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Articles by: Ananda Maitreya

Plurinationalism, Pancasila –  and the pettiness of Hindu Nationalism

Plurinationalism, Pancasila –  and the pettiness of Hindu Nationalism

   The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, seems to be in some sort of a pickle, at the time of writing, in the process of seeking a fourth term of presidency. Earlier, in 2016, he had not exactly endeared himself to the citizens of Bolivia when he decided to run for a fourth term as president, in defiance of existing laws[Read More…]

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Protests, protest everywhere, but not (a major) one in India?

Protests, protest everywhere, but not (a major) one in India?

The world seems roiled by a “million mutinies now,” to use a term used by VS Naipaul to describe a situation in India in the 1980s. Yet, while India still might be witnessing a million small mutinies…there is hardly any countrywide or even more localized mass movement which encompasses, expresses and embraces the protests of all the disadvantaged classes in[Read More…]

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The Land of Buddh, The Land of Yuddh

The Land of Buddh, The Land of Yuddh

  In a remark made by Narendra Modi at the UNGA recently, he observed, not for the first time as a broad theme, that India was a land of peace and not a land of war, with obvious reference to Pakistan’s allegations against India’s actions in Kashmir. He reportedly said: “Hum us desh ke vaasi hain jisne vishwa ko Yuddh[Read More…]

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Is Kashmir today worse off than Gaza?

Is Kashmir today worse off than Gaza?

The parallels between Kashmir and Palestine have been drawn for quite a while now – and there have been instances of solidarity based on similarity of circumstances between Palestinians and Kashmiris. Most recently, several important Palestinian news outlets like the 972 magazine, Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss have denounced the ongoing events in Kashmir which had a special constitutional provision abrogated by the Indian state on Aug 5 followed by a[Read More…]

The luxury of lazy thinking: Why Barkha Dutt is off the mark on Kashmir reporting

The luxury of lazy thinking: Why Barkha Dutt is off the mark on Kashmir reporting

  In a recent Washington Post article, ​well-known Indian journalist ​Barkha Dutt railed against what she called the “living hell vs. happy place” narrative that seem​s​ to dominate rec​e​nt news reporting on Kashmir. She ​informs the reader ​that she has been ​relaying news from Kashmir for 25 years​,​ so knows a thing or two about issues in Kashmir. Fair enough – we cannot take her Kashmir experience[Read More…]

Kashmir – and the strange paralysis of the Indian civil society

Kashmir – and the strange paralysis of the Indian civil society

There were no black-bordered newspaper announcements of either the abrogation of the Articles 370 and 35A or the immediate clampdown imposed on Kashmir, effected as they were by devious and totalitarian, unconstitutional means. There was no broadcast-in-the-dark by any TV broadcaster. And, in the days following there was no running count of the days of incarceration for the entire valley,[Read More…]