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The destruction of history anywhere in the world through acts of vandalism is wrong.

  • Oct 27, 2016 18:45
    A reporter wearing a hijab and reporting an Islamicist terror attack has kicked off a lot of debate and has also provoked outrage read more
  • Jun 27, 2016 23:40
    The Leave camp wants to abolish laws which prevented the extradition or expulsion of criminals who claimed their protection to remain in Britain. This is bad news for Indian citizens who have for landed up here in defiance of Indian requests for their... read more
  • May 23, 2016 20:57
    I genuinely wonder how many people participating in or attending these festivals pay any attention to the logos of sponsors printed on the programmes....how would I, or anyone for that matter, support Vedanta? Will the company advertise themselves as... read more
  • May 08, 2016 21:41
    Sadiq Khan is today the first Muslim mayor of a western metropolis. It’s not as significant as the United States electing a black president, but for Britain it is a gigantic step in defining its contemporary nationhood read more
  • Mar 18, 2016 21:02
    Muslims in India ought to have the status of a ‘smaller majority’. It is from such quibbles that policies for social justice can flow read more
  • Feb 03, 2016 23:14
    The influx of refugees from war-torn nations is the most serious crisis the EU has faced and is threatening to alter it in irreversible ways. read more
  • Dec 24, 2015 02:19
    More than the relevance of the word ‘secular’ in the Constitution, India should take issue with ‘scheduled’ and ‘backward’ read more
  • Oct 22, 2015 21:24
    The people who ought to be worried about the Shiv Sena’s attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni are its leaders and members, writes Farrukh Dhondy. read more
  • Sep 15, 2015 22:25
    My prediction is that Britain is fated for an Attlee moment when, after it was led to victory in the World War II by Winston Churchill, the nation voted for a quiet and modest leader of the party that opposed him and promised them universal healthcare,... read more
  • Aug 05, 2015 22:14
    There can be revisions in history. But some changes cannot be accepted by modern countries which are mindful of their image. read more
  • Jun 17, 2015 00:03
    There you have it! An adaptation of the Shakespearean speech from Julius Caesar as perhaps Keith Vaz, Indian-born Leicester MP, would render it today to the Westminster parliament in answer to the controversy that surrounds his acts of patronage or,... read more
  • May 24, 2015 23:32
    The 2015 Cannes Film Festival began on May 13, and concluded on Sunday. At the same time the Jaipur Literary Festival came to London’s South Bank Centre, the artistic hub of Britain’s capital. One of the sessions at the JLF’s Brit debut was a discussion... read more
  • Apr 14, 2015 22:54
    The destruction of history anywhere in the world through acts of vandalism is wrong. read more
  • Mar 15, 2015 22:05
    This month Hachette, India published a book by British historian Roderick Matthews entitled The Great India Rope Trick with a questioning subtitle: “Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India?” read more
  • Jan 05, 2015 00:18
    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. read more
  • Oct 24, 2014 10:38
    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? read more
  • Sep 16, 2014 22:36
    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. read more
  • Aug 18, 2014 22:52
    Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy. read more
  • Jul 21, 2014 22:21
    Some disillusioned men from Europe and other places may join the Caliphate but the ISIS is unlikely to win over transcontinental territories. read more
  • Apr 25, 2014 01:02
    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 write... read more
  • Feb 27, 2014 23:05
    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. read more
  • Dec 25, 2013 00:12
    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. read more
  • Nov 20, 2013 22:56
    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. read more
  • Oct 14, 2013 22:33
    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. read more
  • Sep 15, 2013 23:14
    Andy Warhol, the famous artist and fraud said that everyone is destined for 15 minutes of fame. My last wish is to have those 15 minutes as an acquaintance or advocate of the convicted serial murderer Charles Sobhraj. read more
  • Aug 21, 2013 21:37
    The Archbishop of Canterbury intends to use the Church’s moneyto save the poor from loansharks. Would any head of such a religious foundation in India follow suit? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jul 23, 2013 18:49
    <SPAN lang=\"EN\"><P align=\"left\">The backers and funders of political parties in India are not philanthropic benefactors of the democratic process — they are funding their own political and financial influence. <STRONG>Farrukh Dhondy<\/STRONG> writes.... read more
  • Jun 18, 2013 17:01
    Jihadists who want to ‘start a war in Britain’ are perhaps stupid enough to believe their actions will gain them followers and lead to some sort of ‘British spring’. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • May 26, 2013 16:10
    Operation Yewtree, set up to probe the Jimmy Savile sex scandal, is an indicator of this generation\'s judgement on the nasty cultural assumptions made in the past. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Apr 12, 2013 20:57
    Maggie Thatcher\'s radical agenda that divided the United Kingdom was also the political revolution of lower middle-class England. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Feb 14, 2013 22:31
    We know of Roman Catholicism as persecuted and persecuting. But the religion has settled down. Now there\'s also a pontiff who resigns power through awesome humility. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jan 20, 2013 21:54
    David Cameron agrees with Barack Obama on the fact that Britain stays with Europe. And the US president repays the favour by not deporting a British interviewer, writes Farrukh Dhondy. read more
  • Jan 03, 2013 22:14
    The suicide of Jacintha Saldanha after a hoax call by two Australian DJs will remain a socio-psychological mystery until the inquest in March. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Nov 18, 2012 22:06
    Women are often forced to keep quiet about sexual abuse. In Britain, the Savile case has encouraged many to speak up. Indian women should follow suit. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Oct 22, 2012 22:32
    Is there no candidate from the Indian subcontinent whom one could nominate, keeping in mind the elastic definitions of peace, as deserving of the Nobel Prize? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Sep 14, 2012 22:14
    In Britain, an author received death threats for the TV adaptation of his book on the origins of Islam. This raises a big question: how far can intimidation curtail free speech. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Aug 16, 2012 22:15
    There\'s nothing wrong in giving acceptance speeches. They are just very tedious. That\'s why it was refreshing to see the Olympics winners not sharing their sentiments. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jul 22, 2012 23:11
    The British defence ministry’s dilemma over Olympics security is genuine. In the present times, there can be no Games without high velocity missiles. read more
  • Jun 21, 2012 21:24
    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. read more
  • May 14, 2012 20:58
    The semantics of SMS (mobile text-messaging) have always defeated me. I still don’t know what certain yellow circled faces in messages mean, or what :-) and similar signs of the ethereal Kabbala signify. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Apr 17, 2012 20:17
    Britain can now deport Abu Hamza to the US to stand trial. This is good news for a nation which spends millions of pounds on the upkeep of terrorists like him. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Mar 19, 2012 21:27
    The price of art works has always been bewildering, whether that of a Renaissance masterpiece or that of contemporary Indian paintings sold at auctions. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Feb 14, 2012 23:10
    Condemning suicide bombing or questioning the use of the burqa is not being Islamophobic. But the idea that Islam is slowly corroding the Christian faith is irrational. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jan 17, 2012 21:28
    Campers at London\'s St Paul\'s may have a nebulous demand of reforming the world. But the demon of capitalism cannot be tackled by posters and placards, writes Farrukh Dhondy. read more
  • Dec 14, 2011 22:53
    By vetoing the EU deal to tackle the euro crisis, British PM David Cameron has kicked his country where it hurts the most. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Nov 24, 2011 21:39
    Literary festivals have become as common as dirt. But there\'s no one who can raise questions that are relevant to the growth of Indian writing in English. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Oct 18, 2011 22:51
    A former British minister will be investigated by bureaucrats for getting his public and private lives entwined. Can you picture such a thing happening in India? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Sep 28, 2011 01:29
    A Libyan revolutionary plans to sue Britain for ‘approving’ his torture. The government’s damned if it apologises and damned if it doesn’t. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Aug 29, 2011 21:33
    Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004 by a vengeful Islamist who determined that death was the punishment for making a film critical of the Muslim treatment of women. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Aug 21, 2011 21:16
    Wanting to get rid of Assad is different from wanting to grab an Armani. London’s riots were about the failure to protect structures of respect that sustain any society. Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jul 13, 2011 23:22
    Unlike Britain, India does not bar criminals from selling their stories. So how much public interest is there in what they have to say? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • Jun 12, 2011 21:00
    Hindus don’t have a single book, certainly not one that sanctions attacks on painters. Why then was MF Husain hounded? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more
  • May 18, 2011 23:03
    It’s not been a month and already the Brits are rubbing their hands and counting the profits. Reports in the press say that the royal wedding, has brought in millions, if not billions, of pounds in tourism, souvenir exports and memorabilia sales. Farrukh... read more
  • Apr 25, 2011 22:46
    Isn\'t it ironic that philosophies that preach renouncement are used by many as ways to getting attached to the most exclusive products? Farrukh Dhondy writes. read more