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The Morning Wrap: RSS Invents Hindu 'Love Jihad'; Groom Loses Bride To Math

Volunteers of Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), or the National Volunteers Force, listen to their chief Mohan Bhagwat in Jammu, India, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The RSS is parent organization of the opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Perhaps in their paranoia over ‘Love Jihad,’ the RSS and its affiliates are experimenting with another conversion programme — where, instead of hounding a Hindu-Muslim couple, they are actively facilitating their union. The only condition: the bride, in this case, is a Muslim who becomes a Hindu after a “suddhikaran” (purification) programme.

While usually programmed to trip the other, the BJP-led NDA and the Congress finally came together to break the ongoing logjam in Parliament to pass the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015, in the Rajya Sabha, where it has been stuck since 2008.

The Delhi High Court ruled that the offloading of Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from her London flight two months ago was "illegal" and the government could not "muzzle" the right to criticise.

Salaried employees across India may have to brace for a cut in their take-home pay as the government is looking at sweeping changes to the law governing the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

The office of Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai was attacked on Thursday by a motorcycle-borne gang with crude bombs, just days after it was forced to cancel the telecast of a programme, discussing the relevance of the mangalsutra, at the instance of Hindutva outfits.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a chartered accountant and two government officials for the alleged theft and sale of foreign investment policy papers to major companies including HDFC Bank, DLF Limitless Private Limited, IndusInd Bank, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Kakardi British Realty, Modril India, Prime Living and NovaLead Pharma.

BJP president Amit Shah today unveiled his new team of national executive members, drastically trimming the number of women on the core panel and dropping some of the most high-profile ones among them, including Smriti Irani, Hema Malini and Shaina NC.

India’s Censor Board seems to be going the way of the Aam Aadmi Party with filmmaker Ashoke Pandit taking to Facebook and accusing chairman Pahlaj Nihalani of being a "tyrant" and creating an "anarchic environment" and another member, Chandraprakash Dwivedi, voicing discontent over its functioning.

Even as the Congress rallied by former PM Manmohan Singh, it has put the focus back on Sonia Gandhi just when the party was reluctantly preparing for her "retirement" and replacement by son Rahul.

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Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld fantasy series, died on Thursday at age 66, after battling Alzheimer's disease for many years. The first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In 1986 he published a sequel, The Light Fantastic, and he quickly began publishing more in the series as the popularity of the books burgeoned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed Mauritius for enriching Hindi literature through its contribution and said the language has occupied a special place in the world.

Space-based solar power is now a legitimate possibility following a breakthrough by Japanese researchers, who successfully transmitted electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves. A receiver set up on Earth with an approximately 3-kilometre radius could create up to one gigawatt of electricity, about the same as one nuclear reactor.

Off The Front Page

Most of Kerala’s key political figures—both from the state cabinet and the Opposition--have locked themselves up in the Legislative Assembly complex on the eve of Budget day. The Opposition MLAs are staying put in the House, insisting that they will not allow Mani to present the Budget, for been caught on tape ostensibly accepting a bribe.

Though the aim is to protest the injustice of a ban on beef, it appears that beef traders, by boycotting the legally-permissible slaughter of buffaloes, may actually have ended up promoting the cause of regressive Hindutva.

A cook-cum-gardener fatally poisoned a 40-year-old watchman, as he’d got the owners of the house where they worked, to install CCTV cameras that made it difficult for the cook to steal groceries.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav Thursday pulled seniority and wasted precious Parliamentary minutes waxing on the “dark” complexion of South Indian women.

Madhya Pradesh Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta added Sanjeevani medicine to the list of mythical Indian science discoveries by claiming that it was a real thing devised to resuscitate the dead.

A groom had to return home without his bride from a marriage hall in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat district after he failed to correctly compute ‘15 +6.’


On the eve of the platinum jubilee of the Muslim League’s demand for an independent state of Pakistan, Swapan Dasgupta argues in The Telegraph that the demand for Pakistan enjoyed wide popular, Muslim support rather than the scholarly consensus that it was pushed by a coterie of elitists.

Dorothy M. Figueira, in The Indian Express, argues that Aryan mythology was employed in the past by nationalist leaders as well as present day leaders.

TK Arun says in the Economic Times that the Aam Aadmi Party needs Kejriwal as much as Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Each one of them plays a unique role and they complement each other.

Shyamal Majumdar, says in the Business Standard, that bosses frequently don’t do enough to encourage criticism from subordinates.