Articles by Tufail Ahmad
Sep 11, 2018
Democracy In India Part 16: RSS, other Hindutva groups speak of a pluralism unlike one espoused by democraciesIf RSS truly represents this pluralistic view of India, BJP’s exclusion of Muslims is a political phenomenon that will need explaining and countering by RSS itself.
Aug 29, 2018
10 years on from LeT's 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, JeM writings call for further seaborne attacks on IndiaA decade ago, 10 jihadi fighters from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), arriving by sea from Pakistan's port city of Karachi, landed on the coast of Mumbai and carried out coordinated terror attacks at multiple locations
Aug 28, 2018
Punjab's proposed amendment to blasphemy law Section 295 AA: Amarinder's move arms religious fanatics against free speechThe Punjab government's proposed decision to amend Section 295 AA, a law which makes acts of sacrilege against the holy books — Guru Granth Sahib, Gita, Quran, Bible — of major religions punishable with life imprisonment, is expected to cause quite an uproar as the bill will be tabled in Punjab assembly on Tuesday.
Aug 09, 2018
Democracy In India Part 15: Merit, not birth gets precedence as aura of elitism recedes from Indian militaryFreed from the control of British officers after Independence, the army wanted to self-Indianise, while people too established a bond with the army.
Jul 16, 2018
Democracy In India Part 14: Marathi literature vibrant but its Muslim writers shying away from challenging religious orthodoxyMaharashtra is an intellectually alive state with a vibrant literary tradition. Therefore, I decided to examine the influence of democracy on Marathi literature and its political impact.
Jun 08, 2018
Democracy in India Part 13: Girls' empowerment begins right inside homes in Pune district's Shirur talukaThe international women's day which began from America in 1909 reached this year directly into the homes of 14 villages in Shirur in a substantive and politically meaningful way.
May 23, 2018
Democracy in India Part 12: Gujarat's Muslims face social exclusion, lead ghettoised lives, but remain positive about futureIf an entire class of voters, in this case the Muslims of Gujarat, stops expecting anything from an elected government, it rings alarm bells for the health of democracy in India
May 14, 2018
Democracy In India Part 11: BJP systematically excluding Muslims, marginalised groups from poll processIn Gujarat — and increasingly outside the state — BJP has been implementing a policy of systematic exclusion of Muslims from the nation's political life.
May 09, 2018
Democracy In India Part 10: Scourge of casteism in slow retreat as more and more youth marry for loveThere are two contrary trends in Indian democracy: While caste remains alive in politics and society, it is also giving way to more democratisation in some regions, most notably in Gujarat.
May 06, 2018
Democracy In India Part 9: Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal's ascent shows Republic is truly becoming 'of people'The election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi chief minister, both voted in by masses, shows that true democracy is taking root in our society.