The Indian revolutionary, who coined the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, demanded that the British send a military detachment to execute him by firing squad; the Hindu nationalist promised to give up the fight for freedom if released – and kept his word.
If we assume no major changes in the state elections held in 2018 and 2019 (a strong but unavoidable assumption since we can’t predict the future), the NDA approaches a Rajya Sabha majority only in 2020.
Modi has no clear vision, nor does he have the patience to comprehend complexities. Therefore, the hope that the state is now headed for rapid development is misplaced.
The Muslim community has spent years bearing the brunt of the political ambitions of others.
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.
At the event, which was attended by women and men from all over the country, participants passed a resolution condemning discrimination against women.
Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on the incident, but Narendra Modi remains mum.
While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.
In Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, U.R. Ananthamurthy sets out to prove that V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva is dangerous to the idea of India but ends up situating him as an important and respectable thinker alongside Gandhi.
While demonetisation and the resultant hardships have tarnished the reputation of the BJP-led central government, the Samajwadi Party’s record of criminalised politics may become a roadblock for it.
As per a recent Supreme Court ruling, appeals to identity politics are fine, as long as they are incidental and not the core of the election campaigns.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
Going by Mohan Bhagwat’s logic, everyone in Kazakhstan would have to be a nomad because that’s what Kazakh means. And Pakistanis would all be, by definition, pure.
The Wire spoke to Amit Masurkar, Swara Bhaskar and Neeraj Ghaywan about their reactions on the Bhansali assault, how it affected them and the perils of self-censorship.
With our freedoms coming under attack, we have arrived at a time when it is crucial for scholars and academics to prove their relevance to the people and show them they are on the same side.
The move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus is aimed at polarising the state and diverting attention from the lack of development.
The landmark judgment came while the court revisited a judgment from 1995 that called Hinduism a “way of life”.
2016 has had all the makings of a turning point in Indian history. What will 2017 hold?
In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
Arvind Subramanian’s earlier statements indicate he has been against the idea of “Big Bang” reforms, arguing instead for an incrementalist approach.
For a community that trades in oxen, the rise in cow vigilantism has meant a loss of livelihood. Continued apathy from the state hasn’t helped.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
Despite the fact that the Ayodhya issue no longer arouses sentiments (or votes) like it used to, it seems to be the BJP’s go-to trick.
In conversation with Flavia Agnes on framing gender-just laws and why a uniform civil code is not the answer.
A seven judge bench headed by chief justice, T.S. Thakur, will consider if seeking votes in the name of religion will amount to a corrupt practice.
From the times of the Mughals, Muslims high and low have been an integral part of Ram Leelas all around the country
“What RSS promotes is fantasy not history….There is nothing common between history and such mythology.”
Just as M.N. Roy moved away from Marxism and Nehru from the socialism of his earlier years, the Jana Sangh leader left the Hindu nationalism of Golwalkar to chart his own course
The Hindutva ideology propagated by the organisation, represents a unitary vision of politics and development, which can be more easily aligned with the scientific rather than humanistic mode of thinking.
Testimonies provided by Christians to a fact-finding team show a surge of communal attacks – threats, violence and persecution – against the community.
Despite the many hurdles in uniting the two communities, if the BSP gains a large section of the Dalit and Muslim vote, it will likely form the next UP government.
The noted archaeologist spoke to The Wire about the controversies surrounding the Indus Valley civilisation that have come into the limelight since the release of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro.
The RSS has tried to assimilate the Dalit community as part of its Hindu consolidation project, but as the recent aggressive gau raksha activism shows, its plans may be coming undone
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was guest of honour at a RSS women’s wing seminar, at which Islamic faith was criticised.
The Hindu right’s worn-out, archaeologically-baseless argument that the Harappan civilisation and Rig Vedic age coincided, may get a new lease of life through the film’s poor depiction of history.
Such villages and small towns in the Hindi-speaking region represent the best features of north India’s composite culture, commonly known as the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.
To ensure its growth, the Shiv Sena must ask itself some big questions.
Notwithstanding Modi’s talk of ‘vikas’, the party’s sustained politics of polarisation reflects its failure to move beyond Hindutva and its doublespeak.
California education officials have approved a curriculum that doesn’t erase caste from history and social science textbooks for sixth and seventh grade students.
This re-naming fever is about soft warfare, cultural politics.