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Politics, Religion and Our Ailing Public Institutions

It would, of course, be naive to imagine that the corrosion of our political life could be arrested simply by tightening up lawenforcement. And yet one can't escape the conclusion that the accelerating erosion of our public institutions, the apathy of the judges and the death of professionalism in the civil services - particularly the last of them - are matters of far more concern than the inroads of religion into the nation's politics.

Gujarat Carnage and a Cynical Democracy

While pillorying the BJP - which must surely be done - there is a tendency to treat with kid gloves this gang of self-seeking politicians who have made the NDA government possible. More than the BJP, it is these elements, both within and outside the ruling NDA, who need to be branded with the badge of infamy. Systematically decimated in this game of manoeuvre and manipulation indulged in by these allies of the BJP are ideologies which bear the traces of democratic norms, moral principles, secular values and socialist belief.

Violence in a University

The report of the Anveshi Law Committee on the rustication of 10 dalit students of the Hyderabad Central University presents the case as primarily one more instance of the anti-dalit attitudes and practices on the campus and implicates almost the entire university community. Most seriously, the Anveshi perspective is an attempted justification of violence in conjunction with identity politics.

Manipur : Assembly Election:Trends and Issues

Election-based adult franchise was introduced in Manipur as early as 1948. Yet political instability has been a persistent feature giving rise to increasing interference from the centre. This in turn has led, at least partly, to the politics of survival overwhelming all other relevant local issues today.

Nationhood and Displacement in Indian Subcontinent

The journey of nations begins with the construction of 'self', the basic criteria for which is a preconceived homogeneity. But achieving such a homogeneity proves elusive and the search becomes an exercise in peeling an onion, which involves the shedding of people who do not fit the constructed identity or who question the accepted framework. This in turn prompts the construction of minority identities which strive to build a majority for themselves. In the subcontinent the search for nationhood has always focused on ethnicity, culture and religion, but what has emerged is a heterogeneous mix of people who should have represented diversity but now have one culture, the middle class culture and one identity, the middle class identity.

Manipur : How History Repeats Itself

As identities are mobilised to serve the political designs of vested interests, it seems obvious that the idea of a Naga 'nation' and a Manipuri 'nation' behind the 'national liberation'/ 'secessionist' movements in the region is seemingly at least, incompatible with the idea of the Indian 'nation state'. However there is a need to resolve whether the two conceptions, are themselves incompatible with one another. And it is the Indian 'nation state' will have to play the role, not of an enemy but of a powerful and probably benevolent mediator. Manipur, probably the last vestige of a real composite cultural and political character in the Indian subcontinent, should not in the interim become a sacrificial lamb for establishing the political legitimacy of the Indian 'nation state'.

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