They Peddle Myths and Call It History

By Romila Thapar The election of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or the B.J.P., in 2014 led to renewed efforts to rewrite Indian history so as to legitimize Hindu nationalist ideology. These efforts had begun when the B.J.P. first governed India between 1999 and 2004. Under Mr. Modi’s government and various state governments run by his party, the …

Non-Approved Private Company’s Engineers Handled EVMs In Elections

The Quint had earlier debunked the Election Commission of India’s (EC) claim that no private company was engaged to provide engineers in handling Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and VVPAT – an RTI reply by Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a manufacturer of EVMs, revealed that a Mumbai-based private company M/s T&M Services Consulting Private Limited supplied consulting engineers who …

JNU seeks Romila Thapar’s CV to review special status, she says attempt to dishonour

Historian Romila Thapar, who was asked by JNU to submit her CV in order to review her status as Professor Emerita, on Sunday said the move was an attempt to “dishonour” her since she had been “critical” of the changes introduced by the administration. According to a letter that Prabhat Patnaik, another Professor Emeritus at JNU, wrote to EPW magazine …

Chinmayanand case: SC directs UP to set up SIT to look into woman’s allegations

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to set up SIT headed by IG-rank officer to look into the charges levelled by a Shahjahanpur woman law student, who had gone missing after accusing former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of harassment, and was found in Rajasthan. The woman was produced on Friday before the apex …

No, Kerala college did not raise Pak flag; media publishes misleading reports

A piece of ‘breaking’ news that was published by several media outlets on August 31 informed that the Kerala police booked 30 students (Times Now reported 25 students) of Silver Arts College, Kozhikode, for allegedly waving the Pakistani flag during the college election campaign. Times Now anchor, after stating that the BJP protested against the incident, questioned a channel correspondent, …

FIR against 23 Muslims for serving ‘non-veg biryani to Hindus’ at Mahoba Urs

Police in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, have registered an FIR against 23 Muslim youth for “promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and hurting religious sentiments”, following allegations that they served “non-vegetarian biryani” to Hindus at a Muslim religious congregation without telling them. Police said that the case was registered after the intervention of local BJP MLA Brijbhushan Rajpoot. A …

Teenager Dies in Kashmir Amid Protests After Autonomy Was Revoked

A 16-year-old Kashmiri boy has died after security officers hit him in the face with buckshot, several witnesses said — the first officially confirmed death linked to protests since the Indian government revoked Kashmir’s autonomy a month ago. The teenager, Asrar Ahmed Khan, had just finished playing cricket in a narrow, brick-walled lane on the evening of Aug. 6 when …