The Sangh’s concerted campaign of anti-Muslim prejudice aims to completely marginalise the community in the public sphere.
In conversation with The Wire, Dhirendra Jha talks about his book Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva.
What began under Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977 is being repeated in India.
The RSS and BJP will hope that Jamir’s election as vice president will help showcase the Modi government as being secular.
The VC, who acknowledges his sympathies for the RSS, vehemently denies being present at the prime minister’s rally.
The Sangh parivar’s plan seems to be to overthrow the Left Democratic Front government by citing law and order troubles, but they are unlikely to succeed.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
Despite the uncertainty about the political impact of note ban, the party holds an advantage for several reasons, including its strong track record of capitalising on crises within regional parties.
Demonetisation may be unprecedented as an economic policy, but there is nothing novel about this kind of politics, as the Sangh parivar knows all too well.
The Confederation of All India Traders said small and medium businesses were severely impacted, and appealed that they be authorised to accept at least one higher denomination note from consumers with KYC details.
Sangh Parivar’s fraternal organisations are worried that some of the Narendra Modi government’s recent decisions might add ammunition to claims of it being pro big-business made by its political rivals.
Days after the Dalit rally ‘Chalo Udupi’ rally concluded, Sangh parivar-affiliated youth group Yuva Brigade carried out a shudhikalasham (purification) ceremony in the surroundings of the Sree Krishna temple in Udupi alleging it was rendered ‘impure’ due to the presence of Dalits.
If India’s diplomatic objective is to economically punish the Chinese for their support to Pakistan, then it is being done in a deeply flawed and ham-handed manner.
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
When the supposedly secular police and media start colluding with the Sangh Parivar, we need to sit up and take notice – it’s not roses we’re smelling.
As the BJP’s attempts to forge caste coalitions in poll-bound states seem to be failing, it has gone back to its age-old Hindutva campaign by whipping up a military frenzy.
In conversation with Asaduddin Owaisi on his experiences in the recent all-party delegation to Kashmir and how he thinks peace could be restored in the Valley.
The Sangh’s stranglehold over the university has subsumed democratic representation and heightened gender discrimination on campus.
The Hindutva ideology propagated by the organisation, represents a unitary vision of politics and development, which can be more easily aligned with the scientific rather than humanistic mode of thinking.
Indian women journalists face all the usual threats that come with rigorous reporting — from physical attacks to intimidation. But they also face a continuous stream of misogyny and harassment.
The ABVP finished with its worst-ever performance in recent history at JNU, having struggled to retain its traditional voters. Meanwhile, AISA has emerged as a formidable party at DU.
Academics are worried that NBT’s decision to discontinue printing Chandra’s book, Communalism- A Primer, signals an authoritarian regime settling in.
As elections to the state near, the hardliners think the BJP is being too soft on the church and its educational policies.
The BJP may be inclined to fuel hyper Hindu nationalist sentiment by making Pakistan a villain during the UP election campaign. To prove himself a true statesmen, the prime minister must fight this temptation.
Samajwadi Party leader Rais Shaikh said he would write a letter to municipal commissioner mentioning that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s proposal to make Surya Namaskar and yoga mandatory in BMC-run schools is unconstitutional.
The prime minister’s measured comments on ‘gau rakshaks’ comes at a time when the Sangh parivar is desperately trying to consolidate in Gujarat and bring Dalits and other backward Hindu communities within its fold.
The consistent doublespeak, especially on tricky issues, poses a Herculean challenge for the party to shed its old image and emerge as a modern, soft right-wing party.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
The excessive prominence the BJP has given to its cow protection campaign seems to have backfired. The Dalit and opposition parties have now found adequate space to capitalise on the brewing anger within the community.
Besides accentuating polarisation and provoking communal conflict, the BJP is turning attention away from the real migrations, cattle deaths and trafficking taking place because of its callous policies.
The RBI governor’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with debt default did not go down well with the big business interests, leaving the political class feeling uncomfortable and insecure.
In this exclusive interview, K.N. Govindacharya speaks about Narendra Modi, Hindutva and his plans for a new framework for India’s Constitution.
Although the Congress today is in no position to coherently challenge the BJP, a small event can galvanise the party.
The BJP president and finance minister were stampeded into holding a press conference on the PM’s academic qualifications. Both came out looking unconvincing and diminished. But such is the allure of confrontation that sobriety and reasonableness become dispensable qualities. This is the Swamy effect.
With the Sangh Parivar extolling Ambedkar as part of its political agenda, it is important to debunk the myth of him being anti-Muslim. With excerpts from Ambedkar on Muslims by Anand Teltumbde, published by Vak Publication.
The sanghi one-size-fits-all nationalism can be turned on its head in places like the Valley, the Northeast and parts of south India, where the politics of “one nation, one language, one culture” finds little resonance.
The RSS is sparing no effort to create a sense of siege among Muslims; it is stirring this cauldron of despair at the nation’s peril
The Left parties must be alert to the risk of making Kanhaiya lose his freshness if he is made a poster boy of election rallies in West Bengal elections
The trend now has an eerie similarity to what happened in Pakistan, where the army (and religion) play a potent and central role in politics.