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Representational image. Volunteers feed stray dogs during the lockdown, in Bikaner. | Photo: ANI

How People For Animals helped rescue stray animals when India was stuck indoors in lockdown

PFA, started by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, is India’s largest animal welfare organisation. It carries out multiple drives and spreads awareness on caring for stray animals.
The viral picture of dogs tied in gunny bags shared on Twitter

Nagaland bans sale of dog meat after incidents of pets being ‘shot at sight’ spark outrage

Local authorities had in May released a ‘shoot-at-sight’ order to kill dogs found roaming the streets purportedly from fear they might spread coronavirus.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Elephant or cow, Hindutva doesn’t give two hoots about animal welfare. Deaths are political

Hindus don't have any problem with cow slaughter or animal sacrifice unless it involves Dalits, Muslims, Christians or tribal people. Their outrage is fake.
The elephant that died at Mannarkad | Facebook

We only allowed killing of boars, Kerala says as outrage over death of wild elephant grows

Kerala govt says it allowed farmers to kill boars but only by shooting, amid allegation that a pregnant elephant died after biting into explosive-laden bait meant for wild boars.
Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi

‘Working for China?’: Maneka Gandhi slams TikTok over animal cruelty videos on platform

In response to a complaint by BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, TikTok said it had taken down videos depicting animal cruelty, but Gandhi has demanded more stringent action.
File photo of a herd of cows drinking water on the outskirts of Jabalpur

Indians love cows but don’t understand this intelligent animal: Maneka Gandhi

Cows are intelligent and need to be treated as individuals. India needs to have better gaushalas.
File photo of Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

A belief in mathematical justice guides Hindu responses to suffering: Maneka Gandhi

The belief that sufferings in this life is a result of bad deeds in past lives stops Hindus from doing things that can make the human society more comfortable.
Dogs on the streets of Lucknow | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Media rumours and vicious RWAs have been worst for animals during Covid: Maneka Gandhi

I am delighted by the coming of age of the volunteer animal movement but RWA cruelties are increasing and street police have been a nuisance.
File image of WCD minister Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

Hyderabad ‘encounter’ of accused rapists sets horrifying precedent: Maneka Gandhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also expressed concern over the Hyderabad encounter, and said people's response to it showed a loss of faith in the justice system.
BJP leaders felicitate PM Narendra Modi at the Parliamentary meet

Not just performance — why Modi dropped Prabhu, Maneka, Rathore & other ministers

PM Modi reportedly invited some of the dropped ministers for a pep-talk last week, but they left none the wiser. 

On Camera

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion in June quarter

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

The Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was test fired in Balasore on 30 September

India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

The test-firing of the missile, which has a range of around 400 km, was carried out by the DRDO off the coast of Balasore in Odisha.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.