Articles by: Vineet Bhalla

The danger posed by the BJP Government’s repeated reliance on conspiracy theories of foreign interference

The danger posed by the BJP Government’s repeated reliance on conspiracy theories of foreign interference

During his speech in the Indian Parliament’s Lok Sabha, or Lower House, on Feb 9, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi spoke about ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’ plaguing the country, and the need to protect ourselves from it. This seems to be in reference to the expression of support for the farmers protesting around Delhi for the last two and a half[Read More…]

by 03/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
The illiberal vision outlined in the UP Government’s affidavit before the Allahabad High Court

The illiberal vision outlined in the UP Government’s affidavit before the Allahabad High Court

The recently promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversions Ordinance, 2020 [‘the Ordinance’], unofficially referred to as the ‘love jihad law’ by much of the news media, has been the subject of considerable discussion and analysis ever since it was enacted in November 2020. Its constitutionality was challenged by a public interest litigation filed before the High Court of[Read More…]

by 02/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Why politicization is not the bad thing it is made out to be, and the case for politicizing public grievances

Why politicization is not the bad thing it is made out to be, and the case for politicizing public grievances

These days it has become a common invective to denounce particular popular actions as ‘political’ or ‘politicized’ in order to delegitimize them. This is a tactic that has traditionally been employed by all ruling parties in India’s political history, but has become an especially handy tool for the Bharatiya Janta Party and its supporters within the media and public. The[Read More…]

by 01/22/2021 Comments are Disabled India