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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…

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…

Sushma ji, widows too have right to live in happiness

December 30, 2017 - 11:49 am in Culture

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were made to look like widow, said our external affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj in parliament. She added that the Pakistani authorities actually asked them to remove their Mangalsutra, bindi and Saree and wear simple salwar…

UP CM calls Secularism as a lie: Commissar Yogi’s Worldly Agenda

December 14, 2017 - 10:48 am in Culture

Currently the dualism between the ‘this World’ and ‘other-sacred World’ stands partly dissolved in India. With the rise of politics in the guise of religion many a sacred women and men who are supposed to renounce this World for the ‘cause of sacred…

Rampage around Film Padmavati: Power of Historical Fiction

December 13, 2017 - 11:32 am in Culture

Nearly a year ago multiple rowdy protests took place when the film Padmavati was being shot in Rajasthan. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had to interrupt the shooting for some time. Currently again, more intense opposition has been witnessed as the film was due to…

Tipu Sultan: Diverse Narratives | Ram Puniyani

November 20, 2017 - 5:26 pm in Culture

From couple of years around 10th November, BJP has been undertaking the smearing campaign against Tipu Sultan. Incidentally from last 3 years Government of Karnataka has been celebrating the anniversary of Tipu. As such he is the only King, who laid down…

Hindutva and History

October 31, 2017 - 6:59 pm in Culture

The controversial statement of the BJP legislator of UP State Sangeet Som denigrating Taj Mahal should not surprise us. ‘History’ propounded by the Hindu supremacists is stranger than fiction. It is a tool in the hands Hindutva to justify their ideology…

Caste and the illusion of Samajik Samrasta

October 16, 2017 - 7:33 pm in Culture

Jayesh Solanki from Bhadraniya, Gujarat was killed by members of upper caste in early October because Jayesh wanted to witness garba organized by the upper caste. His head was brutally banged against a wall (The Hindu, 2017). Jayesh Solanki was a Dalit. Jayesh…

Banaras Hindu University – A den of patriarchy?

October 5, 2017 - 5:57 pm in Culture

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, said Nelson Mandela. If education is a weapon to change the world then universities where education is imparted should also be places where one expects to see the change that…