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Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in 1956. For two decades, he studied all major religions to conclude Buddha and his teachings allowed reform.
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Terrorists can be beaten, but we’re doing it wrong

Extremism should be monitored & analysed by demographic instead of region, says Kashmir-born Farah Pandith, who served as a special representative to Muslim communities under Hillary Clinton.

How a Muslim doctor in Kerala is fighting against the ‘un-Islamic’ face veil

Dr Fazal Gafoor, chairman of Kerala's Muslim Education Society, says Quran doesn't mention the use of face veils and the trend has come to India from Arab countries.
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Indian liberal Muslims need to watch out for a dangerous strain of Islam terrorising S. Asia

Leaders of the Muslim community in India have the primary duty to confront and defeat the malign Wahhabi-Salafi influence on Indian Muslims.

Chief of Muslim educational group in Kerala receives death threats over face veil ban

The Muslim Educational Society (MES) had imposed a ban on veils covering women's faces stating it was a new trend and was not in practice in the state earlier.
Women pray at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi | Representational image | Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News

Are Muslims nationalists? What is their problem with Modi? 12 FAQs about Muslims answered

Political Islam scholar Hilal Ahmed in his new book 'Siyasi Muslims' answers frequently asked questions about Muslim and politics in India.
Women pray at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi | Representational image | Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News

SC admits plea to lift ‘ban’ on Muslim women in mosques. But Islam doesn’t bar them at all

Islam doesn't restrict women's entry into any mosque in the world. The only limitation is that women have to stand in a separate row, some distance behind men.
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SC invokes Sabarimala in plea seeking entry of women into mosques

SC issues notices to minority affairs ministry, Muslim law board and NCW on a petition filed by a Muslim couple challenging ban on entry of women in mosques.
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Muslim couple moves Supreme Court seeking entry of women in mosques

The Pune-based couple said there is nothing in the Quran that opposes women entering mosques and offering prayers.

Don’t blame Sharia for Islamic extremism – blame colonialism

There is no inherent tension between Sharia, human rights and rule of law. Sharia’s application depends on who is using it – and why.

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Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


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On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.