Muslims Feel Threatened, Ruling Party Creating Rift Between Religions in Wake of Lok Sabha Elections: Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday accused ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating rift between different religions in wake of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. The National Conference (NC) leader also claimed that Muslims and minorities are feeling threatened in India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must come forward to clarify that this nation belong …

PM Modi appears to plagiarise Imran Khan’s speech to woo Muslims in Patna rally?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made desperate attempts to woo Muslim voters in Bihar during a rally in Patna by repeatedly referring to his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who’s popularly known as MBS. But by doing so, he may have plagiarised the speech made by his Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan.… Modi told the crowd, …

Nashik priest close to VHP & RSS arrested in Dubai for duping royal family

The arrest of an Indian priest when he landed at Dubai on Thursday morning and the subsequent diplomatic effort by India to secure his release on bail has become a talking point in Dubai’s Indian community. The arrested priest-turned-businessman is said to be close to senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office bearers. Some people in Dubai told the National Herald …

Varanasi: Hundreds of Dalits locked for hours before Modi’s visit

While PM Narendra Modi was inaugurating “Vishwanath Dham,” the so-called Kashi Vishwanath Corridor on the debris of the oldest living civilization in the world, residents of a nearby scheduled caste settlement were virtually locked-up in their premises due to a heavy security cover. Forget the requests and petitions that they had prepared to present to their parliamentary representative Narendra Modi …

The idea of mediation in the Babri masjid case is inherently flawed – By AG Noorani

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi, on Friday ordered mediation in the Babri masjid case.… The judges suggested an amicable resolution while telling the parties that they were seriously “giving a chance for mediation” in an attempt to “heal relationships”. This is a laudable sentiment. But how have past mediations fared? Have they …

The Violent Toll of Hindu Nationalism in India – By Eliza Griswold

…The militant Hindu nationalism that the group espouses is not new. Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Gandhi, on January 30, 1948, was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or R.S.S., a violent right-wing organization that promotes Hindu supremacy. Members of the Bajrang Dal are the movement’s foot soldiers, deployed in instances of mob violence or for targeted attacks against Muslims …

Pulwama changed election game for Modi so much it needn’t worry about EVM tampering charges – By Yogendra Yadav

The sudden shift in the fortune of this general election after Pulwama is not just one of the regular twists and turns that elections go through. It is not just a clever late swing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to deliver more than once. It can only be described as a poll capture. Unlike the old-style booth capture, …

The politics of lynchings and the two-faced nature of the Hindutva hate brigades – By Humra Quraishi

If the warlords are over with their war cries, blatantly whipping up sentiments to further their dangerous political ploys, then it’s about time they look at the rising numbers of those getting lynched by goon-brigades, in different states of the country. Uncontrolled and unleashed, these Right-Wing goons are striking terror to such an extent that either they should be sent …