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The day before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) waxed eloquent on the triple talaq bill in parliament, saffron bullies confronted a group of Muslims offering namaz (prayers) at a park in Noida, UP. The attitude of the storm-troopers was both mocking and threatening. Today you are offering namaz, tomorrow you...
For Kashmir, 2018 presented some of the direst numbers seen in recent times. Terror-related incidents, at 587, were at the highest since 2012. The deaths of 240 militants and 86 securitymen made it the bloodiest year in six years. Civilian deaths jumped 167% from two years ago. By December...
Last month, a Facebook video criticising Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a journalist in the northeastern state into trouble. After being on bail for a short period, Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha has been detained for 12 months. Wangkhemcha worked for ISTV, a local news channel. Even...
Recently Lok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill which if passed by Rajya Sabha will put a blanket ban on commercial surrogacy in India. According to this bill, a couple can only opt for altruistic surrogacy where the surrogate mother must be a relative of the intending couple....
India has become an outspoken proponent of renewable energy, including at the just-concluded COP24 in Poland and as champion of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). But do the facts back up the rhetoric? Is the central government walking the talk? Money, as they say, isn't everything - but an analysis...
For a leader who enjoys a huge majority in the state assembly and faces virtually no credible challenge from her opponents, Mamata Banerjee is surprisingly insecure. Her uncertainty about her political position could be seen in the violence unleashed by her party men during the panchayat elections last summer when...
With due apologies to Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman, the biggest Khan superstar of India currently is Taimur Ali Khan. As he turned all of two on December 20, his proud, paparazzi-wary parents whisked him away to Africa, far away from the cameras which love him the way only a...
The year 2018 could be termed as one of several new beginnings for the Indian space agency: the political sanction for a manned Gaganyaan mission, operationlisation of the heaviest rocket, steps to licence out lithium ion battery technology, introduction of new technologies in rockets and satellites and the decision...
New Delhi:  Poor voter turnout in recent Jammu and Kashmir local body polls has thrown up a grim picture as the central government attempts to establish grassroots democracy in the Valley. Although the centre terms the polls held in Kashmir a "victory for democracy", a closer look reveals that the voter...
Spirituality, politics and tourism: welcome to the Kumbh Mela, the world`s largest gathering of humanity, that begins next month in India. During the Kumbh Mela, to be held in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, millions of pilgrims including naked, ash-smeared ascetics, will bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna,...