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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi Faced Tough Questions from the British Press

By Cafe Dissensus
Despite such ostentatious performances abroad, the Modi aura has already taken a great deal of beating after the Bihar Elections. To the extent that the British Press is now able to pose such bold questions to an elected Indian Prime Minister.

Bihar Election: Do the Means Justify the Ends?

By Mosarrap H. Khan
In case the BJP had won the Bihar election, there would have been another fall-out. People like Anupam Kher would have stood vindicated that the BJP stands for development and prosperity and not intolerance (communal or otherwise), as has been claimed.

Would My Mother be Lynched for Eating Beef?

By Mosarrap H. Khan
While the beef was eaten with relish, the bones posed a problem. We had to get rid of them before our Hindu neighbors could find out we were actually ‘goru kheko muchuman’ (beef-eating Muslims), a derogatory term used to address Muslims in Bengal.

An interview with Professor Ian Markham

By Muhammad Ashraf Thachara Padikkal
I mean, I really do believe that there is a God; I do believe that it is appropriate to pray to God and I really do believe that the God has revealed to humanity an ethic that calls on us to live justly with a neighbor.

Yakub Memon, A MUSLIM, Was Hanged

By Mosarrap H. Khan
Who would return the youthful innocence of millions of Muslim teenagers like me who lived their formative years in the shadow of Babri Masjid demolition and the riots that followed? To whom was justice served by taking Yakub Memon’s life? Certainly, this was no justice for Muslims in India.

Full Text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Speech on Religious Tolerance

By Cafe Dissensus
My government will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith and that everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence. My government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against others, overtly or covertly. Mine will be a government that gives equal respect to all religions.

What did Babri demolition leave behind?

By Mujeeb Vallapuzha
Following the demolition, places such as Delhi, Bhopal, Kanpur, Bombay, Ahmadabad, and Surat became cauldrons of communal resentment. Following the Bombay Riots, B.N. Srikrishna Commission Report had also pointed out how these communal conflagrations could vilify the Muslim community.