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Where is this Self-Proclaimed Nationalism Coming From?

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar gave a speech in JNU after he was released from judicial custody on being granted a six month interim bail by the Delhi High Court. We reproduce an English translation of sections of his Hindi speech.

Budget 2016: Behind the Symbolism

The Modi government tries hard to signal a makeover but beyond the symbolic it does not change much.

Ties That Might Bind

The official relationship between India and Japan has now been elevated to a "global" and "strategic partnership." Understanding this qualitative leap in India-Japan ties is less easy than it looks. An origin story of the India-Japan relations explains how its state today is a reflection of the way Japan has changed in the last half a century.

Targeting Institutions of Higher Education

The ideology central to the Bharatiya Janata Party-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has no space or use for liberal thought and values. Education for such organisations means only what can be called a kind of catechism. This is a memorisation of a narrow set of questions rooted in faith and belief and an equally narrow set of answers that prohibit any doubt or deviation. Therefore, educational centres that allow questioning and discussion are anathema and have to be dismantled.

Twitter and the Rebranding of Narendra Modi

Through a qualitative study of the historical patterns of retweeting and favouriting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's messages, followbacks to other Twitter accounts, and evolving themes of messages pre- and post-election, this essay examines trends in his political discourse that have corresponded to four distinct periods. Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Modi build a powerful online brand, allowing him to transcend a problematic past and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader who speaks directly to his electorate.

Questions on the Technologies of Fascism

The phenomenal rise to power of Narendra Modi illustrates how his image—mediated by technology—was shaped and reshaped. Some facets of Modi’s fashioned persona are scrutinised in the article. The internet, particularly the social media, which was expected to revitalise the public sphere to bring about a new civic culture, has instead allowed for the selective return of the “written word” in support of fascist ideology. The cyberspace, along with the mass media, has enabled the coming together of many virtual “participants” to hurl masculinist abuse and silence their opponents.

The Rafale Storm

What does it say about the Government of India that it took an ad hoc decision on the Rafale?

Two Tyrants in the Age of Television

The politics of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi analysed through two recent speeches to the highest bodies of their respective parties.

Narendra Modi's One-Day Cricket

The horrific events in Gujarat early this year have been widely chronicled and extensively televised. But the explanations about why Gujarat should have suffered this fate are complex and not easy to understand. While Gujarat has contributed to our industrial economy, this has not been accompanied by the evolution of modernising and progressive forces in the state. The socio-political history of Gujarat offers some clues about why this has been the case.

One Splits into Two

Under the NDA government a small question becomes a life-anddeath question while genuinely large questions are of no interest to any of the alliance partners. The alliance is threatened because a zonal railway is proposed to be split. It is not threatened because the party which leads the alliance carries out a twomonth long carnage in a state where it governs.

Narendra Modi's Directive to the Press

The print media, bar sections of the Gujarati press in Ahmedabad, have done the nation proud by its objective coverage of the Gujarat carnage. So have the electronic media. Rattled by the bad press it has been getting, the Narendra Modi government has asked three news agencies in Ahmedabad to put out positive stories to refurbish the government's image and thereafter to act as informers on which newspapers print the planted features and which do not.

Gujarat Violence: Meaning and Implications

For years to come, the recent communal violence in Gujarat is going to remain a reference point in identity narratives about the 'self' and the 'other'. Therefore, the different narratives of the violence discussed here, along with their internal nuances, will continue to shape and influence collective memories. In a sense, these narratives, in the larger context of the environmental factors, will influence the political orientations of the people.

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