VIVEK GUMASTE

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USCIRF, India is not a Country of Particular Concern

USCIRF’s reports are a compendium of self-serving interpretations, questionable factuality and reckless hyperbole.     The harsh and uncalled for...

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Constructive criticism please, we are in a crisis

Government was in a crisis mode with a rapidly deteriorating tragedy. Dithering could prove catastrophic.   Even during these unprecedented...

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There may be no Hindus left in Bangladesh in 30 years

In 2001, following the electoral victory of BNP led by Khaleda Zia, her supporters unleashed a systematic campaign of violence...

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Why we need to remember 19 January 1990

19 January 1990 is an infamous day in the history of Kashmir. It was the day that the Kashmiri Hindu...

Pakistani Hindu girls, who according to police, were allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, talk to media as they appear before Islamabad High Court in Islamabad

The Hindus of Pakistan: Nobody’s children

Their lives from birth to death is an ordeal of indignity, humiliation, insecurity bereft of basic human rights.   PROLOGUE...

New Delhi: Police personnel douse fire after agitators turned violent and torched a car parked outside the DCP's office at Daryaganj during their demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 and National Register of Citizens (NRC), in De

Ugly face of anarchy: Violent protest unacceptable in democracy

It is a frontal attack on democracy, an audacious attempt to undermine the rule of law and an open attempt...

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Maharashtra political outcome negates people’s mandate

It was an action clearly fuelled by a naked greed for power and a sense of entitlement amongst the SS...

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Kashmiris must snatch own destiny from separatists, terrorists

The swearing in of Girish Chandra Murmu on 31 October 2019 as the Lieutenant Governor of the new Union Territory...

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Economists must remain economists

Raghuram Govind Rajan is a doyen of economy with a string of professional successes to his name. He is the...

People wait outside an NRC Seva Kendra to check their names in the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Assam’s Nagaon on 31 August. IANS

An expanded NRC is a necessity

Illegal immigration is not an illusion of right-wing fanatics, but an undeniable reality with serious ramifications for our internal stability...

People shout slogans as they celebrate after the government scrapped the special status of Kashmir, in Ahmedabad

Abrogation of Article 370 was long overdue

It became the seed of a toxic separatism that encouraged violence both on the streets of Kashmir and the tacit...

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Too much hypocrisy in letter from 49 ‘intellectuals’

The current letter, like the umpteen others in the past, is a campaign of vicious calumny motivated by ideological fixation...

USCIRF 2019 annual report was highly critical of India. Chair of the Commission itself, Tenzin Dorjee (R) chose to dissent.

US report on religious freedom in India questionable

In diplomatic parley, it was a definite rap on the knuckles. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his...

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Kashmir is India’s faultline

To accept Kashmiriyat as a basis for special treatment would be to devalue other regional identities.   Rajmohan Gandhi, the...

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Could we express ourselves freely without reprisal?

This is the last of a three part-article on the performance of the Narendra Modi government.   The clichéd and...

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How safe are we today compared to five years ago?

This is the second of a three part-article on the performance of the Narendra Modi government.   Safety of its...

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How does the price of 1 kg of onions in 2019 compare to 2014?

This is the first of a three-part article on the Narendra Modi government’s performance. The first article is on the...

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Time to show some solidarity with the nation

Pakistan’s agenda was being faithfully carried out by our own Opposition parties; with countrymen like these who needs enemies?  ...

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Balakot is the beginning of the end of terror and separatism

The “non-military pre-emptive action” carried out by IAF Mirage-2000 jets armed with laser-guided 1,000-pound bombs in the early hours of...

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Citizenship Amendment Bill was long overdue

The Bill is morally valid, historically warranted and Constitutionally robust: an act that emboldens the ‘idea of India’ as an...

New Delhi: Hindu activists stage a demonstration to press for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya; in New Delhi on Dec 6, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Ram temple: Time to rectify a historical wrong

It would put to rest a fractious controversy and restore harmony between Hindus and Muslims.   The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid...

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Democracy means freedom for one and all, not just for the elite

The Hindu nationalist viewpoint has been demonised by drawing outlandish parallels to Nazism and excluded from the columns of mainstream...

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Don’t worship a false icon like Tipu

The dogged persistence of the Karnataka government to continue with the Tipu Sultan celebrations for a fourth year in a...

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NRC’s roots cannot be ignored

The political hue and cry over the release of the final draft of the Assam NRC (National Register of Citizens)...