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Naseeruddin Shah ko Gussa Kyon Aata hai?

The index of health of democratic society is gauzed by the feeling of security experienced by the minorities. Similarly one can say that the degree of democracy in a society is reflected by the degree of ‘freedom of expression’ in...

Bulandshahr: Unraveling the anatomy of a riot

The scene of violence in the name of emotive issues has been continuously throwing new patterns of instigating and orchestrating violence. In recent times we saw the major violence following the demolition of Babri Mosque (1992), Godhra train burning (Gujarat...

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hinduism on Display’ and Sangh Parivar’s Hindutva

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation, did say that he is a Hindu; at the same time he went on to say that religion is a private matter for him. His greatest disciple Jawaharlal Nehru was a rationalist...

Voices of Dissent: When Art becomes anti-National

Banning of books, opposing cricket team and singers from Pakistan is not very new in India. We had seen the banning of Satanic Verses, digging of cricket pitch in Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to oppose the Indo-Pak match, the disruption...

From Allahabad to Prayagraj; Whats in the name?

Adityanath Yogi, Chief Minister of UP seems to be on the name changing spree. In his latest move he has changed the name of famous city of UP, Allahabad to Prayagraj. Prayag is the meeting point of rivers and since...

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Sabarimala Shrine and Women’s Entry

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 birth. In Indian society this inequality, the one based on birth, pertained...

RSS Supremo’s public relations exercise: What to believe in — Words or deeds?

Do organizations say what they intend to do? Not necessarily. This came out clearly from the three long lectures by RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat. The event was supposed to be a dialogue, but the maximum of dialogue one could see...

Why arrest of Dalit activists—‘Urban Naxals’?

The violence in Bheema Koregon is still reverberating. We recall that on January 1st, thousands of dalits returning from Bheema Koregaon were beaten up. In that context the names of Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide cropped up as the instigators...

Time to combat emerging global sectarianism

Like people of all regions and religions, a large number of Hindus have been migrating to all the parts of world. The reason behind this is better pastures and better living standards in those places. In most parts of the...

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: BJP’s liberal mask with a visible soul of Sangh

With the loss of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the ex-Prime minster of India, many obituaries poured in praising his liberalism and amicable nature. Many of them described him as ‘Right man in the wrong party’. This is the most prevalent image...