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Jamia Millia Islamia’s architecture professor S.M. Akhtar

New Ayodhya mosque will be unique, reflect ‘Hindustaniyat’, says Jamia dean who will design it

Architect S.M. Akhtar tells ThePrint 5-acre mosque complex will also have hospital, research centre & museum. He will design all these buildings, ensuring they have 'coordination between them'.
A file image of Muslims offering prayers during Ramadan in Srinagar | S Irfan | PTI

Indian Muslims and liberals are trapped in a toxic relationship

Muslims love Hindu liberals conditionally, and together they hate the microscopic Muslim liberals unconditionally.
Babri Masjid

CBI submits written arguments in special court in Babri mosque demolition case

The special CBI court is trying to meet the 31 August deadline set by the Supreme Court to conclude the trial of the case.
File photo of Priyanka Gandhi | Facebook

Reclaiming Indian pluralism will need annihilation of the Congress party

The Congress party didn’t do the rath yatra that led to the fall of the Babri Masjid. But it opened the gates, literally and metaphorically, to a majoritarian India.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
The photo of the model of a 'Babri Hospital' was doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.

There will be no ‘Babri Hospital’ on Sunni Waqf Board land & Kafeel Khan won’t be director

The Sunni Waqf Board was allotted five acres of land by the Supreme Court in its November 2019 verdict on the Ram janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
Bricks bearing the inscription 'Shri Ram' were brought to Ayodhya from a village on the Delhi-Haryana border, for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Asaduddin Owaisi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Congress and Owaisi’s stand on Ayodhya bhoomi pujan cleared things up for Indian Muslims

India's Muslims are fed up with the Congress. They now see a saffron claw in the Congress' hand.
File photo of Chandra Shekhar at his Bhondsi farmhouse | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Chandra Shekhar had ‘solved’ Ayodhya issue. But ‘petty’ Rajiv Gandhi brought his govt down

In ‘Chandra Shekhar’, Roderick Matthews writes about how the former PM had threatened to shoot anyone who touched ‘that mosque’, and even if 500 sadhus died, they would go to heaven.

Secularism gave up language of religion. Ayodhya bhoomi pujan is a result of that

Don't credit the supporters of Hindu Rashtra for their victory in Ayodhya and Kashmir. They were just the beneficiaries of the failure of India's secular politics.

On Camera

Security personnel stand guard near a neighbourhood vandalised by rioters during clashes between those against and those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in north east Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. | PTI

I used to think Marxists imagined grand govt conspiracies. Delhi Police beats them hollow

As you read Delhi Police's 17,000-page charge sheet in Delhi riots case, ignore every question because you must not allow petty facts to disturb a good story.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.

Defence

The national flags of China and India (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India closely monitoring entire LAC as ‘situation on the ground remains unchanged’

Army sources said the period until at least the first week of November, after which snow becomes a hurdle from an operational perspective, is crucial.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?