Though we hear terms like ‘caging’, ‘ghettoisation’, ‘walling off’ etc. to describe the proposed composite townships, they fall short of adding up to any sort of meaningful argument against the plan to bring the KPs back to their homeland.
As assembly elections loom and politicians sharpen the weapons of fear and romance to replay lethal games of identity, a journey back to the 1980s when the state gazed into an abyss.
The prosecution argued for life imprisonment, if not capital punishment, for all the accused, calling it a “rarest of rare” case.
In conversation with Manoj Mitta about the Gulberg society massacre verdict, the SIT’s probe into the Gujarat riot cases, the role of the Gujarat police and political administration.
Readers unfamiliar with what happened in Gujarat at the time might be forgiven for believing the Gulberg society convictions are the result of Modi’s ceaseless quest for justice. Nothing could be further from the truth.
An excerpt from the India Exclusion Report 2015.
Memories that never fade, justice that never comes: Though the Hashimpura massacre of 1987 was one of the worst in recent history, all the accused were acquitted in March 2015.
Memories that never fade, justice that never comes.
An excerpt from Rana Ayyub’s ‘Gujarat Files: The Anatomy of a Cover-Up’
NCM members found that the police ignored several complaints from the Muslim community against local cow vigilante groups
A Bharatiya Janata Party poster for the just concluded Kerala assembly elections reveals a lot about its strategy in a state which has consistently rejected the lotus. It provides the best clue yet as to why the party which is unlikely to make much political headway in the near future is […]
In this extract from Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, the celebrated writer dwells on the theme of crime and punishment.
The government has modified the NCPUL declaration form for Urdu writers, but some remain weary of the vague ‘national interest’ clause.
What is the value of money earned abroad when Muslim Indians find their own motherland questioning the integrity of her own children?
Bipan Chandra’s India Since Independence made the same disappointing point Kanhaiya did, but faced much less criticism.
As 72,000 more people in Assam join the ranks of ‘declared foreigners’ on the eve of the state’s elections, the issue of ‘illegal foreigners’ has reared its head once again, leaving the fate of the Bengali community of the Barak Valley – both Hindu and Muslim – uncertain.
India’s pluralism is facing its biggest threat and this is the time for all progressive elements to come together
Journalism demands detachment and objectivity that allows for dissent, disagreement and freedom of expression. In the absence of such ethics, it clears the ground for violence and does great disservice to the democratic way of life.
In conversation with The Wire, Akhil Gogoi talks about the Assam elections, student politics, the accusation of being a Maoist and more
As many as 70 members of parliament and members of legislative assemblies have hate-speech cases pending against them, according to their own disclosures to the Election Commission of India.
There has been much outrage over the NCPUL ‘loyalty’ form, with many prominent writers publicly condemning its circulation.
“Of the 99 names of Allah, none stand for force and violence,” said Modi. Of the 66 names in his cabinet, however, at least one does: Ram Shankar Katheria, and the PM is doing nothing about it.
AYUSH ministry says RTI reply showing it follows a discriminatory recruitment policy of not sending Muslims as yoga instructors abroad is a ‘fabrication’ but newspaper which released the documents stands by its story
A group of former judges, IPS officers and jurists on Friday made a passionate plea to the Chief Justice of India and all the other judges of the Supreme Court of India, urging them to take suo motu constitutional action on the alarming and threatening statements being made […]
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.