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Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Once more the hijab made news. The Supreme Court came up with a dresscode for a repeat All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) last month to put a leash on cheaters but managed to stir the hornet’s nest with its ruling on the wearing of hijab. In UK, France and Netherlands similar debates over the headscarf […]

Home ministry justifies bail in Mecca Masjid blast

Home ministry justifies bail in Mecca Masjid blast

New Delhi: The home ministry on Tuesday justified the bail granted to two accused in the Mecca Masjid blast of May 2007. “The government did not find it fit to challenge the order dated March 21, 2014, whereby bail was granted to the two accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case of May 2007,” Minister […]

How an Extremist Buddhist Network Is Sowing Hatred Across Asia

How an Extremist Buddhist Network Is Sowing Hatred Across Asia

Saffron-clad monks have been instrumental in anti-Muslim riots in Burma and Sri Lanka, and have their eyes on sowing discord farther afield During her long career as a teacher, Nafeesathiek Thahira Sahabdeen prided herself on treating children of all backgrounds the same. That didn’t help her on June 15, though, when a radical Buddhist mob […]

Malaysia PM confirms wreckage belongs to MH370

Malaysia PM confirms wreckage belongs to MH370

Debris found on an Indian Ocean island last week is from MH370, Malaysia’s prime minister has said, confirming for the first time that the plane which mysteriously disappeared 17 months ago had crashed. Najib Razak’s announcement in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday ended an agonising wait for families of the 239 passengers and crew of the […]

Rocky’s courage averted disaster: Udhampur attack

Rocky’s courage averted disaster: Udhampur attack

A day after the Udhampur attack in Jammu, Border Security Force (BSF) DG D.K. Pathak said had it not been for the ‘courage and valour’ shown by Constable Rocky, the scale of damage would have been much greater. Rocky fell to the bullets of one of the two Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT) militants. He was the […]

The essentiality of religious practices is best determined by clergy, not judiciary

The essentiality of religious practices is best determined by clergy, not judiciary

The High Court of Australia observed in Jehovah’s Witnesses Inc vs Commonwealth in1943: “What is religion to one is superstition to another.” India’s Supreme Court has once again taken upon itself the task of defining “essential religious practices”. The law and the state cannot and should not tell us what is essential or non-essential in […]