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.
The country is witnessing the law of the living in the space of death.
A freak incident in Kolkata has unwittingly become a powerful reflection of our times.
The ‘shadow armies’ of Hindutva profiled in Dhirendra K. Jha’s book seek to propagate a problematic definition of nationhood using historical falsehoods, hate speech and hooliganism.
Material economies that involve cattle – dairy, beef or leather – have always involved service, labour, love and violence.
As part of project Hindutva, Shome Basu documents how badly cows are treated and monetised despite being considered the holiest among all animals.
There are many opportunities for the opposition, but the question is, are they up to it?
In conversation with The Wire, Dhirendra Jha talks about his book Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva.
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
The attack that killed Pehlu Khan and injured other Muslim cattle traders has left a community angry, helpless and wanting to give up the trade.
Polarisation over Kashmir and Jadhav, and the rise of rhetoric in India and Pakistan, only serves to feed into the narrative of aggressive nationalism that’s taken centre stage in India’s political discourse.
Throughout India’s freedom struggle, the RSS was subservient to the British, with its leadership prohibiting participation in mass movements.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
“The future challenge (for the RSS) would be to create a meta-narrative which can end all sectarian and narrow divisions,” Rakesh Sinha told The Wire.
The introduction of a cow surcharge in Rajasthan means that anyone who makes a lease agreement, loans money or rents property, will have to pay an additional surcharge of 10% on stamp duty.
NIA officials from Hyderabad have said that they received orders from the headquarters not to appeal Aseemanand’s bail.
“The charges are absolutely baseless. The people were attending a prayer meeting voluntarily. We prayed. Nothing else was done,” pastor Adam said.
While there has been no direct clash between Muslims and Hindus, large-scale destruction of property and the imposition of curfew has created a sense of disquiet.
The BJP is gradually pushing its Hindutva agenda in Assam and this could have a troubling fallout.
As the cow-protection issue spirals, noted Hindi satirist Harishankar Parsai’s stinging piece on cow worship in the time of elections comes to mind. Written years ago, ‘An encounter with a cow worshipper’ is as relevant today, if not more so.
If our research halls become empty, if no young mind comes to us to discuss books and ideas, the job that we do as teachers in a research university loses its charm and meaning.
The arrival of Adityanath as chief minister is the clearest sign that the BJP as well as its parent, the RSS are thinking of an agenda that goes far beyond just winning elections.
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.