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Nellie Massacre

Nellie massacre and ‘citizenship’: When 1,800 Muslims were killed in Assam in just 6 hours

Nellie massacre took place in 1983 in the backdrop of tension between Centre and Assam students’ outfit over deletion of ‘foreigners’ from electoral rolls.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

How directive principles fuel BJP and Congress politics on cow and Hindutva

The Narendra Modi-led BJP govt reinvented the directive principles as an important source for its brand of majoritarianism.
Representational image | PIB

Do BJP and Congress differ in giving Padma Awards to Muslims — the number story

The Padma Awards have become a crucial symbol to legitimise Muslim contribution in India over the years. 
Tamil Nadu farmers during a march in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Socialism, not secularism, is the central fault line of Indian politics

What’s the best way for the people to move up in life? That is the main swing question in 2019 – as it is in every election.
Latest news on Babri Masjid | Robert Nickelsberg/Liaison

What about Babri Masjid? How land became more important than the mosque in Ayodhya

Even the so-called Muslim parties involved in the dispute are more interested in the land on which the mosque once stood.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah | Atul Yadav/PTI

Without realising, BJP has surrendered India to Muhammad Ali Jinnah

An India that denies itself to some of us could end up being denied to all of us, writes Shashi Tharoor.
A gathering of hindutva supporters | @BJP4India | Twitter

Is India in danger of becoming a Hindu Pakistan?

For the first time, India’s leaders have sought to redefine the country effectively as a home for South Asians that aren’t Muslims. 
A Uighur-owned restaurant in Xinjiang, China

This is how Islam is getting a Communist makeover in China

Reports from China suggest that the country will soon release a five-year 'outline' for the 'Sinicisation' of Islam.
Muslim women

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, Congress to oppose it

The Triple Talaq Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha --245 voting in favour and 11 opposing it -- on Thursday amid a walkout by the Opposition.
Narendra Modi

BJP has lost the plot, things are slipping out of Narendra Modi’s hands: Zafar Sareshwala

There is a stark difference between what PM Modi’s approach used to be, and what seems to be the BJP’s current approach.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.