Harsh Mander

Mander is a human rights worker and writer

Articles By Harsh Mander

People no country wants

Assam is sitting on a volcano of suffering and conflict. On test is the mettle of India’s democracy.

Speak up, act

Strategic silences won’t help Congress lead the idea of India towards safer shores.

The uncaring state

In Jharkhand, over the past year, the police rarely reached out to protect or support victims of the lynch mobs.

The mob that hates

A law for lynching isn’t enough. It recurs due to climate of impunity, political encouragement.

Returning to Hapur

Hatred against minorities is rising across the world. But India offers an exceptional impunity for bigotry.

Terms of forgiveness

Individuals like Mariam Khatoon, Yashpal Saxena and Imam Rashidi show the way to a more humane society

Pehlu Khan, one year later

His family has found no justice, his community is still under siege

Our threatened humanity

Harsh Mander: India has never been as divided since Partition, and new partitions are being constructed each day in our hearts.

Sonia, sadly

Sonia Gandhi's fear that the Congress is being perceived as a Muslim party completes the community’s abandonment

A crime of hate, a journey of love

In the wake of Afrazul’s murder, revisiting the fear that lingers for those who, like him, travelled far away from their homes to provide for loved ones.

It’s not about one Ram temple

The campaign to demolish the Babri Masjid had a sub-text: Muslims should know their place, that of second-class citizens.

Through a caravan, darkly

In its journey to the sites of lynchings across states, the Karwan-e-Mohabbat found a stark waning of compassion and solidarity

Usman Ansari, like Mohammad Akhlaq

Across the country, chilling replays of Dadri. And a long way to go before love or justice can prevail.

An antidote to hate

India has witnessed hate attacks in the past. What is new is the frequency and the normalisation of this lynching, in a growing aggressively majoritarian political and social environment.

Junaid, my son

So was he to those who travelled with him on the train that day. Yet they left him to die

Depriving JNU

More, not less, public money must be spent on inclusive education that encourages independent thinking

Spring is far behind

Government resolve to continue to use pellet guns against protesters in Kashmir is deeply troubling.

Unlike America

In India, voices of public protest against hate-mongering targeting Muslims have been far too muted and infrequent

Crisis of cashlessness

Demonetisation is hurting rural India, drying up wages, household supplies and food

Hardest hit, most invisible

Distress brought about by demonetisation is most for those who struggle each day to find poorly-paid work.

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