Speeches made by Adityanath and Anurag Thakur during an election campaign in Amreli were clearly aimed at dividing the electorate on religious lines.
Bhagwat’s statement comes ahead of the final Supreme Court hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi case set to begin on December 5.
At a time when writers and artists are being persecuted for their work, festivals piggybacking on the name of literature are ironically at their height.
Adityanath claimed the filmmaker was in the habit of “playing with public sentiments”.
“On the basis of law, we have decided that Kairana-like incidents won’t happen again,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in Lucknow.
The state government’s letter also says that the censor board should take into account “people’s views” while making a decision on the film.
Will the ‘Hindu’ rulers use their newfound status to display a spirit of generosity or to demand total submission?
The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch has urged the rights body to address the ‘grave injustice and human rights violation’ against the Bhim Army chief, in custody since June 8.
The chief minister also said that “distorting history” is akin to sedition and that “Pakistan” is used as an abuse in Europe, as is “Paki”.
From declaring towns in the state as official pilgrimage sites to his colour drive, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is going all out in his obvious push for Hindutva.
The toll from the explosion could rise further as people are feared to be trapped inside the plant.
The BJP MLA’s remarks came after the monument was excluded from a Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.
Vinod Dua talks about the UP chief minister’s plan to build a Ram statue as part of religious tourism in the state and the lack of strong public policies for the elderly.
The police has registered a case against the school authorities under IPC Section 305 for abetment of suicide of a child.
While the initial report by the district magistrate has blamed oxygen shortage, the hospital authorities are putting the onus on issues ranging from children being born prematurely to mothers not being aware of health issues.
After allegations of favouritism over the awards that carry a one-time payment of Rs 11 lakh and a lifetime monthly pension of Rs 50,000, the SP leader encouraged the current BJP government to do the same.
The danger of Hindutva politics lies not in creating a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ but in the destruction it will wreak and the lives it will destroy during its dominance and in its aftermath.
Eleven of the deaths in the past three days have been reported from the encephalitis ward, while 25 each have been recorded in the neonatal intensive care unit and general paediatric ward.
If all the suspects are declared innocent, the responsibility for whatever happens must lie with the victims, for victims are the only certainties in any case.
Due to the vacancies, the panel found that the patients were being tended to by untrained doctors beyond office hours.
The UP chief minister has said he will prevent the recurrence of such events, but that will mean focusing efforts on locating and solving systemic problems rather than suspending individuals.
If I Allow Namaz on Streets, How Can I Stop Police Stations from Celebrating Janmashtami: Adityanath
Ahead of Janmashtami, the UP chief minister had told the police to celebrate the festival in a ‘traditional, grand and decent’ way.
In any sane democracy, the death of over 60 children in a few days would have been a career-ending event. Not here.
Meanwhile in Kerala, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat went against the CPI(M)-led state government to hoist the tricolour at a school in Palakkad district.
The National Human Rights Commission has asked the UP government to submit a report on what happened and how it is compensating families.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
The BJP leadership is in two minds over a high profile by-election in Phulpur, which could see the opposition in UP unite and set a template for 2019.
Vinod Dua discusses how successive UP governments, BJP and non-BJP, have sought to scuttle the investigation into Adityanath’s role in anti-Muslim violence ten years ago.
Successive UP governments, BJP and non-BJP, have sought to scuttle the investigation into Adityanath’s role in anti-Muslim violence ten years ago. But there is enough in the case to still be revived if the court wants to.
State transport department officials were put on full-time duty, even working over time, to ensure that participants reached the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow.
Despite journalists being invited, they were only allowed into a few sessions and most of their requests for information were denied.
Adityanath said Nitish Kumar and other “secular leaders” shouldn’t be silent on triple talaq and illegal slaughterhouses.
The students, members of the Samajwadi Party’s student wing, have been charged with serious crimes, including rioting, after they raised black flags at a campus event featuring Adityanath.
In a letter written after the UP government denied the CID sanction to prosecute five BJP leaders, the CID has suggested that the case against Adityanath and others be closed.
Last week, Dalit villagers in Uttar Pradesh were given soap, detergent and shampoo to ‘clean’ themselves before chief minister Adityanath came to their village. Poet Asang Wankhede responds to the government’s ‘gifts’.
‘Soap and shampoo only feed your ignorance/ not my stomach.’
Two senior police officers have been suspended and 30 have been arrested in connection with the violence.
“Officials took away the carpet, sofa and AC soon after Adityanath left our residence….within 15 to 30 minutes of his departure, everything was gone.”
The firebrand Hindutva leader had owned up to his hate speech and even justified it in a TV interview; yet the UP government says there is no ‘conclusive’ evidence that he made the speech in question.
In a country beset with serious socio-economic problems, where job creation is at a record low and farm distress shows no signs of relenting, we are busy debating cows, statues and couples in love.