articles by Kuldeep Kumar

India

Saffron parties' campaign to rewrite Ramayana militates against India's cultural framework

The attempts by the trio of BJP, VHP and RSS to rewrite Ramayana militates against the core of Indian culture and tradition as it would mean de-legitimising a host of other extant versions of the epic

India

Hindi hegemony: Imposition of language on unwilling people can result in cataclysmic events

Now, an issue that one thought was settled after the anti-Hindi agitation that raged in the mid-1960s in Tamil Nadu is being reopened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, evoking strong protests not only from Tamil Nadu but also other southern states like Karnataka.

India

Gau rakshaks: PM Narendra Modi's admonition comes too late to heal Dalits' wounds

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at those who indulged in criminal activities in the night and donned the robes of gau rakshaks (protectors of cows) in the day, his speech raised more questions than it sought to answer

Life

On Nationalism: Essential reading to understand India’s past as well as present

On Nationalism, with essays by Romila Thapar, AG Noorani, Sadanand Menon, is a must-read book.

Politics

Gandhi and Godse: Rahul may lose legal battle, but he would have won politically

Even if Rahul Gandhi loses the legal battle, he would have won politically.

Politics

Where is CPM heading? To oblivion, if the Habibs' letter is any indicator

When a couple in its eighties chooses to write a letter to the CPM, a communist party it has loyally served for over six decades, it calls for immediate attention

Politics

Narendra Modi’s penchant for 'going solo' is not ideal for a country like India

No single person can be a repository of all knowledge and after the cabinet expansion, it's clear that Modi’s penchant for going solo is not ideal for India

World

Amjad Sabri assassination: Why do the Islamic jihadis hate the Sufis so much?

Amjad Sabri's assassination is a reminder that when religious bigotry takes over, nations self-destruct.

Politics

Jagmati Sangwan’s expulsion exposes CPM's existential dilemma

Expulsion of popular mass leaders such as Jagmati Sangwan is going to dent CPM's image and strength further in the Hindi-speaking areas, especially Haryana, where she has been active for the past three decades.

Politics

BJP's UP polls strategy: Narendra Modi will stick to 'vikas', while Amit Shah will polarise communally

The BJP enjoys an advantage in UP. In contrast to Bihar, where Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar formed an alliance, it faces a fragmented Opposition in UP