Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar or simply Veer Savarkar in Marathi language, was an Indian independence activist and politician who formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva. He was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha.

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India’s culture ministry pays respects to previously disavowed Nazi admirer M. S. Golwalkar

As India regresses on democratic markers, previously disavowed Hindutva leaders are finding new legitimacy. M. S. Golwalkar, the second Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is one such person. Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar, a Hindu nationalist, believed that India should be a Hindu country and minorities should have the rights of second class citizens as …

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar - rationalist, humanist

Narendra Dabholkar’s speech on tradition and superstition – English translation Part 2

  Narendra Dabholkar has become an icon of rationalist thought in India, but his works being mostly in Marathi are understood by few non-Maharashtrians for either endorsement or criticism. I am attempting to translate some of his speeches, so that his thoughts may reach more people and inform opinions. This is part 2 of the …

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Exotic and indigenous cattle population between 2007 and 2012

Animal husbandry, cattle slaughter and economic viability in five images

In an attempt to bring reason to the debate on cow slaughter bans, I have tried to present data from Maharashtra where the broadening of an existing ban on the slaughter of cows to include calves, bulls and bullocks has the poor cattle owners of the drought stricken state devastated as their livestock has overnight …

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Keeping count of dissenting voices

Writers Speak Up against the Unmaking of India “A distinguished Kannada writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner, M.M. Kalburgi, and two Maharashtrians, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, both anti-superstition activists, have all been killed by gun-toting motor-cyclists. Other dissenters have been warned they are next in line. Most recently, a village blacksmith, Mohammed Akhlaq, was …

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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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