Irena Akbar is a Lucknow-based entrepreneur and a former journalist with The Indian Express.
An increasingly majoritarian India, though, seeks to complicate secularism, and burden minorities, especially Muslims, to prove their inclusiveness.
Alienating Muslims, of course, has only been an appendage to the government’s larger project of developing a misplaced sense of Hindu pride - one that depends on the demonisation of Muslims.
There are ways of returning to one’s roots while blending in. Tweaking the cake and yakhni pulao are some.
Comparison of the burka, a symbol of a besieged minority, with the trishul, a symbol of aggressive majoritarianism is callous and insensitive.
Cornered and demonised, the Indian Muslim struggles between fear and hope. The Indian Muslim is dealing with a silent, undeclared psychological war that the State has unleashed on it.
In colonial India too, British missionaries campaigned against the “revealing” sari, urged Indian women to “cover up” and “delivered” them from evils such as sati.
A year later, the love jihad story has fallen flat: the woman and the man, Kaleem, are living together at an undisclosed location in Meerut and are set to get married.
In August 2004, Kunal left Sahrara, his village in Daraunda, Siwan district of Bihar, for Delhi with Rs 10,000 in hand.
She is now the subject of intense debates and analyses. But this red-skinned bovine with a snipped off tail isn’t listening. She is just eating – at garbage dumps, at the homes of villagers.
Aggarwal was then a 12-year-old Class VII student and “had no idea” what reservation was. “It had something to do with child psychology,” he says, sitting in his one-room flat in Noida.
Most complaints are generic — of shopkeepers passing lewd comments when the girls walk back home or go for tuitions.
It took 20 hearings for the lower court to declare Tayal’s mother dead...the district adminis-tration has appealed against the decision.
Singh's demand: Return 4,000 bighas of land in his village Chausana, in Shamli district, UP, from the mafia to the government, so that it can be used for the benefit of the villagers.
Ashraf now looks forward to writing content for digital media and television, and rapping on the side whenever she gets a project she believes in.
One was the people's president, the architect of our nuclear programme, and the other was a 'blood-thirsty terrorist' who financed his brother's sinister plans to bomb Mumbai.
The bigger question is whether there should be any uniform or dress code at all. Should there be any restrictions whatsoever on what one should wear or not to college?
Tabassum and Mohammed Nazir tell Irena Akbar why they want mercy killing for their six children, suffering from a rare neurological disorder
They were going around for five-six years. Everyone knew it. And so did their families, says one of the villager.
Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is set to perform the world’s first head transplant — on 30-year-old Russian Valery Spridinov (inset), who suffers from a genetic muscle-wasting disease.
What has been dying is not the language, but the credit given to the language.