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Why target Aurangzeb alone, Mr Kejriwal?
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Why target Aurangzeb alone, Mr Kejriwal?

Yes, Aurangzeb was a tyrant who ill-treated his subjects. But was he the only Mughal emperor guilty of this, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Last week, after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Twitter that Aurangzeb Road was being renamed A P J Abdul Kalam Road, I asked a friend how he felt about the renaming. "The renaming is justified," he felt. "Aurangzeb was a tyrant and an enemy of Hindus. He destroyed many temples. Among the temples raided during Aurangzeb's reign were the Kashi ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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I did not run away from Haji Ali: Trupti Desai

"As I was getting out of my car at Haji Ali some activists from the AIMIM charged towards me with lathis and knives. In order to protect us, the police took our car ahead of the dargah."But, says Trupti Desai, the woman who has changed the laws for women to enter temples, says her fight to open Haji Ali to women is not over. Desai spoke to Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com. Read the interview here. ...
 Rediff.com1 day ago 'They want to give second class treatment to women'  Rediff.com1 day ago
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Scam or no scam... Why the BJP will never send Sonia to jail

Narendra Modi knows that the Congress without the Gandhis is a more formidable and more dangerous adversary, argues Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi outside the Patiala House court during a hearing of the National Herald case. Photograph: Reuters While watching the news last night, my phone kept buzzing. Unable to ignore the constant buzzing, I checked my phone to find pro-Narendra Modi friends bombarding me about the revelations about Congress President Sonia Gandhi's ...
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'Anybody who does not agree with them is anti-national'

"The judge said that anybody who does not believe in the RSS ideology is not acceptable to you. You have terminated his contract because he thought differently."The Modi government has no accomplishment to show. Therefore, they are using the tool of nationalism to divert the country's attention from very serious things like farmers suicides and the water crisis."You cannot simply dismiss anyone because they are not willing to raise a slogan and not think like you."Magsaysay Award winner ...
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'Islam is not a magic potion'

'Islam insists on sameness, which is fine but can run the danger to jihad against those who are not the same.''Brahminical Hinduism insists on difference, which is fine but can run the danger of an oppressive internal hierarchy: Caste oppression, for instance.''In actual fact, humans need both sameness and difference to exist.' Part 1 of the interview: 'You can build bridges or bombs' IMAGE: Several hundred foreign nationals sought refuge in tents after xenophobia driven violence forced them ...
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What's in a name? Lots, realises Kanhaiya's 'BJP assaulter'

'I am not the Manas Deka who attacked Kanhaiya,' says the BJP activist who shares the same name with the man who allegedly tried to 'strangle' the JNUSU leader.Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com reports. What's in a name, the Bard asked four centuries ago. A lot, if you are Manas Deka, a coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party's IT cell based in New Delhi. Ever since, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar was allegedly 'attacked' on a Pune-bound flight from Mumbai, ...
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Uttarakhand verdict: 'Setback for Modi'

'Verdict shows they had illegally imposed President's rule in Uttarakhand.' An month away from the completion of its second year in office, the Narendra Modi government faced its first legal setback on Thursday, April 21, when the Uttarakhand high court quashed the Presidential notification imposing central rule on the state, revived the Congress government headed by Haresh Rawat, and called for a fresh floor test on April 29. Lauding the verdict, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan tells Syed ...
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BJP MLA: 'Shaktiman's death, a political conspiracy'

'I had told the government that if they could not take care of Shaktiman, I would take care of him.' IMAGE: Shaktiman, the Uttarakhand police horse, died April 20. The horse's leg was amputated after he was injured during a protest march in Dehra Dun last month. Photograph: PTI Photo Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ganesh Joshi, who was accused of assaulting Shaktiman, the Uttarakhand police horse that died on Wednesday, April 20, says he is "saddened" by the horse's death. Shaktimaan, the ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago Uttarakhand BJP MLA: 'I was not there when the horse fell'  Rediff.com1 month ago
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Is the Modi government scared of faceless mobs?

If there is a lesson to be learnt from the 1980s, it is that mobocracy never works.And a government that yields before public protests will have ceded its right to govern, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. On March 25, 2015, I was part of a peaceful protest organised at Mumbai's Azad Maidan against the Maharashtra government's ban on beef. The rally was organised by traders who deal in beef and, mind you, all of us in the protest march knew it was not the cow that was being slaughtered, but bulls and ...
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'The Kohinoor was not gifted to the British'

'Duleep Singh was not in a position to give it away because he was only a minor of about 3, 4 years old.' 'The Indian claim of the British having taken the Kohinoor from the Sikhs does not stand because the Sikhs too took it by force.' IMAGE: Britain's Queen Elizabeth in the House of Lords. The Kohinoor has been with the British royal family since the 1850s. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters The row over the Kohinoor diamond seems to be getting more and more intense. On Monday, April 18, ...
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