Hindutva

Illustration by Vidyut Kale uses image of oil painting in public domain

The 22 vows of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism on 15 October 1956 at Deeksha Bhoomi, in Nagpur. Around 8 lakh followers converted in his steps. At this time he took 22 vows, more like open declarations. These are a rejection of Hinduism as unequal and something that the upper #caste dominant public “memory” rarely remembers. We’d like …

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The Modi Mandate: Development or Hindutva?

Ever since Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning win in Delhi Assembly elections, there is a rash of analysis and advice for Modi government (which has mostly fallen on deaf ears, and no surprise there – they know their support base). I have several opinions around this issue that differ from the common consensus, so sharing them. …

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Protests in Pune after attack on Govind Pansare

Communist leader Govind Pansare and wife Uma Pansare attacked in Kolhapur

A year and a half after the brutal murder of Narendra Dabholkar on 20th August 2013, another Communist leader and Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti activist Govind Pansare and his wife Uma been shot in a similar manner in Kolhapur today. [tweetthis twitter_handles=”@Vidyut, @_AamJanata”]Attacks on progressive thinkers are on the rise and this is not acceptable[/tweetthis] Govind Pansare faced considerable …

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Victory celebrations begin in Aam Aadmi Party

Open letter to Arvind Kejriwal

Dear Meritorious Chief Minister, Congratulations on the sweeping win of Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly elections. As someone cheering the rise of the promise of more inclusive democracy in India, I have been following the story of Aam Aadmi Party since the beginning. Yesterday should have been a day of celebration. It was …

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Was there a script for Modi for PM and Kejriwal for CM?

There seems to be a fringe theory floating around about a larger international conspiracy (CIA etc) influencing Indian politics using the Ford Foundation (among other things). The Great Game India blog (linking to blog because too many interlinked posts to link individually) has been with this train of thought for a few years now. That the RSS …

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AIMIM rally in Pune demanding 5 per cent reservations

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) rally in Pune

Hyderabad based AIMIM led by MP and leader Assaduddin Owaisi after the recent success in Maharashtra elections had announced a rally in Pune Maharashtra to demand implementation of 5% Reservations from the Maharashtra Government which had been struck down by the courts. The rally was already marred by controversy when Pune police denied Mr. Assaduddin …

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Is this really Ram Rajya or Hindu Rashtra? A post for bhakts

I am an atheist, but was Hindu by birth in a family that studied the dharma and followed it to its best. My father refused to do kanyadaan in my second marriage (in spite of the priest insisting that proper marriages have one), because a kanyadaan can be done only once for each daughter. This …

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