September 1, 2014 1:10:23 am
This refers to ‘The myth of love jihad’ by Charu Gupta (IE, August 28). In the article, similar to many others that have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly in the past, some obscure pamphlets, handbills, posters of dubious authenticity pertaining to the early part of the 20th century are cited as evidence of the “orchestrated propaganda campaigns” of Hindu zealots against mushy love stories between non-Muslim women and Muslim men. The most ridiculous assertion in the article, however, is that religious conversions have traditionally been, and continue to be, one of the common expedients of those on the margins of Hinduism to reject hierarchies. Given the status of women in Islam (of polygamy and triple talaq), by converting to it, a Hindu woman is jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Propaganda is being disseminated on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook to fan the fear psychosis in western Uttar Pradesh. Hindu women are being projected as victims. However, no reliable data is available about interfaith marriages. One must remember what B.R. Ambedkar said about inter-caste marriages. They act to unify the country and annihilate caste barriers. The same is true of interfaith marriages. Instead of buying into the propaganda, we must exert our critical faculties and discern reason and logic.
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Young man’s game
This refers to ‘Congress gearing for generational shift?’ (IE, August 29). The views of senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi are welcome. He is right; politicians above the age of 70 should retire. It would be great if this actually happens. But India’s politics has always been dominated by older leaders. Dwivedi’s comments have certainly ruffled a lot of feathers.
But one man cannot change the system. In fact, Dwivedi is himself touching 70 — he will turn 69 next week. The “youthification” of politics, one fears, remains a
– N. Mahadevan
The big bang
The grand launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — the scheme aims to usher in an era in which true financial inclusion will become a reality — was a happy moment. Sixty-seven years have gone by since the country attained Independence. But the grim reality is that access to institutional credit has remained elusive for most. The fact that 1.5 crore new bank accounts have been opened on the launch day itself reflects the government’s commitment to make the scheme a success.
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