articles by Mirah Zamin

India

Kanwariya violence: Relatives of arrested claim excesses by police, say they're victims of politics

The vigour that the Uttar Pradesh police showed in the Kanwariya violence and the method of investigation raises some pertinent questions especially since the FIR names individuals who were not even in town when the incident took place

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The Kanwar Yatra: For this set of young Kanwariyas, Bum Bole is more important than mid-term exams

Kishan Ram, 14, is the youngest member of the Bolo Bum Bhole Yatra Samiti that has been making the Kanwar Yatra for the past two years

India

Bakrid in Uttar Pradesh: Muslims divided on Yogi Adityanath's instructions disallowing animal sacrifice in open

This Bakrid, Yogi Adiytanath ordered that animal sacrifice will be allowed only within the premises of homes, not on roads and open spaces in Uttar Pradesh.

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The Kanwar Yatra: What began as a religious journey has morphed into an exercise in commercialisation

Not every Kanwariya is involved in making a ruckus. In fact, the ones carrying the Kanwar cannot be a party to such a crime because they are not allowed to keep it on the ground

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The Kanwar Yatra: Tracing the historical origins and the present day journey of the Kanwariyas

The Kanwar Yatra was traditionally carried out by spiritual and religious leaders who travelled barefoot to Haridwar and other spiritual places to collect water from the Ganges for the Kumbhabhishekam of the Shiva temples in their respective areas