A Brief Story of Shuklaji and Rameez’s Namaaz-e-Jumma

26/Aug/2016, 1:40pm: I hurriedly went down from office to catch an auto-rickshaw to reach Masjid for the Friday congregational prayer (“Namaaz-e-Jumma’h”). As soon as I sat in the auto I realised that I had forgotten my wallet in my office in the rush. I requested the auto guy to drop me at the Masjid and wait till I pray (for 15-20 minutes) and drop me … Continue reading A Brief Story of Shuklaji and Rameez’s Namaaz-e-Jumma

“Paavam, kozhandhai, let her touch and play” – Benazir

When I was 8 or 9 years old, one of my neighbours took to me to the house of another neighbor during navratri when brahmin households keep golu (figurines arranged over a step-like apparatus). The hosts were traditional brahmins who lived in a grand house, the uncle – who would have been around 50 then, was tall, dignified with a booming voice and his wife … Continue reading “Paavam, kozhandhai, let her touch and play” – Benazir

Communal Violence in 2015 – Rise in Hatred and Polarization

Neha Dabhade Communal violence, polarization of communities and the institutionalization of hatred it results in; have emerged as most the prominent threats engulfing the country in the year 2015. This has spelled adverse repercussions on communal harmony and led to shrinking of democratic space. This year, figures available till October suggest that there were 650 incidents of communal violence in which 84 people lost their … Continue reading Communal Violence in 2015 – Rise in Hatred and Polarization