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Mohan Bhagwat’s recent interview asserts the power of Sangh Parivar

RSS chief recently suggested the world is coming around to the Hindu view. Did he blow the bugle for 2024 polls? The Federal spoke to journalists Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay and Rahul Dev

Off the Beaten Track Ep 1: Muslims, Islam & Islamicate culture in Bollywood

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay speaks to film scholar Ira Bhaskar on Muslims, Islam and Islamicate culture in Bollywood films
Narendra Modi

‘Obliging poodles’ to watchdogs: Indian media asks tough questions to PM Modi

Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biographer and a journalist, a BBC article scoffed at the fact that India's PM has never addressed a press conference, even during the COVID. “He doesn’t like to be questioned”, said Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, in the article titled ‘India’s COVID crisis delivers a blow to brand Modi’. But, the mayhem and unspeakable tragedy being unleashed in the country from the second wave seems to have stirred up the Indian media to do its job and pose questions to Modi, who has been maintaining a conspicuous silence during this terrible crisis in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Khalistan, Australia Hindu temple vandalism

Modi ‘scolding’ Albanese on temple vandalism smacks of double standards

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to publicly raise the issue of some incidents in recent weeks, such as acts of vandalism on Hindu temples in Australia by alleged pro-Khalistan groups, is, first and foremost, an i...
Amritpal Singh, Punjab Police, arrest, Jalandhar district, Punjab assembly, Congress, SAD, BJP

Is State power withering away? Alarm bells from Punjab and Haryana

Two recent episodes of mob action not only showed the State as failing miserably in its primary duty, but, paradoxically, also revived memories of an old Marxist concept, albeit in a different backdrop. Friedrich Enge...
Babri Masjid demolition, Ayodhya, communal strife, caste system

Impact of Babri Masjid demolition: Unveiling the hatred 30 years later

Over the years, one would have thought the Ayodhya issue would have paled into insignificance. But, on the 30th year, it is clear issues flagged during the demolition pertaining to cultural nationalism has gained traction, religion the main basis of social identity and vengeance a justified sentiment
PM Modi, I have made this Gujarat slogan

Why Sangh Parivar’s efforts to reach out to Muslims remain hollow

An RSS leader’s visit to a dargah in New Delhi and PM Modi's exhortations to BJP party workers to engage with Pasmanda Muslims are meaningless until they stop vilifying Muslims and clubbing them as one homogenous group
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil President, PM Narendra Modi

Modi and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro are cast in the same mould

After 2014, Modi has often been compared with Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and with Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro as well. What are the similarities between Modi and Bolsonaro, and why is it so?
Mohan Bhagwat, RSS, caste, equality of all, dignity of labour

RSS’ Dussehra speech still matters, but it’s losing hold over BJP

Since 2014, the importance of the RSS' Dussehra speech has been augmented several times and is more closely monitored for nuanced shifts in the organisation, once considered the BJP’s ideological fountainhead