Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Statement by Pragna Patel and Janaya Walker of Southall Black Sisters and Gita Sahgal and Maryam Namazie of the One Law for All head of the 12/13 November intervention in a case (Akhter v Khan) in United Kingdom  and call for protest outside the Court of Appeal on those days at 9.30 am: As part … Continue reading Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Are lawyers hooligans? How can they be fired upon as if they are criminals and terrorists?

By Sanjeev Sirohi* In the aftermath of the most unfortunate ugly violence that broke loose at Tis Hazari court on November 2 between lawyers and police which left many injured, the Delhi High Court without wasting any time on November 3 very rightly constituted a judicial committee to conduct an enquiry within six weeks into … Continue reading Are lawyers hooligans? How can they be fired upon as if they are criminals and terrorists?

Interview: William Dalrymple’s relentless expose of the East India Company’s colonial grab

By Neeraj Nanda* William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of The East India Company’, Bloomsbury, pp 522, released recently, is making global waves among readers. The India based Scottish writer is well known for his earlier prize-winning works, White Moguls, The Last Mogul and Return of a King among others. The author through … Continue reading Interview: William Dalrymple’s relentless expose of the East India Company’s colonial grab

Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

Excerpts from Oxfam report “Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea: An agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”: Assam’s women tea workers are doubly marginalized – firstly as isolated and unassimilated descendants of migrant labourers, and secondly as women. Oxfam’s experience suggests that traditionally people with low … Continue reading Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

Hailing from Nagpur, SC CJ-designate Bobde set aside Karnataka governor order to make Yeddyurappa CM

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is official now that the senior-most Judge of Supreme Court – Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde to take over from the incumbent Chief Justice of India (CJI) – Justice Ranjan Gogoi on November 18 just a day after Justice Gogoi retires as CJI on November 17! PK Misra who is the Principal … Continue reading Hailing from Nagpur, SC CJ-designate Bobde set aside Karnataka governor order to make Yeddyurappa CM

‘An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab’

By Moin Qazi* As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to Prophet Muhammad ahead of the Prophet's birthday, which falls on 9-10 November 2019.  This day, 1,430 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of … Continue reading ‘An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab’

India is losing its economic way: Growth is significantly lower, debt and distress are growing

Excerpts from the transcript of Raghuram Rajan’s lecture at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, U.S., on October 16: We are in a very worrisome place in India today. Growth has slowed considerably, the fiscal deficit is large, leaving little room to do something about growth, and there’s rising debt levels … Continue reading India is losing its economic way: Growth is significantly lower, debt and distress are growing