Secular

  • Modi's 'secular friends' jibe 'shocking, unbecoming': Congress September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his dig at "secular friends" saying that the comments made on foreign soil were "shocking and ungracious" and had made India a "laughing stock" in Japan. "Shocking and unbecoming of a Prime Minister to mock secularism on foreign...
  • RSS's Hindutva claim a challenge to secular India: CPM August 20, 2014

    Chennai: The claim of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva its identity is a "challenge" to the concept of secular India, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday. "RSS head Mohan Bhagwat has repeated his claim time and again. It is a basic...
  • How Bollywood continues to live by its secular ethics August 2, 2014

    From a Muslim hero Yusuf Khan (Dilip Kumar) singing Hindu devotional songs, written by renowned lyricists Shakeel Badayuni, and composed by music by Naushad Ali, to actors choosing life partners irrespective of their religious backgrounds to Shah Rukh Khan calling his son AbRam, Bollywood has invariably presented the true and...
  • Advani welcomes Antony's 'honest soul searching' on Congress minority policy June 29, 2014

    Surajkund: BJP on Sunday welcomed the public admission of senior Congress leader AK Antony that his party's secularism is slanted in favour of minorities, calling it "honest soul searching" and said its position on the issue stood vindicated. BJP veteran LK Advani, who expressed this view while addressing the firsttime party...
  • Congress has always been committed to minorities: Rashid Alvi June 28, 2014

    Senior Congress leader AK Antony questioned party's leadership in Kerala for appeasing minorities for political gains. He said that the voters are worried whether the Congress can actually deliver social justice and equality when it indulges in minority appeasement. Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Antony's statement said "I haven't heard...
  • Congress leader Antony questions party's minority appeasement stand June 28, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader AK Antony has hit out at the party leadership in Kerala for appeasing minorities for political gains. He said that the voters are worried whether the Congress can actually deliver social justice and equality when it indulges in minority appeasement. He added that such an image...
  • Laptop distribution biggest socialist and secular scheme launched: Akhilesh Yadav June 26, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the ambitious laptop distribution scheme of his government was the "biggest secular and socialist scheme" in the state as it was implemented among the masses without any disparity. Replying to the debate on budget for 20142015 fiscal year which was presented in...
  • Secular parties should join hands and elect Mamata as leader: Congress May 15, 2014

    On the eve of the Lok Sabha election results, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Thursday suggested that all regional secular parties should come together and elect West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the leader to keep BJP out of power. Admitting that it may be difficult for Congress to form...
  • Muslims have nothing to fear from Modi, says Arun Shourie May 6, 2014

    Former National Democratic Alliance minister Arun Shourie has said Muslim fears about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are being deliberately stoked by some people. Speaking to CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, Shourie said that secularism has become a word which is being used by parties for political gains. ...
  • Muslim fears about Modi being stoked deliberately: Arun Shourie May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Former National Democratic Alliance minister Arun Shourie has said Muslim fears about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are being deliberately stoked by some people. Speaking to CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, Shourie said that secularism has become a word which is being used by parties for political...
  • Congress will play 'secularism' card to halt Narendra Modi march: BJP May 5, 2014

    Hyderabad: BJP on Monday alleged that Congress will use "trick of secularism in danger" to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister and appealed to voters in Seemandhra to support NDA to ensure that a hotchpotch coalition does not take over the reins in Delhi. "Congress will try its best...
  • WB: Mamata plays the secularism card against Modi with an eye on Muslim votes May 5, 2014

    Kolkata: A war of words has broken out between West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi ahead of the next phase of elections in West Bengal with the crucial Muslim vote at stake. "I demand...
  • Never claimed I will make India a paradise: Modi April 27, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Accusing Congress of "trying to hide in the bunker of secularism", Narendra Modi on Sunday said that it was fighting for its survival with even a 100seat mark in the new Lok Sabha appearing "an uphill task for it". Reacting sharply to Congress President Sonia Gandhi's accusation that his election...
  • Shazia Ilmi defends her comments on Muslims, calls it sarcastic April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has clarified that she was only speaking "sarcastically" when she asked a group of Muslim leaders to turn "communal". A video showing Ilmi exhorting some Muslim leaders to stop being secular went viral on social networking websites on Tuesday. In the video, Ilmi, the AAP...
  • Sonia Gandhi calls BJP, RSS danger to secularism April 16, 2014

    Addressing her first rally in Telangana after the Statehood Bill was passed, Congress President Sonia Gandhi hit out at the BJP and RSS calling them a danger to secularism. Sonia said, "Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives to save the secular values of the country and today the...
  • Congress alone could ensure unity of the country and protect values of secularism, says Mahesh Bhatt April 14, 2014

    Noted film-maker Mahesh Bhatt on Monday batted for the Congress saying it alone could ensure unity of the country and protect values of secularism. In a telephonic interview to IANS, he stressed on secularism as a key ingredient to keep the country united and strong. "Only the Congress can ensure unity...
  • MPs rating: Deve Gowda scored 6.15 out of 10 in performance April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister and Janta Dal Secular Chief HD Deve gowda is a five-time sitting MP from Hassan, Karnataka. He scored 6.15 on a scale of 10 in a survey conducted by CNN-IBN and ADR that rates our parliamentarians' performance. He scored 6.5 on 10 on the parameters of...
  • LS polls: Rahul Gandhi to campaign for Nandan Nilekani in Bangalore April 7, 2014

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will campaign on Monday for party candidates Nandan Nilekani, Rizwan Arshad and C Narayanaswamy contesting from the three Lok Sabha seats in Bangalore. "Gandhi will address a huge public meeting Monday evening in the National College grounds at Basavangudi, a part of the Bangalore South constituency,...
  • Congress will join any 'secular party' to avoid BJP at Centre: Antony March 31, 2014

    Kasargod: Discounting the chances of the BJP forming the government at the Centre, Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh "secular" front to keep the BJP out of power. "Any party, which is contesting against the Congress and the UPA...
  • Goa parties chant 'secular mantra' after Church vote appeal March 29, 2014

    A recent statement by Goa Church calling upon citizens to vote for "secular" candidates has stirred up a debate in the state's political arena, where parties are trying to show their commitment to secularism. With each party trying to project the statement in its favour, the media conferences are often found...
  • JDS Delhi unit president, members join AAP March 22, 2014

    Aam Aadmi Party got a shot in arm on Saturday after several members of the Janta Dal Secular (JDS) unit of Delhi, including the President, joined the party. The party welcomed Haji Ikram Hasan, Delhi President of JDS, in its fold alongwith Vice-Presidents Javed Khan and Khalid Mohammad Yamin, President of...
  • Modi attacks 'secular' parties, says it's a way to cover up failures March 2, 2014

    Lucknow: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Lucknow was an out-and-out attack on Samajwadi Party and Congress over their 'secularism' plank. "They say forget jobs, forget water, forget prices let's talk of secularism; it is under threat", said Modi taking a jibe at the two parties. He said that the...
  • Modi calls Third Front constituents 'migratory birds' February 22, 2014

    Agartala: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's angst regarding an upcoming non-Congress, non-BJP force once again came to the fore as he called the constituents of Third Front, 'migratory birds'. Modi who has in the past too taken potshots at the Third Front, said during a rally in Tripura on Saturday,...
  • Sonia talks about centuryold legacy of Congress to woo Kerala voters February 15, 2014

    Kochi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched party's Lok Sabha campaign in Kerala on Saturday reminding the voters of the party's centuryold legacy. Sonia tried to woo Kerala using the secular plank. Not naming him, Sonia targeted BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. She said, "The choice before the nation is...
  • Modi asks Odisha voters to ensure BJP wins all 21 Lok Sabha seats February 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi pitched for the Lok Sabha elections asking people in Odisha to elect BJP candidates in all the 21 seats in the state while addressing a rally in Bhubaneswar. He asked the public to give him a chance to be the Prime Minister. "What...
  • Janata Dal (Secular) to contest 11 Maharashtra Lok Sabha seats February 10, 2014

    Janata Dal (Secular) plans to contest 11 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. A decision to this effect was taken at a recent meeting of office bearers and senior leaders, including the party's state unit chief Sharad Patil. Party sources said deliberations at the meeting revolved around the political situation in the state...
  • Secular front efforts gain momentum; Nitish, Deve Gowda and Karat meet February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst reports of a 14 partygroup forming a secular front ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is meeting former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda and CPM general secretary Prakash Karat in Delhi on Monday. Emerging from the meeting, Nitish told...
  • Nitish Kumar to visit Delhi today, discuss secular front with 14 parties February 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Further fuelling speculations of a possible secular front, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to visit Delhi on Sunday to attend a meeting in this concern. He will be meeting leaders from the 14 partygroup that was formed after the anticommunal convention in October 2013. Nitish Kumar is likely...
  • LS polls will be straight fight between secular, communal forces, says Ramesh Chennithala January 19, 2014

    Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday said that the upcoming Lok Sabha polls would be a straight contest of secular and communal forces. "The Congressled UPA government has implemented several welfare measures in the last 10 years. The Left parties' blind opposition to Congress will only help BJP. "As a...
  • Will forge alliance with secular parties for next elections: Lalu Prasad December 18, 2013

    RJD President Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had expressed her greetings after his release from jail and pledged to work hard to forge an alliance of secular parties to drive away communal forces. "Congress President Sonia Gandhi had telephoned me after my release from Ranchi jail. She...