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Remembering Fakruddin H Bennur

Fakruddin H Bennur was the driving force behind the Muslim Marathi Sahitya Parishad and Muslim Other Backward Classes’ movement in Maharashtra. He sought to counter the communal distortion of Indian history by questioning its assumptions rooted in orientalist historiography. Debunking the view that Muslims in India are a homogeneous monolith, he emphasised the regional, linguistic, cultural diversities and traditions of syncretism.

Maharashtra: Threat to Autonomy of Universities

The proposed amendment to the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, will give the state additional - and unjustified - power over universities. Political interference can only damage educational institutions, as experience has shown.

Politicians' Vendetta against a Vice-Chancellor

Politicians from different parties have been carrying on a vendetta against the vice-chancellor of the Shivaji University in Kolhapur and seeking his removal by any means fair or foul. What is at stake, however, is not the fate of a particular individual but the autonomy of the university system and the future of higher education in Maharashtra.

BJP and the Ethnic Constitution of Nation

The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India by Thomas Blom Hansen; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1991; pp 293, Rs 495.

Party Elections Long Road to Inner-Party Democracy

Inner-Party Democracy Ashok Chousalkar RECENTLY, due to pressure from the Election Commission (EC) and the Supreme Court, political parties were forced to hold party elections. In the process some of them splintered, and some others managed to hold on together. In India, with the exception of the BJP and the two Communist parties, it was always difficult for the centrist parties to hold periodic party elections and maintain inner party democracy. In parties, where regular elections were held, the results were on predictable lines because everything was properly managed, including the consensus over the leadership of the party.

Poor Attempt at Understanding BJP

Ashok Chousalkar Hindu Nationalists in India: The Rise of Bharatiya Janata Party by Yogendra K Malik and V B Singh; Vistaar Publications, New Delhi, 1994; pp 262, Rs 275.
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