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Stop looking for scientific discoveries in holy books, be it the Vedas or the Quran

It’s either ‘everything scientific was once found in ancient India’, or ‘everything that is science was invented by Muslims’.
A public toilet in India

Hindus are less likely to use a toilet than Muslims in India

Data reveals 25% of Hindus who own toilets don't use them, only 10% of Muslims do the same.
RSS-backed NGO files plea seeking equal inheritance rights for Muslim women

Pulping the Modi script on Muslims

How BJP's panicky return to basic-instinct majoritarianism in Bihar has pushed Muslims back into 'secular' basement.
Candle march for Ankit Saxena

Why did Ankit Saxena and Shehzadi have to pay for falling in love in a free India?

Time and again, the intolerant is hurting the tolerant, cowards are hacking the brave to death. Be it Rizwanur in Kolkata, Afrazul in Rajasthan, or now Ankit.
Babri Masjid demolition

Muslims should give disputed Ayodhya site to Hindus, says national minority panel chief

Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi’s remarks come days before final SC hearing in the matter; rejects claims about rising incidents of communal violence.
Ganges river bank

‘River of Life, River of Death’ by Victor Mallet meanders like the river it talks about

While Mallet convinces the reader of the Ganga’s importance in the country, he often dips into detailed, perhaps irrelevant, mythological tales about the river.
A hindu and a muslim making a victory sign in a political rally in Gujarat

Only three Muslim MLAs in Gujarat this time, but still one better than 2012

The Congress fielded six Muslim candidates this time compared to seven in 2012. The BJP has never fielded a Muslim candidate for assembly polls.
Jignesh Mevani

Who really is Jignesh Mevani: a Dalit, Gujarati or Jihadi?

Jignesh Mevani is using the resources of the Congress without using its name or succumbing to its patronising views on Dalits and Muslims.
Activists of Bajrang Dal during a bike rally

क्यों अपने आप को ISIS जैसा अतिवादी साबित करना चाहते हैं हिंदु : तसलीमा नसरीन

यह उसी तरह की राजनीति है, जिसने भारत का विभाजन एक बार करवाया था और शायद एक बार फिर करवा दे, लेखिका तसलीमा नसरीन बताती हैं.
Modi in Gujarat

Modi, like Richard Branson, is a brand that needs undiluted attention

Gaudy shirts, spiky Mohawks, burst fades represent the style assertion of OBCs in Gujarat.

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
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

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.