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Four hurdles to freedom: What India must resolve to shed on Independence Day
India

Four hurdles to freedom: What India must resolve to shed on Independence Day

One can think of at least four such major hurdles to a truly independent India.

Bengaluru violence: 'We are everybody's punching bag,' says SDPI leader as Karnataka govt mulls banning party
Politics

Bengaluru violence: 'We are everybody's punching bag,' says SDPI leader as Karnataka govt mulls banning party

The SDPI in its attempt to match the RSS, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad has allegedly drifted from promoting positive politics committed to empower the Muslims, Dalits and deprived communities

Rajasthan: Two arrested for assaulting Muslim auto driver over refusal to chant ‘Modi Zindabad’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’
India

Rajasthan: Two arrested for assaulting Muslim auto driver over refusal to chant ‘Modi Zindabad’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’

In his police complaint, the auto-rickshaw driver said the accused stole his wristwatch and money, broke his teeth and left him with facial injuries

Turkey appoints three imams, including professor, for Hagia Sophia ahead of prayers in Istanbul landmark
World

Turkey appoints three imams, including professor, for Hagia Sophia ahead of prayers in Istanbul landmark

A Turkish high court recently ruled that the Hagia Sophia had been illegally made into a museum more than eight decades ago.

Resurrection: Ertuğrul, currently on Netflix, far exceeds its reputation as a ‘Turkish Game of Thrones'
Entertainment

Resurrection: Ertuğrul, currently on Netflix, far exceeds its reputation as a ‘Turkish Game of Thrones'

Resurrection: Ertuğrul glorifies valour and bravery, but also warmth and tenderness.

Mandatory masks and social distancing: Saudi Arabia's hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims
World

Mandatory masks and social distancing: Saudi Arabia's hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Saudi Arabia in June decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the hajj to 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Kashmiris and the myth of the monolith: How Valley 'experts' disregard internal dissent and resistance to regressive aspiration of azaadi
India

Kashmiris and the myth of the monolith: How Valley 'experts' disregard internal dissent and resistance to regressive aspiration of azaadi

The hapless Kashmiris who were forced into this proxy guerrilla war in the late 80s and early 90s, have to deal with either the mainstream "narrative" terming them as secessionists or willy-nilly as terrorists, depending which side of the binary one is. Add to that the helplessness of having to prove your Kashmiri-ness time and again whether in public or private life.

In Eeb Allay Ooo!, Prateek Vats uses monkeys as metaphor to satirise blind faith and superstition in modern India
Entertainment

In Eeb Allay Ooo!, Prateek Vats uses monkeys as metaphor to satirise blind faith and superstition in modern India

Ten years ago, Delhi-6 had an imaginary 'kaala bandar' as a symbol of communal bias. But in Prateek Vats' Eeb Allay Ooo!, monkeys pose a very real and urgent threat to society.

USCIRF names India among 14 'countries of particular concern', cites CAA and Delhi riots in annual report on religious freedom
India

USCIRF names India among 14 'countries of particular concern', cites CAA and Delhi riots in annual report on religious freedom

In the 2020 edition of its annual report on International Religious Freedom, the USCIRF alleged that in 2019, the Government of India used its strengthened parliamentary majority to institute national-level policies violating religious freedom across the country, especially for Muslims

UP BJP MLA Suresh Tiwari tells people not to buy vegetables from Muslim vendors, claims receiving complaints of contamination by saliva
India

UP BJP MLA Suresh Tiwari tells people not to buy vegetables from Muslim vendors, claims receiving complaints of contamination by saliva

A video of BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district, in which he is seen telling people not to buy vegetables from Muslim vendors, has been circulated widely online

Coronavirus Outbreak: Mohan Bhagwat’s words against stigmatisation and blaming of Muslims is timely; throws light on RSS philosophy
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Mohan Bhagwat’s words against stigmatisation and blaming of Muslims is timely; throws light on RSS philosophy

The RSS recognises that its strength lies in staying connected to the people, and it understands that any shift in collective mindset can only be done through conversation, engagement and persuasion over a long period of time.

Mumbai Police arrests Mira Road resident who refused to accept groceries delivered by Muslim during coronavirus lockdown
India

Mumbai Police arrests Mira Road resident who refused to accept groceries delivered by Muslim during coronavirus lockdown

A 51-year-old man in Mira Road was arrested on Wednesday by the police for refusing to accept the grocery delivered by a Muslim man

Shab-e-Barat 2020: Shia, Sunni Waqf Boards in Uttar Pradesh ask people not to visit graveyards amid coronavirus lockdown
India

Shab-e-Barat 2020: Shia, Sunni Waqf Boards in Uttar Pradesh ask people not to visit graveyards amid coronavirus lockdown

Muslim clerics have asked people in Uttar Pradesh not to visit graveyards on the forthcoming occasion of Shab-e-Barat in view of the lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus

Coronavirus Outbreak: Scrap dealers, zealots, arts students; Assam's hunt for Tablighi Jamaat participants spares few
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Scrap dealers, zealots, arts students; Assam's hunt for Tablighi Jamaat participants spares few

The first obvious reaction was of suspicion and fear and a sense of tiredness and submission as they must have already received a huge number of calls by then.

Island of irony: How UK politicians’ ranting on CAA and Delhi riots is quite British in its humour
World

Island of irony: How UK politicians’ ranting on CAA and Delhi riots is quite British in its humour

British politicians are lecturing India on how to deal with matters of citizenship when Brexit, the biggest challenge the UK faces after World War II, is mainly predicated on Britons voting to end rampant immigration under liberal European Union laws.

Centre, NSCN-IM peace pact on the brink of collapse; separatist demands, unconstitutional expectations make negotiations with North East insurgent groups hard
India

Centre, NSCN-IM peace pact on the brink of collapse; separatist demands, unconstitutional expectations make negotiations with North East insurgent groups hard

It is clear that the Centre and the armed group are not on the same page while interpreting the Framework Agreement signed between the parties on 3 August 2015 which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had termed as historic.

Saudi Arabia bans travel to Muslim holy site Mecca amid coronavirus fear; no time frame indicated for resumption of pilgrimage
World

Saudi Arabia bans travel to Muslim holy site Mecca amid coronavirus fear; no time frame indicated for resumption of pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia has banned citizens and residents from performing the Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus

NCP's Nawab Malik says Maharashtra govt to give 5% quota to Muslims in education sector; Shiv Sena says no decision yet
Politics

NCP's Nawab Malik says Maharashtra govt to give 5% quota to Muslims in education sector; Shiv Sena says no decision yet

An NCP minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra announced that a law will be enacted to give five percent quota to Muslims in education, but a senior Shiv Sena minister said later that no such decision had been taken

Lingayat mutt in Karnataka's Gadag district appoints married Muslim man as pontiff; to take charge on 26 Feb
India

Lingayat mutt in Karnataka's Gadag district appoints married Muslim man as pontiff; to take charge on 26 Feb

A Lingayat seminary in Gadag district of northern Karnataka is all set to get a Muslim man as its pontiff.