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Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers in protest for Ram temple in Ayodhya | Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The erasure of the Babri Masjid actually began six years before its demolition

The ‘Ayodhya controversy’ is not about the Ram temple, it is about the forcible occupation of a functioning mosque.
Illustration showing Rahul Gandhi and a temple in the background

Rahul Gandhi is making his father’s Shah Bano-Ayodhya mistakes and fighting the war on BJP’s terms

Rahul Gandhi is playing to the BJP’s Hindutva strengths. It’s a blunder his dad committed too, and the party’s never recovered.
Himanta Biswa Sarma giving a speech

I was only quoting Bhagwat Gita on karma: Himanta Biswa Sarma on cancer comment

If two people are chewing tobacco, why does only one of them get cancer? There is some other factor at work here. It is because everything is linked to divinity.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Don’t see SC’s Diwali cracker ban through a communal lens: Union minister M.A. Naqvi

Minority Affairs Minister and BJP’s Muslim face says if there is pollution because of any religion’s festival, action should be taken.
scales of justice

Put The Dog Down

When real judges won’t trust a 24-year-old with knowing what’s good for her, you decide what’s more curious, real life or reality TV? Shekhar Gupta

Talk Point: ​Does ​​the Rajatarangini narrative of ​5,000 years of Hindu history in Kashmir need challenging?

Kashmir: Exposing the Myth Behind the Narrative (SAGE Publications, 2017​), a new book by a former Kashmiri state civil servant​,​ Khalid Bashir Ahmad, challenges​ what the author calls Kashmir's popular​​ ‘Hindu historiography.’

Talk Point: How did some pockets of West Bengal become so communally polarised?

A controversial Facebook post about Islam recently prompted angry Muslim mobs to go on a rampage setting buildings on fire and clash with the police in West Bengal, killing a 65-year-old Hindu man. Retaliatory Hindu mobs burnt down the dargah and shops owned by Muslims. Who is responsible for this communal tinderbox? We ask experts.

It is nothing but Hindu politics if you exclude buffaloes from cattle trade rules – Animal Rights lawyer

The focus of the government should be on implementation, not amendment, says Jayasimha Nuggehalli who helped draft the rules. The only change should be to let go of small-time butchers. SANYA DHINGRA

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.