In conversation with The Wire, political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma talks about the dangers of M.S. Golwalkar’s views, the uselessness of the ICPR and more.
“Shri Golwalkar was pained to find how the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ was misconstrued and maligned. He was annoyed to see that our glorious heritage is distorted and derided by our own people.”
Activists of right-wing organisations vandalised a vegetable shop owned by the family of a minor who had allegedly posted an “offensive” picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.
The accused, who works as a security guard in Delhi, was arrested in Dhule district of Maharashtra yesterday, nearly a fortnight after the June 22 lynching.
Fear of intrusion by the Other is what drives our individual and collective life, politics, reactions to the acts of terror and responses to the Other.
It is important for the Muslims in Bengal to understand that they are part of an India where an aggressive Hindu majoritarian politics is in ascendance.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
The Sarvaiya family is still recovering from injuries and struggling to make ends meet, all the while waiting for justice that was promised to them a year ago.
The organisations see the arrival of stones in Ayodhya as the open contempt and dishonour of the Supreme Court.
The BJP has long had its eye on West Bengal, because without it, its idea of a Hindu Rashtra cannot fully be realised.
The situation in Baduria, North 24 Parganas district is described by the police as ‘tense but under control’.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has sped up preparations for the construction of Ram mandir, which it announced is to start within a year.
Citizens will hold a protest against the lynchings of Dalits, Muslims, and rationalists, calling upon the government and citizens to take a stand.
Chanting “down with Modi, down with RSS, down with government”, protesters blamed the government for inciting violence and failing to prosecute vigilantes.
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Four persons arrested in connection with the stabbing of a Muslim boy onboard a Mathura-bound train have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
A push for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to gain support from Guru Poornima next week when saints gather at Naradanand Ashram.
A 40-year-old meat trader, a resident of village Manua in Hazaribagh district, was beaten to death by a mob on Thursday on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.
Actor Renuka Shahane on the #NotInMyName protests and the government’s failure to safeguard the basic tenets of democracy.
The boys who accompanied Junaid and his brother Hashim recount how they were taunted and attacked for being Muslims and ‘beef-eaters.’
Narendra Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi to say that violence in the name of the cow was not acceptable.
The prime minister’s statement comes in the wake of increasing incidents of violence by ‘cow protectors’.
Hashmi went to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to hand over the award conferred to her in 2008, citing “total inaction, apathy and tacit support to the violent gangs by the government” as the reason.
In Mahuadand, a town in western Jharkhand, MNREGA contractors’ crimes are seen to stem from their religion, not from their trade.
The senseless lynching of a young boy casts a pall of gloom over not just his home but his entire village.
“We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust…”
What makes the call significant is that FMSA head Jasim Mohammad was one of the first Muslim activists to welcome Modi after he won the May 2014 election.
Lynching is a modern form of tribalism, where enemies – differentiated by religion, race, caste or ideology – are bracketed for elimination.
While some reports say the victims were attacked on the pretext of carrying beef, a victim’s cousin says they were attacked by men who used communal slurs in an argument over seats.
Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?
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.
In ‘Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-Conflict Life’, K. Lalitha and Deepa Dhanraj bring out the voices of Muslim women targeted during riots.
They appeared before the court for framing of charges in light of a Supreme Court order restoring the serious offence of criminal conspiracy against them.
Paresh Rawal’s tweet against Arundhati Roy amounts to incitement of violence, which violates the oath he took as a legislator.
Two senior police officers have been suspended and 30 have been arrested in connection with the violence.
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.
Thirty years ago today, India saw its worst-ever instance of custodial killings. But institutional impunity is yet to be answered for.
The families of those killed by the police in Hashimpura in 1987 have waited 30 years for justice, but all they have been promised so far is compensation.
Muslims in the region said they have decided to move away from cattle-based occupations after seeing what happened to Khan.