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The Indian H-1B worker in Trump’s US is like the Muslim in Modi’s India

Even for tech behemoths from Cisco to IBM, Facebook to Google, there is no sentimental love or preference for Indians, writes Rohit Chopra.
Protest against the government over Triple Talaq Bill. PTI Photo

Congress to hold back triple talaq bill in RS & insist on amendments

Party leaders dismiss Arun Jaitley’s charge of double standards, say Congress is demanding the same changes it asked for in the Lok Sabha. New Delhi: The standoff between the Narendra Modi government and the opposition over the triple talaq bill is likely to continue as the winter session of Parliament draws to a close. While desisting from openly opposing the bill, the Congress will hold it back in the Rajya Sabha and insist on amendments, party insiders told ThePrint. Sources indicated that the Congress will continue to demand that the bill be referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha Thursday as well. The party will also strongly counter the BJP by emphasising that it is not against the ‘reform’ centric bill per se, but wants a ‘stronger law’ that ‘empowers women’ comprehensively, through clear provisions for maintenance among other points, sources said. The Congress will also reject the BJP’s charge that it...
Muslim women

Congress MP shoots off letter to Modi govt opposing criminalisation of triple talaq

Rajya Sabha MP Husain Dalwai writes letter to Home minister Rajnath Singh, says plan to criminalise the practice of triple talaq is ‘extremely problematic’.
A gathering of Muslim women offering prayers (Representational Image) | Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Modi govt move to criminalise triple talaq may not be instant

Contrary to reports that the bill could be introduced in winter session of Parliament, govt sends draft to states for comments and suggestions.
Muslim voters

As BJP rises, let us not confuse Muslim representation with political participation

The Muslim communities, like any other social group, participate in electoral politics at the constituency level.
A muslim woman showing the polling mark on her finger during the 2012 polls.

From parties to media, everyone’s uninterested in the Muslim vote bank in Gujarat

There appears to be a consensus to not address Muslims as a potential political category, and view them purely as voters, and not as Muslims. ​
An image of Alauddin Khilji (left) and Tipu Sultan (right) who are at the centre of debates in India

Don’t give modern character certificates to rulers like Khilji or Tipu

Our interest in taking offence to what someone has said about our past is really an interest in folklore and not history.
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal controversy is an extension of RSS’s ideological war

Ideological schizophrenia and a perverse reading of history projects the Taj Mahal as a symbol of hate and barbarism.
BJP MLA Sangeet Som has criticised Taj Mahal as a symbol of invaders, but the monument has had many political narratives

From Lord Curzon to BJP’s Sangeet Som, Taj Mahal has many political narratives

Taj Mahal has always functioned as a political text, capable of producing a number of different and even conflicting meanings.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Don’t see SC’s Diwali cracker ban through a communal lens: Union minister M.A. Naqvi

Minority Affairs Minister and BJP’s Muslim face says if there is pollution because of any religion’s festival, action should be taken.

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Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.