Opinions

  • Whither Secularism: Democratic Society and Minority Rights

    We are living in times where the social norms, the values of Constitution have been violated times and over again. The increasing atrocities on dalits, the lynchings of minorities in the name of Cow-Beef have changed the social equations in a d...

  • Tough times ahead for minorities under Modi and Shah

    It's not just the Muslims or the Christians who are coming up with the 'what next…will we be left to survive or is doomsday just round the corner for us?' Even sane voices from other communities are voicing their concerns.

  • Modi at Crossroads!

    The hard reality of saffronisation of Indian institutions and revision of academic literature to promote what is desired by the saffron brigade cannot be ignored.

  • Media Crawled During Emergency—Today is its Spine Straight?

    It is not a complaint but rather a reflection on the general state of play: in my 50 years of journalism, Narendra Modi happens to be the only Prime Minister I have never met.

  • Dark clouds ahead under Modi 2.0

    As an Indian Muslim, I have never ever before felt so suffocated and threatened and disillusioned and apprehensive, as I did from the summer of 2014, when the Modi government came to power.

  • Time to revive political aggression

    Political aggression does not mean a direct confrontation; it means playing a proactive role on all the national issues and to try to attract others in their fight.

  • Gandhi’s Assassin Godse’s ideological inheritors

    So BJP, while pursuing Hindu nationalism has to fake that it respects Mahatma. Conveniently it has made him symbol of ‘Swatchta Abhiyan’, bypassing Gandhi’s central mission of Hindu Muslim unity and his path of Indian nationalism.

  • Muslims And Election: They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait

    Modi appeared on the scene when the post-9/11 world was in the grip of wild Islamophobia. Modi saw advantage in sailing with this current. His hard-line communalism fitted neatly with the global mood.

  • Modi 2.0: Indian Muslim survival kit

    On renewal of mandate for another term, Modi promised an inclusive India. Normally it would not be fair to question a positive intent within days, but in light of Modi’s past it is easy to agree when some question his commitment to inclusivity.

  • Why qabristan is central to BJP theme

    This Qabristan/Shamshan politics is not that old as we all remember the heat it generated when Modi during his campaign in 2014 raised the issue, accusing Samajwadi Party (SP) government in UP (2012-17) to have opened its coffers for Qabristans.

  • Modi's continuing as Prime Minister may degrade Gandhi's India

    After Modi became Prime Minister he launched a drive to unabashedly promote a personality cult around him.  Modi also launched a whirlwind tour of many advanced countries and made sure that the media published his photographs ever...

  • The Babri Mediation: How suitable is Sri Sri?

    His postulations for temple are more than visible for his series of stands against the Muslim side in the case. All of his arguments have been heavily loaded against Muslims to surrender the Babri Masjid site in favour for a Ram Temple on it.

  • A New Vogue: Authoritarian Leader Don’t Easily Accept Defeat

    Modi’s Hindu Rashtra aspiration is not only undoable but, in pursuit of the goal, dangerously divisive. Hindutva growing into full blown oak in the Hindi belt will make this belt look very different to, say, the South.

  • Spewing Venom

    The attacks on minorities (both verbal and physical), have been taking place on an unprecedented scale ever since they came to power in May 2014. It is therefore logical that spewing venom is the core agenda of the ruling political dispensation.

  • The Sinking Religious Freedom in India!

    India is marked as a violator of religious freedom by United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, in its 20th Annual Report released recently on the conditions of countries, in line with International Religious Freedom Act.

  • Elections 2019: Watch out for Media Power!

    Now, more than 900 channels are available in India. Ahead of the electoral verdict, politicians seem to judge their 'success' by the nature of their media coverage.

  • Why Hindutva Philosophy Never Discusses Poverty

    Does Hindutva's ideology allow any anti-poverty agenda in any mode of its functioning? Do they suggest ways and means to alleviate, leave alone eradicate, poverty?

  • Congress and BJP: How different are their attitudes towards Muslims

    Indira Gandhi appeared to have been chastened into Hinduism once she returned to power in 1980. A touch of Hindu majoritarianism dictated her offensive on Sikh extremism.

  • Ram’s Birth in Ayodhya: Memorable View From Sanctum Sanctorum

    There was a singular absence of frenzy last week in Ayodhya on the occasion of Ram Navmi. As the campaign for election 2019 rose to a crescendo, one would have expected the Hindutva Brigade to turn up in full force for several reasons. To obtai...

  • Priyanka-card: A Gamble?

    Congress is not the only party which gives some consideration to dynasty factor in elevation of party members to key posts. If Varun was not Maneka Gandhi’s son, would he have been given significant political space in BJP?