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Minority status: Has AMU become a political football, or is there more to it?

Jan 18, 2016

Minority status: Has AMU become a political football, or is there more to it?

Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney-General (AG) of India, told the Supreme Court last week that the Indian government was contemplating a review of its earlier decision to support the minority status given to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) #Supreme Court #ConnectTheDots #minorities #Aligarh Muslim University #Secularism #Mukul Rohatgi
Bihar firmly in grip of 'jungle raj-2', claims Ram Vilas Paswan

Jan 10, 2016

Bihar firmly in grip of 'jungle raj-2', claims Ram Vilas Paswan

Expressing concern over spurt in crime ever since the Grand Secular Alliance government came to power with a thumping majority two months back, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday claimed that Bihar was firmly in the grip of 'jungle raj-2' and threatened statewide agitation by his Lok Janshakti Party. #NewsTracker #bIhar #Nitish Kumar #Ram Vilas Paswan #RJD #Lalu Prasad #Lok Janshakti Party #Tejaswi Yadav #Tej Pratap Yadav #Grand Secular Alliance
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Hindus: Grand old man's politics of inclusion was defined by 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb'

Jan 07, 2016

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Hindus: Grand old man's politics of inclusion was defined by 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb'

Mufti Sayeed apparently imbibed the idea of a multi-cultural, inclusive India when he was a student at Aligarh Muslim University. #Jammu and Kashmir #InMemoriam #AIIMS #Mehbooba Mufti #Mufti Mohammad Sayeed #Hindus In Kashmir #Secular Leader
Looking forward to 2016? Don't bother, it's going to be more on trolls, cows and secular debate

Dec 30, 2015

Looking forward to 2016? Don't bother, it's going to be more on trolls, cows and secular debate

2016 will be exciting because we know the same constants will reappear with minor mutations. So lets go through the list quickly without any determination to change them through a pledge-like intervention. #Politics #Aamir Khan #Salman Khan #Shah Rukh Khan #India #Cow #Intolerance #Happy New Year #Pahlaj Nihalani #secular debate #new year 2016
The Tarek Fatah column: Secular Muslims are canaries in mine that can smell the poison, but is anyone listening?

Dec 29, 2015

The Tarek Fatah column: Secular Muslims are canaries in mine that can smell the poison, but is anyone listening?

One would have hoped that after the latest Islamic terror attack in America by the husband-wife team of Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik, US Islamic organisations would recognize it was time to condemn ‘jihad’ itself and to stop playing victim. #Al-Qaeda #Jihad #ConnectTheDots #Islamophobia #USA #LeT #Muslims #al-Shabab #secular #islamic-state #IS
Both sides of the argument are flawed: Why the great secularism debate is a waste of time

Nov 27, 2015

Both sides of the argument are flawed: Why the great secularism debate is a waste of time

The great secularism debate begins all over again. Rest assured, it will take us nowhere. There will be plenty of theoretical drivel from both sides of the secular divide justifying respective positions. And as usual there won’t be a point of convergence. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress president set the ball rolling on day one of the winter session; Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take it forward on Friday. The end result is not expected to be dramatic. #India #Narendra Modi #InMyOpinion #parliament #RSS #Debate #secularism debate #Nehuruvian #Nehuruvian secularism #and the other is that of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
No threat to Constitution today, says BJP's Venkaiah Naidu in Parliament

Nov 27, 2015

No threat to Constitution today, says BJP's Venkaiah Naidu in Parliament

The government on Friday dismissed the opposition charge of a threat to the Constitution in the Lok Sabha and sought to turn the tables on the Congress for imposing Emergency when fundamental rights were suspended. #Congress #BJP #NewsTracker #Lok Sabha #parliament #Emergency #Venkaiah Naidu #Secularism #Constitution
Three years of AAP: Party stands by key issues, but maintaining momentum will be tough

Nov 27, 2015

Three years of AAP: Party stands by key issues, but maintaining momentum will be tough

On the third birth anniversary of AAP, (it was formed on 26 November 2012) it remains an enduring puzzle why it continues to hog media space disproportionate to its size and influence. After all, AAP, as of now, is confined to the city of Delhi, which is a quasi-state. #Politics #India #Delhi #PoliticsDecoder #Arvind Kejriwal #bIhar #Delhi Police #Nitish Kumar #Centre #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Secular Front
Rajinder Sachar, Ashok Vajpeyi slam Rajnath Singh's 'secularism most misused word' remark

Nov 27, 2015

Rajinder Sachar, Ashok Vajpeyi slam Rajnath Singh's 'secularism most misused word' remark

Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar on Thursday termed as "nonsensical" Home Minister Rajnath Singh's remarks that "secularism" was the "most misused" word and it be translated as "panth nirpeksh" in Hindi, even as he expressed surprise that BJP leaders still have not learnt lessons from their drubbing in Bihar polls. #NewsTracker #Lok Sabha #Rajnath Singh #parliament #Winter session #Rajinder Sachar #Secularism #Constitution Day #Ashok Vajpeyi
Panthnirpekshya vs Dharmanirpekshya: Is Rajnath Singh giving new twist to the 'secular' debate?

Nov 27, 2015

Panthnirpekshya vs Dharmanirpekshya: Is Rajnath Singh giving new twist to the 'secular' debate?

When Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke extensively on the subject Panthnirpkeshya versus Dharmanirpekhshya and also why BR Ambedkar, chairman of Constitution Drafting Committee, did not deem it fit to insert the word secular and socialist in the original preamble of Constitution, many thought he was giving an entirely new dimension to the raging debate on secularism. #BJP #Rajnath Singh #RSS #BR Ambedkar #Constitution #secular #PolicticsDecoder #Rajnath Simgh #Panthanirpkeshya #Dharmanirpkeshya