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People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Coronavirus was a test of secular nationalism. Then Tablighi Jamaat became the scapegoat

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin would concern any country. But PM Modi must immediately rein in his media and social media supporters communalising it.
Devotees at a temple in Guwahati, Assam | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Dear Taslima Nasreen, God has no KRAs and will survive coronavirus pandemic

Rationalists question people who believe in God in these times. But pandemics, famines, wars have only reinforced religion. COVID-19 will too.
The crude catapult atop Rajdhani Public School | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Are communal riots a new thing in India? Yes, and it started with the British

Delhi riots have brought back the 200-year old debate – did Hindus and Muslims live peacefully in India before British or was there always communal violence?
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Personal, not religious: Why people need to stop asking me about my knee-length hair 

My appearance should be dictated by my desires, and not by my family’s and society's expectations or even the religion that I was born into.
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Harappan meat row not the first. Museums and gods have always collided

Historical facts take a backseat when you have gods on display. And it’s not just the babus in National Museum, museums struggle with religious artefacts world over.
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Odisha’s Jagannath temple was at the centre of British govt decision to go secular in India

It was not the 1857 Mutiny that set British India on a course towards secularism, but an 1833 letter of instructions from Court of Directors.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Hinduism vs Hindutva debate ignores Hindu people, puts religion where it doesn’t exist

Islam and Christianity, which are more monolithic and organised, benefit from the divide that Indian Constitution creates between ‘secular’ and ‘religious’.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

India was a land of dharma but Europeans reduced it to Hinduism, Islam. And we accepted it

Hinduism is a modern-day invention by colonial powers, who mapped world in terms of unities like Hinduism, Islam and Confucianism, each constructed in the mirror image of Christianity.
Imran Khan

Pakistan rejects US report on religious freedom, dubs it ‘unilateral and arbitrary’

Pakistan's Foreign Office said the move was detached from ground realities of the country and raised questions about the credibility and transparency of the exercise.
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Why most elite married women of Delhi prefer gurus over temples or gods

A conspicuous aspect of the cult of the guru among Delhi’s rich was the global reach and international character of the guru himself.

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Startups

Can’t rely on foreign investors. India must become aatmanirbhar in startup financing

Startups are vital to India’s economic growth. To ensure they are not subject to onerous influence from foreign investors, we need to build up a venture capital industry.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

Why Ramdev’s Ruchi Soya shares jumped to Rs 1,535 from Rs 17 in 5 months & are now tanking

Since 29 June, stock has consistently fallen by 5% for 6 consecutive days, triggering lower circuit — levels where trading activity in a stock are suspended following a sharp fall in share prices.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.