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Gujarat model for madrasas

Modi and Madrasa… Sounds odd? The one an anathema to the other? That’s what the Congress, RJD, SP, BSP and other divisive parties like the TMC besides self-appointed messiahs of the Indian Muslim community would like us to believe.

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From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano

The Shayara Bano case has revived hopes for a change in the position of Muslim women. With Shayara seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights rather than a reform in the Muslim personal law, triple talaq, polygamy and other discriminatory practices are likely to be tested before the Supreme Court on the touchstone of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

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Harappa’s riches emerge from Hisar

THE Harappan site at Rakhigarhi, which is proving to be the most remarkable window to the life and times of the Indus Valley civilization that flourished over 5,000 years ago or beyond, has revealed Rakhigarhi was the hub of  trade and culture. This is evidenced by the discovery of objects that link them to the expertise of local people. 

 
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Lost in translation, the definition of secularism

Months after raking up the controversy over the word secular in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution and its ‘true’ Hindi translation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to ignite the debate once again.

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Mistelling the story

Last year, the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) in Islamabad published a tract — Indian Grand Strategy: Machiavellian or Kautilyan? — and tried to sell it. The IRS’s current president is Pakistan’s ex-ambassador to Afghanistan, Arif Ayub, blessed with a sense of humour.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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