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India and the Indian: At the heart of resistance to Vande Mataram is the context of its writer's opinions, writes Pragya Singh
India

India and the Indian: At the heart of resistance to Vande Mataram is the context of its writer's opinions, writes Pragya Singh

Demands that Indian Muslims should chant Vande Mataram put them in exactly the same situation as Indians who'd be asked to consider awarding Rudyard Kipling, the man who wrote The White Man’s Burden, a poem advocating racial superiority as the justification for colonialism.

Shahnama: The right hand of saffron power
Politics

Shahnama: The right hand of saffron power

The BJP president’s eye for detail and gargantuan efforts have taken his party to the pinnacle of power for the second time running, and earned him the number 2 slot in the Cabinet

On Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's death anniversary, a look at his views on Hindu society, colonial India
Life

On Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's death anniversary, a look at his views on Hindu society, colonial India

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's ideas on contemporary Hindu society and culture reveal a curious mix of liberalism and conservatism.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says not singing Vande Mataram doesn't make one anti-national
India

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says not singing Vande Mataram doesn't make one anti-national

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said singing 'Vande Mataram' was a "matter of choice" and those refusing to sing it could not be dubbed as anti-nationals.

Madras HC making Vande Mataram compulsory is a misguided attempt at forced patriotism
India

Madras HC making Vande Mataram compulsory is a misguided attempt at forced patriotism

The Madras High Court has ordered the people of Tamil Nadu, among whom Tamils are a huge majority, to compulsorily demonstrate their patriotism by singing a Bangla song Bande Mataram

Song-Anthem confusion: President's function begins with Vande Mataram, not Jan Gan Mana
India

Song-Anthem confusion: President's function begins with Vande Mataram, not Jan Gan Mana

In a goof up, a function to celebrate first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's 125th birth anniversary, attended by President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday began with a vocal rendition of 'Vande Mataram' instead of customary playing of the National Anthem by a military or police band