Secularism

  • Sonia Gandhi calls BJP, RSS danger to secularism 16-04-2014 05:41 PM

    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 14-04-2014 08:03 PM

    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...
  • MPs rating: Deve Gowda scored 6.15 out of 10 in performance 09-04-2014 01:58 PM

    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...
  • LS polls: Rahul Gandhi to campaign for Nandan Nilekani in Bangalore 07-04-2014 12:19 AM

    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...
  • Congress will join any 'secular party' to avoid BJP at Centre: Antony 31-03-2014 08:53 AM

    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 29-03-2014 02:55 PM

    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...
  • JDS Delhi unit president, members join AAP 22-03-2014 06:06 PM

    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...
  • Modi attacks 'secular' parties, says it's a way to cover up failures 02-03-2014 04:10 PM

    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...
  • Modi calls Third Front constituents 'migratory birds' 22-02-2014 06:30 PM

    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...
  • Sonia talks about century-old legacy of Congress to woo Kerala voters 15-02-2014 02:17 PM

    Kochi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched party's Lok Sabha campaign in Kerala on Saturday reminding the voters of the party's century-old 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 11-02-2014 03:18 PM

    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 10-02-2014 11:10 PM

    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...
  • Secular front efforts gain momentum; Nitish, Deve Gowda and Karat meet 10-02-2014 09:50 AM

    New Delhi: Amidst reports of a 14 party-group 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...
  • Nitish Kumar to visit Delhi today, discuss secular front with 14 parties 09-02-2014 09:01 AM

    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 party-group that was formed after the anti-communal convention in October 2013. Nitish Kumar...
  • LS polls will be straight fight between secular, communal forces, says Ramesh Chennithala 19-01-2014 04:50 PM

    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 Congress-led UPA government has implemented several welfare measures in the last 10 years. The Left parties' blind opposition to Congress will only help BJP. "As...
  • Will forge alliance with secular parties for next elections: Lalu Prasad 18-12-2013 03:55 PM

    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....
  • Regional parties unite for a secular front, attack Modi 31-10-2013 10:32 AM

    New Delhi: The political churning ahead of the 2014 elections has begun with 14 regional parties led by the Left coming together on Wednesday in Delhi for exploring possibilities for the setting off talks of a possible third front once again. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Leader Babu Lal Marandi, who attended...
  • Nitish Kumar calls on secular parties to battle 'communal forces' 30-10-2013 03:27 PM

    Under attack from the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister on Wednesday urged secular parties to close ranks to battle "communal forces". Speaking here at a Left-sponsored convention called with the 2014 Lok Sabha election in mind, Nitish Kumar said there was an attempt across...
  • Those responsible for communal riots must be punished: Nitish Kumar at Third Front rally 30-10-2013 03:25 PM

    New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar raised said that there is an urgent need to promote communal harmony in the country as the society was vulnerable to communal elements that are infesting the society. Speaking at an anti-communalism convention by the Third Front parties on Wednesday, Kumar said that...
  • Heading towards a saffron UPA?

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    So far we have not heard any real policy alternatives from Modi That the media is one of the main battle fields in Polls ...

  • Cinema should change society's stereotypes: Subhash Kapoor 29-09-2013 12:27 PM

    New Delhi: Cinema is often known to portray what is depicted in society. But instead of merely mirroring society films must strive to bring about change, says Bollywood director Subhash Kapoor. "There is a lot of stereotyping in Hindi cinema. These stereotypes exist in society. Cinema does not change it,...
  • Pranab Mukherjee greets people on Onam as families gear up to celebrate the festival 16-09-2013 08:24 AM

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday greeted people on the eve of the start of Onam festivities, and said the occasion, the harvest festival of Kerala, marks the joyous completion of human efforts. "On the festive occasion of Onam, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to fellow countrymen, especially...
  • Modi as PM will be dangerous for India's secularity: Farooq Abdullah 08-09-2013 09:00 PM

    Srinagar: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said, having Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister will be "dangerous and damaging" for the nation's secular ethos. "National Conference (NC) has nothing to do with either Modi or BJP or Sangh (Parivar). We want to...
  • The Last Word: Was Jinnah secular and have we misunderstood him? 03-09-2013 11:30 PM

    Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in his speech said everyone is free to preach religion they want to. Was Jinnah secular and have we misunderstood him? That's the question Karan Thapar discussed with a panel on his show 'The Last Word'. ...
  • Banglore: JDS MLA's brother arrested in a land-grabbing case 01-08-2013 03:19 PM

    Bangalore: The brother of a Janata Dal (Secular) MLA was arrested in a land-grabbing case on Thursday in Bangalore. JD(S) MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy's brother Mahesh Kumar allegedly demolished a house while the residents were away. The house was brought down to rubble without any court order. Mahesh and seven...
  • Reading between the lines: the secular vs communal debate

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    How does one define a tweet as secular or communal? Last week, I sent a morning greeting wishing people 'Happy Ekadashi'. A particularly auspicious day...

  • Convenient, sporadic secularism is India's biggest scandal

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    Have you ever wondered what is it that every mediocre, non-performing and corrupt Indian politician or political party has in common? Well, they are all...

  • Narendra Modi to meet RSS chief in Nagpur today 16-07-2013 10:34 AM

    BJP Campaign Committee chief Narendra Modi will be meeting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur on Tuesday evening. The meet comes in the wake of Modi's controversial statement and a heated debate between the Congress and BJP on secularism and communalism. Bhagwat has met BJP leaders Murli Manohar...
  • Minorities do not need Congress do their thinking, says RS MP Javed Akhtar 16-07-2013 09:15 AM

    New Delhi: In the backdrop of the war of words between the Congress and the BJP over secularism and communalism, Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar has came out stongly against divisive politics. Speaking with IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Akhtar said people do not need the Congress to tell 'kutte ka...
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