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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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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The Yamuna Expressway, a 165-km, six-lane glistening north Indian motorway, which a newspaper aptly described as the Yamunabahn, has cut by half the travel time between Delhi and Agra, the Taj Mahal city. Read more

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Salman Khurshid, the law minister, was until recently a good Muslim to have in government. Read more

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Going by official socio-economic indices, the average Muslim voter is a school drop-out, earns meagre wages, supports a mid-sized family, is self-employed, resides mostly among his ilk, would have not travelled far beyond his birthplace, is remarkably ‘clued in’, unlikely to vote any one party or candidate, but is generally cagey about Hindutva-based politics. Read more

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Harvard University, the US’s oldest higher-learning institution, has defended Hindutva advocate Subramanian Swamy’s “right to free speech” in response to a petition to oust him as summer instructor for his recent article considered hateful towards Muslims. Read more

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Gandhi – who India still reveres deeply – floated up in public memory recently when the contemporary Indian press and some middle-class Indians had hallucinating glimpses of him in rural activist Anna Hazare, who launched a Gandhi-style protest against high-level corruption. Read more

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Now that the decks have been cleared for the Ayodhya verdict, we have to ensure a fresh tsunami isn’t heading for the shore. Read more

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