A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
In light of the recent developments, The Wire brings you a timeline of events of the 1992 incident and its immediate aftermath.
In the thirty-eighth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the reopening of criminal conspiracy charges against L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others, and also explains why Vijay Mallya’s arrest and subsequent release is no cause for celebration.
What began under Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977 is being repeated in India.
Babri Masjid Demolition A ‘National Crime,’ Said SC in Judgment Reviving Conspiracy Charges Against Advani
“Crimes that shake the secular fabric of the constitution have allegedly been committed almost 25 years ago,” the Supreme Court said.
The court has ordered that the trial, to be held in Lucknow, be completed in two years.
Throughout India’s freedom struggle, the RSS was subservient to the British, with its leadership prohibiting participation in mass movements.
Far from being a historical practice, vegetarianism in Gujarat is actually a state-sponsored value system that only became institutionalised under the BJP.
In the land of Periyar, speaking out against religion and God led to the killing of 31-year-old Farook Hameed.
A quotation supposedly culled from a speech by Thomas Babington Macaulay is a staple of social media forwards and has even been quoted by senior Indian politicians. But is it authentic?
In an explosive interview, the former BJP leader Arun Shourie hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi
NE Dispatch: NSG Security For Two Former Assam Chief Ministers Removed; Arunachal Village Razed by Fire
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.
Beyond the personalities and the calculations at work in the NDTV-Chidambaram censorship affair, what we should indeed be mourning is the sudden death of liberalism.
The recent high court order vesting all decision-making powers with the lieutenant governor will interrupt the national capital’s progress on all fronts.
In India’s Long Road, Vijay Joshi takes his reader on an insightful journey through seven decades of economic history, pointing out what went wrong and how it could be made right.
In the summer of 2003, senior ministers like L.K. Advani and a number of Indian strategic commentators kept up a steady drumbeat calling for the country to send troops to help the Americans. But Vajpayee kept his cool and refused.
What is it with BJP ministers that an official visit to the United States persuades them that there is virtue in playing deputy sheriff to Uncle Sam?
His 2003 visit to the UK was a nerve-racking and politically fraught affair, writes Satyabrata Pal, who was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time.
The Prime Minister will be under tremendous pressure to create a broader climate for faster economic growth. So far, his ego has come in the way of personally reaching out to opposition leaders like Sonia Gandhi.
The party has been completely emasculated and a thorough review of the Bihar campaign is needed, say Advani, Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha
Even if Narendra Modi wanted to impose another Emergency, he says, it will not be easy. The media and the judiciary have learnt their lesson from that time and will not give in so easily.