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Uniform Civil Code or Gender Justice?

Caught between the Sangh Parivar which has communalised an essentially secular concern for a uniform civil code and the orthodox Muslim leadership resistent to any change, the women’s movement and other secular-democratic forces seem to have been gripped by – an intellectual paralysis. Unless these organisations de-communalise the demand and shift the focus of the…

Narratives of Vulnerability and Violence: Retelling the Gujarat Riots

by Shiv Visvanathan[1] and Teesta Setelvad+ On 27 February 2002, the Sabarmati Express passenger train was attacked at Godhra, a town in the Indian state of Gujarat. Fifty-eight people were burnt alive in the carnage. Almost all of them were Hindus, many returning after performing religious service at Ayodhya. The violence that followed after the…

The Ban And Bans

  Quote: “`What I do, eat, drink or pray is none of your business,’ says Rishi Kapoor.`I am angry. Why do you equate food with religion??—Rishi Kapoor” “Today there is a blur between the real world and the virtual world and I have taken aback to see that, for some years now, unethical, unacceptable and…

Equality and a Level Playing Field

Equality and a Level Playing Field Face the facts Heated reactions and debates on reservations for Muslims, conjuring up images of communal polarisation and Partition, deliberately ignore the fact that secular India has not given Muslims a fair deal BY Teesta Setalvad Reservations, and that too for Muslims? This could well be the stated or…

Lives Lost Introduction

Lives Lost There have been a number of attempts to dilute the extent of the communal carnage that engufged the entire state of Gujarat in February, 2002, with claims that it was restricted only to certain areas and districts. Moreover, there have also been claims to manipulate the number of persons reported as having died…

Detailed Evidence Against Gujarat Police Top Brass in Gujarat Carnage

Overwhelming Evidence Of The Direct Involvement Of The Gujarat Government In The Violence That Engulfed The State From February 2002 On Detailed Evidence Against Gujarat Police Top Brass There is indisputable proof in the form of Police Control Rooms Records of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, Station Diaries and Other Contemporaneous and relevant records of various concerned…

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