BJP’s “Love Jehad” Politics: Hating Love, Loving Hate

(We take a close look at BJP’s politics that brands interfaith marriage as “love jehad”, and is trying to enact laws criminalising such relationships. We also include a report of AIPWA’s meeting with victims of such a law in UP.)

What is “love jehad”?

“Love jehad” is the term used by the RSS and BJP to spread hatred against interfaith marriages in which the man is Muslim and the woman Hindu.

Bihar: Facts Bust NDA’s Sushasan Claims

Nitish Kumar has been CM of Bihar for a nearly unbroken 15 years (with a brief interval in which Jitan Ram Manjhi replaced him). Between 2005 and 2015, he presided over an NDA regime. The NDA was trounced in the 2015 polls, and Nitish Kumar became CM in a Mahagathbandhan government with the RJD. But the NDA stole the mandate with Nitish Kumar allying with the BJP which  the people of Bihar had so comprehensively rejected.

Invoking 'Contempt' To Crush Criticism

THE 'contempt of court' judgement against Prashant Bhushan will go down as one of the most bizarre verdicts ever given by the Supreme Court of India. The apex Court took suo motu cognizance of two tweets by Bhushan and delivered a verdict running into more than one hundred pages holding him guilty of not just 'contempt' of court but destabilisation of the constitutional foundation of justice and democracy.

And Quiet Flows the Sarayu

WITH the initiation of the actual construction of Ram Mandir on the ruins of the Babri Masjid, and that on the first anniversary of the imposition of the longest – and still continuing – period of brutalization of the lone Muslim majority state in India, the temple town on the bank of Sarayu has been given a fresh coat of political saffron.

5 August vs 15 August: Save Constitution, Save India

THE 5 August 2020 Bhoomi Poojan, or the foundation-laying ceremony, of the Ram Mandir now legally sanctioned by the Supreme Court to replace the Babri Masjid demolished nearly twenty-eight years ago, has been the most decisive political and ideological statement made by the RSS-BJP establishment in the middle of the raging epidemic and its complement, the protracted state of lockdown continuing since 25 March.

Delhi Riots Revisited

The targeted communal violence in North East Delhi took place in February. Nearly six months have passed since then.

What new facts have emerged since February, about the perpetrators of the violence, and the motives for it?

What course has the Delhi Police investigation taken? What action is the Delhi Police taking on the available evidence?

SHGs and Microfinance Companies: Legalised Usury in the Name of 'Self-Reliance'

RURAL society in Bihar has seen a big change in recent times, and rural women have an important role in this change. ASHA workers, Rasoiyas, Anganwadi Sevikas-Sahayikas, Jeevikas and other sec-tions of working women have changed the structure of rural life. Earlier, they used to have no work other than work in the fields, but now they are engaged in other work also. Their organizations and movements are mostly led by Left organizations, but unfortunately the Jeevika SHG has only a single organization and that is the BJP-run BMS.

'Freedom from Debt' Campaign Catches On in Villages of Hooghly District

IN 2006 Bangladeshi banker and social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus got the Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering role in promoting microcredit and microfinance. He got the award jointly with the Grameen Bank he had founded in October 1983. The idea was to free rural women from the tentacles of usury by giving them small loans and helping them with collective entrepreneurship. Since then Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) have emerged as a major lending vehicle among rural women across the developing world.