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Issues in Secular Politics
  Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Hurling Anti Nationalism for Dissent (03/23/2016)
  Goddess Durga, Mahishasur-Caste and Many Mythological Narratives (03/06/2016)
  Lord, Why am I banned from your abode? (02/16/2016)
  Rohith Vemula: Hindutva Politics and Dalit Question Today (02/04/2016)
  Idea of India-Welcoming 2016 (01/08/2016)
  Shah Rukh, Aamir Khan and Intolerance (12/28/2015)
  Intolerance is due to Sectariansim (12/21/2015)
  Intolerance Debate-Story So Far (12/17/2015)
  Why spate of returning awards has come to a halt? (11/30/2015)
  Returning Awards: Saving Democracy (11/30/2015)
  Assault on Syncretic Traditions (10/02/2015)
  Killing a Rationalist: Silencing Reason (09/27/2015)
  Where Do Ram And Allah Live? (09/27/2015)
   State Must Not Organize Religious Festivals (09/27/2015)
   Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: To Each Ones’ Own! (09/27/2015)
  Islamist Terrorism: The Underlying Politics (09/27/2015)
  Looking at the Past: Jaundiced Views (09/27/2015)
  Bhakti-Sufi Traditions: Uniting Humanity (09/27/2015)
  Saluting Courage: Memorial for Vasant Rajab (09/27/2015)
  What Did Colonialism Do To India? (09/27/2015)
  Manufacturing And Undermining National Icons: RSS Style (09/24/2015)
  One Year of Modi Sarkar: Hate Speech Galore (05/15/2015)
  Population by Religions in times to come (04/28/2015)
  Color Coding of Communal Politics (04/22/2015)
  Political Ideology and Interpretation of History (04/15/2015)
  Attacking the Cross: Rise in Anti Christian Violence (04/03/2015)
  Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture : Anniversary of- Chavi-Wall Newspaper Bhuvaneshwar, Jan 29 2015 (02/05/2015)
  Attempt to Undermine Secularism: Testing Waters! Words Socialism and Secularism missing in BJP Govt. ads (02/02/2015)
  What was Gandhi’s Evaluation of RSS? (01/26/2015)
  What’s in store for Kashmiris if BJP is part of the Government? (01/10/2015)
  Resurgence of Godse Worship (01/01/2015)
  How is Ghar Vapasi Different from Forcible Conversions? (12/20/2014)
  Are all Indians Sons of Ram? (12/20/2014)
  AMU, Raja Mahendra Pratap and attempts of polarization (12/20/2014)
  Transplanting Elephant head on human body! The magic of mythological fiction (11/19/2014)
  Targeting Nehruvian Legacy ? (11/11/2014)
  Modi Sarkar: Politics through Culture (10/30/2014)
  Tools for Divisive Politics: Hate Speech and Patriarchy : Love Jihad propaganda spurs hate, not dialogue (09/20/2014)
  ISIS, Oil Politics and Peaking of Islamophobia (09/05/2014)
   Does love know Religious boundaries? (08/19/2014)
  Is ‘Hindu’ our National Identity? (08/18/2014)
  The Modi Sarkar: Initial Symptoms (08/08/2014)
  Ideology as a cover for political agenda: New ICHR Chief is a Communal Ideologue (07/29/2014)
  Gods on Earth: Shankaracharya says no to worship of Sai Baba (07/17/2014)
  Love Thy Neighbor: Nawaz Sharif’s Visit to India (07/13/2014)
  Hate Crimes and Communal Polarization (07/13/2014)
  Striving for Gender Justice: Overcoming Obstacles (07/13/2014)
  Debating Secularism in a Communalized Society (07/13/2014)
  Debating Secularism in a Communalized Society (07/13/2014)
  Modi Wins 2014 Elections: Victory of Development or Divisiveness (05/22/2014)
  Assam: Ethnic Communal Divides to the Fore (05/12/2014)
  Debating Elections, Debating Development (05/03/2014)
  Worshipping Gods in the times of Elections (04/28/2014)
  Beef, Pink Revolution and identity Politics (04/20/2014)
  Symptoms of Fascism (03/20/2014)
  Gandhi Murder and Role of RSS: Debate Continues (03/11/2014)
  Liberal Hinduism versus Sectarian Hindutva (03/03/2014)
  Swami Aseemanand and Art of ‘Statement Withdrawal’ (02/11/2014)
  Myth of Clean Chit: Gujarat Carnage and Narendra Modi (02/06/2014)
  Modi’s Caste and Hindutva Political Strategies (01/28/2014)
  Contemporary Political Ferment: Aam Aadmi Party (01/12/2014)
  Painful Path to Justice: Travails of Zakia Jafri (12/28/2013)
  Kashmir: Understanding Article 370 (12/05/2013)
  Honoring Hate: Public Felicitation of Riot Accused (11/25/2013)
  Modi on Rampage: Reckless Abuse of History (11/14/2013)
  Statue of Unity’ on one side: Asthi Kalsh Yatra on the other (11/07/2013)
  Modi’s-Abusing History for Political mileage (10/31/2013)
  Love Jihad: From Illusory Slogan to Potent Weapon (10/18/2013)
  Temple, Toilet and Sangh Politics (10/07/2013)
  What Ails National Integration Council? (09/28/2013)
  Polarization with a difference: Muzaffarnagar Violence (09/22/2013)
  Are Goan Catholics Culturally Hindu? (09/12/2013)
  Business of Faith (09/04/2013)
  Who Killed Narendra Dabholkar? (08/31/2013)
  Modi Phenomenon: an attack on Indian Democracy (08/25/2013)
  Kandhmal Carnage: Aftermath (08/15/2013)
  Religion, Atheism and Secularism (08/10/2013)
  Communal Violence: Who is to be blamed? (08/02/2013)
  Hindu Nationalism versus Indian Nationalism (07/25/2013)
  Indian Muslim Youth: Groping for Equity and Security (07/20/2013)
  Bodh Gaya Blasts: Terrorist Violence and Political Agenda (07/11/2013)
  Sleeping with the enemy Should minorities get lured by the invitations of Modi And Company? (07/04/2013)
  Modi, Advani and Sangh’s Agenda (06/26/2013)
  Whither Justice: Fabricated Cases and State (06/14/2013)
  Ignore Those Who Love to Hate: Hate Speech and Communal Politics (06/06/2013)
  Striving for Peace and Amity (05/16/2013)
  US: No Entry for Mr. Modi (05/08/2013)
  Will the biases about terrorists remain permanent? (05/04/2013)
  Shadows of Trident: Modi as Prime Ministerial Candidate (04/25/2013)
  Whither Annihilation of Caste? (04/22/2013)
  Nationalism, Kingdoms and Kings Looking at Shivaji and Rana Pratap (04/11/2013)
  Myanmar Communal Violence- a Set back to Democratic Process (04/04/2013)
  *Re-Redefining Hinduism* (03/30/2013)
  Pakistan: Sectarian Divides (03/25/2013)
  Mr. Modi, you are not welcome: Wharton Debate (03/15/2013)
  Bangladesh: Resurgence of Communalism (03/07/2013)
  Americaroopam: Kamal Haasan’s Flawed Scripting (03/03/2013)
  Hanging of Conscience: Case of Afzal Guru (02/26/2013)
  Ayodhya: In Electoral Battle Again (02/16/2013)
  Pain of a celebrity being an Indian Muslim (02/09/2013)
  Dhule Violence: Changing Anatomy of Communal Violence (01/31/2013)
  Shinde on Hindutva Terror: Terminological Confusions (01/28/2013)
  Rising Shadow of Trident: Modi’s Victory in Gujarat (01/25/2013)
  India’s Rape Culture: Urban versus Rural (01/17/2013)
  Preventing Crimes against women: are Stringent Laws the only Solution? (01/02/2013)
  Investigating Acts of Terror: Adopting Unbiased Approach (12/28/2012)
  Human Rights violations of Minorities: Effects and Repercussions (12/24/2012)
  Babri Demolition: Two Decades Later (12/17/2012)
  Gujarat: Who will Muslims vote for? (12/07/2012)
  Persistence of a Sore: Communal Violence Today (12/02/2012)
  Bal Thackeray: Identity Politics to the Fore (11/29/2012)
  Bal Thackeray: Identity Politics to the Fore (11/20/2012)
  Struggle to eradicate Caste: Hidden Agenda of Samajik Samrasta (11/08/2012)
  A Nobel for Malala (11/04/2012)
  Rape: Patriarchy and Selective Historiography (10/27/2012)
  Faith versus Sanitation : Jairam Ramesh’s remarks on Temple, Toilets (10/22/2012)
  Secularism and BJP’s Dilemmas (10/16/2012)
  Is ‘Hindu’ our identity and Nationalism? (10/08/2012)
  Who is in Whose Land? - Thackeray Family’s Bihar Connection (09/29/2012)
  Vicious Cycle of Islamophobia (09/21/2012)
  Striving for Just Society (09/08/2012)
  Bangla Deshi’s in India: Myth and Reality (09/04/2012)
  Riot with Many Contrasts (08/27/2012)
  Status of Minorities: A Tale of Two Neighbors (08/19/2012)
  Preventing Sectarian Violence: Role of State (08/12/2012)
  Assam Violence: A Wake up call (08/01/2012)
  Play with thy Neighbour: Indo-Pak Cricket Series (07/29/2012)
  Lt. Col Purohit: Acts of Terror and Finding Escape Route (07/22/2012)
  Celebrating Harmony and Peace (07/18/2012)
  Carnage and the Motives: Anti Muslim violence and Anti Sikh Massacre (07/01/2012)
  Nitish-Modi Spat: Debating Secularism (06/29/2012)
  Quota for backwards: Struggle for Social Justice (06/23/2012)
  Targeting Innocents: State and human Rights of Minorities (06/16/2012)
  Can Sita be the Role Model for Contemporary Women? (06/09/2012)
  Anguish of Kashmir and the Way out (06/04/2012)
  Identity to the Fore (05/28/2012)
  Business and Politics of Blind Faith (05/27/2012)
  Politics through Food Habits (05/14/2012)
  Electoral Equations and Secular values (05/04/2012)
  Manufacturing a Riot (04/20/2012)
  (No) Crime and Punishment (04/11/2012)
  Bridges for Harmony (04/04/2012)
  Terror Acts’ Investigations and RSS (03/12/2012)
  Dr. Swamy, Friends and Limits of Freedom of Expression (08/18/2011)
  Terror has political Goals: Religion should be for Humanism (08/10/2011)
  Terror visits Mumbai yet Again (07/21/2011)
  Treasure of Faith: Hoards of Wealth in Padmnabh Temple (07/20/2011)
  Sleeping with the Enemy: Ramdas Athawalay allies with Shiv Sena (06/29/2011)
  Baba Ramdev’s anti Corruption Fast: New Face of Communal Politics (06/09/2011)
  Towards a Riot Free India: Debates around Draft of Communal Violence Bill (06/01/2011)
  India: Whither Liberty! (05/28/2011)
  Obama, Osama and Politics of Oil Hunger (05/04/2011)
  Anna Hazare and Anti Corruption Upsurge (04/14/2011)
  Assam: Alienating the Natives (04/05/2011)
  Baba Ramdev: Yogi or Commissar? (03/25/2011)
  Godhra Verdict: Whither Justice? (03/03/2011)
  Myth of Vibrant Gujarat (02/22/2011)
  Gujarat Carnage; Modi and SIT (02/09/2011)
  Sabarimala Makar Jyothi: Man Made ‘Divinity’ (01/28/2011)
  Swami, Sangh and Terror Links (01/17/2011)
  K. Sudarshan, RSS Ideology and Scandalous Statements (01/04/2011)
  Raising Legitimate Questions is not anti-Nationalism (12/31/2010)
  Ayodhya Verdict, Temple and Indian Nationalism (12/15/2010)
  Mumbai 26/11; Two years later: Unanswered Questions (12/02/2010)
  Anguish of Kashmiri People: are we listening? (11/11/2010)
  Ayodhya Verdict 2010: Whither Indian Constitution! (10/29/2010)
  United States of America: Need to Strive for Amity (10/13/2010)
  Commit the Crime and be rewarded: Ayodhya Dispute Verdict (10/02/2010)
  Color of Terror: Saffron, Green or Black? (08/28/2010)
  Mosque near Ground Zero! (08/20/2010)
  The term Hindu Terrorism is a Misnomer (08/02/2010)
  Ayodhya: Abode of Ram or Allah (07/19/2010)
  Gujarat: Making of a Fascist State (07/14/2010)
  Cow in Contemporary Political Chessboard (07/05/2010)
  Kashmiriyat Revisited (06/21/2010)
  National Integration: The Way Forward (06/09/2010)
  Projecting Retrograde Fatwas: Reinforcing Stereotypes (06/01/2010)
  UPA - One year after return to power (05/20/2010)
  Delayed Waking up: Terrorism Investigations (05/12/2010)
  Manual Scavenging: Must be eradicated Right away (05/01/2010)
  Arrested Social Transformation: Khap Panchayats Asserting Caste-Gender Hierarchy (04/23/2010)
  Narendra Modi: Travails of Travel Abroad (04/17/2010)
  BJP and Congress in the Dock for Communal Violence (04/11/2010)
  Reservations: Dilemmas Galore (04/03/2010)
  Swamis, Celibacy and Sex Scandals (03/21/2010)
  Subverting Democratic Ethos: RSS believes only Hindus are Indians! (03/13/2010)
  Indo-Pak Peace Talks and Taliban Provocations (03/01/2010)
  Shiv Sena Ire against Shah Rukh Khan (02/08/2010)
  Nehruvian Foreign Policy: Misplaced Criticisms (01/18/2010)
  Ram and Allah as Good Neighbors (12/20/2009)
  Liberhan Commission: Painful wait for Justice (12/06/2009)
  Mumbai Struggles to Recover from Trauma of 26/11 (11/27/2009)
  Maa Tujhe Salaam: Vande Matram Controversy to the fore again (11/20/2009)
  Invading the Secular Space (11/13/2009)
  Lamb Allies with Wolf: Kerala Christian Group and VHP join Hands against illusory Love Jihad (11/08/2009)
  Blast in Goa (10/26/2009)
  UN Anti-Caste Charter: Annihilation of Caste (10/18/2009)
  Is it a Crime to be born a Muslim in India? (10/12/2009)
  RSS and Minorities (10/06/2009)
  Communalizing History: Shivaji and Afzal Khan (09/29/2009)
  Ishrat Jahan: Murder in Cold Blood (09/20/2009)
  Dilemmas of Defeat: Whither BJP? (09/08/2009)
  Emperor’s Islamophobia: Shah Rukh Khan Detained at US airport (08/24/2009)
  Victim as Culprit: Emraan Hashmi's House Hunt (08/15/2009)
  Crime and No Punishment: Malegaon Blast Accused Get a Respite (08/09/2009)
  In the Name of SIMI (07/31/2009)
  Mind your language: Bahuguna Joshi-Mayawati Ugly Spat (07/27/2009)
  Reserved Past: De-reserving Future (07/19/2009)
  Liberhan Commission: Painful wait for Justice (07/11/2009)
  Lifting the Veil - Sarcozy on Burqa (07/07/2009)
  Restoring Green in the Valley (06/29/2009)
  Faith: Instilling Unity (06/29/2009)
  Election Verdict 2009- Whither BJP? (06/15/2009)
  Shivaji's Statue in Arabian Sea (06/08/2009)
  Elections 2009 Verdict: Whither Communalism? (06/01/2009)
  Taliban’s Terror-Jizya on Sikhs (05/10/2009)
  RSS: BJP - Father, Son and Unholy Mission (04/27/2009)
  Orissa: Tragedy Continues (04/17/2009)
  Hindutva: Projections and Reality! (04/15/2009)
  Why ‘Hate Speech’? (03/24/2009)
  Pleasing Gods with Public Money (03/09/2009)
  Holy Garb: Profane Agenda (03/02/2009)
  Kitchen, Church and Children: Shri Ram Sene Beats up Girls in a Pub (02/04/2009)
  Eradicating Terrorism: Groping in the Dark (01/30/2009)
  Invoking India's Fuhrer: Industrialists call for Modi to be the Prime Minister (01/19/2009)
  Bouquets, Boots and Bush (01/02/2009)
  Handling Queries: Democratic Responses (12/22/2008)
  Uniting in the face of terror (12/11/2008)
  Tolerating Terrorism (11/26/2008)
  Anatomy of Sangh Parivar (11/05/2008)
  Nano in Gujarat - Make Believe Stature of Modi (11/03/2008)
  Whither India: Qualitative change in Polity (10/23/2008)
  Nanavati Report on Godhra Tragedy: Erasing the obvious truths (09/30/2008)
  Jammu and Kashmir: At Crossroads! (08/25/2008)
  Combating Terrorism (08/05/2008)
  Godmen and Mortal World: Happenings at Asaram Bapu's Ashram (07/29/2008)
  Land Allotment and Amarnath Shrine (07/18/2008)
  "Hindu Terrorists" and Call for Suicide Squads (06/27/2008)
  Democratic Posturing: Sectarian Agenda (06/19/2008)
  Politics of Identity and Intolerance (06/09/2008)
  Islam: Perceptions and Reality (05/28/2008)
  Terrorism: A Political Cancer (05/22/2008)
  Conversion: a political weapon (05/06/2008)
  Swayamsevaks Story: Advani Aurobiography is RSS version of Events (04/18/2008)
  Cry for justice! Fresh Probe Ordered in to Gujarat Carnage Cases (04/03/2008)
  Many Rams: Many Ramayanas (03/25/2008)
  History and Community Honor: Protests against film Jodha Akbar (03/05/2008)
  Terrorism: Islamic or un-Islamic? (03/03/2008)
  Cow's Urine as Medicine! Faith's leap into blind alleys (02/22/2008)
  Whither Justice: Trajectory of Srikrishna Report (02/05/2008)
  Saluting Bilkis Bano: Reflecting on Gujarat (01/25/2008)
  Stereotyping the "Other": Shiv Sena accuses "outsiders" for Juhu molestation (01/21/2008)
  Orissa: Anti Christian Violence (01/02/2008)
  Modi's Victory: Portents for Indian Democracy (12/23/2007)
  Erosion of Democratic Norms: A case of Modi (12/11/2007)
  Gujarat Muslims: The Way Ahead (11/27/2007)
  Nehru and India's Foreign Policy (11/11/2007)
  Love and be Damned (10/15/2007)
  Gandhi, Religion and Indian Nationalism (10/07/2007)
  What is the National Dharma Shastra? (09/26/2007)
  Taslima, Hussein and Liberal Ethos (09/05/2007)
  Double Standards: Punishing the culprits of violence (08/05/2007)
  Targeting Symptom: Ignoring Disease (07/24/2007)
  Labeling Terrorists (07/12/2007)
  Sectarian Violence in Plural Society (07/05/2007)
  Behind the Veil of Lies (06/25/2007)
  Gujarat: Symptoms of Hindu Nation (06/04/2007)
  Violence against the Cross (06/03/2007)
  Army and the Peace Process in Kashmir (05/14/2007)
  Should BJP be derecognized? (04/18/2007)
  Defining Minorities (04/09/2007)
  Revisiting Babri (03/23/2007)
  Terrorism: Biased Investigation (03/06/2007)
  Manufacturing Islamophobia (02/19/2007)
  Contemporary Times-Role of Religions (02/06/2007)
  Murder by Proxy: Hanging of Saddam Hussein (01/12/2007)
  Blasts Galore: Communalism 2006 (01/04/2007)
  Communalism or Affirmative Action (12/20/2006)
  Terrorism: Facts versus Myths (12/12/2006)
  Civilizations: Clash or Alliance (12/04/2006)
  Democracy Besieged (11/21/2006)
  RSS run Schools: Indoctrinating in Sectarianism (11/06/2006)
  RSS: Political or Cultural (10/20/2006)
  CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: Should Mohammad Afzal Guru be hanged? (10/09/2006)
  Terror Trails: Investigations into Malegaon Blasts (09/18/2006)
  RSS Blast (09/07/2006)
  Song for the Nation : Vande Matram Controversy (08/31/2006)
  India's Tryst with Secular Democracy (08/16/2006)
  Terrorism and Muslims: Doctoring of Mass Consciousness in the era of US Oil Hunger (08/10/2006)
  Terror Tales (07/17/2006)
  Minority Appeasement (07/04/2006)
  Fact Finding on the Attack on RSS Head Quarters on June 01, 2006 (06/16/2006)
  Debating Conversions: Why do people opt to change their religion? (06/02/2006)
  Whither Promises? Two Years of UPA and Communal Amity (05/22/2006)
  Book Withdrawal Game: For RSS History is a political weapon (05/17/2006)
  Blasting a Myth: Two Bajarang Dal Activists killed while making a bomb (05/10/2006)
  Adivasis: A Cultural Cooption -- The Fallout of Shabri Kumbh in Gujarat (04/07/2006)
  M.S. Golwalkar: Conceptualizing Hindutva Fascism (02/24/2006)
  Mixed Bag for Hindutva Politics: Communalism 2005 (02/09/2006)
  Intimidating a Minority: Spurt in the Anti Christian Violence (02/02/2006)
  India : Cultural Nationalism or Secular Democracy? (01/23/2006)
  Yogi and the Profane Laws: Can Secular Rules apply to the God-men? (01/20/2006)
  Profane Goals in a Sacred Garb: Religion Godmen and Contemporary Society (01/19/2006)
  Religious Tolerance and Secularism (12/01/2005)
  Roots of Violence (11/24/2005)
  Adieu Advani (11/04/2005)
  Bridging the Divides: Set back to Amity Initiatives in Ayodhya (11/04/2005)
  Madhya Pradesh: Lengthening Trident Shadows (09/22/2005)
  “Our” Women, “Their” Women (09/17/2005)
  Is Riot Free india possible? (08/22/2005)
  Roots of Global terror (07/22/2005)
  Hinduism, Hindutva and Judiciary (07/09/2005)
  Advani: Reincarnation or a New mask? (06/15/2005)
  Aggressive Vegetarianism (05/18/2005)
  Will Lotus Bloom or Wither? Twenty Five years of Bharatiya Janata Party (04/26/2005)
  Struggle for Indian Nation (04/26/2005)
  Hindutva Undivided Family (04/26/2005)
  Politics in Demographics (04/22/2005)
  Godhra’s Truth: Manufacturing Explanations for Communal Agenda (01/20/2005)
  Modi and Bush: Are the resemblances mere coincidences? (11/23/2004)
  A New Mask ... (11/10/2004)
  Verdict Maharashtra: 2004 (11/03/2004)
  Erasing the Past for Present Political Agenda (10/16/2004)
  Communalism, Gujarat and Communal Amity (09/24/2004)
  Hindutva Politics: Future Trajectory (06/01/2004)
  Wooing the 'Internal Threats' (05/30/2004)
  Foreigner versus National debate: Is Sonia Gandhi Eligible to become the Prime Minister? (05/30/2004)
  Religion, Politics and the Modern State (05/04/2004)
  Gujarat-Lengthening Shadows of Trident (04/19/2004)
  Rout of Communal Politics: Three Cheers for Indian Democracy (04/15/2004)
  Terror Visits Mumbai Again (12/31/1969)