VIVEK GUMASTE

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)...

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Delete Pak from Kashmir equation

It was neither a match made in heaven nor a match made for each other. It was an unlikely amalgam...

The Northeast becomes the centre

The impressive electoral success of the BJP in the northeastern states of Tripura and Nagaland are epoch making events to...

Attempts being made to drive wedge between Dalits and other Hindus

The violent clash, allegedly between saffron waving groups and Dalits that erupted during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon...

Babri controversy, 25 years later

The demolition of the Babri-Masjid on 6 December 1992 was a political earthquake of seismic proportions that jolted the country...

Padmavati: The need of the hour is objectivity

India’s turbulent past with its innumerable alien invasions, rampant religious devastation and incredible material predation is a fertile ground for...

The judiciary must tread with caution

The Indian judiciary has been a rock of stability, a tempering force and the sage ultimate adjudicator in a seemingly...

This government has much to be proud of

Political discourse in India responds to frenzy, sensationalism and hype. It is a narrative driven overwhelmingly by personalities and identities...

Mobocracy is the bane of our society

Political discourse, the lifeline of a democratic society has become so partisan, so ideologically driven and vindictive in nature in...

Articles 370, 35A no longer valid

The studied decision of the Supreme Court to expand the ambit of the petition challenging the validity of Article 35A...

The bogey of 1962 must be erased

Riding a sagging but impressive economic prosperity and mesmerised by its own fantastic and exaggerated delusions of grandeur, China has...

Cow vigilantism is a criminal aberration

When the apocalypse that you prophesised with supreme confidence does not arrive, when the doomsday scenario that you presaged proves...

There cannot be any compromise with Kashmir’s separatists

The doomsday scenario vis-à-vis Kashmir being portrayed with alarming alacrity by a clutch of prominent personalities that include the historian...