Opinion  /  Published 21.08.19

We are too wary when talking about religion

Some feel strongly that schools are meant for educating and not preaching. In the United States of America and the United Kingdom, no religion can be taught in a State school, nor can assembly be of a...
By Devi Kar in

Opinion  /  Published 11.05.19

The reasons to be pessimistic about Indian pluralism

In 2008, the political scientist, Steven Wilkinson, published an essay titled “Muslims in Post-Independence India”. This was its conclusion: “The good news for India, and for India’s 130 milli...
By Ramachandra Guha in

India  /  Published 04.03.20

India crashes on freedom index

India’s score has shown the biggest decline among the world’s 25 largest democracies in the new report from Freedom House, the oldest American organisation devoted to the support and defence of de...
By Anita Joshua in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 01.08.19

Our self-made traps of whataboutery

Chatting with a friend, I was suddenly shaken. My friend said something positive. Referring to the first of the two most recent open letters to the prime minister, she mentioned one of the best-known ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Opinion  /  Published 17.10.19

Savarkar, a dubious contender for the Bharat Ratna

National honour should, under ideal circumstances, be bestowed upon distinguished citizens on the basis of the unanimity of choice. However, when it comes to the Bharat Ratna — the nation’s highes...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 18.09.19

Sometimes, the threat to democracy is from within

Doggedness can be admirable. But persistence can also cut both ways. Having ruffled feathers with his views on Hindi being a unifier in a nation that is known for its richness and diversity in languag...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 07.06.20

A perfect frame

We say that there is pluralism in Indian society. But what does it mean? Let us explore this phenomenon and try to form an accurate picture of pluralism in India. Numbers and differences are the two b...
By A. Raghuramaraju in

Books  /  Published 23.08.19

Beyond secularism

The 2019 parliamentary election results that helped the Narendra Modi regime to return to power with greater majority have reinforced the expansion of the Hindu Right ideology and its growing acceptan...
By Shaikh Mujibur Rehman in

Opinion  /  Published 02.04.20

Minister's ire, a different germ

New India seems to take perverse pleasure in baring its sectarian heart at every conceivable opportunity. The Union minister of minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, stated that the Tablighi Jamaat c...
By The Editorial Board in


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