LS adopts resolution
against cow slaughter
The Lok Sabha adopted by voice vote resolution
moved by Prahlad Singh Patel, asking the Centre to enact a law banning
Myths and Dreams:
and the Indian Diaspora
By Angana Chatterji
Diaspora Indians must acknowledge the ascent of
authoritarianism and tyranny in India and stop Sangh apologists in the
United States from justifying hatred in the name of cultural nationalism.
Children Of Gujarat
By Anand Soondas
Muslims are shut out from the basic necessities
of life, like schools, banks, and a house. Welcome to Gujarat's version
'Digging Won't Resolve
Talking with Professor Irfan Habeeb
As a special team of the Archaeological Survey
of India begins excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Professor
Irfan Habib, speaks about the futility of the exercise.
IDRF Admits to Being
an RSS Operation:
Issues New Report Defending the RSS
IDRF admits that it is indeed part of the Sangh,
but sidesteps all charges of Sanghs documented role in violence
against minorities, and its orchestration of communal violence
By Kamal Mitra Chenoy
The all-out assault on secularism is not merely
against tolerance; it is against democracy itself and the very basis
of a pluralist India.
Hierarchies Of Hindu
By M.S.S. Pandian
While the ritual practices of the lower caste Hindus
are ordered to be removed or reformed in the name of science and humanism,
a stony silence often meets the innumerable Brahminical religious practices
that can no way be defended by the the same yardsticks.
Order on excavation
questions than answers
By Neena Vyas
The order of theLucknow Bench of the Allahabad
High Court on excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya raises the
larger question whether prior existence or antiquity can be invoked
as a legitimate and legally sustainable ground for reversing what are
essentially historical events.
V. D. Savarkar In
Parliament -Glorification Of
The Politics Of Assassination
By Anil Nauriya
The unveling of the potrait of V.D.Savarkar sends
out alarming signals. Is this going to be the beginning of the glorification
of the politics of assassination?
Godhra, A Year Later
By Jyoti Punwani
The arrest of Godhra's chief maulvi has nullified
months of peace efforts in the ultra-sensitive town.
Pota For Eating
Beef Sandwich While Architects Of
Gujarat Genocide Get Laurels
National cattle commission appointed by the NDA
government has recommended to ban cow slaugheter and make it a non -
bailable offence. The commission goes even as far as to recommend to
arrest those transporting cows under POTA
Holy cow! Look what
they're talking about
By Tavleen Singh
At a time when crores of Indian citizens are living
in abject poverty, with living standard far less than that of European
cows, the political deabte in India is about cow dung and 'gau mutr'.
Tavleen Singh analysis the bizarre politics of India
In Memory Of Kerala
By Binu Mathew
The attack on Christian misssionary and his subsequent
deportation is the beginning of intolerant communal politics alien to
Hindutva and ethnicity
By Gail Omvedt
The ethnic definition of Hinduism denies the ethnicity
of Dalits and other religions in India . The exclusionist nature of
Hinduism denies individual human creativity and freedom. Gail Omvedt
argues that the argument for "no conversion" seems to assume
that humans are less than human, that they are tied down to instinct
- Thoughts For The Pathless
By Pratap Bhanu Mehta
The principal requirements for combating Hindutva-a
vast and energetic organisation, an appealing alternative ideological
formation that carries any degree of conviction and a leadership that
inspires confidence- Pratap Bhanu Mehta explores the ways of confronting
Hindu Nation, Hindu
State and Hindutva
By Ram Puniyani
Do religions have Nationality? All those living in India Hindus? All
those Indians who do not practice Hinduism foreigns?In this insightful
article Ram Puniyani explores these questions in the context of the
aggressive Hindutwa politics.
Kerala Government bans
preaching by foreign missionaries
By Mukundan C. Menon
The Kerala Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, told the
Assembly on January 31 that his government would take "strict action"
against foreign missionaries coming to Kerala on tourist visa and engaging
in religious preaching.
Probe on RSS attack on US Missionary Joseph Cooper in Kerala
"People's Watch" (Tamil Nadu) and CHRO
By Dilip Simeon
The "enemy system", is an instrument
by which political leaders sustain popular hostility towards imagined
adversaries as a means of maintaining power. It thrives on lies, intolerance
and ignorance, the demonisation of other peoples, the surrender of personal
responsibility to 'great men'.
Who is afraid of Cooper?
By A. J. Philip
The Kerala government's haste to deport Mr. Joseph
Cooper shows how much the congress and the ruling UDF government is
in collusion with Sangh Parivar in Kerala. This strange marriage is
going to be very costly for Kerala. It's at the secular roots of Kerala
that the Hindutwa forces have struck.
Immigrant Guilt Into Funds For Hindutwa
By Gaiutra Bahadur
Hindutwa organisations are trying to tap into the
guilt, nostalgia and financial resources of its diaspora.
story Thackeray never wanted told
How a local journalist witnessed shiv sena chief
Bal Thackeray giving orders to kill Muslims during the Mumbai riots
of January, 1993
A saffron offensive
By R. Krishnakumar
The Sangh Parivar's media offensive against secular
writers and intellectuals in Kerala reflects the growing stridency and
influence of communal voices within the State.
Suman K Jha interviews political psychologist
Ashis Nandy on the fall out of Gujarat election results.
An ode to the Indian
By M.N. Buch
Can a democratic India afford to call its non-Hindu
citizens Untermenschen? Or create concentration camps for Muslims,
Christians and 'liberals'? Or murder millions inside gas chambers?
The wages of fundamentalism-
Lessons from Portugal
By A.J. Philip
A.J Philip draws parallel between India and Portugal
and explores how religious obscurantism put a break to the intellectual
growth of Portugal, affecting the overall growth and finally leading
to the downfall of the Portugese Empire
By Kai Friese
"While some of us lament the repetition of
history, the men who run India are busy rewriting it." Kai Friese
writes about the efforts of NDA government to Hinduise India's education
storm will not be limited to Gujarat: Togadia
By Neena Vyas
"All Hindutva opponents will get the death
sentence and we will leave it to the people to carry this out''
Campaign to Stop Funding Hate
The Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (SFH) announces
the launch of Project Saffron Dollar to bring an end to the electronic
collection and transfer of funds from the US to organizations that spread
sectarian hatred in India.
Foreign Exchange of Hate -IRDF and and the American Funding of Hate
- Full Report
A FOREIGN EXCHANGE OF HATE, presents
detailed information about the role of the Hindutva movement in spreading
sectarian hatred in India, and conclusively links IDRF to it. 'A Foreign
Exchange of Hate' is being co-published by Sabrang Communications based
in Bombay, India, and South Asia Citizens Web (SACW), based in France.
By Vijay Prashad
Do you know where your charitable contributions
corporates suspend funding to IDRF
Cisco Systems, one among the several IT companies
in the United States which contributed funds to the U.S.-based charity,
Indian Development and Relief Fund, has suspended donations to the organisation.
The Funding of Fanaticism
By Ra Ravishankar
Islamic fanaticism continues to pose as much a
threat as it does, doesn't Hindu fanaticism, operating under the patronage/indifference
of Indian and American governments, pose a much bigger threat?
IDRF and Hindutva
By Angana Chatterji
Citizens initiatives must demand accountability
of international groups that finance the apparatus of Hindutva.
and the Threat to Indian Democracy
by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Many Hindus recoil at the violence that the VHP's
ideology produces, but many of those who are uncomfortable with its
shrill edges are nevertheless in sympathy with its broad ideological
Glimpses of Gujarat
in a Martyr's City
A Fact Finding Report on Sholapur Communal Riots
by the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights Mumbai
Riots: A Case of Containment
a Communal Spark
A Report by the Fact finding Team of the Committee
for Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai
And The Politics of Terror
We must prepare ourselves for increasing violence in the years to come
if the BJP moves towards more muscular varieties of Hindutva. Violence
will spread and intensify if the party has its way.
Dissent Against Hindu Extremism
by Angana Chatterji
Non resident Indians and Americans of Indian descent
must take seriously their moral obligation to ensure that their dollars
are not funding malice and scrutinise the organisations that are on
the receiving end in India.
By Ra Ravishankar
After the Gujarat carnage, Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said, "... if Modi stands today from any constituency
in India, Hindus will vote for him." I hope the public sends a
strong message that violence begets ostracization, not votes.
by Other Means: Attacks Against Christians
Human Rights Watch Report