Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Heading back to the days of Mohammad Gazani, Ghori and Aurangzeb? Sikhs pay Rs 20m as ‘tax’ to Taliban Islamabad: Members of Pakistan’s Sikh community living in the Aurakzai tribal region have paid Rs 20 million as “tax” to the Taliban after militants forcibly occupied some of their homes and kidnapped a Sikh leader. The […]

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Under trials : Stuck in prison, despite getting bail

A matter of great shame. Judicial processes are teriibly slow and convoluted. It benefits the criminal wonderfully.  Innocents especially the poor are always at the receiving end. Over 40 undertrials stuck in prison, despite getting bail They Can’t Walk Free As They Have None To Stand Surety For Them A Subramani | TNN Chennai: That […]

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Easter: Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears Ashley D’Mello | TNN Mumbai: Avelino Rejoice Dhakul, 81, never fails to bring tears to people’s eyes when he renders the Passion of Christ from the Christa Purana, describing scenes from the crucifixion at the Good Friday service at St Francis Xavier Church, Vile Parle. Dhakul, who has […]

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The Brave Ones:Ummul Khair

Fighting palsy, she learns the alphabet at 21, graduates at 30 Karthika Gopalakrishnan | TNN Chennai: Ummul Khair has made the journey of a lifetime in the last 10 years. Her body is affected by cerebral palsy but it is her mind that the sociology graduate has always relied upon to take her forward — […]

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Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Gaffar Khan, Suu Kyi, The Dalai Lama were /are  staunch believers in their religion and examples of politics based on compassion and humane values. Then there are ‘Secularists”, Stalin, Mao, Jinnah, The US administration with their blend of secularism and politics. Ed extracts from TOI Secularists aren’t saints Madhu Purnima […]

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