Our Hindu Rashtra review: In new book, Aakar Patel charts India's descent into a majoritarian nation
Comparing India’s case to Pakistan’s, it becomes clear that the mainstreaming of religious politics is having the same kind of effect here that Pakistan has already undergone.
Shaheen Bagh protest challenges BJP govt’s brand of populism, is generative of new vision of democracy
Amid ongoing anti-CAA, NRC protests, Shaheen Bagh sit-in symbolises an alternative idea of democracy enmeshed in suffering, pain, mutual care, and the acknowledgement of vulnerability and human finitude
Recently one of my pictures was trolled by right-wing people on social media. These responses display that their frameworks to look at the world is disrupted by a visibly queer body. An important lens to look at the world for them is through marriage, which becomes the foundational principle of assigning gendered personhood. The comments were brutally transphobic and queerphobic. Throughout, one thread of reference remained the same, 'Who will marry this and how?'
Congress leader files complaint against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over '130 crore Indians are Hindus' remark
Mohan Bhagwat had at a public meeting on 25 December, said irrespective of religion and culture, people who have nationalistic spirit and respect the culture of Bharat and its heritage are Hindus and RSS considers the 130 crore people of the country as Hindus.
Row over RSS chief’s remarks overblown, the institution is only seeking to define Hindutva as pluralistic
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s recent comments, that the organisation regards the entire 130 crore population of India as members of “Hindu society”, has come at a time when the country is witnessing large-scale protests over a legislation that critics say is ‘anti-Muslim’, ‘divisive’ and part of BJP’s ‘majoritarian project’.
Partition-era debate on who is Indian has been reopened by the citizenship bill, with grave consequences
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is, at its heart, a debate waged around the rights of ignored Partition refugees, but with far wider implications for what it meant to be Indian
National interest is not being served by current politics of NRC and citizenship; narrow political interests are
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is listed for passing in the forthcoming session of Parliament. As everyone probably knows by now, it claims to give citizenship on relatively easy terms to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Bill has been especially contentious in Northeast India, also the location of the first National Register of Citizens exercise, where 19 lakh people in Assam have been excluded from the list, leaving them in limbo.
BSP says RSS' vision of India contradictory to that of BR Ambedkar, cites lynchings, atrocities against Dalits
'RSS vision has been spelled out by MS Golwalkar, he mentions that RSS wants to build India as Hindu Rashtra', he said
'Muslims in India are the happiest': Mohan Bhagwat says minorities, historically persecuted faiths thrive in India due to 'Hindu culture'
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat said that people of other faiths have sought refuge in India due to the 'Hindu culture'.
Being Muslim in New India is an inherently existential struggle, subsumed as community is under an emergent Hindu nation
With Narendra Modi's phenomenal victory in the 2019 elections, theories, everyday conversations, stories and celebrations speak of a significant notion: the 'Hinduisation' of society.
LK Advani led BJP's Hindu nationalism movement in 80s, 90s; espousing diversity today won't erase his past
LK Advani was the driving force behind the BJP's Indian nationalism and Hindutva concepts. Today, when he reminds the party about the BJP's 'respect' for 'diversity' and 'freedom of choice', does he expect them — or us — to believe him?
How coastal Karnataka was saffronised; Part 3: Hindu groups organise, Hindu Rashtra is defined, Savarkar makes his mark
The year 1915 is significant in Indian political history because it was then that the word 'Hindu' was used and accepted as a political term to define those who were not Muslim, Christian, Jain, Sikh or Buddhist. Until the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha was formed, the Arya Samajis, for instance, referred to themselves as 'Aryans', the followers of the ancient Vedic faith.
BJP's nationalism is partisan effort to show patriotic front, has no links with ideology of original nationalist cause
In 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in India, it rode on the mantra on 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' — a chant to unite the nation on the model of welfare and across-the-board economic growth. It pledged to do away with all the wrongdoings of the preceding two UPA regimes, and the voters obliged. Come 2019, the BJP is set for yet another political campaign, in hope of a second inning, but this time its focus is on another dimension of 'equalitarian welfare': nationalism.
Hindus feel victimised in a Hindu-majority country and in turn, some demonise Muslims, most of whom are descendants of victims of the conquerors and forced converts.
'I'm not a religious fanatic': Meghalaya HC's Justice SR Sen 'clarifies' on ruling that said India should have been declared 'Hindu country'
Justice SR Sen of the Meghalaya High Court sought to clear the air on his earlier remarks, and said that he is "not a religious fanatic."
Union minister Giriraj Singh supports Meghalaya HC's 'Hindu rashtra' judgment on granting Indian citizenship
Union minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday sparked controversy when he supported Meghalaya High Court's 'Hindu rashtra' judgment.
Palghar arms haul case: Sanathan Sanstha denies links with 12 arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad
The Sanatan Sanstha on Thursday said none of the 12 accused arrested in the Maharashtra arms haul case were the organisation's members as claimed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in its chargesheet filed in a special court.
Allahabad to be renamed Prayagraj: Yogi Adityanath's bid to wipe Akbar's name off Indian history is problematic
Symbolism in denigrating a ruler like Akbar points towards a disturbing trend but that has been happening for quite sometime now. The BJP strategy is probably to belittle their (Muslim rulers and kings) importance and denounce them by "suspecting their 'Indian-ness'.
Lord Ram for BJP, Shiva for Congress, Vishnu for SP: Hindu gods likely to take centrestage in UP ahead of 2019 polls
Ahead of the 2019 elections, the BJP, Congress and other parties are trying to project themselves as the champions of soft Hindutva and trying to wash away the "pro-Muslim" image .
Despite concerns, a Hindu rashtra not possible under BJP; a theocratic State will also erode rights of the majority
One could officially deny Christians and Muslims some political rights under a Hindu rashtra, however, because a Hindu rashtra also erodes the power and the rights of the majority of Hindus, one can be assured that this is not something that the BJP, or any other force can do