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Secular Islamophobia: How Modi’s BJP bulldozed rivals’ imagination, left them scared to speak for Muslims

BJP’s dominance has crushed political skills and imagination of its rivals into rubble. It’s made them Islamophobic in that they’d rather not identify with Muslims in any visible way.

As bulldozers target the poor again, let’s also remember Delhi’s ‘Republic of Sainik Farms’

Sainik Farms in Delhi was once a vast green lung. It was first discovered by an army of retired generals, and later, a whole panoply of the capital’s smash-and-grabbers.

‘Vishwaguru’ should look in mirror: Why Ram Navami riots & bulldozers won’t help India’s stature

Can we aspire for moral stature if we respond to criticism with prickliness? The partisan would cheer, but it doesn't mean we lose ability to look within. Or stop listening to friends.

Ukraine shows war is always about greed & hatred. Not Christianity vs Islam ‘Clash of Civilisations’

Post Cold War, Muslim World was seen as rising to challenge the Christian West. The war now is in Europe, within the same race, faith, civilisation.

Karnataka, you’ve got a problem: Why BJP’s divisive politics can ruin Bengaluru’s unicorn party

BJP’s politics threatens to rob Karnataka of social cohesion, harmony & inclusive culture, necessary for building start-ups worth billions and fuelling the growth of a nation.

What’s behind India’s Ukraine policy, Western hypocrisy & how nations act in self-interest

India’s abstentions at UN drew Western criticism, taunts of immorality. There are many reasons we can’t examine India’s policy in those terms. Those who do should search within.

Looking beyond ‘Kashmir Files’, catharsis & closure need justice, for all cases of mass injustice

It’s ridiculous that 'Kashmir Files' debate is trapped in questions like how many Pandits were killed. We are still reducing great tragedy to argument over scorecard of killings.

Why the Modi-Shah BJP loses — 3 lessons for those asking if this BJP can be defeated at all

To beat BJP, you either deny it critical mass of Hindu vote or build a regional leader & party strong enough to protect their turf. And there’s a 3rd option too.

Why Buddha would be frowning at Ukraine today, and why India got it right with Pokhran 1 and 2

Would it have been so simple for Putin’s Russia to crush Zelenskyy’s Ukraine if it hadn’t given up its nuclear stockpile in 1994? India was prescient to declare itself a nuclear-armed state.

Rocket Boys’ crime on history: Inventing Muslim villain, stealing Meghnad Saha’s identity

Brilliant physicist Meghnad Saha was a ‘Namasudra’, and has mostly been forgotten. This made it convenient to bury his character in a ‘true’ history, give him evil Muslim avatar.

On Camera

YourTurn

Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s modest Rs 65,000 crore disinvestment target for FY23 seems to be a tall order

Government has already met one-third of its Rs 65,000-cr disinvestment target for this year. But legal and procedural delays with high-value companies are now posing hurdles.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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