The invention of communal ill will

  Memories of conflict become long-term sectarian hatred only in very special circumstances, writes Tapan Raychaudhuri Refugees coming to India from Pakistan,1947 Professor Muhammad Habib, in his brilliant essay on Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, concluded…

Where is the beef? Indian books edited

The Washington Times, Shaikh Azizur Rahman, June 22, 2006CALCUTTA -- References to the beef-eating past of ancient Hindus have been deleted from Indian school textbooks after a three-year, high-pitched campaign by Hindu hard-liners.Hindus revere cows,…

Security tightened for Taslima

Statesman News Service KOLKATA, June 23: Security for Taslima Nasreen has been tightened since yesterday following a threat issued by the imams of several mosques and some city-based fundamentalist organisations. They have said they “would…

Army shortchanging women officers

Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, June 22, 2006The army would like you to believe that there is no gender bias within its ranks. But its lady officers have a different story to tell. They…

Right to an adequate standard of living :…

Statement by Mr. Miloon Kothari, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, to the World Urban Forum III (19-23 June 2006) in Vancouver  ( Source:…

VHP / Bajrang disrupt Orissa tribunal

MGThe Indian People's Tribunal on Communalism in Orissa organized by the Indian People's Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights (IPT) held primary investigations during June 11-14, 2005. Persons from Hindutva organizations, like the Bajrang Dal,…