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Before the prime minister embarked on his mission to inculcate cleanliness across the country (Swachh Bharat), he obviously did not reckon with the inherent lack of civic sense among the majority of us.

 

It is easy to frame rules banning the slaughter of the cow, its progeny, its distant cousin the water buffalo, and its passing acquaintance the camel. It is much harder to think of life without buttons, soap, toothpaste, paint brushes and surgical stitches.

 
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Triple talaq unilaterally pronounced in one sitting by the husband giving finality to the divorce is an emotive issue. This practice is not referred to in the Quran. Even Hadith, which legitimises this practice, says that it is sinful.

 

Last year, the number of foreign tourists who came to India was about 90 million. By contrast, domestic tourism totaled over 1,400 million visits; clearly suggesting that its implied economics are far bigger than the foreign business.

 
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Exactly 30 years ago, India witnessed ‘the worst custodial killings since independence’ as an armed segment of the Uttar Pradesh police gunned down 42 Muslim men in a desolate region of Ghaziabad district on the borders of the national capital in an apparent show of strength as communal violence singed nearby Meerut.

 
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When the history of Indian women is written, 2017 will go down as the year when the Plight of the Muslim Woman was uncovered.

 
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There has been much debate over the recent decision of the Supreme Court confirming the death penalty for the rapists and killers in the December 2012 Delhi case.

 
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We tend to wish that judges interpret the law like scientists study nature — impartially, analytically, almost anti-socially, in a secluded realm of fact measured against abstraction.

 

The Supreme Court’s comment on the triple talaq system as a practice too “abhorrent” to be legal, and the direction it hints at, is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

 


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