Sikhs fight French law on turbans

Sikhs have gone to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to challenge a French law banning the wearing of turbans for ID documents. The United Sikhs organisation filed a complaint on behalf of French national Shingara Mann Singh, 52, who was refused a replacement driver’s licence. By law […]

Faith accompli

The Sethusamudram ‘debate’ is about mythology being used once again for political ends By Sitaram Yechury T HE LAST day of the Budget session in Parliament saw heated debates in both Houses on the Sethusamudram Project. This controversy merits a revisit as the debate drifted towards replacing historical inquiry and […]

Hindi Pages (June 2007)

Hindi Pages (June 2007)

Gujarat: Symptoms of Hindu Nation

By Dr. Ram Puniyani Chandra Mohan, a gifted art student of the faculty of arts of Sayajirao Giakwad University, Baroda had to be in jail for five days (May 2007) for the ‘crime’ of painting an assignment for his degree. The problem was that the painting he made was not […]

Chennai Cricket Club bans dhoti

By T M Veeraraghav Chennai: India it appears still has not grown out of its colonial hangover. Chennai’s prestigious cricket club is in the middle of a controversy for disallowing a civil servant entry because he was clad in a veshti – the traditional Tamil attire. But the club maintains […]