Gandhi’s last days were spent in preventing communal hatred and in devising a strategy against it. The challenge remains with us to this day.
The hitherto accepted norms of Indian culture are being re-packaged and distorted out of shape, and all citizens, particularly those who mould public perceptions through their work, need to respond to this challenge.
In our plural secular democracy…the ‘other’ is to be none other than the ‘self’. Any derogation from it would be detrimental to its core values.
Today we are again in a climate that questions the value and scope of academic freedom. The freedom of our universities has been challenged by narrow considerations of what is perceived to be ‘public good.’
The key to dealing with internal security is to keep the focus on both the people and society, and on the rule of law that, regrettably, ‘has been undermined by the rule of politics,’ says Vice President Hamid Ansari.
While editorial independence faces challenges in the traditional media environment, the digital medium today provides space for independent thought and contrarian views, says Vice President Hamid Ansari.
In a democratic society, the need to accept difference of opinion is an essential ingredient of plurality. In that sense, the right of dissent also becomes the duty of dissent since tactics to suppress dissent tend to diminish the democratic essence.