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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'.
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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.
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.

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Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

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A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.