I somehow fail to understand why people, irrespective of their caste or communities, are growing so much against love, that they are willing to incite violence, willing to kill their loved ones, hang them. Why can’t they understand that social-economic changes would also bring in cultural changes? Read more

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Perhaps there is one lesson for the political class to learn from the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh. The administrators will have to keep politics away from governance. In simpler words they will have to initiate action against the culprits without going into their caste or the community.
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It was merely 18 months back when the Samajwadi Party’s aspirational slogan ‘Umeed ki Cycle’ had wooed all the castes and communities in the state. They had come together to give the party a thumping majority which perhaps even Mulayam Singh Yadav, its founder, had never dreamt of. Read more

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Seeing Asaram in police custody reminded me of his innumerable visits to Lucknow and the tantrums he threw wherever he went. Once he wanted his stick to bypass the baggage x-ray, the next he wanted a special road temporarily built for him to the venue of his ‘pravachan’. Read more

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