The Morning Wrap: Church Says Bihar Polls A 'Defeat' Of Sectarian Politics; No Sign Taj Mahal Was A Temple, Says Mahesh Sharma

01/12/2015 8:30 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
An Indian flag is waved near Pope Francis at the end of the Canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, Amato Ronconi, Antonio Farina, Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pope Francis has canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The Pope offered prayers Sunday for the saints, four Italians from disparate regions and two Indians from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome. Some 5,000 faithful traveled from Kerala state for the event, which was also streamed live onto screens set up outside churches in the southern region of India. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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A prominent church, which had earlier this year invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the elevation to sainthood of two of its members, has said that the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar is a verdict against "sectarian politics" and a "declaration by Indian conscience that it will not support political parties' attempts to use caste divisions, religious intolerance and sectarian mindset as campaign tools.'

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Old sarees, which were lying unused in the storage, are in demand in Begva village in Dholka taluka of Ahmedabad district. The sarees have come to the rescue of farmers, who are harassed by marauding black bucks and neelgais (blue bulls) and wild boars.

Culture minister, Mahesh Sharma, on Monday told Lok Sabha on Monday, the government has not found any evidence that the Taj Mahal in Agra was a Hindu temple.


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