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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
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: 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, Secularisation, Secularism, War and Imperialism
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: 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 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: Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Brahmin, Congress, Dalit, Mayawati, Muslim, Samajwadi Party
Categories : EPW, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
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: BJP, Emergency, Hate-Speech, Hindutva, India, Lok Sabha Elections, Naveen Chawla, Nehru Gandhi family, Sanjay Gandhi, Varun Gandhi
Categories : History, 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: 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
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: Gaza, Holocaust, Israel, M.K. Gandhi, Palestine, War
Categories : EPW, History, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation, War and Imperialism
On the night of 9-10 November 1938, the Nazis killed dozens of Jews in Germany, sent thousands to concentration camps and destroyed Jewish properties and synagogues in an orgy of violence which removed all doubts about the nature of persecution Jews faced under the Nazi regime and was a precursor of what was to come. Writing 10 days after this Nazi pogrom, which is known today as the Kristallnacht, Mohandas Gandhi said, “…the German persecution of the Jews seems to have no parallel in history.” But, he went on to add, “…my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me”, Read the rest of this entry »