Thomas Blom Hansen’s new book looks at RSS goals vs Constitutional rights

THOMAS BLOM HANSEN is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hindu nationalism. Which is why his books continue to generate tremendous interest among academics and non-academics alike. His latest one, The Law of Force: The Violent Heart of Indian Politics (Aleph; 176 pages; Rs 499), which released recently and traces the chequered history of political violence … Continue reading Thomas Blom Hansen’s new book looks at RSS goals vs Constitutional rights

Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Photo: Wikipedia) Restless as Mercury is an outcome of Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s extensive research into the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi and books and accounts of him written and recollected by those close to him under his guidance besides An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Which is why Gopalkrishna, an alumnus of St Stephen’s College, writes as if … Continue reading Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India

Professor Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark In Professor Ravinder Kaur’s latest book, she peels off layers and layers of contemporary Indian history to prove, on her own terms, that the ‘manifestation of Hindu cultural nationalism and market liberalisation’ owe their dominance to each other. Her narrative is akin to the solving … Continue reading Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India

My Duty Towards the State Takes Precedence Over My Personal Ideologies: Yogi Adityanath

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on governance and growth in Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has taken a vow to crack down on unlawful religious conversions through a law popularly known as the ‘Love Jihad law’. He went ahead with this ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill 2020’ following an emphatic win in state … Continue reading My Duty Towards the State Takes Precedence Over My Personal Ideologies: Yogi Adityanath

How Vajpayee Straddled Two Worlds and Made Hindutva Palatable to the Masses

They say Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the right man in the wrong party. He wasn’t. Academics and independent political analysts such as Robin Jeffrey and Vajpayee’s contemporaries in politics remember him in the 1960s as a young, firebrand leader of the Hindutva cause, someone capable of the most offensive of anti-Muslim statements. A man groomed in the … Continue reading How Vajpayee Straddled Two Worlds and Made Hindutva Palatable to the Masses

This District in Maharashtra Is Being Buffeted By a New Wave of Islamist Radicalisation

ON QUILA ROAD in the Bir area of Beed in central Maharashtra, a number of star-and- crescent flags on electricity poles flutter in the morning wind as burkha-clad women walk past, chaperoning their children to school, and men, mostly wearing skull caps, ride motorbikes, slowing down every few moments to give strangers hostile stares. There are … Continue reading This District in Maharashtra Is Being Buffeted By a New Wave of Islamist Radicalisation