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Kodekkal Basava and the Lingayats Syncretic Traditions of India

Karnataka is a place where religious syncretism is a way of life. The shrine of Kodekkal Basava, in Karnataka’s Yadgir district, is one among hundreds of such worship places. Muslims and Hindus visit this shrine and celebrate festivals together. Kodekkal Basava is believed to be the reincarnation of 12th Century Basava, who fought against Brahmanism…

Being Muslim in India How the law and society treat you differently

This is the concluding part of KS Subramanian’s essay ‘Babri Masjid 1992 – Gujarat 2002 – Kashmir 2016: How the Sangh Parivar has wrecked India’s secular social fabric by sustained anti-minority violence’. Here the author who is a senior, retired member of the Indian Police Service-IPS, explains how systematic othering has led to marginalisation of Muslims in…

How the National Register of Citizens causes ‘othering’ of minorities in Assam Findings of a study by Sadbhav Mission, Delhi

On February 3, 2018, Sadbhav Mission, in collaboration with Delhi School of Social Work, organized a one day seminar, “Migrant Workers: Rights and Concerns”. A special session was held on National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam. Based on the presentations and discussions following consensus emerged.   Assam is the only state in the…

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Romeo must Die! How Anti-Romeo Squad unleashes terror in UP with full state support

Romeo, a Shakespearean character was the protagonist of the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Montague’s son, he secretly loved Juliet. Forced into exile after killing Juliet’s cousin Tybalt in a dramatic twist and turn of events, Romeo commits suicide on hearing about Juliet’s false death. Romeo had realized the full extent of killing Tybalt only after his death…

Secularism is at the core of Modernity How a cautiously designed system of checks and balances is being debilitated

‘Constitution is workable, flexible and strong enough to hold the country together both in peace time and in war time. If things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man is vile,’ observed Dr. Ambedkar in the…

Amnesty: “Hate-filled narratives by governments” threaten minorities

Amnesty International, in its newly released annual report, has said that “hate-filled narratives by governments around the world” have enabled discrimination and bigotry against people who are already vulnerable, the Guardian reported, saying that the report depicts a situation in which human rights declined in 2017. Salil Shetty, the organisation’s secretary-general, said that there are “few governments…

Harmony of the Hills Why the Baba Budhan Giri issue mirrors the Ayodhya Dispute

Baba Budan Giri is also known as the Babri of the south. This beautiful film explores the story and charts out the struggle of memory against forgetting. As the Babri Masjid issue is being heard by the Supreme Court, CJP looks at other, similar, cynical, politically motivated disputes that put the Ram Janma Bhoomi movement…

As Woman, Citizen and a Muslim: How Courts Have Treated the Hadiya Case Love Jihad and Freedom of Faith, How have the Kerala HC and SC Dealt with Both

The Indian judiciary has gained a reputation for its tenuous tussles with the concept of religion. Interfaith marriages and religious conversion have been met with suspicion and convolutions ‘born as the result of a macabre mating ritual between patriarchy and bigotry’. ‘Love Jihad’ has been woven into a dominant caste Hindu narrative of religious extremism,…

एस आर बोम्मई बनाम यूनियन ऑफ इंडिया मामले के महत्व को स्पष्ट करने के लिए एक तथ्य पत्र

मार्च 1994, में आया एस आर बोम्मई बनाम भारतीय संघ का फैसला न सिर्फ भारतीय संघवाद का समर्थन करता है बल्कि राजनीति में धर्म की बढ़ती दखल पर भी तीखे सवाल उठाते हुए भारतीय धर्मनिरपेक्षता की रक्षा करता है. बोम्मई का निष्पक्ष संघ बनाये रखने का वादा, अदालत का धर्मनिरपेक्षता स्थापित रखने का निर्णय जो…

When Love is an Act of Defiance A Timeline of Love Jihad cases From Silja to Hadiya to Afrazul

It all began when a man fell in love with a woman and they decided to get married. Ordinarily that would make for a Badjatiya approved sanskaari romance, but because it was an interfaith marriage, specifically one between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, things got violent, ugly and bitter quickly. This is the…

Curbing Freedom of Faith: India’s Anti-Conversion laws A Factsheet showcasing laws enacted by different states to curb conversions

The Indian Constitution grants every citizen the freedom ‘to practice and propagate his/her faith.’ (Article 25) Yet several states, currently ruled by the supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have in place laws enacted to ostensibly stop ‘forcible conversions.’ This when conversion, by extension of Article 25 remains a fundamental right, at least on paper. Arguably,…

Varanasi Church Attack Case

A Blue Christmas How caroling can get you thrown in jail in 2017

Winters in Central India are cold and dry. Parishioners can often be seen huddled together, despite their layers of winter wear, as they sing the Lord’s praises in the run up to Christmas. But the winter of 2017 was particularly harsh for men of faith in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. Over 30 seminarians and…

Christmas as a symbol of Democracy John Dayal on Christmas in 2017

It could have been said a long time ago, but Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India was not too late in saying the faith of the Christian community has become shaky in the wake of increased attacks on Christians and members of the clergy. There was more he could…

Gujarat Riots

15 Years of CJP A Timeline of campaigns and petitions spearheaded by us

Over the last 15 years CJP has been working tirelessly to secure justice for victims and survivors of communal violence. We have been fighting for the rights of all Indians in the courts and beyond. Here’s a quick timeline of all our big and small accomplishments so far.       [TIMELINE-23263]

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