With our freedoms coming under attack, we have arrived at a time when it is crucial for scholars and academics to prove their relevance to the people and show them they are on the same side.
The move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus is aimed at polarising the state and diverting attention from the lack of development.
In defending Islam against critics, the preacher’s facile, tactless and naive claims about its superiority violated basic norms of tolerance. Whether that amounts to instigation of terrorism against others or is enough to condemn him is another matter.
The constitution that Sardar Patel compelled the RSS to adopt, clearly eschewing all concern with politics, needs to be restored, and there must be a clear avowal if any changes have been made in it and whether these are justified by law.
The RSS is riding high on the success of a Muslim student in Assam’s high school examination, but supporting the Hindutva agenda may not resonate with a large number of Muslims.
The Left can hardly survive by accepting the scenario established by globalisation and offering resistance with piecemeal struggles against neoliberal programmes and policies.
Gogoi’s poor performance as chief minister, especially in his last term, was a factor but there is no doubt that communal polarisation was the trump card BJP leaders used – even if not openly. The effects of this are not likely to be transient.