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On 23 Nov 1948, Muslim members suggested changing laws ‘connected with religious beliefs & practices’. Counter-argument that a code would promote amity and secularism won the day.
The historian as judge-referee looking to ‘settle’ the question of Gandhi allegedly urging Savarkar to file mercy petitions is doomed to fail, and not due to lack of evidence.
Rajnath Singh's attempt to Gandhi-wash Savarkar has carved his mercy petitions in stone. The debate between politicians and historians is now in the town square.
Gail Omvedt represents a generation of scholarship and activism that combined diverse ideologies to fight out caste-based oppression. She was a trusted friend of Bahujans.
RSS' support to reservation comes from the awareness that for the political class, creation of ‘backward classes’ has become a handy tool to forge vote banks and win elections.
Writing tragedy makes the writer more responsible; writing satire makes the system cautious.
Wokes have been called illiberal, online lynch mobs, an intolerant new religion and 'souped-up' Communists.
India’s working class, for whose betterment Ambedkar brought a series of legislation, is struggling to access social protection in the Covid crisis.
Statues of Ambedkar often show him holding the Constitution in one hand, and his other arm outstretched, finger pointing forward. It’s more urgent than ever to follow that direction.
No side is playing by the Constitution in letter and spirit, and India is hurtling into a grey zone where rule of law is no longer the yardstick for anything.