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All Indian communities should remember that their religious rituals—a part of their fundamental rights—come with a corresponding duty.
As the Muslim prayer is under attack again, with Noida police banning religious congregations at parks in Sector 58, ThePrint brings you a lowdown on namaz and its importance.
During the month of sawan, kanwariyas (carriers of holy water) take to the streets for an annual Hindu procession that disrupts traffic and even leads to violence on the streets. On the other hand, Muslims have faced severe criticism for praying in open spaces and using loudspeakers for azaan. ThePrint asks- Kanwariyas vs Namazis: Double standard over disruption in public spaces? Vicious plan to establish Hindu practices as cultural, Muslim as alien Apoorvanand Hindi professor, Delhi University Religion is a messy thing. It gets actualised through rituals of different kinds. Kanwar Yatra is one such ritual, which makes you a truer Shiva bhakt. By performing this ritual, your claim on Shiva becomes stronger and more authentic. It is futile to argue if it forms an essential part of Hinduism or Shiva bhakti. Namazis can make similar argument about their Juma Namaz, performed collectively in an open or closed space. You can remain a true Muslim even...
It is possible for the Hindutva elites to make use of the favourable passages of the judgment for its anti-Muslim politics.
A Supreme Court judgment in 1994 in the Ayodhya case had ruled that while a Muslim can pray practically anywhere, the site of a Hindu temple is set in stone.
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It makes sound political sense for the opposition to not oppose Khattar’s remark, but appeasement politics looks at other factors.
Groups also reiterate the demand to open up historical mosques for worship, while minorities commission chairperson says the row is ‘not a big issue’.