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

POLITICS

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Because IAS cannot become the RSS

Unlike the RSS, officials from civic bodies like the IAS and the IPS are trained to keep their religious biases aside, so long as they hold their position. Violation of that principle is the real anti-national activity.

POLITICS

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By Karma and God's Grace: Why Hindutva economics never discusses poverty or the poor

In Hindutva's view, the gods created the rich and poor based on karma and caste. Hence, there is no need to interfere much with poverty. Growth will occur as long as the rich get richer.

POLITICS

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Finally, dignity of trade: Why Akhilesh Yadav’s 'doodhwala' vs Modi’s 'chaiwala' rhetoric offers hope in a post-Hindu caste world

Tejaswi Yadav calling Modi 'nakli OBC' and Akhilesh calling himself a real 'doodhwala' shows India is finally shaking off the shame associated with caste and talking about the nobility of labour.

POLITICS

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Shashi Tharoor's 'Thulabharam Mindset': Why I see Tharoor as a staunch Hindu revivalist who will likely join BJP/RSS soon

With his support to Sabarimala traditionalists, his book 'Why I Am A Hindu' and now, his thulabharam practice, Shashi Tharoor has shown his Hindutva colours. His transit seems simply a matter of time.

POLITICS

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Nehru wouldn't allow it: What Narendra Modi’s hurry for a biopic on him says to me about his leadership

Is it right for the RSS to allow such massive personal glorification? Or ethical for a PM to want such a biopic while he's still in office and indeed, facing re-election?

POLITICS

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English Medium in Andhra: How Jagan Mohan Reddy’s promise can catapult him to the CM’s chair

The elite have long denied rural children the right to quality education, which will make them eligible for jobs not just in India but world over. Jagan Reddy could now change that, and ignite new dreams.

POLITICS

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Finally, NYAY for Indians: Rahul Gandhi’s scheme will help remove caste and class differences in our society

The RSS and BJP have never cared about the poor because the poor do not speak the language of Hindutva.

VOICES

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2019 Lok Sabha Polls: Why Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi must promise English-medium school education in the Congress manifesto

Both the BJP and Congress differ very little on the kind of education they envision for India's young. Here's where the two Gandhis could make a real difference.

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.