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BJP’s Karnataka catastrophe (2011) PDF Print E-mail
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Praful Bidwai
Aug 16 2011

If the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leadership had decided to demonstrate its cynical disregard for political decency, tolerance for colossal corruption, lack of political judgment and sheer organisational incompetence, it couldn’t have done better than it did in Karnataka. The collapse of the BS Yeddyurappa government after it was indicted for monumental corruption by the Lokayukta (ombudsman), and the political manoeuvres that followed, constitute a humiliating debacle for the BJP. That a secret ballot was necessary to get the new chief minister elected speaks to the BJP’s sordid state. The choice of DV Sadananada Gowda as chief minister speaks to Yeddyurappa’s clout.

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Terror has political Goals: Religion should be for Humanism PDF Print E-mail
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Ram Puniyani

16 Aug. 2011

After being attacked by the bombs of the terrorists (13/7, 2011), we are facing the barrage from the ideologues of Hate and divisiveness. Many a ideologues of religious nationalism have come out with outpourings associating religion, Islam and so Muslims with terrorism and the need to confront this attack of terror by uniting as Hindus, voting a Hindu party, taking away the citizenship rights of Muslims, and declaring India as a Hindu nation (Subramanian Swamy 16/7, 2011). Swamy says the terrorism is an attack of Islam on Hinduism. Islam wants to take over India. So in response Hindu mind set has to be promoted, temples built at Ayodhya and Varanasi, article 370 should be abolished, conversion from Hinduism to other religions banned while conversions to Hinduism should not be stopped. India should be declared as Hindu Rashtra and Muslims should be disenfranchised. While being put forward in a brusque and blunt fashion, there is nothing new about his article, as this is precisely the agenda for which RSS combine has been working and spreading the ‘Hate politics’ in India. The political ideology making Hinduism as its political base, the Sangh Parivar, has been propagating this from close to a century by now. And to add to this the US propaganda, US media coining the term ‘Islamic terrorism’ has added further grist to the mil of hatred.

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Dalits Denounce Anti-Secular Order Geared to Promoting Caste Hindu Hegemony PDF Print E-mail
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Yoginder Sikand

7 8 2011

Late last month, members of the National Council of Dalit Christians and the National Coordination Committee for Dalit Christians sat on a hunger strike in Delhi, followed by a protest march through the streets of the capital, in which some 10,000 people participated. Their demand: extension of Scheduled Caste status and the benefits that go with it to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims. A number of top church leaders, including some 50 archbishops and bishops and hundreds of priests, pastors and nuns, participated in the demonstration, as did members of parliament from various opposition parties. Blaming the Congress Party for consistently denying SC status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims (who form a sizeable proportion of the Indian Christian and Muslim population respectively), the organisers declared that they would observe 10th August, the day on which a controversial Presidential Order was promulgated in 1950 denying SC status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims, as a Black Day all over the country. They exhorted Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims to vote only for those parties that are committed to SC status for these communities in the forthcoming panchayat and assembly elections. Leaders of the demonstration met with Mukul Wasnik, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Salman Kurshid, Minister for Law and Minority Affairs, Narayanasamy, Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, and the National Commission for Minorities, expressing the outrage of Dalit Christians and Muslims against the consistent denial SC status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims by the Indian state.

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Ram Puniyani PDF Print E-mail
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Ram Puniyani

The three blasts in Mumbai on 13th July 2011 not only killed nearly 20 innocent people but shook the city yet again. The previous attack on Mumbai 26/11 2008 was horrific enough to have killed over 200 people.  The tragedy was followed by the great resilience of Mumbai citizens to rehabilitate the victims to line up for blood donations and help in many more ways, the efforts which make us salute Mumbai citizens yet again.

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Out with the hate : pros and cons of communal violence bill PDF Print E-mail
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July 8 2011

Out with the hate

A law to prevent communal violence is in the offing. Shabina Akhtar weighs its pros and cons


Fourteen people were charred to death when a violent mob chanting communal slogans set fire to Best Bakery in Vadodara during the Gujarat riots in 2002. That was just one incident in the long and bloody history of communal rioting in India. Whether it was the Nellie killings in Assam in 1983, or the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, the Godhra riots in 2002 or the anti-Christian violence in Orissa’s Kandhamal district in 2008, the country has often erupted in a frenzy of communal hatred and thousands of innocent lives have been lost.

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