The million-dollar question that begs for an answer is: Why is it that an amateurish attempt to convert a handful of Muslims by fringe Hindu elements garners so much attention while large-scale systematic attempts to subvert Hinduism go unnoticed or are deliberately overlooked, asks Vivek Gumaste. The vociferous, high decibel, holier than thou protestations in Parliament against the alleged forced/induced conversion of 57 Muslim families in Agra by the Dharam Jagaran Samiti, a Rashtriya ... Rediff.com, 4 days ago
By deeming October 31, Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s birthday as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the BJP has rightly made amends for the short shrift that the great leader received at the hands of the Congress. By the same token, the BJP cannot be seen as being petty towards Indira, a leader who despite her flaws, did render yeoman service to the nation, says Vivek Gumaste. Dusk was setting in along India’s extensive western border with Pakistan -- from the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The real danger in India is not majoritarianism but minorityism, a bane we have already experienced. Majoritarianism in the India context means plurality and tolerance. No one needs to fear, says Vivek Gumaste. Shorn of its sanctimonious pretensions, its holier than thou posturing and its farfetched sociological ramifications, the volley of indignant protests triggered by the live broadcast on Doordarshan of the annual Vijaya Dashami oration of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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