The Preamble of the Constitution was amended by the 42nd Amendment 1976 to include secularism. The secularism is not a mere ideal in the legal order enshrined under the Constitution but the very fundamental principle governing Indian polity. Secularism has...
Michael Shermer has made a career of skepticism — he is the founder of Skeptic, for one — but in his 2000 book, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, he does not come...
Late last year, Karnataka’s celebration of Tipu Jayanti (the birthday of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1783 to 1799) was widely protested by Sangh Parivar activists. In the course of an altercation, one VHP activist was killed. The controversy over Tipu Sultan is not simply a pet cause for Hindu nationalists: Kodavas were subject to ethnic cleansing by Tipu in the 18th century and have conveyed their anger and hurt, as have Christian communities in areas subject to forced conversions and killings. The willingness of politicians and historians to venerate such figures sends a very ambiguous message to members of communities – whether Kodava, Christian, Sikh, Muslim, or Hindu – who were victim to their acts. What is the best way to overcome the feelings of grievance that these figures inspire?
The actor is not the first cultural personality to be criticised by BJP leaders for expressing concerns about the direction the country is taking. But while the others have been accused of staging a “manufactured revolt”, none was labelled...
Uniformed policemen lined the road and chains and locks were strung across the gates to prevent latecomers into the packed hall. It wasn’t a Z-category politician coming to speak, but an 83-year-old academic. ‘Indian Society and the Secular’ was the topic,...
Is a Tantric someone who does evil black magic and uses morbid stuff like bones and skulls during midnight in a graveyard? What is Tantra?
All governments are committed to safeguarding the health of their citizens. They spend billions of dollars on hospitals and clinical infrastructure, salaries for healthcare professionals, and so on. They look for cost savings wherever possible, through competitive procurement procedures...
The government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is a contentious issue, but is understandable. Such schemes may have not worked in the past, but a political commitment had to be honoured. The question is not whether the government...
A spectre is haunting Indian mainstream and social media these days. Or rather, has been, for some time. In the wake of the gruesome lynching of a Muslim man by a mob in Dadri on September 28, allegedly at...

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