Rasheed Kidwai

is an ORF visiting fellow, author and journalist.

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When Arjun Singh flew to Allahabad on the fateful day of Bhopal Gas Tragedy for ‘moral courage’

When the deadly gas was spreading havoc in Bhopal on a cold winter night in December 1984, Arjun Singh was hundreds of miles away — praying. Hours after the leaking methyl isocyanate gas had left a...

Cryptocurrencies are not Islamic, a new directive tells Indian Muslims

After its confrontation with the government over instant triple talaq, polygamy, nikah-e-halala and informal sharia courts, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is now turning assertive. It is taking on bitcoins. The AIMPLB is now...

अहमद पटेल: गांधी परिवार के बाद कांग्रेस का सबसे ताक़तवर शख़्स

अहमद पटेल कांग्रेस में हमेशा संगठन के आदमी माने गए. वे पहली बार चर्चा में तब आए थे जब 1985 में राजीव गांधी ने उन्हें ऑस्कर फ़र्नांडीस और अरुण सिंह के साथ अपना संसदीय सचिव...

Covid-19 and Indian Muslims

“It’s a matter of common decency. That’s an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is common decency.” — Albert Camus Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s seminal work, Death and Dying,...

पुण्यतिथि विशेष: देश के प्रथम प्रधानमंत्री नेहरू के भारत रत्न चुने जाने की कहानी

सन् 1955 की गर्मियों में भारत के प्रथम प्रधानमंत्री जवाहरलाल नेहरू को उनकी खुद की सरकार द्वारा भारत रत्न देने की घोषणा की गई। नेहरू उस वक्त यानी 1955 की जून-जुलाई में यूरोप के दौरे...

Covid-19 crisis: Indian political class needs to band, not to bicker

While it has handled the Corona pandemic well in statistical terms, India’s management of the subsequent migrant laborer crisis and the conduct of Indian political class, has been far from satisfactory. The great Indian ‘tu-tu, main-main’...

Rebooting Ramadan for COVID-19 times: With tech but without Iftar parties

The lockdown edition of Ramadan 2020 in Islamic year of 1441 Hijri offers unique challenges and opportunities. For the first time perhaps, Ramadan in the midst of COVID-19, has a potential of fulfilling many obligations...

‘The ruling class has always manipulated law and jurisprudence to criminalise the subaltern people’

‘Author’ Lalu Prasad Yadav — currently languishing in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi — considers himself in the league of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi, claiming...

Why we need a special law to curb mob lynching

There is an urgent need to bring in a special law to deal with the menace of mob lynching. The special law dealing with the atrocities against the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes — the...

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भारत की 75वीं आज़ादी और दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा आंदोलन

कोलकाता: जब पूरे भारत के लोग देश का 75वां स्वतंत्रता दिवस माना रहें होंगे तो वही लाखों किसान जो दुनिया की सबसे बड़े आंदोलन...

Amazing Alpana art work makes Kolkata Puja unforgettable

Kolkata: Kolkata's Durga Puja has never been as beautiful as it became this year, thanks to the longest Alpana ever created on Lake Road....

BJP will play communal card but we will stick to development agenda: TMC’s Uluberia candidateBJP will play communal card but we will stick to...

Kolkata: A day after being declared as Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate from Uluberia parliamentary constituency, Sajda Ahmed, widow of Sultan Ahmed, claims that her...

Ali Akbar Khan: A Musical Centenary

Ali Akbar Khan was recording the bhajan, Ghanshyam Ki Aakhen for Aandhiyan (1952) rendered by Laxmi Shankar. Writer, and director, Chetan Anand asked his Alubhai (the sarod maestro...

Pehlu Khan lawyer to move to High Court for bail cancellation of the accused

Alwar/Kolkata: It’s been more than 16 months since Alwar’s Pehlu Khan; a 55-year-old man was lynched to death in one of the many horrific...