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By-poll results Sorry, Akhilesh, SP's victory is not a win for secularism

Sep 16, 2014

By-poll results Sorry, Akhilesh, SP's victory is not a win for secularism

The by-poll assembly results in Uttar Pradesh have given the Samajwadi Party ample reason to celebrate at the expense of the BJP. The SP won nine of the 11 seats that went to polls, with the BJP only managing to hold on to two. #S&P #Mayawati #InMyOpinion #Samajwadi Party #BSP #Akhilesh Yadav #Secularism #Akhilesh #Communal
Dear Manmohanji, your silence means an admission of guilt

Sep 13, 2014

Dear Manmohanji, your silence means an admission of guilt

Now that Manmohan Singh is no longer the PM, he needs to show transparency and forthrightness in his reaction to all that is being said about him. #Politics #2G scam #Sonia Gandhi #Manmohan Singh #UPA #CAG #Prime Minister #Congress #InMyOpinion #CWG Scam #Vinod Rai #Coalgate #Sanjaya Baru #PC Parakh #Not Just An Accountant
The Forest Rights Act needs to go Tribals aren't part of a tiger reserve

Sep 12, 2014

The Forest Rights Act needs to go Tribals aren't part of a tiger reserve

The Forest Rights Act is a needless piece of misguided legislation intended to protect tribals, but it actually retards development and investment in the states that need them the most #Development #InMyOpinion #Vedanta #Forest Rights Act #Land acquisition #Modi government #Forest Rights act (2006) #Tribal Right #ST population
Transgenders aren't OBC But that doesn't let the govt off the hook

Sep 11, 2014

Transgenders aren't OBC But that doesn't let the govt off the hook

In April, the court had recognized transgender as a third gender and told the government they were entitled to reservations like OBCs. #InMyOpinion #Gay #Government #OBC #Gender equality #Section 377 #Gender identity #Lesbians #transgenders #LGBT community
Modi's lopsided cabinet Jaitley needs to let go of either finance or defence

Sep 11, 2014

Modi's lopsided cabinet Jaitley needs to let go of either finance or defence

The weakness of the Modi government is too many important portfolios is too few hands. A start should be made by divesting Arun Jaitley of the defence ministry, followed up by a full-fledged cabinet expansion #Energy #Defence #sushma swaraj #finance ministry #Nitin Gadkari #InMyOpinion #Arun Jaitley #Rajnath Singh #Law Ministry #IB #Jaitley #Cabinet expansion #Modi Cabinet
Ban religious conversion? It is a 'thaka hua' idea that ignores history

Sep 10, 2014

Ban religious conversion? It is a 'thaka hua' idea that ignores history

This is a counter-view to an piece we published on whether a ban on proselytisation makes sense in India #Islam #InMyOpinion #Hinduism #Nehru #BR Ambedkar #Christianity #Constitution #Freedom of Religion #Religion Conversion
This Delhi woman was molested in a train, and here's how she fought back

Sep 09, 2014

This Delhi woman was molested in a train, and here's how she fought back

A CNBC-TV18 reporter recounts the horror she faced in a Delhi Metro train and how in her pursuit of justice she was shocked to discover that 'somehow the shame was on' her. #InMyOpinion #Delhi Metro #Crime against women #Megha Vishwanath #Kashmere Gate police station
Is religious conversion really a fundamental right, or can we ban it?

Sep 08, 2014

Is religious conversion really a fundamental right, or can we ban it?

India adopted a flawed European model of secularism on the basis of Nehruvian aversion to local Dharmic traditions where faith does not come from an acceptance of universal truth. #InMyOpinion #Hinduism #religious conversion #Proselytisation #Abrahamic Religions #Islam Christianity
Justice P Sathasivam as Kerala governor Why it's a bad sign for Indian judiciary

Sep 07, 2014

Justice P Sathasivam as Kerala governor Why it's a bad sign for Indian judiciary

The mere fact that questions have been and are being asked, creates a spectacle that lowers the dignity not only of the office of the CJI but of the entire judicial system in the country. #India #BJP #Governor #Kerala #InMyOpinion #Supreme Court of India #Amit Shah #Tulsi Prajapati case #Chief Justice P Sathasivam #Judicial Independence
Decoding the ISI factor in Al Qaeda's India wing

Sep 05, 2014

Decoding the ISI factor in Al Qaeda's India wing

Has Pakistans Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) played a master stroke with the al-Qaedas new move of launching its new wing to reinvigorate its presence in the Indian sub-continent? #India #Osama bin Laden #Al-Qaeda #Pakistan #ISI #Narendra Modi #InMyOpinion #islamic-state #James Foley #Steven Sotloff #Zayman al Zawahiri #Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent