The Blog of Cafe Dissensus Magazine – we DISSENT

Posts tagged ‘Hindutva’

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Vision of Democracy

By Sabzar Ahmad Bhat
The Ambedkarities, communists, minorities, particularly Muslims, need to work together to fight the communal fascist forces and to defend the idea of Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of democracy, the constitution, and the interests of all socially exploited and discriminated sections in the Indian society.

Advertisements

The Demonisation of the Muslim Subject: An Analysis of ‘Kesari’ as a Nationalistic Enterprise

By Shyaonti Talwar
“No Mamma,” said my son with an air of finality and infinite wisdom. “He is not Indian. He is Muslim. He is Pakistani. You don’t know.” And then he added with the same certainty and show of infinite wisdom as he sensed me doubting his statement, “All Muslims are Pakistanis.”

Review Essay: Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Why I am a Hindu’

By Mohan Ramanan
Tharoor’s Hinduism is both a result of a particular practice and an understanding of its tenets mainly from English translations. Many of us English educated people (I count myself among them) like Tharoor also got to know our Hinduism from a reading of translations of the Vedas,  Upanishads and The Gita, and the writings of Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananada, and Radhakrishnan.

The Hindutva inferiority complex inflicts damage on the Hindu psyche

By M Ghazali Khan
However, if the readers are shocked at the claims made by the RSS ‘thinker’, they should then hold their breath. They should go through these masterpieces of research by the saffron historians:
Ancient Italy was a Hindu country and the Pope was a Hindu priest.
English is a dialect of Sanskrit.
Ancient England too was ‘a Hindu country.’
The term Christmas is actually Krishna-mas, i.e. the month of Krishna, the Hindu incarnation at the time of the Mahabharata era. The word “mas” in Sanskrit means “month”.

India faces a constitutional crisis

By Ananya S Guha
The external politics of Hindu nationalism is managed by the leader, who gives the impression to the outside world that this India wants peace and amity and is ready to mediate among warring nations. And the rest of the world has been fooled by this discourse.

Babri Mosque demolition 25 years on

By Mosarrap H Khan
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the demolition of Babri Mosque, let me assert that the calamitous events on 6 December, 1992, have crippled Indian Muslims irreversibly just when many Muslims seemed ready to take off like their Hindu counterparts.

Will the ‘better’ survive in India?

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.

Rest in Peace, Gauri Lankesh

By Santosh Bakaya
But nay, truth never succumbs, no matter what. 
Its fire cannot be doused by any gunshot.  
It will rise, and rise from the ashes 
Branding a comatose humanity with the power of whiplashes. 

An Exclusive Mother India?

By Somok Roy
From the anthropomorphisation of the nation in the form of a fair, Hindu mother goddess during the anti-colonial struggle, to the characterisation of the land as ‘pitr-bhumi’ and ‘punya-bhumi’ in a bid for a communal, majoritarian, cultural nationalism, a large section of the under-mass has never been able to relate to the images and notions of nationality.

Trolls – Devil in ambiguity

By J Aslam Basha
It is only natural that minorities of all hues become anxious, especially when their voices are stifled by calls for adhering to a homogenous view propounded by the ruling BJP, which has long advocated the cause of Hindi, Hindu, Hindustani.