Phool Waalon Ki Sair: An offering of communal unity at altar of secular India

New Delhi, Nov 19 When Syed Fariddudin Qutbi, the “khadim” (attendant) of the shrine of 13th century sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki in Meharauli, stepped out after offering a floral “chhatra” (a flower-embellished umberella) at the ancient Yogmaya temple located at a stone’s throw from the dargah, all…

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General in the limelight

In 1996, Pakistan’s retired Air Force chief Asghar Khan wrote a letter to the then chief justice of Pakistan alleging that the then President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Army Chief General Aslam Beg, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General Asad Durrani and ex-Habib Bank Sindh…

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Republic’s Sentinel

Last Friday (November 9) marked the 13th death anniversary of former President of India, K R Narayanan. An outstanding scholar and a former vice-chancellor of JNU, he has been hailed as a great president. However, the present ruling dispensation consciously ignored him.

His legacy in defending the idea of…

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Investment policy: Looking at 2019 and beyond

Given the current economic scenario of India, it would be prudent to have our eyes on the pressing issues that need the attention of the government over the next six years. Policy changes, new policies and an environment that facilitates investment will be vital.

The recent renewable energy auctions, which…

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End of anti-corruption?

In 2014, plutocracy and corruption were two big themes that defined Indian politics. The discourse of anti-corruption, and the inability of the UPA to respond to it effectively, delegitimised the Congress to an unprecedented degree. What is going to be the fate of anti-corruption politics in India? Is…

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