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.”
By Ananya S Guha
Those who believe that the entire vision of a country will be reworked under a strong central government must wait and watch. Legerdemain has always been chants of the ruling party and political parties in general. The idea is to give space to all communities, castes, and religious groups in the country and rediscover their plurality and Indianness, which includes the majority Hindus.
By Abhay Kumar
the government is increasingly scuttling the democratic spaces within the universities and imposing its agendas of saffronisation and privatisation of education. Yet, I am inclined to argue that when it comes to an educational institute with a large population of Muslims, the approach of the State often becomes more prejudiced.
By Saeed Naqvi
During the Bombay riots, Jawed found himself in the entrance hall of his Churchgate apartment building, candle in one hand, a screwdriver in another, diligently pulling out the nameplate ‘Prof N. L. Ahmad’ so that arsonists and murderers would not find their way to his mother on the floor upstairs.
By Mosarrap H. Khan
On Nationalism is a timely intervention in the ongoing debate about nationalism in India. In moments of national crisis, we must revisit the past ideals of inclusivity and pluralism on which Indian nation was conceived. However, just as the Hindu nationalists continuously reinvent the past to suit their exclusionary nationalist project, the contributors of this collection, too, seem to lapse into a nostalgia for an elusive inclusive past.
By Fasil Hussain Rather & Ameen Hussain Rather
The RSS-tuned-PDP no longer talks about human rights abuses at the hands of the Indian army, paramilitary, and the J&K police. It does not make demands for the revocation of black laws like the AFSPA, and punishment for the perpetrators, as its leaders used to while they were in the opposition.
By Zaboor Ahmad
The soft-Hindutva project was launched with the serialization of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata on the national media, Doordarshan. It was part of the same growing drama executed from top at the cost of tax payer’s money.
By Abu Thahir
Janu’s parents were agricultural labourers, having a painful history of servitude to the landlords that was similar to that of the Pulayar and Parayar of the plains area. She received no formal education and learned to read and write only at seventeen with the help of literacy mission.
By Soumya Sundar Chowdhury
I got involved in a brawl regularly with students of rival political organizations, from my own university as well as other colleges. As an involved member, I even indulged in a scuffle with the police. It was neither pretty, nor romantic.
By Raj Shekhar Sen
According to the National Crime Bureau for the year 2000, at least two Dalits were assaulted each hour in India. From 2006-11 in North-East India, about 7,000 rape case accusations and more than 11,000 kidnapping cases accusations were made against the Indian Army. But this is where we draw the line for our patriotism.
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.