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Who are minorities? Taking different stands does not help, says SC to Centre
Politics

Who are minorities? Taking different stands does not help, says SC to Centre

The Centre said to the apex court that the power to identify minorities is vested with the Union government and any decision in this regard will be taken after discussion with states and other stakeholders

Patiala violence: A clear case of political indifference and administrative lapses
Opinion

Patiala violence: A clear case of political indifference and administrative lapses

Clear directives from the government to all administrative officers for unbiased, impartial and prompt application of rule of law must be enforced with immediate effect

​A history of violence: Jahangirpuri is but another event in a historical continuum
Politics

​A history of violence: Jahangirpuri is but another event in a historical continuum

Muslims in India have vented their ire on Hindus whenever they have lost relevance — social, political, economic

Nine states, 15 days: India is witnessing a spate of communal violence
India

Nine states, 15 days: India is witnessing a spate of communal violence

In the past 15 days, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti processions have descended into violence and chaos across states in the country. There are concerns that India is becoming more polarised than ever before

Ram Navami to Hanuman Jayanti: Here’s why Hindu festivals face wave of attacks
India

Ram Navami to Hanuman Jayanti: Here’s why Hindu festivals face wave of attacks

After the advent of Narendra Modi in 2014, with a resurgence of Hindu nationalism, the attacks on Hindu festivals have become a lot more orchestrated and at different levels

Dharma Files | In defence of Vivek Agnihotri and ‘The Kashmir Files’
India

Dharma Files | In defence of Vivek Agnihotri and ‘The Kashmir Files’

Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ has given Kashmiri Pandits the courage to look their oppressors in the eye. And demand justice

How BR Ambedkar’s idea of Islam exposes woolly-headed liberals of the day
India

How BR Ambedkar’s idea of Islam exposes woolly-headed liberals of the day

BR Ambedkar believed that a Muslim would find it difficult to accept a Hindu government as they saw Hindus as ‘kafirs’, and hence inferior

Dharma Files | The Kashmir Files: India needs a Truth and Reconciliation Commission before it’s too late
Opinion

Dharma Files | The Kashmir Files: India needs a Truth and Reconciliation Commission before it’s too late

India claims to be a democratic secular nation. Those who saw the film must have begun wondering whether to believe it any more

Rajasthan: Curfew imposed in Karauli after communal clashes leave 25 injured
India

Rajasthan: Curfew imposed in Karauli after communal clashes leave 25 injured

A religious procession was being taken out and when it passed through a Muslim-dominated area, some miscreants pelted stones at it, leading to an eruption of communal clashes in which a few two-wheelers and shops were torched

Off-centre | Why Hindus should not be punished for being the biggest ‘minority’ in India
India

Off-centre | Why Hindus should not be punished for being the biggest ‘minority’ in India

The division between minorities and majorities should ultimately go. But until that happens, all minorities, whether defined by numerical, religious, or ethnic means, should get the same opportunities

How are Hindus treated in states where they are in a minority?
India

How are Hindus treated in states where they are in a minority?

Hindus are in a minority in 10 states, but unlike Muslims and Christians, get none of the minority benefits

Time to move beyond ‘The Kashmir Files’ and look at sufferings of Hindus next door
India

Time to move beyond ‘The Kashmir Files’ and look at sufferings of Hindus next door

Hindus in Bangladesh are facing an existential crisis on a scale very few communities in the world have faced

Opinion| A patriotic, progressive Muslim voice is rising in India that is challenging Islamism
India

Opinion| A patriotic, progressive Muslim voice is rising in India that is challenging Islamism

But the new wave of youngsters is a lot more vocal and irreverent. They do not couch their words. They seem much less scared of the backlash. There are three main reasons for this change.

India’s new Hindu: Why he just cannot be ignored anymore
Politics

India’s new Hindu: Why he just cannot be ignored anymore

The new Hindu in the country has learnt not to be coy about his Hindu identity, and instead be proud of it

Kashmiri Pandits, who stayed on despite mass exodus of 90s, feel neglected in their homeland
India

Kashmiri Pandits, who stayed on despite mass exodus of 90s, feel neglected in their homeland

While migrant Kashmiri Pandits got every kind of relief and jobs, those who dared to stay back in the valley never got registered for such benefits despite belonging to the same minority community

Amid Udupi hijab controversy, demand for Uniform Civil Code grows stronger
Politics

Amid Udupi hijab controversy, demand for Uniform Civil Code grows stronger

The hijab controversy — a completely avoidable incident otherwise — lays emphasis on the need for a Uniform Civil Code in the country

Forget religious rhetoric, discussions around UCC should focus on  equitable justice to disadvantaged
India

Forget religious rhetoric, discussions around UCC should focus on equitable justice to disadvantaged

A priori condition for UCC is that State must have the will to enforce it on all. If there are communities bent upon forcing their own beliefs over Constitution, UCC will become counter-productive

Dharma Files | An alternative Marxist interpretation of Hinduism and Hindutva
Politics

Dharma Files | An alternative Marxist interpretation of Hinduism and Hindutva

A very different application of Marxism to Hinduism and Hindutva is possible, although it has been largely ignored

Another Hindu businessman shot dead: A look at persecution of minorities in Pakistan
World

Another Hindu businessman shot dead: A look at persecution of minorities in Pakistan

The spokesperson for Justice for Minorities in Pakistan, Anila Gulzar, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of persecution of minorities in Pakistan at the UNSC and and other international forums

Rukmini S’ 'Whole Numbers and Half Truths’ pushes back against misreading of data, misleading stories about India
India

Rukmini S’ 'Whole Numbers and Half Truths’ pushes back against misreading of data, misleading stories about India

Rukmini’s 326-pages long book explores little-argued angles to investigate the complete truth about the country, starting with its dealings with crime