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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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Hairy tales: Mass delusions are symptoms of social stress, which really do need remedying

It would be funny if it wasn’t both a symptom and cause of very real misery. Over the last two months women from across Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have reported that somebody cut off their hair – without their consent.

Why we must save India’s dying languages

India is a diverse country. This line has been drilled into our heads since the time we were in school. Unfortunately, we have been unable to protect that diversity, especially when it comes to language. In the 1961 census, there were 1,652 mother tongues.

Defenders of varna

Recently, the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHT) and the Hindu Council UK criticised the British government’s call for a public consultation on caste.

Free children from chains: India and the world need a multi-dimensional strategy to stop human trafficking

Ideas have legs. So do human beings. When ideas are chained, we desecrate the very fundamentals of freedom. When human beings are chained, we desecrate the fundamentals of humanity.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...