The violence which wracked the western Indian state of Gujarat ten years ago has almost become a metaphor for a particular aspect of India’s contemporary reality. The metaphor is described differently, depending on whether one is a supporter of Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi or an opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Adivasi, Bharatiya Janata Party, Capitalism, Dalit, Democracy, Gujarat killings 2002, Hindutva, indian capitalists, KHAM, Muslim, Narendra Modi, Patidar
Categories : India, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
G P Deshpande, The World of Ideas in Modern Marathi: Phule, Vinoba, Savarkar, Tulika, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 120. Rs. 240.
G P Deshpande, Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays, Thema, Kolkata, 2009, pp. 127, Rs. 150. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Capitalism, Colonialism, Dalit, Democracy, GPD, Imperialism, Indian Nationalism, IPTA, Jyotiba Phule, Left politics, Maharashtra, Pakistan, patriarchy, regional history, Theatre, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Vinoba Bhave
Categories : Book Review, Colonialism, EPW, History, India, Marxism and Marxists, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Pop goes the Culture, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
Mahmood Mamdani recently gave a talk at the University of Johannesburg, touching on the topics of free speech and bigotry in our contemporary world. He took the example of Mohammed cartoons to make this point. It is a well argued and seemingly persuasive thesis which you can read here at Kafila.
I found that I had some fundamental differences with it and decided to write them out here. Please do read him before you read my response. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: bigotry, blasphemy, Colonialism, freedom of speech, Imperialism, Left politics, Mahmood Mamdani, Mohammed Cartoons, Muslim Fundamentalism, Taslima Nasreen
Categories : History, Mobilisation and Movements, Muslims and Islam, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation, War and Imperialism
This is the draft version I wrote for the editorial of the Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLIV No. 20, May16 2009.
[A sole dependence on military solutions cannot defeat the Taliban] Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Islamic Fundamentalism, Military, Sharia, Swat Valley, Taliban, Terrorism, United States, War on Terror
Categories : EPW, India - Pakistan, Muslims and Islam, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation, War and Imperialism
This is the draft of the edit I wrote for EPW published in the 18-24 April, 2009 edition.
[Uttar Pradesh as a bellwether province in the Indian general elections; then and now.] Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Brahmin, Congress, Dalit, Mayawati, Muslim, Samajwadi Party
Categories : EPW, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
It is hugely ironical that the BJP (and their candidate from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, Varun Gandhi) should accuse the Election Commission of bias against the young lad due to the presence of Chief Election Commissioner designate, Naveen Chawla. But before we get to explaining that irony, here are a few facts. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: BJP, Emergency, Hate-Speech, Hindutva, India, Lok Sabha Elections, Naveen Chawla, Nehru Gandhi family, Sanjay Gandhi, Varun Gandhi
Categories : History, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
The rise of extremism in Pakistan’s Swat valley needs a nuanced and democratic response.
[This is the draft for the editorial I wrote on the Taliban takeover of the Swat and the Pakistan Government's deal with them. The final revised version will be published in the EPW 28 Feb - 6 Mar 2009 (Vol XLIV NO 9) edition.]
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Tags: Fundamentalism, NWFP Pakistan, Pakistan, Swat Valley, Taliban, War on Terror
Categories : EPW, History, India - Pakistan, Mobilisation and Movements, Muslims and Islam, Politics, War and Imperialism