A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
After demonetisation, investors and those within the BJP intellectual community are confused: Will Modi take a socialist path or will he stick to being a market-friendly prime minister?
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
The NCW chief described his article as “objectionable and obnoxious”, while the opposition has demanded his dismissal from the party.
Lawrence Liang, lawyer and legal researcher, discusses the history of free speech, sedition and hate speech laws in India and the United States.
As assembly elections loom and politicians sharpen the weapons of fear and romance to replay lethal games of identity, a journey back to the 1980s when the state gazed into an abyss.
If the correct test is one of incitement to lawless action, then Section 295A are far too broad. Under no interpretation can it be said that intentional insult to religion, or to religious feelings, is necessarily equivalent to ‘incitement’.
‘We are all students of Ram Manohar Lohia, who advocated a constant campaign against the establishment. Today, the BJP and RSS are the establishment,’says Nitish Kumar
In a democratic society, the need to accept difference of opinion is an essential ingredient of plurality. In that sense, the right of dissent also becomes the duty of dissent since tactics to suppress dissent tend to diminish the democratic essence.