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Hathras gang-rape incident: Valmikis protest not limited to seeking justice for victim, they want caste system to go away
India

Hathras gang-rape incident: Valmikis protest not limited to seeking justice for victim, they want caste system to go away

A striking feature of the current Valmiki protests about the Hathras caste crime is that both the image of Ambedkar and sloganeering deployed by the Ambedkarite/Anti-caste protestors are largely missing.

Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river
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Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river

For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganga flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Symbol of 'Hindu pride' marks culmination of colonial view of Hinduism, project of Partition
India

Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Symbol of 'Hindu pride' marks culmination of colonial view of Hinduism, project of Partition

The construction of the Ayodhya Ram Temple is a symbol of the return of Hindu power in the direction of restoring a Bharat of yore — a Bharat that never actually existed.

Construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad blocked; structure was meant to showcase Pakistan's tolerance
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Construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad blocked; structure was meant to showcase Pakistan's tolerance

While the plan for the temple was approved in 2017 under the former government, Imran Khan put the plan into action and received praise for what many had hoped would mark a new, more tolerant Pakistan

Delhi communal violence: City's past shows Hindu-Muslim enmity predates Hindutva, political parties and even Partition
Politics

Delhi communal violence: City's past shows Hindu-Muslim enmity predates Hindutva, political parties and even Partition

This week, as Delhi struggles with the fallout from weekend violence which ended in a temple in the city's Chawri Bazaar area being vandalised, the 1974 riots — one of the deadliest Hindu-Muslim clashes in post-Independence Delhi — are a useful prism to inspect what happened, and wh

Mythology for the Millennial: On the origins of Kali Yuga and the vindictive gandharva who led us into a dark age
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Mythology for the Millennial: On the origins of Kali Yuga and the vindictive gandharva who led us into a dark age

Some of the trademarks of the Kali Yuga are that rulers will become a danger to the world, humans will be angry with each other and that there will be climate change. Kali, the cause of this age of darkness, pops up every now and then and causes trouble by possessing someone or the other. He's the colour of soot and has a long tongue

Post-nationalism and the notion of ‘ordinary’ person: How India shifted from a people-driven republic to a State-driven one
Politics

Post-nationalism and the notion of ‘ordinary’ person: How India shifted from a people-driven republic to a State-driven one

In recent times, the binary between what we are and what we do has largely collapsed. This, in turn, is due to the fact that rather than a people-driven republic, we are a state-driven one: our sense of what we are has very significantly been provided by the political leadership in power.

Anti-CAB protests rock North East India as Rajya Sabha passes contentious legislation; demonstrators stage massive rallies
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Anti-CAB protests rock North East India as Rajya Sabha passes contentious legislation; demonstrators stage massive rallies

The anger in the northeastern states against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, showed no signs of abating on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, which was marked by large-scale protests and lockdowns

Nature of protests in Assam show North East agitating against citizenship bill to protect indigenous culture from outsiders, not for 'secular' India
India

Nature of protests in Assam show North East agitating against citizenship bill to protect indigenous culture from outsiders, not for 'secular' India

Protesters in Assam say they would oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill even if it included all religions, revealing a huge mismatch between the reasons behind the North East's agitation against CAB and that of the Congress party

Ferocity of Sabarimala protests proves Hinduism is taking on Abrahamic characteristics to tackle external threats
India

Ferocity of Sabarimala protests proves Hinduism is taking on Abrahamic characteristics to tackle external threats

The issue of entry of menstruating women into the Sabarimala temple should never have been the cause for a debate on the touchstone of one-size-fits-all feminism.

Narendra Modi sends a message to South India: PM is shaping thought process on Tamil language, Christians, Muslims
Politics

Narendra Modi sends a message to South India: PM is shaping thought process on Tamil language, Christians, Muslims

By addressing Tamil as the oldest language in the world on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was correcting the misconception that the BJP was a party which favoured Hindi heartland in the north and negated south India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Tribals' philosophy of collectivism is humanity's best chance to end cycle of exploitation
India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Tribals' philosophy of collectivism is humanity's best chance to end cycle of exploitation

It is the Adivasi philosophy of collectivism, being one with the nature and all its elements, which will ultimately end the cycle of exploitation

‘Not averse to inter-faith, inter-caste marriages’, Supreme Court says while hearing case against Hindu-Muslim couple
India

‘Not averse to inter-faith, inter-caste marriages’, Supreme Court says while hearing case against Hindu-Muslim couple

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it was 'not averse to inter-faith and inter-caste marriages' after the father of a woman who married a Muslim man moved it against the Chhattisgarh High Court order which had allowed the couple to live together

Sambhaji Bhide claims US successfully sent spacecraft to moon on 39th attempt due to 'Ekadashi'
India

Sambhaji Bhide claims US successfully sent spacecraft to moon on 39th attempt due to 'Ekadashi'

Sambhaji Bhide, a former RSS activist who heads the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan in Maharashtra, is an accused in the 1 January, 2018 Bhima Koregaon caste violence case

Adivasis and the Indian State: Caught between Hinduisation and indifferent govt, Madias of Maharashtra struggle to make ends meet
India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Caught between Hinduisation and indifferent govt, Madias of Maharashtra struggle to make ends meet

Majority of the families belonging to the Madia tribe in Maharashtra, whose lives have been disrupted by an encroaching ‘civilisation’, are left with a Hobson’s choice — assimilate and lose their Adivasi culture or resist and lose their lives

Adivasis and the Indian State: From Lohra tribals to Rautias, in Jharkhand, vulnerable groups bear burden of identity
India

Adivasis and the Indian State: From Lohra tribals to Rautias, in Jharkhand, vulnerable groups bear burden of identity

During one Census, the administration erroneously entered Lohra, as Lohar in the records, and in the process stripped the community of its Adivasi identity, and along with reservations on jobs, education and several other social welfare benefits

J&K bifurcation: Keeping Valley with Jammu will make things worse; end of decades-old revolt only possible if Kashmir gets autonomy
India

J&K bifurcation: Keeping Valley with Jammu will make things worse; end of decades-old revolt only possible if Kashmir gets autonomy

By linking Kashmir in an unnatural union with Jammu and bringing them under Delhi’s direct rule, India is only offering the troubled people of Kashmir a choice of jackboots

BJP MLA claims ‘factory of conversion’ operating in Ajmer; urges state govt to take immediate action against those 'luring Hindus to Christianity'
India

BJP MLA claims ‘factory of conversion’ operating in Ajmer; urges state govt to take immediate action against those 'luring Hindus to Christianity'

BJP MLA Vasudev Devnani on Wednesday claimed that a "factory of conversion" has been operating in Ajmer for some time now.

Islamic State ideology in vulnerable pockets of South India feeds on local grievances to further jihadist agenda
India

Islamic State ideology in vulnerable pockets of South India feeds on local grievances to further jihadist agenda

The Islamic State in the Land of al-Shams might be dead—but the in the land of Idli-Sambar, it is giving jihad a new, distinctively southern flavour, blending local grievances and conflicts into its global ideology.

Firstpost Editor's picks: Heckling of Owaisi, Subramanian's overestimation of GDP, Hasan Minhaj in Volume 3 of Patriot Act; today's must-read stories
India

Firstpost Editor's picks: Heckling of Owaisi, Subramanian's overestimation of GDP, Hasan Minhaj in Volume 3 of Patriot Act; today's must-read stories

From heckling of Asaduddin Owaisi and non-BJP leaders, Arvind Subramanian's overestimation of GDP, to Hasan Minhaj in Volume 3 of Patriot Act — here are today's must-read stories