indians from the majority Hindu community, anti-intercommunal marriages – Love Jihad et cetera – and aggressive doubting of Muslim loyalty to India. In this hostile environment, the concerns expressed by high… Read more »

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Media and the Police have a right to work without fear

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A functioning parliament, an independent judiciary, reasonable law and order, and a free media are things that people can’t accuse Pakistan and Bangladesh of having. However embarrassing it may sound to patriots, India has it more than us. Although we were all produced by the colonial regime, Pakistan and Bangladesh seem to have become the… Read more »

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Bengal tigers and the future of conservation

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The preliminary results of the recent tiger census gave us an alarming message – we have only 106 Bengal tigers left in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh. This number is remarkably lower than the previous estimate of 440 from 11 years ago.  A recent survey in the Indian part of Sundarbans also yielded an estimate of… Read more »

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Greece’s Tsipras and Tripura’s Manik Sarkar

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Upon my return from a driving trip around Europe, the front page anchor of the Indian Express caught my eye. It showed Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a warm handshake with the Communist Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, at the inauguration of an Internet Gateway in Agartala. Even more striking was… Read more »

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