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Mob lynching: let us act now | Irfan Engineer

July 11, 2018 - 3:08 pm in Faiths

Mob lynching has drastically increased in recent years, particularly since the election of the BJP government. There has been fourfold increase in cow related violent incidents from less than 5% of incidents communal violence in 2010 to 20% in 2017 (Subramanya,…

Arch Bishop’s letter: Storm in tea cup | Irfan Engineer

May 28, 2018 - 5:38 pm in Faiths

The gross over reaction of Sangh Parivar to the letter of Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, dated 8th May 2018 and addressed to all parish priests and…

Just garlanding of portraits is honoring Ambedkar? | Ram Puniyani

April 24, 2018 - 2:56 pm in Faiths

This 14th April the 127th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar was marked by a heightened celebrations of the occasion by most of the political formations…

Reform in Muslim Community: Comprehensive Approach needed | Ram Puniyani

April 3, 2018 - 10:12 am in Faiths

A debate regarding condition of Muslims in India and process of reform within Muslim community has been kindled by Harsh Mander’s article Sonia Sadly’ (IE March 7) and its response by Ramchandra Guha (Liberals O, IE)) While there are multiple factors influencing…

Liberal Dogmatism | Irfan Engineer

March 28, 2018 - 11:10 am in Faiths, Reforms

One must agree with the advice of Ramchandra Guha (‘Liberals, sadly’, IE, 20/3/18) that the “liberals must have courage to take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists”. Guha misses many Muslim liberals who take on both communalists. We could name dozens…

Ram Rajya Rath Yatra: Road to Power | Ram Puniyani

February 28, 2018 - 7:10 pm in Faiths

The decades of 1980s were a turning point in the history of the country. For the first time emotive issue like Ram Temple took the better of social issues related to economic and social justice. On the heels of opening of the locks of Babri Mosque, Advani…

Kasganj Violence: Unveiling the Anatomy of a Riot | Ram Puniyani

February 12, 2018 - 11:24 am in Faiths

Communal violence has been the bane of our society. There had been a perception that this violence is a spontaneous clash between two communities. Over a period of time, it is becoming clear that it is not a spontaneous phenomenon, nor is it a clash between…

Temples, Politics and Leaders: From Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi

January 27, 2018 - 11:48 am in Faiths

What should be the attitude of leaders’ visits to places of worship? The matter is very complex in a society like that of India where the hold of religion on the society has been strong and is becoming stronger. In many a Western countries where Christianity…

Global Support for Bhima Koregaon

January 19, 2018 - 8:40 pm in Faiths

Why this global support to BK200 Dear Ambedkarites, and Bahujan Rights Defenders, This letter is to inform and invite you to participate in the democratic and peaceful March against Bhima-Koregoan violence, Pune, Maharashtra of January 1, 2018; and other…

Communalism and Hate Crimes | Ram Puniyani

December 31, 2017 - 5:08 pm in Faiths

Communal Violence has been a bane of Indian society since over a century. The base of this violence has been the negative perceptions about the ‘other community’. This in turn takes incidents from the lives of Muslim kings, food habits, issues related…