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Practice disease distancing — how India can use corona crisis to kill its caste virus

The coronavirus does not care whether one is a Dalit or Brahmin, Muslim or Christian. Modi govt and media must stop recommending ‘social distancing’ as a measure.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

India was a land of dharma but Europeans reduced it to Hinduism, Islam. And we accepted it

Hinduism is a modern-day invention by colonial powers, who mapped world in terms of unities like Hinduism, Islam and Confucianism, each constructed in the mirror image of Christianity.
NRI brides

Inter-caste marriage isn’t the problem, marrying a Dalit man is

An Indian Hindu male cannot bring himself to accept the fact that an adult woman has the liberty to love and marry as per her free will.
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‘No one cares about party’: Chorus of dissidence grows louder in Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh

BJP MLAs join party MPs to call out failures of the leadership, say RSS’ Sunil Bansal, who is another power centre in the state, doesn’t listen to MLAs.
Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra

Jayendra Saraswathi was a reformist whose work was overshadowed by court cases

Jayandra Saraswathi had tried to break the hold of the Brahminical orthodoxy over the Kanchi math and make it more egalitarian.
Dhaba food | Commons

Ever wondered why only India serves ‘pure’ veg food?

Caste discrimination still occurs in our country through innocuous things like food, like workers eating separately and 'pure veg' restaurants.
A graphic showing Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi should stick to Pidi’s coochie coo identity. It is safe and abstract.

To claim Indianness, Rahul Gandhi must be a Hindu. And being Hindu is more than religious construct, it is a barometer of Indian-ness.

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File photo | Natasha Narwal with her father Mahavir Narwal | By special arrangement

Tale of 2 Indian fathers — one who stands by his daughter in jail, another who disowned his

Natasha Narwal was arrested for ‘conspiring’ Delhi violence and Amulya Leona for saying ‘Hindustan Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad’. But how their dads reacted tells a lot about India today.
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All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.