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Korean Anniversary: Confidence-building Measures Still Needed

September 14, 2018 - 3:37 pm in Culture, Politics, Reforms

Sunday 9 September was the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea. As has been usual in recent years there was a very highly-structured ceremonial parade. Such mass events are used to convey policy  priorities to its citizens and to the outside…

Can RSS be compared to Muslim Brotherhood? | Ram Puniyani

September 12, 2018 - 2:41 pm in Culture

In his recent tour abroad (August 2018) while addressing the International Institute for Strategic Studies Rahul Gandhi stated that "The RSS is trying…

Kabir: Love, Mysticism and an Alternative Vision

July 4, 2018 - 5:38 pm in Culture

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”- Martin Luther King Jr. While many…

What Pranab Mukherjee should Tell RSS Cadres | Ram Puniyani

June 1, 2018 - 9:06 pm in Culture

Dialogue is an essential part of democratic process. But what do you do when people wanting to usurp democracy through democratic means want to have dialogue with those believing in secular democratic Constitution of India? We are witnessing strong views being…

Politically relevant today to ask if Nehru visited Bhagat Sing in Jail? | Ram Puniyani

May 21, 2018 - 5:53 pm in Culture

In the recently held Karnataka elections, Narendra Modi made statements which are not true, and which are made to raise the emotive pitch against his opponents. In a blatant lie, in a rally in Bidar, he asked “When Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Batukeshwar Dutt,…

Rewriting of History and Sectarian Nationalism | Ram Puniyani

March 26, 2018 - 2:33 pm in Culture

With the Hindu nationalist BJP in the seat of power an exercise in History writing is being undertaken on lines parallel to what was done in Pakistan. So far we did keep hearing loudly about the communal version of medieval history, where villainous foreigners,…

Hindus, Muslims and RSS Chief Bhagwat | Ram Puniyani

March 13, 2018 - 4:01 pm in Culture

RSS is one of the only organizations, which claims to be cultural and controls the political agenda of the National ruling party. Over years taking further its agenda of Hindu rashtra, it has grown and is the largest organization in the country. Its Chief,…

Does BJP’s Intend to Change Indian Constitution? | Ram Puniyani

January 16, 2018 - 5:53 pm in Culture

BJP, which believes in Hindu nationalism, faces the dilemma about Indian Constitution. Necessarily it has to pay its obeisance to Indian Constitution for electoral purpose to be sure. It has to seek votes of all sections of society including dalits and other…

Bhima Koregaon: Dalits in Search of Icons from History | Ram Puniyani

January 8, 2018 - 12:13 pm in Culture

Maharashtra witnessed unprecedented violence against the dalits who had congregated to pay tributes to the dalits soldiers (1st January 2018), who were part of the British army which had fought against Peshwas in 1818. Babasaheb had visited this place in…

Christmas Carols in the times of deepening divisive politics | Ram Puniyani

January 3, 2018 - 5:07 pm in Culture

Month of December has not only the major festival of Christmas it is a season of festivity, saying bye to the year past and looking forward to the prospectively happy New Year. The trend seems to be changing; the attacks on those planning festivities related…