In a series of tweets, Tewari said, "Congress may be on the wrong side of the cultural wars as are most liberal and progressive parties around the world because of the rise of right wing populism. That does not mean we should give up our core convictions. RSS-Jana Sangh- BJP were on the wrong side of Cultural wars at end of 2nd World War for close to seven decades".
Naqvi asserted that for Indian Muslims, India is the "best and safest" place in the world. He dismissed the allegations as a "nefarious, misleading and criminal campaign" by the Pakistani establishment against India.
Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari had asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray if he had turned secular, since the state government has not yet reopened places of worship. The CM responded by questioning the Governor’s belief in secularism.
Having been a critical messenger to Subhash Bose across borders, my grandfather had joined the “Bengal Volunteers” party at the age of 15 and told me that he realised his life’s mission right then – to serve and die for his country, writes Isheeta Ganguly.
The PIL said that the amendment made in 1976 was 'antithetical to the constitutional tenets as well as the historical and cultural theme of India.'
Only a person who knows his religion and language can appreciate other’s which alone guarantees harmony and unity
It has also led to a strange role reversal where the ‘secular’ BJD is supposedly playing the religious card while the BJP is left crying foul!
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says it is the duty of the grand old party to defend the secular space, and the answer to the party's woes in the Hindi heartland does not lie in 'majority appeasement' or offering some sort of a 'Hindutva Lite' like a 'Coke Lite'
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s famous slogan 'Ek Desh Mein do vidhan/Ek Desh Mein do Nishan/Ek Desh Mein do Pradhan/Nahin Chalenge, Nahin Chalenge' has remained a war cry for various Hindu Right organisations in their campaign since the early 1950s
By providing financial grant to Puja pandals across the state, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has struck against the shaky edifice of secularism in the country
In her complaint at Golabari police station in Howrah, Ishrat Jahan accused her brother-in-law and her landlord of threatening and abusing her for taking part in the religious function.
The right-wing political party in a memorandum handed to Prime Minister K P Oli demanded that Nepal should be declared a Hindu state with complete religious freedom by revoking the provision of secularism.
A perception is being manufactured that Muslims, especially Kashmiri Muslims, are settling down in Jammu city under an ‘Islamist’ plan to change the demography of the region and "encircle" the city. Some groups have been consistently fanning such perception.
"It does not dent the country's secular fabric and secularism does not bar issuance of coins to commemorate any event," the bench said.
Hegde sat in the House for a while listening to opposition protests against his controversial statement
Hegde had also suggested changes in the Constitution to do away with the idea of "secularism”
"We are here to change the Constitution," he said
"It's a shame that an Indian leader needs to be told this by a foreign one, when our history is one of co-existence, our Constitution reflects pluralism &our culture accepts difference. A great pity that some Indians don't share the values on which India is built (sic)."
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.