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Our threatened humanity

Harsh Mander: India has never been as divided since Partition, and new partitions are being constructed each day in our hearts.

Ramachandra Guha and Harsh Mander return to reflect on the issues their articles flagged in these pages — and take the debate forward

Burdens of the past

Ramachandra Guha: My comparison was ill-chosen, and the chastisement I received for it is merited. I also agree that the headscarf and the skull-cap are akin to the turban and the vibhooti, markers of religious identity that should not offend anyone when displayed in public.

False narrative

Psuedo-secular intelligentsia has fractured the concept of Indian citizenship, kept Muslims in an impermeable silo of insecurity.

In thrall to the holy cow

When it comes to cattle, the dominant beliefs of current religious and political leaders are totally at variance with the realities of farming.

Agony of the marginalised

The marginalisation of Muslims began soon after Partition and has since been institutionalised by political parties and governments. Doing away the burka and skull-cap will not end it.

Liberals in majoritarian times

Liberal democrats owe it to themselves to choose their words and fora responsibly.

A false dilemma

For Ramachandra Guha empathy for Muslims is a liberal predicament. He makes a deeply unfair argument

It’s not just religion, it’s also caste

In addressing the ‘Muslim question’, left-liberals have been extremely hesitant in acknowledging the Ashraf-Pasmanda divide.

Abul Kalam Azad, the lodestar

Abul Kalam Azad’s commitment to religion, the nation, lights the path for Muslims, secular Hindus

Liberal, really?

A liberal critique of religious orthodoxy cannot offer bad stereotypes to bolster its argument.

Break the mould, end the siege

The stereotype of a single Muslim identity has been exploited by the ‘secular’ parties and the communalist parivar. It needs to be broken to achieve genuine social transformation.

Uttar Pradesh: 32 madrasas built on public land face action

According to the department, it identified the irregularity during its persual of records uploaded onto a government portal over the last year.

Citizenship rights, not burka

Why the Harsh Mander-Ramachandra Guha debate must continue — and expand.

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Haj subsidy cancelled: All you need to know about the 85-year-old policy

Haj subsidy withdrawn: The policy to support Muslims in making the mandatory religious pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, can be traced back to 1932, when the British enacted the Port Haj Committees Act.

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Govt scraps Haj subsidy, says will use funds to ’empower minorities’

Haj subsidy withdrawn: Naqvi also told reporters that despite the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake the pilgrimage this year.