Religious Intolerance

September 21, 2019
On Thursday the 19th, BJP MP and Union minister Babul Supriyo was attending an event in Jadavpur University, organised by the ABVP when he was shown black flags and asked to leave by agitating students to which he allegedly responded with threats and physical assaults.Later, the workers with the ABVP and the BJP started a fire and vandalised University premises. A magazine loaded with bullets was...
September 21, 2019
The path to secularism through introducing religious studies Representation Image The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019was released online a few months ago and controversies surfaced regarding various aspects like advocating for Hindi language as central. As the debate rages on about language politics and erasure of diversity, another gaping hole in the policy is the lack of...
September 19, 2019
In a statement, seen as a turnaround following the sharp all-around criticism, the Jharkhand Police said that in the first chargesheet, “opinion on the cause of death” was kept “reserved” in the viscera report. Widespread criticism had followed the earlier diluted charge sheet in the case    Only a few days after the Jharkhand Police’s decision to drop the...
September 18, 2019
Translation is not just about words, it is about carrying a culture, a history, a whole world into another language. Translations do not just bring languages closer to one another, they also introduce us to diverse modes of imagining and perceiving different cultures. To mark the International Translation Day, celebrated on 30 September, the Indian Cultural Forum...
September 17, 2019
The eighty-plus year old was first booked for inciting violence at Bhima-Koregaon on January 1, 2018, which resulted in the death of one; charges against him were thereafter diluted The Bombay high court (HC) on Monday directed the Pune Police to complete its investigation into the alleged involvement of 85-year-old activist Sambhaji Bhide in the Bhima-Koregaon riots and submit its report...
September 17, 2019
The exclusion of Gorkhas and other tribes raise doubts about the 'Bangladeshi' bogeyman Guwahati, September 17: The entire debate around outsiders and foreigners has been based on the long held belief that Bangladeshi infiltrators are threatening the demography and culture of Assam. But now, as per a community wise break-up of the over 19 lakh people excluded from the final National...
September 17, 2019
Several Aligarh Muslim University students gathered at the station, demanding the arrest of the unidentified attackers as news of the assault spread Aligarh:  In another case of mob violence, six members of a family were injured in an alleged mob attack at a railway station in UP's Aligarh, triggering protests by Aligarh Muslim University students. Students have alleged that this was...
September 17, 2019
Pogroms, communal strife and massacrehave been cultural blotson our landscape since independence,ingrained in the bedrock of a divided India. But lately, the emergence of ‘spontaneous-mob-lynching’with more than a tinge of pride, pouring out of men intoxicated with Hindutvahas become the new took to subvert both the rule of law and the Constitution.The ‘new-lynching-normal’of the lived India of...
September 13, 2019
The meeting between Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind (A) chief Maulana Arshad Madani and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on August 30th Friday triggered a storm in the Muslim community. Maulana Madni says that the meeting was held in a very cordial and harmonious atmosphere. But what is surprising that no official communication came from either Madani’s side or Bhagwat’s. If they discussed on creating harmony between...
September 12, 2019
Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.   The word lynching conjures up images of a dark period in the history of the United States of America. Between 1877 and 1950, white supremacist gangs murdered 4,000 African Americans, while the government and the...