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A cow shelter in Madhya Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Thank the printing press for making the cow into a Hindu gaumata

The growth of printing industry by 19th century allowed Hindu selfhood to get intimately tied to cow protection, writes Aparna Vaidik in 'My Son's Inheritance'. 
Home Minister Amit Shah | File photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Citizenship Bill has only one aim: protect non-Muslims, harass Muslims

The next time Modi government conducts the NRC – in Assam and across India – it wants to make sure non-Muslims are protected and more Muslims are excluded.
Paramilitary soldiers check identity cards of voters before they enter a polling station during the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Howrah district, West Bengal, on May 6, 2019 | Swapan Mahapatra | PTI Photo

Long queues, old papers, WhatsApp NRC scares: Hindus & Muslims in Bengal brace for the worst

As BJP faces the heat because of rising fears in Bengal over the NRC, detention centres are being planned and many are taking their lives. 
Kamlesh Tiwari was murdered at his house in Lucknow Friday | Facebook

Day after murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, who wanted to build Godse temples, 3 held in Gujarat

2 murderers identified but are still at large. UP Police says arrested accused Maulana Sheikh Salim, Faizan, & Rashid Pathan were the masterminds.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

No matter what SC decides on Ayodhya, the assertive Hindu is here to stay

Hindus want a strong government to correct the wrongs done to the community in the name of secularism.
A man stands atop the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 1992.

There are 3 claims to Ayodhya — law, memory & faith. It’s not a simple Hindu-Muslim dispute

Each of the three parties – Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla Virajman – has identified its own comfort zone in the grand claim for Ayodhya.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the Rafale fighter jet (representational image) | Photo: Twitter

With Rafale puja, Rajnath Singh was just Hindu Everyman. Criticising him is political suicide

Only a few years ago, almost all of India queued up outside temples to feed milk to Ganesha idols. So why the brouhaha now?
Gandhi and Madan Mohan Malaviya | Wikimedia Commons

Gandhi goal behind courting Hindu leaders & groups was to make them more malleable to Muslims

Gandhi was a great enthusiast for cow protection but refused to use it as a bargaining chip for his support to the Khilafat Movement.
A Hindu marriage

For RSS, Hindu ideal is Shiv-Parvati marriage with man-woman on equal footing

Families are not meant to stay in isolation. They should maintain harmonious relations with relatives, neighbours and the community.
Mian Mithu

Mian Mithu, the extremist cleric whom Hindu families dread in Pakistan’s Sindh

Mian Mithu is evergreen. Electoral losses, public protests mean nothing to him. And now he has been caught leading rioters in Ghotki.

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Amit Shah

Coronavirus-hit China must look at helpful India, not pick on Amit Shah’s Arunachal visit

The India-China border dispute is a complicated issue and it is futile to expect it to be resolved in the ‘early harvest’ manner suggested by China.

Do Shaheen Bagh protesters run risk of waning interest or should stay put for CAA endgame?

The Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA has entered its third month. SC-appointed mediators met protesters this week and may meet them again at a different location.

Defence

Representational image of Kandla Port, Gujarat | Photo: Commons

Chinese ship carrying suspected cargo to Pakistan allowed to leave, equipment held back

The ship was detained at Gujarat's Kandla Port for allegedly mis-declaring an autoclave, which can be used to launch ballistic missiles, as an industrial ‘dryer’.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.