Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari had asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray if he had turned secular, since the state government has not yet reopened places of worship. The CM responded by questioning the Governor’s belief in secularism.
Having been a critical messenger to Subhash Bose across borders, my grandfather had joined the “Bengal Volunteers” party at the age of 15 and told me that he realised his life’s mission right then – to serve and die for his country, writes Isheeta Ganguly.
The PIL said that the amendment made in 1976 was 'antithetical to the constitutional tenets as well as the historical and cultural theme of India.'
Only a person who knows his religion and language can appreciate other’s which alone guarantees harmony and unity
It has also led to a strange role reversal where the ‘secular’ BJD is supposedly playing the religious card while the BJP is left crying foul!
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says it is the duty of the grand old party to defend the secular space, and the answer to the party's woes in the Hindi heartland does not lie in 'majority appeasement' or offering some sort of a 'Hindutva Lite' like a 'Coke Lite'
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s famous slogan 'Ek Desh Mein do vidhan/Ek Desh Mein do Nishan/Ek Desh Mein do Pradhan/Nahin Chalenge, Nahin Chalenge' has remained a war cry for various Hindu Right organisations in their campaign since the early 1950s
By providing financial grant to Puja pandals across the state, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has struck against the shaky edifice of secularism in the country
In her complaint at Golabari police station in Howrah, Ishrat Jahan accused her brother-in-law and her landlord of threatening and abusing her for taking part in the religious function.
The right-wing political party in a memorandum handed to Prime Minister K P Oli demanded that Nepal should be declared a Hindu state with complete religious freedom by revoking the provision of secularism.
A perception is being manufactured that Muslims, especially Kashmiri Muslims, are settling down in Jammu city under an ‘Islamist’ plan to change the demography of the region and "encircle" the city. Some groups have been consistently fanning such perception.
"It does not dent the country's secular fabric and secularism does not bar issuance of coins to commemorate any event," the bench said.
Hegde sat in the House for a while listening to opposition protests against his controversial statement
Hegde had also suggested changes in the Constitution to do away with the idea of "secularism”
"We are here to change the Constitution," he said
"It's a shame that an Indian leader needs to be told this by a foreign one, when our history is one of co-existence, our Constitution reflects pluralism &our culture accepts difference. A great pity that some Indians don't share the values on which India is built (sic)."
"No effort at seeking socio–economic equality between citizens is possible unless the state, as the implementing agency, is secular in letter and spirit and acts to implement the provisions of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution,"
One can be "panthnirpeksh" (sect-neutral) but never "dharmnirpeksh" (secular), he told media.
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The Opposition is hoping for a rich election harvest in Uttar Pradesh but Lucknow appears to be a long way from the killing fields.
The former Delhi Police employee has also emerged as the go-to man for the authorities to reach out to the agitating farmers.
Outwardly peaceful, Kashmir has seen a spate of civilian killings in recent weeks. A silent unease has now exploded into fear and concern after the shooting of minorities.
Virat Kohli will step down as T20 captain of India and RCB but that will not take away the fact that he remains a unique leader
With all foreign soldiers out of Afghanistan, the Taliban is now in a position to do pretty much what it wants.
It can be a crucial stepping stone to develop young minds to appreciate the importance of practising honesty throughout their academic journey and lay the foundations for successful professional careers.
One can be pro-religion, but against coerced religion; one can be pro-vaccines, but against coercion and mandates