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File images of actor Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan | ThePrint

SRK wished his grown-up kids would believe in fairy tales again. Aryan needs one now

Shah Rukh Khan's tweets or interviews with Simi Grewal, Karan Johar, David Letterman or Ted Talks have assumed an afterlife of their own. They keep his kingdom of fans going.
Muslim cleric Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui has been arrested in the alleged illegal conversion racket. | Illustration: Prajna Ghosh/ThePrint

5 lakh ‘forced’ into Islam, funds from Gulf, UK: What UP ATS found in ‘conversion racket’ probe

UP ATS have arrested 16 people in the case, including cleric Maulana Kaleem, and Islamic Dawah Centre chief Umar Gautam. The accused say they never forced anyone to convert.
Representational image of a Hindu ascetic and Muslim men crossing each other outside a renovated market in Chand Bagh that was burned down during the February 2020 Northeast Delhi riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Anti-BJPism didn’t work for Muslims. Now it’s making the Opposition lazy

The question isn't anymore about which non-BJP party can get Muslim votes. The more relevant question is which secular party can get enough Hindu votes.
The headquarters of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council in Kochi | Photo: Nirmal Poddar/ThePrint

How Kerala church’s ‘love jihad, narcotics jihad’ taunts are hurting Muslim businesses & society

A bishop of Kerala’s Pala had earlier this month warned of ‘narcotics jihad’. Despite a backlash from within the community, the ramifications are already being felt on ground. 
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bollywood lyricist calls Mughal rulers ‘dacoits’, historians dismiss it as ‘jingoism’

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

India can’t alienate its 20 crore Muslims, not when Taliban are finding legitimacy, not ever

Indian Muslims have been completely edged out of power structures, not just by BJP, but all other parties. Even in the Supreme Court, there’s one Muslim judge out of 33.
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.
Delhi Police officers speaking to Muslim community leaders ahead of Shab-e-Barat | Photo: ANI

Muslims more likely to be targeted by Delhi Police if facial recognition technology is used

Any technological intervention that intensifies policing will aggravate the historical systemic bias, particularly against Muslims living in over-policed areas like Old Delhi or Nizamuddin.

Bhagwat’s identity politics has a DNA of its own. Indian Muslims can’t ignore it in rush to gush

Muslim intelligentsia will prove itself to be opportunist if it doesn't engage with the underlying presumptions in the RSS chief's remark that Muslims share the same DNA as Hindus.

Why Ambedkar changed on separate electorate. His shift was strategic not voluntary

Ambedkar favoured communal representation but had serious objections to a separate communal electorate being the best way to achieve it.

On Camera

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Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.
Motorists approach s a Bharat Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Chennai, India, on 1 July 2021| Representational image| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Plan to privatise Bharat Petroleum delayed as bidders struggle to find partners

The sale of state-run refiner-cum-fuel retailer BPCL would have fetched about $13 billion for the exchequer and other shareholders.

Defence

Representative image of swarm drones. | sameerjoshi73.medium.com

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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