Balbir Punj

Ambedkar Versus His Apostles

The “outburst of Dalit outrage’’ during the all-India ‘bandh’ on April 2 has been sought to be explained as an assertion of their right to humanity by apologists of the violence that marred the protes

20 hours ago

Yearning for minority status

The Karnataka govt has recommended minority status for Lingayats. The moot question: Why do sections of Hindus seek a minority tag?

05 Apr 2018

Dancing with a two-faced dragon

China’s foreign minister has said New Delhi and Beijing should come together. But under the current circumstances this is wishful thinking

22 Mar 2018

Xi shows how Marxism kills democracy

China’s leader could rule forever. For most of us brought up in a plural society, this Orwellian construct appears too convoluted to be true

08 Mar 2018

Pak not just a country, it’s an idea

Pakistan has been at war with its own cultural roots, rejecting pre-Islamic India. This divisive idea transcends geographical boundaries

22 Feb 2018

Caught between Marx and Market

Kerala’s CPM leaders, who preach austerity in public life, have now been hit by a series of scandals exposing their lifestyles

03 Feb 2018

The indian marxist’s role models

Recently, Indian Communists have been going gaga over authoritarian regimes in China and North Korea. Is that the India they want?

20 Jan 2018

The British divide us even today

The British exploited the fault lines in India to serve their imperial ends. The Maharashtra violence is a result of that colonial legacy

06 Jan 2018

Will Rahul now shed his Hindu image?

The new Congress president went on a temple-hopping spree during the Gujarat campaign. Since the elections are over ...

23 Dec 2017

Ayodhya and ‘secularism’ in action

Litigation over the Ayodhya issue is over a century old. The ‘secularists’ have a vested interest in keeping the dispute alive

09 Dec 2017

Will the next king allow temples?

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has promised a ‘return’ to ‘moderate Islam’. But the kingdom, with its ties to Wahhabis, was never moderate

25 Nov 2017

Tipu, Hitler and religious tolerance

The controversial Sultan and the Nazi dictator targeted specific religions. Both fought against the British. Yet only one is reviled

11 Nov 2017

Do Muslims feel safe anywhere?

In an open letter to Hamid Ansari, the author addresses the former vice president’s comments on minorities

19 Aug 2017

Yes, we are an ‘Intolerant’ Nation

Rajesh, a Dalit RSS worker, was hacked to death in Kerala. But our ‘secular intellectuals’ as usual ignored this Leftist intolerance

05 Aug 2017

Madrasas a bane for Muslims

In the backdrop of the Basirhat riots, it is necessary to talk about the dangers of unapproved madrasas in india

22 Jul 2017