All stories by VIVEK GUMASTE
Was Babri Masjid demolition justified?Rediff.com4 Aug 2020
'The outrage that followed the destruction of the Babri Masjid was an inability to see the event for what it was: The rectification of a grave historical wrong, the restitution of a hurt of a people and the countering of moral injustice,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Speak in one voice in times of external threatRediff.com25 Jun 2020
'It is nobody's contention that uncomfortable questions regarding national security should not be raised. But that is a topic for another day and another time when the immediate threat has faded,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
India must be militarily prepared for the worstRediff.com5 Jun 2020
'One must remember that a dragon has a forked tongue,' warns Vivek Gumaste.
India is a moral giant; no one can damage its imageRediff.com16 May 2020
'India's reputation is not and cannot be dependent on the whimsical opinions of some obscure foreign advisory committee packed with Hindu-phobic acolytes,' declares Vivek Gumaste.
India must enforce social distancing strictlyRediff.com25 Mar 2020
'India does not have the wherewithal to successfully manage a full blown covid-19 crisis,' warns Vivek Gumaste.
Sinister agenda behind anti-CAA-NRC protests?Rediff.com21 Feb 2020
Opponents of the CAA and NRC have gone to town accusing the BJP of an ulterior motive (read, disenfranchisement of Muslims) in implementing the NRC. By the same token it can be alleged that anti-CAA opponents have a nefarious agenda in mind that would be scuttled by the implementation of the NRC: Namely the accrual of dedicated vote banks and the restoration of Muslim hegemony over at least parts of India, especially Bengal and Assam, argues Vivek Gumaste.
The greatest threat to our democracy post 1975Rediff.com19 Feb 2020
'Refusing to implement the CAA-NRC, as some states have done via resolutions in state assemblies, is a violation of the Constitution; an attempt to alter the fundamental structure of our democracy and a recipe for anarchy,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
The anatomy of an ugly protestRediff.com8 Jan 2020
The anti-CAA protest was an ugly rant more consistent with the violent chaos of anarchy, argues Vivek Gumaste.
Why all Indians must support the CABRediff.com11 Dec 2019
'The entire brouhaha with regard to the CAB smacks of blatant Hinduphobia, a duplicitous exercise, morally corrupt in its construct and aimed at divesting deserving Hindus of basic human rights by raising the bogey of Muslim discrimination, and must be called out for what it is,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Ayodhya conflict was not a mere title disputeRediff.com19 Nov 2019
'The verdict must be seen as something more; as a historical balm, a moral restitution and the deliverance of justice to a people wronged,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Why Washington Post's coverage of Kashmir is not credibleRediff.com3 Oct 2019
'The Post's coverage is not an authentic public discourse guided by unbiased Western intellectuals, but a slanted doomsday propaganda orchestrated by Indians and expatriate Indians,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Jai Shri Ram, mob violence and how to tackle itRediff.com17 Jul 2019
Communalising law and order situations is fraught with danger; we need to tread cautiously. Interjecting a communal angle into what is purely a law and order issue does nobody good; it muddies the picture, fuels unrequited passion and distracts us from the core issue, says Vivek Gumaste.
We are at a crossroad and that crossroad is KashmirRediff.com18 Jun 2019
'The current government must act sooner rather than later,' asserts Vivek Gumaste.
Pulwama: Why I can cry no moreRediff.com23 Feb 2019
Pulwama must become the defining moment in our fight against terror, effecting a sea change in our mindset. The erratic, blow hot blow cold approach, the hallmark of our anti-terror-Pak-Kashmir policy must end. In its place is required a pragmatic, comprehensive, robust hard line course that is relentlessly pursued even in times of relative calm until the final objective is met, namely the eradication of separatism and the total annihilation of terror, says Vivek Gumaste.
Citizenship Bill: Morally valid, long overdueRediff.com13 Feb 2019
'To treat a Hindu fleeing persecution and certain death in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan on par with a Muslim voluntarily sneaking into India for economic reasons or otherwise is callously cruel, blatantly perverse and grossly unjust.' 'The concept of equality cannot be invoked to perpetuate a historical wrong that needs to be righted,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Opinion: Why Modi deserves another chanceRediff.com8 Jan 2019
'Genuine mistakes can and must be forgiven,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
The truth about Tipu SultanRediff.com14 Nov 2018
'Tipu Sultan was no doubt a valiant fighter who vigorously opposed the British, but that cannot mitigate the fact that he was also by all accounts a religious bigot -- a figure incompatible with modern secular times,' says Vivek Gumaste.
The undeniable truth of Naipaul's IndiaRediff.com25 Aug 2018
'Though not religious in everyday life, his Hindu-Indian identity was an irrevocable influence on his writings,' observes Vivek Gumaste.
Why we need to know the history behind NRCRediff.com16 Aug 2018
Let us see the problem for what it actually is: Illegal Immigration plain and simple, confined to the northeast with a definite communal slant that poses a national security risk and one that needs to be dealt with firmly and promptly by stringent identification (and deportation), says Vivek Gumaste.
MEA must apologise for l'affaire Vikas MishraRediff.com26 Jun 2018
The action against the Lucknow passport officer was a hasty reckless decision taken by an establishment playing to the gallery to appease the pseudo-secular elite of the country, the Lutyens Delhi lobby intent on discrediting the Hindu identity, and an action that blatantly violated the basic tenets of justice, argues Vivek Gumaste.
Why do governments bow to mob violence?Rediff.com2 Feb 2018
The Haryana 'incident is a manifestation of a far greater malady -- mobocracy -- that continues to afflict our society,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Gujarat was not a moral win for CongressRediff.com26 Dec 2017
The electoral bounty reaped by the Congress was nothing more than an ill-gotten gain of a casteist, divisive campaign; nothing to be proud of and certainly not a moral victory, argues Vivek Gumaste.
Bhansali must be given the benefit of doubtRediff.com23 Nov 2017
'The casting of a popular hero Ranveer as Bhansali's Khilji sends out an erroneous and contradictory missive to the lay public; a message that tends to equate a leading light with a notorious and treacherous player of medieval history,' notes Vivek Gumaste.
Why Rohingyas must be sent backRediff.com28 Oct 2017
Resettlement of refugees elsewhere is not the morally correct solution to the problem for it lets the perpetrators off the hook.
Lessons from a murder most foulRediff.com12 Sep 2017
The need of the hour is not a divisive, slanging match of accusations and counter-accusations, but a call for sanity,' says Vivek Gumaste.
India-Japan ties unnerve ChinaRediff.com3 Sep 2017
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Tokyo on Sunday evening for a security dialogue with Japan, a visit that acquires huge significance after North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on Sunday morning.
Why 2017 is not 1962Rediff.com8 Aug 2017
The bogey of the 1962 defeat must be laid to rest with a finality that is unquestionable. The myth of Chinese invincibility is a tall tale that belongs to an era gone by, says Vivek Gumaste.
It's not about beef!Rediff.com6 Jul 2017
'Beef-eating is the new media frenzy that is being orchestrated to wrongly implicate the BJP government and is reminiscent of the false anti-Christian acts highlighted by the media when the BJP first came to power in 1996,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Why talks are not the way out in KashmirRediff.com30 May 2017
Talks will ensure the rise of Islamism in Kashmir and the death of the Idea of India, warns Vivek Gumaste.
Why the 2 videos from Kashmir show our Army is the bestRediff.com19 Apr 2017
Indian soldiers in Kashmir are not on a joy ride scouting for people to kill, says Vivek Gumate.
Do Muslims really need government upliftment?Rediff.com30 Jan 2017
While there is no denying that certain sections of the community deserve aid, the politics of reservation can be suicidal for India.
A year after Pathankot, has anything changed?Rediff.com26 Dec 2016
'More needs to be done in less time,' says Vivek Gumaste. 'A sense of urgency is crucial if the BJP wishes to fulfil its promise of tough, no-nonsense, governance in matters of security.'
Will military action teach Pakistan a lesson?Rediff.com29 Sep 2016
'For India, the phase of pure restraint has passed.' 'Restraint has failed to reform Pakistan or rein in terrorism,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Did the Last Queen of Kashmir have a message for the present?Rediff.com26 Aug 2016
The solution to the Kashmir problem does not lie in India speaking to Pakistan; it does not lie in the Indian government speaking to the separatists; it lies in the Kashmiris talking to their inner selves. They need to trace their history to include their rich cultural heritage of Hindu Saivism and Sufi mysticism. Only then will Kashmiris be at peace with themselves, says Vivek Gumaste.
China, the nuclear hypocrite, preaches to India, the nuclear model StateRediff.com4 Jul 2016
'This was undoubtedly a premeditated strategy to thwart India's entry into the NSG.' 'If India hopes to be a major player, it must use its rising clout on the world stage to influence amenable members of the group to alter such discriminatory practices and ensure fair rules of engagement,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Why Bharat Mata Ki Jai is a secular sloganRediff.com18 Apr 2016
'Genuine secularism cannot be built on the backs of Hindus alone.' 'In a pluralistic society every religion is duty bound to respect the rights and sentiments of the others.' 'Vande Mataram was a casualty of minorityism. Bharat Mata Ki Jai cannot be allowed to go the same way,' says Vivek Gumaste.
How we should honour Rohith Vemula's memoryRediff.com28 Jan 2016
'Reflex responses to Dalit student Rohith Vemula's suicide are band aids that stem the current hemorrhage but do precious little to the festering wound beneath,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Why the BJP must be cautious in talking to PakistanRediff.com24 Dec 2015
'The softening of India's attitude towards Pakistan -- whatever the compelling reasons -- opens up the BJP to harsh scrutiny.' 'This is a high stakes gamble with the potential for devastating losses,' warns Vivek Gumaste.
Why the BJP must stand up to fake protestsRediff.com5 Nov 2015
'While the government must be relentless in its efforts to curb unruly elements to ensure secular harmony and protect its goal of national development,it must not lose the moral high ground by giving in to the antics of the anti-nationalist lobby.' 'They must be countered and relegated to the dustbin of history,' says Vivek Gumaste.
Why the anti-Digital India petition must be called outRediff.com22 Sep 2015
'The anti-Digital India campaign is a vindictive hatchet job rather than a fact based, rationally sound appraisal; a personal attack rather than issue based criticism; an ideological assault rather than altruistic effort. It must be called out for what it is,' says Vivek Gumaste.