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Unravelling the Election results, 2019 – and the way forward

May 31, 2019 - 9:28 am in Faiths, Governance

A week has passed since the results of the 2019 General Elections for Lok-Sabha were declared. On 23 May, 2019, Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP came back to power with a more comprehensive win than 2014. Their vote share increased from roughly 31% in 2014 to about…

Understanding Interfaith Dialogue: A few Critical Questions | Neha Dabhade

December 21, 2018 - 12:06 pm in Faiths

Recently the issue of constructing temple of Lord Ram on the disputed site where the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya once stood and was demolished in 1992 is…

Sabrimala Shrine and Women’s Entry | Ram Puniyani

October 14, 2018 - 1:22 pm in Faiths

We live in a democratic society where all of us supposed to be equal. In pre-industrial society the inequality was very much there and it was based on…

Theatre of Absurd: Modi and the Dawoodi Bohra Pontiff

September 21, 2018 - 11:32 am in Faiths

The invite by the High priest of Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia Muslim sub-sect, to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address their religious congregation on 14th September 2018 on the occasion of Muharram, and that the PM should accept the invite can only be described…

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 religious institutions in the Archdiocese of Delhi asking them to pray for ‘our nation’ seems to be…

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 but more so by BJP. The Prime Minister Modi while paying tributes to Babasaheb said that Congress…

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…