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Secularism as Equal Citizenship

A rejuvenation of the nationalist spirit, constructed in narrow terms of primordial identity is what the ruling party promises in its campaign for the Lok Sabha election. Though secularism was never a clearly defined or practised principle, the explicit signals of retreat from the promise of formal equality represent a clear and perilous regress.

The Majoritarian Challenge and an Ambedkarite Remedy

The greatest weakness of Indian electoral politics, as practised within the Westminster model adopted at independence, is the reward it offers for the politics of exclusion. Several reforms are possible in the electoral system to ensure that the politics of polarisation is not advantageous. If India is not to become a republic of privilege where many are denied basic rights, this aspect must be addressed.

The Many Faces of Indira Gandhi

Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister by Sagarika Ghose, Delhi: Juggernaut, 2017; pp xvi + 342, ₹699. Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature by Jairam Ramesh, Delhi: Simon and Schuster, 2017; pp ix + 437, ₹799. India’s Indira, A Centennial Tribute Anand Sharma (editor), New Delhi: Academic Foundation for the Indian National Congress, 2017; pp 299, ₹3,500.

Silencing a Critical Voice

The murder of M M Kalburgi in Dharwad in Karnataka is a part of an intensifying war against critical thinking by social forces that use obscurantist belief in the quest for political hegemony. The eminent Kannada writer, scholar, educationist and social campaigner was for long associated with...

Israel as a Historic Mistake

The original sin of Israel's birth has scarred it for life and it remains incapable of finding an identity that would meet basic democratic norms. Its neighbourhood in West Asia has had no option but to accept its truculent presence.All international law has to be rewritten, if necessary, to ensure Israel's state of exceptional nationhood. The United States' nuclear deal with Iran signals that the burden of carrying this exceptionalism is becoming too heavy to bear.

TRAI Report on Media Ownership

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India recently released its report on media ownership to a studied indifference from the print media which otherwise debates this issue vigorously. Why have the newspapers avoided a serious and vigorous engagement with the report's consequential recommendations?

Modi, Mulayam, Muzaffarnagar

As electoral competition intensifies, the key battleground of Uttar Pradesh begins to experience severe stresses. Low level conflicts, amenable to resolution through local processes, are likely to explode into major electoral issues. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which seeks redemption from two electoral debacles in a return to its hardline ideological agenda, will strive to dismantle electoral bonds created as acts of resistance to its majoritarianism. Its competitor, the Samajwadi Party which holds power in the state, will try to induce the religious minority, which has substantial electoral clout, to forget their divided loyalties and invest solely in it.

No More a 'Transmission Belt'

Congress after Indira: Policy, Power, Political Change (1984-2009) by Zoya Hasan (Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2012; pp xiii+256, Rs 795.

Quashing Dissent: Where National Security and Commercial Media Converge

Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and expression in India today, seem a distant, almost illusory promise when the politics of the street -- and a loud and seriously misinformed media – are final arbiters of fundamental rights and the defence of privilege is becoming the dominant motif of state policy.

Express Delivery of Death

The rush and secrecy with which Afzal Guru's execution was carried out under the orders of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, after the presidential rejection of his clemency petition, is an affront to civilised values enshrined in the Constitution. Considering the circumstances of Afzal Guru's conviction and execution, could it be said that he simply was a man who had to be eliminated, since he had too much knowledge of the dimensions of India's two-decade long dirty war in Kashmir?

"Forty-Eight Hours": A Home Minister Murders the Constitution with Express Delivery of Death

The rush and secrecy with which Afzal Guru’s execution was carried out under the orders of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde post the presidential rejection of his clemency petition, is an affront to civilised values enshrined in the Constitution. Considering the circumstances of Afzal Guru’s conviction and execution, could it be said that he simply was a man who had to be eliminated, since he had too much knowledge of the dimensions of India’s two-decade long dirty war in Kashmir?

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