In Amit Shah’s Partition story, fantasy as fact, villains as heroes

Union Home Minister Amit Shah treats history the way David Beckham used to treat football once — he bends it the way he wants, in the direction he likes, and his fans go ga-ga over it with joy. But, the problem with bending it like Shah is that sometimes the home minister puts the ball in his own goal. Like he did in Parliament on Monday while blaming Congress for the Partition and defending the controversial Citizen (Amendment) Bill.

Why the noose, lynch mobs or castration can’t root out rape from...

The brutal rape and murde...

Kharif output to be below par, food inflation set to soar

The Kharif crops this year is set to hit the economy hard triggering food inflation. It is now fairly confirmed that the Kharif acreage of Soybean has shrunk by one third. Similarly, the groundnut is down 15% and cotton 14%. The acreages of tur(pigeon pea) and maize were just about the same as last year.

Game, set, match: Yediyurappa wins a riveting thriller

The Bharatiya Janata Part...

If hung Assembly again in Karnataka, real winner will be the JD(S)

If the BJP wins at least seven of the 15 constituencies going to polls on December 5, it will continue in power with no sweat. But if it gets fewer seats, then all eyes will be on the Janata Dal (Secular) and its unpredictable father-son duo.

Shut Air India down, selling it will only lead to bigger problems

Why would anyone want to buy an Indian airline when the industry itself is in bad shape with all kinds of regulations making it extremely difficult and airports clogged to the brim, even for the existing ones to survive? Air India, after privatisation, will lose all the privileges it receives as a public sector.

By othering hamara Bajaj, BJP vindicates his fears

At an event organised by the Econo Times, Bajaj hesitantly made his views about the current environment in the country known to three powerful persons on the stage — home minister Amit Shah, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and minister of railways Piyush Goyal.

After Maharashtra, will JD(U), RJD join hands to oust BJP?

Senior RJD leader and former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh claimed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may return to the Lalu Prasad Yadav camp once again. The two parties, the JDU and the RJD, have been in an alliance before the former broke away to join the NDA.

6 months on, Jagan govt combines welfarism with vindictive politics

Andhra Pradesh: As the YSRCP completes six months in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday (November 30), aggressive populism and political vindictiveness emerge as the two distinct features of its style of governance.


No more international matches at neutral venues: Pakistan Cricket Board

Rawalpindi (Pakistan): The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday (December 10) told the Associated Press now the other teams will have to clarify as to why they can't play in the country.

Kharif output to be below par, food inflation set to soar

The Kharif crops this year is set to hit the economy hard triggering food inflation. It is now fairly confirmed that the Kharif acreage of Soybean has shrunk by one third. Similarly, the groundnut is down 15% and cotton 14%. The acreages of tur(pigeon pea) and maize were just about the same as last year.

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

Lausanne: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (December 9) expressed his anger over the country's four-year ban from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Trivandrum Bar Association expresses regret for threatening magistrate

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Regional parties expose their opportunism in Citizenship Bill




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How Dhoni’s friend, 2 other victorious candidates signal a change in TMC

Kolkata: Pradip Sarkar, known in West Bengal more for being a friend of cricketer MS Dhoni, and two other victorious candidates, who made Trinamool Congress’s clean sweep in the state’s just-held by-elections possible, signal a refreshing change in the party.

Nathuram Godse a villain for killing India’s greatest patriot, devout Hindu

Nathuram Godse was a coward, a bigot and a puppet of darker forces that were envious of Mahatma Gandhi’s popularity among Indians. Those who call him a deshbhakt are either brainless bhakts or kambakhts (wretched).

No-till, no burn method could be north India’s answer to stubble burning

Both, Indian geneticist MS Swaminathan and economist Ramesh Chand are diffusing the policy response to the polluting practice of burning paddy stubble with impractical suggestions when the central government has backed a solution that is both economical for farmers and beneficial to the environment. In a series of tweets, the venerable Swaminath...

BHU professor row: Right fringe challenges Varanasi’s composite culture

The controversy over appointment of a Muslim, Firoz Khan as a teacher in Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan (SVDV) of Benarus Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, throws up some interesting questions. Though the university administration is legally entitled to appoint any qualified person of any religious background, a section of students started oppos...

Constitution Day, a mix of cynicism and hope

The irony is not lost on the country. On a day that is celebrated as Constitution Day, the murky power politics in Maharashtra reminded the nation of the serious challenges to the core constitutional values and independence of the sacred institutions. However, the day also brought hope as the Supreme Court stepped in to order floor test on Wedne...

In Kashmir, ‘democracy and morality can wait’: Echoes of betrayal

When it comes to Kashmir, ‘democracy and morality can wait’. Dawn of August 5, 2019, came on Kashmiris like a ‘betrayer’. In the eyes of many perceptive Kashmiris, “the latest betrayal should not be a cause of real surprise or shock if one were a good student of history and the Kashmir conflict”. For them what happened on August 5 this year w...

Lack of repatriation laws could push Bangladeshi migrants to no man’s land

As a team of Bengaluru police on Saturday (November 23) afternoon shepherded to Howrah 61 suspected Bangladeshi nationals, detained earlier for illegally staying in the country, to deport them to their country of perceived origin, the procedural mess, so often surrounded with the contentious exercise, played out again. The detainees, including w...

Ajit Pawar’s revenge leaves uncle Sharad Pawar reeling in Maharashtra

‘Revenge is a dish that tastes best served when it is cold.’ The famous quote from The Godfather, the famous novel penned by Mario Puzo, seems to be the message from the NCP’s Ajit Pawar, who overnight turned the tables on Shiv Sena and the Indian National Congress to install BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and himself as the Deputy Ch...

In Maharashtra’s tragicomic drama, Sena gets stabbed before it can stab BJP

You can accuse Ajit Pawar of running with the Sena and hunting with the BJP. But, you can’t accuse him of being daft enough to cling to outdated concepts like ideals, loyalties or principles when his own future and freedom is at stake.

Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan: Can the two tango in Tamil Nadu?

There are examples in history where extremes have converged. Then why not a miracle alliance between Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth?

Yediyurappa has an uphill task to swing voters BJP’s way

If the Supreme Court had not allowed rebel Congress and Janata Dal(S) candidates to contest the upcoming December 5 Assembly bye-elections in Karnataka on a BJP ticket that would have saved Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his party considerable headache. Instead, the apex court in its recent ruling upheld the validity of the rebels’ disqualif...

When Centre scrapped FCRA licences, it was thwarting proselytisation

The 180 days of Amit Shah in the Union Home Ministry have witnessed an aggressive review of foreign funding to non-governmental organisations engaged in proselytization or propagation of religious ideals. The home ministry, which had set up an internal multi-purpose committee to review each and every NGO in the country, recently cancelled the FCRA ...

₹10,000,00,00,000 is what Kashmir lost since abrogation of Article 370

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s economy has taken a severe beating since the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in August this year. The worst-hit industries include tourism, information technology, hotels, horticulture and export industry, say experts.

Gotabaya: Sinhalese adore him; Tamils, Muslims fear him

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president has evoked either of two feelings in Sri Lanka – a shiver down the spine or jubilation, depending on whether one is Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim. As military strategist during the time of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as president, Gotabaya was credited with the ruthless precision with which he crushed th...

The politics over autonomy of temple trusts in Karnataka

Temple management has always been a contentious issue in Karnataka. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been demanding the temple trusts to have a free hand, the Congress and other parties were up for greater control by the government.

Arab states blink on Qatar ties, football on track in region

For Qatar, an end to the bitter conflict with Saudi Arabia, with which it shares its only land border, will give it the opportunity to concentrate on the preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 without distractions.

The unholy management of temples in Tamil Nadu

(Following the Supreme Court’s landmark Ayodhya verdict, the government is busy figuring out the contours of the Trust that will build the Ram temple. In this context, The Federal in the third part of the series looks at how temples are managed in Tamil Nadu) The forest region is presided by the deity Maayon The mountain region is presided by...

What led to the review petitions on the Sabarimala temple case

In a landmark judgement delivered last year, the Supreme Court had allowed entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into Sabarimala temple. This was challenged by a bunch of petitioners who sought review of the decision.

Tirumala, India’s highest-earning shrine, autonomous only on paper

Hyderabad: (Following the Supreme Court’s landmark Ayodhya verdict, the government is busy figuring out the contours of the Trust that will build the Ram temple. In this context, The Federal in the second part of the series looks at how Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is managed) Nestled among a picturesque chain of seven hills in Chittoor district of Andhr...

Allegations of mismanagement taint governing of Kerala temples

While the government does not officially govern temples, five socio-religious committees or Devaswoms (“Property of God”), tightly controlled by the ruling party, administer some 3,000 temples in the state and have been plagued by allegations of political interference, theft and sex scandals.