Communal agenda and Hindi press in a globalizing India

[Editor’s Note: This is First in 3 part series based on a chapter ‘Communal agenda and Hindi press in a globalizing India’ by Dr Arvind Das in a forthcoming book Religion, Politics and Media: German and Indian Perspectives, Edited by: Detlef Briesen, Sigrid Baringhorst & Arvind Das, published by Palm Leaf Publications, New Delhi]

Dr Arvind Das,

Why capital punishment will continue in India

By Amulya Ganguli

Notwithstanding the efforts made by the saffron lobby to pretend that Yakub Memon's religion had nothing to do with his hanging, the belief that the two are inextricably linked will not fade away. As a matter of fact, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy, who was a member of the BJP before being chosen for the Raj Bhavan post, can be said to have let the cat out of the bag by saying that those who opposed Memon's hanging were potential terrorists.

No politics with our feelings please

By Aziz A. Mubaraki,

As everybody else has an opinion on Yakub Memon’s death by decree of law, irrespective of the fact that it is unlikely to change anything for him now, I still feel the urge to put things across in a simple, impartial and logical way. So, without wasting words on immaterial issues like whether he should have been extended leniency and compassion, the attention at the moment should be on another more pertinent question. Was he eligible for such an “act of gracious kindness” for the crime he committed or was forced to be an accomplice in it?

Execution to satisfy the ‘hurt ego’ of a divided society

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

Yakub Memon was executed on the morning of July 30th, at the Central Jail in Nagpur. The ‘nationalists’ are celebrating and anchors are ‘informing’ that we have send a ‘strong’ message against terrorism and that no ‘terrorist’ will ever think of attempting to redo it again. We saw his funeral in Mumbai where thousands turn up despite attempt by media as well as authorities to play it down.

The legacy of APJ Abdul Kalam

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

क्या मुस्लिम सिर्फ ‘आतंकवादी’ और ‘राष्ट्रद्रोही’ ही रहेगा?

नैयर इमाम,

कुछ दिनों पहले फूलन देवी की पुण्यतिथि बीती है. मल्लाह जाति से आने वाली फूलन देवी का सामूहिक बलात्कार उच्च जाति के दबंगों ने किया और उन्होंने प्रतिशोध में हथियार उठा लिया. उनके इस कदम को बुद्धिजीवियों ने ‘क्रांतिकारी’ कदम कहा है क्योंकि यह जातीय संघर्ष के लिए था. उनके इस क्रांतिकारी क़दम ने उन्हें 'बैंडिट क्वीन' बना दिया. अपने यौवन से लेकर उम्र ढ़लने के पड़ाव तक फूलन देवी और उनकी गैंग ने हज़ारों जाने निगल लीं मगर कोई सज़ा नहीं. ढलती उम्र में आत्मसमर्पण कर उन्होंने अपने सारे पाप धो लिए और संसद तक पहुंच गयीं.

Memon’s hanging revives debate about ‘Us vs Them’

While we must not forget all these instances of discrimination, we must also remember that during the same period, it was Hindu activists who stood by Muslims. It was Hindu police officers, Hindu lawyers and Hindu judges who helped Muslims get justice in many cases.

By Shaheen Naqshbandi

Politicising the military: A strategic blunder

By Admiral Arun Prakash (retd)

India's armed forces, apart from their role of safeguarding the nation, provide a bright strand in the national fabric, which represents the ideals of integrity, discipline, secularism and professional excellence.

An eye for an eye and the blinding of Indian justice

By Jayshree Bajoria

On his 54th birthday, Yakub Memon took the last, loneliest walk of his life – to the hangman’s noose. Memon was executed for his involvement in a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993 that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 others.

His looming execution sparked a debate in India over the merits of his sentence and more broadly India’s decision to retain the death penalty even as nearly two-thirds of countries around the world have abandoned this cruel, inhumane, and degrading form of punishment either in law or in practice.

In their gloomy isolation after Memon hanging, Muslims turn to Owaisi

By Saeed Naqvi

In the night of the tyrants,

Who calls my name from afar?

I must climb the scaffolding of the gallows to see beyond the prison parapets.

Have they waylaid the caravan of the new dawn?

"Majrooh Sultanpuri"

I had turned up in Mumbai to cover the aftermath of the 1993 bomb blasts. On my way to meet Rusi Karanjia editor of Blitz and journalist Olga Tellis, at the US Club in Cuff Parade, I tried to engage with my Muslim taxi driver. "How were Muslims reacting to the blasts."