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No community should be put in dock on nationalism

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The long litany of the Christians from various parts of the country, who participated in the Indian freedom struggle, was being flaunted in response to a controversial statement of Mumbai BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who had spoken of the lack of participation of the ‘British’ Christian community in the freedom struggle.

The long litany of the Christians from various parts of the country, who participated in the Indian freedom struggle, was being flaunted in response to a controversial statement of Mumbai BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who had spoken of the lack of participation of the ‘British’ Christian community in the freedom struggle.

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Tourist vehicles restricted at Bhushi dam

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The police have banned the entry of tourist vehicles to the popular Bhushi dam near Lonavla on Saturdays and Sundays during the evening to prevent traffic jams due to the rush of tourists.

The police have banned the entry of tourist vehicles to the popular Bhushi dam near Lonavla on Saturdays and Sundays during the evening to prevent traffic jams due to the rush of tourists.

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United oppn euphoria: Proceed with caution

Saturday, 23 June 2018

It is true that for the first time in recent years, leaders of various main political parties across various states who normally do not even see eye to eye, had shared a common platform at the Bengaluru oath taking ceremony. The body language of these leaders including Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, Telugu Desam Party’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, and CPM’s Sitaram Yechuri revealed a bonhomie which was unimaginable a few weeks ago.

It is true that for the first time in recent years, leaders of various main political parties across various states who normally do not even see eye to eye, had shared a common platform at the Bengaluru oath taking ceremony. The body language of these leaders including Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, Telugu Desam Party’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, and CPM’s Sitaram Yechuri revealed a bonhomie which was unimaginable a few weeks ago.

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Kairana poll episode gives a lesson to all parties: Be inclusive

Monday, 4 June 2018

The RLD leaders,  Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary, instead of nominating either of them for the seat, took the risk of giving the party ticket to a Muslim women. It was indeed a gamble as the BJP, the main poll rival, was bound  to take full advantage of it by ensuring a communal poll divide to walk away with the parliamentary seat. The majority Jat and Muslim electorate in the constituency, however, cast their votes prudently and the Muslim candidate Tabassum Hasan Begum was elected with a huge margin.

The RLD leaders,  Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary, instead of nominating either of them for the seat, took the risk of giving the party ticket to a Muslim women. It was indeed a gamble as the BJP, the main poll rival, was bound  to take full advantage of it by ensuring a communal poll divide to walk away with the parliamentary seat. The majority Jat and Muslim electorate in the constituency, however, cast their votes prudently and the Muslim candidate Tabassum Hasan Begum was elected with a huge margin.

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Church consistent in secular, pro-Constitution poll stance

Saturday, 26 May 2018

The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in the country, issues nationwide appeal to the faithful before the general polls to vote for those who will uphold the fundamental rights of the citizens, ensure social, communal harmony and well-being of all citizens, protect democratic rights and secular principles as enshrined in the Constitution. The Election Commission of India has never found contents of these appeals as objectionable or partisan to any particular political parties. 

The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in the country, issues nationwide appeal to the faithful before the general polls to vote for those who will uphold the fundamental rights of the citizens, ensure social, communal harmony and well-being of all citizens, protect democratic rights and secular principles as enshrined in the Constitution. The Election Commission of India has never found contents of these appeals as objectionable or partisan to any particular political parties. 

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How the minorities may be affected by K’taka results

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Karnataka poll verdict is the latest example of the further consolidation of various caste vote banks in the country. In Bihar polls, the rallying of their respective communities behind their leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and others had led to the victory of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United) and defeat of the NDA led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

The Karnataka poll verdict is the latest example of the further consolidation of various caste vote banks in the country. In Bihar polls, the rallying of their respective communities behind their leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and others had led to the victory of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United) and defeat of the NDA led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

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Finally, Goa church’s nod for heritage shrine’s adoption maintenance

Sunday, 13 May 2018

After its  initial stiff opposition to the Centre’s plan to give Goa’s famous Bom Jesus Basilica for adoption maintenance, Goa Church, led by Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, has finally given its nod after securing assurance that the Church will have its existing right over this heritage church.

After its  initial stiff opposition to the Centre’s plan to give Goa’s famous Bom Jesus Basilica for adoption maintenance, Goa Church, led by Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, has finally given its nod after securing assurance that the Church will have its existing right over this heritage church.

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Dalits’ plight: No improvement since 1935 conversion pledge

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Dr Ambedkar’s pledge to give up Hinduism, therefore, sent tremors in the  Indian social and religious circles with various Hindu leaders trying to persuade him to reconsider his decision while leaders of other religions tried to woo him into their religions.

Dr Ambedkar’s pledge to give up Hinduism, therefore, sent tremors in the  Indian social and religious circles with various Hindu leaders trying to persuade him to reconsider his decision while leaders of other religions tried to woo him into their religions.

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Facts & myths of Lingayat label and SC/ST benefits

Saturday, 21 April 2018

By recommending minority status to the Lingayat community, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has indeed opened a Pandora’s box. With the move made prior to the declaration of the State assembly elections, he has scored a political point over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Meanwhile, the issue of recognising Lingayat sect as an independent religion has been kept at an abeyance.  

By recommending minority status to the Lingayat community, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has indeed opened a Pandora’s box. With the move made prior to the declaration of the State assembly elections, he has scored a political point over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Meanwhile, the issue of recognising Lingayat sect as an independent religion has been kept at an abeyance.  

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BJP resorts to sponsorship politics

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Party seeks to shed its anti-Christian tag with sponsorship for tours to Jerusalem.

Party seeks to shed its anti-Christian tag with sponsorship for tours to Jerusalem.

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