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Shekhar Gupta and Balasaheb Thackeray

I asked Balasaheb Thackeray, “Are you a mafioso?” — and lived to tell the tale

Bal Thackeray was India’s only purely parochial leader. He was also his own brand manager and a man deeply in love with himself.
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From Rajiv Gandhi to Modi, nobody defines ‘Muslim appeasement’ but all use it for votes

The idea of ‘Muslim appeasement’ has haunted Indian politics for nearly three decades.
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Are Hindus really the victims in India? Of what, asks Barkha Dutt

In the first episode of News Ka Juice, journalist Barkha Dutt questions the idea of Hindu ‘victimhood’.
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Joining the Indian Army won’t make you a bad Muslim

Indian Army is one of the most secular institutions in the country and Muslims must sign up.
Mahatma Gandhi

In the lead up to Partition, Gandhi’s own prayer meetings were becoming polarised

This excerpt from ‘Gandhi: The years that changed the world 1914-1948’ by Ramachandra Guha tells the story of the Mahatma in the months leading up to Partition.
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India needs jobs for all, including its Muslims

New data suggests efforts of governments to expand opportunities to India’s most deprived citizens may be failing.
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Asians living in Britain are quite ignorant about each other’s rich religious diversity

In this witty excerpt, Sardar informs his readers of a radio show that reflects the evident reality of a divide in the British Asian community. 
Asaduddin Owaisi

Owaisi and Prakash Ambedkar join hands to fight elections in Maharashtra

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Prakash Ambedkar will be holding a public rally alongside him on 2 October.
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India and Pakistan silent on China’s horrific Muslim ‘re-education’ camps

Uyghur Muslims are reportedly being forced to consume pork and alcohol in China's camps as world remains silent
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Friend China is torturing Muslims, but Islamic Republic Pakistan is quiet. Here’s why

There is Beijing's United Nations Security Council membership, the CPEC, and the host of support Islamabad has received over the years.



BCCI set to seek World Cup ban on Pakistan: Playing to the gallery or a stand on terror?

The BCCI is being urged to ask the ICC to ban Pakistan from participating in the World Cup cricket tournament for harbouring Jaish-e-Mohammed, which carried out the Pulwama terror attack.


A CRPF soldier stands guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Home ministry’s air travel facility for central forces won’t replace convoys in Kashmir

After launch of air travel facility for central forces, including CRPF, BSF and NSG, Thursday, ministry official says 'practically impossible to do away with the convoy'.
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Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.