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Religious reforms in Saudi Arabia will be felt in India too

Religious reforms in Saudi Arabia will be felt in India too

Will social and religious reforms being undertaken by Saudi Arabia have an impact on Indian Muslims and the Muslim community around the world? This is a question that is haunting different sections of the Muslim community in different parts of the world. Diverse sections of the Muslim scholars are t...

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A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster aka Pastafarians, believe that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe after drinking heavily. A satirical religion started in 2005 with over 100,000 members, Pastafarian mythology is easy to laugh at.But try...

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Why Muslims are getting attracted to Owaisi and AIMIM?

Why Muslims are getting attracted to Owaisi and AIMIM?

Asaduddin Owaisi and his party, All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), have left almost everyone bemused with his impressive performance in the just concluded assembly elections in Bihar. He put up only 19 candidates and won five seats, some of them with huge margins.There is no denying the f...

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Of nudity and censorship

Of nudity and censorship

This month, two events occurred which have made us wonder how much nudity is too much nudity.Milind Soman, model-turned-runner, has gone bare at different times—a quarter century ago, he appeared in a recreation of Original Sin with then-girlfriend Madhu Sapre, wearing only shoes. Then, he began to ...

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‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

In a meeting with the Democrats caucus two days after barely winning her election by less than 5000 votes, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger - said that Republican ads attacking her Party’s stand on ‘defund the police’ nearly cost her the seat. Other Congressional Democrats bickered over why their pa...

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Why all states need to ban fireworks this Diwali

Why all states need to ban fireworks this Diwali

Every year, I find myself wondering how a festival that claims to be a celebration of lamps turned into a nightmare of air and noise pollution—how, when the government decided to fight the coronavirus by lighting candles for good vibes like a rookie psychic, households managed to find fireworks at s...

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Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

“This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us,” Donald...

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Whoever wins elections today, we may already have lost

Whoever wins elections today, we may already have lost

In 2002 when Delhi Metro launched its first service – most said it was a matter of time before the swanky trains and stations were vandalised. I - as a fellow Delhite then - agreed. 18 years later, Delhi Metro isn’t just the city’s lifeline but – cutting across the political divide – also its pride....

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Prophet Muhammad's Milad and Blasphemy

Prophet Muhammad's Milad and Blasphemy

Prophet Muhammad’s milad (birth anniversary) is falling at a time when Islamophobia seems to be on its peak. Usually this is the time around the word, when Muslims celebrate the life of the Prophet of Islam by highlighting his teachings and remembering him in many distinct hues.Born on 22 April 571 ...

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Covid 19: The paranoia is important

Covid 19: The paranoia is important

It has been nearly a week since Kumaran Silks, in the T. Nagar shopping district of Madras, was sealed off. The viral video, of people jostling each other for space and wearing masks around their necks and speaking into each other’s faces, horrified most of its viewers.But then, is the scene so very...

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