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Section 377 has nothing to do with Bhartiya Sanskriti

Bharatiya society and its ideas of morality have historically been much more fluid than Victorian ones. In fact, that was one of the main reasons our white colonialist masters called us barbarians and savages and were determined to “fix” us. From the elevated status of women in Bharat [1] to its innate acceptance of human sexuality (khajuraho), everything about Bharatiya society offended the colonizers’ sensibilities. Society and its rules are fluid, they change with time and our erudite ancestors recognized that. 

Bihar polls: Nitish Kumar’s copycat strategy fools no one; Lalu may be only gainer

As much as Nitish Kumar seems to hate Narendra Modi, he seems very much in awe of him. His entire Bihar campaign sounds like a carbon copy of  Modi’s 2014 campaign. What Nitish Kumar doesn’t realise is that the memory of the 2014 election is way too fresh for this. From “Parche pe Charcha” that reminds you of “Chai Pe Charcha” to “Ghar Ghar Dastak” which reminds you of “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi”, he appears to be copying every detail from the Modi campaign. “Phir ek baar, Nitish Sarkar” is not too different from “Ab ki Baar, Modi Sarkar.”

‘धर्मनिरपेक्षता’ यानी राजनेताओं की ‘वोट बैंक’ की राजनीति

विश्व भर में धर्म निरपेक्षता का अर्थ होता है की राज्य का कोई धर्म नहीं हो, परन्तु दुखद सत्य यह है कि भारत के कई राजनैतिक दल, जो स्वंय को धर्म निरपेक्ष कहते हैं, उन्होंने धर्म-निरपेक्षता के अर्थ को ही बदल डाला है! इन दलों के अनुसार दूसरों को साम्प्रदायिक कहना, विशिष्ट सम्प्रदायों के लिये पक्षपाती कानून बनाना अौर कुछ समुदायों के धर्म-गुरुअों के अागे माथा टेकना, धर्म-निरपेक्षता की पहचान है। अालम तो यह है कि अाज कल इन दलों में होड़ लगी हुई है कि कौन किस अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय की ज़्यादा खातिरदारी करेगा! क्या धर्म या जाति के अाधार पर समुदायों के बीच भेदभाव करने वाले स्वयं को धर्म-निरपेक्ष कहलाने का अधिकार रखते हैं? कदापि नहीं।


91 seats across 11 states, 3 UTs go to polls today on 10th April, 2014.

Choose wisely, choose cautiously. Pay attention to the candidate but also pay attention to the party she belongs to.

Understand what the candidate’s stand is on national issues because the role of an MP is not limited to her constituency like an MLA. Her most important contribution to the democracy is the representative vote that she has in the Parliament. She will vote on your behalf on issues that will affect your well-being, our nation’s well-being directly. She is your voice in the Parliament. Make sure you agree with her viewpoint on various national issues like defense policies, the economy, job-creation policy, reservation, women’s issues, foreign policy, among other things. The choice you make today will decide the fate of the nation for the next 5 years.