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Category archives: Politics

‘I was discriminated against because I am Muslim

In 2008, a youth was arrested from my neighbourhood in Hubli for alleged links with the Student Islamic Movement of India. He was studying to be a doctor and had no history of indiscipline or run-ins with the law. His family was traumatised, and still is, for he continues to languish in jail. If that could happen to a young, educated Muslim like him, it could happen to me, too, […]

The Wheels Are Coming Off

In Pic :earning curve Akhilesh Yadav still has a long way to go before stepping out of his father Mulayam’s shadow Hope sprang eternal when Akhilesh Yadav took over as UP’s youngest CM. Virendra Nath Bhatt and Brijesh Pandey chronicle how things have gone awry 10 months on. AFTER GETTING a glowing report card of 100 out of 100 from his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the […]

No lapses in farm loan waiver scheme, says Sharad Pawar

New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said there was no “misappropriation” of funds under the Rs 52,000-crore farm debt waiver scheme and sought a more comprehensive audit by CAG to get a better picture. Stating that the sample size taken for auditing was “too small”, Pawar said audit of “significant” number of accounts should be done by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). “Government of India has taken […]

Kashmir on edge after young man's killing; Colonel named in FIR

Srinagar: There is curfew in 10 districts of Kashmir since last night amid tension after the death of a 24-year-old man allegedly in Army firing during a protest in Baramulla in north Kashmir yesterday. The police have registered an FIR against the Army and have named a Colonel. The Army says the young man was some distance away from the site of the protest and was not killed in firing. There […]

Jailhouse Rock

In Pic :Prisoned for life? A sequence of pictures showing Amarmani Tripathi stepping out of the Gorakpur Jail and getting into his car. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had promised a regime without criminals. Three months later, some of the most dreaded ganglords in the state are strolling in and out of prison as they wish. Ashish Khetan exposes a disturbing trend. MY PHOTOGRAPHER and I have been waiting in a taxi […]

Indian Mujahideen...Seems Bheri, Bheri Indian

Indian Mujahideen (also known by the pet name of I.M) is a pan-India organization that was founded in the literature of the Indian political aristocracy and its brotherly bureaucracy a few years ago. Soon after birth this child was adopted by the Indian media, and ever since has been seen on TV off and on. Various theories exist as to who founded this, when that was, where it runs from, […]

U.S. downplays Hagel’s remarks, backs India’s role in Afghanistan

After Chuck Hagel’s controversial remarks on India’s role in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official has strongly backed New Delhi’s investment program and said they have a holistic view of the war-torn region. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake on Wednesday at a Congressional hearing said,” India has taken a very kind of holistic view of what needs to be done there, and they have a […]

A pre-poll lollipop, say trade unions.

No fund has been allocated for the welfare of people living below the poverty line Trade unions have criticised Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for presenting a “pre-election lollipop” budget to “deceive the people.” Communist Party of India MP and All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said Mr. Chidambaram was trying to win over the people with the 2014 general election in mind. When there was enough number […]