Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

  The silence has been broken. A protest initiated in June 2017 by the #NotInMyName campaign spread to 26 cities and towns across India. Thousands of Indians stood up to say NO to hatred and violence in the name of religion and caste. That was a moment of pause. Even the Prime Minister spoke up, briefly, but there has…

In the Name of Junaid?

In the Name of Junaid?

    “Why are you mourning Junaid’s death?” the boy next door was asking me.  Was he asking for an explanation of my act of mourning or a narration of Junaid’s death? I was perplexed.  Assuming it was the latter I directed his eyes to a headline in the newspaper. “Oh that recent train killing?”…

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

When the #NotInMyName hashtag spread across India’s streets and social media, it felt dauntingly familiar to me: The ever growing number of Jews around the world that protest Israeli atrocities and apartheid against the Palestinian people hold up the very same placards. This is not a mere coincidence of slogans but reflects the deep common…

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

BJP under Modi government had pushed its core Hindutva agenda to the limits,  veteran LK Advani’s main agenda of Ram Mandir was not enough for NDA II, Cow politics was raised vehemently and cow vigilantes groups were backed by BJP and grew since as early as 2009.   The then Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi not…

#NotInMyName #NoMoreLynching

#NotInMyName #NoMoreLynching

    Today, 28 June 2017, our citizens have planned simultaneous protests across the country and in some other parts of the world. Some of the protests are also scheduled for June 29th and July 1st, 2017. The protests are against the countrywide targeted lynchings. Most recently, 16-year-old Junaid was lynched on 23 June 2017…