• Lynchings characaterise the Modi era

    Announcing the Monster is a collection of more than sixty essays written on various aspects of the so-called ‘New India’ which we saw emerge after the May 2014 general elections.

  • Post Rahul, Party may splinter but something new is needed

    When Trinamool’s Mahua Moitra took Parliament by storm in her debut speech last month, a thought crossed my mind. In over two decades as Congress President could not Sonia Gandhi have sent a handful of young people to both the Houses who ...

  • The New ‘Emergency’!

    The country will never forget that infamous night of 25/26 June 1975, when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had a state of emergency declared all over the country. During that dark chapter of the country’s history which lasted for a ...

  • Kashmir imbroglio gets worse but Modi has no plans for it

    Though the situation in Kashmir continues deteriorating but till date there is no clear indication of this Right-Wing government’s policy towards Kashmir. Yes, no signs of discussions and dialogues with the Kashmiris. Also, holds out the ...

  • Lynching is new normal in Modi's India

    There is complete anarchy spreading out, with the Right-Wing fascist forces coming up with just about any alibi to attack the Muslims of the country.

  • Rahul Gandhi’s Resignation will Help BJP

    The anti-Rahul campaign has certainly played its part in forcing a considerable percentage of voters to believe that nobody else but Modi can lead the country.

  • India – Pakistan ODI: Notes From Days When Cricket Wasn’t War

    This Sunday, 16 June, I look forward to being seated with friends in an arc around the TV set, ready to exult at the outcome of the Indo-Pak ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester. But two friends who have surprised me with their adoption of saffron...

  • 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.