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A cow shelter in Madhya Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Thank the printing press for making the cow into a Hindu gaumata

The growth of printing industry by 19th century allowed Hindu selfhood to get intimately tied to cow protection, writes Aparna Vaidik in 'My Son's Inheritance'. 
J&K Police DSP Davinder Singh, who was arrested for ferrying two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists | Photo: ThePrint Team

Davinder arrest threatens the fragile trust Kashmiri Sikhs enjoy with Indian state & Muslims

Kashmiri Sikhs describe their official position on the Valley’s freedom movement as one of ‘neutrality’.
UP anti-CAA protest and police

UP Police didn’t become anti-Muslim under Yogi. Look at secular Congress’ bloody past

It was 1972 and Indira Gandhi was the PM and HM. Muslims were protesting a law curtailing autonomy of AMU. And then secular Congress set a template for state action.

India’s new Muslim flaunts Tricolour, sings national anthem & isn’t afraid to look Muslim

At Jama Masjid, Muslims pronounced they are Indians first, rejecting the idea that someone can reimagine the basis of the Republic, just because he has majority.
Home Minister Amit Shah | File photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Citizenship Bill has only one aim: protect non-Muslims, harass Muslims

The next time Modi government conducts the NRC – in Assam and across India – it wants to make sure non-Muslims are protected and more Muslims are excluded.
Paramilitary soldiers check identity cards of voters before they enter a polling station during the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Howrah district, West Bengal, on May 6, 2019 | Swapan Mahapatra | PTI Photo

Long queues, old papers, WhatsApp NRC scares: Hindus & Muslims in Bengal brace for the worst

As BJP faces the heat because of rising fears in Bengal over the NRC, detention centres are being planned and many are taking their lives. 
A man stands atop the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 1992.

There are 3 claims to Ayodhya — law, memory & faith. It’s not a simple Hindu-Muslim dispute

Each of the three parties – Sunni Wakf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla Virajman – has identified its own comfort zone in the grand claim for Ayodhya.
Gandhi and Madan Mohan Malaviya | Wikimedia Commons

Gandhi goal behind courting Hindu leaders & groups was to make them more malleable to Muslims

Gandhi was a great enthusiast for cow protection but refused to use it as a bargaining chip for his support to the Khilafat Movement.
Arif Mohammad Khan | File photo | PTI

How to be BJP’s version of a ‘good Muslim’ – A guide by Arif Mohammad Khan

Unlike the Congress’ version, the BJP's good Muslims have to demonstrate Muslimness as an intrinsic problem of India's national identity.
A woman in New Delhi | Representational image | PTI

Where’s your hijab — the question I face the most as a Muslim woman online

Covering my head is a conversation I’ve never had with family or friends. The hijab debate only happens with strangers trying to counter me politically.

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Supreme Court of India being renovated

Me Lord, use your time for something better: My response to SC order on criminals in politics

Wouldn’t it be better if SC focussed its energy on tackling the root causes – the inordinate delays and miscarriage of justice in India's legal system?
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.

Defence

A pair of US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks. Sikorsky was later acquired by Lokheed Martin | Lockheedmartin.com

Cabinet clears $2.4 billion deal for MH-60 Romeo helicopters for Navy ahead of Trump visit

The 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters will meet the immediate requirement of the Indian Navy that is looking to step up vigil on enemy activity.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.