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Rakesh Sinha


Project Varanasi: Eternal, with layers of history, maze of politics
Mon, Dec 20, 2021

🔴 To reporters on what had become the ‘Ayodhya beat’, Kashi and Mathura were ports of call, the disputes there linked to a movement gathering steam, changing politics, and the country.

Response to Taliban: Russia, China, Pak in new regional structure, India calibrates stand
Tue, Aug 31, 2021

On August 11, four days before the fall of Kabul, the Extended Troika on Afghanistan, comprising Russia, China, Pakistan and the US, met in Qatar’s capital Doha.

Explained: Anthem to unite falls silent
Tue, Aug 24, 2021

In Afghanistan, where ethnic faultlines run deep and come in the way of nation-building, the Taliban takeover raises questions, especially on the future of the not-so-dominant groups.

Explained: Exiting Bagram & a long war
Sun, Aug 15, 2021

Last week, the US and allies exited Bagram airbase, the centrepiece of their presence in Afghanistan. Tracing the history that underlines its significance for Afghanistan, the former USSR and the US over the years.

The March of Myanmar’s Generals
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

In the final days of World War II, as the Allied forces closed in, the Burma National Army switched sides that day and turned against the Imperial Japanese Army to lead the underground Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League.

Thirty-two winters ago, the hookah, the hukumat
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

For a week beginning October 25, 1988, nearly 500,000 farmers took over the heart of the Capital, occupying Boat Club and its lawns, within earshot of North and South Blocks, and Parliament where the winter session was to start days later.

Arun Shourie interview: ‘Judgments judges deliver, their conduct, determine public esteem, not a tweet’
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Arun Shourie told The Indian Express that if the Court is offended by a comment, it must, by law, give the person the opportunity to prove his assertion, since truth is a defence. 

‘For us, it’s a closed chapter after SC ruling, let us move on’
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

An academician, who did not wish to be named in this report, said, “Muslims have accepted the defeat in the courtroom. In any case, this has gone too long, and has done no good to both the country and the community. We just wish the new generation doesn’t have to go through what we did.” 

Destination Janmasthan: From Shah Bano and Shilanyas to bhoomi pujan via a mobile typewriter and Vajpayee
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

For the Parivar, August 5 is the realisation of a dream, the end of a journey and the start of another. Article 370 and the Ram temple were two ideological issues that the BJP, in the NDA’s earlier avatar under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had been forced to place on the backburner due to coalition compulsions.

Ayodhya breaks ground today
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Frozen in time ever since the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid found its way to the courtroom and the temple movement gathered steam, Ayodhya is weary of its past and present.

Ayodhya is a town in waiting, along with Iqbal Ansari and Gayatri Devi
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Hoardings of every size jostle for space to welcome the Prime Minister to the bhoomi pujan for the temple of Ram at his janmabhoomi, once the disputed site and now settled with the imprimatur of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling nine months ago.

Gehlot’s choice of word ‘nikamma’ for Pilot would have made two former PMs sit up
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Nikamma was the word rivals had picked, 11 years apart, to target H D Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh during attempts to unseat them from power.

History Headline: Aksai Chin, from Nehru to Shah
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

Sixty years ago, from the very spot Amit Shah reiterated the Indian position on Aksai Chin, prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had informed the nation, belatedly, about what the Chinese had been up to in Aksai Chin, “where not even a blade of grass grows”.

History Headline: When Mizoram nearly broke away
Sun, Dec 09, 2018

In the din and many debates over the results, not many will devote much time to the fifth verdict — from Mizoram.

History Headline: The familiar drumroll of Ayodhya
Mon, Nov 12, 2018

These lines could well have been from 26 years ago when Mahant Avaidyanath, Adityanath’s mentor, the head of the Gorakhnath Math and one of the leading lights of the Sangh Parivar’s temple movement, had hit out at the “delay”.

Returning to Ayodhya 25 years later: For sons of men killed fleeing, this dispute is not quite over
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Subhash Pandey and Mohammed Shahid live in different parts of Ayodhya but share a common story — of life at a standstill from the time they lost their fathers.

Final Ayodhya hearing starts today, litigants have a common plea: decide, once and for all
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

In September 2010, the Allahabad High Court ruled that Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Central Wakf Board, UP and Ramlalla Virajman were joint holders of the disputed property, and awarded each a third of the land at the site.

Returning to Ayodhya: ‘Yogi here, Modi there, Gods played a role..temple if not now, then never’
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Revisiting Ayodhya: An iron fencing painted yellow runs around the entire acquired area with a three-tier security arrangement in place. The disputed site is in the red zone, guarded by CRPF personnel including women.

In crumbling Ayodhya, civic poll is the buzz for future and December 6 is now history
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

In December 1992, reporter Rakesh Sinha and photographer Praveen Jain chronicled the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Their reports and photographs led the Liberhan Commission to call them as key eyewitnesses. 25 years later, they return to Ayodhya to track the new battle lines in an enduring conflict.

In Ankara, back at the crossroads
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is witnessing a joining together of nationalism and political Islam. And reaching out to erstwhile adversaries, Russia and Iran.

Pakistan, India can’t remain in this phase, need to come out, says Pak envoy Abdul Basit
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

“If India is ready, Pakistan will be willing. But if India is not ready, we can always wait. India has to make up its mind,” Basit said.

Abdul Basit interview: ‘Not at each other, let us talk to each other,’ he says
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India calls for serious sustained diplomacy between the two countries in this interview.

Let’s not be in a hurry to resolve border dispute with China: Arun Shourie
Mon, May 04, 2015

Arun Shourie talks about India-China border dispute, days before Narendra Modi leaves for China.

Big Picture: A steep trek up
Sun, May 03, 2015

Jyoti rushed home. His family was safe, his property intact. But the city had been devastated.

Nepal Earthquake: After death, it’s disease; epidemic fear in camps
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Search teams say it is not easy getting to the bodies because they are probably deep inside, beneath layers of flattened buildings.