Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have decided to allow Hindu pilgrims to visit the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath – a decision Kashmiri analysts say contradicts the government’s coronavirus lockdown policy. The annual Amarnath Yatra (journey), which receives hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across India, will likely begin on July[…]
By Azad Essa They came to the hospital with gunshot wounds, stabbings, acid burns and mutilated genitalia. Homes and mosques were torched, businesses razed. Those Indian Muslims who resisted had acid thrown at their faces. Others were shot at. The Hindu mobs came in numbers, carried saffron flags, and chanted[…]
Protests against India‘s new citizenship law have spread across the country as 200 million Muslims fear the legislation is part of the Hindu nationalist government’s agenda to marginalise them. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring countries. Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Christians from Pakistan, Afghanistan and[…]
India‘s lower House of Parliament (Lok Sabha) has passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, with legal experts saying it violates the country’s secular constitution. The bill, which seeks to amend the 1955 citizenship law, aims to give citizenship to[…]
Ayodhya, India – Ayodhya and its twin city Faizabad in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) are in a state of heightened anxiety as the country’s top court is expected to deliver its verdict in the seven decades old legal dispute over a spot of land that Muslims and Hindus both[…]
New Delhi, India – McDonald’s has faced boycott calls in India from right-wing Hindus after the global fast-food chain said its outlets served halal meat. The controversy erupted after McDonald’s India said on Twitter that all its restaurants are halal certified. “All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the[…]
New Delhi, India – Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on course to a landslide victory in the Indian elections and is set to return to power. The BJP, which ran a presidential-style campaign with Modi as its mascot and based its campaign on a hardline Hindu agenda, won 208[…]
Millions of people have taken to the waters at the confluence of the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers at the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. At least 15m people are expected on the first day alone. Officials project about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at[…]
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