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Brahmin outfit threatens stir against Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The book, a historical fiction, had mentioned a romantic relationship between Rani Lakshmibai and British officer Robert Ellis. It was banned in Uttar Pradesh in February 2008 by the then Mayawati-led government.

Rajasthan bypolls: In election year, BJP gets a drubbing
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

While Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje did not comment, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said, “We respect the mandate and will analyse where we were lacking in each of the three seats. We can gain the support of the people once again.''

Why Rajasthan bye-election results could mean trouble for BJP in election year
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The Rajasthan bypolls were held in a total of 17 assembly segments — together, they represent 8.5 per cent seats out of a total 200 Assembly seats.

25 years after Babri, Governor Kalyan Singh reads the scriptures, preaches tolerance
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Kalyan Singh is most known for being the chief minister in whose term the Babri Masjid was demolished in Uttar Pradesh. The Liberhan Commission that probed the demolition had severely indicted his role.

Rajasthan bypolls: In Ajmer, Congress woos Rajputs, BJP eyes Jats
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Bypolls are due in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly seat on January 29. The results will be known on February 1.

Chittorgarh Karni Sena vows to make film on Sanjay Leela Bhansali mother
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

On its subject matter, he said that Bhansali “has hurt the honour of Maa Padmini, hence we are also making the film.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali behind attack on school bus in Gurgaon: Karni Sena
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

“The attack on the school bus was not an act by any Rajput or Hindu group. I am absolutely sure that Bhansali and his network are behind the attack. It is not the dharma of a Rajput or a Kshatriya to attack children,” said Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi.

‘Imagination is no respecter of boundaries’
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer talks about the place of literature in a divided world. "At this time when so many of us are really concerned about wars and travel bans, literature is more indispensable than ever, precisely because the imagination is no respecter of boundaries or fences," he says.

Rajasthan’s Karni Sena: a political profile
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

What is the Rajput ‘army’ that can defy the Supreme Court and bring state governments to their knees over a film? Why are they angry, and why are both the Rajasthan BJP and Congress wary of taking them on? The Indian Express explains

Padmaavat song ‘Ghoomar’ prohibited in schools, colleges in Udaipur on Republic Day after threats from Karni Sena
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Although the movie released on Thursday, it will not be screened in Rajasthan following threats from Rajput outfits.

Besides Padmaavat, Rajasthan bypolls test BJP-Rajput ties
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

The Lok Sabha seats of Alwar and Ajmer and the assembly seat of Mandalgarh will go to bypolls Monday. The seats have fallen vacant with the deaths of the MPs and the MLA.

Padmaavat protests: Karni Sena calls for ‘janta curfew’ in Rajasthan, claims others carrying out violence
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

“Those who want to watch should leave the state. They are not worthy of living in Rajasthan. Anyone who can’t save his sisters and daughters cannot have Rajasthani blood and is not a Rajasthani," Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief said.

Call out to PM Modi: Bring ordinance, stop Padmaavat
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

The Rajput outfits claimed that the issue is no longer restricted to their community but ostensibly involves all Hindus.

After crude politics in Barmer, why experts seek a refined view
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

What is this refinery, and the political tug-of-war around it?

In Barmer, PM Modi slams Congress for ‘misleading’ people by laying foundation stones
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

BJP alleges that the 4,800 acres was allotted for the Barmer refinery project without a lease deed and environmental clearance and no activity took place on the ground in 2013.

Pravin Togadia goes missing and is found, angry VHP workers hit Gujarat streets
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

VHP leader Togadia, 61, an oncologist himself, reportedly went missing from the VHP headquarters in the Paldi area of Ahmedabad Monday morning, was found mysteriously at Kotarpur, close to the Ahmedabad airport.

Rajasthan HC seeks Padmavat screening
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

When the matter was listed again on Friday, Nishant Bora, who represented the petitioners, told The Indian Express that the court said that “in order to substantiate or disprove the allegations, a discreet screening of the movie is required”.

No Padmavat screening in Rajasthan, her dignity at stake: Vasundhara Raje
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Padmavat screening: Stating that the decision was taken to “respect the emotions of public in the state”, Vasundhara Raje instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that Padmavat is not screened in the state.

BJP MLA Banwari Lal Singhal: Muslims bear more kids as part of plan to take control of India
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

The BJP MLA’s comments come days ahead of the by-elections to Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies.

Rajput groups: Want nothing less than ban on Padmavati, will vandalise halls
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Sukhdev Singh, national president of Karni Sena’s splinter outfit Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, said Padmavati should be banned and threatened to vandalise cinema halls.

In Jaipur Class X, English passage on PM Modi fails spelling test
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Leaving education officials red-faced, passage described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘spoker, craod-puller, sovy leader’

Rajasthan: Meo Panchayat announces boycott of ‘cow smugglers’
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The decision of the Meo Panchayat came hours after Haryana resident, Umar, was caught by police following a shootout.

Rajasthan: Police claim encounter with cow smugglers, one arrested
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The police said they found 13 cows in the truck, “which had their mouths and legs tied”.

Labourer hacked to death in Rajasthan: Will seek death for accused, says DGP Om Prakash Galhotra
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The accused, Shambhu Lal Regar, allegedly hacked Mohammed Afrazul (48) to death and set his body on fire in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan Wednesday.

Rajasthan: Eight Lashkar men get life in jail for terror attack plan
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The court also ordered a departmental inquiry against former “top officials” of jails where these people were lodged for lapses.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2018: First list of 60 speakers announced
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

This year, the Jaipur Literature Festival will feature a spectacular line-up of speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team Michael Rezendes; Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mridula Garg; New York Times bestselling poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur, among others.

Take 5: ‘How does it help women if the govt says such things’
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Shivira, a magazine published by the Rajasthan Education Department, recently suggested that women can stay fit by carrying out domestic chores. Manju Devi asks why only women get such ‘advice’

Man found hanging, Padmavati graffiti nearby: Jaipur police
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The man has been identified as Chetan Saini, who had a jewellery and handicraft business in Nahari ka Naka area, near the Nahargarh Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur.

How is Karni Sena, the group behind Padmavati protests, so powerful?
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Any attack on the Karni Sena is interpreted as an attack on Rajputs – following its lead, dozens of organisations, including those from other communities, have supported the call to ban the movie.

Alwar killing: Ummar aides surrender, say he too had gun
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

On November 10, Ummar, Tahir and Javed, who was driving, were allegedly waylaid by cow vigilantes in Alwar’s Govindgarh area around dawn. Ummar was killed and Tahir was wounded; Javed escaped.

Padmavati row: Rajasthan CM Raje jumps in, tells Smriti Irani release only after changes
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

In a statement released on Saturday, Raje’s office said that she wrote a letter to Irani “urging her that the movie should not be released till necessary changes are made so that sentiments of any community are not hurt”. The movie is scheduled for release on December 1.

Rajasthan government sends school students to Jaipur fair, with lessons on ‘love jihad’
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Jaipur’s Additional District Education Officer Deepak Shukla confirmed that government and private schools in Jaipur have been asked to “help” organisers of the fair by getting students to attend it, and said it was upon the directions of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani.

Rajasthan: Day before Ummar’s burial, wife delivers boy
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Khurshidan now has five daughters and four sons. “She is at home now and our parents, father Shahabuddin and mother Chandri, are taking care of her. But our parents are old and still shaken from the death,” said Ummar’s brother Shoukeen, 25.

RSS-affiliated magazine slams Padmavati
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

In a strongly worded editorial, it states that Rani Padmini is not a subject of pride for just a section of society but for “the entire nation”

As Padmavati protests rage, a quiet rewrite at Padmini Palace in Chittorgarh
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The room, where Singh is said to have showed Padmini's glimpse to Khilji, and which overlooks the 'Jal Mahal' where Padmini was claimed to stay, now stands sealed.

Wanted cow to provide milk for children: Alwar victim’s wife
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Sarpanch says village of dairy farmers; two detained, says SP