The next five years could be epochal. Narendra Modi indeed has a chance to alter India’s destiny. And his biggest contribution, according to me, is not expected in the arena of just development, but ‘just development’. Read more

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BJP prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kicked off his election bid from Varanasi, an ancient seat of Hinduism, with a blog beholden to city’s multicultural traditions. Read more

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One would have expected journalist Hasan Suroor to de jure write a book on the UK’s largely immigrant Muslim population. The Hindu’s former London correspondent would have had rich pickings to offer readers on the more febrile issues surrounding a vigorous community of which he was a part for “well over a decade”. Read more

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The Muzaffarnagar riots present us with another somber opportunity to reflect on the dangers that can easily weaken India’s social fabric. Riots are often triggered by political patronage. They not only drive communities apart, but they also render victims vulnerable to further manipulation by sinister forces. Read more

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Not so long ago, it was widely presumed that, in a modernizing and fast-growing India, sickening religious clashes aimed at garnering votes would be a thing of the past. The western UP rioting, like those preceding it in Bihar, points to the opposite. “Communal polarization” has staged a comeback. Read more

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I despise the term ‘Liberal Muslim’, although sometimes I use it for the sake of convenience. It is invariably used in a patronizing way and it perpetuates, what I call, the “zoo effect”. Read more

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“I stared as one – and then the other – of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed. And then I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased.” Read more

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No part of Gandhi’s life has escaped scholarly attention in a corpus of a little over a century. Literature on him is abundant. Read more

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had to call off what could have been a historic visit to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) due to “bad weather” this past Saturday (February 16). Read more

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Throughout history, crime and punishment have gone hand in hand. Protesters in Delhi, infuriated by a grotesque gang rape of a 23-year-old girl, have demanded the death penalty for such offenders, which was first publicly raised by BJP leader LK Advani many years ago. Read more

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