Democracy on Trial – Editorial

…Was the victory of the NDA the result of its truthfulness and did it present an honest testimony about the fulfilment of the promises made in 2014? This question becomes important for assessing not just the formal political victory of the coalition, but also, the very moral foundation of substantive democracy. Put differently, does this victory strengthen the moral foundation …

India’s Muslims quiver in the new dawn of an emboldened Narendra Modi – By Michael Safi

…A day after the Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, claimed a landslide election victory, some in the congregation were anxious about whether this new country had a place for them. “These days, it isn’t safe for us here any more,” said Haji Shezhad Khan, the chairman of a local Muslim activist group, sitting in a shaded courtyard a few …

Failure after debacle – Editorial

Verdict 2019 is also a resounding vote of no confidence in the Congress, its leadership and the narrative it offered to voters. The party has barely managed to improve its tally from its all-time low of 44 seats and 19 per cent vote share in 2014 – it has now won 52 seats while the vote share indicates no change. …

Gandhi, Godse And The Idea Of Deshbhakti – By Shaikh Mujibur Rehman

The recent statement by Pragya Thakur describing Nathuram Godse as a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot) and the subsequent efforts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to describe it as unforgivable indicates that India is not just in the cusp of a fierce ideological power struggle between Nehruvian secularism and Hindutva that has gathered political steam since the late 1980s with the Bharatiya Janata …

Gujarat riots: ‘They raped me, butchered my child because we were Muslims. 17 years on, I have justice – and faith in Indian law’

When the cargo truck carrying Bilkis Bano and her family shuddered to a halt in the Dahod district of Gujarat, India, the young mother was so afraid of what was about to happen that her shivering woke her three-year-old daughter, Saleha. Bano, still just a teenager herself, rocked the wailing child but could not comfort her. Within seconds a mob …

India’s first terrorist was a Hindu: Kamal Haasan

Stoking yet another controversy, actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday said independent India’s “first terrorist was a Hindu” – Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, even as he stressed extremism had no religion. Kamal Haasan’s remarks made during his campaign seeking votes for Mohanraj, the Makkal Needhi Maiam’s candidate for the May 19 by-polls to Aravakurichi …