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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.

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. 


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.

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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Developing countries need support to combat climate change: India

Reminding the developed world of their commitments to developing countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said developing countries need support to combat climate change.


As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.