The Sangh parivar’s desperation to quickly try and recover lost ground before its goals are thwarted is cranking up the hatred quotient in India.
In this crowded region of South Asia, we must find sufficient space to swim together, or we are doomed to sink separately.
The aura that has been created around national symbols has been such that any debate is cast in terms of only patriotism, not freedom of speech.
Anti-Muslim sentiment precipitated by the riot may help the BJP diffuse caste contradictions in central Uttar Pradesh and challenge Yadav dominance at the grassroots.
Those raging at the murder of Ankit and using this occasion to attack secular voices are either wilfully uninformed innocents or intentionally wicked.
The town in Uttar Pradesh has no history of communal violence.
Some TV channels deliberately spread a made-up story of how the Muslims of Kasganj were protesting against the national flag.
We don’t have a prime minister like Vajpayee today who can remind a chief minister about his duty as a ruler towards the people.
The tiranga is only superficially our national flag when used to embarrass, frighten or subdue an individual or community. When used in this way, it loses its essence.
Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the communal violence in Kasganj and hooliganism by members of the Karni Sena with Smita Gupta from The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and Vinod Agnihotri, Consulting Editor at Amar Ujala.