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Sir Syed's jihad against religious orthodoxy continues today

Sir Syed's jihad against religious orthodoxy continues today

The nation is celebrating the 203rd birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Mohammadan Oriental College that grew into Aligarh Muslim University, one of India’s biggest and best educational institutions. Sir Syed was not just a top educationist that India has produced, he was a top ...

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The problem with liberal outrage

The problem with liberal outrage

Jewellery advertisements have traditionally been corny. You could have a sixty-year-old bride being walked to the mandap by her daughter, or a dusky bride getting married for the second time, or a woman being gifted jewellery by her retired husband on their daughter’s wedding day because gold and di...

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Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

A year ago, if I had said that the leader of the world’s oldest democracy would reject the advice of the best global minds killing 220,000 of his countrymen, over a third of whom would still revere him, you’d have called me mad. Now we call it Donald Trump.In a pandemic, fact isn’t just stranger tha...

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How LJP will damage NDA and not just JDU in Bihar polls

How LJP will damage NDA and not just JDU in Bihar polls

Bihar's muddied political landscape has got muddied further with Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) deciding to go solo. So instead of the two alliances that we thought would be fighting Bihar assembly elections 2020, we have another party throwing the gauntlet at the ruling alliance, though ...

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Hathras: The power of silence

Hathras: The power of silence

Perhaps the greatest difference between a party nursing hopes of dynastic rule and a regime with the goal of establishing a society with the same religion, moral code, and societal norms as its masters is this—the noise the regime makes.The first seeks to convince voters that the fruit of its former...

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Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Standing ashore the Ganges in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, if you type ‘bhang lassi near me’ on Google Maps, places that sell marijuana-laced drinks pop up. Most earthenware shops in India sell chillum to smoke up ganja. Talk up saffron-clad babas outside Shiva temples and they’ll sh...

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How could we not lose Kashmir?

How could we not lose Kashmir?

Twitter has been in a flutter over the statement of Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmiris do not feel Indian and would rather be ruled by China.The demotion of a state into two union territories, and the unconstitutional revocation of an article that guarantees ...

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How could we not lose Kashmir?

How could we not lose Kashmir?

Twitter has been in a flutter over the statement of Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmiris do not feel Indian and would rather be ruled by China.The demotion of a state into two union territories, and the unconstitutional revocation of an article that guarantees ...

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NEP 2020 and Muslims: Aspirations and apprehensions

NEP 2020 and Muslims: Aspirations and apprehensions

On July 29, Narendra Modi government revealed its ‘inventive and novel’ national education policy. There is no denying the fact that from outset National Education Policy 2020 looks non-toxic and innocuous, even to the extent of looking like appealing and attractive. It has surprised many, as c...

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NEP 2020 and Muslims: Aspirations and apprehensions

NEP 2020 and Muslims: Aspirations and apprehensions

On July 29, Narendra Modi government revealed its ‘inventive and novel’ national education policy. There is no denying the fact that from outset National Education Policy 2020 looks non-toxic and innocuous, even to the extent of looking like appealing and attractive. It has surprised many, as c...

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