February 2016

On January 3rd nearly 2,50,000 Muslims assembled at Kaliachak protesting a  derogatory comment allegedly made by Hindu Mahasabha activist Kamlesh Tiwari on Prophet Mohammed in response to Azam Khan’s tweet. In response to the comment made on Dec 2nd, Edara-e- Shariyah called for a protest march.

On February 12th the Chancellor of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) issued an appeal asking people to go beyond the solitary incident and return to the campus to normal state of affairs.  To quote the Chancellor, “All sections of the JNU community including representatives of the students, teachers and karmacharis have assured that they will uphold the values and ethos of this University.

If I have to ask this question to everyone, I would be expecting a lot of answers from people about what in their view is stalling the development of this country. I just want to present a few of the things which are fundamental issues and impact a huge section of our people and need to be addressed before even thinking of taking a giant leap.

1. Caste-ism

The Hoysala Empire was a prominent Southern Indian Kannadiga empire that ruled most of the modern-day state of Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries.

I come from a family and neighborhood who believe that if you claim to be a good man, then you must have been the “LEFT”, at least in some point of time in your early adulthood. To watch the ‘so dearly’ LEFT, in the media for all the wrong reasons constantly pushes me to probe the million-dollar question, “What happened to the Indian Left?”.

David Headley is back in headlines and his deposition is a subject of discussion across news rooms. It is now public knowledge that David Headley was a member of LeT (Laskhar-e-Toiba) and also a double agent for United States intelligence agencies.

Few days ago BJP Member Parliament, Mahesh Giri filed an FIR against few JNU students who had organized a rally protesting hanging of Afzal Guru on Guru’s death anniversary. Mahesh Giri alleged that during the rally students shouted slogans like “Bharat ki Barbadi tak, Kashmir ki Aazaadi tak jung rahegi jung rahegi; Bharat ke tukade honge, Insha Allah Insha Allah”.

Aurangzeb’s policy of temple destruction has always been a topic of fierce debate. While critics consider Aurangzeb’s iconoclasm as a manifestation of his religious bigotry, his apologists claim he has been unjustly vilified by the Hindu right-wing. This article seeks to examine the apologist arguments regarding Aurangzeb’s temple destructions.

Ms. Barkha Dutt, In spite of my best attempts to look at your letter to Prime Minister Modi objectively, it fails to pass the muster on any account both to warrant this letter or a response from the Prime Minister.

Aurangzeb did not confine his iconoclastic activities to the warring states alone. Read Part 1 of the piece to find out more about the iconoclastic activities in Mewar and other places (https://www.myind.net/did-aurangzeb-build-more-temples-he-destroyed-part-1). He gave orders to demolish Hindu temples in the friendly state of Jaipur as well.

Perhaps no other minister might have faced as much wrath as Smriti Irani does and interestingly, she single-handedly rebutted the entire coterie of the opposition on the first day of the Budget Session. As predicted by political observers, the opposition bragged for an open debate on two issues- JNU protests and Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

In her speech yesterday, Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani explained in detail how Rohith Vemula’s unfortunate death was used as a political tool by various parties.She said reading from a police report that “No one allowed a doctor near this child, to revive this child. Instead his body was used as a political tool. No police was allowed till 6:30 a.m the following morning.

The recently concluded six day visit of Nepal Prime Minister Khadge Prasad Sharma Oli to India laid a platform for revival of the Indo-Nepalese friendly ties which were muddled by the 135-day long agitation of Madhesi and Tharu groups in Nepal. Oli’s visit to India is in line with the long-standing tradition where Nepali leaders first India after assuming power.

We all have heard the old adage “A Journey is more important than the Destination”. It would not be incorrect to assume that the person who penned this adage would probably have taken the Indian Rail road for there is nothing more fascinating that travelling in the Great Indian Railways which introduces us to the various landscapes, people from different walks of life & the food.

As Indian television channels daily highlight the engineered protests from the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the fallout from those protests, and more recently the politically-inspired agitation by the Jat community in Haryana, we bring to you excerpts from a recently published book, “The Election That Shaped Gujarat & Narendra Modi’s Rise to National Stardom”, by Rames

A big addict to old Telugu puranic films, I remember this film Bhookailas vividly. It had the story of Ravana Brahma's attempts to acquire the Atmalingam of Lord Shiva. In the popular lore, Ravana is the antagonist. But this movie had him as the protagonist.

The latest revelations in the Ishrat Jahan episode, have raised many questions, and it seems to be a bigger conspiracy than what we imagined. Each new revelation removes the veil of secrecy that there was a collaborated effort to damage one man, either physically, politically or judicially.

[In this article, I use 'Asur' to refer to a tribe in Bengal and Bihar. I use 'asura' to refer to the Hindu mythological beings]

Summary-The article looks into the claims that there exist Mahishasura worshipping tribes in India who mourn during Dussehra and bewail the 'Aryan invasion'. Every single one of these claims turns out to be false