Is Police Action Against Swami Ramdev Justified?
The midnight swoop by Delhi Police on Swami Ramdev's fasting supporters on June 4 midnight, many of them women, at the historic Ramlila Maidan raises several disturbing questions. One, did some sections of the media aggravate the standoff between the Swami and the government, when it flashed the note released by Kapil Sibal to say that the calling off...read more ››
Should Punishment For So-Called Honour Killings Be Made Stringent?
There has been a spurt in incidents of so-called honour killings across the country, with couples involved in same gotra and inter-caste marriages being cold-bloodedly murdered at the instances of families and panchayats called khaps in Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh. The Union Cabinet has deferred a bill proposing stringent punishment for such brutal killings because of objections from...read more ››
Should The Census Be Caste Based?
RJD and Samajwadi Party have demanded that the enumerators in the current census being conducted should collect information about the castes/sub-castes of India’s 120 crore plus population. Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Kapil Sibal have opposed census based on caste, while Veerappa Moily is in favour. Because of differences in the Cabinet, the matter has now been referred to a...read more ››
Is IPL A Cesspool Of Corruption?
As the IPL saga goes on and on, with more skeletons tumbling out of the cupboards, demands are being made for a comprehensive inquiry into the wrong dealings that have been made in India’s richest sports league. On the flip side, IPL has definitely given a fillip to cricket, filling up the coffers of the already-rich BCCI and promoting hitherto...read more ››
Should Narendra Modi Resign?
Congress has slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying his appearance before the SIT probing 2002 riots has brought 'ill-repute' to the high office he holds and he should resign. "If the BJP has even an iota of morality, it should have asked him to step down before bringing such a high office to ill-repute," says the Congress...read more ››
Should M. F. Husain Return To India?
Famous painter Maqbool Fida Husain, widely regarded as India’s Picasso, has been staying in the Gulf away from his country of birth, India, for the last several years due to threats from Hindu organizations for portraying Hindu goddesses nude in his paintings. There are a large number of cases pending against Husain in Indian courts, mostly filed by Hindu fundamentalists....read more ››
Should Padma Awards Be Scrapped Altogether?
The recent announcement of Padma Awards by the Government of India has raised several controversies. One, relating to Clinton camp acolyte and fundraiser Sant Singh Chhatwal, against whom a CBI case is pending and the BJP has asked why Chhatwal has been given the award. Second, both Rekha and Saif Ali Khan were given Padma Shri awards, whereas the fact...read more ››
Should Muslim Women Be Asked To Unveil For Voter I-Cards?
The Supreme Court in its order has said that no voter identity card should be issued by EC to any woman who wears a veil while being photographed. Counsel for the petitioners has said that forcing women to unveil at the time of being photographed will be tantamount to religious sacrilege. Several Muslim clerics have also opposed this Supreme Court...read more ››
Will Creation Of New States Weaken India?
The Telangana issue has stirred a hornet’s nest on the political horizon, with sundry parties coming forward to demand new states – Gorkhaland, Bundelkhand, Vidarbha, Purvanchal and Bodoland. On the other hand, it has led to a backlash in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, where people are not in favour of a separate Telangana. There are pros and cons for...read more ››
Is Bal Thackeray Right In Saying Sachin Is Dabbling In Politics?
Widespread condemnation notwithstanding, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has again said that he stuck to his remarks about Sachin Tendulkar's "Mumbai-for-Indians" stand and asked the cricket icon not to "dabble" in politics. "The bullet has been fired . I am firm in my opinion," Thackeray said. He asked Sachin not to "dabble" in politics. "He should stick to the...read more ››