Political Demonisation of Dr Zakir Naik

Ever since a Bangladeshi newspaper reported that Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik “inspired” Dhaka militants, a new frenzy of Islamophobic discourse has begun in India. The Modi Government was quick to grab this opportunity of Muslim-bashing. Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the Government would not “compromise on terrorism at any cost”. While I&B Minister …

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Myth of the Progressive Right

Book Review: Patel, Prasad and Rajaji: Myth of the Indian right by Neerja Singh, Sage, New Delhi, 2015.
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Muslims Politics in Bihar

Book Review: Muslims Politics in Bihar: Changing Contours by Mohammad Sajjad
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Bahujan first, then Muslim

By making common cause with other Dalits and Backwards and adopting new icons, the Pasmandas have broken free from the grip of elite and casteist minority politics

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‘Speculative figures promote dangerous casteism’

Professor Amitabh Kundu says that the last time we had a caste census was almost a century ago and it’s high time the government based its programmes and quotas on recent robust and comparable data

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Data under guard

Empirical evidence don’t seem to be enough to convince some people of the need for a caste census. Their unwillingness to see any usefulness in a caste census is the result of their increasing fear that the release of the figures may officially give the seal of approval to the views that the upper castes, despite being in minority, continue to appropriate the overwhelming share of resources.

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Ambedkar vs Gandhi: Machinery – boon or bane?

How Ambedkar dismantled Gandhi’s naïve idea of a machine-free society

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Religious Identity has never been a barrier for acquiring knowledge in India’

Syed Mohammad Raghib and Abhay Kumar sat with JNU professor Akhlaque Ahan last week to grasp the complexities of situations, following aggressive campaigns to polarise society and saffronise Indian history and culture.

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Bihar rejects politics of hate

At the end of the day when the dust settled, the final result clearly gave a two-thirds majority to JD-U-RJD-Congress-led Grand Alliance which won as many as 178 seats out of 243, while the BJP-led NDA bit the dust, winning mere 58 seats.

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‘Lalu is the biggest hero of social empowerment in Bihar’: Srikant

Abhay Kumar sat with this sixty-one year scholar at his Patna residence to understand complexities of the Bihar polls. Following are excerpts from this interview which was conducted before the counting of the polls.

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