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How Babri Masjid demolition was rehearsed and executed in 1992 — rare photos tell the story

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Unseen photos of how Babri Masjid demolition was planned and executed in 1992

ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain had documented the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, including a rehearsal on 5 December 1992.

If your Bengali girlfriend knew ‘black magic’, she would erase misogyny, not waste it on you

The death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been used to target Bengali women. This is because Rhea Chakrabarty — against whom the actor’s family has filed an FIR — is a Bengali. Such blatant misogyny, however, isn’t very surprising given that demonising women is Indian patriarchy’s favourite pastime on social media, writes Debalina Dey.

Idea of India wasn’t demolished at Ayodhya. That happened in our ‘liberal’ homes

The 1992 Babri Masjid demolition was no sudden act. All of our family conversations contributed to the pickaxes that hit the mosque in Ayodhya, writes Rama Lakshmi.

‘Biased, anti-Hindu’ — campaign begins against Wikipedia after it urges Indians to donate

A social media campaign, spearheaded by prominent right-wing personalities accusing Wikipedia of being ‘anti-Hindu’, began trending days after the open-source information website asked Indian users to donate to “defend Wikipedia’s independence”, reports Sravasti Dasgupta.

Indian Army’s NOC demand after Ekta Kapoor apology shows it’s ok only with pure praise

The Indian Army seems to have joined a growing list of groups like the Karni Sena who want to control how they are depicted on screen, writes Tina Das.

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia’s offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards, reports Snehesh Alex Philip.

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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