Despite journalists being invited, they were only allowed into a few sessions and most of their requests for information were denied.
Speaking at the All India Hindu Convention, Sadhvi Saraswati also asked Hindus to rear cows in order to protect them.
BJP leaders in Saharanpur and Agra are pleased to have managed the transfer of two SSPs who booked Sangh leaders and activists for rioting.
If the rioting by ruling party affiliates had occurred in the earlier regime, the BJP would have charged “goonda raj”. Now the boot is on the other leg.
“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.
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.
By declaring that citizens cannot be prevented from eating beef obtained from a state or country where there is no prohibition on slaughter, the court has narrowed the scope of state intervention on the question of cow slaughter to the protection of clear agricultural interests and nothing else.
The Shiv Sena too plays the Hindutva game, but pours scorn on the RSS and the BJP for their brahmin leadership and cultural agenda.
Sanatan Sanstha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Narad Mandir Nyas have called for the cancellation of the popular electronic dance music event alleging it encourages drugs and attacks Indian culture and society.
“…these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”
In a similar move in 2015, two truck loads of stones were brought in, but the then Samajwadi Party government banned any further import.
The cows were being taken for a national cattle breeding programme, the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’, which aims to preserve indigenous cattle breeds.
Even as the Indian Medical Association head claims he was unaware of the polarising VHP leader’s past, others say he could help doctors gain attention to their demands.
“Aaj main suspend ho jaunga, par tujhe joota zarur marunga (Even if I get suspended today, I’ll make sure I beat you up),” a police officer allegedly told one of the journalists.
People at the protest apparently mistook the student for a journalist and were angered when he refused to take pictures of the ‘gau rakshaks’ handing out pamphlets.
Fifteen years on, victims of the communal violence continue to face threats, stigma and state apathy, their hope for relief and justice slowly dwindling away.
The country is witnessing the law of the living in the space of death.
While some families have returned after the village sarpanch promised them safety, several others still feel that their homes are still unsafe.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The Supreme Court order that the status quo be maintained was violated when the administration allowed a trishul-bearing sadhu to enter the Ram shrine.
The latest campaign against the Rohingya has been triggered by false rumours that government documents – Aadhaar cards, state subject certificates, ration cards and voter I-cards – had been recovered from them.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
While there has been no direct clash between Muslims and Hindus, large-scale destruction of property and the imposition of curfew has created a sense of disquiet.
Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries two days after him and four others were assaulted on the highway for allegedly transporting cows illegally.
As the controversy erupted, Bhushan tried to control damage by tweeting that his remarks had been distorted and he had no intention of hurting religious sentiments.
Much is at stake for every political party: the survival of the BSP and of Mayawati as a Dalit leader, the credibility and standing of two young leaders Rahul and Akhilesh and the future of the BJP as a dominant Hindu nationalist party.
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.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
The attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali is only the latest instance of mobs taking justice into their own hands while the Rajasthan government remains unperturbed.
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.
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.
Dominique was part of a small group of scholars working on the shared and overlapping cultures of Hindus and Muslims in the subcontinent.
The tourism minister’s scheduled visit to Ayodhya invited stark criticism from the opposition with allegations of a political agenda behind the move.
When the supposedly secular police and media start colluding with the Sangh Parivar, we need to sit up and take notice – it’s not roses we’re smelling.
After the Kargil war in 1999, the brass had opposed attempts by the Sangh parivar to use the army for political purposes.
Residents of Bisada village tried to project Ravin Sisodia as a martyr, but their act was in violation of the Flag Code of India, 2002.
The right-wing student group has demanded that students and teachers who staged Draupadi at the Central University of Haryana be arrested.
Many applicants are affiliated with Hindutva groups and gau rakshak samitis.
BJP worker Praveen Poojary died after a right-wing mob attacked him for transporting a cow. His companion Akshay Devediga is still in hospital.