Minorities
Modi urges Muslims not to politicise triple talak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today used the occasion of the birth anniversary of a social reformer to urge Muslims to " not politicise the issue of triple talaq " and to "protect women from the effects" of the practice of oral divorce.

Allahabad HC tells UP Govt. to draw plan on slaughter houses in Ten days

Choice of food and trade in foodstuff were part of right to life, the Allahabad high court has said, giving the UP government 10 days to draw up a plan so that its crackdown on illegal abattoirs and meat shops didn’t deprive people of their livelihood or food.

Muslims assaulted by self-appointed cow protectors, one dead

A Muslim man who was assaulted by vigilantes over suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan died at a hospital in Alwar, police said on Tuesday. The incident came amid several steps taken by BJP-ruled states to protect cows, considered sacred by many Hindus. BJP and other right-wing Hindu leaders have also been quoted making provocative statements over the issue.

UP meat sellers strike hits Delhi hard, prices soar

Meat traders’ strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has halved Delhi’s supply and sent the prices soaring, with mutton selling for Rs 500 a kilo in some areas on Monday. Traders at Ghazipur, Delhi’s only slaughter house and biggest wholesale meat market, said they were not getting cattle from Uttar Pradesh, the biggest suppliers of animals, which had led to buffalo and goat meat costing at least 25% more.

CJI calls for negotiated deal to resolve Ayodhya

In a surprise development, the Supreme Court urged the opposing parties in the Ayodhya dispute on Tuesday to make another attempt to resolve their differences through negotiations with Chief Justice of India  JS Khehar advocating a "give and take" approach and even offering himself as a mediator.

Muslims representation in UP assembly reduced to 24 from 69 MLAs, Muslim population 19 %

In Uttar Pradesh where Muslims comprise 19% of the population, the number from the minority community in the House has declined to 24. It's a marked difference from the 2012 polls when 69 Muslims MLAs entered the legislature.

Sikh Federation UK demands inquiry into UK's role in 'Operation Blue Star'

A UK-based Sikh group has written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office demanding a public inquiry into Britain's alleged involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star. Sikh Federation UK has been working on a report titled 'Sacrificing Sikhs: The need for an investigation', which claims to have evidence regarding the full extent of the UK's alleged role in the military action.

Muzaffarnagar riots: no conviction in gangrape cases, three years gone

In 2013, communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in and around Muzzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in Uttar Pradesh led to the killing 60 people and the displacement of tens of thousands. There were also reports of targeted sexual violence against women: Seven Muslim women came forward to report that they had been gangraped by men from the Jat community.

JOKES ON SADARJI: SC rules out blank ban on “Sardar jokes”, not to lay moral guidelines

The Supreme Court (SC)  on Tuesday ruled out any blanket ban on 'Sardar jokes' saying that judiciary could not lay down moral guidelines for citizens and court should also not pass order on how people should conduct themselves.

Threat of fatwas, from both Barelwi and Deobandi clergy, looms large scaring a sizeable section of the Muslim society in India

Stalwarts from both Muslim sects want to unite their followers only in public to fight a ‘common enemy’. Clearly, it is a politically motivated slugfest rather than a genuine effort to counter sectarianism. The ideologues are steeped in religious humbug and disparage one another over trivial theological polemics.

Gujarat native’s Pakistani wife not permitted to enter in Bhuj

Altaf Paleja, who is resident of Bhuj and  has a home there, in Gujarat Kutch district, but when his Pakistani wife Sidra visited him from Pakistan; they were not allowed to enter Bhuj and were forced to stay at a hotel in Morbi according to a report published in times of India. Kutch MP Vinod Chavda has also written to the Indian high commissioner's office, urging permission for Pakistani nationals to live in Bhuj town according to ToI.

A just code would be better than a uniform civil code

This may be difficult for television anchors to accept but many jurists do question the idea that all law must come from the State. The divide between the socialists and liberals is clearly visible. “Legal pluralism” and “radical libertarianism” are well-recognised scholarly traditions. There is a consensus that the State is not the only source of law. 

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