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  • If you believe that nine separate attacks on churches and several others on Christian-run schools in the last six months are just random occurrences then you also probably believe in the tooth fairy.
  • Christians raise crosses
    Mar 27, 2015 22:28 IST

    Church attacks: Christians anxious, govt must assuage the fears

    If you believe that nine separate attacks on churches and several others on Christian-run schools in the last six months are just random occurrences then you also probably believe in the tooth fairy.

  • A battle lost for apartment owners?
    Mar 13, 2015 22:38 IST

    Justice delayed is justice denied: Unclog the system

    Perhaps no other case exemplifies judicial delay as much as the Uphaar fire that claimed 59 lives and left 103 injured in 1997. Now in its 18th year, the case has undergone the tortuous route of magisterial probe, CBI inquiry, adjournments and 344 hearings in the first seven years alone.

  • Muslims pray
    Feb 13, 2015 23:41 IST

    For most American Muslims, discrimination is a reality of their lives

    For most American Muslims, discrimination is a reality of their lives with 43% reporting discrimination in the last one year alone. The discrimination comes not just from ignorant red-necks but from those in positions of influence and leadership.

  • censor board
    Jan 30, 2015 23:57 IST

    If a film offends, you don't have to watch it

    The Central Board of Film Certification's job should be to issue age appropriate certification, not play a public morality nanny with scissors in hand at the slightest whiff of sex, politics and religion. A nation of Perpetually Hurt Sentiment has no shortage of moral minders, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • RSS activists
    Jan 16, 2015 22:37 IST

    All is well with 'I'm Charlie'. But, what about 'I'm Perumal'?

    At around the time that TV was breathlessly covering the 3.7 million people rally in Paris, there was considerably less attention on the protests in India against Tamil writer Perumal Murugan, whose novel Madhurobhagan was under attack, and who announced his retirement from writing, Namita Bhandare writes.

  • Protest against PK
    Jan 02, 2015 23:13 IST

    Aamir's PK under attack, 'Achhe din' in danger

    It's not a coincidence that the attack comes at a time when right-wing muscle flexing continues. But the PM has refused to utter a single word of disapproval, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • Modi in Australia
    Dec 19, 2014 22:02 IST

    BJP leaders' statements bolster Sangh’s view of glorious Hindu past

    Apart from expressions of disapproval in meetings, Modi has been silent and it’s not clear whether he is upset that his development agenda is being hijacked, lacks the clout to shake off the RSS or is playing the good cop/bad cop where he will make the right noises about governance, leaving the Hindutva brigade free to pursue their agenda.

  • Caste
    Dec 05, 2014 21:20 IST

    Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial

    We know that caste and untouchability persist in India. What we don’t know is the extent. Certainly, our politicians’ overt play of the caste card has ensured that their vote-banks stay intact, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • old man
    Nov 21, 2014 21:52 IST

    The 'elderly' need to be handled with care

    Unfortunately, for all our talk about ‘respecting age’, we regard wrinkles and grey hair with a measure of horror. When we talk of our demographic challenge, it is inevitably about ageing, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • Nov 07, 2014 22:33 ISTAnother Day

    In control of life and death

    The right to life, guaranteed by our Constitution, is incomplete without the right to die. Individuals must be allowed to choose how to live their lives, or end them, without being judged by religious leaders or hampered by their country’s laws.

  • Manohar Lal Khattar after he was elected as the New chief minister of Haryana
    Oct 24, 2014 22:45 ISTAnother Day

    A fresh elections and a new result; yet Harayana seems to be stuck right where it was

    At this point, Haryana is poised for change, not just in government but for a new deal and a new direction for its women. It certainly deserves a chief minister who is more empathetic and better informed. Not one who sounds like an echo chamber of the khap panchayats in his state.

  • Narendra Modi
    Oct 11, 2014 00:37 ISTAnother Day

    Time to clean up your act

    By placing the onus on individual participation, Narendra Modi is challenging every citizen. Can we actually stop to pick up and clean up our own mess, asks Namita Bhandare.

  • Garba
    Sep 26, 2014 22:56 IST

    Many degrees of separation

    A festival tells those who are not of our religious persuasion who we are and what moves us. Why do we fast or dance. Religion at its best embraces, not excludes which is precisely why we need to invite and not dis-invite those who don’t practise our beliefs

  • Cities
    Sep 12, 2014 23:11 IST

    Start off on the right foot: Walk and reach out

    As a heaving, aspirational India expands its cities and towns, space for walking seems to shrink proportionately. It’s a lesson that is being learned the hard way as nature brutally reasserts its supremacy, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • love jihad
    Aug 29, 2014 22:53 ISTanother day

    Cool tempers and ask: where is the evidence for love jihad

    Love jihad propaganda inflames communal passions and leads to hardening stands in an already polarised environment, made more fragile by social media and viral rumours, writes Namita Bhandare.