Justice Markandey Katju: Two questions on the Bilkis Bano case

Justice Markandey Katju writes: In the 2002 ‘riots’ in Gujarat — which was really a massacre of Muslims — a large number of Bilkis Bano’s family members were brutally murdered. She, at the time five months pregnant, was gang-raped by the same mob and left to die. Though the court awarded a life sentence to the perpetrators of this heinous crime, they were prematurely released by the Gujarat government on India’s Independence Day (August 15) in 2022.

UNESCO declares Gujarat’s Garba as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

Following UNESCO’s inclusion of Gujarat’s Garba in its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that the traditional dance is not only for Gujarat but for the world. In a post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Jaishankar said that he is delighted that UNESCO has inscribed Garba on its representative list of intangible cultural heritage.

‘India is the next big story in financial markets’: Top Gujarat official in the US

“India is the next big story about the financial markets,” JP Gupta, additional chief secretary from Gujarat, who was in the US with a team to promote the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024, told indica this past week. “We are inviting entrepreneurs, and businessmen to invest in Gujarat. We had events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. We’ll be going to Seattle. We met a lot of financial sector people in New York, the world capital for the capital markets. We went to the Nasdaq, and New York Stock Exchange and met many fund managers. There is a lot of excitement among fund managers to invest in India.”

74,000 evacuated in Gujarat as Cyclone Biparjoy likely to make landfall on Thursday

Severe cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’, is likely to make landfall in Gujarat between 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 IST. Around 74,000 people have been evacuated and relocated to shelter homes. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Railway Protection Force (RPF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Army units are on standby to provide assistance and support, said Amit Arora, the collector of Kutch, Gujarat.

Rahul Gandhi in US: ‘India is like an ocean facing a storm, but the storm is going to pass’

At his first public appearance after landing in the United States, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told an invite-only audience at the University of Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara, California that India is like an ocean facing a storm, and that this too shall pass. He was responding to specific question on what is often viewed as social engineering in the country, led by the governing BJP’s Hindutva principles. 

India rebuts US report on religious freedom

India on Tuesday rejected the US State Department report on international religious freedom and said it was based on “misinformation and flawed understanding.” According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We are aware of the release of the US State Department 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom. Regrettably, such reports continue to be based on misinformation and flawed understanding.”

Emperor Ashoka’s 12th Major Rock Edict

”Thus, saith his Sacred and Gracious Majesty the King: The beloved of the Gods (Devanaam Priya) King Piyadassi, honors all religions. Religions other than one’s own should also be honored, and the essentials of all religions should be promoted. If one acts thus, he promotes his own religion and benefits other religions too.If one acts otherwise, he hurts his own religion and hurts other religions too. One should not extol and glorify his own religion while disparaging the religion of others, for by doing so he diminishes the value of his own religion. Whoever disparages the religion of others while extolling and glorifying his own, harms his own religion grievously. Therefore, concord is commendable.”

Mohandas Gandhi not as Mahatma but a self-assured man of epic conceit

On the 75th anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination today, it is only becoming that we liberate him from the shackles of Mahatmahood and view him for what he really was—an astoundingly self-assured man with a strong moral compass as well an astute understanding of the human condition.  Couple that with an epic conceit to devote his entire life to causes of enormous consequences and yet not be attached to it all.

India to launch its first intranasal Covid vaccine on Republic Day

On January 26 when India celebrates its Republic Day, Bharat Biotech plans to launch its intranasal Covid-19 vaccine iNCOVACC. Executive chairman of the company, Dr. Krishna Ella, announced before a gathering on Saturday, January 21, that the vaccine manufacturer had already received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) earlier this month for the nasal vaccine, the first of its kind in India.

Biden announces stringent measures, major crackdowns on illegal immigration

Amidst growing concerns over illegal immigrants risking all to get into the US and close on the heels of an incident at the US-Mexico border where Brijkumar Yadav from Gujarat fell to his death while trying to scale the “Trump Wall” to enter illegally into America, his wife too was injured in the incident, the US government announced new measures to crack down on illegal immigration.

In calling Modi, the “butcher of Gujarat” Pakistan’s foreign minister shuts door on any bilateral talks

Mayank Chhaya- By calling India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the butcher of Gujarat”, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has effectively shut the door on any meaningful revival of bilateral talks for the foreseeable future. He has also deliberately steered bilateral diplomacy into choppy seas. While at it, he also took an unambiguous shot at […]