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UP CM Yogi Adityanath

UP doesn’t need a new anti-conversion law. But India needs a stronger Special Marriage Act

Yogi Adityanath’s anti-‘love jihad’ ordinance can deprive women of their agency. Ambedkar had always warned against that.
File photo | Khadim Hussain Rizvi | Wikimedia Commons

Khadim Rizvi’s blasphemy fire will only intensify. It’s out of Imran Khan govt’s control now

The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan will not give up the power it has gained by mobilising the poor and the angry.
On Bakri Eid animals are sacrificed | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Islam’s crisis doesn’t need Reformation. It calls for relocation

After the beheadings in France in response to Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons, people say Islam has remained unreformed, which is at the root of much of its bad publicity.
Representational | St Thomas Church, Palayoor | Wikimedia Commons

Christianity hasn’t failed in India. Conversion isn’t its only goal

It is not that Indian churches are without their problems. But Dilip Mandal is wrong to use proselytisation as the yardstick to measure Indian Christianity.

Don’t listen to VHP and panic. Christianity is a failed project in India

Even if one accepts the assumption that Christian missionaries in India lure people to convert them, just look at their success rate.

Indian Muslims must rewrite their victim mindset to be indispensable in India’s rise

Indian Muslims are better off than earlier, so what is the reason for their frustration about not remaining as powerful as they were in the mythical past?
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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?

On Camera

TV channels spent the week teaching viewers how to wear a mask and what ‘love-jihad’ is

Anchors on NDTV India, NDTV 24x7 and India Today, like Rajdeep Sardesai, were distinctly uncomfortable with the UP government’s move.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

India risks hurting its exports to RCEP countries for very reason it quit the trade bloc

Tariffs will be eliminated on at least 92% of traded goods among the 15 nations that signed the RCEP. Meanwhile, some of India’s top 10 exports will face erosion in market share.

Defence

A Sea Guardian drone | Source: General Atomics

Indian Navy inducts two American drones on lease, could add more later

The two drones, flying with Indian Navy logo, are under the full operational control of the force and it will have exclusive access to all the information that the drone will capture.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.