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Coronavirus a hoax, fearing it a sin, believed several US pastors and many have since died

Conservative Christian clergymen in the US have been encouraging their flock to come to church and attend meetings, actively defying social distancing rules.
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Cultural artillery, Christianity, education: How the British & missionaries Westernised Khasis

In 'White As Milk and Rice', Nidhi Dugar Kundalia writes about how 80% of Khasis today are Christian converts because of the British.
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Congress’ DK Shivakumar lands in ‘conversion conspiracy’ over 114-ft Jesus Christ statue

The proposed statue, near Bengaluru, will stand just short of Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer, which, at 124 feet, has defined the Rio skyline since 1931. 
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Hinduism vs Hindutva debate ignores Hindu people, puts religion where it doesn’t exist

Islam and Christianity, which are more monolithic and organised, benefit from the divide that Indian Constitution creates between ‘secular’ and ‘religious’.
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Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in 1956. For two decades, he studied all major religions to conclude Buddha and his teachings allowed reform.
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From Sinead O’Connor to Shuhada’ Davitt, the Irish rockstar’s transition to Islam

Sinead O’Connor's journey into Islam was preceded by her controversial encounters with Christianity, which she had been very vocal about.

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Ram Mandir to Maharashtra cop video: IPS officer’s guide to fighting caste & religious bias

Whose Ram Rajya does Ayodhya temple bring — Gandhi’s or Modi’s? Ambedkar can answer

The concept of Ram Rajya itself is not without contestation. From M.K. Gandhi to B.R. Ambedkar to Modi, Ram Rajya offers a varied understanding of Indian civilisation.
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These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

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Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.