Hindutva: Mere Materialism?

There have been a number of opinion pieces published in the past few days in which the authors, some of whom have considerable foothold in the current establishment, have declared that there is a new version of Hindutva in place now - one that is focused solely on the safety and material welfare of the... Continue Reading →

Time For A Relook At Freedom Of Speech?

There is great euphoria in the country over the fantastic repeat victory of Sri Narendra Modi. In a few days, he will take oath - for the second time - as the Prime Minister of India. Naturally, supporters and well wishers are delighted. A section of the supporters have also expressed hope that a lot... Continue Reading →

The Core Manifesto

(Will be implemented when those who are pretending to be sleeping wake up) Core promises to extend the rights guaranteed towards religious freedom and to establish educational institutions under Articles 29 and 30 to all citizens, including SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities. Suitable amendments to the Constitution will be made to bring this to effect.... Continue Reading →

Minorities in India: Who Decides?

In the year 2017, Sri Ashwini Upadhyay, a lawyer and senior BJP leader had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court of India asking, primarily, for section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act of 1992 to be declared as void and unconstitutional. He later withdrew the petition stating that he would approach... Continue Reading →

Constitutional Morality And Religious Practices

In the recent Sabarimala judgment, one of the 'principles' used by the honourable judges was that of 'Constitutional morality' to decide that the ancient practice of restricting women of a certain age from entering the Sri Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala was unconstitutional. The conclusion drawn was that the rights under the Constitution that were related... Continue Reading →

Article 25 and Religious Practices

Article 25 of our Constitution is what grants us the right to freedom of religion. Its exact reading is as below. ============================= 25. Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion (1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to... Continue Reading →

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