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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…

Era of Dictatorial Democracy | Pieter Friedrich

May 30, 2019 - 11:39 am in Governance, Politics

“In the west, we have labels,” commented journalist François Gautier on WION TV, during a panel about the results of India’s 2019 general election.…

Urgent Appeal for Relief in Odisha for Cyclone Fani affected people.

May 12, 2019 - 6:43 pm in Governance

Bharat Mata ki Jai ! Friends, as you are aware an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani, the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Odisha…

Tinkering with History Textbooks-The Case of Channar Revolt

May 10, 2019 - 10:31 am in Culture, Governance

Politics over history textbooks is a bane of modern India. In the month of March this year, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) under the political dispensation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to drop chapter on Channar revolt…

Anti Sikh Pogrom 1984: Righting the Wrongs | Ram Puniyani

January 9, 2019 - 10:35 am in Governance

Sajjan Kumar, a Congress leader finally surrendered on 31 December 2018 the deadline set by the Delhi Court, which gave the verdict about his involvement in the 1984 anti Sikh massacre. This anti Sikh pogrom had taken place in the aftermath of the assassination…

Communal Violence in India during 2018 — A Brief Report

January 7, 2019 - 5:38 pm in Governance

  Communal Violence has been the bane of this country, gratitude to our politicians and their selfish interests. Ironically most of the riots are engineered by those politicians who claim to be the most patriotic. Their patriotism is designed to win power…

Babri Masjid: What should Muslims do? | Irfan Engineer

December 22, 2018 - 7:40 am in Governance

A section of Hindu supremacist organizations are once again mobilizing to demand the construction of Ramjanmabhoomi temple (RJT) in Ayodhya on the spot where Babri Masjid once stood and was demolished on 6th December 1992. Provocative speeches are being made…

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…

State apparatus as perpetrator of crime against minorities

November 8, 2018 - 4:14 pm in Governance, Rights

Nearly 31 years after the ghastly massacre of 42 Muslims by the goons of the Provincial Arms Constabulary, notoriously known as PAC in the Hashimpura locality of Meerut on May 22nd, 1987, Delhi High Court overturned a lower court verdict which exonerated 16…

Combatting rape as a weapon of war | Rene Wadlow

October 29, 2018 - 3:51 am in Governance

The co-laureate of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Denis Mukwege, has become an eloquent spokesperson for the effort to outlaw the use of rape as a weapon of war.  Rape has often been considered as a nearly normal part of war.  When an army took a city or…