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A BJP hoarding for its Nemom candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan (far left) at Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram | Photo: Jyoti Malhotra/ThePrint

PM Modi boost to Kerala BJP, hoping to leave mark with Sabarimala & ‘love jihad’ narratives

BJP’s ‘love jihad’ bogey has found resonance with a few Christians while its Sabarimala stand forced a CPI(M) minister to admit that allowing women into the hill shrine was a mistake.
Screengrab of the video going viral on several Christian WhatsApp groups in Kerala | Facebook/Christian Association and Alliance for Social Action

‘They’re taking our girls to ISIS’: How Church is now driving ‘love jihad’ narrative in Kerala

Syro-Malabar Church had in 2020 released a strong statement, claiming Christian women were becoming victims of ‘love jihad’. This is now resonating with a section of its parishioners.
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Christian groups in Kerala had concerns over inter-faith marriages. BJP made it a poll issue

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BJP will enact laws to check ‘love and land jihad’ in Assam if voted to power — Amit Shah

Addressing election rallies Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Congress-AIUDF alliance of encouraging infiltration that threatened to change Assam's demography.
(From left) Assam cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, CM Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP chief J.P. Nadda and state party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass with the manifesto for the 2021 assembly polls | Photo: ANI

What is ‘land jihad’, and why BJP has promised a law against it in Assam election manifesto

Assam has a long history of illegal immigration. BJP wants to woo indigenous communities by talking about encroachment and promising land ownership.
A family member of Nikita Tomar holds her picture at her home. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Only death penalty will bring justice, Nikita Tomar family says as court convicts her killers

A Faridabad court Wednesday convicted Tauseef and his aide Rehan for murder. 21-yr-old Nikita was shot dead by the two after she refused to marry Tauseef.

Will bring in law against ‘love jihad’ to stop kidnapping of Hindu girls, says Gujarat CM

Speaking at a rally in Godhra, Vijay Rupani said that the new law is aimed at stopping women from being 'lured and converted'.
A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. | Photo: ANI

Yogi slams Kerala govt for not taking any steps to stop ‘forced conversion’ for marriage

After inaugurating 'Vijay Yatra', the UP CM also criticised the Kerala govt over the increasing Covid positive cases & claimed that his state had effectively tackled the pandemic.

Valentine’s Day or not, India has no infrastructure for love because it’s no internal matter

Valentine’s Day is a Western concept, but love isn’t. From ‘love jihad’ laws to vigilante groups harassing couples in February, its space in India is shrinking.
Constituent Assembly of India in session | Wikipedia

Yes, Constitution makers strongly debated conversion. But here’s what UP’s new law misses

Even while drafting India’s Constitution, members across political parties were concerned about the spectre of mass conversions in colonial India.

On Camera

An Indian Oil Corp. employee loads LPG cylinders onto his vehicle in Cochin | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

12% slum households in India still without LPG connection. Five ways to improve access

In a rapidly urbanising India, the exclusion of urban poor from energy access will have severe long-term implications on their health and economic development.
An employee arranges frozen chicken products in a freezer at a Big Bazaar hypermarket, operated by Future Retail Ltd. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Future Retail’s resolution plan to restructure bank debt eases some immediate concerns

The debt resolution plan, accepted by lenders, is subject to approval by a committee formed by the RBI and exchanges.

Defence

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi, set up by DRDO | By special arrangement

DRDO reopens makeshift Covid hospital in Delhi, 5 other facilities to come up across India

DRDO says the 500-bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi will cater to Covid patients who require critical care.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.