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Rizwan Qaiser (1960–2021)

Rizwan Qaiser, professor of history at Jamia Millia Islamia, succumbed to COVID-19 on 1 May. His scholarship on Maulana Azad filled a lacuna in Indian historiography.
His work and public life was marked by an unflinching commitment to secularism.

Minority Claims and Majoritarian Anxieties

An exploration of the judicial and legislative responses to the claim for minority status by the Jains in post-independence India reveals the state's deep-seated disquiet about the idea of minority rights. Both the state and the courts, notwithstanding their commitment to these rights, viewed the demand of Jains with suspicion and detrimental to "national unity." This article hopes to demonstrate that the case of Jains is in fact quite central to the way in which definitions and understandings of minority and majority have come to be interpreted in our polity.

Clarification on CBI and Amit Shah Article

It has been brought to my notice that the news story ("Geetha Johri Report Speaks of 'Collusion of State Government'" by Neena Vyas, Hindu, 5 May 2007) cited in the commentary I wrote ("Brushing Aside the Conspiracy Angle", 24 January 2015) had been rebutted by the Government of Gujarat, followin

Brushing Aside the Conspiracy Angle (UPDATED)

The order by the Central Bureau of Investigation providing a clean chit to former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah has wiped out the entire slate of the Supreme Court's intervention in various encounter death cases. The discharge of the "lynchpin" of the conspiracy despite voluminous material providing strong grounds for proceeding with the trial will ultimately raise questions about judicial independence.

An Architect of Conscience

Mukul Sinha’s death remained largely beyond the limelight amid the din over Narendra Modi’s anointment as the next Prime Minister. His steadfastly resolve and meticulous eye for detail, strengths he demonstrated while dealing with hostile administration in several cases, will remain a guiding light for many activists.   

Rape of Justice in Shopian

It appears that the Indian state’s mantra, when it comes to dealing with minorities, Kashmiris and the peoples of northeast is that “justice must not be done, and it must never be seen to be done”.

Batla House 'Encounter'

The recent revelations by the Central Bureau of Investigation to the S essions Court that the Special Cell had falsely implicated two Muslim youths, I rshad Ali and Mohammad Qamar as Al-Badr terrorists raises serious questions over the methods and motives of the S pecial Cell.

Avenging Angels and Nurturing Mothers

Feminists who have argued for the primacy of women's identity and solidarity have been presented with a dilemma with the rise of women's militancy in the Hindu Right. This paper, through an exploration of the role of the Sevika Samiti and the Durga Vahini in creating the militant cadre of women, contends that gender identity does not exist as primordially but is invented, created, resisted and subverted at the fulcrum of multiple identities. The entire oeuvre of practice, both discursive and material - the imagery of Bharat mata, the valiant historical figures and subservient mythical wives - all allow women to become avenging angels in moments of crisis. When these moments ebb away, they return to the mode of nurturing mothers and obedient wives.

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