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Majoritarian Politics and the Ayodhya Verdict

The Ayodhya verdict favours politics over history. It bypasses the settled principles of legal scrutiny in adjudicating land conflicts. Such a verdict has detrimental ramifications for democracy and constitutional values.

Muslim League in Kerala

The political trajectory of the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala displays a unique engagement of religion-based political mobilisation of Muslims withsecular–dem ocratic politics in India. In the contemporary context of aggressive Hindutva politics, the Muslim League is faced with the dual challenge of resisting majoritarian communalism while simultaneously countering new mobilisations from within the community that are based on a radical Islamic identity, but deploy explicitly secular discourses. A critical appraisal of this situation requires moving beyond the pre-occupation with the formal aspects of secularisation and instead arrive at more substantive conceptions of “being secular” that embrace deeper commitments to secularism, such as plurality and toleration .

Between Adhyatmik and Political Hindutva

In order to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party’s agenda of communal polarisation, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, led by K Chandrasekhar Rao, articulated what it called “ Adhyatmik Hindutva.” Notwithstanding the inclusive character of this conception, its electoral feasibility and social desirability remain questionable.

Probing into the Freedoms of Queer Liberation in India

Reception of the reading down by the Supreme Court of Section 377 should be more circumspect, since there is much in the decision that offers reasons for concern. Rather than making a rupture with the contemporary majoritarian political climate, the decision is, in fact, a continuation of a longer nationalist project aimed at consolidating the ideal citizen subject of the Indian nation state.

Beyond the Eurocentrism–Indigenism Binary

Two discourses—non-indigenist critiques of Eurocentrism and Dalit–Bahujan–Adivasi narratives—that fracture “Hinduism” are put in conversation with each other here. This engagement produces a complex field of thought and practice that simultaneously rejects both Euro-normality and Brahminical patriarchy.

Military Professionalism and Effectiveness

The military’s input to national security may be swayed by ideological winds if it loses its apolitical grounding. The government and military must thus maintain the status quo on civil–military relations.

How Can Left Politics in India Be Reclaimed?

In the light of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the declining performance of the left in national politics has been a subject of debate. The current political turmoil in the country has raised crucial questions both about the continued relevance of the left and its future discourse in mainstream politics. How can the left reclaim its politics and re-imagine its future?

How Did Hindutva Nationalism Become Popular?

This reading list looks at the history of growing majoritarianism in India in the last three decades.

What Are the Political Implications of Narendra Modi’s #MainBhiChowkidar Campaign?

This article highlights the incongruity involved in the Prime Minister of a nation proclaiming himself to be a “chowkidar.” But who will watch the watchmen?

How the BJP Promotes Hindutva through a Nationalist Agenda

“Acche din” is defined as a non-inclusive India where dissent is dangerous to national unity.

Proposed Ban on Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s Books in DU Raises Questions about the Future of Critical Thought

Scholars of social sciences write and teach from particular ideological and political frameworks, and to expect them to be “objective” or “non-partisan,” without any sensitivity to questions of power, takes away much needed perspectives of the marginalised sections of society in academia. Any critique of an academic work should stem not from unwillingness to deal with complex or discomfiting ideas, but from close reading and engagement. This article discusses these aspects in light of the recent call to ban Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s books from the University of Delhi’s MA Political Science reading list, as well as other instances of such interference in university curriculum in recent years.

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