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Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Recently the Hindu Mahasabha built a temple of Godse, the killer of Gandhiji, in Gwalior. An idol of Godse was installed. This was inaugurated on 15th November commemorating 68 years since he was hanged. This was natural for the Hindutva fringe groups who glorify Hindu fanatics. Since the advent of the present Government into power, a process which has been[Read More…]

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Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat till now had been projected as a unique model of development, which needs to be replicated in all other places. The Prime Minister in his speeches during election campaigns in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections in other states had sought to state that he would turn the country and other states into Gujarat. Gujarat was emulated as[Read More…]

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Misaligned Priorities In Development

Misaligned Priorities In Development

A claim often made by the Government is that India is emerging as a strong nation. Military alliance with powerful nations is shown as a sign of this growing strength. Growing alliance with United States, Israel and more vocal stand against Pakistan and China is cited as reason for the same. Defining strength is often dictated in the ‘militaristic’ sense,[Read More…]

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Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

Declining Saffron Influence In Social Media

India’s saffron wing finally seems to be losing the war in Social Media. The foothold it had achieved in social media appears to be ending. Social Media had played an important role in widening its support base among sections of the middle class and youth. It had built up a cadre of supporters ideologically in line with the saffron forces.[Read More…]

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Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

Are Rohingyas A Threat or Victims Of Hatred?

In the recent past, Government of India has tried to construct an argument that Rohingyas are a security threat to the Nation. Home Ministry has tried to indicate that Rohingyas pose security challenge and are recruited by terror groups. This point has been used to state that they need to be deported. RSS chief Mohan Bagawat the ideological mouthpiece of[Read More…]

Gauri Lankesh Assassination: Attempt In Establishing Rule Of Sword

Gauri Lankesh Assassination: Attempt In Establishing Rule Of Sword

One of the English phrases says that “Pen is mightier than the sword”. The attempt by sword to put down pen is purely a result of fear that Pen has created. Starting from Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh, the series of attempts to put an end to their lives is a result of this fear. Each of them had[Read More…]

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Will Demonetization Results Put An End To Bhaktism?

Will Demonetization Results Put An End To Bhaktism?

The RBI has come out with its Annual Report 2016-17. The report says that 98.96% of the demonetized notes have returned to the banking system. Of the 15.44 lakh crores worth of currency in circulation in the form of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, 15.28 lakh crores has returned back. This is in contrast to the argument put forth[Read More…]

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Religious Cults, Godmen And Blind Faith

Religious Cults, Godmen And Blind Faith

The conviction of Ram Rahim and the judgement to put him behind bars should ideally be welcomed by all sections of Society. But what cause worry are the incidents of violence which took place in support of Ram Rahim when he was convicted of the crime. These do raise questions as to whether Society finds it acceptable if crime is[Read More…]

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2022: Acche Din Part II

2022: Acche Din Part II

With 2022 occurring regularly in the speeches of the Prime Minister, it is important to look into what it meant. The Prime Minister vowed that by 2022, the poor shall have pucca houses, access to electricity, healthcare, sanitation and education, doubling of farmer’s income, expanded opportunities for the youth and women and India being free from communalism, casteism and terrorism.[Read More…]

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Political Position Beyond Social Identities

Political Position Beyond Social Identities

To the believers in reactionary ideologies, one’s position in life or social identity based on social background in life is the primary determinant of one’s political beliefs. This is true to some extent, but beliefs in more progressive ideologies or political beliefs can enable one to break away from this pattern is a reality. It has to do with a[Read More…]

Can A Profit Driven Economy Provide Solution To Climate Change

Can A Profit Driven Economy Provide Solution To Climate Change

The science of Climate Change has come to be well established. Predictive models indicate its dangers to the existence and survival of the future generations. While future technologies can arrest the dangers and reduce the pace of increase of atmospheric CO2, it has already crossed the alarm level of 408 PPM much above the acceptable limit of 350 PPM. Yet[Read More…]

Shrinking Spaces of Dissent Voices – Raise of Economic and Political Power

Shrinking Spaces of Dissent Voices – Raise of Economic and Political Power

Increasing control of economic and political elite in influencing national decisions and their usage of threats against those who question them are proving to be a threat to Indian Democracy. Voices of Dissent who keep a check on unquestionable exercise of power and control exercised by forces of economic and political power are being curtailed. Critical media and socially conscious[Read More…]

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Lynch Production Factory @ New India

Lynch Production Factory @ New India

The DNA of New India is being redesigned. Genetic Engineering for a new India is being undertaken. This new India legitimises the usage of mob violence by Lynchers. The new India creates an environment where lynchers are assured that they have unprecedented freedom to undertake their actions. They will never be punished for their actions, even if they are criticised[Read More…]

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Cricket Nationalism

Cricket Nationalism

The game of cricket is the most popular sport in India. It evokes a variety of emotions among the audiences – from extreme forms of happiness, excitement to disappointment. Based on audience connect with the teams, these extreme forms of expressions are at display. From an era where international cricket (between nations) was the most popular, a shift has occurred[Read More…]

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Othering To Ouring – Man, Environment And Society

Does benefit for the people and the planet conflict with each other? This is the question which arises when one looks atcurrent state of debate between environment and people. An environmental program can have beneficial effects in addressing climate change. Plantation based climate change interventions aims to increase the tree coverage both within and outside forests, villages, roads and riverside.[Read More…]

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Saharanpur Stalls Gorakhpur

Saharanpur Stalls Gorakhpur

The Hindutva winds of Gorakhpur are being stopped by Dalit walls in Saharanpur. The wind had attained significant force through installation of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. This is being stalled by Dalit led Bhim Army at Saharanpur. Goraknath has been a center of Political activity, particularly the Hindutva brand of politics. Gorakhpur has attained the[Read More…]

Countering The Fake News Industry

Countering The Fake News Industry

While fake news industry has existed in some form or other in the past too, the rise of BJP into power has coincided with the disproportionate growth of fake news industry. What makes it alarming is these fake news sites are closely connected to BJP IT cell. They are on a continuous run to produce fake news which is used[Read More…]

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Non State Actors And Moral Policing

Non State Actors And Moral Policing

In the recent past, one has witnessed violence being increasingly inflicted by actors such as Gau Rakshaks, Anti Romeo squads and Hindu Yuva Vahini. Violence by Hindu senas, Ram senas, Bajrang dal was always there. These are extra-constitutional actors aiming to impose a culture through usage of physical violence. Under the current National regime and State regimes in BJP ruled[Read More…]

University Spaces: Critical Thinking To Saffron Thinking

University Spaces: Critical Thinking To Saffron Thinking

For the proponents of Hindu Rashtra, the University and Academic spaces acquire importance for the propagation of the concept of Hindu Rashtra. Rather than treating them as spaces to foster critical thinking, they are seen as spaces to manufacture and condition a ‘Hindu mind’ in its Communal Avataar.  These spaces are seen merely as extensions of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS)[Read More…]

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Yogi Adityanath: India Is On The Move

Yogi Adityanath: India Is On The Move

India is truly on the move. It is a move in the direction of a ‘New India’. If the name of a ‘New India’ provides the image of something in the direction of modern, hi-tech, advanced, progressive then it is time to think back.  Yes the new India would be modern in terms of amenities for few but with supremacy[Read More…]

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What Is In The Store Called ‘New India’

What Is In The Store Called ‘New India’

Following the talk of Áche Din’, India of the past two and half years saw a series of events. It saw the eagerness of the state to push the Hindutva agenda. Efforts in the direction of picking and punishing those opposed to the agenda were undertaken. Similarly those wedded to RSS ideology saw a garlanding. In the process several sections[Read More…]

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Paradox of a Democracy: Choosing Oppression Through Elections

Paradox of a Democracy: Choosing Oppression Through Elections

Democracy has been described as a system ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’. India boasts itself to be the largest democracy in the world. It is pointed that it is the people’s choice which ultimately matters in a Democracy. It is true that India continues to have regular elections. People continue to make choices of their[Read More…]

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From a Free Society to a Surveillance Society

From a Free Society to a Surveillance Society

Gorge Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four depicts a situation of extreme state power in which the super state is controlled by a privileged few of the Inner Party. It is overseen by Big Brother who enjoys intense cult of personality. In this state there is omnipresent government surveillance. The government persecutes those with independent thinking which is considered as thought[Read More…]

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Anti War Is Not Anti National: Gurmehar Kaur And Internet Trolls

Anti War Is Not Anti National: Gurmehar Kaur And Internet Trolls

The recent attacks on Gurmehar Kaur by Internet Trolls firstly, for her criticism of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) violence at Ramjas College and secondly, for her expression of anti war sentiments through the Video made by her last year point to the aggressiveness of forces of hyper nationalism to put down alternative viewpoints. In this hyper nationalism, any dissent[Read More…]

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Gujarat Violence And Struggle For Justice

Gujarat Violence And Struggle For Justice

Communal violence is not new in India. This has existed all along. Despite India adopting the word ‘Secular’ in its constitution, religious tolerance yet remains a dream. Individuals, communal organisations, political parties have in some form or the other played a role in perpetrating communal violence all along.  Adoption of ‘Secularism’ has not resulted in a communal free behaviour among[Read More…]

Conflict Zones And Encounters: Book Review Of Blood On My Hands

Conflict Zones And Encounters: Book Review Of Blood On My Hands

News related to encounters is quite common, particularly from conflict prone areas in the country. These often get reported from areas such as Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Assam and Manipur. Sometimes the news related to encounters become controversial. There is an official version which describes these as ‘genuine encounters’. On the other side, human rights organizations based on certain factual errors[Read More…]

Donald Trump – Executive Order And Islamophobia

Donald Trump – Executive Order And Islamophobia

President Donald Trump you have placed restrictions on entry of immigrants from seven Muslim countries in your executive order dated 27th January, 2017. You have placed restrictions in the name of security of American citizens and protecting them from the threat of terrorism. The concern for security of American citizens is welcome. So also is the case of being concerned[Read More…]

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Communes In Venezuela: Experiments In Direct Democracy

Communes In Venezuela: Experiments In Direct Democracy

Latin America is a witness to experiments by leftward leaning heads of states particularly in Venezuela, Bolivia and Equador. These are often seen as anti-US, anti-market, autocratic and have been demonized in the western media. These shifts happened after growing discontent with devastating effects of neoliberal policies in these countries. New leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Evo Molares and Rafael[Read More…]

Book Review-Inside The Secret World Of BJP’s Digital Army

Book Review-Inside The Secret World Of BJP’s Digital Army

Name of the Book: I am a Troll: Inside the secret world of the BJPs digital army Author: Swati Chaturvedi Publisher: Juggernaut Books An earlier article titled ‘Saffron heads with Neutral masks: Spreading disharmony through Social Media’ argued that the Social media spaces are being increasingly used by right wing groups to promote messages of hatred, bigotry and fanaticism. It[Read More…]

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Shivaji Statue: Why Important For Hindutva Brigade

A recent controversy that has erupted is over the construction of 192 metre Shivaji Statue. There has been divided opinion on having such an expensive statue worth Rs. 3,600 crores. Critics are opposing it from four different perspectives. The first one is in relation to excessive costs, the second one from the opportunity cost undergone which could have been used[Read More…]

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Discourse On National Anthem: From Heart Warming To Chest Thumping Nationalism

Discourse On National Anthem: From Heart Warming To Chest Thumping Nationalism

A fanatic slogan by Hindu fundamentalist group reads “garv se kaho hum hindu hai” (say with proudness that I am a Hindu). Such a sloganeering transforms a religious identity from a set of emotion based on ‘bhakti’ towards ‘supreme’ to that of an inflated ego of ‘religious supremacy’ based on a proud religious identity with ‘hatred’ for others. Displaying ‘chest[Read More…]

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Demonetization And Narrative On Black Money

Demonetization And Narrative On Black Money

Never before has a decision of the Government shown negative effect on people so early as the current move to demonetize. A narrative has been built on its supposed benefits. The decision has been hailed by the supporters as a master stroke, a surgical strike which will end the reign of Black Money and establish the supremacy of White Money.[Read More…]

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And Then They Came For NDTV…..

And Then They Came For NDTV…..

The ban on NDTV India is one more effort by the Government in crushing independent reporting. At a time when there is serious attempt being made to make the media either to toe the government line or face harassment, the attempt is only to make the media toe the line of the government. It is a definite attempt at placing[Read More…]

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Nationalism Through Boycott Of Chinese Products: A Matter Of Convenience

Nationalism Through Boycott Of Chinese Products: A Matter Of Convenience

A recent version of displaying nationalism is the call to boycott Chinese products. The appeal would have acquired nationalistic sense if it would have been guided by the desire to protect the local producers and workers in India. But the call for boycott is only because of Chinese position on Kashmir. Using the same logic, will the same nationalism be[Read More…]

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Fear Has Gripped Bollywood

Fear Has Gripped Bollywood

An idea of ‘Nationalism’ propagated by Bollywood has come to hit it back. Bollywood has loads of films, which try to depict ‘Nationalism’ through Pakistan bashing and Army glorification. It also depicts India as a peaceful country but a sufferer and victim of sponsored terrorism from outside. Films such as Roja, Zameen, Sarfarosh, Gadar, Diljale and Agent Vinod have instances[Read More…]

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Adivasi And Forest Rights: Grassroots Reality Of FRA Implementation In Jharkhand

Adivasi And Forest Rights: Grassroots Reality Of FRA Implementation In Jharkhand

  Indian Democracy has ample examples of progressive policies not being able to meet people’s aspirations due to systemic inadequacies, implementation shortages and loopholes being misused by economic elite to dilute the process. Scheduled Tribes and other Forest dwellers act (2006) is one such legislation. The act was passed after prolonged people’s struggles for recognition of Adivasi and Forest dwellers[Read More…]

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

The decision of Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPA) to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India is a reflection of politics preceding art. The implications could go beyond and may widen the Indo-Pakistan cultural contacts. The more widening of the divide between the two, the better it serves the communal agenda of the Hindutva brigade.

Surgical Strikes And After

Surgical Strikes And After

Indian Army conducts surgical strikes. The Government thumps its chest. The media debates that this is the way to respond. The media channels compete debating this issue and try to increase their TRP ratings. Discussions get carried out on how skillfully the surgical strikes were carried out and comparisons made with similar strikes by Israel and United States.The urban middle[Read More…]

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Noam Chomsky had coined the term ‘Manufacturing consent’ to refer to the role played by Media in creating system supportive propaganda function. The purpose of propaganda is to indoctrinate human minds to think in a particular manner through imposing necessary illusions. The five filters which enable this is through control of ownership of media owned by corporations, revenues of media[Read More…]

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Una March: Challenging The Caste Barriers

Una March: Challenging The Caste Barriers

The Dalit march from Ahmedabad to Una has emerged as an important social revolt of the Dalits in Gujarat.This mass up-surgence is challenging the very base of the caste system. It is questioning the logic of division of work based on clean and unclean tasks among upper castes and Dalits respectively. On the basis of this division of labor, traditionally[Read More…]

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Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

The Prime Minister came out with statements condemning the act of Cow vigilante groups. By stating that most of self styled cow protectors are anti-social elements, he tried to create a dichotomy that there are fake and real protectors. Fake protectors are into anti social activities, resort to violence, and ignore important issues such as cow deaths due to consumption[Read More…]

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Mann ki Baat 2: A Speech By Narendra Modi

Mann ki Baat 2: A Speech By Narendra Modi

My Dear Indians, in my last speech I had shared my dream of a Saffron India and a Corporate India. Let me continue on this further and emphasise that these remain my primary goals and I would never compromise on these. During 2014 elections, I had said that I would replicate Gujarat model. I only meant that this would be[Read More…]

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An Essay On Cow

An Essay On Cow

The lesson on Cow is a popular lesson among School children. If School Children were asked to recite an essay on Cow in present times, it would go like this: Cow is a sacred animal for some Hindus. Cow is our new national animal. This is not yet made official. But our Government led by Sri. Narendra Modi ji has made[Read More…]

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Nationalists or Notionalists: Nationalism And Hindu Right Wing In India

Nationalists or Notionalists: Nationalism And Hindu Right Wing In India

Nationalism by itself may not be a bad word depending on who defines it. Though it may not be the highest form of progressive political identity, it still has progressive, liberal and plural content to it. For the right wing in India, it remains a single nation. Nationalism for it has little to do with the values that emerged from[Read More…]

Mann ki baat: A speech by Modi

Mann ki baat: A speech by Modi

My Dear Indians. Let me express my mann ki baat. Let me express how my heart beats for India. Let me express the dream and vision I have for India. Whether I am asleep or awake, what drives me is how to make India into a Saffron India and a Corporate India. Let me convey how deeply I am committed[Read More…]

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Irom Sharmila: The Spirit Of Indomitable Resistance

Irom Sharmila: The Spirit Of Indomitable Resistance

Irom Sharmila’s decision to end her fast is a welcome step. This would be the end her 16 year long non-violent resistance against a violent state. She had started her fast following the shooting of 10 Manipuris at a Bus stand in 2000. One cannot get a better image of resistance, opposition and struggle than the one displayed by Irom[Read More…]

Disowning Actions But Owning Ideology: RSS And Gujarat Events

Disowning Actions But Owning Ideology: RSS And Gujarat Events

It has now become a pattern for RSS to disown its own actions which emanate from its divisive Hindutva mindset. The RSS plays the game of association and disassociation. It associates with masses and its own saffron network and spreads hatred through multiple ways till an event occurs. It continues to promote a divisive mindset till then. However, as protests[Read More…]

Will Indians Start Listening To Kashmiris?

Will Indians Start Listening To Kashmiris?

For the mainstream Indian mindset on Kashmir, the land called Kashmir is an Indian property which should be protected and remain with India at any cost. The use of military is to protect this property. For them it is assumed this property might be grabbed away by the indigenous Kashmiris who are inspired by a neighboring country. It is never[Read More…]

A Love Story With Kashmir The Land But Not Kashmiri The People

A Love Story With Kashmir The Land But Not Kashmiri The People

  For the popular Indian imagination on Kashmir across India, the land Kashmir acquires more importance than the people Kashmiri. That is how while the land gets adored for its natural beauty, the people Kashmiris are less appreciated. While the travelogues in media start showing the beauty of the land, the same media when it comes to political reporting constructs[Read More…]

The Brexit Verdict: Failure Of The Idea Of Common Markets

The Brexit Verdict: Failure Of The Idea Of Common Markets

The Brexit verdict brings out the weakness of the concept of European Union. It raises questions whether integration based on the concept of common markets and free flow of capital and goods, services and people can be transformative for all the social classes. Whether integration based on supremacy of finance capital and markets and designed at promoting their profitability at[Read More…]

Hollowness Of Invasion: John Chilcot Report On UK Role In US Led Invasion

Hollowness Of Invasion: John Chilcot Report On UK Role In US Led Invasion

The recent report produced by John Chilcot to look into UK role in US led invasion exposes the hollowness of such actions by allied forces. Some of the key highlights of the report are that a) UK chose to join the invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted; b) Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein; c) There[Read More…]

Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up

Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up

Rana Ayub requires a high appreciation for bringing the book to the public domain. With an idealism to bring out the truth of Gujarat, the courage shown is highly appreciable. This is particularly more in an environment where publishing houses backed out from publishing the book and she had to do self-publishing.