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Pakistan’s Hazaras to India’s Muslims – people are finding Covid-19 scapegoats

Since the Black Death plague in 14th century, when people went after Jews, beggars, and foreigners across Europe, every disease outbreak has been followed by racism and xenophobia.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is actually a Kapil Mishra, but with Allah on his lips

Leaders like Manjinder Sirsa are unapologetic about supporting their communities. But Naqvi plays invisible for minorities, unless it's to defend BJP or praise Modi.
A deserted road in Delhi on the first day of total lockdown Monday | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Pakistan trying to ‘influence’ Indian Muslims to violate the Covid-19 lockdown: Delhi Police

A Delhi Police report says videos shot in Pakistan are being uploaded on social media with ‘religious instigation against health advisories regarding coronavirus’.
Muslims

Bigotry over Tablighi Jamaat is a familiar pattern. All Muslims will be blamed for acts of few

Heroic acts of Azim Premji or Shah Rukh Khan do not bring credit to the community. But the blame for the ignorance of Tablighi Jamaat members must be shared by all Muslims.
People from Markaz building in Nizamuddin standing in a queue | Shrikant | ANI

Dear Muslims, Tablighi Jamaat committed a crime against humanity. Don’t defend them

I am not encouraging Islamophobia, it is a prejudice that needs fierce opposition but if this isn’t plain stupidity in the name of Allah, then what is?
Women protesters listen to the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors at Shaheen Bagh on 19 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

From Ola to Zomato to social media, I now hide my Muslim identity everywhere

Dear liberal Indians, I consciously try not to sound or look like a Muslim around you because of your Islamophobia.
Protests against the CAA have impacted the image of the Modi government

Maulana Azad cautioned against ‘nationalism’ in 1947. CAA shows we didn’t learn a thing

On Maulana Azad’s death anniversary, India should remember his commitment to the belief—religion alone can never be the basis for nationhood.
A demonstration at Jamia Millia Islamia after a gunman opened fire at anti-CAA protesters near the campus Thursday

Jamia isn’t anti-national, Gandhi wanted to help raise funds with a ‘begging bowl’

Jamia Millia Islamia was not and is not a religious seminary. It was founded to inculcate Indian nationalism among Muslim youth.
Voting during Delhi assembly election

Muslims voting for AAP shows they are desperate and Congress is too passive, apologetic

India Today exit poll claims 69% of Muslims voted for AAP in Delhi election. As if on cue, many in Congress have begun to suggest the party should ditch the Muslim community.
Jogendra Nath Mandal | Commons

BJP claims CAA helps Dalits. But lives of Jogendra Nath Mandal & Ambedkar say otherwise

Ambedkar and Mandal resigned from Indian and Pakistani cabinets in 1950-51. Their letters hold the key to understanding the debate around CAA and BJP's push for it.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.