HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Harsh Mander

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.

An unfinished battle

The Food Security Bill is likely to be passed in the budget session. Unfortunately, the proposed bill is weak, with many disappointing and indefensible deletions, writes Harsh Mander.

Crumbs on the plate

India can create history by giving its citizens the legal right to food, but for that Parliament needs to clear the air of uncertainty that surrounds the food security bill, writes Harsh Mander.

Not biting the bullet

After several riots, it is clear that without legal justice communal incidents will continue to recur, destroying the precious legacy of India’s age-old pluralism. Harsh Mander writes.

It’s turning blood red

I am convinced about the impossibility of altruistic violence. If we oppose terrorist violence because it obstructs democratic institutions, exactly the same grounds require us to oppose Maoist violence as well. Harsh Mander writes.

Fighting for all of us

The wars Zakia Jafri and Shamima are waging remind us that secular democracy is never given freely to the people; it needs to be constantly claimed and reclaimed. Harsh Mander writes.

After the inferno

Thanks to the government’s lopsided policies, even a year after the communal clashes, peace in Assam remains fragile. Harsh Mander writes.

Yet another doctored riot

The Muzaffarnagar countryside in western Uttar Pradesh is reeling under the gravest communal clash the country has witnessed since the 2002 Gujarat carnage as many resolve never to return to the land of their ancestors. Harsh Mander writes.




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