The Politics of Statues: Will we have a Ram Statue after The Statue of Unity?

Constructing statues seems to be the contemporary way of displaying power. With the Modi led government inaugurating the 182-meter long Statue of Unity, the world’s largest statue, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has declared a statue of Ram to be built in Ayodhya. This, he said, will be larger than the Statue of Unity. …

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India, Secularism and Riots

 “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign socialist SECULAR democratic republic and to…” is how the Preamble to the Constitution of India starts. Secularism implies not being exclusively allied with, or against any particular religion. We Indians do not just live; we co-exist. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government, …

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Swachh Bharat’s Success: Better Community Participation for a Modern India

Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Indore emerged as the cleanest city as Modi proudly claimed that it has transformed into a ‘people’s movement’. Reportedly, it was argued that the ‘abhiyaan’ would have the power to eradicate infectious diseases and premature deaths and provide its rural India with basic amenities like sanitation services, education on personal hygiene …

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