|When Religion is Made a Reason to be Atrocious
Whether it is triple talaq or cow vigilantism, the use of religious sentiment to wreak havoc on victims through physical or psychological means cannot be condoned. It is important for reformers to stand up and force change. If we are to become a truly secular country we have to be a country which has one common law for every man, woman and child.
India's New Consensus
One can hardly overstate the significance of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) remarkable showing in India’s recent state assembly elections in Manipur, Goa, Punjab, Uttrakhand, and Uttar Pradesh (UP), whose results were announced on March 11. Already the central point of political reference in the country and the only party with a genuinely national presence, the BJP made a qualitative leap forward. Its growing influence threatens to transform India into an authoritarian, Hindutva-ized polity and to strip the country’s institutions of democracy.
Why Gujarat Needs Navsarjan
Navsarjan has been working in Gujarat since 1990 and I am personally working on prevalent caste issues since 1980. But it took the government 36 years to learn, between August 3 and December 15, 2016, that activities of Navsarjan created disharmony between castes! Of course, I am surprised to know that Gujarat enjoys religious and caste harmony! Can there be harmony between various castes in villages where even after death the burial grounds are segregated for Dalits and Non-Dalits? Is disharmony the product of past 35 years?.
BJP Polarizes Castes for Votes
Government critics and political analysts blamed the nation’s governing coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP of exploiting a centuries-old caste and religious divide that underpins Indian society for political mileage. Last week, the BJP announced it would set up an independent ministry in Maharashtra to look after the welfare of members of the state’s Other Backward Class (OBC), a collective term used to classify castes that are socially and educationally disadvantaged. The decision to establish the new ministry – expected to happen within three months – was taken considering the large OBC population in Maharashtra, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
Modi's New Year Speeech: What Comes Next?
CThis was a Prime Minister who avoided the parliament through an entire session and chose to speak to the masses, thus directly denigrating the sanctity of parliamentary democracy of India. His speech was interspersed with war terminology. War, fight, evil, purification… these words came up again and again throughout his speech. The prime minister was speaking in binaries of good and evil. He presented himself as a champion of Good leading the war against forces of Evil..
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