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Hindi chauvinism & Modi

The anti-English, pro-Hindi movement being spearheaded by the Bharatiya Janata Party is part of yet another retrograde Hindutva project that is holding the nation to ransom once again. A section of Lohiates are also active in this movement, which includes members of the Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and Aam Aadmi Party.

A manifesto of failure

The collective moral might and high-mindedness of the Communist parties of India miserably failed the country in the critical battle of 2014. Their numbers in Parliament dropped drastically and their presence as an ideological force is dwindling day by day.

Bullet trains and holy cows

If the first Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, loved production of nuclear bombs, the second BJP Prime Minister seems to love bullet trains. Ever since a US visa was denied to him, he’s developed love for China and Japan. Obviously, he imported the idea of bullet trains from there.

Hindutva hypocrisy

Yes, I am a South Indian, with Telugu as my so-called mother tongue. My father tongue, too, is the same. My parents could not read or write. I did not study in English-medium convent schools, neither of Christian or Hindu persuasion.

HRD: It’s not Hindu Resource Development

The Modi government seems to believe that a change should be brought in school curriculum by re-working the text books that NCERT brings out.

Modi: Lincoln or Bush?

“The coming decade is of dalits and other weaker sections.”
Narendra Modi, March 2, 2014

Narendra Modi’s spectacular win across India packs in massive implications for our polity, civil society and the Hindu spiritual system. The Bharatiya Janata Party has not only won a clear majority on its own steam, but it has wiped off the Congress Party’s presence from several states.

Modi’s caste card has a higher agenda

In response to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s “neech rajneeti” (low-level politics) jibe, Narerndra Modi reacted by saying, “I belong to a lower caste of society, that’s why they think my politics is low-level politics.”

When silence is golden

The 2014 elections seem to be a turning point in the course of Indian democracy.

The Narendra Modi government approaching the 100-day mark demands an assessment of its performance. A national television channel even arranged, more a boxing match than a debate, a programme on whether Mr Modi’s foreign policy is continuity or radical change.

It is widely acknowledged that relations between the West and Russia have never been as bad as they are since the end of the Cold War. The reason, of course, is Ukraine, but beyond it lie the implied conflicting interests of the two sides.