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Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra before they were detained while on their way to Hathras in UP, on 1 October 2020 | Congress | Twitter

Taking BJP on Hathras easy for Rahul, Mayawati, Akhilesh. But on Babri case, they won’t talk

Babri and Hathras are not either/or battles. If one is about giving voice to women and Dalits, the other is about Muslims. Both need to be fought.
A man, with his face covered, instructs kar sevaks during the Babri Masjid rehearsal in Ayodhya on 5 December 1992 (representational image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

My camera had ‘evidence’ of Babri Masjid demolition, but it was consigned to bin of history

I know what I saw on 5 December 1992, in Ayodhya. My camera was witness to the rehearsal that was undertaken by the kar sevaks.

Mahatma Gandhi’s reaction to current news, and what it means to be a ‘true’ Gandhian

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Hindu men celebrating the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

CBI court’s Babri verdict is not the end of Ayodhya movement. There’s Kashi and Mathura too

Given the assertiveness of a large number of Hindus and the highly emotive nature of the temple demands, there isn't enough scope for a negotiated settlement now.

CBI’s ‘history of acquittals’, and midnight ‘cremation’ for Hathras woman

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Mayawati, Akhilesh vocal on Hathras gang rape but quiet on Babri demolition verdict 

Both SP and BSP leaders say their party’s official stand on the Babri Masjid verdict is yet to come out.
The Uttar Pradesh police burnt the body of the Hathras gangrape and murder victim in the middle of the night, without her family present | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Republic says police had no business cremating Hathras victim, NDTV asks who ordered last rites

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Karsevaks demolishing the Babri Masjid | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Who demolished Babri Masjid? Court says lawless kar sevaks who got ‘agitated suddenly’

The Special CBI court notes the crowd of these ‘lawless kar sevaks demolished the disputed structure, impacting communal harmony in various parts of the country'.
Judge S.K. Yadav pronounced the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition criminal case Wednesday, acquitting all 32 accused | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Babri case gave me sleepless nights, glad it reached its logical conclusion, judge Yadav says

Judge S.K. Yadav started his career as a judge in Ayodhya in 1990, and has retired after pronouncing the Babri demolition verdict Wednesday.
Residents walk past the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on 30 September 2020, the day a special CBI court ruled that the 1992 Babri mosque demolition wasn't planned in advance and acquitted all accused | PTI

Why Babri masjid demolition verdict is unlikely to end all temple-mosque disputes

BJP has been careful to not comment on Babri masjid demolition verdict, but the party will be tested as saints turn up the heat in Mathura & Kashi on 2 other mosque-temple disputes.

On Camera

Pakistani TV asks if it’s time to accept Israel. The answer is above Imran Khan’s paygrade

The idea of recognising Israel is a hard sell for the people of Pakistan who have been brought up for over 70 years on the idea of having permanent enemies — India and Israel.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Economic recovery stronger than expected, but surge in Covid cases key risk — RBI governor

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das says there is a need to be watchful of demand sustainability post festive season.

Defence

Army jawan keeps vigil in Poonch

Army officer killed, civilian injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K’s Poonch

The junior commanding officer was injured in the firing and was taken to a military hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries, officials said.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.