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Attukal Pongala in Thiruvananthapuram | Wikimedia commons

Why Kerala govt’s decision to allow Pongala is more political than religious

The festival for women comes amid the coronavirus threat but the backlash after the Sabarimala issue may have forced Kerala's Left-front govt to allow the festivities.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court to hear pleas challenging CAA after Sabarimala matter

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the top court bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, that the Centre would file a reply to the CAA pleas in a few days.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Delhi election & Sabarimala: Why Article 25 is now caught between Constitution and religion

Indian secularism and the effectiveness of its constitutional values are under test – both in the Sabarimala temple case and the Delhi assembly election.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Before Sabarimala, there were only 15 nine-judge bench rulings. Here are 5 landmark cases

The setting up of a nine-judge bench is rare, and the Sabarimala bench is only the 16th in Supreme Court’s 70-year history.

BJP could be shrinking politically but is winning big time ideologically

BJP is ruling fewer large, important states now but its big Hindutva ideas have won and face little opposition across the country.
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Sabarimala temple opens today but Kerala’s Leftist government makes a U-turn on women’s entry

The Lord Ayyappa temple will open for the two-month long pilgrim season, but Kerala Tourism Minister says women and activists need a court order for entry.
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SC wasted time with Sabarimala pleas. CJIs must end self-indulgence of going out with a bang

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Devotees at Sabarimala temple

How Supreme Court bench on Sabarimala review differs on faith and law

From the majority opinion asking for courts to ‘tread cautiously’ to the minority rejection of ‘extreme arguments’, a look at SC's Sabarimala order.
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As Sabarimala issue fizzles out, BJP has gained virtually nothing in Kerala

BJP led massive protests against SC decision to allow women of all ages to visit Sabarimala. But that didn’t turn into political progress for the party.
Sabarimala devotees throng the 16th century church

Why Sabarimala devotees go to this 16th century church & pray to Saint Sebastian

St. Andrew’s Basilica is an example of religious harmony, a characteristic common to many churches and temples in Kerala.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.
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All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
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.