Future course of Indian politics may depend on how Narendra Modi cracks caste barrier and creates new political formulation of poor
This is the crux of the debate and the most consequential question in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Can this subsume the caste divisions and create a consolidation behind Modi quite like the way BJP had once banked on Hindutva to unite fractured Hindu votes? How confident is the BJP of cracking the tradition caste formulations in Indian politics and giving rise to a new discourse on the empowerment of the poor?
Bengal Votes: In Basirhat, TMC banks on novice Nusrat Jahan, a Muslim without hardcore communal baggage, but lacks real connect with voters
In reality, Nusrat is every inch a star. She knows Basirhat but as a place where she's done stage shows. She knows how to wave to the crowds like a princess. She refers to them rather regally as 'my people'.
Kozhikode-based Muslim Education Society bans hijab, says it will empower women: Religious groups, students outrage
Kozhikode-based MES, with its 100-odd educational institutes and a student strength of about a lakh, issued a circular banning hijab and instructing the heads to not allow students with any dress covering their face from the next academic year. The move has got traditionalists in the community up in arms.
Impunity for cow vigilantes in BJP's India threatens the foundational idea of the country's pluralism
From large-scale Hindu-Muslim riots and pogroms that were the hallmark of earlier phases of Hindutva politics, the violence has now tapered down into small-scale and localised incidents of attacks on individuals - mostly carried out in mobs against Muslims and Dalits, largely over beef consumption, transportation or storage.
How coastal Karnataka was saffronised; Part 4: RSS banned, Golwalkar forms VHP, recruits Vishvesha Teertha of Pejavara mutt
The RSS, apart from organising programs for their national leaders like Golwalkar, was mainly strategising on expansion. They hardly had any direct involvement in the freedom struggle. Some RSS leaders and cadre in the region participated individually. Under the leadership of RSS Mangalore head HV Sheshadri, his recruits started setting up shakhas in urban Mangalore and smaller towns like Udupi, Puttur and Karkala.
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.
With global forces watching India-Pakistan ties, BJP-RSS can't solve Kashmir problem unless they shed anti-Muslim image
India-Pakistan tensions: The global forces see the Kashmir issue as a more contentious one. The human rights issue of both sides needs to be carefully weighed. Hindutva forces treat terrorist violation of jawan human rights and state violation of civilian human rights one and the same. But UN covenants and international understanding of state violation of human rights is treated at different level.
Surf Excel ad does not promote 'love jihad', but it is a damaging script that misreads India's inherent pluralism
The 'Surf Excel' ad is drawing a lot of attention. One hopes those watching it won't be persuaded by its subtle promotion of divisiveness and victimhood narrative. But hopes aren’t high. Critical thinking has vanished from India’s public sphere
Minority and the self: "I am appalled at attempts to make me less Muslim and more Indian. Both identities can co-exist"
Any assertion by a Muslim brings about restlessness and discomfort in the majority. For many non-Muslims, the disproving of misconceptions challenges everything they thought they understood about Islam and Muslims, and opens a window to the complexity and diversity of the Muslim identity
Saudi Arabia may believe in terror threat, but its roots in Wahhabi extremism is a danger India can't ignore
It is imperative that New Delhi take notice of this threat of Wahhabi extremism from Saudi Arabia and not sweep the menace under the rug, as governments at the Centre often have when it comes to its policies concerning the Muslim community.
Hate crimes in UP have changed lives forever: When I walk past, people shut their doors, says Muslim man falsely accused of cow slaughter
In this concluding part of the six-part series investigating 13 hate crimes in Uttar Pradesh, the series aims to examine how often, hate crimes change lives, and entire ways of living.
Numerous cases of UP Police falsely implicating, arresting Muslims under charges disproportionate to crime, reveals report
Investigation reveals allegations of police excesses including falsely implicating and arresting Muslim men, levying onerous charges against them that are disproportionate to their alleged crime, and applying different legal yardsticks to Muslim and Hindu accused.
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Priyanka Gandhi enters politics, India's spin twins deliver, budget expectations; today's must-read stories
The timing of Priyanka Gandhi's political entry is significant. Unlike Rajiv or Sonia who had to step in after a family tragedy — for Rahul and Priyanka it was a time of their own or the family's choice.
Pattern emerges in UP hate crimes: 'Outsiders' communalise trivial disputes, police step in to selectively act against Muslims
Uttar Pradesh has reported the largest number of hate crimes since 2009, as per Hate Crime Watch, a database of religious identity-based hate crimes across India from 2009 to 2018
Field report from 13 sites of hate crime in Uttar Pradesh: Lingering fear, distrust, justice delayed and denied
With 92 attacks, 2018 recorded the most hate crime in India in a decade, according to Hate Crime Watch, a database of religious identity-based hate crimes across India from 2009 to 2018.
Naseeruddin Shah's detractors should know that by telling someone they should be happy with whatever freedom they have been granted, they are implying that they weren’t supposed to be free in the first place
Naseeruddin Shah should be heard, his remarks debated because Bulandshahr is a blot on India's conscience
What Naseeruddin has said in the context of the 3 December killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and local youth Sumit Kumar in Bulandshahr and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's reaction to it, makes eminent sense. The killing of a police inspector in mob violence is nothing new. But the Bulandshahr case is entirely different.
According to the ordinance, giving instant Triple Talaq has been made illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
RSS hasn't changed its tune on Muslims; critics lack an understanding of its principles and value systems
The surprise over Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on Muslims in a "Hindu rashtra" indicates a lack of understanding of the RSS' concept of Hindutva.