Understanding what drives conspiracy theories, in the context of COVID-19 in India and political beliefs
When believing in conspiracies also makes you believe that you are unlikely to get the virus, it is indeed dangerous.
According to the central agency, Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir are allegedly members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an international Islamist and fundamentalist organisation, and had formed a group namely Quran Circle to allegedly further their Islamic State-related activities
The absurdity of conservatism: How enforcement of 'culture' is at odds with nation's real heritage and development
What we are witnessing now, in the form of enforcement of taboos of food, and the push against what is called “love jihad”, is an assertion of power by those who wish to conserve the old ways.
Last month, Limbaugh tried to minimise Donald Trump’s influence on his supporters who had attacked the US Capitol, saying that Democrats are 'lying'
Having given the Indian establishment apoplexy with a simple tweet asking why everyone isn’t talking about the farmers’ protests, is Rihanna sighing (mildly) at the ensuing absurdity?
On the trail of Sambhaji Bhide: Ahead of Bhima Koregaon riots' 3rd anniversary, tracing the Hindutva leader's rise
How image, ideology, outreach and political patronage took Sambhaji Bhide from RSS rebel to Sangli's kingmaker.
Why anti-migrant rhetoric is all bluster, no action: Nudge and wink policy allows politicians, businessmen to reap benefits
For all the Right-wing anti-migrant rhetoric now popular in many parts of the world, economic imperatives are powering migration flows that no amount of rule-making or wall-building can prevent.
2020 US Presidential Election is a referendum not only on Donald Trump, but also on his style of populist politics
It is obvious from the support for Donald Trump’s re-election bid that facts, logic and administrative acumen or its lack don’t count for much with angry people. Emotions do.
The Hindu Right likes the Macron way of dealing with Islam. To them, it is unapologetic and outcome-oriented
Tanishq ad backlash strips India's veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past
What exactly has the Tanishq controversy revealed that wasn’t already in practice in India?
Congress leaders wrote to Mark Zuckerberg following reports by the WSJ and the Time magazine about the conduct of company's team in India, alleging bias and proximity with the ruling BJP
How Facebook as behaviour-manipulating conduit stokes its right wing bias, and why it should reform or perish
What is it about Facebook that makes it conducive to the rise of right wing demagoguery? Why have its echo chambers not led to the rise of the left?
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.