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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…

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…

Sectarianism suppressing democratic Right of Expression | Ram Puniyani

October 20, 2017 - 4:11 pm in Governance

Freedom of expression has been the core value which accompanied the struggle for India’s Independence. The British did attempt to stifle the voices…

Did RSS Participate in Freedom Movement? | Ram Puniyani

September 7, 2017 - 10:38 am in Culture

Freedom movement was an all inclusive movement with the participation of people of all religions and regions. Its underlying premise was pluralism and the concept of Secular Democratic India, which bound all the people in the bonds of fraternity. Those who…

70 Years of Independence: Miles and Miles to go Before we Sleep

August 21, 2017 - 2:22 pm in Society

Seventy years as an independent country is a good enough period to reflect on how we have evolved as a nation and how our polity has evolved. It will be incorrect to generalize our observations across the length and breadth of our country as India is very…

“Free Media” in India – A Myth

June 11, 2017 - 6:59 pm in Governance, Rights, Society

Press Club of India is normally an empty space unless a few of those, who don’t have enough resources to pay at the India International Center or India Habitat Center or some Five Star hotels, do organize some events of public concern, but this week, it…

Indian Republic 2017: Times are a Changing

February 1, 2017 - 8:48 am in Governance

As we are the approach the republic day (2017) many questions start to haunt our mind. What has been the direction of our politics in last few decades, does it conform to what was expected of our Republic as outlined in our Constitution? Are we living up to…

Surgery of Politicised SURGICAL STRIKE

October 16, 2016 - 12:29 pm in Governance

Egypt under Jamal Abdel Nasser received the disastrous defeat at the hands of Israel in 6 days, 1967 war.  Before the outbreak of the full blown hostilities Israel took the offensive and in the brazen attack seventeen Egyptian air force fields were destroyed…

A Reality Check on Jammu and Kashmir

September 15, 2016 - 11:48 am in Governance

Jammu and Kashmir is again in news for violence and counter violence. Again, several solutions are proposed.  Any such exercise, however, need to be informed of a reality check if peace is to return in the state in a foreseeable future. The present unrest…

Growing Intolerance in a Tolerant Society

May 5, 2016 - 8:05 pm in Politics

Towards the end of 2015 many writers and eminent citizens returned their national honors; protesting against the growing atmosphere of intolerance. The list was long and this acted as a process where some introspection took place in society. Still the ruling…