Actor Payal Rohatgi’s outburst against Safoora Zargar typifies right wing obsession with Muslim sexuality
The Hindu right-wing discourse around the sexuality and sex lives of Muslim men and women has acquired a particular tone and tenor
Countering Right-wing populists requires building broadest possible alliances, and simple messaging with emotional appeal
A lot of liberal and Left supporters tend to sow divisions internally by othering anyone with whom they disagree. Their quest for ideological purity contrasts sharply with the Right’s, which shows no such compunctions.
What makes the Hindutva project unique in India is its ambition to bring about an ideological churn in an organically diverse country of a billion-plus. At the foundation of Hindutva, going back to Savarkar, lies its animosity towards Muslims.
Walking out of RCEP deal wasn't a 'bold decision', it was induced by fear of competition and will end up only harming India in long run
RCEP deal: It is strange to call a decision a metric of 'strength', that has been taken out of fear. Regardless of the Opposition's or government's narrative, the fact remains that India's move to walk out of RCEP deal was borne out of worry against competition.
Author Jaithirth Rao on his new book about the history of Indian right-wing thought, and what makes him anxious as a conservative
Jaithirth Rao, the author of The Indian Conservative, holds that conservatives are opposed to revolutionary change, preferring the evolutionary variety.
Facebook is officially encouraging publishers of fake news on its News platform, all in the name of diversity
How will Zuckerberg reconcile the ideals of factual, high-quality news with neo-Nazi ideology?
Centre trivalised triple talaq by sidelining Opposition remarks on bill; govt's attempt at Muslim inclusion reeks of haste
The Muslims in India need inclusion, but to do it in a haphazard manner disregarding every Opposition point of view, as seen during the debate on triple talaq bill, not only trivialises the issue but also reeks of arrogance
Without clarity on the idea of what it is about a culture and a people that requires a homeland, thorny questions surrounding migration and identity will continue to trouble the world.
Right-wing activist Milind Ekbote allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes in Pune, files complaint against gaushala owner
The alleged incident took place at a temple premises in Zendewadi locality of Saswad area of Pune around 10.30 pm on Tuesday when Milind Ekbote, who is an accused in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case, went there to attend a programme.
Day after Easter blasts, challenge for Sri Lanka is to prevent existing fissures from destabilising country
Those behind the Sri Lanka blasts, whether part of an Islamic State module or any other module, whether from inside or out, will only feed on existing fissures, the best counter terrorism model is to simply refuse to follow that path
New Zealand attacks a lesson in right-wing extremism; world must acknowledge link between violence and socioeconomic situation
The lesson from the New Zealand terror attacks is that violence begets violence — Left, Right or otherwise — in an almost linear progression.
Jacinda Ardern's compassionate response to New Zealand terror attack shows us what a leader should look like
We can try to understand whether it is Jacinda Ardern's gender that has prompted her to a respond (first in words and then in action) that did not make a tragedy worse. Or was it the progressive political movements that she has been part of her entire life?
Parliamentary panel summoning Twitter CEO is timely and necessary to ensure fairness of platform, not bullying
Twitter and other social media platforms wield outsize influence over consumers in a democracy and manipulation of these platforms may have grave repercussions.
New data-centric book on Indian politics claims BJP's rise in 2014 was culmination of long-standing ideological conflict
In the third-party system, after the birth of the BJP, the Congress moved left on the scale under the leadership of Indira Gandhi.
Examining the evidence for ‘Aryan’ migrations into India: The story of our ancestors and where we came from
The ‘Aryans,’ it is now clear, migrated to India once upon a time. Just like everyone else. And there is nothing special or frightening about this fact.
Most people cannot accept an artist who speaks up or questions authority, TM Krishna tells Firstpost
In the wake of his New Delhi concert being cancelled by the AAI (allegedly due to threats from right-wing groups) TM Krishna dwells on the role of art — and the artist — in a democracy
Be it pipe bombs or lynchings, political rhetoric produces violence; Indians must think deep as elections near
Violence is being produced by political rhetoric and everyone is getting infected by it. Indians need to take a deep breath and consider what is happening around them as they head into a long and angry path to the next election
#MeToo in India: Turning allegations against MJ Akbar, Vinod Dua into Left-vs-Right battle must be stopped
Twitter India is now a veritable warzone. Thank #MeToo for it, of course. We are not just talking about women who are taking to the keyboard.
Hartal imposed in Kerala after protests at Sabarimala temple, state prepares for potential violent encounters
Various Hindu outfits called for a hartal in Kerala in protest against the Supreme Court's decision to allow women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple.