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India is now only ‘partly free’ — Freedom in the World report downgrades status

‘Discrimination’ against Muslims, wide use of sedition law, Supreme Court rulings ‘favourable to BJP’ were cited by the report as some of the factors for the downgrade.
Portraits of Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman at a construction site in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. | Photographer: Tasneem Alsultan | Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia redefines its role as world’s defender of Muslims

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is prioritising more secular national interests at a critical juncture for the kingdom. And that may serve him well as the US administration changes.
A Kalighat Pat painting showing a worker bringing a hookah to a woman, c. 1800 | Wikimedia Commons

What made Hindu and Muslim women take up prostitution? The British really wanted to know

In ‘Indian Sex Life’, Durba Mitra traces the colonial origins of modern thought and how women’s sexuality was seen as a space for state intervention.
Ikhlaq Salmani at his home in Nanauta village, Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Sodomy-accused UP man arrested 4 months after his arm was ‘chopped off for being a Muslim’

Ikhlaq Salmani was arrested this week, while his family members were detained in UP. His lawyers say police are yet to take action against those who attacked him.
One of the shoes, sold by Nasir, with 'Thakur' written on it | By special arrangement

UP Police drops ‘promoting enmity’ charge against Muslim vendor who sold ‘Thakur shoes’

Bulandshahr police says investigation has found that allegations against shoe vendor Nasir about promoting enmity based on religion were ‘false’.
Nitu Shukla's mother Rekha, crying in the arms in front of her house at Makhi Beher village in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

UP Muslim man ‘elopes’ with a Hindu girl, police put 13 of his family in jail for ‘conspiracy’

Booked under UP's new anti-conversion law, Sitapur resident Jibrail could be declared a proclaimed offender if he doesn't surrender by 18 January.
Suspended UP Police sub-inspector Intsar Ali | By special arrangement

UP Muslim cop suspended for keeping beard without permission, he says plea pending for a year

Baghpat SP Abhishek Singh said sub-inspector Intsar Ali was warned & given a notice for flouting norms, but Ali claims he has served with a beard since 1994.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra before they were detained while on their way to Hathras in UP, on 1 October 2020 | Congress | Twitter

Taking BJP on Hathras easy for Rahul, Mayawati, Akhilesh. But on Babri case, they won’t talk

Babri and Hathras are not either/or battles. If one is about giving voice to women and Dalits, the other is about Muslims. Both need to be fought.
File image of BJP leader Kapil Mishra

The incredible impunity of Kapil Mishra

There is not even the pretence of an investigation into the role of Kapil Mishra and other BJP leaders in the Delhi riots.
Ikhlaq Salmani at his home in Nanauta village, Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Sodomy’ accused UP man claims his arm chopped off as he’s Muslim, cops blame train accident

Ikhlaq Salmani claimed his right arm was chopped off by two men as he is a Muslim. But police say he has been booked for sodomy & hurt himself when he jumped near a railway track.

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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

India’s vaccine diplomacy is falling apart. Why PM Modi can’t convince EU to waive patents

While Modi waxed eloquent on India-EU trade talks, European leaders were unhappy at US for supporting Delhi's demand to waive Covid vaccine patents.

India’s petrol, diesel demand expected to be better than 2020 despite second Covid wave

While a raft of bearish calls predicting even worse demand this month has emerged after fuel consumption plunged in April, a closer look reveals marked differences from last year.


Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Gen Rawat and Lt Gen Anil Puri | ThePrint

With formal appointments in, this is how the Department of Military Affairs will function

With uniformed officers being given joint secretary ranks, all files will no longer need to be moved to the Secretary of Dept of Military Affairs for decisions.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.