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CAA is rooted in pact made after Partition

Minorities in India's Islamic neighbors face existential crises. CAA is a modest effort to make up for broken promises

New Delhi, Mar 15 (ANI): Refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan hold placards as they stage a protest against Congress over their remarks on the implementation of the CAA, outside the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/Amit Sharma)(Amit Sharma)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 09:51 PM IST

The right to propagate religion cannot lead to undermining of faiths

Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees the freedom to profess, practice and propagate religion to all citizens, subject to public order, health and morality.

Because of social tensions, nine states have passed anti-conversion laws. Various groups have challenged these laws in the courts. On January 16, 2022, the SC advised the petitioners to compile all petitions and move a consolidated transfer petition so that the cases could be transferred to it. (Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 09:23 AM IST

Diversity among India’s leadership is significant

Can a Muslim become India’s PM? There’s no bar, and the Constitution and the timeless plural Indian ethos allow it

The appointment of Rishi Sunak as the British prime minister sparked a raft of questions on whether a similar event was possible in India (AFP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 07:03 PM IST

Gandhi and Ambedkar argued against purdah

Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar analysed the issue in detail and strongly argued in favour of developing a healthy society, ending gender discrimination

In Iran, thousands of women have poured onto the streets after a young woman was allegedly killed for not wearing the hijab in public (AP)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 07:51 PM IST

Some worrying questions have been raised by the Nupur Sharma episode

How did institutions react to this imbroglio which posed a threat to a woman’s life? Instead of dispassionate analysis, many exacerbated matters.

The extent of danger to Sharma’s life can be gauged by the fact that even those who supported her on social media were attacked and killed by radicalised Muslims.  (PTI)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 08:46 PM IST

A Gandhian solution for the Gyanvapi feud

The Gyanvapi matter is pending in the court. The core issue is: Was the mosque built over a temple? If yes, what next? Gandhi-ji had the answer

This picture taken on May 19, 2022 shows a view of the Gyanvapi Mosque after its survey by a commission in Varanasi. (Photo by Sanjay KANOJIA / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Beyond the chintan shivir, Congress’s existential crisis

Will things improve for the Congress after Udaipur? They won’t, for nothing will change. Here is why:

The dynasty’s acolytes hit back and pointed out that Congress’s existence was intrinsically linked to the Gandhi family. (File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2022 07:48 PM IST

With Imran’s exit, history repeats itself in Pakistan, again

Apart from several other things, the all-intrusive army also “manages” democracy for the country. As a result, no PM has completed a full term

Imran Khan’s conduct, after the united Opposition moved a no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly, was dodgy even by Pakistan’s abysmal standards. (Reuters)
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 08:20 PM IST

The Kashmir Files: A tale of horror and gross injustice

The Files is rather a pithy narration of how the Pandits were killed and maimed, as the entire system watched these gut-wrenching developments with indifference

Can one seriously hold a three-hour movie responsible for “hate politics” and “Islamophobia”, as suggested by Rajdeep Sardesai in his column in these pages on March 25? (Reuters)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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