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Do Educational Institutions need lectures on Patriotism?

The issues related to our educational institutions-patriotism started coming up to the fore with this Government coming to power (May 2014). One after the other news of Government intervention in different institutions, more so the nationally well known...

How Communalism Divides the Nation? Dictate to Chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as an Example!

Today in India the gulf between religious communities is widening at a rapid pace. The ‘Hate other ideologies’ abound and are percolating down to the social levels at dangerous pace. As such India is a plural, multi-religious society,...

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Bharat Mata Ki Jai And hurling 'Anti Nationalism' For Dissent

The national scene is being dominated by the current debate ‘you must chant Barat Mata ki jai’ to prove your nationalism. This was preceded by the ‘Anti national' abuse being hurled on all those showing dissent with the...

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Goddess Durga, Mahishasur, Caste Politics and Interpreting Mythology

In the current attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University one crucial aspect related to Indian mythology and its current interpretation came up to the fore. MHRD Minister Ms. Smriti Irani, while defending the actions of her government said that...

Undermining Democracy: Stifling Academic Institutions

On the back of the death of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University (HCU), one of the most prestigious University of the country Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been targeted by the ruling Modi Sarkar. The frightening things...

Lord, Why Am I Banned from your Abode?

One is witnessing strange incidents where the women from Muslim and Hindu community are facing similar obstacles. This relates to the issue of entry into places of worship. While the women from Bhumata Brigade are struggling to get...

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Rohith Vemula: Hindutva Politics and Dalit Question Today

The death of Rohith Vemula has been projected as suicide by some and murder by others, depending on their political orientation. Rohith’s being dalit and his participation in Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and active contribution to this politically...

Malda Violence and Silence of Secularists

Communal violence has been the bane of our society. This violence is generally a part of far reaching communal politics. Communal politics in turn is not done just in the name of one religion, in South Asia; communal...

To fight communalism, Left should think of electoral alliances

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, former party General Secretary Prakash Karat, Politburo member Biman Bose and other leaders at the valedictory session of ‘Kolkata Plenum’in Kolkata.

After the first general elections in independent India the...

Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and the Intolerance Debate

The release of Shahrukh Khan’s film Dilwale (December 2015) was accompanied by protests by Shiv Sena and other Hindutva groups. These protests were supposedly against his comment on the growing intolerance in India. Shahrukh Khan; on the occasion of his...