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Ram Temple Mobilization: How to Defeat Divisive Forces

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.

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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”.

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.

The Shadow of 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.

Let’s talk hope after the assembly elections

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.

Resist Fascism. Boycott Jaipur Literature Festival.

By Mosarrap H. Khan
The Jaipur Literary Festival may have the numbers on its side. But as a reader and researcher of literature, I understand that literature is not about the numbers. The JLF might be able to sidestep our criticism as a minor inconvenience, but we stand our ground. The JLF is devoid of any moral compass, supposedly one of the tasks of literature.

Book Review: Romila Thapar, A.G.Noorani, and Sadanand Menon’s ‘On Nationalism’

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.