Violence

A nation of vigilantes – Lynch mob republic

By Mukul Kesavan These three years have seen the State fuse with the street to create a vigilante nation. If India’s first national movement was...

Injustice, Intolerance and Intimidation in the Making of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’

By Megha Pansare The veteran rationalist thinker, writer and communist leader Govind Pansare was brutally assassinated in Kolhapur on February 20, 2015. More than two...

Gau Rakshaks — A Note

NDTV released a video on July 30, 2016 which posed the question, “Gau-Rakshaks—Protectors or Extortionists?” https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/truth-vs-hype/truth-vs-hype-gau-rakshaks-protectors-or-extortionists-425653 The video shows how “gau rakshaks”, always associated with one...

Darkness at Dawn The murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and...

By Anosh Malekar NARENDRA DABHOLKAR was in a chatty mood on the evening of 18 August 2013. The 67-year-old rationalist had delivered a lecture against...

Lesson from Gujarat: Cow protection vigilante groups need to be banned

By Ajaz Ashraf The atrocities committed on four Dalits in Una, Gujarat, for skinning a dead cow has several layers of overlapping meanings. But perhaps...

The jingoistic frenzy being whipped up by the BJP can do...

By  T K Arun in Cursor Finish off the deshdrohi (traitor)! This is the BJP’s new war cry. And the Opposition is reportedly being put on the...

LYNCH AND BURN: HINDUTVA’S SLAUGHTER METHODS

By Megha Bahl and SharmilaPurkayastha Secretaries, PUDR On 18th October 2015, Zahid Ahmed Bhat succumbed to his burn injuries in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. Bhat,...

A Note on Dadri

By Mukul Dube When I read of the killing, in Bisara village of Dadri, of a Muslim man by Hindus who suspected him of keeping...

How Sanatan Sanstha turned Hindu spiritualism into terrorism

By SHIV VISVANATHAN The sudden visibility of the Sanatan Sanstha in north Goa produces a whole range of stereotypes about Hindu spirituality and terrorism. Yet...

Institutional Communalism in India

By Pritam Singh Introduction This paper has three main objectives. The first objective is to draw attention to the anomalous and negative connotations of the word...

Malegaon Blast: NIA, BJP and Saffron Terror

Newsclick interviewed Human Rights Lawyer Nandita Haksar on the recent revelation by special public prosecutor Rohini Salian regarding the Malegaon blast case of 2008....

Who killed Govind Pansare?

By Ram Puniyani  It’s been nearly a month since senior CPI leader Govind Pansare was shot. But police remain clueless about the murder. Following pressure...

Inside an Indian camp for radical Hindu women

Indian-Canadian film-maker Nisha Pahuja spent years trying to get inside Durga Vahini, an Indian camp for radical Hindu women. She was finally granted permission and made the documentary The World Before Her. Here she describes what she saw in that camp.