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'Americans created the sharp sectarian divide in Iraq'

‘I personally feel it was a very conscious decision on the part of the Americans to rekindle the Shia-Sunni tensions in the region. It was one of their main aims. The Americans have succeeded......

How Shia-Sunni strife can worsen crisis in Bahrain

Latest reports from Bahrain speak of considerable tension marked by anti-king and anti-government slogans shouted by thousands of Shia mourners. They attended the funerals of seven persons killed......

Pakistan: How politics fuels Shia-Sunni divide

Apart from religious hatred that makes it kosher for the Sunnis to massacre the Shias, the targeting of Shias serves a political objective of the Islamists in destabilising the Pakistani state. As......

Lucknow: Shia woman performs nikah of Sunni couple

Carrying out a nikah might be regarded as the exclusive privilege of only a male qazi. But back in Lucknow -- the city of the Nawabs -- a well educated Muslim woman did the qazi's job to create......

Pakistan: Seven killed in Shia-Sunni clashes

Seven persons were killed and over 10 injured in sectarian clashes in Pakistan's northwestern Kurram tribal area, where skirmishes between Shias and Sunnis continued for the second day on......

Why is the world economy being shaky?

  New sources of financial and geo-strategic risk have caused the tremendous global shakiness, notes Claude Smadja What is going on? Stock and financial markets have been in turmoil since the......

Will crude oil price crash to $10 a barrel?

Economics and politics both have major roles in determining oil prices. Thus, any arrest in a price slide may be undone by geopolitcal disturbances, explain Abheek Barua & Bidisha Ganguly. What......

Falling oil prices may lead to regime change in Saudi, Russia

‘As matters stand, Russia and Saudi Arabia, two of the world's biggest oil producers, are set for a hard landing as they didn't diversify their economies as much as they should have when oil......

20 key predictions for India and the world in 2016

It's that time of year when columnists are tempted to speculate about what this New Year will bring. Who am I to resist the temptation?  Image: Global economic growth will continue to be......

Most valuable nation brands, India ranks at 7

Volkswagen mess costs Germany its strongest nation brand position. Image: India’s brand value has zoomed. Photograph: Reuters   India's nation brand value has in 2015 increased by a......

302 films in 365 days!

Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 302 films in 365 days on airplanes, on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Hulu, DVDs and even on YouTube. As a journalist I often write about films. I see many,......

Pehle aap, tehzeeb and Bollywood

From Pakeezah to Ishaqzaade, from Shatranj ki Khilari to Umrao Jaan, the great city of Lucknow has made its way to the wonderful world of Hindi films. The tinkle of the ghungroo, bright......

Veena Malik, husband sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy

Controversy queen Veena Malik has landed in the eye of yet another storm.She, along with the owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV, and her actor husband Asad Bashir Khan, has been......

'A film one has to live through, not just watch'

'Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider will ensure you a permanent place in the galaxy of filmmakers like Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray.' Sudarshana Dwivedi salutes the director.I have studied and taught......
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All you need to know about Mohsin Raza, BJP-led UP govt's sole Muslim minister

BJP was criticised during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections for not giving tickets to Muslims. After coming to power in the state, the party has... ...

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-all-you-need-to-know-about-bjp-led-up-govt-s-sole-muslim-minister-mohsin-raza-2359412
Why UP's new CM must improve life in the east

There is nothing the young Purvanchali wants more desperately than to escape to a place with less hopelessness, and some opportunity, discovers... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-ups-new-cm-must-improve-life-in-the-east/20170311.htm
Which community plays the minority card better in India?

Sunni Muslims are a majority but they lack education. However, right among this majority there exists a minority of Shia Muslims who are doing... ...

http://www.firstpost.com/india/understanding-the-shia-sunni-divide-in-islam-which-community-plays-the-minority-card-better-in-india-3311436.html
War of words over funds for 'kabristan'

Was there any discrimination in the allocation of funds for graveyards and cremation grounds in Uttar Pradesh, as made out by Prime Minister... ...

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/598308/war-words-over-funds-kabristan.html
The Shia, Sunni, Sufi triangle

Audiences in their hundreds of thousands across the subcontinent will remember Reshma with her flashing eyes and haunting, gypsy voice singing... ...

http://www.prokerala.com/news/articles/a721380.html

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