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The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University.

It’s disingenuous to separate the leader from his followers
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Why is it that PM Modi's followers have gotten more and more brazen in their assault on minorities, especially Muslims, after each such appeal? And why is it that the PM keeps following hate-mongers on social media?

Lenin is not a figure to look up to at a time when we want more democracy, not less
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

We need plenty of democracy in this hour, diverse voices and criticism of the government and the state to thrive. But Lenin found democracy superfluous and turned Russia, later the USSR, into a one-party state.

Language of war against virus has exacerbated the situation for Muslims
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Just before the news of coronavirus infection broke out, the largely-Muslim gatherings in protest against the discriminatory citizenship law, NRC and NPR were blamed for the intensification of anti-Muslim bias among the Hindus.

We need to build more bridges, as in Northeast Delhi’s relief camps
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Relief is not treated as the right of those who have been wronged. It is seen as an unnecessary burden on the state, which tries its best to evade it.

Even if we disagree with Sharjeel Imam’s statements, it is important to stand up for his right to speak
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

To criminalise protests by Muslims and disallow them to even speak is to tell them that they are not part of the democratic universe of India. For what is democracy if not the freedom to have a view which could be contrary to the mainstream?

CAA, NRC protests are an opportunity for students, Muslims to provide leadership
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

There are two distinct features of the protests: The youth, mainly students, are from all religions and social backgrounds. The second feature is that while the Muslim presence is spontaneous, the effort to persuade others to join has met with little success.

A betrayal in the offing: Why Congress should give a second thought to allying with Shiv Sena
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

To see the Congress’s compromise with the Shiv Sena, which was the first to have proudly claimed responsibility for the demolition of the Babri Masjid, was the last thing one could have imagined. By considering doing so, it has made it clear that the language of Hindutva will now be the common political language.

Those who shielded the defenceless are now being targeted by powers-that-be
Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Indira Jaising won for all women of India, irrespective of religion, the rights of equal inheritance and guardianship of children, which neither their communities nor the state was willing to give.

Conspiracy around Bhima Koregaon incident: To silence the dissent emerging from universities
Sat, Sep 21, 2019

People like Hany Babu, with the confidence of their scholarship and the integrity of their profession, can talk to the state with their heads held high. Statism cannot succeed as long as they are free.

Killing JNU: Throttling of academic freedoms will also affect campuses elsewhere
Fri, Aug 02, 2019

It is beyond the capability of the faculty and students of the JNU to save it from an administration which is at war with it. It is the duty of the society, not only its alumni, who are in powerful positions to speak out but also those who have never been to it, for the very existence of spaces like JNU have helped us in thinking about possibilities which can become realities.

Reassurance that isn’t
Thu, May 30, 2019

PM Modi has never backed his pious words about minorities with action. Much more than his followers, it’s the PM who needs to be watched.

Why it is necessary to remember and reflect on our history of mass violence
Wed, May 15, 2019

Those baying for the blood of Sam Pitroda must also think about the need to remember and reflect on our history of mass violence and our own thoughtlessness towards it.

Bilkis Bano’s fight for justice, dignity and equality keeps alive the idea of citizenship
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

Bilkis Bano is the quintessential Indian our Constitution demands us to be. She may be unlettered but she understands the spirit of the Preamble. She understands the weight of the words, “We, the people of India”.

Islamophobia, theirs and ours
Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Islamophobia continues to run like blood in our veins. We share our lives with those who hate Muslims and yet claim to remain civilised. Unless we first recognise this duplicity, we would not be able to move towards getting rid of this disease.

Namvar Singh defined the contours of Hindu literary culture
Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Namvar Singh was inarguably the first and the only Hindi scholar and intellectual who commanded the respectful attention of luminaries from the world of social sciences and politics.

A Rotten Compromise
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Impasse in Babri masjid case is better than ceding ground to a radical evil.

The cycle of impunity
Mon, Dec 31, 2018

The court’s lament about the recurrence of mass violence and the absence of laws against it in the 1984 judgment needs to be heard.

A higher exclusion
Sat, Dec 08, 2018

A survey shows Indian campuses are more inclusive than before, but a lot of ground needs to be covered still

A Lesson To Learn
Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Government has forgotten that children have a first right to nation’s resources

Kandhamal without closure
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

A decade after anti-Christian violence took a toll, there are no signs of remorse

Gandhi’s talisman for Rahul
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Congress must remember: When in doubt, stand with the persecuted.

For Whom The Bells Troll
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

The trolls that target Sushma Swaraj are a byproduct of her and her party’s politics

No Hope Of A Dialogue
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Optimism over Pranab Mukherjee addressing RSS meet is misplaced

Marx, The Humanist
Mon, May 07, 2018

Karl Marx envisioned a world where humans are not abstracted by societies or commodities

Poetry After Kathua
Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Let silence, the absence of language force us to look at crime non-poetically