The day when revenge came disguised as justice
Calls for retributive violence do not constitute justice. Fair trials and stringent punishments do.
The New Right shows signs of disdain for education
Conservative, or moderate right wing, thought in India was one of the main agencies for the provision of quality education in the country over the last 100-150 years. That seems to have dramatically changed, and the present right-wing surge is being seen as synonymous with a new approach where quality public education is to be shunned as “elitist”.
What makes Pragya Thakur admire Nathuram Godse
For Pragya Thakur, as for Godse, nationalism is about Hindu hegemony and even supremacy. And, so, the killing of Mahatma Gandhi, the bridge between Hindus and Muslims in trying times, is not an act of treason. For those who value India as a nation belonging to all citizens, it remains treason.
Maharashtra secular CMP suggests Sena’s break with Hindutva
The Congress-NCP-Sena Common Minimum Programme also offers something for the Shiv Sena’s core constituency – it promises 80-% reservation in jobs for local youth, thus upholding its agenda of standing for a strong regional flavor in a state that houses Mumbai, India’s financial capital.
Maharashtra: Understanding the BJP and Ajit Pawar’s shock-and-awe alliance
Political parties would not have plumbed new lows but for their new belief that the masses appreciate this. They believe that people these days value quick action that shocks and awes more than consistent, reasoned, behaviour...
Amid JNU protests, here's what you need to know about educational subsidies
Fee hikes, like the ones announced by JNU and the IITs, will deny people equality of opportunity, with education remaining an option only for those who can afford it. The fact that many talents would never be able to get a chance to rise in life and serve society cannot be denied.
Congress and Sena coming together marks a new shift in politics
Secularism isn’t any longer the glue for the opposition. The new mood is one of anti-BJPism, reminiscent of the anti-Congressism of the 1960s and 70s, which would bring ideological foes together.
What are the social implications of the Ayodhya verdict?
The Ayodhya verdict, which hasn’t fortunately led to frenzy, spawns multiple possibilities, depending on how the stakeholders – meaning community leaders -- act in future. It can be best if other disputes aren’t raised, for if they are, it may just signal a complete shift in power relations in support of the majority.
Making sense of the Ayodhya judgment and its message
The Supreme Court, while interpreting the Hindu litigants' claim to the disputed land as stronger, tried to balance things by offering Muslims an alternative plot of land. The judgment was more than a mere title suit verdict; it sought a closure to a long-standing dispute.