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 media is going yap, yap, yap and blah blah blah over Modi and Rahul. Blah …Modi… blah… Rahul …blah blah blah. Read more

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This could hardly have escaped national attention: Have Muslims made their peace with Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s demagogic chief minister? It is a tough question, really. Let’s attempt an answer. Read more

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Anil Ambani, the industrialist and 7th richest Indian by Forbes estimates, confirmed his man-crush on Narendra Modi (Click here for my favourite Modi profile). Read more

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As expected, the Gujarat elections could hardly have escaped national attention. Narendra Modi will have probably won the polls even before the last votes are counted. This nation is at the crossroads: a demagogic leader, conceited in thoughts and uncompromising in actions, is wiping clean his past with the present. He could soon push India into a phase of unilateral politics, ascending to the very top. This could also mean less legroom for India’s much-vaunted democracy. Read more

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Every other day, biscuit-maker Abdul Hannan takes groups of curious Muslims on a tour of Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society as if it were another mausoleum. Read more

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I never knew that answering a seemingly simple, innocuous questionnaire is all that people suspected of murder or contributing to such crimes are required to do. Read more

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Yakoob Rasool has haunting eyes. They are cold. The man is cautious, unwilling to lower his guard. He will not tell you where he lives. Or what his future holds from him. But you will understand his discretion once you know who he is: the husband of Gujarat riots survivor Bilkis Yakoob Rasool Bano. Read more

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I do not know what the cultured political stalwarts of the BJP have to say about it, but Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister, let a great opportunity slip when he turned down a Muslim skullcap and a keffiyah, a traditional tussled kerchief, offered to him as mementos recently. Read more

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Parliament’s historic debate on Saturday, which resulted in Anna Hazare agreeing to break his 12-day fast, began with an appeal for a collective “sense of the House” on the Lokpal Bill from Pranab Mukherjee, the leader of the House. Read more

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