Kheng ho Toh
This post is a follow-up to my earlier article, “Terror Has No Religion – Debunking The Regressive Left’s Clichés. Here I want to focus on how Regressive Leftists are complicit in perpetuating the victimhood complex that fuels fascist ideologies such as Islamism and Hindutva.
Once content to work hard behind the scenes, civil society has been pushed to the wall and has no choice but to assert that its actions and struggles for a more participatory democracy are responsible for almost every lasting transformative change in Indian society.
The 23rd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December brought the usual suspects into action. Ayodhya's ritualistic deployment and strategic usage by various groups every year has made its invocation quite mundane yet potent enough to cause frenzied reactions. I believe that the responses so far to the Ayodhya dispute have excluded the dynamic by which sacred spaces function. Comprehending how these spaces work can throw valuable light on how to approach them.
Riot variables have a positive and statistically significant effect on BJP's vote share. For example, a one percent increase in the number of riots in a district improves BJP's vote share by 4.4 percent. Similarly, a percent increase in the number of people killed in riots within a district increase BJP's vote share by 2.9 percent.
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After the literal amputation of it in August 1947, what happened in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, is arguably the most grievous, still-festering, self-inflicted wound on the original idea of India. I believe most Indians, in their heart of hearts, would wish to see it healed. I know that most Indians, in their heart of hearts, believe that this is wishful thinking.
So what if it's an individual award--let it be dedicated once to the ordinary Indian who works everyday to keep this country together with our faith, tolerance, commitment and taxes.