In the twenty-first episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the Supreme Court’s observation that the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably through “a cordial meeting” of all parties and where India ranks on the World Happiness Index 2017.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
The court is also considering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed structure.
Twenty-four years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, a court witness wonders if justice delayed is justice denied, given that the cases against the accused are nowhere near conclusion.
The gentle rhythms of the religious town of Ayodhya continue as they have for millennia.
“We can’t allow a masjid to be built near the Ram mandir. If Muslims are giving up their claim to the disputed land, they are welcome for talks,” says VHP litigant.
Vinay Sitapati’s biography of the former prime minister raises pertinent points about Rao’s tenure as prime minister during the Babri Masjid demolition, the process of economic liberalisation and the advent of India’s nuclear programme.
The destruction of the Babri Masjid was an act long in the making and the processes it involved are still very much with us.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J. S. Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.
Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
Between 35-40% of candidates in the UP elections have a criminal record. Many criminal acts have ideological legitimacy, resulting in reward rather than punishment, as seen in the case of the UP BJP president.
At the root of India’s problems, the authors of ‘Dragon on Our Doorstep’ write, is the erroneous belief that a large and well equipped military alone can win wars.
Whatever be the electoral outcome, one thing appears certain: minorities are not going to turn their back on the idea of a secular India.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too
NE Dispatch: BJP Forms Government in Arunachal; RSS Sloganeering At Assam Heritage Site Triggers Protests
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
A conversation with Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Dalit activist from Rajasthan
Reports and anecdotal accounts show a pattern of wrongful imprisonment of hundreds of Muslim youths who are convicted on the basis of flimsy evidence.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
Thousands of lives were destroyed forever, but barely anyone has been held accountable.
The professor’s life was an ethical-moral compass for many, as he embraced simplicity and actively stayed away from power.
He was a public intellectual and man of letters who steered the Times of India through crucial periods in India’s history
Making a political appointment to the country’s top human rights body is a spectacularly cynical attempt at enfeebling the organisation that is meant to protect India’s vulnerable sections.
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.
In the past 48 hours the SP has gone from being a party that confidently claimed it would break the 27-year-old ruling party jinx in UP and come back to power – to fighting for its very survival.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
Despite the fact that the Ayodhya issue no longer arouses sentiments (or votes) like it used to, it seems to be the BJP’s go-to trick.
The tourism minister’s scheduled visit to Ayodhya invited stark criticism from the opposition with allegations of a political agenda behind the move.
The debate over triple talaq is morphing from a women’s rights issue to a larger legislative one, with proponents for a uniform civil code jumping into the fray.
The right-wing student group has demanded that students and teachers who staged Draupadi at the Central University of Haryana be arrested.
Prakash Karat calling the BJP ‘authoritarian’ and not ‘fascist’ is an attempt to assert himself and his group within the party, now considered to be firmly under the control of Sitaram Yechury
The marginalisation of Muslims in India must be viewed within the wider context of growing religious majoritarianism in South Asia as a whole.
Talmiz Ahmad is a former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and UAE and a leading expert on West Asia and political Islam.
In many ways, the situation facing the BJP in Gujarat today mirrors the crisis of 2001-2002. And this time around, there is no Godhra to give the party a boost.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.