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TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after TMC win in 2021 assembly election | PTI

Where is the opposition in Modi’s India? It is here and finally with a face

A new window has just opened for the Opposition as they corner the Modi government. And Mamata Banerjee now seems a veteran.
A file image of Muslims offering prayers during Ramadan in Srinagar | S Irfan | PTI

Muslim clergy must spread the message loud — Covid vaccine won’t invalidate Ramzan fast

Enforcing discipline among 170 million people, sharply divided on sectarian and linguistic lines, is never an easy task. It requires voluntary compliance.

Silence on Kumbh shows Indians think only Muslims spread Covid

There’s nothing more liberating than the truth. And the truth is that India has fangs of communalism deeply dug into it.

Indian madrasas are thought-influencers. Their funding, modernisation should be priority

The government of India would do well to help madrasas use their institutions in teaching Indian Muslims to assimilate their identity as ‘Indian’ and ‘Muslim’, together.
File photo of Abbas Siddiqui at a rally | Photo: Indian Secular Front/Facebook

Abbas Siddiqui’s dilemma—bring Muslims from TMC and still be secular enough for Left-Congress

Abbas Siddiqui and his Indian Secular Front has pitched Muslim, Brahmin, Dalit and tribal candidates for the Bengal assembly election. But can they win?
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Marriage, divorce, adoption — the 5 pleas by a BJP leader in SC that seek uniform civil laws

All 5 petitions were filed last year by BJP leader & lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. In all of them, SC has issued notice, asking relevant govt authorities to respond.

After 1857 rebellion, Delhi properties of ‘disloyal’ Indians were confiscated

In ‘The (Un)governable City’, Raghav Kishore writes about the transformation of Delhi into a cantonment in the aftermath of the Great Rebellion of 1857.
Representational image | A security person stands guard at Tihar jail in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Plan to use mercury in tadka to kill 2 jailed in Tihar for Delhi riots foiled, police say

A Muslim convict allegedly planned to murder 2 Hindu men lodged in Tihar for 'killing' Muslims in the 2020 riots. Delhi Police foiled the plan & arrested the conspirators.
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Minorities panel has only 1 member since Nov, but govt says work not affected ‘in any way’

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi says most seats at 7-member National Commission for Minorities fell vacant during Covid pandemic, process to fill vacancies is on.
Haji Jamal Siddiqui

Muslims too are giving donations for Ram temple construction, says BJP minority cell chief

Haji Jamal Siddiqui quotes Urdu poet Allama Iqbal to say Ram is an ideal for everyone, and adds that BJP will work on increasing Muslim representation in India's electoral politics.

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Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Marathas lack the power of written word. Supreme Court can’t ignore it like Communists did

Caste and varna abolition is now in the hands of RSS/BJP, which claims to represent all Indian Hindus, not just Dwijas, the upper castes.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.


A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
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.