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A screenshot from the viral video of the assault in Kardam Puri on 24 February 2020. | Photo: Twitter

‘Where will people like us go?’ — Nearly a year later, ‘no FIR’ in viral Delhi assault video

On 24 February 2020, Wasim Ali, Faizan and 3 others were assaulted allegedly by policemen during the Delhi riots. While Faizan succumbed to injuries, Wasim is still seeking justice.
The vaccines are stored in extreme cold storage | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Not fatwa brigade or Islamophobes, scientists and Muslim leaders must set vaccine facts right

Many Islamic groups have spoken up for the vaccines, and Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have cleared suspicions of pork gelatine usage.
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was ‘greatest Hindu patriot of our times’, says book RSS chief will launch

‘The Making of a True Patriot: Background of Gandhiji’s Hind Swaraj’ tells the story of Gandhi's evolution as a ‘Hindu patriot’. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will release the book on 1 Jan.
A file photo of former CBI chief M. Nageswara Rao. | Photo: Twitter

Nageswara Rao, the retired IPS officer who believes Hinduism is the only marker of India

Nageswara Rao, who briefly headed CBI, has found a new avatar, particularly on social media. His vision is of a ‘Civilisational India’ and his mission is ‘Equal rights for Hindus’.

In Modi’s AMU pitch to Muslims, retreat from party politics hurting foreign policy interests

Modi’s AMU address after Shah’s CAA remarks suggests govt has realised downside — for international relations, and internal security — of pushing too hard on politics of Muslim exclusion.

Are Covid vaccines halal? Malaysia tries to find middle ground

Muslim religious authorities have previously exempted vaccines from halal labeling. Still, concerns about the shots containing items banned under Islamic law continue to linger.
Romila Thapar

That Muslims enslaved Hindus for last 1000 yrs is historically unacceptable: Romila Thapar

The book ‘Inquilab: A Decade of Protest’ chronicles some of the most powerful speeches and articles by Kavita Krishnan, Romila Thapar, Kanhaiya Kumar, Mahua Maitra, and others.
Representational image. | A file photo of demonstrators gather during a protest against anti-Islamic cartoons near the French Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. | Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

Pakistan, Iran to promote ‘Islamic unity’ with art contest weeks after Prophet cartoon row

There was an outcry among Muslims worldwide over the publishing of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in France and Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to fight ‘Islamist separatism’.
File photo | AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi | Facebook/Asaduddinowaisi

The BJP does not want Owaisi, the BJP does not need Owaisi

The BJP’s aim is to invisibilise Muslims. Owaisi is a challenge to that project. 
Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM fielded 20 candidates in the Bihar assembly elections | Photo: ANI

Asaduddin Owaisi’s rise is just the opportunity Hindutva politics is waiting for

The idea that all Muslims must vote as a single bloc is as deeply abhorrent as the attempt to unite all Hindus in a vote bank.

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Tejas

Tejas keeps India’s capability gap with China under check. It is HAL’s game to lose now

Although several major air forces like France, Germany and the US are still inducting or ordering fourth-generation fighters, their capabilities and threats are distinct from India’s.

Billionaire-backed gaming startup Nazara Technologies kicks off India’s tech IPO rush

The impending debut could encourage other Indian startups to tap public markets, after years of explosive growth in mobile & internet usage created firms like Paytm & Flipkart.

Defence

Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Around 3,500 armed forces’ doctors, health workers receive Covid vaccine on Day One 

While 3,129 healthcare personnel from the Army got the vaccine, the number stood at about 250 for the Navy. The figure for IAF is yet to be ascertained.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.