The writer, a former civil servant, is secretary general of the Lok Janshakti Party.
Abdul Khaliq writes: The idea of India as homogenous, exclusive and Hindu, where minorities live on sufferance as second-class citizens, is here.
Abdul Khaliq writes: Muslims, brought centre stage during elections to become the plaything for political power games, would be better off seeking answers within and in civil society
Abdul Khaliq writes: The implosion in the Lok Janshakti Party is connected to the age-old tradition in our caste-ridden society of showing the Dalit his place.
Nitish Kumar, who was so dismissive of the LJP and its president Chirag Paswan, was given a bloody nose, if not a knock-out blow.
Paswanji was the quintessential minister, dignified, soft-spoken and completely devoid of administrative self-importance. Government officials who had the privilege of working with him will vouch for his razor-sharp mind and affable style.
It would be an exaggeration to call the current upheaval India’s “Tahrir moment”, but the unrest is an encouraging sign of growing resistance to injustice.
Muslims are aware that those in favour of the Mandir occupy the commanding posts in the social, political and legal structure. They know that their only hope of living in peace, albeit temporary, was to cede their rights to the disputed site, justice be damned.
Aware of the sheer magnitude of their powerlessness, most Muslims live in dread of the future.
Election rhetoric has only exacerbated Muslim fears. The new government’s first task would be to combat the overpowering atmosphere of distrust and hate bedevilling society which constitutes the foremost threat to the nation, more so than terrorism.
We politicians are the archetypal opportunists, scouting for possibilities to advance our interests even when we confront a national tragedy.
CBI imbroglio has spurred the Supreme Court to fast-track the setting up of the Lokpal. But an unaccountable ombudsman is no solution.
Supreme Court order on reservation in promotions sanctifies unequal representation of Dalits in higher bureaucracy.
Indifference to facts has become a cultural phenomenon. Media, politicians must take the blame.
The real issue is not whether or not he is entitled to make a political statement.
Recent debate on the Atrocities Act should factor in the milieu that marginalises Dalits at every step.
For Ramachandra Guha empathy for Muslims is a liberal predicament. He makes a deeply unfair argument
Message from Gujarat elections: The Muslim is more alone than ever before.
India has failed the Constitution’s commitment to social justice
Muslim community is on the edge. Only the PM can address its concerns
The governing elites are in no mood to see a functioning ombudsman that will curb the power of the political executive.
The inexorable march of Hindutva to the centre of our national life deeply disturbs Muslims.
Irrespective of the Opposition’s strident demand for a rollback, it is clear that demonetisation is irrevocable.
Cricketers and fans are compelled to wear an ugly nationalism on their sleeve
At stake in the minority status row is a larger principle.
Would the PDP now want to switch to a tie-up with a party whose sole political doctrine today is to blindly oppose everything that the present central government does?