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10 times BJP leaders turned offensive
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10 times BJP leaders turned offensive

Syed Firdaus Ashraf lists 10 instances when the BJP didn't pull its punches. The storm over Mani Shankar Aiyar's remark calling Narendra D Modi 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man), has not blown over. Even as the Congress suspended Aiyar from membership of the party, the Bharatiya Janata Party went all out to make political capital from the episode.   Modi quickly pounced on the remark: 'Shriman Mani Shankar Aiyar said Modi is of 'neech' (lower) caste and is 'neech' (vile).' 'Is this not ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Rahul is a Hindu, so is Zakir Naik, and Amit Shah

Syed Firdaus Ashraf on the futility of the 'Who is a Hindu?' debate. Some people are young and immature, and grow up later in life. Some people refuse to grow up -- and I fall in this category I feel.   In the 1990s when India was engulfed in communal riots, my friends and I had no idea what was happening around us. We only knew some basic facts -- that there was a mosque in Ayodhya called the Babri Masjid at the spot which Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani claimed was the Ram ...
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Why Communism will never die

On November 7, which marks 100 years of the Russian Revolution, Syed Firdaus Ashraf recalls a conversation he once had on Communism. November 7, 2017 marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, '10 Days That Shook The World,' as John S Reed, the American journalist who reported on those tumultous events 100 years ago, called it. The call Karl Marx issued to the 'workers of the world' to unite was first realised when Lenin established a Communist State in Tsarist Russia. The Union of ...
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'Only Brahmins can defeat Brahminism'

'To all those then who talk about ending Brahminical hegemony, my advice is: Get the Brahmins on your side,' says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: Dalits block a highway during the Maharashtra bandh, January 3, 2018. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters As a student of journalism in the early 1990s, I once attended a Dalit rally where speaker after speaker spoke about the atrocities Brahmins had unleashed against the Dalit community.   After the rally, I called on my journalism guru, the ...
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'When dealing with history laws don't matter, emotions do'

'No country has a richer history than India. We cannot let someone twist our history.' IMAGE: Protests against the release of Padmaavat. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters The raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmaavat, set for release on January 25, refuses to die down. After the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 18, paved the way for the film's nationwide release by lifting the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Rajput Karni Sena has called for a 'janata ...
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The Muslim cleric who said madrasas produce terrorists

'Nobody knows what they teach in madrasas.''If we do not adapt to the ways of the modern world, how will we progress as a community?''How will these children compete in the modern world?' IMAGE: There are 19,000 registered madrasas in Uttar Pradesh and another 4,000 unregistered ones in the state.Kindly note photograph only published for representational purposes. Photograph: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Syed Wasim Rizvi set off a controversy when he ...
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Jignesh Mevani: BJP is afraid of me

'Dalits are not going to vote for the BJP in 2019.' IMAGE: Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani addresses the Hunkar rally in New Delhi, December 9, 2017. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo On January 9, 2018, the Yuva Hunkar rally -- which featured controversial Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani as one of the speakers -- had a turnout of around 3,000 people. Mevani tells Syed Firdaus Ashraf why Dalits are angry and disillusioned with the Narendra D Modi government.   What was the Hunkar ...
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'Padmavat is an insult to India's identity'

'If the film is not released, there will be a loss of only Rs 200 crore.' 'But if it is released, for many years the soul and pride of our nation will be sold.' IMAGE: A protest against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his movie Padmavat. Photograph: PTI Photo The Central Board of Film Certification has cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati after changing its name to Padmavat and suggesting some modifications. The movie will most likely release on January 25. The Rajput Karni Sena, which ...
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The journalist who exposed Aadhaar

'Your phone number, your birth of date, your parent's name, your address, your photographs, I have everything with me.' Do you think your Aadhaar data is safe and secure with the government? Then meet Rachna Khaira, a reporter at The Tribune newspaper who has been named in an FIR by the Delhi police in connection with a report on the breach of details of over one billion Aadhaar cards. Khaira, below, exposed the loopholes in Aadhaar's digital security thanks to which she says they are ...
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'BJP hasn't given up its Brahminical vision for India'

'The Constitution, which talks about democracy and equality, is something that will be applied in this country, and not Manusmriti in which the RSS believes.' IMAGE: Dalits protest during the Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday, January 3, in Dharavi, Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi As violence in Pune spread to other parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday, January 2, the Pune police said it had received a complaint against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and student leader Umar Khalid for 'provocative' ...
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