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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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Of demons and gods

The Indian nation contains multiple communities within its folds and each of these communities is rooted in distinct cultures and traditions. The nation constantly strengthens itself by internalising strands of different cultures and traditions.

The non-Muslim public holidays debate

Over the past couple of days there has been a lot of media reporting on the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan, tabled by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani. This has been reported as far and wide as the Huffington Post and Time. While the resolution is a good effort, in reality nothing has changed in Pakistan. Let me explain why.

Muzaffarnagar to Murthal: Heightened violence against women

When public figures speak violence, the fallout goes beyond their immediate targets. In ways seen and unseen, those most affected are often women.

No country for Islamophobia

A leisurely walk on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and interactions with the Indian diaspora were experiences to remember.

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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,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...