ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

CommunalismSubscribe to Communalism

Theorising Hindutva

Gujarat, Cradle and Harbinger of Identity Politics: India’s Injurious Frame of Communalism by Jan Breman and Ghanshyam Shah, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2022; pp 388, `1,200.

Religious Piety in Islam and Contemporary India

Religion and Secularities: Reconfiguring Islam in Contemporary India edited by Sudha Sitharaman and Anindita Chakrabarti, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2020; pp 240, 795 (hardback).

 

​The Elite Calm at the People’s Storm

Toofaan bravely speaks up against everyday communalism in an accessible format.

Sonal Shukla (1941–2021)

The contributions of Sonal Shukla to the social and feminist movements in India are detailed upon. Her literary stints interwoven with an indefatigable, courageous spirit serve as an inspiration for all the socially conscious citizens of the country.

 

Listening to Muslim Women

Muslim Women Speak: Of Dreams and Shackles by Ghazala Jamil, New Delhi, California, London and Singapore: Sage Publications and New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2018; pp xxiv + 190, 595.

 

God as a Litigant: Examining the Contradictions and Biases of the Ayodhya Verdict

The Supreme Court of India’s judgment on the Ayodhya dispute enables the triumph of a majoritarian claim—backed by a long, venomous communal campaign—over minority rights. The fact that the majority Hindu community managed to successfully claim a minority religion's sacred place purely based on faith and belief comes out luridly in the judgment. While the god or deity as a juridical person may have legal validity, filing a suit in god’s name and projecting god as a litigant has the potential to bring in biases and conflicts.

World Population Day 2020: Examining Census Construction and Communal Strife in Colonial India

The British Raj, by attempting to reduce the diversity of the Indian populace into numbers that could fit a particular category, ignored the ideals of social justice and instead furthered communal mobilisation through their policy of “divide and rule.”

The Anatomy of a Pogrom: Looking Back at Godhra

The Godhra riots in 2002 represented a fundamental shift in India’s polity and was also a testing ground for political Hindutva.

Sandwiched Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru’s tryst with secularism and communal politics may be enumerated through a critical rereading of the religious apprehensions expressed by the Christian community over the question of their right to propagation. Was Indian secularism an effective ideological substitute to communal politics or merely a tactical tool for achieving political gains during Nehru’s times? Nehru’s vision of secularism, in having to negotiate the politics of Hindu fundamentalism as well as Congress majoritarianism, was forced to accommodate the flavours of a majoritarian cultural climate with some preferential treatment to Hindu rights.

Pages

Back to Top