Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
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The author is political theorist and social activist.

VARIETY

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RSS' vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and China

Which army is currently protecting India’s borders — the vegetarian RSS army or the multi-cuisine, multicultural Indian army? And who can do a better job?

POLITICS

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Kashmir: Are BJP-RSS pushing it to a point where religious fundamentalism wins?

No religious state, once-Hindu Nepal, Buddhist Myanmar, Islamic Pakistan, has been able to negotiate democracy. Our current government needs to keep this in mind while pushing an increasingly Islamic Kashmir to the brink.

POLITICS

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Hindu Mahasabha is scripting Mahatma Gandhi as a modern-day Ravana. Is Nathuram Godse the new Ram?

Hindu Mahasabha leaders recently 'shot' an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and celebrated his 'death'. None of their senior leaders rejected such behaviour. It is with exactly such propaganda that they wish to change the moral fabric of India.

POLITICS

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Fighting Phantoms: Anand Teltumbde was arrested over the Bhima Koregaon case – a celebration he strongly opposes

Teltumbde is a popular Dalit scholar and activist and his writings expressing deep disagreements with Maoists are very much in the public sphere. How did the state miss seeing them?

VOICES

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Why Narendra Modi kept Mohan Bhagwat in the dark over 10 per cent EWS reservation

Not only the RSS chief, but several Congress anti-reservationists too have been dealt a huge blow. Modi's proposed quota could also change how we see caste itself.

VARIETY

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Sabarimala row: While he defends 'tradition', will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

By saying that resistance to women’s entry into Sabarimala temple is a matter of custom and sentiment, the Prime Minister has let down all marginalised groups, including women.

POLITICS

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Is spiritual citizenship possible for Dalits and Adivasis within Hinduism?

When a group of people is repeatedly told they were born unequal, they forget how to frame demands for rights. This is in contrast to Christianity, which prompted the genesis of equal societies.

POLITICS

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Why Pinarayi Vijayan must take the RSS-BJP head-on in the Sabarimala fight. The fight is now for more than the one temple

The Sangh Parivar has started the movement to overthrow the communist government in Kerala. Vijayan must protect his turf, and all that liberal India stands for.

VOICES

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Why the Ram temple is more important for the RSS than farmers and their pain

The Sangh Parivar only bothers about the voice of the upper caste sadhus and sanyasis, not farmers and labourers.

VOICES

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Telangana polls: What the coming together of Left and Ambedkarite parties means

The formation of the Bahujan Left Front is a new experiment in the Indian constitutional democracy.