Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

By Promod Puri Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is a political, social, and even communal contamination which is almost annihilating the very roots of democracy in the country. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. In the recent maniacal violence over the film Padmaavat, both the ruling and opposition leaders have remained quite tight-lipped for reasons determined by politics. Silence is a sinister whip of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which has silenced the top brass of the once mighty Congress. Sonia Gandhi … Continue reading Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

Does America Have Caste System Too?

By Subramanian Shankar Professor of English (Postoclonial Literature and Creative Writing), University of Hawaii Class system breeds caste. That is what happened in the Hindu society of India centuries ago when Manu froze the class stratification into caste segmentation. The same is happening in the USA as it is developing its own caste system. The following article by the imminient scholar explains. -Promod Puri. In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans’ new tax plan is a weapon of “class warfare,” or accusations that … Continue reading Does America Have Caste System Too?

Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is an epidemic virus which is almost annihilating the very roots of its democracy. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. Both the ruling and opposition leaders have remained quite tight-lipped in the recent maniacal violence over the film Padmavat. Silence is a whip which has silenced the top brass of the once mighty Congress. It is also being used against other non-BJP parties. Silence is generating fear and apathy in all sections of the Indian society. When the … Continue reading Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat