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Representational image. | A tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Haputale. | Photo: Commons

How Sri Lanka is facing an economic disaster after overnight switch to total organic farming

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Seers returning from Kumbh at the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad Sunday | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Dismantle Hindutva’ vs ‘understand Hinduphobia’: Battle of narratives now in foreign campuses

Pro- and anti-Hindutva academics have taken their debate abroad in the last few months, with both sides organising conferences and publishing articles.
Jawaharlal Nehru, July 1957 | Flickr

The ICHR poster is Hindutva institutionalising pettiness. Trying to erase Nehru is futile

The Narendra Modi dispensation has taken this hatred to a pathological level because of the deep personal inferiority complex vis-a-vis Nehru.
Representational image. | Illustration: ThePrint

Hinduphobia or battle against bigotry? ‘Dismantling global Hindutva’ seminar sparks controversy

Online conference is being organised by a group of academics who wish to stay anonymous. The event will feature Indian academics, journalists and activists.
Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan | T. Narayan/Bloomberg

Hindutva founders did little for azadi. Hijacking history in ICHR poster is what BJP can do

Excising Nehru from India’s freedom struggle is rationally impossible; omitting him from an ICHR poster is the best they can do.
Activists of Bajrang Dal during a bike rally

Muslim minds, not bodies, are targets of Hindutva vigilantes. Their crimes resemble terrorism

The spectacle of complete subjugation of Muslims by a Hindu mob in a viral video is not just symbolic but necessary for the cause of 'Hindu Rashtra'.
Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Hindutva opponents must go beyond Muslims as invaders vs legal citizens categories

Silence on critical issues leads to a weak and superficial imagination of Muslim presence in India. It seems Hindutva critique also see Muslims as a problem category.
A dosa stall in Mathura's Vikas Market, which changed its name to 'American Dosa Corner' from 'Shrinath Dosa' after an incident of vandalism on 18 August 2021. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Muslim man’s dosa stall vandalised in Mathura over Hindu name, forced to change it to ‘American corner’

Multiple ‘Hindutva groups’ vandalised a dosa stall in Mathura on 18 August, objecting to a Muslim family running the eatery named after Hindu gods. An FIR has now been lodged in the case.
The hoisting of the saffron flag has led to tension at Amagarh fort in eastern Jaipur | By special arrangement

‘Trying to Hinduise us’— How Jaipur fort became flashpoint between tribal Meenas & Hindu groups 

Theft of idols at the tribal Amagarh fort, followed by hoisting of a saffron flag has led to 4 FIRs and upset the Meena community that holds sway over 18 of Rajasthan's 25 seats reserved for STs.
Women protesting against CAA-NRC on Morland Road in Nagpada

Constitution, Indian nationalism can defeat Hindutva. We can’t be silent on anti-Muslim hate

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

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Representational Image | Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid (middle) during a press conference in Afghanistan, on 17 August 2021 | Twitter/@paykhar

How the Taliban will finance their new Afghan government

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year alone, the Taliban raked in $1.6 billion from a wide variety of sources.
File photo of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | ANI photo

Banks should adopt digitisation to ensure govt schemes reach needy, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The Finance Minister said it was due to use of digitisation through banking correspondents that govt's financial disbursements were distributed to the poor even during Covid pandemic.

Defence

Terror fallout from Afghanistan, China and Indo-Pacific top agenda of India-Australia talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton held bilateral talks Friday, ahead of the first ever 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and Australia tomorrow.

3 questions for those dreaming of beating Narendra Modi, but answer the third first

Can Modi be defeated? If yes, how? Is anyone trying to defeat him? These are key questions opposition leaders hoping to take on Modi in 2024 need to answer.
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