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With amended Citizenship Act, BJP will do Jinnah proud

Its essence may be summed up as: No Muslims please, this is India.
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Joining the Indian Army won’t make you a bad Muslim

Indian Army is one of the most secular institutions in the country and Muslims must sign up.
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Sushma Swaraj isn’t alone. In Modi’s cabinet, appearing secular is risky business  

PM and his BJP colleagues maintain silence whenever union ministers come under attack from right-wing Twitter trolls. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to enjoy great repute among his loyal fans, he has maintained a stoic silence over his cabinet colleagues being attacked by the troll army. The most recent victim of Modi’s play-safe was external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who was attacked by BJP supporters for not being ‘Hindu enough’, because she helped an inter-faith couple with their passports. Swaraj was viciously trolled on social media, and the language used, to put it mildly, was not pretty. Swaraj’s worst mistake was appearing secular. No person, including the honorable Prime Minister or party president Amit Shah, have so far stood up for her. She, however, refused to be bogged down, and silently used the micro-blogging platform to expose the identities of those hurling abuses at her. People from the ruling dispensation, who claim...
A collage of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in temples

Want to be a successful Indian politician? Leave your secularism at the door

The principle of the performance of secular identity has now been replaced by the performance of Hinduness as the necessary condition for political leadership.

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

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Representational image | Indian army trucks move along a highway in Kashmir. | ANI

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.