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In March this year, a Firstpost article had noted that the World Sufi Forum, an initiative by an apex body representing Sufi Muslims in India, was an effort showcasing the community's resilience against extremism and as "an effective antidote" to terrorism masked as "religious ideology".

 
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At a South Asian summit in the Maldives during the Zardari era, Pakistan decided to acknowledge its past assertively, not as it imagined its history through the familiar neo-religious prism as, say, Ziaul Haq would see it, but as it actually transpired.  
 
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India formally adopted gender budgeting in 2005. In that year, finance minister P. Chidambaram included in the budget documents a separate statement on spending programmes that benefit women in particular. It was his predecessor Yashwant Sinha who began the preparatory work for a shift to gender budgeting.  
 
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My mother is a retired professor of musicology, and she did work in India and also in Trinidad, where a lot of Indian people have settled. She worked there on Bhojpuri music, and later actually sent me to Trinidad when I was just 11 years old, all by myself.

 
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The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is back after a break of one year.  The year 2014 marked a decade of ASER, and for 10 years ASER estimates of learning and enrolment have been available at the same time year on year

 
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Today, Islam is facing arguably its gravest existential crisis since the Crusades. Yet, nobody is asking the one question that every concerned Muslim should be asking: what is the future of Islam? Will it survive the crisis? If so, in what form?  
 
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In the last one year, Bihar has witnessed four fatal attacks on journalists. Recently, a journalist working with a leading Hindi daily was shot dead in broad daylight at Sasaram.

In the last one year, Bihar has witnessed four fatal attacks on journalists. Recently, a journalist working with a leading Hindi daily was shot dead in broad daylight at Sasaram.

 
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Rising incidence of heinous crimes like extortion and gang rapes on highways and communal assaults even in villages and the incapacity of authorities to punish or even book dastardly killers in States like Uttar Pradesh, have sent shock waves across the nation.

 
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The dual idea of pluralism and diversity promotes accommodativeness in Indian democracy. Minority rights have evolved in the Constitutional discourse. The word "minority" evokes an imagination characterised by vulnerability and amenable to exploitation.

 
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It’s been a week since the government announced its decision to invalidate high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000– which accounted for over 80 per cent of the old paper currency in circulation. But the agony for the people continues as they struggle to secure cash to manage their day-to-day expenses. It is as if the whole of India has queued up outside the banks.

 


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China is yet to reciprocate to India’s territorial concerns on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor'
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court barring politicians from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or creed just ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab is a welcome step in the right direction. The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Cour
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image So the lady’s not for turning. Well, we knew that, didn’t we? Brexit means Brexit, no “partial membership”, no “half-in, half-out”. This was the section of Theresa May’s speech most heavily briefed in advance – but still gloriously welcome to the hard Brexiteers when she finally uttered t
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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When is a scam not a scam? The short answer obviously would be, when it is approved by the Government in power. But then, the question arises: Is that necessarily true?  
 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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