Harsh Mander is an activist and author of several books including, Fractured Freedom: Chronicles from India’s Margins and Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India.
Articles by Harsh Mander
The regime and its hordes have silenced one more voice of dissent, of rationality, of youth and of laughter. How many more will be silenced?
The divisive campaign for Gujarat marks a low watershed in the lives of its five million Muslims
It’s astounding that an adult woman has been denied the right to choose her faith and partner. This is contrary to every guarantee in the Constitution
The law guarantees that around half a person’s calorie requirements would be provisioned nearly free through the PDS. But because of the demand that every ration card must be linked to Aadhaar, Santoshi’s family which was admittedly the poorest household in the village, became one among those that fell through the cracks. The law guarantees school meals to children in school, but poverty had led to the family pulling Santoshi out of school.
The BJP can ignore India’s Muslims and still win power. But they can ignore mounting Dalit anger against upper-caste hate violence and injustice only at their own peril
International research shows that decisions about cash tend to be made by men in a family. There is little guarantee that men will spend the cash transferred to the family on nutrition for the young child. Cash is also vulnerable to inflation, whereas food transfers are inflation-proof
Jharkhand’s Religious Freedom Bill, 2017, primarily targets Christians, and goes against the freedom of religious belief in India’s Constitution
In Part 7 of Let’s Talk About Hate, Harsh Mander explores if a new law against lynching could combat hate crimes
In Portland, US, white co-passengers heroically came to the rescue of the children, and paid for this with their lives. In India, not one passenger came forward when Junaid was lynched
It is important to acknowledge the contributions of IPS officers like Rajnish Rai and Satish Verma, who are willing to stake their careers for truth and justice
There are almost no jobs available in India’s high-growth economy. Job creation has plummeted to levels even below those of preceding UPA governments. Of the one million new people who join the workforce every month, only 0.01% of new workers added to the work force actually found work.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat may have called for a nationwide ban on cow slaughter only now, but the rot had set in much earlier
Rohith Vemula’s is one of the most damning and painful indictments of the India and the world today which we have crafted together.
What is less recognised of the so-called Gujarat Model is the systematic reduction of India’s religious minorities to second-class citizenship... The second-class citizenship of Muslims extends also to Christians, Dalits and tribal people in Gujarat as well
Do not expect this government to muster the moral and political resolve required to undertake large redistributive expenditures for India’s poor masses
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP-RSS combine is using its usual communal card. The Samajwadi Party is complicit. Rahul Gandhi has tried to raise some relevant issues, but it’s not backed by credible evidence of sustained ground-level engagement. That leaves the BSP-led Mayawati. If indeed the Dalit and Muslim voters across UP heed Mayawati’s call, it is she who will form the next government in Lucknow
Apart from the long shadows that the Haryana police biryani raids cast on Eid festivities, the even more permanent damage they inflicted was on the livelihoods of thousands of poor Muslims
The Kandhamal communal violence should not be forgotten because for many of its victims justice has been denied
The Dalit anger in Gujarat and elsewhere is against the traditions that have weighed down the community over centuries
The fury and indignation of upper caste organisations that members of their caste could even be invited to apply for the post of a sanitation worker is instructive about how entrenched the idea of caste remains in India.
The recent ruling of the special SIT court in the massacre of 64 people in the Gulberg Society in Ahemdabad in 2002 illustrates the limits of the possibilities of full justice in the context of persisting institutional bias
The judicial panel on the Muzaffarnagar riots frees the politicians from any culpability and legitimises the communal version about the violence
The recent protests in university campuses were not only a battle for freedom of speech but also a demand for acceptance of disadvantaged students
Stigma and law must apply equally to those who participate in terror crimes and to those who target people for their religious or caste identity
The Indian Medical Association needs to introspect on the state of private medical services in an unequal market-led India writes Harsh Mander