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Three Murders and a Lynching

Ram Puniyani

Laws of nature cannot be applied to human society so directly. Still sometimes these have been used to explain-justify social catastrophes, “When a big tree falls. Earth shakes (in the aftermath of anti Sikh massacre 1984), ‘every action has equal and opposite reaction’ (during Gujarat carnage of 2002) are too well known. I have been very puzzled from last month or so since the scholars-writers, who have returned their honors and are being questioned as to why they did not do so when emergency happened or anti Sikh violence took place or when the mass migration of Kashmiri pundits took place or when the Mumbai train blasts killed hundreds of innocent lives.Read more

 

Worshipping Cow: Killing Humanity

Ram Puniyani

Just over a decade ago (2002) in Dulina village of Jhajjar in Haryana a mob of over a thousand people lynched five dalits who were skinning a dead cow to sell the hide. A few months ago in Malegaon Mahahrashtra police arrested three Muslims on the charge of storing beef. On the back of this come the news from Bisara that a Muslim was killed and his son injured seriously on the charges of storing-eating beef.In the context of Dulina lynching VHP’s Acharya Giriraj Kishore in a press conference stated that “the life of a cow is more precious than that of a human being.Read more

 

Deprivation, Alienation, not Polygamy is the cause  

Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

The violence in France has been sparked off by the death of two youth. These young men were trying to avoid being spotted by police as they did not have the proper identification papers. Police was making a search in the aftermath murder of a white man. The way the violence is spreading it seems as if the pent up frustration has found an outlet. Nearly three hundred cities have been gripped by this painful process. The immigrants, mostly Muslim are staying in the suburbs, are the one’s who are more involved in the violence. Is it one more example of Islamic terrorism?Read more

Is it safe to be a communal peace hero in India?

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Over 1,000 people died in the horrific 2002 Gujarat violence. Subsequently, I visited different parts of Gujarat on a number of occasions, and got the opportunity to learn about two legendary youths who had laid down their lives to protect people when communal violence broke out in Ahmadabad, India in July 1946.These two young men, Vasant Rao Hegishte and Rajab Ali Lakhani, close friends and workers of the Congress Seva Dal, came to the streets to stop the killings. Vasant Rao was trying to protect Muslims, while Rajab Ali stood firm to save the Hindus.Read more

Murder Will Not Silence Reason

Friday, September 11, 2015

 

The killing of Professor M.M.Kalburgi on August 30,2015 came as a severe jolt to all those who are for an open, liberal society, who uphold the values of reason and are against blind faith. Prof. Kalburgi was a renowned scholar with over 100 books to his credit. He had brought to fore the ideology of Basavanna; the 12th Century poet saint of Kannada; and had supported the idea that Lingayats, the followers of Basavanna be given the status of religious minorities as they do not belong to the Vedic tradition. His study of Vachanas, the teachings contained in the verses of Basavanna, was a profound contribution to the rational though.Read more

 

Travails of being a Muslim in India
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and the Intolerance Debate

Ram Puniyani

The release of Shahrukh Khan’s film Dilwale (December 2015) was accompanied by protests by Shiv Sena and other Hindutva groups. These protests were supposedly against his comment on the growing intolerance in India. Shahrukh Khan; on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday few weeks ago had said that there is a growing intolerance in India and that being non secular is the worst crime for a patriot. In response to this the Hindutva cabal descended on him and he was labeled as anti-Nationalist, unpatriotic and that he should go to Pakistan. The BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargheey said that he lives in India but his soul is in Pakistan.Read more

Attacking The Cross: Rise In Anti Christian Violence

By Ram Puniyani

30 March, 2015

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Julio Ribeiro is one of the best known police officers in India. Recently (March 16, 2015) he wrote in his article that he is feeling like a stranger in this country. ‘I feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country’. This pain and anguish of a distinguished citizen, an outstanding police officer has to be seen against the backdrop of the rising attacks on Churches and rape of the 71 year old nun in Kolkata. All over the country the rage amongst the Christian community is there to be seen in the form of silent marches, candle light vigils and peaceful protests.Read more

Where do Ram and Allah Live?

Ram Puniyani

Friday, June 12, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a point to keep visiting temples when visiting other countries.Visits to Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramakrishna Math in Bangladesh were part of his itinerary (June 2015). On the heels of this he is planning to visit the oldest mosque in India. This happens to be the Cheraman Jama Masjid in Thrissur in Kerala. Contrary to the present perception and propaganda that Islam came to India with Muslim kings with sword in one hand and Koran in the other, initial Islam in India came via the Arab traders in Kerala.Read more

Modi, Science and Magic of Mythological Fiction

One of the best parts of childhood for me was to enjoy the mythological tales and become aware of the world where Lord Hanuman could fly, as the emergency herbal treatment is to be delivered to his master’s brother; Laxman. Lord Ram travelling by Pushpak Viman (aero plane), Lord Ganesha being planted with the head of elephant as his human head was chopped off by his father, all this was uncritically digested. Karna is born from the ear of his mother; Kauravas are born from the mass delivered by Gandhari, the mass being divided into 100 pieces and being preserved. Such fanciful imaginations were so engrossing that questioning them never came to my mind.Read more

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Manufacturing And Undermining National Icons: RSS Style

By Ram Puniyani

04 June, 2015

Many social and political processes related to projection of some icons and undermining of the others have intensified during last few years. Even during the last regime of NDA led BJP rule from 1998, Savakar’s portrait was unveiled in the Parliament. At one level the game of undermining some icons and projecting icons is a part of various political streams and RSS seems to be the past master in the same. One recalls its machinery has been putting forward some names. bypassing others and undermining some others. Since the time Modi has come to power as Prime Minister Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse is being upheld by many from RSS combine.Read more

 

Ambedkar’s Ideology – Religious Nationalism and Indian Constitution: Ram Puniyani

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APRIL 14, 2015

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by Nivedita Menon

Guest Post by RAM PUNYANI

 

In order to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated recently by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. There cannot be bigger contrasts between the ideology of Ambedkar and RSS. Ambedkar was for Indian Nationalism, Secularism and social justice while the RSS ideology is based on two major pillars. One is the Brahmanic interpretation of Hinduism and second is the concept of Hindu nationalism, Hindu Rashtra.Read more

Appropriating Ambedkar Hindutva Style

This attempt by the Hindutva to appropriate Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and architect of Indian constitution, is like putting wool in the eyes of people to achieve their political goals and to get legitimacy from amongst the sections of people who are deeply wedded to ideological values of Ambedkar

RAM PUNIYANI

In order to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015).This was stated recently by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. There cannot be bigger contrasts between the ideology of Ambedkar and RSS. Ambedkar was for Indian Nationalism, Secularism and social justice while the RSS ideology is based on two major pillars. One is the Brahmanic interpretation of Hinduism and second is the concept of Hindu nationalism, Hindu Rashtra.Read more

 

 

How’s ‘Homecoming’ Different from Forcible Conversions?

Propaganda around conversions has been one of the major political tools during last few decades. It was Niyogi Commission report which investigated the conversions in Adivasi areas in 1950s, then the Meenakshipuram conversions of Dalits into Islam, the and then the gruesome murder of Pastor Graham Stewart Stains on the charges that he was doing the conversion; are few amongst the big spectrum related to the phenomenon of conversions.As such the regular propaganda by communal forces that Muslim Kings converted people into Islam by sword has been made the part of ‘social common sense’ by now.Read more

 A Step Away From Patriarchy

While the personal laws of several religions are inimical to gender justice, the Muslim code comes in for the most criticism. However, even as the debate on a Uniform Civil Code hangs fire, a Muslim women’s group has made a significant move towards liberating women from the shackles of patriarchy. On 23 June, the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) — one of the several groups striving for a gender-just civil code for Muslims — released a model Nikahnama (set of marriage norms) that seeks to empower Muslim women. It outlines various changes in personal laws that a large section of Muslim women have been longing for.Read more

Caging the women

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Communal violence aggravates the conservatism in both communities, more so amongst the Muslims. Ram Puniyani on the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) decision to oppose the Child Marriage restraint Act 1929.
 
July 2002 : Proper legislation to curb child marriages is one of the markers of democratic modern societies, where equal status and rights of women are accepted as a norm. But it is not with ease that the conservative elements (read: vested interests) permit such bills to go through. On various grounds – in the name of religion, sacred traditions et al. – the medieval-minded have opposed the raising of the age of marriage for girls. The thinking seems simple: the earlier girls fall into domesticity, the easier it is to cage them and have a slave and companion for men. With religious sanction.Read more

 Hate Speech and Patriarchy

After the last general elections where Narendra Modi and his party won a majority overwhelmingly, the Bharatiya Janata Party has not been doing so well in subsequent by-elections. The Lalu-Nitish experiment is one model, but whether it will be replicated by the concerned political parties in UP is a million-vote question.The BJP appears to resort to the basic tools of divisive politics. On one hand Yogi Adityanath, with his venomous ‘hate speeches’ is coming up as the BJP’s major player; on the other the word of mouth propaganda of ‘love jihad’ is being spread like wildfire.Read more

 

Apportioning The Blame Of
Communal Riots

By Ram Puniyani

02 May, 2004
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During the current elections (April-May 2004) many a Muslim leaders, or self proclaimed representatives of the community, like Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, came out with Fatwas to vote for BJP, to give it a chance. The argument was that during BJP regime only Gujarat riots have taken place while during Congress regimes thousands of riots have taken place.Riots, communal violence have become a sad reality of India’s life. There are many an observations pertaining to the riots. The major one being that after every riot BJP in particular becomes stronger in that area.Read more

Where Do Ram And Allah Live?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a point to keep visiting temples when visiting other countries. His visit to Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramkrishna Math in Bangla Desh were part of his itinerary (June 2015). On the heels of this he is planning to visit the oldest mosque in India. This happens to be Cheraman Jama Masjid in Thrissur in Kerala. Contrary to the present perception and propaganda that Islam came to India with Muslim kings with sword in one hand and Koran in the other, the initial Islam in India came via the Arab traders in Kerala to begin with. It is due to this that the first mosque in India came up in Kerala. Wikipedia gives the brief history of this mosque. There were trade relations between India and Arabia. Arabian trader used to come to Malabar Coast even before the advent of Islam. With the rise of Islam in Saudi Arabia, the traders brought this faith with them.Read more

 

Hiding the Truth about Caste

Caste hierarchy is a major obstacle to social justice. Adding to the plethora of theories regarding its origin, the RSS has recently brought out three books — Hindu Charmakar Jati, Hindu Khatik Jati and Hindu Valmiki Jati — where it is argued that atrocities by Islamic rulers in medieval times led to the emergence of untouchability and the lower castes.Sangh leaders claim that these castes did not exist prior to the “foreign invasion”. According to Bhaiyyaji Joshi, No. 2 in the RSS hierarchy, Hindu scriptures never referred to the Shudras as untouchables.Read more

Why State Cannot Celebrate Religious Festivals

After staging the Yoga spectacle on June 21, 2015 on Rajpath in Delhi, the Modi government now plans to celebrate Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan on a grand scale in late August. This plan has full approval of its parent organization, the RSS. Now a Hindu religious festival will be given the status of a national festival. It surely is indicative of the deeper agenda of narrow nationalism this government has in mind.As such, this festival Raksha Bandhan stands for ‘bond of protection’ and is amongst the very popular festivals, primarily celebrated by Hindus, Jains and some Sikhs. There are legends which point to the innovative use of this festival for goals which are beyond the religious identity so to say.Read more

Green and Saffron: New Colors of Separation

While the communities prefer to stay in the localities frequented by their likes, the growing communal segregation of Hindus and Muslims in most north Indian metros, and to some extent, in smaller towns also, is frighteningAs per the report from Ahmedabad (12th April 2015), the uniform at the Shahpur School – where most of the students are Hindus – is saffron and the color of uniform in Dani Limda school – where almost all the students are Muslims – the color is green.Read more

 

Targeting Nehruvian Legacy?

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Ram Puniyani

ISP II Nov 2014

The debates about India’s partition, Gandhi murder and policies of Nehru have been a matter of ceaseless debates. Each political tendency has their own interpretation of these events, which in a way are landmarks of sorts in modern Indian History. As such the phenomenon of Partition of India and assassination of Gandhi are interwoven in the sense that Godse held Gandhi responsible for appeasement of Muslims. Godse constructed his story around warped understandings of the events of the time to create the ground for murder of the Mahatma. These views are shared by many Hindu nationalists, who are in and around RSS-BJP. Now with the ascendance of BJP to the seat of power many of its leaders are coming out more boldly with Hindu nationalist interpretation of the events, but a twist is being added.Read more

 

What did Colonialism do to India?

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Guest post by RAM PUNIYANI

 

A video of Shashi Tharoor speaking at Oxford on a debate related to the colonial period has been ‘viral’ on the social circuit for a while. In this video Tharoor makes a passionate plea to the British that they make reparations for the losses to Indian economy during the British rule. He puts the blame of India’s economic decline on the British and also recounts Jalianwala Bag, Bengal famine as the major highlight of British rule which reflected the attitude of British towards this colony of theirs’. Tharoor points out that resources from India were used by British to build there economic prosperity and to fund their Industrial revolution.Read more

 

Modi Is Abusing History For Political Mileage

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By Ram Puniyani

01 November, 2013

The politics of Modi’s parent organization RSS is based on distortion of history, medieval history in particular. To begin with the projection of kings through the prism of religion, to demonize Muslim kings based on distortions and falsehoods of History, and then in turn spreading hatred against Muslims of today has been the foundation on which RSS built it up. Taking the same method to further lower levels currently Narendra Modi is trampling, distorting the facts of history to project his ideology. In the last week, October 2013, he addressed two meetings and gave one interview which showed the levels to which he can fall to score the political mileage.Read more

Mythification of History and ‘Social Common Sense’

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By Ram Puniyani

The discipline of history has come to the center stage of social debate for last two decades. We have witnessed a worsening of inter-community relations and spreading of derogatory myths against minority communities in particular and weaker sections of society in general. The rising tide of communal violence is standing on the myths against the minority community, which are based on a particular interpretation of history.These myths are very peculiar. When scratched a little, one can see the falsity of the same. In our context the period of medieval times is the one maximally misused for manufacturing such myths.Read more

 What Colonialism Did to Subcontinent

 

video of Shashi Tharoor speaking at Oxford University on a debate related to the colonial period has been ‘viral’ on the social circuit for a while. In the video Tharoor, a former Indian minister, makes a passionate plea to the British that they make reparations for the losses to Indian economy during the British rule. He puts the blame for India’s economic decline on the British and also recounts Jalianwala Bagh, Bengal famine as the highlights of the British rule which reflected the attitude of British towards this colony of theirs’. Tharoor points out that resources from India were used by British to build their economic prosperity and to fund their Industrial revolution.Read more

 

Now to ‘Modi-fication’ of History

Whether in India or Pakistan, the communal version of history is a fiction suiting the political agenda of religious nationalism

RAM PUNIYAN

Our subcontinent, now divided into parts, shares a common history; there are diverse ways of looking at the same history by groups belonging to different political ideologies.With the change of government in Delhi, the leading institutions are having a major policy shift; organisations like the Indian Council of Historical Research, National Council for Education, Research and Training amongst others, as they have got heads whose qualification is not excellence in their disciplines but their proximity to ideology of the ruling dispensation.Read more

 

Undermining Democracy-RSS Agenda

Controlling State and Government-Hindu Nationalist Agenda

With Modi Sarkar coming to power in the centre (May 2014), the picture of the country has changed drastically for the worse. (1) On one hand nation is witnessing the increasing unrestricted control of Corporate on our economy and on the other the sectarian divides are on the rise. This government had come to power standing on two pillars; one was the corporate world and other the solid support of RSS. Modi promised Acche din and danga mukt bharat (violence free society).Read more

 

 Another Shivaji Controversy

Some concerned citizens have reportedly filed a public interest litigation to stop the highest award of the Maharashtra government, the Maharashtra Bhushan, from going to Babasaheb Purandare. Purandare is known for his works Raja Shiva-Chatrapati and Jaanata Raja (all-knowing king). This is not the first time that there has been such a controversy around Purandare. A few years ago, the Maharashtra government had appointed him as the chairman of the committee that was to plan the building of a statue of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea. The Maratha Mahasangh objected to this appointment on the ground that Shivaji was a Maratha, while Purandare is a Brahmin.Read more

 

Madhya Pradesh: Lengthening Trident Shadows

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Trishul Diksha in Jabalpur

Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

 

In a public function held in Jabalpur, M.P. (Sept. 2005) five thousand trishuls were distributed under the leadership Mr. Pravin Togadia of Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The function was organized by Bajarang Dal, an affiliate of RSS. In the meeting a pledge was administered, which stated that all will be done to bring in the Hindu Rashtra.The previous Congress government had put a ban on trishul diksha and with the BJP Government coming to power the ban has been lifted. Many a places Mr. Togadias entry has been banned so far as his speeches heat up the atmosphere of communal hatred. Trishul Diksha has been devised by VHP as a mechanism to use religious cultural symbols for political mobilization of Hindutva.Read more

Tagore Anthem Debate: It’s Not About King George

The Hindutva objections against the Indian national anthem written by Rabindranath Tagore are silly and motivated

RAM PUNIYANI

The debate about our national anthem is a ceaseless one — the ones related to undermining Jana Gana Mana and pushing forward Vande Matram, so to say. To undermine the Jana Gana Mana time and again, questions have been raised about its having been written in praise of George V, the king of England. This issue was brought up once again by Kalyan Singh on July 7, while speaking at a function organised by Rajasthan University. Singh, who was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister when the Babri Masjid was demolished despite his undertaking to the National Integration Council that the mosque will be protected, has a BJP background.Read more

 

Tackling Terrorism: Varanasi, Jama Masjid Show the Way

On April14th, Friday two blasts immediately after the Arsa namaz injured more than 15 people at Jama Masjid, Delhi. The Maqrib namaz which followed saw undeterred devotees offering their prayers, and next day was no exception when the usual number turned up to offer their prayers. Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Shah Bukhari’s statement acted as the glue of harmony and peace when he stated that “Emulate the people of Varanasi, who did not react in anger and defeated the plans of communal forces”. The calm and usual chores followed in the city of Delhi, the city with rich syncretic traditions and heritage.The Varanasi example which the Shahi Imam quoted has become a good deal of landmark in how to respond to terror attacks.Read more

Making of a Terrorist

Defining terrorism and a terrorist will remain as difficult as ever. The one non controversial part of the definition will be killing of the innocents, to intimidate the political powers and society at a particular point of time. Was killing of Indira Gandhi by her body guards, who happened to be Sikhs, an act of terrorism? She was involved in ordering the operation Blue star, the entry of army into the holiest of holy Sikh shrines, the Golden temple. General Vaidya who was Chief of army at that time was also assassinated, terrorism? When Rajiv Gandhi was murdered by the ‘suicide bomb’, Dhanu, what type of act was that? Rajiv Gandhi had sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), which the LTTE regarded as a big obstacle to their politics. Did this tantamount to terrorism?Read more

Mumbai’s Black Book

Mumbai has been a victim of terrorist attacks a number of times, especially in the aftermath of the ghastly post-Babri demolition violence. The most horrific terrorist attack that shook Mumbai, however, was undoubtedly the terrorist siege on 26 November 2008 in which 126 people died and 327 people got injured.The attack was deadly and apart from other victims, Hindus and Muslims both, it took away the life of one particular police officer Hemant Karkare — the Maharashtra ATS chief, who was investigating the acts of terror in which the involvement of Hindutva groups was also coming to the surface steadily.Read more

 Targeting Symptom: Ignoring Disease

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Ram Puniyani

Published on July 25, 2007

The terror attack in Glasgow (July 06, 07) has once again, brought to the fore the debate about the nature, the problem of terrorism and how to deal with it. There are multiple responses starting from Prime minister, Dr. Singh saying that we should not label terrorists. Further adding that as a Sikh, he knows the pain of being labeled. The section of liberal, progressive thinkers felt they can no longer counter the immense pressure of associating terrorism with religion, a particular religion, i.e. Islam. Right wingers reasserted that it is OK that individual Muslims are put under scanner, and also that noose has to be further tightened around the probable suspects from that community to prevent acts of terror.Read more

Making of a Terrorist

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Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

Defining terrorism and a terrorist will remain as difficult as ever. The one non controversial part of the definition will be killing of the innocents, to intimidate the political powers and society at a particular point of time. Was killing of Indira Gandhi by her body guards, who happened to be Sikhs, an act of terrorism? She was involved in ordering the operation Blue star, the entry of army into the holiest of holy Sikh shrines, the Golden temple. General Vaidya who was Chief of army at that time was also assassinated, terrorism? When Rajiv Gandhi was murdered by the ðsuicide bombð, Dhanu, what type of act was that? Rajiv Gandhi had sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), which the LTTE regarded as a big obstacle to their politics. Did this tantamount to terrorism?Read more

Is RSS A Terrorist Organization?

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By Ram Puniyani

02 June, 2005

Terrorism has been witnessed as a horrific phenomenon, more so in the current times. What is terrorism itself is a matter of debate at one level and at another the definition of terrorism changes from person to person, group to group and country to country.One does not know as to what criterion the US based Terrorism Research Center, the US think tank on this issue, has used but it has gone on to label RSS, the patriarch of Hindutva organizations, BJP, VHP, Bajarang dal etc., as a terrorist outfit. RSS shares this category with other organizations defamed in different parts of the World as terrorists like Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Hamas etc. Sangh’s (RSS progeny) own definition and understanding of terrorists has been summed up by RSS pracharakRead more

This is Some Unity, Some Yatra!

In the last week of October-first week of November, we saw two contradictory processes. On one side the foundation stone was laid for the statue of first Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, being called as Statue of Unity. On the other hand the BJP in Bihar was taking out ‘Asthi Kalash’ (Pitcher of Ashes), of the blast victims in Patna. These victims died while the blasts took place in Modi’s Hunkar rally. While Patel completed the last lag of India’s unity as a nation, BJP combine’s Asthi Kalsh Yatra has taken further the techniques which are divisive, and are an attack on the values of Fraternity ingrained in Indian Constitution. How do we understand the unity of India to begin with?Read more

Contemporary Times-Role of Religions

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Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

Current times are witnessing violence of severe nature all around in which religion is projected one of the reasons. It is also projected as a clash between people of two religions and that people belonging to a particular religion are violent due to their faith, also that some violence is a retaliatory violence to check the activities of others who are out to convert the gullible people by luring them.In India one has seen the intensification of violence in the name of religion more so from last two decades. After Babri demolition a wave of violence rocked the nation. In 1998, a Pastor working amongst leprosy patients was burnt alive along with his two innocent sons.Read more

Is the Face of Hinduism Changing?

Distinguished constitutional jurist Fali S Nariman recently made a very significant observation on the current political situation in India. The legal luminary noted: “Hinduism has traditionally been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But, recurrent instances of religious tension, fanned by fanaticism and hate speech, have shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain…my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face…”Read more

Myth of Love Jihad: What’s Faith Got to Do With It?

Communal politics, communal violence all over used women’s bodies as the site of contestation and community honor. This is the worst expression of patriarchal values inherent in the communal politics. We recall that it was the presentation of a road accident between boys of two religious communities that was propagated as an issue of the honor of ‘our girl’ being violated by the ‘other’. The Panchayats were mobilized; openly flaunting the arms, and Muzzafarnagar violence was orchestrated. And that’s not the end of the abuse of ‘our women-their women’ mind set. Post Muzzafarnagar violence, UP is abuzz with various activities aimed at polarizing the communities using this issue.Read more

 

 

Religious Tolerance and Secularism

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Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

In the ongoing debate on secularism, one of the formulations being put forward is related to the relationship between Hindu tolerance and secularism. India is secular because it is Hindu. You can talk about secularism because majority of people are Hindus. A point similar to this was made by Mr. Lal Krishna Advani recently (Hindustan Times Lecture Series, Nov 2005) when he said that secularism disappeared from many of our neighboring countries, while it continues to be here in India. According to him the survival of secularism in India is due to the Hindu ethos, its tolerant values. His hint towards Islamic Pakistan and Bangla desh was too obvious; Islam and secularism don’t go together in this hidden message.Read more

Intolerance is due to Sectariansim

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12/21/2015

By Ram Puniyani

Beginning with September 2015 we witnessed a flood of ‘returning’ honors by writers, scientists and artists. There are also various statements from academics, historians, artists and scientists showing their concern about the growing intolerance and erosion of our plural values. Those who returned the honors are amongst the outstanding contributors to literature, arts, film making and science like writers Uday Prakash, Nayantara Sahgal, Satchitanand, Ashok Vajpayee, Arundhati Roy; film personalities like Anand Patwardha and scientist P.M. Bhargava were the few amongst the notable figures. They in a way have been pouring their heart out at what is going on at social level. The growing intolerance has taken the lives of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi. There are incidents like where the lynching of one Muslim Akhlaq on the charge of beef eating and killing of one trucker carrying cattle which have shaken the conscience of the society.Read more

 

Intolerance Debate-Story So Far

12/17/2015

By Ram Puniyani

Beginning with September 2015 we witnessed a flood of ‘returning’ honors by writers, scientists and artists. There are also various statements from academics, historians, artists and scientists showing their concern about the growing intolerance and erosion of our plural values. Those who returned the honors are amongst the outstanding contributors to literature, arts, film making and science. They in a way have been pouring their heart out at what is going on at social level. The growing intolerance has taken the lives of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi. There are incidents like where the lynching of one Muslim on the issue of beef eating which has shaken the conscience of the society.Read more

Killing a Rationalist: Silencing Reason

The killing of Professor Maleeshappa Madhivallapa Kalburgi on 30th August 2015 came as a severe jolt to all those who are for an open, liberal society, who uphold the values of reason and are against blind faith. Prof. Kalburgi was a renowned scholar with over 100 books to his credit. He had brought to fore the ideology of Basavanna; the 12th Century poet saint of Kannada; and had supported the idea that Lingyats, the followers of Basavanna be given the status of religious minorities as they do not belong to the Vedic tradition. His study of Vachanas, the teachings contained in the verses of Basavanna, was a profound contribution to the rational though.Read more

 

Who killed Govind Pansare?

It’s been nearly a month since senior CPI leader Govind Pansare was shot. But police remain clueless about the murder. Following pressure from the opposition, the Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday adopted a condolence motion for Pansare. A rally has been planned in Mumbai today to protest the tardy progress in the investigation. There is a widespread belief that the authorities haven’t done enough to trace the assailants or unearth the motive behind the murder.The first question that came to mind when I heard of Pansare’s demise was who might have killed him, and why such a saintly person would have been targeted. He was shot at on February 16 in Kolhapur while on his morning walk, accompanied by his wife. He passed away five days later in hospital. His wife has since recovered.Read more

Three Murders and a Lynching

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Laws of nature cannot be applied to human society so directly. Still sometimes these have been used to explain-justify social catastrophes, “When a big tree falls. Earth shakes (in the aftermath of anti Sikh massacre 1984), ‘every action has equal and opposite reaction’ (during Gujarat carnage of 2002) are too well known.I have been very puzzled since last month or so since the scholars-writers, who have returned their honors and are being questioned as to why they did not do so when emergency happened or anti Sikh violence took place or when the mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits took place or when the Mumbai train blasts killed hundreds of innocent lives.Read more

 

Killing of Kalburgi: A Method in the Madness

The killing of Professor Maleeshappa Madhivallapa Kalburgi on 30th August 2015 came as a severe jolt to all those who are for an open, liberal society, who uphold the values of reason and are against blind faith. Prof. Kalburgi was a renowned scholar with over 100 books to his credit. He had brought to fore the ideology of Basavanna; the 12th Century poet saint of Kannada; and had supported the idea that Lingayats, the followers of Basavanna be given the status of religious minorities as they do not belong to the Vedic tradition. His study of Vachanas, the teachings contained in the verses of Basavanna, was a profound contribution to the rational though.Read more

 

Murder Will Not Silence Reason in tole.

Friday, September 11, 2015

 

The killing of Professor M.M.Kalburgi on August 30,2015 came as a severe jolt to all those who are for an open, liberal society, who uphold the values of reason and are against blind faith. Prof. Kalburgi was a renowned scholar with over 100 books to his credit. He had brought to fore the ideology of Basavanna; the 12th Century poet saint of Kannada; and had supported the idea that Lingayats, the followers of Basavanna be given the status of religious minorities as they do not belong to the Vedic tradition. His study of Vachanas, the teachings contained in the verses of Basavanna, was a profound contribution to the rational though.Read more

“Secularism for Me is Very Simple, Putting India First”: Gandhi intoler.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

 

The last few weeks have seen a flood of honors being returned by writers, scientists and artists.. There have also been many statements from academics, historians, artists and scientists showing their concern about the growing intolerance and erosion of our plural values. Those who returned the awards are amongst outstanding contributors to literature, arts, film making and science. They in a way have been pouring their heart out at what is going on in the country at the social and political level.Read more

 

Bridging the Divides

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Set back to Amity Initiatives in Ayodhya

Ram Puniyani

Published on February 13, 2007

 

In the otherwise dismal scenario of communal amity one good initiative by Sant Gyandas of Hanuman Gardhi, the biggest temple of Ayodhya, had come as a whip of fresh air. Three years ago he invited the local Muslims for Roza iftar in the temple premises. He repeated it the next year as well. Meanwhile to match these sentiments one Babu bhai from Muslim community took the initiative of Hanuman chalisa recital on Id Milan. One Madhuban Das, not to be left behind, went on to distribute Ram Rahim chadars to people. The Muslim community which earlier in the wake of the proposed Kar Seva was planning to abandon Ayodhya out of fear felt reassured and stayed on.Read more

 

Assault on Syncretic Traditions

Ram Puniyani

The country is undergoing a regressive attack in different fields of life. Apart from the political undermining of secularism, pluralism and Indian nationalism, the cultural pluralism and valued syncretic traditions are also under severe attack. The intensity is increasing. On the back of the murders of dissenting rationalists (Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi), the bans on food,, a literary siege is being erected. The writers steeped in a multicultural, plural milieu are under attack on sectarian grounds.Read more

 

Imperialism, On a New High: US, India Alliance and Global Scenario

The visit of George W. Bush to finalize the nuclear deal witnessed the anguish of people getting expressed in massive protests from diverse sections of society, the followers of progressive, left and different shades of Muslims groups. The large section of English press and elite were ga ga about the ultimate realization of their dreams, US-India alliance coming to fruition. Not too many critical sections asked as to why has US, which never helped India with the technology during the crucial period of its development, which never helped India in any way in its technological foundations, which never supported India on the issues of security and which had been putting sanctions on India on this or the other pretext, has been surging with warmth and camaraderie from last decade or so.Read more

Indian Muslim Youth: Groping for Equity and Security

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In a most communities youth have a serious struggle on hand to look beyond the present for the future, especially their careers, longing for dignity and a decent existence. While this applies to all the youth, the struggle of youth from marginalized and discriminated against communities are much more. It is on this terrain that, Chetan Bhagat, the popular writer turned columnist, decided to advise Muslim youth about their future path, choices. His advice came in the form of an article, a letter from a Muslim youth, in a leading daily. The article was so insensitive to the plight of Muslims; it amounted to blaming them for their own plight; and so subtly advised them to opt for leaders like Narendra Modi. This was not a direct advice, Modi’s name was not spelt but the hint was obvious.Read more