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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.
A victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch | Tv New Zealand/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand mosque shooter had a gun licence, country now moves to change gun laws

PM Jacinda Ardern said she will change the country's gun laws after a 28-year-old Australian right-wing extremist carried out the country's worst mass shooting since 1943.
Bangladesh players escaped from Christchurch mass shooting

‘5-minute delay saved us’ — Bangladesh cricket team member recounts New Zealand shooting

Srinivas C. Chandrashekharan, Bangladesh team's video analyst, says captain’s press conference was delayed by 5 mins, which meant the team arrived at Masjid Al Noor late.

At least 49 killed in ‘terrorist attack’ at 2 mosques in New Zealand, test match called off

New Zealand Police said they arrested 4 people after the mass shooting. One of the alleged shooters livestreamed part of the attack and posted a manifesto online.
Demolition of the Babri Masjid 1992 | Getty Images

An IAS officer writes about how he rebuilt Ayodhya after Babri Masjid demolition

Within a month or so of Babri demolition, all the damaged mosques in Ayodhya were restored to their original state.
Haji Ali Dargah | Pixabay

Two years after court order, women have easy access at Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah

Like in Sabarimala temple case, women had to move court to get unfettered access to Haji Ali Dargah. Now, a separate access path has been created for them.  Mumbai: A young girl wearing a chic blue off-shoulder top and jeans, her head covered with a scarf, ties a thread to a lattice structure with her eyes closed. Next to her, a burkha-clad woman is handing over a chadar and flowers to a male attendant to be offered to the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. A few older women with dupattas on their heads are sitting on the side, their eyes closed in meditation and prayer. This is the sanctum sanctorum of Mumbai’s famous Haji Ali Dargah, where to gain unfettered access, women, like in the case of Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, had to knock on the doors of the court. It has been about two years since the Bombay High Court paved...
Fine Arts Academy

Plot to build temple at Kolkata Fine Arts Academy foiled, but mosque inside airport stays

There has been a sustained attempt to relocate the mosque facing the second runway of the international airport in Kolkata.
Taj Mahal

Supreme Court junks plea against Agra order barring outsiders at mosque in Taj Mahal

Court says Taj Mahal one of seven wonders of world and people can offer prayers at other mosques also.
A protest rally on the occasion of 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya

यहाँ तक कि अकबर ने भी दी थी बाबरी में चबूतरा बनाने की इजाज़त

अतीत, मसलन अयोध्या के बारे में जानने के लिए पारंपरिक ज्ञान और आधुनिक विज्ञान, दोनों का इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है अयोध्या पिछले 30 वर्षों से भारतीय राजनीति का सबसे विवादास्पद मसला बना हुआ है. यह कई सरकारों का भाग्य तय कर चुका है. अगर हम यूनेस्को की सांस्कृतिक परिभाषा का इस्तेमाल करें तो अयोध्या ‘सांस्कृतिक संपत्ति’, ‘पवित्र स्थल’, और ‘महत्वपूर्ण स्थल’ की परिभाषा में फिट बैठती है. एनसाइक्लोपेडिया ब्रिटानिका कहती है, ‘उत्तर प्रदेश के फैजाबाद के पास गोगरा नदी के तट पर बसा भारत का एक प्राचीन शहर अयोध्या (अजोध्या) हिन्दुओं के सात पवित्र तीर्थस्थलों में गिना जाता है... यह रामायण के नायक राम के पिता और कोशल नरेश दशरथ की भव्य राजधानी थी. राम के जन्मस्थल पर बने मंदिर को मुग़ल बादशाह बाबर ने मस्जिद में तब्दील करवा दिया, हालांकि हनुमानगढ़ तथा कनक भवन मंदिर का उपयोग रामभक्त वैष्णव आज भी कर रहे हैं...’ फैजाबाद जिले का गज़टियर ‘द अवध...
A protest rally on the occasion of 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya

Even Akbar built a ‘chabutara’ inside Babri masjid for Hindus to worship

Both scientific ways and traditional knowledge can be useful to know the past, like in Ayodhya.

On Camera

How, and why, we learned to stop worrying and love the electoral bonds

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
tiktok app

Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.