Communalism

Communal conflict and polarization is on the rise in India and it helps no one. AamJanata endorses unity, tolerance and strict resistance to any attempts to marginalize and polarize Indians on the basis of identity. Indian citizens must be equal under law and their freedoms protected equally. Communal vigilantism perverts the harmonious existence of society and adds stress and paranoia in general to the social atmosphere as well as does untold harm to the opportunistic targets of crimes by vigilante political and religious organizations. Most mob violence and intimidation in India is organized to achieve political ends.

Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName 1

Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName

It is rare that one needs to speak up as an atheist and disown the speech or behavior of other atheists as communal hatred. Atheists are usually the smallest minority anywhere and where there is communal violence, they are usually on the receiving end, so the question of atheists being perpetrators of communal hatred rarely …

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Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality 2

Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality

I tend to have very strong opinions, so my contempt for the increasing “stupidification” of India is hardly a secret. This is a cause for alarm, because it is indeed contagious. Political views, gender, caste, class, religion are not barriers to this epidemic. The reason for it is the natural human tendency to reply in …

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Evening prayers at Har-Ki-Pairi Ghat in Haridwar

Hindus Are Not Victims And They Had Better Know It

Why is it becoming more and more uncomfortable to live within one’s own country, among people that we took for granted shared our view of the world? 2014 marked the year in which family and friends turned into aliens and opponents. Conversations invariably broke down at the point where Narendra Modi was seen as the …

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Inciting contempt for identities as human rights activism

There is an article in a blog dedicated to Dalit rights activism titled “How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?” I took exception to it on Twitter and ended up breaking India’s “laws” on how Dalits should be spoken to. This apparently means I am a Brahmin supremacist. Some things upfront. I have …

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Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in …

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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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