Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
Hindutva is a political invention that has re-defined Hinduism for its political purpose, which is to declare India a Hindu rashtra.
Book on Deendayal Upadhyaya published by external affairs ministry says the BJP is the only political alternative in the country, Hindu thought is Bhartiya thought, and only Hindu society can be spiritual.
The tragedy with Banaras Hindu University is the decades-long ideological stagnation of the socio-political atmosphere outside it.
Incidents of religious violence have been on the rise in Uttarakhand since the BJP came to power earlier this year.
“I think my discussion of yoga is threatening to the RSS-linked administration,” Patricia Sauthoff has said in an interview.
Has communal hatred seeped into the Bengali-speaking middle class psyche?
An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.
Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
“I want to salute all those who expose fake news. I wish there were more of them.”
Gauri Lankesh, and others like her, will not be left alone to keep on articulating their dissent. After all, it is the untamed individual voice that is found to be particularly irritating.
Gauri Lankesh’s lawyer B.T. Venkatesh is clear that the killing was a sinister and pre-planned act by Hindu terror units and had nothing to do with all the defamation cases filed against her.
In the past, violent groups were aberrations and perpetrators of riots were brought to justice. That is no longer the case – the present regime draws support from these very groups.
When it comes to Kerala’s most important festival, Hindutva organisations, hyper-identitarian Islamist groups and anti-Left Dalit intellectuals are all working to rob it of its subversive, democratic essence.
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.
It is true, if painful, that the hurt of Kandhamal is felt only by Christians. But the toxicity of this will surely infect and destroy Hindu souls.
Without a doubt, Ansari was the target of the prime minister’s wrath because he is the senior-most Muslim in public life.
Despite economic troubles, a questionable education system and a booming healthcare sector catering fabulously to its minuscule elite, it is religion that is on the tip of every politician’s tongue.
Barely a week after the death of Yash Pal, who worked hard to dispel superstitions and debunk pseudoscience, an article in a business daily advises readers against eating during eclipses.
The choice today is not between authentic and hypocritical politicians. In fact, the only choice is between harmless, risky and dangerous forms of hypocrisy and the JD(U) chief has mastered the first.
In a five-page list of recommendations, the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Batra, has demanded a host of changes.
The RSS leader said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty.
From the Adivasi-Dalit-Bahujans who have continually refused to be integrated into mainstream Hinduism to 21st-century urban rebels, Indian women are reclaiming the nation from the RSS constructed vision of the mother.
The science of hate can help us realise who the bigger criminal is. Is it the lynchers alone? Should the instigators bear more blame? And should an apathetic government be held complicit?
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
The Censor Board in Kolkata has stalled the release of a documentary on the Nobel laureate because the director has refused to beep out Sen saying ‘Gujarat’, ‘cow’, ‘Hindu India’ or ‘Hindutva view of India’.
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.”
At a time when political actors are seeking to replace Ambedkarite ethics with the Hindutva doctrine, it is pertinent that Dalits make an ethical choice between Hindutva and Ambedkarite politics.
Despite journalists being invited, they were only allowed into a few sessions and most of their requests for information were denied.
After promoting a morphed photo of Iwo Jima and a doctored video of Kanhaiya Kumar, he now cites notorious Pakistani website to target NDTV
The BJP’s politics of social engineering aims to create a united universe of nationalism and poses an ideological challenge to the ‘separation’ thesis of the Ambedkarite movement.
The struggle to punish the killers of Pansare, Kalburgi and Dabholkar is linked to the struggle to preserve democracy in India, says Pansare’s daughter.
Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers, talks about the direction the Islamic republic has taken, the failure of the Islamic revolution and the rise of Hindutva in India.
Not only did Savarkar pledge his allegiance to the British in return for being released from prison, his propagation of Hindutva hurt the freedom movement by dividing society along sectarian lines.
Political leaders in Kerala and industry associations for buffalo meat exporters have slammed the move, saying that the move will destroy a sector that employs thousands of people.
The many who condemn Aurangzeb cannot be swayed because they base their ideas on an ideology of India as a Hindu nation, in which Muslim rulers are inherently illegitimate, rather than on documented historical facts.
An RSS man at heart and in mind, Dave had replaced Prakash Javadekar as environment minister at the Centre in July 2016.
One official believes that these pseudoscientific initiatives are only filling a void left behind by the “all-round incompetence” of the Indian scientific community.
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation was supposed to reopen hotel Hayat Rabbani as per a court order dated April 29, but the corporation has denied knowledge of the order.