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
I know the risk is huge as at stake are my decades old secular credentials.
But I think it’s worth taking the risk than taking a blinkered stand like others to prove I am not communal. Read more
Saffron bands, shrill slogans and rabble rousing – the trappings of the 1990s temple movement – are missing today. Instead there is caution and concern. Read more
The idea/solution struck me almost two decades back. I discussed it with some friends and my Muslim tailor. Never dared to make it public as one section of our society was completely traumatized by the events of December 6, 1992. Read more
How can you claim innocence? Agreed public memory is ephemeral. Agreed a new generation has been born since the self-styled champions of Hindutva had pulled down the 464 years old disputed shrine in the temple city in full media glare? Yes, they may not know the facts. It’s history for them. Read more