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Possible deepening of communal polarization post UP assembly results, 2017

March 20, 2017 - 4:30 pm in Faiths, Society

The Assembly election results of 2017 have come as a bolt too many and are a matter of deep celebration for the communal forces. While there is a slight dip in the voting percentage of BJP from 2014 general elections, the number of seats it has wrested is…

Time for like minded “Secular Liberal” grand alliance

March 19, 2017 - 7:54 am in Governance, Society

Yogi Adityanath has been appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. That shows the power of 'mobocracy' when we call it 'democracy' and paid thugs define…

Why Samajwadi Party chose to forget Phoolan Devi ?

February 23, 2017 - 11:28 pm in Society

Three years back, a friend informed me that former Samajwadi Party star campaigner Phoolan Devi’s family is in dire need. Her younger sister Ramkali…

Radicalisation or Stereotype

February 23, 2017 - 7:52 pm in Society

There is a recent trend of hypocrisy, non-liberal views, among the youth who get carried away by whatever is available on the internet, this new generation technically sound and dependent on the internet for at large extent as the source of knowledge and not…

Suswagatam – Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi

January 8, 2017 - 12:52 pm in Society

The domination of communal consciousness in social space is very frightening. The prevalent ‘social common sense’ looks at history through the prism of Kings’ religion and that too in a very selective way. This version picks and chooses from events to…

Electoral Process is a Secular Activity

January 6, 2017 - 3:14 pm in Society

The word secularism has been brought to disrepute during last few decades. Secularism stands in India for equal respect for all religions and the principle that the state policies will not be dictated by religions. This is the central theme of Indian constitution.…

Kairana- A case of polarization and Stigmatization of the Muslims

November 5, 2016 - 9:53 am in Society

In June this year, in the BJP National Executive meeting in Allahabad, BJP President, Amit Shah expressed concern over the alleged migration of Hindus families from Kairana due to ‘harassment’ by Muslim criminals.  According to the BJP, 346 Hindu families…

Gandhi- Relevant or redundant today?

October 2, 2016 - 12:09 pm in Society

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known popularly as Mahatma Gandhi is remembered and spoken for a number of reasons. He is celebrated not just in India but the world over for his ideas of satyagraha and ahimsa (non-violence) which inspired oppressed and subjugated…

Cow-Beef and Political Scenario

September 5, 2016 - 12:48 pm in Society

Too many incidents of atrocities against Dalits-Muslims have been making headlines during last two years. Some of these like the one of Una (Gujarat, July 2016) have shaken the conscience of sensitive citizens of the country. This one came on the back of the…

NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOUTH ASIA: PROGRAMMES, PLANS AND DANGERS

September 2, 2016 - 12:17 pm in Society

*Photo Credits: Vivek Bendre, The Hindu What is the status of the nuclear arsenals of India and Pakistan? What dangers come from the postures and plans they have adopted? What influences do China and the United States wield in the region? These and other topics…

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