The Kurds are the largest ethnic community in the world without a state of their own. Around 40 million Kurds are scattered around the Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Most reside in Turkey and Iran. The international community was impressed by the bravery displayed by the...
Sacred Games, India’s first Netflix series which is based on the 2006 book by Vikram Chandra, has been praised and drawn a lot of attention in the two weeks since its global release. So has actor Kubra Sait, who plays transgender bar dancer Kukoo in the series. Sait has also...
A year since the goods and services tax (GST) was introduced, Gurmeet Singh Kular is still waiting for his tax refund of over $300,000. His predicament is typical of many small and medium-sized companies in the state of Punjab, where implementation of the tax has had a severe impact...
After a temporary truce between the Afghan government and the insurgents during the three days of Eid-al Fitr, the brief euphoria is over, and the public anxiety has remained unchanged because more questions have arisen than any meaningful answers being addressed about the peaceful resolution of the conflict. However,...
Muslim Gujjars in India’s northern state of Jammu & Kashmir have served in the Indian Army and been its eyes and ears for a long time. But now, the backward community is looking for a distinct identity and representation in the army. The recent killing of army rifleman Aurangzeb by...
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday asked the government to draft legislation to curb the growing incidents of lynchings and mob violence in the country. The top court condemned the violence against minority communities, which it termed “horrendous acts of mobocracy.” The three-judge bench was led by Chief Justice of...
India’s Supreme Court is about to make a crucial decision that will have a major bearing on the nation’s future. A group of lawyers, armed with last year’s historic nine-judge Constitutional bench judgment declaring privacy a fundamental right, petitioned the top court to strike down the criminality of Section...
India no longer has the largest number of poor people in the world, according to a study on poverty released by think tank the Brookings Institute last month. But for India’s tribal communities, poverty remains a grave concern. India’s most populous tribal group, the Bhil, who are mostly found in West...
An interesting story was published recently by The Hindu Business Line on worries in India’s poultry sector. The story highlighted two issues – one the threat of cheap chicken-leg imports from the United States; and the other worry was the Indian government’s decision to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of...
The Indian government recently admonished WhatsApp for a spate of incidents where murderous mobs lynched innocent men over suspicions of smuggling or slaughtering cows, or kidnapping children, all sparked by rumors spread on the messaging service. In all cases, the rumors turned out to be blatantly false. The government also issued...