The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University.
Mahatma Gandhi blamed no one, but if the “Hindus and Sikhs insisted on turning out Muslims from Delhi, they would be betraying India and their own faith”.
That an individual can source divinity within herself was unimaginable for religious institutions. But for the institution of the nation state, the individual remains as suspect.
Orders to madrasas in UP and MP bear a dangerous message of domination.
The lynching of Ayub Pandit must make people of the Valley pause and ask: Is the Kashmiri soul being brutalised ? Kashmiri leaders will have to talk to their people frankly like Gandhi did after Chauri Chaura.
Relationship between government, army and us is being rewritten, disturbingly so
By siding with a politics which marginalises minorities and seeks to subjugate them, Hindus are losing the essence of their religion
As a Communist student activist, I was never attacked by your members. That was another era.
Digital education isn’t democratic, it creates deep inequalities between universities.
Attacks on Nivedita Menon, Rajshree Ranawat show the decline of state universities, perversion of student politics
Government directive to educational institutions to execute the digital financial literacy mission subverts the idea of the university.
Muktibodh was a Marxist writer, seeking the self’s freedom.
The UP government’s move to pay relief to the family of an accused in the Dadri lynching turns the principle of justice on its head.
Modi regime’s obsession with the ‘new’ and ‘historic’ is reminiscent of other attempts in history to purge the ‘old’, and to create the ‘non-people’.
Democracy in India, affirmed through elections, is pushing Muslims to the margins.
Like anti-blasphemy laws across the border, India’s legislation on cow slaughter and protection may have become a tool to harass and intimidate minorities.
It is a warning India must heed.
For political parties, ‘people’ are an abstraction. Gajendra Singh’s death drives this truth home.
The memory of Gandhi has been sanitised so that the nation has forgotten the fact of his assassination, let alone debating the reason why.
In the last 10 years, the curricular part of school education was left to professional educationists. Academics must defend that achievement.
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