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India: Religious Tensions in Punjab (Jatinder Singh)

Monday November 30th, 2015 11:28:59 PM
Economic & Political Weekly, NOVEMBER 28, 2015, vol l no 48 COMMENTARYPunjab at the Crossroads: Searching for Democracy by Jatinder SinghWhat lies behind the recent unrest in Punjab following an incident involving the desecration of a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib? This article situates the protests following the incident in their social, economic and political contexts and argues that

Re-Debating Secularism

Monday November 30th, 2015 09:28:35 AM
A SECULARIST RESPONDS TO MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH …. RAM PUNIYANI. Sunday, November 29, 2015 NEW DELHI: The celebration of Constitution day ( November 26 2015) marked the revival of the debate, rather questioning of the concept of secularism, yet again. Rajnath Singh, the home minister repeated the arguments which the RSS parivar has been raising time and over again. He said that the perverse

Laila Tyabji: Free to question India's imperfections

Saturday November 28th, 2015 06:08:02 PM
Business Standard - November 26, 2015Laila Tyabji: Free to question India's imperfections None of us as minorities want to be merely 'tolerated' by society. We want to be ourselves.Laila Tyabji | New Delhi Never in my 68 years have I thought for even a milli-second of living anywhere else except India. Not even when, in the wake of the Ayodhya agitation, I received a stream of

India: Angry reactions to Aamir Khan could redefine patriotism and its reverse (Edit, Times of India)

Saturday November 28th, 2015 06:01:27 PM
The Times of IndiaThe spectre of foreign wapsi: Angry reactions to Aamir Khan could redefine patriotism and its reverse November 28, 2015, 12:00 am IST TOI Edit in TOI Editorials | Edit Page, India | TOI Should Antonio Costa, the Goan-origin newly elected prime minister of Portugal be charged with sedition against the Indian state? Should industrialists like Ratan Tata or Lakshmi Mittal also

Announcement: Symposium by Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies on Resisting Communalism and Intolerance: Strengthening Democracy (2nd Dec 2015)

Sunday November 29th, 2015 11:26:42 PM
Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies (JAISS)Delhi, 25th November, 2015Dear friends,We are passing through difficult times. The present conjuncture is without precedent. Never before the Idea of India as it evolved in the course of our long freedom struggle, was threatened as rudely as it is today. The plurality, diversity and secularism which constitute the very essence of that Idea,

Surjit Bhalla on Incredible ‘Intolerant’ India: Good governance is in actions, not in “abolishing” religious holidays of minorities

Saturday November 28th, 2015 06:40:16 AM
Indian Express, November 28, 2015No proof required: Incredible ‘Intolerant’ India I further felt that this would be a healthy development, given that it would replace the elite with a feudal, dynastic mindset with an elite with a middle-class mindset. Written by Surjit S BhallaWhat is happening is predictable, unfortunate, and so avoidable. When the BJP won last year, some observers felt (

India:: I Will Reveal More on Madrassas: Ramnath Goenka Awardee Rajeena

Saturday November 28th, 2015 06:35:20 AM
The New Indian ExptessHome > States > Kerala I Will Reveal More on Madrassas: Ramnath Goenka Awardee Rajeena By Anupama Mili. Published: 28th November 2015 04:42 AM After being trolled for her Facebook post, V P Rajeena has decided to take the challenge head on. She also vowed to come out with more disclosures on Madrassas through the social media. It was

India: 'it's begun. The attempt to cause unrest and communal polarisation in JNU'

Saturday November 28th, 2015 06:08:45 AM
Ayesha Kidwai via Facebook 28 November 2015Friends, it's begun. The attempt to cause unrest and communal polarisation in JNU.On 21 November 2015, three wardens of the Jhelum Hostel received a complaint from a resident about a potentially hazardous situation arising out of a naked fire being for a havan being conducted inside one of the hostel rooms. Three Jhelum wardens -- Burton Cleetus,

On Tolerance and its limits (Ratna Kapur)

Saturday November 28th, 2015 04:58:23 AM
The Wire - 28 November 2015The Dark Shadows of Tolerance By Ratna Kapur on 28/11/2015 • Leave a comment The concept operates as a gatekeeper, drawing a line between those we like and those we do not. It does not offer any vision of transformation and, in the face of systemic or structural inequalities, becomes a substitute for justice. SO WHO SHOULD WE TOLERATE NEXT NOW THAT WE ARE DONE

India: ICHR chief Sudershan Rao resigns after 16 months in office

Saturday November 28th, 2015 03:20:04 AM
Business StandardICHR chief Sudershan Rao resigns after 16 months in office The Indian Express reported from govt sources as saying that Sudershan was unhappy over the denial of an honorarium of Rs 1.5 lakh a monthBS Web Team | New Delhi November 27, 2015 Last Updated at 12:05 ISTProf Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, who was appointed by the Narendra Modi government 16 months ago as chairman

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