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 …
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.
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.
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.