With several BJP leaders, including the Union minister of state for HRD in attendance, there were threats of “final battle” against Muslims, who were equated to “demons” and “descendants of Ravana”
New Delhi: The sacred fire of a ‘havan’ has pitted a section of students and the entire teachers’ body against each other at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. For Burton Cleetus, assistant professor of history and warden of Jhelum hostel in JNU, the heat emanating from the ‘havan’ […]
The eminent sociologist T.N. Madan remembers the Mahatma on his 68th death anniversary.
There can be no political resolution unless there is recognition of ground realities in Kashmir
In the midst of heated contestations within the Hindutva establishment and their attempts at communal polarisation, nothing is changing in Faizabad-Ayodhya.
People have the freedom to follow any panth or dharm. But a secular state forbids political claims in their name.
For millions of his devotees across the world, the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of humanity and compassion. The Dalai Lama, whose real name is Tenzin Gyatso, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his decades-long struggle for Tibet’s autonomy. The spiritual leader believes […]
The BJP may not have been involved in recent incidents of violence but some of its leaders have justified or defended what happened. We hope the party won’t take the same time to sideline them as it took Congress to relegate those who organised or defended 1984.
The actor is in a stratosphere all his own, way beyond issues of religious identity, and targeting him is politically counterproductive. But the sangh’s instinctive bigotry against less fortunate Muslims is likely to continue unchecked.
The actor is not the first cultural personality to be criticised by BJP leaders for expressing concerns about the direction the country is taking. But while the others have been accused of staging a “manufactured revolt”, none was labelled a Pakistani agent.
For an organisation that describes itself as “cultural”, the rituals of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are decidedly militia-like.
‘The BJP has supported the issue of justice to the victims of 1984 genocide for 30 years and it also used this issue as a shield for 2002 Gujarat riots’, alleges lawyer representing the victims.
“A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode any time and drive the nation to utter chaos.”
The process of creating a Hindu mirror image of radical Islam is underway. India’s shrinking space for syncretism will struggle to resist its growth
We need to worry not about the future of cows or beef-eating but the status and fate of Muslims in India.
This is the third time in three weeks that the President has spoken out in support of tolerance and the right to dissent and against hate speech and divisiveness.
A secular society and polity does not mean abandoning religion. It means the religious identity of an Indian has to give way to the primary identity of a citizen. And the state has to guarantee the rights that come with this identity, as the rights of citizenship.
We can only be assured of a peaceful future if we see some commitment from the highest levels of the Indian government that the law will be enforced. Platitudes regarding communal harmony will only encourage the lawbreakers.
First the legs of a cow were thrown in a Hindu area and then a dead piglet was left inside a mosque. Despite these deliberate attempts to provoke violence, the efforts of concerned citizens and a dedicated police chief ensured peace prevailed.
In the wake of the ongoing protest by writers and artists over the government’s response to incidents of violence and intolerance, sociologists have expressed their disquiet at the PM’s ‘late response’ and his failure to assert the rule of law will be defended
‘Dadri incident is sad and unwelcome but has nothing to do with the Central government,’ says the Prime Minister.
Hindus should stop worrying about Muslims and start worrying about themselves, their children, their youth. They need to worry about the attempts being made to criminalise their minds and hearts.
We are happy to accept whatever we hear, as long as it confirms our worst fears and biases. But India is a much more complex society
Mainpuri (UP): After Dadri, tension now prevails in this district where rumours of cow slaughter triggered violence with protesters targeting police vehicles and setting afire shops, leaving seven policemen injured. Twenty-one people have been arrested for yesterday’s violence, even as the circle officer has been suspended for alleged laxity. […]
The constant propaganda that ‘liberals’ are selective in their criticism allows the right wing to assume a sense of victimhood
Nawada (Bihar): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for communal harmony and brotherhood in the country, saying Hindus and Muslims should work together to fight the common enemy of poverty and ignore “irresponsible” statements made by politicians, even if he himself makes any. In his first comments […]
Some 703 religious conflicts were reported in Uttar Pradesh during the past five years, leading to 176 deaths and 2007 injuries, the highest in India.
New Delhi: Even as senior BJP politicians like Mahesh Sharma, Sakshi Maharaj, Adityanath and Sangeet Som have sought to make light of last week’s murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisara village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, a number of sadhus and mahants from the holy town of Ayodhya have […]
The national party leadership denies it is involved but spycam recordings by Cobrapost and Gulail show key BJP and Sangh leaders obsessed about the need to ‘save’ Hindu girls from Muslim boys.
Key BJP MLA in western UP, Sangeet Som calls Akhlaq and his family “cow killers”, while Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma says the fact that the mob did not touch the victims young daughter is proof their intention was not to lynch anyone.
“Where did the congratulations come in? Would it not be more appropriate to say condolences?”Gandhi was responding to the greetings sent to him on his 78th birthday. It was October 2, 1947, Gandhiji’s first birthday after India gained independence. Lady and Lord Mountbatten came to congratulate him. Telegrams, letters, flowers, […]
Bishara (UP): Askari Begum is tired of telling her story over and over again to strangers who have been streaming into her house for the last three days. Police, media persons and others visiting her house – in Bishara village of Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district – […]
Forget about your right to eat what you want. The fight is now over your right to not be killed for what you eat.
Organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha, blamed in the murder of Govind Pansare, believe it is a religious duty to use violence to tackle the enemies of Hindutva
Subasri Krishnan’s new film about the massacre of 2000 Muslims at Nellie, Assam in 1983 is a haunting tale that poses difficult questions about the denial of justice and meaningful citizenship in India.
The moral universe we inhabited as children thanks to the Gita Press carried an unambiguous message: that what we as Hindus stood for was far superior to all else
Mahesh Sharma’s utterances about Muslims, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other matters are not casual off-the-cuff remarks; they have to be seen in the context of the guidance provided by the RSS to the government
If we agree that dissent is an invaluable part of democracy and if we do not want foreign donors to influence what happens in the country, then Indian philanthropists must fill the breach.
What is the RSS’s idea of “Indian culture” and when did Hinduism and its diverse and fluid iterations fructify into “Hindutva”? Akshaya Mukul’s book on the Gita Press provides some important answers.
New Delhi: Nearly eight years have passed since communal violence in Kandhamal claimed the lives of 82 people, mostly Christian adivasis and dalits, damaged 6,000 houses and displaced 56,000 people in 2008. The government, however, officially recorded only 39 deaths. In addition, 395 churches were destroyed and two […]