Murder of Democracy in Chandigarh Mayor Election

Ten years ago Narendra Modi had come to power with the slogan of 'Congress-mukt Bharat'. Over the ten years of its existence the Modi government has tried to centralise and concentrate all powers around it by all means. Moving on from the slogan of 'Congress-mukt Bharat', the Modi regime has been aggressively pursuing its agenda of an 'opposition-free democracy'. Non-BJP governments have been toppled and replaced by BJP-led governments by engineering defections and breaking parties and coalitions at will.

Despite Nitish Kumar's Betrayal Bihar Will Play a Pivotal Role in the Battle to Save India from the Disastrous Modi Rule

Nitish Kumar has switched sides yet again. An arrogant BJP which was claiming to have shut its doors for ever for Nitish Kumar has again embraced him as Chief Minister of NDA. Nitish Kumar, who had vowed to prefer death to again joining hands with the BJP, has reneged on his vow to return to the BJP's fold. Ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the BJP was desperate to grab power back in Bihar and Nitish Kumar has offered himself to be used as a pawn for this BJP operation.

Ayodhya: When a Temple in Ram's Name Becomes a Modi Monument to Advance the RSS Agenda

India had got a rude shock three decades ago when the historic Babri Masjid was demolished by the Sangh brigade in broad daylight. But despite the violence of this act and the hundreds of lives lost as a result, many Indians continued to view it in terms of a mosque versus temple dispute. Till recently the Supreme Court held the demolition as a crime, an egregious violation of the rule of law, but strangely awarded the perpetrators of the crime the title of the land while a plot was allotted elsewhere in the town for relocation of the mosque.

The BJP's Escalating War on Women

On the last day of 2023, India received the news of the three young men accused of gang-raping the 20-year-old woman B Tech student of IIT-BHU at gunpoint two months earlier, being finally arrested. The three men were Kunal Pandey, Saksham Patel and Anand Chauhan, all associated with the BJP’s Varanasi IT cell – the first two, in fact the convenor and co-convenor of the IT cell.

January 22 versus January 26: The Battle for the Future of India's Republic

BJP governments across India and the dominant media, especially the Hindi newspapers and TV channels, have unleashed a veritable publicity blitzkrieg ahead of the inauguration or consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on 22 January. The Sangh brigade too has announced a major mass outreach programme to generate a countrywide frenzy. Seldom in a non-theocratic country has the world witnessed such calculated and orchestrated political utilisation of the religious sentiments of the majority community, that too just ahead of a general election.

India’s Parliamentary Democracy Must Be Saved from Being Turned into a Presidential Tyranny

It was the month of December thirty-one years ago. The BJP was yet to win power in Delhi, but it had found its way to power in Lucknow. In broad daylight on December 6 it demonstrated before the whole world what it could do with a slice of state power. The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh empowered a mob led by veteran leaders of the Sangh Parivar to demolish the Babri Masjid even as the dispute was being heard by the Supreme Court. The BJP even provided a ‘logical’ justification for this brazen act of vandalism.

Smoke Canisters in Parliament on the 22nd Anniversary of Parliament Attack

On the twenty-second anniversary of the December 13, 2001 terror strike on India's Parliament, the new parliament building witnessed a stunning smoke scare. A young man, identified as Sagar Sharma from Lucknow, suddenly jumped from the visitor's gallery and opened a yellow smoke canister leaping across tables before being overpowered and handed over to the police by parliamentarians even as the zero hour was underway. Sagar had a companion, D Manoranjan from Mysuru, who too opened another smoke canister spraying yellow smoke remaining seated on the visitor's gallery.