A dispute over whether RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should have been allowed to hoist the national flag at a school in Kerala has morphed into questions over whether appropriate flag protocol was followed.
Adivasi leaders and activists say that behind the recent communal legislations is the state government’s hidden agenda to transfer community land to corporates and deflect attention from its failure to address crucial developmental issues plaguing the state.
A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues.
Meanwhile in Kerala, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat went against the CPI(M)-led state government to hoist the tricolour at a school in Palakkad district.
The government’s decision to open 22 colleges named after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in Assam reinforces the RSS’s much-hyped role in last year’s state elections.
While the state BJP president has justified the move as an attempt at integrating Assam into mainstream India, student bodies and several others see it as a way of suppressing sub-nationalism and spreading the Hindutva agenda.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
The quotation published in a newspaper ad is misleading and mischievous. It is erroneous and puts words in Gandhi’s mouth that are not his.
Vinod Dua discusses the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s role in the Indian freedom movement and how spontaneous protests against various issues are erupting all over the country.
In 2013, Rajiv Kumar had advocated that a troubled Indian economy should approach the IMF for help. Today he believes that India is better off without foreign academic and institutional help.
By consistently deterring students from dissenting against illegitimate and regressive practices, the current administration seems determined to crush JNU’s commitment to social justice.
The choice today is not between authentic and hypocritical politicians. In fact, the only choice is between harmless, risky and dangerous forms of hypocrisy and the JD(U) chief has mastered the first.
India is a Hindu Rashtra, according to the ‘syllabus’ for an exam that 9000 schools will administer, and Vivekananda spoke in Chicago as a representative of ‘Hindutva’, not Hinduism.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The ascendancy of Deendayal Upadhyay, who abhorred the idea of secularism, opposed Hindu-Muslim unity and aimed to build a Hindu rashtra, in current political discourse is a sign of things to come.
Vinod Dua talks about Nitish Kumar’s alliance with the BJP and RSS pracharak and national executive member Indresh Kumar’s plan to defeat China.
The CPI(M)’s central committee, the party’s apex decision-making body, is currently discussing if it should elect Sitaram Yechury for a third Rajya Sabha term.
In a five-page list of recommendations, the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Batra, has demanded a host of changes.
His election is a key element of the party’s strategy for the 2019 election, and its aftermath.
Ram Nath Kovind’s presence in Rashtrapati Bhavan will not make any difference to the ongoing atrocities against the Dalits. What can Mayawati do to keep the struggle going?
The RSS leader said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty.
As Rajya Sabha Debates Lynching, Opposition Alleges RSS Role, Naqvi Says Violence Not About Religion
Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the BJP was the only party benefitting from such incidents and urged it to give up “vote politics.”
From the Adivasi-Dalit-Bahujans who have continually refused to be integrated into mainstream Hinduism to 21st-century urban rebels, Indian women are reclaiming the nation from the RSS constructed vision of the mother.
Led by science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan, the committee will select projects to help scientifically validate the benefits of cow-derivatives.
The public broadcaster – which runs Doordarshan and AIR – has apparently been asked to give up its PTI and UNI subscriptions and rely instead on Hindustan Samachar.
The location of the conference is meant to ‘send a message’ to separatists in Kashmir.
As democratic institutions – cabinet, bureaucracy, media, presidency and judiciary – weaken, the Modi establishment is riding high on overconfidence. This is bad news for the Indian polity.
The BJP is expected to announce their vice-presidential candidate after a meeting with Prime Minister Modi and the party’s parliamentary board.
Tracking the incidents of lynching over cow slaughter and the possession and consumption of beef from September 2015 to July 2017.
With its engrained anti-Muslim agenda, the current political regime may find it problematic to hold up its image as a champion of Muslim women.
In conversation with The Wire, political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma talks about the dangers of M.S. Golwalkar’s views, the uselessness of the ICPR and more.
“Shri Golwalkar was pained to find how the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ was misconstrued and maligned. He was annoyed to see that our glorious heritage is distorted and derided by our own people.”
He doesn’t chant Modi’s name and there is nobody chanting his name. Why doesn’t he chant Modi’s name if that can help him remain relevant? If his silence signals a personal protest, then why doesn’t he place it on record?
I am unable to say Eid mubarak the way he could, from his heart in ‘Eidgah’. The child in his classic story, Hamid, can be killed today by his own village folks as he goes to pray – all because of the cap he wears.
The all out attacks on minorities and on opposition governments show that the BJP and the Modi government have no regard for democracy
The opposition missed out on a big opportunity to show its solidarity with Dalit movements across the country by not nominating a Dalit candidate of its choice before the Modi government did.
Opposition parties will meet to take a final decision on their strategy on June 22.
The opposition will need to think harder, beyond the usual idea of fielding a “secular” candidate, to defeat the BJP’s messaging if it decides to contest.
Speaking at the All India Hindu Convention, Sadhvi Saraswati also asked Hindus to rear cows in order to protect them.
“A man’s job is to make money – masculinity is his quality, whereas a woman’s quality is motherhood. She should never forget that.”