• Parasites not Leaders

    People who consider their rights, freebees and his political ambition as priority cannot be leader. As leaders are torch bearers and selfless services providers to needy and poor people of their constituencies. But here in Jammu and Kashmir people with dishonesty and communal stance prefer their vested interests over the national interest. Those claiming to be well-wishers forget that with restoration of full speed internet a hate campaign as well as bloodbath would take place across valley. But some confused self-claimed leaders are hell bent to provoke common masses over one or the other pretext for their vested political interest, But people have understood that these so called leaders a...Read More

  • Women's day

    Even as I set out finding influencers for the story, I echoed author Kavita Kane, who (you will see as you read on) asks— What exactly are we celebrating on Women’s day? On one hand, when there are women leaders and achievers to be celebrated, young girls as old as 12 are still being married off several countries including India and Pakistan. If women are being sent to the Moon and women scientists are gaining recognition, there are still girls and women who are isolated because they are on the...Read More

  • Mind framed

    A bundle of dried, thin, twisted branches that spread out like wings, seemingly weightless but balanced on his bare shoulders, its heaviness wrapped around his neck and almost crowning his head. Titled Climb, it is a self-portrait of fashion and fine art photographer Rob Woodcox from his coming out series—Semblance—shot around six years ago. The image, which shows him suspended mid-air, with his arms flung behind, against a blurry backdrop of a waterfall and lofty rock face, beautifully depicts the journey of most LGBTQ+ individuals. It seems to convey the burden of stifling one’s true self and the responsibility to reveal it, and at the same time the freedom of finally coming out, in Rob’s...Read More

  • Indo-Tibetan

    When theatre practitioner Niranjani Iyer was recently rehearsing The Vagina Monologues with her actors in Mcleodganj, she and her team ran out of Indian and Tibetan words for 'vagina'. The Tibetan word for vagina is 'Thu'. But there surely must be other words? The team decided to do a quick survey. One of the female Tibetan actors posted the question online on Facebook: “What are the other Tibetan words for vagina?” The actor posted this question despite disapproval from her boyfriend and her older sister. That the actor stood her ground and did not delete the post was in itself a significant achievement, highlighting the continuing relevance of a play first shown in 1996 to a White Western...Read More

  • The situation got out of hand

    G. KISHAN REDDY handles crucial arms of the Union home ministry, such as the departments of internal security and of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh affairs. The day after US President Donald Trump ended his India visit, the minister of state for home affairs spoke to THE WEEK on a host of issues, ranging from the riots in Delhi to the implications of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The protests against the CAA have sparked off riots. What went wrong? Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed government in 2014, there has been a campaign saying it is intolerant. So much so that even High Courts and the Supreme Court, at vario...Read More

  • Riots, and wrongs

    More than 72 hours after a group of women had blocked the road outside the Jaffrabad metro station to replicate the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Shaheen Bagh, authorities used a time-tested technique to tackle the agitators—a nudge and a push. Hours earlier, community elders had visited the spot and local mosques had appealed to the protesters to disperse, saying that their names were being used to incite violence in the city and discredit the movement. Finally, the police swooped in, asking the protesters to clear the area or move to nearby Seelampur, where a similar sit-in by women had been on for a month, but which had not blocked the key arterial road. Unfortuna...Read More

  • Bravo Master

    As Chandrayaan-2 took off, ISRO chief K. Sivan broke into a smile and accepted greetings from his seniors and colleagues at the Mission Control Centre in Sriharikota. Then, on a high note, he thanked his colleagues by first acknowledging the work done by the most invisible men and women in the team—engineers, technicians and support staff—who worked tirelessly, forgetting their families and personal lives, to fix the technical snag which had led to the cancellation of the first launch. A technocrat through and through, Sivan knows how important the work of engineers and technicians are. Sivan, who built his career from very humble origins, as the son of a farmer in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu,...Read More

  • Modi and Amit Shah pave way for saffron sequel

    On May 17, following a gruelling 51-day election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised everyone by joining BJP president Amit Shah at a news conference. He said the country had already decided to re-elect the government with a full majority, which was happening after a long time. “After 1975,” Shah whispered to Modi. A week later, when the votes were counted, Modi returned with a bigger mandate, like Indira Gandhi did in 1971. The BJP bettered its 2014 tally by 21 seats, aided ...Read More

  • Rahul Gandhi handcuffed by Modi juggernaut

    As the results poured in, bringing sad tidings for the Congress, a crucial bit of news was especially worrisome—party president Rahul Gandhi was staring at an imminent defeat at the hands of the BJP’s Smriti Irani in Amethi. At the deserted AICC headquarters, a young spokesperson asked the media coordinator of the party on how to deal with questions on Amethi. The suggestion was: “Tell the media that only ten rounds of counting are done so far. Several more rounds remain. The situation can c...Read More

  • The Winners, The Losers

    Much like the famed Kadapa limestone, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s evolution has been a function of pressure and time. He spent nearly a decade in the opposition, struggling to match up to the legacy of his illustrious father, the former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Sensing that this would be a make-or-break election, Jagan began preparing a year ago. He crisscrossed Andhra Pradesh on foot for 14 months, connecting with voters and covering more than 3,700km. The result: A walk in the park for ...Read More

  • Turmeric compounds might be able to keep cancer at bay

    Compounds found in turmeric—a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine—can help prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Brazil identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin—the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. "We undertook a vast review of the scientific literature on all nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential to prevent or treat s...Read More

  • Mulayam, Mayawati

    At loggerheads for decades, SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati are scheduled to share the dais at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the Samajwadi Party citadel of Mainpuri on Friday. Preparations are underway for the rally at Christian Field to send out a message to our political opponents that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond, an SP party leader said. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP...Read More

  • Cong's Shame

    Sam Pitroda, a close aide of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and chairman of the Overseas Indian National Congress, on Friday questioned the death toll in the Balakot strike carried out by the Indian Air Force and also sought a dialogue with Pakistan. Pitroda's comments drew sharp reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said “the most trusted adviser” of the Congress president has demeaned the armed forces. “I would like to know a little more because I read reports in the New York ...Read More

  • Dynasty Politics

    Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, political heirs are emerging from nowhere in Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress tasted power last year after 15 years in exile. So it is only natural that the Congress heavyweights consider launching the political career of their kith and kin from their bastions. The idea is to safeguard political turfs and family bastions. This ensures that the party candidate wins and political lineage is intact. Two prominent Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh—Chief Mi...Read More

  • Afghan Airstrikes

    Airstrikes in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children, a lawmaker from the region said Sunday. Mohammad Hashim Alkozai said 13 civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another. Both were carried out late Friday in the Sangin district, where heavy fighting is underway between NATO-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban. Alkozai said at least five other people were wounded in the airstrikes. "Innocent people, women and children, are the only victims of the airstrikes," he said, adding that the military operations have stoked public anger. Omer Zwak, the provincial governor's spokesman, said insurgents fired on Afghan ...Read More