Modi’s party pulls out of test to govern big southern Indian state

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party on Saturday walked away from a court-mandated test to prove it had the support of a majority of lawmakers to govern the southern state of Karnataka, after an election a week ago threw up no clear winner. The move could now allow an alliance of the main opposition Congress and a regional party to form the government in the state. Newly elected lawmakers had been due to vote in the assembly on the orders of the Supreme Court, which intervened ...

Polls suggest Modi’s BJP may be leading party in India’s Karnataka

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Exit polls in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on Saturday suggest Narendra Modi’s BJP could emerge as the leading party, potentially boosting the prime minister’s chances of winning a second term in general elections early next year. Both Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence, have campaigned hard in Karnataka, a state of 66 million people with diverse constituencies. While three TV ...

Why Pakistan founder Jinnah’s portrait sparked violence at India’s Muslim university

Monday, 7 May 2018

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one of India’s central universities and a religious minority institution, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.On 2nd May, a group of right-wing Hindu organizations entered into its campus – accompanied by a few local policemen – and raised slogans against Mohammed Ali Jinnah – the founder of Pakistan.They were demanding the removal of Jinnah’s portrait at the Students’ Union Hall within 48 hours. They also ...

Row over Indian turning down taxi ride as ‘driver was Muslim’

Monday, 23 April 2018

An Indian man, associated with a Hindu right-wing organization, has stirred a row after he turned down a taxi which was being driven by a Muslim. According to a Times of India report, Abhishek Mishra, who is a social media adviser of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Organization) wrote on his Twitter that he would not travel with a Muslim driver of location-based taxi app Ola. “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi ...

16 years on, survivors of India’s communal riots bank on charities

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Survivors of India’s bloody Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 have still been leading a wretched life, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the government in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wealthy home state of Gujarat. Even 16 years after the country’s worst anti-Muslim pogrom, that left 2,000 people dead and thousands maimed, some 3,500 dirt-poor, displaced families continue to live in sub-human conditions in tumbledown dwellings in surroundings stinking to high heaven in 83 ...

Whats in a bust: Row in India as Lenin statue razed to ground after elections

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in one of India’s northeast states, a group of hooligans, allegedly belonging to the BJP, razed down a Lenin statue that had stood there for ages. The incident took place in the state of Tripura where the fiber-glass statue was attacked barely 48 hours of the assembly election results going in favor of the BJP. It has sparked a row in other states in India which have witnessed communist party ...

India’s ruling party emerges stronger after polls in northeast

Saturday, 3 March 2018

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday consolidated its position in the country’s northeast after a landslide election victory in Tripura, ending 25 years of communist rule in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies are also ahead in the Christian-dominated mountainous state of Nagaland, while opposition Congress-ruled Meghalaya is heading for a fractured verdict. Elections were held only in the states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, ...

India’s moral police harass couples, get animals ‘married’ on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

India’s so-called “moral police” has been at it again this Valentine’s Day, making news for harassing couple’s celebrating Valentine’s Day and even getting animals married to score a point. A Times of India report, in Ahmedabad, self-proclaimed “moral police” chased couples in the city. According to the report, members belonging to the Bajrang Dal – a militant group – harassed couples at the city’s Sabarmati Riverfront before they ...

India ends decades-old subsidy for Hajj pilgrims

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

India’s Hindu nationalist government is ending a decades-long policy of offering discounted airfares to Muslims embarking on the hajj pilgrimage, it announced Tuesday.The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party has accused its opponents in the Congress party -- who introduced the hajj assistance scheme in the 1950s -- of trying to woo Muslim voters through handouts.Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government wants to assist India’s roughly 175 million Muslims without ...

India’s ‘blackest day’ returns to haunt 25 years after Babri Mosque demolition

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Exactly 25 years ago, on December 6, 1992, I stood and watched the worst crime ever committed on Indian soil – the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a mosque in Ayodhya, by Hindu extremists in broad daylight. The black deed is watershed in the history of contemporary India and a milestone in my career as a professional journalist. Painful memories of that day still make me shudder. “The 25th anniversary of that fateful day brings a sense of foreboding. The historical and psychological ...

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