By Soma Mandal
The term ‘chowkidar’ is not a marker of social respect because of its positionality in the lower orders of job profiling. As employment surveys indicate, it is mostly the uneducated, poor, rural, Dalit, OBC, minorities, the Gorkha community, and people from the lower classes who become chowkidars in metropolitan cities and towns.
By Abhay Kumar
My mother worships Lord Rama but she has never shown any interest in the disputed site. She has never shown her desire to get the Ram Temple built on the same place of Babri Masjid. For her, her Ram is with her. Her Ram does not live in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri Masjid nor does He live in Nagpur, Ashoka Road or R.K. Puram in New Delhi.
By J. Aslam Basha
If the PM truly intends to safeguard democracy, he must start listening to people and looking for solutions that people expect the government to provide. Exercise videos may be light hearted, but the government cannot lose sight of the real problems. It cannot ignore the safety and future of people, especially of those who are poor and marginalized.
By Inamul Haq
Babar, Akbar, and Aurangzeb are evoked to divert the people’s attention, so that they forget the promises made when the government came to power. The agenda is to keep alive animosity between communities for electoral benefit.
By Ananya S Guha
We are now living under conditions, where might is right and anarchy is let loose anywhere in the name of religion, caste, politics or community. So, Dalits cannot sport a moustache and cows cannot be used for economic benefit or as cattle.
By Ayesha Ray
The JNU episode ushered in a toxic phase where the word ‘anti-national’ gained alarming popularity and recognition even among India’s supposedly educated classes. Corrosive effects of this word took different forms: from statements made in “jest,” to vicious online abuse to disingenuous whataboutery to mob lynching.
By Fahad Hashmi
The idea of ‘being a Muslim in contemporary India’, it could easily be inferred from happenings around us, is an ‘empty signifier’ where a Muslim could be one of these at a given place: a beef consumer, a trader of cows and calves, a child-lifter, a Romeo, a progeny of Babar, a Pakistani, a traitor, and, of course, a terrorist.
By Ananya S Guha
Is it more than a mere coincidence that both the days of Christmas and Good Friday have been declared National Governance and National Digital Days respectively? What does this mean? Good governance and digitization are part of a governance plan, to be worked out strategically. Why choose them on special days?
By Ananya S Guha
The symbols that I am talking about are now quite explicit. The recurrent ones are Shiva and Parvati. Even the Prime Minister countenances them in public ceremonies or gatherings. The problem with myths is that they are myths. To interface them with historical truths is problematic.
By Dar Wasim
RSS, the mother organisation of the BJP, started to spread its wings and preach Hindutva. RSS does not need any introduction. It is an organisation preaching the thoughts of its ideologue, M.S. Golwalkar. They are toiling hard to disseminate the historic slogan he wrote in his publication, Bunch of Thoughts in 1966: “In this land of ours, Bharat, the national life is of Hindu people. In short, this is the Hindu nation.”