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  • Secularism was a founding principle of India’s Independence movement. It can serve as an example and legacy to all democracies, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
  • Charlie Hebdo
    Jan 15, 2015 22:22 IST

    Lessons from Charlie Hebdo: Keep an eye on the loony fringe

    Secularism was a founding principle of India’s Independence movement. It can serve as an example and legacy to all democracies, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

  • Muslims
    Jan 05, 2015 00:18 IST

    Right to wear niqab? Clash between attire and law

    Farrukh Dhondy gives his views after a top British judge's call for rules that force women to take off niqabs when giving evidence in court sparked off a debate on the right to wear veils.

  • Clean India
    Oct 24, 2014 10:38 IST

    For Clean India, do not sweep your dirt under the carpet

    In many countries, people who litter roads are liable to be taken to court and fined. Will it take generations before such laws become feasible in India?

  • Scotland flag
    Sep 16, 2014 22:36 ISTMoving Finger

    An imaginary account of Scotland's 'independent' future

    As this columnist predicted on September 19, 2014, the fatal day when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced, this partition of the United Kingdom would lead to ultimate instability and disaster, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

  • Hindu youth
    Aug 18, 2014 22:52 ISTMoving finger

    Mr PM, beware of attempts to mix history with myth

    Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

  • Iraq
    Jul 21, 2014 22:21 IST

    The false one: Islamic State's Caliph is a fantasy enterprise

    Some disillusioned men from Europe and other places may join the Caliphate but the ISIS is unlikely to win over transcontinental territories.

  • DNA
    Jul 09, 2014 22:25 IST

    Keep the faith, science's bounty is enough for us

    The greed of multinationals must not be an excuse to restrain the quantum leap in scientific understanding and technology. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

  • Press
    Apr 25, 2014 01:02 ISTMoving finger

    Politicians often attempt to threaten press into silence

    In any democracy the Press should be subject to the law but not to any power held by elected politicians. Wouldn’t such powers curtail the ability of the press to investigate and expose the crimes and the conduct of politicians? Farrukh Dhondy writes.

  • Tarun tejpal
    Feb 27, 2014 23:05 ISTMoving finger

    Alleged rapists too should be afforded anonymity like survivors

    Any rape trial is an invasion of the privacy, shame and trauma of the victims who allege rape and, if the accused is innocent, of the alleged rapist.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
    Jan 30, 2014 21:57 IST

    Distorting visions: Looking at Modi through a different lens

    The English language press of India has characterised BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi as undesirable- to some he is mass murderer and to others a CM, who did not use his power to prevent the slaughter of innocents in his state.

  • Participants pose during Queer Azadi Mumbai 2009
    Dec 25, 2013 00:12 ISTmoving finger

    Section 377 may not be a priority with any parliamentarian

    The SC’s plea to Parliament is mouthwash. However glaring the case for a modernisation of this law, it is doubtful whether it will be a priority with any parliamentarian, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

  • Malala Yousafzai
    Nov 20, 2013 22:56 ISTMoving finger

    Malala is not the best mascot for universal education

    Even though Malala probably has a full scholarship to her school, it is from a platform of very narrow elitist privilege that she is seen as championing universal education. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

  • A hawker sells newspapers
    Oct 14, 2013 22:33 IST

    The Daily Mail has unwittingly begun a debate on press freedom

    In the past two weeks a debate about press freedom has been initiated by the Daily Mail, a national newspaper which attacked the Labour party leader’s late father Ralph Miliband, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

  • Party Leader David Cameron
    Jun 21, 2012 21:24 ISTMoving Finger

    Ruling party's rules

    A co-chairperson of the British Conservative Party refuses to step down despite having links with extremists and being involved in an expense fraud. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

  • Jul 22, 2012 23:11 ISTMoving Finger

    The world is what it is

    The British defence ministry’s dilemma over Olympics security is genuine. In the present times, there can be no Games without high velocity missiles.