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Congress was not portraying 'soft Hindutva' with Rahul's temple visits: Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Monday said the party was not trying to portray a soft Hindutva face when Rahul Gandhi visited temples during the campaign for the Gujarat elections. He said the Congress never had any intention to play a Hindu card. That was their (BJP's) intention. Congress never wanted to play a Hindu card... There was no intention of sof...

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Modi's campaign helps BJP scrape through in Gujarat, retain electoral momentum

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP just scraped through to victory in Gujarat, helped largely by the extensive campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state, but the party's lowest tally in the last 22 years can be seen as a warning bell ahead of crucial state battles in 2018 and the next Lok Sabha election in 2019. The results in Gujarat reflect some dissatisfaction with the ...

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Christians allege police high-handedness over arrests

Mathura/Agra, Dec 17 (IANS) The Christian community in Agra and Mathura on Sunday alleged police high-handedness over the arrest of seven people in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district on what it said were fabricated charges of religious conversion. The seven accused, now in judicial custody, were picked up by police from a house in a village after locals complained to the police that outsid...

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Bail application hearing of Christian preachers in Mathura on Tuesday

Mathura, Dec 17 (IANS) A bail application hearing of seven Christian preachers who have been accused of religious conversion, will take place on Tuesday at a court here. The decision was taken on Saturday evening after a group of protesting lawyers headed by Mathura Bar Association President Braj Gopal Sharma and Secretary Trilok Chandra Sharma vehemently objected and wanted the District...

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No mercy for those discriminating on basis of caste, religion: VP

Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) No mercy should be shown to those who discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, region or sex, said Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday and bemoaned the tendency to link even icons like Mahatma Gandhi with their caste. Speaking at an awards ceremony during the ongoing India Ideas Conclave, Naidu said some people perceive the word Hindu from a narrow rel...

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Perhaps Rahul should visit mosques and churches as well

There will probably be a mixed reaction in the secular camp to Rahul Gandhi's temple-hopping in Gujarat. To some, it may seem to be a negation of the Congress's vaunted secular credentials and that, too, by the great grandson of the man who championed the concept of keeping the state separate from religion in independent India. To others, it was probably a tactical move to depriv...

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Christians attacked in MP over alleged conversion, 30 detained

Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 (IANS) Right-wing Hindutva activists attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district and also set a priest's car ablaze, accusing them of religious conversion. The police detained over 30 members of the Catholic choir group, including priests. The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the p...

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Disney acquiring Star India from Fox

New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Media giant Disney is acquiring Star India from 21st Century Fox as part of a global $52.4 billion mega-deal announced Thursday. Disney's footprint will expand significantly in India - one of the fastest growing and largest media markets in the world - with Star TV which has 69 channels in eight languages and the streaming service, HotStar. Disney, which r...

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Is the BJP nervous about Gujarat?

Normally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouldn't have any worries about the election results in Gujarat. It is Narendra Modi's home state and the party has been in power there for more than two decades. Prima facie, it should be cakewalk for the BJP, not least because its principle opponent, the Congress, has been down in the dumps all these years. Nor is there any sign of a revival ...

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Of surrogacy, life, relations and Partition

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) See how two women discover the best and the worst about India's surrogacy industry; discover another meaning of life from the story of a woman who one day comes face-to-face with a treasure that lay buried in her heart for very long; learn that you have to disappoint those closest to you in order to forge your own path; and flick through a new work on the horrific Partitio...

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Vice President launches book on late VHP chief Singhal

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday released a book on the late Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Ashok Singhal, who played a key role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Calling Singhal one of the finest proponents of Hinduism, Naidu said he had sacrificed 75 years of his life for the benefit of the future generations. Despite being asked by many in...

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Mysterious posters project Ahmed Patel as Gujarat CM

Ahmedabad, Dec 7 (IANS) With only two days left before Gujarat votes in the first of two-phase elections, mysterious posters have appeared in the state asking the Muslim community to vote for the Congress, projecting Ahmed Patel as its chief ministerial face, which the party says is a mischievous bid to polarise voters. To maintain unity within the Muslim community and to make Ahmed Pate...

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Modi finally admits Rahul is rival: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) A poll-weary Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally acknowledged that Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi as a 'serious competitor' as the Gujarat battle enters the final stages, the Shiv Sena said on Wednesday. Dismissed as a 'Pappu' barely four years back, Gandhi had now emerged as a leader in his own right and he was now 'the Man to Watch' for the ruling Bhara...

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Media needs five to ten entrepreneurs: Ronnie Screwvala

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) Bollywood producer Ronnie Screwvala feels the media and entertainment industry needs phenomenal and visionary entrepreneurs. There are new sectors in India which have erupted due to phenomenal and visionary entrepreneur leaders. The media industry needs to discover them and invite them, Screwvala told IANS here. We will not go to the next level until we h...

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Rahul in temples: With BJP there, why'll people need 'clone', says Jaitley

Surat, Dec 2 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his visits to temples in poll-bound Gujarat. Referring to BJP's pro-Hindutva leanings, he asked why would people prefer a clone when the original is available. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party, so if an original is available why ...

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BJP needs to rein in the Hindutva hotheads

The rise in the growth rate to the moderately satisfactory 6.3 per cent from the depressingly low 5.7 per cent is good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a time when the Prime Minister reminded the audience at a function organised by a media house about former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's observation about the negativism which generally marked newspapers and magazines. Narend...

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BJP set for massive win in UP civic polls

Lucknow, Dec 1 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set for a massive win in the civic polls in Uttar Pradesh, with its mayoral candidates taking an unassailable lead in 13 of the 16 municipal corporations. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which was decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2017 state assembly elections, however, made a comeback, leading in the remaining th...

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Sibal says Modi not Hindu, BJP hits back

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday questioned how many times Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone to temples, and said Modi has given up Hindu religion for the sake of Hindutva. The BJP hit back, saying that Sibal has lost his mental balance. Speaking to reporters here, a day after a controversy broke out over Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's visit to...

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Modi has given up Hindu religion for Hindutva: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday questioned how many times Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone to temples, and said Modi has given up Hindu religion for the sake of Hindutva. How many times does the Prime Minister go to a temple? Does he go to temple every morning? Sibal questioned. The people who go to temples are those who respect the sentiment...

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Row over Rahul Gandhi shown as 'non-Hindu' in Somnath temple list

Gandhinagar, Nov 29 (IANS) In a major goof-up, the media coordinator of Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday wrote non-Hindu against the name of the Congress Vice President in the register of the famed Somnath temple, leading the BJP to pounce on it as evidence that Gandhi is not a Hindu. Rahul Gandhi's media coordinator Manoj Tyagi later clarified that he had entered the Congress leader's name in ...

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