Sunday Anchor: Secular or Insular?

The Charlie Hebdo episode questions the desirability of an assimilative approach to diverse cultures; Perumal Murugan’s literary suicide represents the dangers that lurk behind India’s multicultural existence.


> Freedom and restraint

Though laws are an important part of maintaining communal harmony and restricting hate, more engagement at the social level will play a big role in bridging gaps

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>The ‘reasonable’ man vs. the ‘hypersensitive’ man

The Supreme Court’s overriding concern, over the years, has been that free speech should not affect communal harmony

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Endless List:

M. F. Husain:

Noted artist M. F. Husain was forced to spend the last few years of his life in exile as Hindutva groups strongly opposed his depiction of Hindu Gods

The Last Temptation of Christ:

‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, a play which was banned in Kerala in 1986 following protests from the Church, triggering debates on the freedom of expression.

Taslima Nasreen:

The hounding of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen over her 1993 book Lajja, which shows persecution of a Hindu family. Muslim fundamentalists have not shied away from issuing fatwas.


Kamal Hasan starrer Vishwaroopam was banned in Tamil Nadu after several Muslim organisations raised protest saying that it stereotyped them in the war against terror.


Deepa Mehta film Fire, one of the first mainstream films to depict homosexuality (Lesbian relationship), led to protests from tright-wing groups who vandalised theatres saying that the film depicted Indian culture in poor light.

Narendra Dabholkar:

In 2013, Narendra Dabholkar, prominent rationalist and social activist, was shot to death in broad daylight by alleged Hindutva groups for his stance against superstition

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