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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?

30 September 2022

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


Secularism Safe In India, Says Vice President

Stressing upon women's education, the VP said 50 per cent of the population are women, they should be given equal respect, equal place and opportunity, and provide them empowerment.


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

30 September 2022

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.


Country Will Be Ruined If Movement Begins To Save Gyanvapi Mosque, Shahi Idgah: Babri Case Plaintiff

"They should forget about taking away the two mosques forcibly as there will be a big movement to save the Gyanvapi mosque and the Idgah in Mathura, and Muslims will not back down this time," Mahboob said. "Gyanvapi Masjid...

19 May 2022

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...

30 September 2022

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India's syncretic culture on display in Uttar Pradesh.(File photo-Representational image)

Muslim Neighbours Offer Their Home For Hindu Girl’s Marriage In Ramzan

Uttar Pradesh: The girl's family had fixed her marriage for April 22 and reached out to their Muslim neighbours for help at the last moment.

24 April 2022

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18 February 2022
Karnataka HC Declines Plea To Restrain Live Streaming Of Hijab-Related Proceedings

Karnataka HC Declines Plea To Restrain Live Streaming Of Hijab-Related Proceedings

According to him, live streaming has become "counterproductive and children were put to hardship".


19 November 2021
Manish Tewari Urges Congress To Not Give Up Against Right Wing Populism

Manish Tewari Urges Congress To Not Give Up Against Right Wing Populism

In a series of tweets, Tewari said, "Congress may be on the wrong side of the cultural wars as are most liberal and progressive parties around the world...


19 November 2021
Manish Tewari Urges Congress To Not Give Up Against Right Wing Populism

Manish Tewari Urges Congress To Not Give Up Against Right Wing Populism

In a series of tweets, Tewari said, "Congress may be on the wrong side of the cultural wars as are most liberal and progressive parties around the world...


18 November 2021
Naqvi Slam Pakistan Saying

Naqvi Slam Pakistan Saying "No Certificate Is Needed From Country Setting Records In Atrocities Against Minorities"

Naqvi asserted that for Indian Muslims, India is the "best and safest" place in the world. He dismissed the allegations as a "nefarious, misleading and...


05 December 2020
Mixed Notes From The Main Underground

Mixed Notes From The Main Underground

In 1995, when Mayawati first became CM, the political epoch truly turned. Identity politics was now the norm. The BJP prospered by another version of it, but...


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28 November 2020
Make Space For Three

Make Space For Three

AIMIM is ‘communal’ for those who peddle a distorted brand of secularism


28 November 2020
‘There Is Yearning And Churning Among Muslims’

‘There Is Yearning And Churning Among Muslims’

Organising iftaar parties, felicitating maulanas and attending Muslim functions do not make political parties secular, says Asaduddin Owaisi


28 November 2020
Look Back In Denial

Look Back In Denial

Why does AIMIM stay silent on its early history—from 1927 to the late ’50s? Because of its pro-Nizam, anti-accession stand, because of the...


28 November 2020
Capped Crusader

Capped Crusader

A vote-cutter or a voice of the Muslims? A messiah or a mole? A secularist or a mirror image of the Hindu Right? Questions swirl as the mysterious Mr Owaisi...


13 October 2020
Maharashtra CM, Governor Exchange Letters On Meaning Of Secularism

Maharashtra CM, Governor Exchange Letters On Meaning Of Secularism

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...


20 August 2020
'Freedom Is Not given – It Is Taken': Bose's Words Are Reminder Of How To Win Back Unity In Diversity

'Freedom Is Not given – It Is Taken': Bose's Words Are Reminder Of How To Win Back Unity In Diversity

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...


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28 July 2020
Plea In SC To Remove 'Socialist' And 'Secular' Words From Indian Constitution's Preamble

Plea In SC To Remove 'Socialist' And 'Secular' Words From Indian Constitution's Preamble

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.'


05 March 2020
Of All Problems Of Indian Civilisation, Education Is Most Tragic

Of All Problems Of Indian Civilisation, Education Is Most Tragic

Only a person who knows his religion and language can appreciate other’s which alone guarantees harmony and unity


24 January 2020
On Temple-Hopping, Naveen Patnaik Seeks A Place In History

On Temple-Hopping, Naveen Patnaik Seeks A Place In History

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!


28 December 2019
For People To Wield This Bound Aaron’s Rod

For People To Wield This Bound Aaron’s Rod

The Indian’s great, organic faith in the secular Constitution grew out of its emergence as a site for struggle since its earliest years


08 September 2019
'Hindutva Lite' Not An Answer To Congress' Woes In Hindi Heartland: Shashi Tharoor

'Hindutva Lite' Not An Answer To Congress' Woes In Hindi Heartland: Shashi Tharoor

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...


06 September 2019
Would BJP Icon Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Have Approved Of Kashmir Lockdown?

Would BJP Icon Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Have Approved Of Kashmir Lockdown?

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...


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