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VHP and RSS members at their Ram Mandir donation drive in Naraina, Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint.

20-member teams, 20 homes a day — how VHP is raising funds in Delhi for Ayodhya Ram Mandir

The Vishva Hindu Parishad kicked off its fund collection drive for the Ram temple in Ayodhya on 1 February in Delhi. 
Haji Jamal Siddiqui

Muslims too are giving donations for Ram temple construction, says BJP minority cell chief

Haji Jamal Siddiqui quotes Urdu poet Allama Iqbal to say Ram is an ideal for everyone, and adds that BJP will work on increasing Muslim representation in India's electoral politics.
The proposed model of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: ANI

Ram Mandir to be built in 3 years at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore, says temple treasurer

Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Nyas treasurer Govind Dev Giri Maharaj said their target is to reach 15 crore homes in 6.5 lakh villages to collect funds for the Ram Temple project.
A Ram Mandir donation drive rally in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ram Mandir donation drive volunteers in MP were given dos & don’ts list, but they flouted it

Volunteers were given an approved list of slogans, but at a 10 January rally in Bhopal, they invoked Aurangzeb and Babar, chanted threats to wipe out colonies.
Abdul Hamid with his children in front of their demolished home in Begum Bagh, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

3 incidents, 1 pattern — what’s behind the violence during Ram Mandir rallies in MP

Villagers claim there was anti-Muslim sloganeering by Hindu rally participants, who carried weapons. Administration has demolished Muslim homes in 2 areas.
File image of MP assembly pro-tem speaker Rameshwar Sharma | Twitter | @rameshwar4111

‘Sita-Rubiya’ remark, no Muslims at garba — MP’s pro tem Speaker courts a controversy a day

Rameshwar Sharma, who was in the mob that razed Babri, has a knack for making incendiary statements — be it on ‘love jihad’ or communal tensions being witnessed in MP today.
A 3-D image of the proposed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya | By special arrangement

VHP to reach out to PM Modi, President seeking contribution for Ram Mandir construction

The secretary general of the Trust says a campaign seeking funds for Ram Mandir will start on Makar Sankranti (15 January) and will continue till Magh Purnima (27 February).
The proposed model of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: ANI

Ayodhya pilgrims to get ropeway connecting airport, bus stand, rail station with Ram Mandir

The ropeway project, worth Rs 1,200 crore, will be executed by Swiss firm Doppelmayr, and is set to be completed in two years.
The proposed model of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: ANI

Ram Mandir trust to launch nationwide fund collection drive next month for temple construction

In a series of tweets, the temple trust says voluntary donations will be accepted for which coupons of Rs 10, Rs 100 and Rs 1,000 will be available.
One of the 15 mosques in Dhannipur near Ayodhya. | Photo: Prashant Srivastava | ThePrint

SC rejects plea seeking appointment of govt nominees in trust for building mosque in Ayodhya

The petition said that the presence of central and state govt representatives was essential to ensure proper management funds allotted for building the mosque.

On Camera

BJP supporters celebrate after emerging victorious on the counting day of Gujarat Municipal Corporation polls, in Ahmedabad, on 23 February | PTI

What Gujarat civic polls say about evolving national politics & fortunes of BJP, Congress, AAP

With new entrants like AAP and AIMIM in Gujarat, the Congress vote is now 'going abegging', says Shekhar Gupta in Episode 690 of #CutTheClutter.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Budget 2021 marks directional change for Indian economy, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Ahmedabad: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said this year's budget has negated the notion that welfare state is a socialist prerogative, and added that it has given a directional change to the Indian economy, wherein the government trusts wealth creators and citizens. She lauded the reform of faceless assessment for direct and indirect taxes, saying that tax terrorism will be a thing of the past, but also warned that "technology terrorism" will now gain ground. "This is a budget for new decade. This budget clearly says- private sector we trust you and you are welcome to participate in the development of the country. It's a budget in which we are recognising what a government can do or how far it can do...So it's a budget that gives directional change to the Indian economy," Sitharaman said while addressing a meeting of intellectuals organised by the BJP. "We inherited a system from the USSR, where glories of socialism were spoken about...That only...

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

India, Pakistan agree to observe ceasefire along LoC, pull back specialised offensive units

India and Pakistan aim for peace along LoC, with New Delhi being ‘cautiously optimistic’. There will, however, not be any let-up in anti-infiltration and anti-terror operations.
Illustration by Soham Sen

India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.