COUNTRY WISE

Hindutva Group Targets Ajmer Dargah, initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the centuries-old shrine

Hindutva Group Targets Ajmer Dargah, initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the centuries-old shrine

Ajmer: Hate speech has become quite routine for ‘fringe’ groups in Rajasthan. In the latest incident of hate speech, Shiv Sena Hindustan, a religious-turned-political outfit active in the state, targeted the famous Ajmer shrine and Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti with derogatory remarks, leading to tension in the city. The khadims (custodians) of Dargah Ajmer Sharif filed a complaint against […]

Message from Gujarat elections: The Muslim is more alone than ever before: By Abdul Khaliq

Message from Gujarat elections: The Muslim is more alone than ever before: By Abdul Khaliq

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his victory speech justifiably pronounced that voters in the Gujarat election emphatically rejected the poison of caste. But he studiously skirted mention of the cancer of communal identity politics and religiosity that was masterfully deployed by the BJP and clumsily imitated by the Congress. While the BJP dragged the Muslim community into […]

The rise and fall of the WTO

The rise and fall of the WTO

C. Rammanohar Reddy Less than 25 years after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was created, its future as a body overseeing multilateral trade rules is in doubt. The failure of the recent ministerial meeting at Buenos Aires is only symptomatic of a decline in its importance. Too ambitious? When the WTO was born in 1995, […]

Lorde cancels Israel concert amid calls for cultural boycott

Lorde cancels Israel concert amid calls for cultural boycott

Grammy-award winning artist Lorde has canceled a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv following activists’ calls for her to join the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Eran Arielli, owner and founder of concert organizer Naranjah, which promoted the June show, confirmed the cancellation on Sunday. “The truth is that I was naive […]

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

The New York Times ran a piece today on the very different ways that Israelis and Palestinians see the slapping incident involving 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and an Israeli soldier. It is titled, “Acts of Resistance and Restraint Defy Easy Definition in the West Bank,” and is by David Halbfinger. The article does everything it can to reduce the power of […]

Strengthening the National Green Tribunal is in our interest

Strengthening the National Green Tribunal is in our interest

The strength of a democracy lies in the robustness of its institutions and people’s trust in them. The NGT orders may not have been palatable to governments, past and present, but if we have to face the environmental crisis head-on, the NGT’s continuation and independence should be non-negotiable. In a social media interaction last week, […]