Plea in SC challenges Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh’s ‘love jihad’ laws

The petitioners contended that the Parliament has no power to amend the fundamental rights, and if this ordinance is implemented, it will harm public at a large and will create a chaotic situation in the society New Delhi: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom Of Religion Act, 2018. The plea moved by advocates Vishal Thakre and Abhay Singh Yadav and law researcher Pranvesh, states that the UP ordinance disturbs the basic structure…

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ED raids houses of leaders and offices of Popular Front across the country

New Delhi: Simultaneous raids were carried out by Enforcement Directorate at the houses of Popular Front national leaders across the country and its offices. ‘We believe this to be a politically motivated action from the part of the agency. Such raids usually happen in our country whenever the government in power comes under the pressure of popular anger and it wants to divert national attention from it. Modi government has always used national agencies against its political opponents and to crush dissent in the country to the point that the…

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Shiv Sena asks Modi govt. to ban use of loudspeakers in mosques

Shiv Sena has asked the Centre to take measures to stop use of loudspeakers in order to curb noise pollution. The comments came amid a row over Shiv Sena’s Mumbai- South vibhag pramukh (division head) Pandurang Sakpal’s decision to praise Azaan and express his support to a proposed ‘Azaan’ recital competition for Muslim children in Mumbai. The editorial slammed BJP politicians for their remarks against Shiv Sena in connection with Sakpal’s comments. It said BJP’s criticism of the Sena leader praising ‘Azaan’ was similar to describing farmers agitating (against new…

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UP makes first arrest under Anti-Conversion Law

BAREILLY – Three days after registering the first case under the newly-promulgated anti-conversion law, the Bareilly police have made the first arrest in the case. Uwaish Ahmad, 22, was booked on Sunday, hours after the ordinance against “forced” religious conversion came into effect. Ahmad was booked under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, for “threatening to kidnap” and convert a 20-year-old married woman in Deorania area of the Bareilly district. The accused had been in hiding since. He said he “feared being shot in an encounter”.…

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Sir Syed – A quest for dignity

By Hasan Ghias Sir Syed’s prismatic persona refracts the story of a single life into multiple hues of a rainbow arching above a horizon that was blood-red at one end and seemed pitch-dark at the other. More multifaceted than most other Muslim inhabitants of India, ever before or ever since, Syed Ahmad’s life was deeply imbued with thought, passion and action. Deciphering and interpreting such a life is a challenge of gargantuan dimensions, which this essay can only feebly attempt. As we traverse the memorable milestones in his journey, we…

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