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The Republic of Reasons

Discourse within a constitutional framework alone can be the foundation for a possible solidarity in societies which are vibrant with real diversities and differences.

Yoga as a Prelude to Politicisation of the Military

Drawing on the news reporting of the army's association with Ramdev's organisation for yoga training, a discussion on the potential and possibility of politicisation of the military with Hindutva philosophy.

Scourge of the Scoundrels

The February episode at the Jawaharlal Nehru University conforms to a recent pattern. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, ministers belonging to the party and university administration collude to declare dissent as anti-national.

Himachal Pradesh: Elections 2003: Understanding Complex Choices

Although the difference in proportion of votes between the BJP and the Congress remains the same as in the 1998 elections, the Congress won a decisive victory this time. How is this to be explained in the context of the fact that a pre-election survey indicated popular appreciation of BJP's performance in government?

Sangh's Role in the Emergency

With the taint of the Gandhi assassination, the RSS was truly a political pariah. But after the Emergency, acquiring political power came within reach. The fortunes of secularism, and of Hindutva, were decisively changed thereafter. These changes need not be irrevocable, but they require to be understood.

Re-imagination of the State and Gujarat�s Electoral Verdict

The BJP's electoral victory in Gujarat last year has further cemented the grasp of the Hindu right in all aspects of the state's social and political domain. The rise of reactionary politics was itself an outgrowth of different socio-political movements that Gujarat was witness to since the 1970s. It is the absence of any progressive class/caste movement or a new social movement, this paper argues, that has made Gujarat susceptible to experiments with and sustenance of right wing ideologies, especially the politics of the Hindu right.

Adivasis, Hindutva and Post-Godhra Riots in Gujarat

Though Gujarat has a history of communalism, adivasis were the last to be communalised. This paper attempts to explore the participation of adivasis in the riots that followed the Godhra carnage. It highlights the fact that the character of riots in adivasi areas was different from that in non-adivasi areas and attempts to reconstruct the developmental cycle of communalisation of adivasis from late 1980s onwards. It links this communalisation with the political economy of adivasis whose aspirations and problems are kept distorted and their attention diverted under the garb of religion and party politics.

Contestation and Negotiations

The evidence from elections studies suggests that voters are guided by their perception of the performance of the party in power and their evaluation on this count of the contender party, although organisations of political parties and their modus operandi in mobilising voters also play an important role. At this stage the BJP in Gujarat is not in a comfortable position to convince voters about its ability to provide good governance. But that is not enough. The alternative party will have to articulate and highlight vital socio-economic issues. If it fails in doing so,emotional issue will dominate and work in favour of the BJP.

The Vacuity of Secularism

The rise of Hindutva has often been interpreted as a threat to the secular state. Similarly, the recent outbursts of Hindu-Muslim conflict are said to be related to the decay of secularism. The author argues that the concept of secularism is fundamentally obscure, since it is founded upon an arbitrary distinction between the religious and the secular. The belief that religion should be separated from politics is a normative dogma that precedes all theoretical analysis of the Indian situation. Therefore, this concept of secularism prevents us from understanding the problems of pluralism in contemporary India, instead of helping us to solve them.

Another History Rises to the Surface

'Hey Ram' signals a basic shift in perspective on the consensus about leading figures such as Gandhi and Periyar in a discourse about secularism, democracy and identity. This article examines the controversial film focusing on the contradictory effects of the film, the distinct uncertainty that viewers experience when confronted with the inflammatory images and voices that conjure up a narrative of Muslim bloodlust and Hindu trauma on the one hand, and the less forceful narratives moves to distance the spectator from an extreme Hindutva perspective on the other.

Karnataka: Hindutva Policies in Coastal Region

In recent years, a new confident Hindutva has enforced its presence in several districts of coastal Karnataka, seeking to consolidate its base among diverse castes. Yet, to combat the bonds of economic cohesion and cultural cohabitation that still retain their resilience among communities - Hindu and Muslim, this new Hindutva will need to continually build new identities and deconstruct existing ones.

Crackdown in Faizabad

The crackdown by the UP government on the participants in a programme in Faizabad-Ayodhya scheduled for May 10 and 11 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1857 revolt against British rule is further evidence that in states where the BJP forms the government, or where the party is a constituent element in the government, it is the voice of Hindutva rather than the Constitution of India that is the guiding principle of state policy.

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