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The Hindutva Terror Nexus

The Hindutva Terror Nexus

Sanathan Sanstha, being probed for bomb blasts and assassination of three great democratic-secular intellectuals of India, Narendra Dhabolkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, is an offshoot (or vice versa) of Hindu Janajaguriti Samiti (HJS) which has openly been demanding conversion of democratic-secular India into a Hindu rashtra and celebrating ‘vadh’ of Gandhi ji. One shocking fact about HJS, not known[Read More…]

Tribute To Mahatma Tipu Sultan

Tribute To Mahatma Tipu Sultan

Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan were indeed the great rulers of Southern India. They perform their best efforts for the expansion, consolidation and development of the state of Mysore. Haider Ali played a pivotal role in the expansion of the Mysore State while Tipu Sultan thoroughly modernized the state. Haider Ali was a great warrior, while Tipu Sultan was a[Read More…]

What Do We Know About Ram Puniyani And His Aman Katha

What Do We Know About Ram Puniyani And His Aman Katha

He is one and half year older than Independence of our country. Independence had also brought partition of India. He is from other side of divided India. Of course, he and his family have lots of stories to tell about partition but these never turned into stories of ‘hate for other community’. At last, he became messenger of Aman i.e.[Read More…]

Dopdi In Mahendergarh: Encountering Saffron Terror In The Academia

Dopdi In Mahendergarh: Encountering Saffron Terror In The Academia

Report of a fact-finding team which visited Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh on 20th October 2016  . Team members: Anirban Kar, Deepak Gupta, Jitender Dhankhar, Sachin N, Sameeksha Khandelwal and Saroj Giri On 21st September 2016, students and teachers of English and Foreign Languages department at Central University of Haryana (CUH), Mahendergarh, performed a play based on Mahasweta Devi’s short[Read More…]

Interlinkages Between Communalism And The Political Underworld

Interlinkages Between Communalism And The Political Underworld

  In the aftermath of Allahabad High Court judgement that nullified her election as a MP from Raebareli and in the midst of on growing students’ unrest, also known as Bihar or JP movement, Mrs Indira Gandhi imposed emergency on 25th June 1975 under . Fundamental rights were suspended; political opponents and dissenting intellectuals were jailed, press censored. The pervasive[Read More…]

Fascism In India

Fascism In India

On Monday the 31st of October 2016 the Madhya Pradesh police assassinated eight alleged associates of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) after an alleged escape from prison near Bhopal.  This was not coincidentally a day when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hyping Hindu nationalism on Diwali, the Hindu festival that celebrates the return of the mythic god[Read More…]

“Who Killed Swamy Laxmananda?” 

“Who Killed Swamy Laxmananda?” 

The events in Kandhamal in 2008 shook the entire country.  The large number of tribal and Dalit Christians in this remote district of the then Orissa (now Odisha) state were subjected to months, even years of displacement, dispossession , death for a few and ‘forced conversion’ for those who remained, by the saffron forces which termed it ‘ghar wapsi’ or[Read More…]

Why Even After 32 Years Of 1984 Sikh Massacre Perpetrators Roam Free?

Why Even After 32 Years Of 1984 Sikh Massacre Perpetrators Roam Free?

32 years back in the first week of 1984, thousands of Sikhs; children, women and men, all Indian citizens, were butchered, burnt alive or killed in the most sadistic manner in different parts of the country. There is no count of properties of Sikhs destroyed and seized. This massacre of Sikhs in independent India is often justified as a reaction[Read More…]

If I Advised The AIMPLB

If I Advised The AIMPLB

Okay! So, you are laughing. Good! I love to make people happy and after all we all have our right to fantasize. The question I asked myself was, ‘If I were to be invited to advise the AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board ) at this rather heated moment, what would I say?’ Key word? IF. Please don’t get[Read More…]

The Surgical Strikes On Teesta Setalvad Continue With The Bari Report

The Surgical Strikes On Teesta Setalvad Continue With The Bari Report

Lalita Ramdas writes on the renewed vilification of  Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Prof. Apoorvanand’s article follows this intro: Too many things on my mind – not least of all the wide and growing gap between those PLUs – [people like us] – who we realise are not really like us at all – maybe they never were![Read More…]

BJP Manifesto May Be Reviewed, Hindu Nationalist Parties Might Be Banned Again

BJP Manifesto May Be Reviewed, Hindu Nationalist Parties Might Be Banned Again

On 19 and 20 October 2016 the Supreme Court held its first two days of hearings to review the Hindutva Judgement that had been pending for 20 years. The next hearing is on October 25. In the two days of discussions to kick off a process that according to Supreme Court Advocate Rana Raj K Singh may last up to[Read More…]

Muslims Didn’t Commit All These Crimes!

Muslims Didn’t Commit All These Crimes!

Whenever I write in defence of democratic-secular India, against persecution of minorities, Dalits, women and working class, the Hindutva zealots instead of responding to the issues raised by me, single me out for all kinds of degraded attacks. For them my name and religion become main target of venomous attacks. My family, my mother, her womb, my bringing up, my[Read More…]

Promoting Enmity On Grounds Of Religion Is A Corrupt Practice

Promoting Enmity On Grounds Of Religion Is A Corrupt Practice

Today Tuesday 18 October 2016 a seven-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court of Chief Justice TS Thakur and justices MB Lokur, SA Bobde, AK Goel, UU Lalit, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao will be constituted to examine the scope of inquiry to be conducted when charges of corrupt practices under Section 123 (3-A) of the Representation of the[Read More…]

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

#SaveHinduismFromHalfPants was a campaign Countercurrents.org ran in October 2015 in association with CPI (Mohammad Rafi) . Now that the RSS changed their uniform from half pants to full Khaki trousers, let’s hope that RSS will change their half baked Hindutva ideology to a fulsome understanding of Humanity! #FromHindutvaToHumanism

A Unique Ramlila

A Unique Ramlila

We need to remind ourselves that a unique Ramlila, is being staged since 1972, at Bakshi Ka Talab, about 20 km from Lucknow, where lead characters like Rama, Lakshman and Hanuman are played by Muslim youths, a clear departure in a region known for communal flare-ups. This four-day Ram Lila starts on the day of Dusshera day, and has also been adapted into a Radio play, ‘Us Gaon ki Ram Lila’, by Lucknow All India Radio, which won the Communal Harmony Award in 2000

Decoding Violent Cow Vigilantism

Decoding Violent Cow Vigilantism

A year has passed since Mohammad Akhlaq, a Muslim ironsmith, was brutally killed in Dadri’s Bishara village by a mob of cow vigilantes in front of his family for allegedly having stored and consumed beef. Notwithstanding the widespread national and international condemnation there seems to be no let up in violence by Cow vigilantes. In the latest incident on September[Read More…]

Resurrecting Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Who Died A Mysterious Death For Shudhi Of Indian Muslims

Resurrecting Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Who Died A Mysterious Death For Shudhi Of Indian Muslims

PM Modi a senior seasoned swayamsevak of RSS who describes himself as ‘Hindu nationalist’ misses no opportunity to denigrate minorities of India specially Muslims. The latest was when on September 25, 2016 while addressing a national level BJP conclave at Kozhikode, Kerala he did not forget to share his belief with his captive audience about Muslims being ‘other’ or ‘different[Read More…]

I Will NOT Remain Silent…

I Will NOT Remain Silent…

 I read Seema Mustafa’s evocative and heart wrenching piece with sadness and a deep deep sense of foreboding. And what follows is a stream of conscience set of thought and emotions which kept coming almost endlessly. I have not had the heart to pick up the phone and wish any of our friends and family Eid Mubarak this Eid. And[Read More…]

Brahmanization Of The Onam Festival

Brahmanization Of The Onam Festival

Portraying Onam as Vamana Jayanthi is just another step by Sangh Parivar forces to bring all festivals into the hindutva fold which is essential to project the idea of hindu rashtra, a homogeneous culture of Hindi-Hindu-Hindutva.

Police Sniffing In Kitchens While Rapists Roam The Streets

Police Sniffing In Kitchens While Rapists Roam The Streets

The latest statistics put out by the National Crime Record Bureau gives the Haryana state of India a dubious distinction. It stands second in the number of complaints lodged with the police, second only to Uttar Pradesh. That the population, in general, views police as the last resort in cases of injustice, puts the statistics in perspective. Haryana, the state[Read More…]

American Muslims 15 Years After 9/11/2001

American Muslims 15 Years After 9/11/2001

For Muslims now, 15 years since 9/11, ‘it seems more people are more openly hateful’ (Penn Live) Muslim Americans still struggle with hate crimes, 15 years after 9/11 (AOL) 15 years after 9/11, unwelcome spotlight returns to Islam (USA Today) Muslims are still under attack for their beliefs 15 years after 9/11 (Desert News) These headlines best reflect the dilemma[Read More…]

Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

India’s beef ban politics has taken a turn for the bizarre with Haryana police have started collecting samples of Biryani sold in Mewat district, the states only Muslim dominated district. The biryani checks are taking place days ahead of Eid festival. The biryani checks have taken many by surprise asking whether the police should be focusing on other crimes in[Read More…]

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath who played pivotal role in bringing justice to the Kandhamal pogrom victims was remembered in a function in Delhi. Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Cheenath of Kandhamal passed away in Mumbai on 14th August 2016 after a brave struggle against cancer. He was 81. The Archbishop played major role in the people’s struggle for justice after the August 2008[Read More…]

Kandhamal Day Observed For Peace, Justice And Communal Harmony

Kandhamal Day Observed For Peace, Justice And Communal Harmony

Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadvabana Samaj , an organisation of Survivors of Kandhamal violence observed 8th Kandhamal Day at Balliguda on 27th August with participation of about 15000 people. On this occasion a peace rally marched from mini-stadium Balliguda to Sub-Collector office and gathered in PWD square to observe the Day. Viswa Hindu Parishat attempted to stop the march at some places. Yet, it did not deter people to hold the march peacefully.

Lessons From Kandhamal

Lessons From Kandhamal

Today is the 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom. When we look back on one of the worst communal violence against Christian communities in the history of modern India, what lessons can be learnt? In 2015 August, I was in Kandhamal on the 7th anniversary of the Kandhamal pogrom. When I marched with a sea of people through the streets of[Read More…]

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Scorched Visions Of Kandhamal

Scorched Visions Of Kandhamal

Today is 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom, one of the worst communal violences against Christians in India. On this occasion we are publishing an interview with renowned film maker K.P Sasi who has completed a documentary on the pogrom “Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice” Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice, the latest documentary[Read More…]

BJP, Dalits, And The ‘Cow Politics.’

BJP, Dalits, And The ‘Cow Politics.’

“In these four years, I also saw with, some disquiet, forces of divisiveness and intolerance trying to raise their ugly head. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly. The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me confidence that such forces will remain marginalized, and India’s[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Rashtriya Muslim Manch Of RSS On Its Plan To Hoist Tricolour At Madrasaas

An Open Letter To Rashtriya Muslim Manch Of RSS On Its Plan To Hoist Tricolour At Madrasaas

As per press reports Rashtriya Muslim Manch is to hoist National Flag; the Tricolour at some madrasaas across the country on Independence Day. Since your organization, a creation of RSS, has taken a unilateral decision we would like to ask few related questions. Before taking up the task of hoisting our National Flag on madrasaas you must prove your credentials[Read More…]

 Uniform Civil Code: Why And How?

 Uniform Civil Code: Why And How?

What is called as Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is as such dealing with the personal laws (marriage, divorce, maintenance, custody and inheritance). Our criminal and civil laws are same for all the religious communities but our personal laws have been related and linked to religion. So there are separate laws for Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Ironically Jain, Buddhists and Sikhs[Read More…]

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 Unity With Ideological Clarity Is The Only Way To Defeat Hegemonists

 Unity With Ideological Clarity Is The Only Way To Defeat Hegemonists

We know the violence against the Dalits, Muslims, aadivasis and Christians is on the rise and it need to be resisted fully. That law and order agencies are not doing their duties as prescribed to them under the constitution of India. Now we have the ‘Sawan ka mahina’ and thousands of ‘Kanwad yatris’ have occupied the national high way from[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…]

Book On Kandhamal ‘A Wake-Up Call For The Nation’

Book On Kandhamal ‘A Wake-Up Call For The Nation’

 Investigative book ‘Who killed Swami Laxmanananda?’ authored by senior  journalist Anto Akkara, came in for wide acclaim at its release in Bangalore on July 23 with eminent jurist and former Advocate-General of Karnataka Ravivarma Kumar describing it as a ‘wake up call for the nation’. “The content of the book has grave implications for Indian democracy,’ remarked Kumar while releasing[Read More…]

K.P Sasi’s “Voices From The Ruins” Depicts The Naked Reality Of Kandhamal: V.S Achuthanandan

K.P Sasi’s “Voices From The Ruins” Depicts The Naked Reality Of Kandhamal: V.S Achuthanandan

Speech given by V.S Achuthanandan, former Chief Minister of Kerala, inaugurating K.P Sasi’s documentary  “Voices From The Ruins, Kandhamal In Search Of Justice” in Trivandrum, Kerala on 19th July, 2016 K.P Sasi’s documentary “Voices From The Ruins, Kandhamal In Search Of Justice” raises some burning questions about the social reality of the present times. This documentary brings to us the[Read More…]

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 ‘Voices From The Ruins Of Kandhamal’ And Why I Cried After Watching The Film

 ‘Voices From The Ruins Of Kandhamal’ And Why I Cried After Watching The Film

Kandhamal is not a new subject to me. Countercurrents.org had published an article on 2nd November 2003 by Angana Chatterjee “Orissa: A Gujarat In The making”. It was five years before the worst communal violence against Christians in modern India happened in Kandhamal in 2008 in which 93 people were killed, over 350 churches and worship places which belonged to[Read More…]

My Encounter With Dr. Zakir Naik

My Encounter With Dr. Zakir Naik

November 2002. It was an unusual audience at the Music Academy in Chennai, drawn there by an unusually eloquent speaker. The giant hoardings in the city calling attention to a ‘Communal Harmony Meet’ had drawn my attention too, having just returned from Gujarat after listening to painful personal stories from the victims of the ‘riots.’ I had dropped everything else[Read More…]

Did Ashoka’s Embracing Buddhism, Promoting  Ahimsa Weaken India?

Did Ashoka’s Embracing Buddhism, Promoting  Ahimsa Weaken India?

Past is used by communal politics for their present political agenda. In India on one hand we have the use of medieval history where the Muslim Kings are presented as ‘aggressors due to whom Hindu society had to suffer’, on the other now we are witnessing the distortion of ancient history being marshaled to undermine Buddhism vis a vis Brahmanism.[Read More…]

A Deeper Malaise:  The Targeting Of Dr Zakir Naik

A Deeper Malaise:  The Targeting Of Dr Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik Quotes from the Quran, He Quotes from the Vedas, He Quotes from the Upanishads, from the Puranas, He Quotes from the Bible, Torah, Guru Granth Sahib etc etc. ie He Quotes from almost all Religious scriptures. His debates include ‘Similarities between Islam and Hinduism’, ‘between Islam and Bible’ and so on –He has a fantastic memory and can[Read More…]

Zakir Naik Controversy And Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Zakir Naik Controversy And Anti-Muslim Bigotry

This time Eid celebrations, for me, were hollow, void and barren, not because that I could not make it to my home on eid, but more so because of the fact that the preceding month; the holy month of Ramzan, has witnessed series of tragic/unholy attacks from Orlando, Istanbul to Dhaka and Masjid-e-nabwi in Medina. These traumatizing terrorist attacks have[Read More…]

Should RSS Volunteers Be Permitted To Join Government Services?

Should RSS Volunteers Be Permitted To Join Government Services?

  An old controversy resurfaced lately. After the alleged denial of government jobs to candidates linked to the RSS, Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh, said last week that “the central government has not issued any such order (prohibiting government staff from joining RSS activities) recently”, and “if any old order exists, we will review it.” (16 June,[Read More…]

Triple Talaq: Touchstone Method Of Constitution Is Supreme

Triple Talaq: Touchstone Method Of Constitution Is Supreme

Today Supreme Court of India has stated that triple talaq will be tested on the touchstone of the constitution. The message is clear that constitution is supreme law of the land and anything whatsoever be its nature or form will have to follow the provisions of the constitution. This is the fundamental basis of the rule of the law. If[Read More…]

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Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee: BJP/RSS Hindutva Icon Was A Collaborator Of British Rulers And Muslim League

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee: BJP/RSS Hindutva Icon Was A Collaborator Of British Rulers And Muslim League

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee (1901-1953) is a prominent Hindutva icon for the RSS/BJP brigade. It was he who, on the advice of M.S. Golwalkar, the second chief of RSS and its most prominent ideologue, founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), precursor of present BJP, in 1951 and became the first president of the political arm of the RSS. He died[Read More…]

Ayodhya or Saket : The politics of Ram Temple

A documentary by Vidya Bhushan Rawat on the Ayodhya issue and how it affected the communal harmony of India. It is being republished in the context of resurgent Hindutva programme in India which catapulted Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India. This documentary is all the more significant in the context of the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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Using Ambedkar Against Dalits

Using Ambedkar Against Dalits

In 2014 Narendra Modi rode a massive campaign promising Acche Din for the people of our country. After suffering for 2 years from the witch-hunting of the minorities, murders of Dalits and fund cuts for marginalized students, the country has realized that the rule by the Sangh led government is not going to have any favorable impact on their lives.[Read More…]

BP Mahesh Guru’s Arrest Widely Condemned

BP Mahesh Guru’s Arrest Widely Condemned

  A journalism professor accused of making insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union minister Smriti Irani has been jailed for insulting Lord Rama. Professor BP Mahesh Guru, who teaches at the Mysore University, was arrested on June 17 when he appeared before a Mysore court in connection with a case registered against him for allegedly insulting the Hindu god[Read More…]

Support Teesta Setalvad: Donate To Sabrang Trust 

Support Teesta Setalvad: Donate To Sabrang Trust 

As a concerned and responsible citizen of India, we not only stand in solidarity with Teesta and others at the Sabrang Trust but we would also like to donate so that the various activities undertaken by the Trust runs smoothly. We would also like to appeal the fellow citizens. The NRIs who still retain their Indian passports can donate as well.

Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast The First Stone?

Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast The First Stone?

  Communal violence is the big bane of Indian society. While on one hand the innocents are killed the guilty mostly get away without any punishment. The rate of prosecution of riot cases is very low. Even where punishments are meted out the big fish are let off while the foot soldiers get punished. Apart from these observations what is[Read More…]

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Muzaffarnagar +Dadri + Kairana=Love Jihad+Beef+”Hindu” Exodus=Hard Communalism=Votes

Muzaffarnagar +Dadri + Kairana=Love Jihad+Beef+”Hindu” Exodus=Hard Communalism=Votes

Just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Muzaffarnagar erupted in violence in which nearly 80 Muslims died, and thousands fled their villages. Now with the 2017 Assembly elections due in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP seems to have activated its machinery yet again. BJP MP Hukum Singh from Kairana claimed that hundreds of Hindu families are being forced to leave Kairana,[Read More…]

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Electorally Holy Cow

Electorally Holy Cow

For many of us, beef has become ‘news’ of unpleasant sort. There is now a forensic report after eight month from a lab in Mathura which claims that the meat found inside the lynched man, Mohammad Akhlaq’s home at Dadri “belonged to beef or a cow progeny”. It is in contrast with an earlier report by the Greater Noida Veterinary[Read More…]

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Two Years Of Modi Sarkar- Broken Promises: Sectarian Agenda

Two Years Of Modi Sarkar- Broken Promises: Sectarian Agenda

The performance of the Modi Government during last two years has to be seen in the light of the promises made in the electoral campaign and on the barometer of values of Indian Constitution of pluralism and diversity. Acche din had become a buzzword, black money being retrieved and being deposited in everybody’s bank account was looked forward to and[Read More…]

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Fact-Finding Report On The Alleged Exodus Of Hindus From Kairana

Fact-Finding Report On The Alleged Exodus Of Hindus From Kairana

A team of journalists and activists, deputed by The Milli Gazette, on 14 June 2016 visited the town of Kairana in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district which is in the national news due to the claim by the local BJP member of Parliament Hukum Singh that 346 Hindu families have been forced to flee Kairana town due to threats from[Read More…]

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Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

The Narendra Modi led Indian government cancelled on Thursday the registration of Sabrang Trust run by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Teesta and her NGOs are on the forefront of civil society campaign against the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, in which over 1000 muslims were massacred. She was active in bringing to justice many Sangh Parivar[Read More…]

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