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Babri Masjid has a thriving afterlife. Just look at Ram Janmabhoomi trust and VHP websites

Babri Masjid may have been demolished, but it's now being commemorated, remembered and even idolised by the Hindutva groups as an ‘imagined monument’.
File photo Former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh | PTI

Former UP chief minister & BJP veteran Kalyan Singh passes away at 89

Singh, the UP CM when the Babri mosque was demolished by 'karsevaks' on 6 December 1992, was among 32 people acquitted in the demolition case in September last year.

Retired judge who gave Babri Masjid verdict appointed as deputy Lokayukta in UP

Last year, retired judge Surendra Kumar Yadav had acquitted all the 32 accused, including LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, in the Babri mosque demolition case.
VHP and RSS members at their Ram Mandir donation drive in Naraina, Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint.

20-member teams, 20 homes a day — how VHP is raising funds in Delhi for Ayodhya Ram Mandir

The Vishva Hindu Parishad kicked off its fund collection drive for the Ram temple in Ayodhya on 1 February in Delhi. 
Farmers protesting at Singhu border prepare for the 26 January tractor rally, on Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Long before farmers’ tractor parade, Babri Masjid movement also waded into Republic Day row

The non-observance and/or boycott call of Republic Day by a coalition of Muslim organisations in 1987 can't be compared with the farmers’ tractor parade of 2021. But there is a link.
File photo of Nripendra Misra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

No steel, cement may be ditched too — IAS retiree Nripendra Misra on making Ram temple ageless

Nripendra Misra, former principal secretary to PM Modi & now chair of Ram temple trust, says in rare interview to Panchjanya that demolition of Babri masjid was a 'justified step'.
Babri Masjid

2 Ayodhya residents move HC challenging acquittal of Advani, others in Babri demolition case

Ayodhya residents Haji Mahboob and Haji Sayyad Akhlaq Ahmad filed the petition in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on behalf of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
The blueprint of the new Ayodhya mosque complex | Twitter: @IndoIslamicCF

No domes, no minarets — Ayodhya’s new masjid to replace Babri gets a futuristic design

S.M. Akhtar, architect of the new mosque at Ayodhya, tells ThePrint that the complex will also house a 300-bed charitable hospital, museum archive and a public library.
Author and editor Salil Tripathi | @saliltripathi | Twitter

Outrageous, says Salman Rushdie as Twitter suspends journalist Salil Tripathi’s account

The last tweet by journalist Salil Tripathi before his account was suspended was on the Babri demolition anniversary. Twitter hasn’t said why action was taken.
One of the 15 mosques in Dhannipur near Ayodhya. | Photo: Prashant Srivastava | ThePrint

SC rejects plea seeking appointment of govt nominees in trust for building mosque in Ayodhya

The petition said that the presence of central and state govt representatives was essential to ensure proper management funds allotted for building the mosque.

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The real story is Gandhi, Savarkar were on same page on Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan — and caste

Rajnath Singh's attempt to Gandhi-wash Savarkar has carved his mercy petitions in stone. The debate between politicians and historians is now in the town square.
A pump attendant fills petrol in a bike at a fuel station in New Delhi | Representational image|PTI

Petrol, diesel prices rally to highest ever levels as rates hiked again by 35 paise/litre

Since the ending of the three-week-long hiatus in rate revision last month, this is the 14th increase in petrol price and the 17th time that diesel rates have gone up.

Defence

A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

Move to increase BSF jurisdiction is to ‘curb crime’, Opposition cries ‘attack on federalism’

Home ministry has amended a 2014 notification extending BSF jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km along Punjab, West Bengal and Assam border.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Lakhimpur Kheri to Kashmir via Punjab is the road India cannot risk taking

Key to handling troubles in Kashmir is Punjab at peace. 30 years back, familiar & evil outside forces were given an opening to set fire to both. India can’t let this happen again.
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