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Why Sabarimala issue leaves instinctive liberals like me torn: Shashi Tharoor

Expecting BJP to fix Sabarimala is like hoping an arsonist will develop a better fire-extinguisher.
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik march during a protest in Lahore against the acquittal of Asia Bibi | ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan’s historic ruling on Asia Bibi blasphemy case read like a religious text itself

Don't blame Pakistan's judges for relying more on Quran than rule of law to acquit Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

In Asia Bibi blasphemy violence, Imran Khan faces the Frankenstein’s monster

Not too long ago, Imran Khan had actively supported the violent protests against the Nawaz Sharif government.
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From Sinead O’Connor to Shuhada’ Davitt, the Irish rockstar’s transition to Islam

Sinead O’Connor's journey into Islam was preceded by her controversial encounters with Christianity, which she had been very vocal about.
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Gods are male, they hate women: Why fighting for entry to temples is futile

For women, fight for independence is much more important than entry to temples like Sabarimala.
Devotees and activist protest against the Supreme Court verdict revoking a ban on women's entry to Sabarimala's Ayyappa Hindu temple | Getty Images

Girls, why do you want to go to temples like Sabarimala at all?

The story of women’s freedom is not being written in temples, but through markets, schools and colleges and at workplaces.
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Sabarimala temple ruling distances courts from Indians steeped in tradition

Sabarimala verdict is judicial overreach. If legislating from bench is bad enough, pontificating from it is worse.
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New Indian Muslim middle class is privately religious, barely political

The new Muslim middle class in India is neither a victim nor a threat. The term ‘Muslim middle class’ in India goes against the present day ‘political correctness’, which relies heavily on an imagined and convenient Muslim homogeneity. Although the good Muslims versus bad Muslims kind of division is often evoked by the political parties to legitimise their favourable Muslim icons, any public discussion on the internal socio-economic configuration of the Muslim communities is intentionally discouraged. https://youtu.be/fZYPJ_blMqs So, we are forced to construct images of Indian Muslims either as victim or as part of a global threat to the nation. The narrative of Muslim victimhood, which emerged as an official explanation after the publication of the Sachar report, is often used by the so-called secular elite. It has only deepened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, and with reported mob lynchings and targeting by cow vigilantes. On the other hand, the BJP and RSS’ Hindutva politics relies on the spectre of global...
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Chhota Shakeel’s son picks rosary over gun: Religion is the new career in Imran’s Pakistan

If Imran Khan’s government implements the Bill on mandatory Quran recitation in schools, it will create new social anxieties.
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Are Indian Muslims more religious than other communities?

Sikhs and Christians appear more confident than Muslims in asserting their religiosity.

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Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.