Monday, Mar 27, 2023

Now that the Ayodhya dispute has been settled in favour of the Hindu side, the focus is back on the Places of Worship Act, 1991, which threatens to open a Pandora’s box. Groups representing Hindu gods are now eyeing waqf lands, thereby threatening the secular character of the country.

Issue Date : 03 October 2022


Photo Feature: Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi, Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Temple Conflicts

The 1990s decade was dominated by the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row. Now, the Gyanvapi mosque row has added another chapter to the country’s history of disputes over religious structures and the spaces they occupy.


Gyanvapi To Hubballi: Can Places Of Worship Act Stand The Test Of Communal One-upmanship?

Instead of quashing petitions that violate the Places of Worship Act, the past few years have seen courts and judges allowing those against mosques to fester


Ayodhya And Hubballi: The Cities That Defined The Course Of Indian Politics

If the Ram Temple movement established the saffron outfit in the Hindi belt, the Hubballi campaign catapulted it to power in the state


Once A Commercial Hub, How Hubballi Became The Epicentre Of Communal Politics In Karnataka

The decline of industry and businesses in Hubballi, once a thriving centre for processing cotton, coincided with spurts of communal violence in the 1980s and 1990s.


Making Deity A Juridical Person Is Not New In Religio-legal Disputes

When one party is God, it cannot be said that both parties are at the same level, because with God, religious sentiments of people are involved


Despite A Broader Social Base, BJP’s Ideology Is Yet To Find A Larger Acceptance In Karnataka

Riding piggy back on the shifting allegiance of the Lingayats, the most dominant caste group in Karnataka, BJP has managed to capture power by raking up communally sensitive issues


Harmonising Places Of Worship Act With Standard Legal Procedures Is Need Of The Hour

Though the objective of Places of Worship Act to discourage any retrogression into communal fault lines is admirable, its contradictions and ambiguity on many counts have rendered it inefficacious


Muslim Radicalism: For PFI, There Is Little That Is Behind The Scenes

PFI came into being in response to violence against Muslims. Political silence on it only helped the fundamentalist outfit grow in coastal Karnataka


‘Santhals Celebrate Menstruation As Hormobaha Or Flower Of The Body’

The anthology brings together a myriad of experiences of how women in South Asia negotiate the phenomenon.

Art & Entertainment

‘Drawing And Design Explorations Have Been A Part Of My Journey Since Being An Architecture Student’

The architect, professor and painter Tushar Manohar Shetty from Dahisar, Mumbai has dabbled in graphite and pencil sketches, then painting and later pursued architecture as it blends technology and art


Ayodhya Settled, Focus Is Back On Places Of Worship Act, 1991

With the tide of majoritarian appeasement, fuelled by the ruling political establishment, there are efforts now to even exempt the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri dispute in Varanasi from the ambit of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.


After A Two-Year Gap, Ganeshotsav Celebrations Witness A Sea Change In Maharashtra

The political legacy of Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the late 19th century. The first community Ganesha festival was started by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale aka Bhau Rangari, in 1892.


Ganesh Festival At Idgah Maidan Flies In The Face Of India’s Constitutional Secularism

Why was it so important for the Karnataka government to hold Ganesh Chaturthi puja in an Idgah maidan somewhere in the state? Was it something to do with the fact that assembly elections are around the corner?


Bilkis Bano Case: Gujarat’s Remission Of Prison Sentence Of 11 Convicts Turns Justice Into A Farce

A disturbing commentary made the rounds that the rapists belonging to the virtuous caste and kinship would not have committed the crime


Can Demarcation Of Domicile In Jharkhand Through 1932 Land Survey Define Dikus?

The move came two years after the Soren government’ historic decision to pass the Sarna code bill, asking the Centre to provide a separate religion column for Adivasis who do not self-identify as Hindus


Writer's Diary: Walking Down The Memory Lane

A civil servant and author provides glimpse of his warm memories from his days in Cambridge to his travels through Maharashtra