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Kashi-Mathura Baki Hai: A Glimpse of Hindu Nationalism in Ayodhya

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  Ratnesh Katulkar The decade of 90s had witnessed two landmark political movements, Mandal and Kamandal. The Mandal movement was based on social justice while the Ram Mandir roused majoritarian emotions of religious injustice. The supporters of Ram Temple agitation, despite their rightwing religious coating, have seemed to put forth one logical argument. They used …

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‘Except the Brahmin, Kshatriya, and Vaishya everybody can be deprived of their citizenship rights very easily’ ~ Ratnesh Kalutkar

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  Dhamma Darshan Nigam People across India are protesting continuously against CAA, NRC and NPR for few months now. In this conversation, Dhamma Darshan Nigam discussed the people’s concern regarding CAA, NRC and NPR with Dr. Ratnesh Katulkar. Dhamma Darshan Nigam: Ratnesh ji, we are continuously hearing about CAA, NRC and NPR? What are they …

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Kashmir Problem: An Ambedkarite Solution

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Following its election manifesto, Modi led NDA government finally revoked Article 370 which gave a special status to Kashmir. Most of the parties supported this move while Congress seems to be divided on this issue until party leadership gave a statement against this move. The Hindu-nationalists forces are celebrating this decision as …

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How EVM is against the fundamentals of democracy

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  Ratnesh Katulkar When EVMs were introduced to the Indian electoral system, it was generally welcomed by all. We were told that these machines will reduce the election expenses and would help in serving environment as we no longer have to be dependent on paper. In addition, we were told that it will curb the …

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Rajputanis’ revolt against patriarchy, and the fake valor of Rajput patriarchy

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  Ratnesh Katulkar The Rajputs from medieval times (which is the actual period of their appearance in Indian soil) portray their patriarchal male valor and military dominance through various folklore. In the recent Padmavati protest, the Karni Sena- the new outfit of Rajputs once again showed their bravery by attacking a bus carrying school going …

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Bhima-Koregaon is History not a Myth: A Rejoinder to Teltumbde’s Lie

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Anand Teltumbde in a recent article claimed that the Dalits’ role in the legendary Bhima Koregaon battle is just a myth. But it is promoted well by the Dalits, including Dr Ambedkar. While leveling this charge Teltumbde, however, doesn’t present any evidence to support his argument. His approach in this statement was …

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Critical Analysis of Indian Historians’ Writings on Buddhism – Part 2

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Continued from here. It was during the Mauryan period, particularly at the time of Asoka, that India reached its zenith. There was an advanced stage of development in the field of architecture (which is visible in the remains of the Asokan inscriptions), science and technology, literature, administration and above all the emergence …

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Critical Analysis of Indian Historians’ Writings on Buddhism – Part 1

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Buddhism is one of the most prominent topics in the study of ancient Indian history. The reason for its presence and visibility in Indian history owes to its existence to a wide time scale traversed during the 6th century BC to 11th century AD. There is no doubt that many special and …