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Are we a nation of pseudo-secularists?

Are we a nation of pseudo-secularists?

Are we a nation of pseudo-secularists?

Aswini Mohapatra, Mridula Mukherjee, Harbans Mukhia The staunch secular nationalism of India has forced communalists to pretend to be secular and nationalist Mridula Mukherjee To answer this question, we first need to understand the meaning and context of the term ‘pseudo-secular’. It is a term propounded by the ideologues of Hindu communalism to delegitimise and

Learning to run twice as fast

N.K. Singh It is no mean achievement that the daunting fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP for the past year was met. Beyond the 3.2% fiscal deficit target for the current year, the government has accepted a 3% target thereafter. Continuing this trend in the future will enable the realisation of the preferred 60%

In four doses: On malaria vaccines

Beginning next year, the World Health Organisation will begin pilot tests of the injectable malaria vaccine RTS,S (or Mosquirix) on 750,000 children aged 5-17 months in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. The vaccine has been successfully put through a Phase III trial, in which the drug is tested for safety and efficacy. Any decision on wider

RK Nagar bypoll cancellation: A damning indictment

By cancelling the by-election to the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission has gone well beyond indicting the ruling AIADMK (Amma), and its candidate and deputy general secretary, T.T.V. Dhinakaran. In its elaborate order, the EC also raised the possibility of disqualifying a candidate for a period up to six

Till the next port of call

Alexandre Ziegler Mission Jeanne d’Arc, made up of the amphibious assault ship/landing platform dock (LPD), Mistral, and the frigate, Courbet, called at the Mumbai port between March 29 and April 3, having set sail from the French military base in Djibouti before heading for Vietnam. It is for the third consecutive year that France has

Mind the treatment gap

Vani S.Kulkarni, Raghav Gaiha The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform. According to the Bill, every person will have the right to access mental health care operated or funded by the government; good quality and affordable health care; equality

At home in India

Pulapre Balakrishnan North Indian coexistence with ‘dark-skinned’ south Indians spells the defeat of the Aryan supremacist project Even before the remarks made by former Member of Parliament Tarun Vijay had been aired on international television, it was clear that we were in for a rambunctious debate on racism in India. After news of the unspeakably

Positives, challenges for 2017

Shivaji Sarkar In the aftermath of the demonetisation decision that has led to nationwide debates and discussions, the creditable performance of the Modi Government on the international front, highway construction, dole-denial or decision-making, has slipped into the background The note-ban is to change the course of economy and politics in 2017. It has raised aspirations

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