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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.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Indian liberals & Hindutva supporters, stop dragging Jinnah into Citizenship Bill debates

Jinnah repeatedly promised equal rights of citizenship to all in Pakistan. ‘We do not prescribe any school boy tests for loyalty,’ he said.
Kartarpur corridor

Kartarpur corridor is religious diplomacy at work, a promising new trend around the world

Pope Francis' historic visit to the UAE and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince building an Abrahamic Family House show the increasing acceptance of religious diplomacy.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

History is offering two closures: Kartarpur & Ayodhya. And Modi has a starring role in both

Despite misgivings on Pakistan, Modi realises his support of the Sikhs in this deeply emotional moment will earn goodwill and votes.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

Indian Army should be relieved from internal security in J&K. It goes against secular ethos

Indian Army must be kept insulated from prolonged exposure to internal disorder so that it doesn’t become communalised like the police forces.
A woman in New Delhi | Representational image | PTI

Muslim women enjoyed greater freedom during Delhi Sultanate and Mughal rule than now

Many royal women were known to have built imperial mosques; many mosques, from Delhi to Bengal, had sections reserved for women to come and pray.
Voters stand in line at a polling station in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh| Representational image | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

What Abhijit Banerjee and Thomas Piketty missed in their study of Indian voter behaviour

The celebrated economists have argued Indian voters vote for caste and religious issues, and not for social spending.

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As Modi govt doubles down on CAA, long-time friend Bangladesh moves closer to China

Opposition’s misinformation campaign has generated enough negative publicity. Modi govt will be in bigger trouble if Bangladesh’s rumour mills become active.

Has CDS Gen Bipin Rawat overstepped his brief by speaking on ‘de-radicalisation camps’?

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has de-radicalisation camps for the young. He also said that 10-12 years old from Kashmir were being radicalised.

Defence

Asif Ghafoor

‘Twitter General’ Asif Ghafoor is no longer Pakistan military’s spokesperson

Asif Ghafoor has been sent to Infantry Division. Major Gen. Babar Iftikhar will be new director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan military’s publicity wing.

Under Modi-Shah, BJP is back to being the Bharatiya ‘Baniya’ Party

BJP under Modi-Shah is returning to its protectionist, anti-MNC, technophobic old notions, underlining that strong governments can also be more risk-averse.