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Muslim ties turban on his wedding to honour Sikhs for helping Delhi violence victims

A Muslim bridegroom tied a Sikh turban on his wedding in Gidderbaha town in Punjab in order to express gratitude to the Sikhs for rescuing Muslims during riots in north-east Delhi. His marriage video has gone viral on social media. Abdul’s father-in-law Saleem Khan said his son-in-law wore the turban …

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A Sikh donated 900 sq. feet plot in U.P. for a Mosque

True to the spirit of communal harmony and the syncretic culture of the country, Sukh Pal Singh Bedi, a Sikh cloth merchant of Purquazi town under Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh has donated a 900 sq. ft. plot to the Muslims for building a mosque. The donation of the plot …

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Wakefit Internship: 23 persons selected

Bengaluru: The list of 23 persons who got selected for the Wakefit internship is released. The internship gives an opportunity to earn 1 lakh for nine hours of sleep daily for 100 days. List of selected persons Ankur Priyadarshi: Gurgaon Amit Chaturvedi: Bhopal Anud Singh Dhaka: Mumbai Debaki Nandan: Bengaluru …

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Bengaluru’s 170-Yr-Old Modi Mosque Opens Door to Non-Muslims in First-of-Its-Kind Initiative

Bengaluru: It was indeed a rare sight, may be unprecedented even, when hundreds of Hindus, Christians and even a few Sikhs were seen entering the 170-year-old Modi Mosque in the heart of Bengaluru. The majestic Modi Mosque had thrown its doors open to commoners from other religions on Sunday to …

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Privatisation, liberalism, political openness: What characterises India’s new Muslim elite?

For the sake of analysis, I find four interesting characteristics of the contemporary Muslim elite – its self-perception as a class, its imagination of Indian Islam, its caste background and its political openness. We must note that the Muslim elite is not at all homogeneous. They come from different regions; …

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How these Muslim authors are writing the wrongs

Five years ago, in the run-up to another general election, Nazia Erum became a mother. “I was struck by fear about giving my newborn daughter a Muslim-sounding name. It was the first time we had an election with barbed rhetoric dividing Hindu and Muslims,” she says. Erum, 32, sought out …

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First Muslim MP elected to Parliament from Maharashtra in 15 years

When journalist-turned-politician Imtiaz Jaleel Syed defeated Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire by a wafer-thin margin of around 5,000 votes from Aurangabad, he registered some firsts against his name. Apart from being the first MP of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to be elected from outside their traditional pocketborough of …

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Rediscovering Forgotten Indo-Persian Works on Hindu-Muslim Encounters

In the 1680s, a Safavid embassy en route to Southeast Asia stopped briefly in Madras, where several of the Persians attended a memorable party hosted by Franks (Europeans). The evening proved to be magical, if almost unimaginable, for Muhammad Rabi‘, a member of the Iranian diplomatic team. Writing about the …

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‘God, Please Help Her’: Indian Parents Agonize Over Radicalization Of Their Children

Bindu Sampath, 52, shows photos of her daughter Nimisha Sampath, now 29, who left India three years ago, after converting to Islam. She and her husband, a fellow Muslim convert, are wanted by Indian authorities for allegedly joining ISIS. They’re believed to be in Afghanistan. “Only a mother can know …

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