HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Harsh Mander

Delhi’s indifference to 1984 riots led to other massacres

It was Delhi’s deliberate amnesia and indifference to the lives mangled by that great frenzy of collective hate which paved the way for other massacres in other cities, writes Harsh Mander.

Need to clean our biases first, then our streets

The country is ostensibly in the throes of a great social movement for sanitation. Cleaning India requires dismantling the deadweight of India’s inequalities and the neglect of women and  people of disadvantaged castes and religions.

‘Gujarat model’ of communal politics flourishing in UP

Social hatred has replaced the tradition of shared living in Uttar Pradesh. This will render the next generation much more amenable to communal politics, writes Harsh Mander.

The silence on the rising communal tempers is deafening

In the three months since Modi’s spectacular triumph, many corners of the country have begun to smoulder in slow fires of orchestrated hate against India’s Muslims and this is mostly unnoticed by the majority, writes Harsh Mander.

India's courts in the dock, fail to give justice to Dalit village

The acquittal of the 21 men serving life terms in the 1991 Tsundur massacre once again confirms that for the oppressed, justice is hard to secure, writes Harsh Mander.

Bengali Muslims can't be ‘cleansed’ by massacres and rhetoric

The Bodo Territorial Council had appointed surrendered Bodo militants as foresters, and armed them with rifles. The surrendered militants never had been seriously disarmed by the state government.

Is rejection of UPA the rejection of secularism, welfarism?

The dust has settled on India’s most massive, noisy, expensive and bitterly fought election. This was no ordinary election. What was waged was no less than a battle for India’s soul. Harsh Mander writes.

Be prepared to stand alone

If the hot political winds blow in a direction opposed to our pluralist idea of India, we need to speak out against the politics of hate and injustice.

Here's how you could stop the next communal riots

Sometimes laws if crafted with courage, wisdom and compassion carry the potential to change the destinies of a people. One such law — if we get it right — is the communal violence law, writes Harsh Mander.

A more caring touch

In the two years left of its tenure, the UPA must return to a just system of governance that offers dignity, justice and hope to the lives ordinary people lead. Harsh Mander writes.

Suffering without end

Even as we celebrate the sullied ‘spirit’ of the Olympic Games, there’s still time to work for the uplift of the Bhopal victims who haven’t got justice yet. Harsh Mander writes.

Let the healing begin

The Naroda Patiya ruling shows that secular democracy is never given to any people, it has to be constantly claimed, and reclaimed. Harsh Mander writes.

One step at a time

India has changed in the dreams young Sahariyas see today. Death by starvation is not an uncommon calamity among the people of the Sahariya tribe of Baran district in eastern Rajasthan. Harsh Mander writes.

No talisman anymore

The most disadvantaged person in Gujarat has two choices — an authoritarian, business-friendly government or one that affirms her dignity and cares about her needs, writes Harsh Mander.

Get the basics right

It is not by threatening rapists with death that violence against women will end. We need to ensure that gender equality becomes a way of life. Harsh Mander writes.
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