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.
What began under Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977 is being repeated in India.
To protect free speech we have to tolerate what we do not like, sometimes even what we abhor.
Given the UP chief minister’s regressive views on women, his views on triple talaq are guided more by anti-Muslim sentiment than concern for women’s rights, say activists and opposition parties.
Harsh Mander’s ‘Where Are India’s Dissenting Hindus?’
As anti-Muslim rhetoric festers, the Hindu majority continues to fail to raise its voice against the BJP’s toxic politics of hate.
It will be interesting to see if UP’s new farm loan waiver expands into a new social policy for the state.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olushola Enikanolaiye, sought action from the Indian government during his meeting with B.N. Reddy in Abuja.
“People look up to courts for justice. They think the court is their sole protector. If Adityanath addresses the judiciary in the programme, it will be an insult.”
The politician is the latest addition to a seemingly ever-growing list of men and women who have been slapped with legal cases for being critical of Adityanath on social media platforms.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
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 […]