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Facts never Lie and Memories never Die Remembering the Gujarat Carnage of 2002 and why we need to ensure it never happens again

It is sixteen years now since the Gujarat Carnage of 2002. The years have flown by; Gujarat, India and the world have experienced a generation change in many different ways. “Let us move on” is the repeated quote of many who were not affected. “Such things happen everywhere” is the slogan of those who would…

Wakanda Forever: Black History Month in the age of Black Panther Is the African diaspora getting its due?

Black History Month also known as African American History month in the US, refers to a month long commemoration of the struggles of the African American community, as well as a celebration of their achievements and culture. Of late, it is also commemorated in Canada, United Kingdom and the Netherlands where it is called Black…

No Communal Riots in 2017: UP DGP Yeah right!

Following in the footsteps of India’s Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who had denied that the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq at Dadri village in UP was a ‘communal’ act, that too in Parliament, way back in December 2015, now it is the topmost police official of India’s largest state, by population, director general of police (DGP),…

Ensure Justice in Kasganj

Unfurling a Tricolour Riot Patriotism, Politics and the Pakistan rhetoric in Kasganj

Communal violence has been the bane of our society. There had been a perception that this violence is a spontaneous clash between two communities. Over a period of time, it is becoming clear that it is not a spontaneous phenomenon, nor is it a clash between two communities, it is planned violence. Scholars, basing themselves on…

A Candle for Ankit ... and his lost love and a flickering secularism. A worrying silence echoes in the public sphere.

It was an act of violence and terror, albeit of a critically different kind. When 23-year-old Ankit Saxena’s throat was slit after an altercation with the family members of his childhood sweetheart a few days ago, while the usual suspects of the BJP, Manoj Tiwari, and the Bajrang Dal swung into pre-scripted, hate-driven action, a…

Gory Winter: Bombay Riots of 1992-93 Frontline

ombay in December 1992-January 93 was Hindu Rashtra in action. By TEESTA SETALVAD THE fault lines were sharp and deep in that December of 1992 when for nine days theurbs prima of India, hailed for its cosmopolitanism, saw this veneer shredded. Painfully. All of December, including the week of Christmas and New Year celebrations, public temper…

Love is the Order of Nature An Exclusive Blog by Harish Iyer on Intersectionality and the LGBTQIA movement

75 years ago, we fought the Brits with all our grit, when we screamed “Bharat Chhodo” at Gowlia Tank in Mumbai’s Grant Road area. To borrow from the Tryst with Destiny speech by Jawarharlal Nehru on the eve of our first Independence Day Now, time has come to redeem our pledge, and to work towards the large…

Paying the Price A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Exactly seventy years ago on 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. On his death, in an impromptu and highly emotional radio address to the nation, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India said, “the light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere.” Nehru went on to add, The…

A Proud Rainbow Parent at the Pride An exclusive blog by special invitation

At 3.30 pm on Saturday 3rd February, when Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride Parade begins from August Kranti Maidan, I will be a part of it. As a mother of a lesbian daughter, I will walk in support of my child, and also for all the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender, Queer, Inter-sex) persons in our…

Save the Constitution: Join the Good Fight to Defend Your Rights From the Secretary's Desk

Every other day we hear utterances, from persons in high constitutional office, or from the fringe influencers that they have this driving urge, which is to repeal, or change, the Indian Constitution. Not too long ago, Ananthkumar Hegde, minister for skill development and management in the Modi government said, in a pre-election campaign meeting in…

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