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Dissent essential in open society: Hamid Ansari

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Dissent is of critical importance in an open society and its suppression could metamorphose it into an illiberal and ethnic democracy, former Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Tuesday. He was speaking here at the formal release of his latest book Dare I Question: Reflections on Contemporary Challenges. A compilation of his speeches and writings, the bo...

4 days ago
Gau Rakshaks not listening to Modi is a matter of concern: Former VP Hamid Ansari

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) There has been a rise of vigilantism in the country and if gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) are not listening to even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then it is a matter of concern, says former Vice President Hamid Ansari. Modi is a strong leader. He is the unquestioned leader of his party. If his words are not being listened to, that's a matter of serious concern. N...

6 days ago
Atmosphere vitiated, but publishing escapes heavy hand of politics, say insiders

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) With the new weapon of choice to intimidate publishers being the legal injunction, industry stakeholders contend that they have escaped the heavy hand of direct political intimidation -- perhaps because a critical book is not as potent as a critical TV channel or newspaper. The impact that books are capable of having (certainly in English) in India is perhaps in...

8 days ago
Congress puts up show of Koli strength in Gujarat

Gandhinagar, July 11 (IANS) After losing their strongman Kunwarji Bavaliya, the former MLA from Jasdan to the ruling BJP last week, the Congress on Wednesday put up a show of strength of Koli community leaders who had gathered here to discuss the plans regarding the 2019 general elections. Punjabhai Vansh, the senior leader and an MLA from Una, led the meeting with six sitting and two fo...

9 days ago
The 'Mulk' of human kindness

Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) The trailer of Anubhav Sinhas Mulk is unlike anything he has done before. Its lack of 'political correctness is so apt, and the theme of a Muslim family being hounded after the son is accused of terrorism is so relevant to todays times, one wonders how no one though of doing this before. The trailer of Mulk hides nothing. It lays out all the cards on the table with...

10 days ago
Using headgear to signify identity could be bigotry: Ansari

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) A skull cap does not add to identity and suggesting it does may be a misperception or perhaps a reflection of bigotry, former Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Monday. Speaking at the launch of book Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India written by veteran journalist Ziya Us Salam, he also recounted his lone experience o...

14 days ago
Communal fault lines leading to mob violence: CPI-M

New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Blaming failure at the political level for increasing cases of mob violence, the CPI-M has said that communal and sectarian fault lines which have opened up in our society lead to dehumanising and anarchic violence. The unconscionable and brutal violence emanating from the child lifting scare reveals deep social pathologies, said an editorial in People's Democrac...

25 days ago
BJP move can create more instability in J&K: CPI-M

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The CPI-M said on Sunday that the BJP's decision to end support to the PDP can create greater political instability in Jammu and Kashmir and also appeared aimed at sharpening communal polarization ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls. A Communist Party of India-Marxist statement said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's move at this particular moment has the potential...

25 days ago
Meaning of latest turn in Kashmir lies outside the state

Two policemen leading the mob which ultimately lynched a Muslim in Hapur is, of course, part of familiar communalism which has to be revved upon to a higher pitch in order to prepare the ground for the General Elections in 2019. The animal to be protected is not the cow, but power. For this ultimate goal, incidents like the one in Hapur and the more ghoulish ones before it, hundreds of t...

28 days ago
Lateral entry will serve corporate, not public interests: CPI-M

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Recruitment of officers from the private sector, corporates and multinational companies will pose a serious threat to the nature of public service in the bureaucracy, the CPI-M has warned. Such appointees would be prone to serve corporate interests disregarding the public interest, said an editorial in the CPI-M journal People's Democracy. This would be the apin...

1 month ago
Kolkata forum terms Modi regime 'fascist', urges people to unite

Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of unleashing organised attack on the country's economic, social and political institutions while promoting communal tension and divisiveness, a forum of social workers on Thursday urged the people to unite to save democracy in the country. Terming the BJP regime a fascist force, the members of the platform claimed that the go...

1 month ago
Tar laid on road near Taj Mahal - over sleeping dog

Agra, June 13 (IANS) Animal rights activists are up in arms after a video went viral showing how callously a fresh layer of tar on a road to the Taj Mahal was laid burying a sleeping dog by workers of a private company. Police said an FIR had been registered on a complaint by a Hindutva leader. Social activist Naresh Paras told IANS: The dog was sleeping or perhaps not well. Inst...

1 month ago
We can change what we gave ourselves in 1950: Tripura Governor on Constitution

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) At a time when the opposition and several intellectuals have expressed fear that the BJP government is preparing to change the Constitution and make India a Hindu rashtra, Tripura Governor and former BJP-RSS insider, Tathagata Roy has said that what was accepted in 1950 can be changed. So far there have been 101 amendments to the Constitution, some of them under...

1 month ago
Congress' Tewari likens Pranab morphed RSS images with Nazi propaganda

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Continuing his criticism of Pranab Mukherjee's visit to an RSS event, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday likened with Nazi propaganda the former President's morphed picture showing him raising his hand in salutation like RSS cadres do. In a tweet a day after he launched stinging criticism of Mukherjee for attending an RSS event in Nagpur, Tewari said the R...

1 month ago
Pranab's message to RSS: Will the hotheads listen?

It was an evening of pious homilies at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur where former President and now citizen Pranab Mukherjee was the guest of honour at a valedictory function. While he dwelt on how pluralism and tolerance constituted the soul of India, the RSS sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, expounded on the organization's vision which extended well beyond t...

1 month ago
Athawale's remark exposes BJP's double speak on Bhima-Koregaon: Congress

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Demanded a fair investigation into the Bhima-Koregaon riots, the Congress on Friday slammed BJP's double speak after NDA ally and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale had remarked that it was not right to arrest Dalit rights activists branding them as Maoists. Seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the matter, it said he should make it clear whether the...

1 month ago
Democracy under attack in India: Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) New, more advanced and safe fuel will be reloaded into the two running reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and also into the subsequent units being built in Tamil Nadu with the technical assistance of the Russian national atomic power corporation Rosatom, according to a senior company official. Alexander Ugryumov, Vice President (R&D) of Rosa...

1 month ago
Russia to supply advanced safe fuel for Kudankulam nuclear plant

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) New, more advanced and safe fuel will be reloaded into the two running reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and also into the subsequent units being built in Tamil Nadu with the technical assistance of the Russian national atomic power corporation Rosatom, according to a senior company official. Alexander Ugryumov, Vice President (R&D) of Rosa...

1 month ago
Release Gadling, four others: Lawyers body

New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) A lawyers body on Thursday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of advocate Surendra Gadling and four others arrested on charges of being Maoist sympathisers who incited communal disharmony during the Bhima-Koregaon violence. A new trend has been started in this country -- to arrest and terrorise activists who speak up for Dalits, Adivasis and undertr...

1 month ago
Will secular Pranab be too hot to handle for RSS

Nagpur, June 6 (IANS) As the country wonders what former President Pranab Mukherjee might say at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here on Thursday, his last speech as President in 2017 reflects the thoughts and concerns that had engaged him throughout his over five-decade-long political career. Unlike his 2012 speech when he took over as President in which he made a passing...

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