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Trolling the dead, women’s underpants & ‘Pappu’s Pappi’: Here’s worst of the 2019 campaign

Modi, Shah, Mamata, Mayawati or Rahul — this Lok Sabha election will be remembered for its vicious, personal attacks as well as brazenly sexist and communal remarks.
Mayawati

Mayawati regrets ‘hatred between Bajrang Bali & Ali’ as fight over Gods deepens

From Mayawati to Yogi Adityanath to Azam Khan, Uttar Pradesh leaders continue to use Gods for campaigning purposes as the controversy rages on.
Jawaharlal Nehru | Baron/Getty Images

The good Muslim-bad Muslim binary is as old as Nehru

All political parties in India need Muslims for electoral survival.
Representational image of Indian Muslims |Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why is everyone so worked up over the phrase ‘Sarkari Mussalman’?

Forget ‘Sarkari Mussalman’, there is no place for even a ‘good Muslim’ in India's current political climate.
M. K. Stalin

In Stalin’s first meeting as party chief, DMK accuses BJP of running an ‘electoral dictatorship’

The southern party slammed the Centre on issues ranging from demonetisation, Rafale deal, NEET and the prevailing economic situation.
RSS-backed NGO files plea seeking equal inheritance rights for Muslim women

Young Muslim women fight to control their own stories in Ghazala Jamil’s new book

In 'Muslim Women Speak: Of Dreams and Shackles', activist-scholar Jamil tries to find these women's real voices, instead of just presenting them as victims.
The officially atheist CPI(M) party's decision to back the events raised questions | Facebook

Atheist CPI(M) to ‘back’ Ramayana month events in Kerala

The party claims the idea is to encourage Sanskrit scholars vying to protect religion from communal forces.
Bajrang Dal

Communalism in India is now several shades darker than what it was in the 1970s

In Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh, authors Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar make a serious attempt to understand the contemporary form of communal politics in India.
Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani

Dadasaheb Gaikwad is my Dalit icon because he did what Ambedkar couldn’t: Jignesh Mevani

My fascination for Dadasaheb Gaikwad has its roots in the failures of our own land struggle. Like me, he too was called a Communist stooge.

West Bengal is no longer difficult for the BJP to rise in

The history of Bengal since 1947 shows that the secular-liberal identity and religious identity could be coterminous if an enabling atmosphere exists.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.