India  /  Published 11.06.20

Govt destroying secular democracy, says Chomsky

American theoretical linguist and political thinker Noam Chomsky has accused the Narendra Modi government of “destroying the Indian secular democracy and imposing a racist creed”.This is, however,...
By Joyjit Ghosh in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 17.02.20

'Secularism' as a handy weapon

The word, ‘secularism’, is having an exciting time in today’s India. It twists and flips, turns somersaults, is turned upside down and inside out as a handy little verbal weapon in the rhetoric ...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 28.01.20

Letter to PM from Bangladesh: Don’t divide people

Momtaz Jahan, a Bangladeshi academic, has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reminding him of the secular tradition of India and urging him not to “create artificial rules or wa...
By Momtaz Jahan in

West Bengal  /  Published 10.01.20

Secularism won many debates, wins one more

A thumping majority defeated the motion that “Secularism is a sham” at Calcutta Club on Friday evening. Politicians, former bureaucrats, ordinary Indians and activists spoke at the Calcutta Debati...
By Jhinuk Mazumdar in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 04.01.20

Reaffirmed: Faith in secular fabric

By Jhinuk Mazumdar and Debraj Mitra in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 27.12.19

A note of assurance

However duplicitous the Bharatiya Janata Party’s leaders may have been over the National Population Register, the National Register of Citizens and the rumoured National Register of Indian Citizens,...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in

West Bengal  /  Published 26.12.19

Didi reads pulse, tailors response

“Secularism”, “democracy” and “humanism” playing on her lips, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday showered praise without reserve on the students of the country and pledged her full support to the...
By Meghdeep Bhattacharyya in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 16.12.19

Who belongs

Passionate public protest may turn violent, as happened in Assam; worse, it may encourage vandalism, as has been happening in West Bengal. Neither is acceptable. The West Bengal chief minister has war...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 17.11.19

Religion and politics have become intertwined in India

What has changed since September 2018? The question has to be asked because of the outcome of the Sabarimala temple review hearing. Or its lack. In a judgment split three to two, the Supreme Court ben...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 09.11.19

Secularism not easy to crush: Academic

Neeti Nair, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, the US, had waited long past midnight for India’s Supreme Court to deliver the Ayodhya verdict. Nair, who graduated in histo...
By G.S. Mudur in


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