Aishwarya P. Sharma

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From temple to statue politics

The defiling of statues is particularly problematic as it contributes to a certain caste-driven political discourse.   Secularism and often...

Kasganj and the ever-lurking threat of internal enemies

A recent now deleted post by the DM of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district, Raghuvendra Vikram Singh expressing his angst at...

Padmavat(i) issue is about our, film industry’s hypocricy

The controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s now titled film Padmavat tell us a great deal of the state of art,...

Imposition of Hindi will not ensure national unity

A fresh round of anti-Hindi protests in Tamil Nadu, trouble over Hindi signboards in Bengaluru Metro, and protests surrounding the...

Bring back Kashmiriyat into Kashmir

News reporting on terror attacks and communal incidents couldn’t have been more conflicting and disturbing. It brings into question some...

Lynching is national shame

Lynching should not be allowed to become the most accepted form of public debate or protest, but this seems to...

Cows and the politics of slaughter

It has been an interesting week for the country, a signal of the disturbing trends ahead. Salman Khan, actor-producer, recently...

Triple talaq: Reforming dated laws is a must

Triple talaq: Reforming dated laws is a must

The entire nation awaits the outcome of a key issue that has divided the country into many parts. The Supreme...

Congress should read its own history

Vilifying and cursing Rahul Gandhi will not bring about any changes in the fortunes of the Congress. The crisis in...

Consolidation of UP’s Muslim votes is a myth

Consolidation of UP’s Muslim votes is a myth

Thousands of poll pundits have always been obsessed with the UP Assembly elections and often make poll predictions, which only...

Regional parties are witnessing a dramatic churn

The stakes are certainly high as regional parties eye the general elections of 2019. With the Trinamool Congress out on...

Why does the Congress need an alliance in UP?

The Congress party’s electoral strategy for Uttar Pradesh seems to be evolving every day. It might continue to evolve until...

National interest may not be enough to negate demonetisation hardships

National interest may not be enough to negate demonetisation hardships

With barely a week to go before the 30 December 2016 deadline, the troubles associated with a cashless existence remain....

National interest becomes a talking point

It has been over a week that demonetisation has been introduced. It has been a rather eventful week ever since....

Crisis in Kashmir has reached a boiling point

Crisis in Kashmir has reached a boiling point

It was in the aftermath of the 2001 Parliament attacks that India came close to a war with Pakistan. Fifteen...

Communal situation in UP and the 2017 election

Communal situation in UP and the 2017 election

Will she or won’t she is the question these days in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar...

It’s time Congress woke up  to the Indian reality

It’s time Congress woke up to the Indian reality

For a healthy democracy, we need to have strong Opposition is a statement which has become commonplace these days. However,...

Think beyond temples, mosques

Think beyond temples, mosques

Centuries after scores of temples and mosques have been desecrated repeatedly and with a remarkable continuity, the desecration of a...

Tryst with History

Tryst with History

It is known that acts of omission and commission do not serve the desired purpose. Rather, they only refresh our...

Female oppression defies class boundaries

Female oppression defies class boundaries

Everyone seems to be feeling the heat these days, particularly those who have been in the eye of the storm....

The odds of the odd-even rule

Writing something this week seemed difficult, especially since there was too much to write about and then suddenly Stephen King...

Intolerance of the upholders of freedom of speech

Intolerance of the upholders of freedom of speech

Time and again we have been forced to come back to this debate of intolerance. The happenings in the country...

Don’t impose definitions of nationalism, secularism

Don’t impose definitions of nationalism, secularism

What has happened or has been happening at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi during the past week or so...

Celebrate the diversity Leone brings

A recent interview of actress Sunny Leone by a TV channel grabbed national headlines primarily because of her “past”. Many...