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Indian Constitutional Courts and Secularism | Irfan Engineer

November 12, 2018 - 6:14 pm in Culture, Governance

Traditions and customs are being used to redefine and redraw the contours of secularism in India in last couple of years. The Constitutional parents, with near unanimity, if not unanimously, embraced the principle of secularism and the principle was followed…

India the new Lynchdom

August 7, 2018 - 11:45 am in Governance

Martin Luther King Jr. said that law may not be able to make a man love him but it can keep the man from lynching him. These words were said by Martin…

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…

Crimes that society needs to discuss which media skipped

December 8, 2017 - 4:48 pm in Reforms

We are all now part of ‘Breaking News’ and ‘Viral News’ culture. This has been imposed on our mind set by media, politicians and the ruling clergy. We are aware, we as a society are victim of this propaganda, but still we indulge to consume that information…

Briefing paper on Monetary Policy for a Unity Government 2019

October 19, 2017 - 3:40 pm in Economics

The economic policy of the BJP has been blundering along in the footsteps of previous parties and exacerbating in a very short time all the very severe pre-existing problems built up over 80 years since the Reserve Bank of India creation, such that today in…

The failure of multi-party democracy in India

October 18, 2017 - 1:16 pm in Economics

The 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China is underway. Every day the contrast between the Chinese model of development towards socialism and India’s failed multi-party democracy becomes starker. The vision for the world presented by China’s…

Communal response to Hamid Ansari’s parting truth

August 24, 2017 - 7:37 pm in Faiths, Society

Its history but worth noting that it was at Aurangzeb’s court that his daughter zaibunnisa’s maid servant dropped the mirror of glasses which broke into pieces. The maid servant on the spur of the moment said that ‘’ Aine chini shikst ” . ( the mirror…

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…

South Asian Societies: Intolerance Galore

May 22, 2017 - 5:06 pm in Society

The protest over the mass lynching of Pehlu Khan (April 18, 2017) has been there in sections of media. It has few other parallels as well. Mashal Khan, a student of in Pakistan, was killed brutally on 13th April 2017. The charge was that of blasphemy. In yet…

Prejudices against Africans in India

March 28, 2017 - 10:36 am in Society

A young boy was found dead in Noida. The family and the people alleged that it is the Africans who have drugged him so he got cardiac arrest and after that the crowd swell and become violent against them. Police as usual arrest some of the Nigerian students…