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Are Modi And Amit Shah Expecting Too Much Of ‘Hindu Extremism’?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah face rising levels of popular scepticism and disappointment. Their main response is Hindu extremism, which is a risky tactic in regions where it has sparked little enthusiasm and with groups who are anxious about other issues. No national leader since Indira …

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Who Is Running The ‘Orchestrated Wine And Cheese Campaign’ Against Aadhaar In The Supreme Court?

Defenders of Aadhaar have called opposition to it an organised campaign stemming from paranoia. But a look at the petitioners proves it is anything but. Just last week, UIDAI’s former chairman Nandan Nilekani called the opposition to Aadhaar, an “orchestrated campaign”. A few days before that, an editorial in an …

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Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning ‘Padmavat’ Screening?

The manner is which several Indian states are banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat even after the Central Board of Film Certification has passed it following the slight change in its title, it would appear that these states have themselves decided to become state censor boards unto themselves, …

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How Communal Politics Is Another Face of Patriarchy?

The bogey of ‘love jihad‘ is a brutally constructed political agenda combining patriarchal notions of ‘our women’ and how to control them, and communal notions of ‘their men’ and how to deal with them. There is a part of an old Kannada song that has remained with me throughout my …

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How The Rise Of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Impacts India?

India has a new balancing act to play between the House of Saud and the Islamic Republic. In June 2017, King Salman bin Abdulaziz ousted the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, replacing him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman. The rise of the new Crown Prince, …

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Remembering ‘Rohit Vemula’: Why Dalits, Youth And Women Are Sparking Mutinies In India?

January 17 marks the “shahadat diwas” (martyrdom day) of Rohith Vemula. His last letter of idealism continues to haunt the nightmares and dreams which stalk the winter landscape with Neo-Nazi twilight zones lingering in infinity. One BJP leader has warned that the Constitution will be changed, hitting at the core …

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Why RSS Aims To Shelve Cervical Cancer Vaccine Programme Is Beyond Worrisome?

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch believes the programme will divert scarce resources from more worthwhile health initiatives. The Union health ministry has decided to shelve cervical cancer vaccination, which was to be introduced under India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). The decision calls for a debate as cervical cancer is the second …

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Will The ‘Lingayat Gamble’ Work In Karnataka Or Start A Hindu Vote War?

History has it that the BJP benefits every time the narrative shifts to religious undertones. The newly appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a man with considerable work at hand, and joining him is the incumbent chief minister of Karnataka, and his army of strategists and political heavyweights from the …

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Centre Cancels Haj Subsidy, But Who Was It Really For, Anyway?

Both Central and state governments continue to spend thousands of crores on various Hindu festivals and pilgrimages. The Haj subsidy has often been raised by BJP leaders as an example of “Muslim appeasement”. Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has now announced that the subsidy will be stopped, raising the …

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‘Big Money For Small Cities’, Modi’s Ambitious ‘Startup Initiative’ Is Ready To Rock

After facing much criticism for inaction in its first year, the Narendra Modi government’s Startup India programme picked up the pace in 2017. And for 2018, it has set ambitious targets, from more funding to a state-wise ranking based on startup-related initiatives, and a push for woman entrepreneurship. For starters, …

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