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Howrah Bridge, Kolkata | Commons

A quick tour through Bengal: Why the state doesn’t need Amit Shah & Modi’s lectures

To look closely at Bengal would reveal a truth that runs counter-flow to the BJP’s claims about the state.
Pedestrians walk past stalls selling food outside the Jama Masjid | Sanjit Das | Bloomberg

This Ramazan, don’t force fasting or eating. Quran says there is no compulsion in religion

Fasting, roza, namaz are all private choices and not enforceable. But countries like UAE and Bangladesh don’t seem to get the message.
A gathering of Muslim women offering prayers

Indian liberals want to support everything Muslim, but that’s not the way to equal rights

Equal rights for Muslim or Hindu women cannot be earned from within the ambit of religion, it requires one to move out of the structure of organised religion.
The Anti Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture at the TSC circle of the University of Dhaka | Ismail Ferdous/Bloomberg

Islamism spreading like virus in secular Bangladesh, pushing youth to hate, kill non-Muslims

A country that had been built upon the promise of secularism has now closely and fatally embraced religion.
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

Indian govt won’t be any different from British if Hindus can’t manage their own temples

A tradition that started with the British wanting to control Indian temples’ riches continues even today.
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers in protest for Ram temple in Ayodhya | Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

There are 2.9 million atheists in India and it’s been around in Asia for centuries

Atheism is not a modern concept and is a significant cultural force in India, as well as in other Asian countries influenced by Indian religions.
The Vogue Arabia April cover | Vogue Arabia/Instagram

Criticising Vogue Arabia cover or New Zealanders donning hijabs reveal our liberal hypocrisy

Everyone loves a young (hijabi) woman who can be rescued, everyone loves a project. 

Representational image | Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Not just New Zealand, Muslims must come together when terrorists attack non-Muslims too

Muslims must learn from how non-Muslims have come together to express grief and compassion with the victims of the New Zealand attack.
File photo of the Constitution of India | Commons

Modi calls Constitution a ‘holy book’ but his government violates its letter and spirit

The Narendra Modi government has presided over the weakening of several important institutions, including the council of ministers and RBI.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah | PTI

With amended Citizenship Act, BJP will do Jinnah proud

Its essence may be summed up as: No Muslims please, this is India.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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.