“Despite being a Muslim”, APJ Abdul Kalam “was a great nationalist and humanist,” culture minister and senior BJP leader Mahesh Sharma had said in a TV interview.
While a reactor going critical is good news for the power-starved states in south India, the history of the first unit suggests there could be speed bumps on the road ahead.
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.
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
To speak against the Hindu religion is now an affront to the larger nationalist cause. Even if the ‘bad’ Hindu’s criticism has ethical intentions – such as the fight against superstition – he is an unwanted threat to the cause of religious nationalism.
India must give importance not only to ‘eminent’ personalities from the past and present but must also be open to integrating marginal and subaltern figures in the commemorative pantheon.
To not have your patriotism questioned, you have to be fortunate enough to be born into the majority community.
It is colonial history that we propagate today when we view Akbar and Aurangzeb as merely “good” or “bad” Muslims and not as rulers whose actions were guided by complex considerations
The despot is not in fact being executed by the act of renaming a road; he is being brought to life again.
A man who should be commemorated with a museum of science for children has been fobbed off with a road-sign.
‘APJ’ pushed the envelope on political issues but kept within the ‘Lakshman rekha’ that the Constitution has drawn for presidential functioning
‘We had tried to fix him up a couple of times with girls suggested by friends. But he always chickened out in the last minute.’
A report from the North Eastern city where Dr Kalam was much liked and remembered
New Delhi: Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong on Monday. He was 83 years old. According to reports, Kalam, who was President from 2002 to 2007, collapsed during an interaction with students at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. He was rushed to […]